FDA Recalls Visibly’s Online Vision Test

By Staff
Friday, August 23, 2019 11:12 AM Visibly's online vision test is recalled, VSP Ventures makes acquisition, Pearle and NEXCOM bring optical to naval bases, Giefer named CEO of Modo and MyEyeDr. acquires Wing Eyecare all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

VSP Ventures Acquires EyeZone’s Six Optometry Practices

By Staff
Friday, August 23, 2019 11:09 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures has announced the acquisition of EyeZone, a six location optometry practice in Nevada. Founded in 2004 by Daniel Rowan, OD, EyeZone serves Northern Nevada, with locations in West Reno, Midtown, South Reno, Carson City, Fallon and Lake Tahoe.  All locations will continue to operate under the EyeZone brand, an announcement said. “With an unwavering focus on patient care and commitment to their community, the EyeZone team is a shining example ofwhat a top-notch eyecare and eyewear experience looks like,” said Steve Baker, president of VSP Ventures. “We’re thrilled to welcome them to the VSP Ventures family.”  

Pearle Vision and NEXCOM Partner to Bring Optical Stores to Naval Bases

By Staff
Friday, August 23, 2019 11:06 AM MASON, Ohio—Pearle Vision and the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) have partnered in a program that will bring Pearle optical retail centers to naval bases.

Rebecca Giefer Named CEO of Modo Americas

By Staff
Friday, August 23, 2019 11:03 AM NEW YORK—Following a 15-year tenure at the company, Rebecca Giefer has been appointed as CEO of Modo Americas, effective Sept. 1.

MyEyeDr. Acquires Wing Eyecare

By Staff
Friday, August 23, 2019 11:00 AM VIENNA, Va. and CINCINNATI—MyEyeDr. has acquired Wing Eyecare, the 21-location practice which has been serving the greater Cincinnati area for over 100 years.

How Consumers Feel About Brands Expressing Opinions on Social Issues

By Mark Tosh
Friday, August 23, 2019 8:00 AM With many Americans polarized around social and political issues, it has become more important for brands that decide to take a stand to have some understanding of the risks that are associated with their decisions. With this in mind, research firm YouGov reviewed its data to compare the point of views of consumers from the U.S. and Britain. The objective was to explore whether consumers think it’s appropriate for brands to comment on social issues and to what extent this would depend on the industry. More than half (52 percent) of people in Britain think that brands should be able to express how they feel on a certain topic, compared with 61 percent of those from the U.S. “What’s more, just under half (48 percent) of Americans say they like brands that are willing to get involved in social issues and 42 percent of Brits say the same,” YouGov reported. Read the YouGov report here.

In addition, about six in 10 (59 percent) people in both countries don’t think brands should express views on social or political issues, but often this depends on the industry and the issue. “This indicates that it’s up to the brand itself to weigh up the risk versus the reward and understand what causes will resonate with their own audience and what will put them off,” the report said.

Italians and Contact Lenses

By Staff
Friday, August 23, 2019 12:25 AM Doxa-CooperVision surveyed more than 2,000 Italians, and discovered that, apart from the fear of using them (30 percent are afraid to put them in and take them out by themselves) and the practicality of glasses (34 percent), one of the most frequent reasons is that they have never considered the idea of wearing contact lenses (32 percent).

Many Frame Purchases Influenced by Personal Style Knowledge, WIO Survey Says

By Staff
Thursday, August 22, 2019 8:00 AM Fifty-eight percent of participants of a recent Women In Optometry Pop-up Poll said that their office team rely on its own sense of style and understanding of their market when it comes to making frame purchases. Many respondents said that their office does have a plan in place for these processes: 39 percent used a subjective system, and 33 percent used an objective system. Twenty-six percent lean on frame representatives for guidance. Participants were able to select all that applied to their office. 

Sixty percent of respondents said that someone else in the business makes frame purchasing decisions and that they give minimal influence towards these choices. Another 15 percent said that they have final approval but are not heavily involved. Twenty-three percent said that they personally make frame purchasing decisions.

Dr. Catherine Chiarelli OD, FAAO, Diplomate BVPPO 1964 – 2019

By Staff
Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:25 AM Following a valiant and courageous battle with cancer, The Vision Institute of Canada very sadly reports that Dr. Catherine Chiarelli passed away on on August 3. Dr. Chiarelli worked tirelessly as a pediatric optometrist and advocate for children’s vision.

VSP Ventures Acquires EyeZone’s Six Optometry Practices

By Staff
Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures has announced the acquisition of EyeZone, a six location optometry practice in Nevada. Founded in 2004 by Daniel Rowan, OD, EyeZone serves Northern Nevada, with locations in West Reno, Midtown, South Reno, Carson City, Fallon and Lake Tahoe.  All locations will continue to operate under the EyeZone brand, an announcement said. “With an unwavering focus on patient care and commitment to their community, the EyeZone team is a shining example ofwhat a top-notch eyecare and eyewear experience looks like,” said Steve Baker, president of VSP Ventures. “We’re thrilled to welcome them to the VSP Ventures family.”  

Deadline Is Friday Aug. 23 for Voting in Accessories Council's First Design Excellence Awards

By Staff
Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The deadline for voting on the best new accessories products, including finalists in sunwear and ophthalmic eyewear and optical innovation is this Friday, Aug. 23, for the Accessories Council's inaugural Design Excellence Awards. Voting for the final winners in each category is open to everyone and can be done on The Accessories Council website. Five optical frames and five sunglass styles are among the previously announced finalists, as VMAIL reported. New progressive lenses are among the innovation & technology finalists, which can also be voted upon. Ray-Ban will be honored with a Hall of Fame award.

Alcon Making Progress Toward Becoming a More Agile Company, CEO Endicott Says

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Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:15 AM GENEVA, Switzerland—Buoyed by single-digit sales gains and a positive response from the optical sector to the company’s spinoff from Novartis, Alcon chief executive officer David Endicott said Wednesday he believes the company has had a “good start to the first half of the year” and that it is making progress on transforming into a “simpler, more agile company.” He added that Alcon will continue to focus on creating the products that patients need. Endicott made his comments on a conference call with securities analysts several hours after the company reported sales results for the second quarter. 

Understanding Ocular Migraine

By Staff
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:25 AM Ocular migraines are rare and benign, but the symptoms can be frightening and worrisome for the suffering patient. Ocular migraines are thought to be caused by the same mechanics as regular migraines and are characterized by a visual disturbance or aura.

Alcon Says Second-Quarter Results Show ‘Mid-Single Digit Growth’ Across All Product Categories

By Staff
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:21 AM GENEVA, Switzerland—Alcon (SIX/NYSE:ALC), in its second earnings report since being spun off by Novartis earlier this year, said sales rose 2 percent to $1.9 billion in the second quarter as the company achieved mid-single digit growth in all product categories.

Retail Store Numbers Continue to Grow, NRF Says

By Staff
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:00 AM With the bankruptcy of Barney’s in the news, we’re bound to see another round of handwringing in the media over the “retail apocalypse,” according to a recent feature from the National Retail Federation (NRF). The actual data paints a very different picture, though. As the just-released “Retail Renaissance – A Growth Story” report from IHL Group (a global research and advisory firm specializing in technologies for the retail and hospitality industries) points out, retail stores are definitely not going away. According to the report, for each company closing stores, 5.2 are opening stores. For every segment of retail, there are more companies opening stores than closing stores. Even the much-maligned department store category has more brands opening stores than closing them.