Pew Research Center Report Notes Key Facts about Asian Americans, a ‘Diverse and Growing Population’

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Friday, May 7, 2021 2:14 PM NEW YORK—The U.S. Asian population is diverse and growing, according to a recent Pew Research Center analysis. A record 23 million Asian Americans trace their roots to more than 20 countries in East and Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, each with unique histories, cultures, languages and other characteristics.

Asians now make up about 7 percent of the nation’s overall population, and their numbers are projected to surpass 46 million by 2060, according to the Pew Research analysis.

Single-race, non-Hispanic Asians are projected to become the largest immigrant group in the country, surpassing Hispanics in 2055. By then, Asians are expected to make up 36 percent of all U.S. immigrants, while Hispanics will make up 34 percent, according to population projections from the Pew Research Center.

Nearly half of U.S. Asians (45 percent) live in the West, with nearly a third (30 percent) in California alone. California had an Asian population of roughly 6.7 million in 2019, by far the nation’s largest. New York (1.9 million) ranked second, followed by Texas (1.6 million), New Jersey (958,000) and Washington (852,000). A majority of U.S. Asians (55 percent) lived in these five states.

While a plurality of Asian Americans lived in the West in 2019, some 24 percent lived in the South, 19 percent in the Northeast and 12 percent in the Midwest.

EssilorLuxottica 1Q 2021 Revenue Rises 7.3 Percent, to €4.1 Billion

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Friday, May 7, 2021 12:33 AM EssilorLuxottica’s revenue rises for Q1, some positive business trends emerge for practices, Vision Expo extends free registration, Midwest Vision Partners announces a partnership and Rx Optical and MyEyeDr. strike a deal all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

EssilorLuxottica 1Q 2021 Revenue Rises 7.3 Percent, to €4.1 Billion

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Friday, May 7, 2021 12:30 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica (Reuters: ESLX.PA) returned to growth during first quarter 2021, posting consolidated revenue totaling €4,060 million, a year-on-year increase of 7.3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2020 (+14.3 percent at constant exchange rates). Consolidated revenue grew by 1.9 percent at constant exchange rates compared to the first quarter of 2019.

Nominations Now Open for VM’s 2021 Most Influential Women in Optical

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Friday, May 7, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. In retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution and vision care and managed care, talented women are shaping the direction of the companies and organizations they work for, and, in many cases, lead. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue, marking the 19th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry.

My Eyelab Making Strides in Texas as Trio of Franchisees Plan to Open Eight Locations in Dallas and Austin

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Friday, May 7, 2021 12:21 AM DALLAS—My Eyelab, a retail brand of Now Optics, said it will expand in the Austin and Dallas markets of Texas with the help of a trio of new franchisees.

American Vision Partners Adds Arizona’s Aiello Eye Institute to its Expanding Organization

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Friday, May 7, 2021 12:18 AM PHOENIX—American Vision Partners (AVP), a leading and rapidly growing eyecare practice management organization, has announced a new partnership with Aiello Eye Institute in Yuma, Ariz.

Privé Revaux Appoints Maureen Cavanagh as Senior Vice President of Global Sales

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Friday, May 7, 2021 12:15 AM MIAMI—Privé Revaux, the U.S.-based affordable, celebrity brand acquired by Safilo Group in February 2020, has appointed Maureen Cavanagh as senior vice president of global sales. In her role, which became effective in April, Cavanagh will provide leadership and strategic direction to the global sales function and help drive growth as Privé Revaux continues to expand into new international regions and markets, the company said. Cavanagh has over 25 years of optical experience spanning from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care to, most recently, Essilor of America for the past 15 years, where she held senior executive positions including president of Nassau Vision Group, vice president of retail and board director of Essilor International.

Transitions Debuts Largest Consumer Campaign of Seven Years in Canada

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Friday, May 7, 2021 12:02 AM In the largest consumer media campaign for the company in Canada since 2014, Transitions Optical is debuting a digital campaign from mid-May through December which combines display banners, videos, paid search and social media reaching out to eyeglass wearers.

Travel Tops the List Upon Return to Normalcy

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:29 PM When asked what they are most looking forward to in the future, nearly all of the respondents (88 percent) to a recent Women In Optometry Pop-Up Poll stated that they had travel plans on their wish list. Respondents could select as many future activities as they wished. Among the other most popular responses, poll participants said that they are looking forward to

• Attending professional meetings: 57 percent.
• Spending time up-close with friends: 55 percent.
• Letting their kids do things that they have not be able to: 38 percent.
• Going back to the gym/yoga studio/salon: 36 percent.
• Taking delayed big action such as buy a home, open an office or have a wedding: 14 percent.

Several respondents also mentioned that they were looking forward to not wearing a mask.

Click here to read the full story from Women In Optometry.

Some Positive Trends, but Many Eyecare Practices Still Lag April 2019 Performance Metrics, Jobson Research Survey Finds

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Even as the number of COVID-19 cases across the U.S. decline and the number of Americans who have completed the vaccination regimen rises, the eyecare segment continues to see challenges along the pathway toward a full recovery to pre-pandemic levels, according to the findings of Wave 22 of the Coronavirus ECP Survey conducted April 26-30, 2021, by Jobson Research. Notably, 75 percent of the respondents to Wave 22 said they believe their practice currently has capacity to see more patients, with the average respondent indicating the practice could see 26 percent more patients.

Click to view a PDF of the full Wave 22 survey results.

Zenni Announces Multi-Year Partnership With Iris Apfel, Launches 'The Iris Apfel Edit'

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:27 AM NOVATO, Calif.—Zenni has announced an exclusive partnership with style icon and eyewear aficionado Iris Apfel. This multi-year partnership kicked off with the launch of The Iris Apfel Edit, a curation of 100 Zenni styles, to celebrate Apfel’s upcoming 100th birthday.

VSP Ventures Announces Two New Practice Partnership Acquisitions: El Cerrito Optometry and Laguna Creek Optometry

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures announced Wednesday the acquisitions of El Cerrito Optometry and Laguna Creek Optometry, each of which operates one location in El Cerrito, Calif., and Elk Grove, Calif., respectively.

The First Eyewear Collection Designed by Lorenzo Serafini in Collaboration with Lozza Makes its Debut This Spring

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:02 AM The sharing of common values between Philosophy and Lozza—synonymous with Italian style and extreme attention to detail—has shaped this sophisticated capsule collection and strikes the perfect balance between timeless beauty and contemporary glamour.

Over a Billion Were Unwilling to Get Vaccinated in 2020

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021 4:59 PM Gallup recently published a poll showing that the share of people around the world willing to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in 2020. The data shows that willingness came to 68 percent—short of the 70 percent to 90 percent threshold experts believe is required to achieve herd immunity. There are significant differences between countries and Gallup found that majorities would actually refuse the vaccine in 20 countries, mainly across Eastern Europe and Africa.

In total, the research found that more than a billion peope were unwilling to get vaccinated in the first year of the pandemic.

Gabon had the highest levels of refusal in 2020 at 66 percent, followed by Cameroon and Jordan with 65 percent and 62 percent, respectively. Hungary, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia and Kazakhstan were also among the countries with the highest levels of unwillingness at 60 percent or higher. Click here to read the full story from

Vision Expo Extends Free Registration, as Show Organizers Anticipate 5,000+ Attendees for Vision Expo East Orlando

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:33 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, announced that free registration for Vision Expo East 2021, taking place June 2-5 in Orlando, Fla., will be extended indefinitely. The decision to extend the free registration deadline is based on what they describe as a "recent, notable spike in attendee registration. Mitch Barkley, vice president of trade shows and events at The Vision Council, co-owner of Vision Expo, said, “With just four weeks to go until Vision Expo East, we are expecting to have at least 5,000 attendees at the show."