Schneider Announces Modulo One, a New, Integrated Tech Platform for Labs

By Staff
Friday, August 20, 2021 12:21 AM FRONHAUSEN, Germany—Schneider, a leading supplier of production machinery for prescription laboratories, is introducing Modulo One, a new platform for spectacle lens manufacturing.

A Private Affair: The Rise of Private Labels in Independent Labs

By Jeff Hopkins / Contributing Editor
Monday, August 2, 2021 1:45 AM Private label brands, also known as house brands (or somewhat less kindly, generic products) are a common feature of grocery stores, providing shoppers with a lower-priced alternative to well-known and trusted brands. Often they are relegated to the lower shelves, with brand names occupying the coveted eye-level spots. Optical labs have sometimes referred to themselves as “grocery stores,” offering their customers a wide range of branded products to suit their preferences. As relationships with manufacturers evolved, some labs would give a particular name-brand prominence over others. Often labs would also offer a private label as a lower-priced, lower-shelf alternative. Today, some independent labs are flipping the script on brands, positioning their private-label in the foreground as their go-to product line, while offering established brands as alternatives. To understand this new phenomenon, we spoke to three independent lab execs whose labs are using this approach and having success with it.

As Online Sales Grow, Labs Adapt to New Service Requirements

By Sarah McGoldrick / Contributing Editor
Monday, August 2, 2021 1:44 AM Despite a slump in optical retail sales caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a strong year for online optical sales. Total optical retail sales fell 17.4 percent from December 2019 to December 2020 and $36.05 billion in retail revenues during the same period, according to The Vision Council’s VisionWatch report for Q4 2020. Yet online sales of eyeglass frames topped 9 million pairs during the same period, a 22 percent increase over the previous year.

PROBLEM SOLVED: POG’s Work Ticket Hack

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 2, 2021 1:43 AM Precision Optical Group, Inc (POG Labs) in Creston, Iowa recently introduced a new and improved work ticket that consolidates needed manufacturing instructions to get orders through the lab fast and simplify the production process for laboratory technicians. As POG’s Alex Tamerius explained, “In the past, work tickets and order paperwork was routinely taken out of the job tray to follow processing instructions, which equated to unneeded loss in production time.”

Zeiss Invites ECPs to Experience Its Vision of the Future at New Showroom

By Staff
Friday, July 16, 2021 12:33 AM HEBRON, Ky.—The “Zeiss Customer Experience”, featuring a model eyecare practice and optical store of the future, was on full display Wednesday, as Zeiss Vision Care executives welcomed visitors to the company’s new, 2,500-square foot Zeiss Vision Center showroom here. “We invite eyecare practitioners from across the country to visit our new facility so they can then open their own Zeiss Vision Center and provide a unique customer-centric experience for their patients,” said Jens Boy, president of Zeiss Vision Care U.S., who spoke to a group of invited guests and took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony, along with Kentucky state and local officials.

R&D Optical Lab to Relocate to Larger Facility to Accommodate Growth

By Staff
Monday, June 21, 2021 12:15 AM BATAVIA, Ohio—To accommodate continued strong growth from its prescription lens business, R&D Optical Lab, a leading independent wholesale optical lab, will be relocating to a new, larger facility here in early July. R&D Optical Lab opened in 2018 in Cincinnati and experienced strong growth from independent eyecare providers, particularly in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Company president Ronald Cooke, Jr. attributed the company’s success in part to its Visual Perfection HD Digital Lenses, non-glare coatings and anti-fog coatings, the latter of which it added last year during the COVID-19 pandemic

If You Know an Influential Woman in Optical Nominate Her Now—Nominations Will Close on Sunday, June 13

By Staff
Friday, June 11, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—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. The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 13. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form. Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry.

If You Know an Influential Woman in Optical Nominate Her Now—Nominations Will Close on Sunday, June 13

By Staff
Friday, June 11, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—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. The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 13. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form. Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry.

Do You Know an Influential Woman in Optical? Nominate Her Now—the Deadline Has Been Extended to June 13

By Staff
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—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. The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 13. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form. Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry.

Do You Know an Influential Woman in Optical? Nominate Her Now, the Deadline Is June 7

By Staff
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:15 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. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form.

Do You Know an Influential Woman in Optical? Nominate Her Now

By Staff
Friday, May 28, 2021 8:03 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. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form.

Do You Know an Influential Woman in Optical? Nominate Her Now, the Deadline Is June 7

By Staff
Friday, May 28, 2021 8:00 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. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form.

Do You Know an Influential Woman in Optical? Nominate Her Now, the Deadline Is June 7

By Staff
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 12:15 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. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form.

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

By Staff
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. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form.

Maintaining Lab Service in the COVID-19 Era

By Sarah McGoldrick
Sunday, April 25, 2021 10:00 AM It’s been a tough year for the optical industry, especially optical labs. Soon after COVID hit regional lockdowns began, and many eyecare practices closed or reduced their patient hours. Labs felt the impact almost immediately. A Vision Council Member Survey conducted in Spring, 2020 found that the majority of labs had reduced their production and service hours in response to decreased demand due to COVID-19. (see Fig. 1) As the volume of Rx orders fell, many labs reduced staff or staff hours. However, the decrease in sales from brick-and-mortar optical locations was partly offset by an increase in online optical sales, as homebound consumers increasingly turned to eyeglass e-tailers. Labs had to quickly adapt to these shifting market dynamics by adjusting their service and delivery strategies.