World Sight Day Festivities Raise Dollars, Commitments to Eye Tests and Advocacy for Raising Awareness for Eyecare Access as UN Diplomats Mark World Sight Day

By Staff
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—In events and communications that spanned the world, World Sight Day 2021, yesterday, Oct, 14, enabled many eyecare professionals, companies, NGOs and volunteer organizations to contribute to a crescendo of messaging about the importance of preserving sight with annual sight tests and advancing the need to provide access to more than one billion people around the world suffering from preventable vision loss. Yesterday, to mark the day, key United Nations (UN) diplomats joined together with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and Global World Sight Day partner OneSight, for a special sight screening.

Organizers of opti 2022 Anticipate Four-Hall Show Navigation, YES Area for Independent Brands, Awards and New opti FORUMNxt for Live Event Jan 14-16

By Staff
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:21 AM MUNICH—The organizers of opti 2022, to be held Jan. 14-16, 2022 at the Munich Fairgrounds, stated they are "focused on the essentials," for the show which will return to its four-hall concept and an in-person event, a return since the show's cancellation in January 2021 due to COVID-19.

My Vision Show Announces Rewind, Opens Doors to All Exhibitors

By Staff
Friday, October 15, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—My Vision Show, a producer of virtual and interactive events, has announced the first My Vision Show Rewind.

Indies Around the World Take to Social Media for World Sight Day

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Thursday, October 14, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—In addition to doing our part to help people all around the world access eyecare, one of the most important things we can do on World Sight Day each year is spread awareness. This year, as always, it’s vital to use our platforms to encourage everyone to prioritize their eye health, be aware of warning signs and learn more about why our eye health is so important.

On World Sight Day, Millions Take #LoveYourEyes Pledge, EssilorLuxottica Launches PutVisionFirst Website, CooperVision Highlights Myopia and J&J Shares 2nd Global Eye Health Survey

By Staff
Thursday, October 14, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The 21st anniversary of World Sight Day has arrived and today, Oct. 14, millions around the world have pledged to support the global #LoveYourEyes campaign designed to build awareness for the need for eyecare and access to adequate eyewear for more than one billion people. As of VMAIL's deadline, the International Agency to Prevent Blindness (IAPB) reported that more than three million people have committed to get sight tests for World Sight Day as the global pandemic takes a toll on global vision. Eye tests have been carried out at landmarks around the world including Mount Everest, Gateway to India, Santa Barbara beach, Tower Bridge, and more to raise awareness.

National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for Week of Oct. 4-10, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

By Staff
Thursday, October 14, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Oct. 4-10, at a rate of -1 index point. That leaves gross revenue 5 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 41) during 2019 and 6 index points below where it was during Week 41 of last year, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. U.S. optical sales were either flat or down slightly last week at rates ranging from 0 to -3 index points.

Months After Entering Canada, Specsavers Sets the Bar High With a Goal to Open 200 Locations by 2024

By Staff
Thursday, October 14, 2021 12:18 AM VANCOUVER—Specsavers, the world's largest optometrist-owned and led business, is disclosing ambitious expansion plans for its brand in Canada, just seven months after the U.K.-based company made its first move into the country.

Hoya Vision Care Partners With Orbis International to Bridge Vision Care Gap

By Staff
Thursday, October 14, 2021 12:15 AM BANGKOK—Hoya Vision Care has announced a partnership with Orbis International, the global organization that mentors, trains, and inspires local eyecare professionals to save sight in their communities.

The New Jobs Numbers Are Pretty Good, Actually

By Staff
Thursday, October 14, 2021 12:04 AM [The drop in the unemployment rate] represents a remarkably speedy recovery in the labor market—attaining sub-5 percent unemployment a mere 17 months after the end of the deepest recession in modern times. By contrast, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, the jobless rate did not reach 4.8 percent until January 2016, six and a half years after the technical end of that recession.

Halloween Spending Soars as Celebrations Near Pre-Pandemic Levels, NRF Says

By Staff
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 5:23 PM WASHINGTON—Consumer spending on Halloween-related items is expected to reach an all-time high of $10.14 billion, up from $8.05 billion in 2020, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Plans to celebrate Halloween are up this year compared with last and are close to pre-pandemic levels.

“Americans plan to spend more than ever to make this Halloween a memorable one,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Retailers have implemented a number of measures, such as bringing in Halloween products earlier than normal, to ensure their shelves are stocked with seasonal candy, décor and other items ahead of this important holiday.”

An estimated 65 percent of Americans intend to celebrate Halloween or participate in Halloween activities this year, up from 58 percent in 2020 and comparable with 68 percent in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic. Households with children are much more likely to celebrate Halloween (82 percent) than those without (55 percent).

The top ways consumers are planning to celebrate include handing out candy (66 percent), decorating their home or yard (52 percent), dressing in costumes (46 percent), carving a pumpkin (44 percent) and hosting or attending a party (25 percent).

With more Americans celebrating Halloween this year, average spending is also up. On average consumers plan to spend $102.74 on costumes, candy, decorations and greeting cards—$10 more than they planned to spend last year. Click here to read the full story from the NRF.

CooperVision Launches New Myopia Education Campaign for U.S. Parents

By Staff
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:27 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision, a leader in myopia management, announced a new U.S. education initiative called “Take Control: Myopia & You” to increase awareness of the disease and encourage parents to schedule eye exams for their young children. Childhood myopia has been increasing in prevalence and severity in recent decades, a trend that may have been exacerbated by increased time spent on screens and other “near work” indoors during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to the company’s announcement Tuesday.

The Vision Council Reports Industry’s Q2 2021 Sales Hit $10.7 Billion, Up 3.3 Percent Over 2019

By Staff
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Sales revenue for the vision correction industry is returning to pre-pandemic levels, according to The Vision Council’s newly released VisionWatch market research reports for Q2 of 2021.

More Plans Take Shape From Many ECPs and Organizations for This Week's World Sight Day on Oct. 14

By Staff
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Companies, organizations and eyecare professionals around the world are finalizing their plans to encourage eye health awareness, access to eyecare for the underserved and to commit pledges to #LoveYourEyes for this year's World Sight Day, tomorrow, Oct. 14.

Salus University 2021 Alumni and Presidential Medal Awards Announced, Including Medal Winner Reade Fahs of National Vision

By Staff
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:15 AM ELKINS PARK, Pa.—Salus University has announced the 2021 recipients of the Alumni Association Awards and the Presidential Medal of Honor Awards, with the latter group including National Vision Holdings chief executive officer Reade Fahs. Both groups of awardees were honored during a ceremony on Sept. 27 at the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia. Award recipients from across the Salus University community were chosen by their peers through a nomination and voting process, according to the university’s announcement of the 2021 honorees.

3 Reasons There's a Labor Shortage, According to Biden's Labor Secretary

By Staff
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:04 AM I've talked to a lot of businesses that have said some people have just decided to walk away from the industry they're working in, and they're thinking about what's next for them. So I think that the work-life balance has played a big role in this.