New Education Offerings Help Attendees Stay Ahead of 2020 Trends

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:39 AM LAS VEGAS—Heading into day two of Vision Expo West 2019, the Exhibit Hall is buzzing with new innovations and products designed to lead attendees into 2020 with confidence. Take advantage of the Show’s education sessions including the new myopia track with a special session, Managing Myopia: Possibilities and Probabilities, curated by the Brien Holden Vision Institute from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. in Room #1001-V. During the course, attendees will discuss key strategies for managing myopia and discover ways to harness the evolution of patient care.

FYidoctors Continues to Grow With the Addition of the Factory Optical Chain

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:36 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors | Visique, an optometrist-owned eyecare company based here, has added Factory Optical | Optiks International, a 24-location Western Canadian optical chain, to its growing network of optometric clinics, according to an announcement this week. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The addition of the Factory Optical | Optiks International chain brings the network of FYidoctors | Visique to more than 225 clinics, 500 doctors and 2,500 employees serving patients' needs and consumers across Canada, the announcement noted.

Progressive Independent Eyecare Practices Turn Up the Dial on Innovation

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:33 AM LAS VEGAS—Even in a challenging operating environment for ECPs, there seems to be no shortage of innovation among independent practitioners intent on pushing the boundaries of what defines and sets apart an eyecare practice today, as owners of three distinct and progressive vision care practices related to VM Live attendees here at Expo West this week. In keeping with its tradition of providing attendees insights and practical tips for enhancing their eyecare businesses, another segment of VM Live focused on telehealth and how it is being used in different ways by eyecare businesses in different regions.

Many Employees Misunderstand Online Vision Screenings, New Survey Shows

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:30 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Many people have misunderstandings about online vision screenings, according to newly released research from Transitions Optical and the American Optometric Association (AOA). Half of respondents polled in the Transitions Employee Perceptions of Vision Benefits survey think that online vision screenings that provide a prescription are a suitable replacement for in-office eye exams. Millennials were the most likely to agree (57 percent)—compared to half of Gen Z, Gen X and 36 percent of Boomers. The AOA points out that online vision screenings are “no substitute for an in-person, comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist.” Aside from correcting vision, comprehensive eye exams can detect a number of vision problems, eye diseases and overall health issues that online eye exams cannot—including glaucoma, high blood pressure and diabetes.

ABB Optical Group ‘Re-Introduces’ its Brand and Reorganizes Services Under Three Business Groups

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:27 AM
LAS VEGAS—ABB Optical Group, a leading national provider of optical products and business solutions for the eyecare industry, announced at Vision Expo West this week that it is “re-introducing” its brand. The rebrand and introduction of product, service and business solutions represent the latest efforts in its decades-long commitment to providing high-quality products and services to more than two-thirds of eyecare professionals throughout the U.S., the announcement noted. Founded in 1989 by Angel Alvarez, ABB Optical Group began as a distributor of soft contact lenses, and has significantly expanded its operations over the years, eventually growing into the leading distributor of optical products in the U.S., the announcement noted.

Silmo Announces Nominees for the 26th Silmo D'Or Awards

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:24 AM PARIS—The organizers of Silmo, which will be held Sept. 27 to 30 at Paris Nord-Villepinte, have announced the nominees for the 26th edition of the Silmo d'Or awards. The awards ceremony gives prizes to recognize the creativity of the optical products for design, innovation and technology. The chair of the Silmo d'O this year is French designer and internationally-known interior architect Christophe Pillet. The 2019 winners will be announced during a ceremony at the upcoming Silmo exhibition.

RevCycle Partners Launches Benefits Verification Service and Announces Partnership With Cleinman Performance Partners

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:21 AM CHICAGO—RevCycle Partners, a revenue-cycle management company for eyecare practices, has launched WeVerify, a comprehensive service that verifies patient benefits and drives new revenue opportunities for the practice, according to an announcement this week. For many eyecare practices, patient benefits verification before the visit is an incomplete process or perhaps not done at all. RevCycle Partners, founded as a billing service of RevolutionEHR, the cloud-based software for optometrists, separated from RevolutionEHR in 2018 and formed an independent company.

American Vision Partners Completes Deal With Retinal Consultants of Arizona

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:18 AM PHOENIX—American Vision Partners (AVP), one of the largest and fastest-growing eyecare physician practice management organizations, has completed a strategic partnership with Retinal Consultants of Arizona (RCA), the largest retina provider in the Southwest, according to a recent announcement. This partnership creates the fourth-largest retina practice in the nation, the announcement noted. The affiliation with Retinal Consultants of Arizona represents the eighth partnership announced by AVP within the last 24 months, according to the management organization. Retinal Consultants of Arizona will continue to operate independently under the RCA brand and manage the practice with no changes to its staff, physicians, clinics, and surgery center locations, according to the announcement. With the full support of the AVP management team and infrastructure, the nine RCA physicians and staff will continue to serve their patients, communities and partners.

EyeCarePro Rebrands Its Site, Services and Technologies to Reflect New Horizons

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:15 AM LAS VEGAS—EyeCarePro, a veteran digital marketing company of 15 years focused exclusively on eyecare, has announced the launch of a rebrand, which includes a new website and significantly enhanced messaging , new services and technologies. Said Daniel Rostenne, CEO, “We have rebranded with a new website and we’re very excited about our new public persona. The updated look and feel best captures our ongoing mission to provide exceptional value, as well as our status as industry leaders in optometry marketing.”

Captivating Speakers Lead the Way on Day One

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Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:33 AM LAS VEGAS—As the Exhibit Hall opens today, eyecare professionals, buyers, industry media and influencers in the vision community will have access to engaging activations, new products, groundbreaking technology and more provided by exhibitors from across the globe. Taking the BRIDGE stage today from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. to headline the EYE2EYE Series, Piera Gelardi, co-founder and executive creative director of Refinery29, will share her experiences and approach to cultivating creativity. New to the Show this year, The Next Generation of Retailers - Speed Dating event will take place today in The OPTImum Lounge (Booth #18130) from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Following the event, a sangria reception hosted by Etnia Barcelona will be open to all attendees.

VSP Global Premier Program to Launch National Consumer Ad Campaign and Program Enhancements

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Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:30 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—The VSP Global Premier Program announced today it will launch a national consumer advertising campaign, designed to drive patients to Premier Program practices. The company said "the campaign is part of its commitment to support private practice doctors of optometry." Debuting Sept. 30, a mix of television, radio, outdoor and digital advertising will motivate patients to schedule an appointment at a local Premier Program private practice, where they can maximize their benefits and receive a personalized eyecare experience. The tagline in the different creative messages for the campaign reads, "This is what more looks like."

Medical Optometry America Announces First Regional Practice Agreement With Va.'s Associates in Eyecare

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Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:27 AM BLUE BELL, Penn. and ASHBURN, Va.—Medical Optometry America (MOA), a marketing and management company, announced that it has signed an agreement with Associates in Eyecare (AIE) under which AIE, a 10-location practice group, will become the nation’s first group of independent optometric practices to adopt the Medical Optometry of America brand. MOA provides a turnkey system for forward thinking optometrists to shift more completely to a sustainable medical model. “Many of us have known for some time that medical eyecare is the future of our profession,” noted Dr. Robert Allen, OD, CEO of AIE, “and the state-of-the-art MOA System will allow our practices, and thousands more around the country to accelerate this necessary advancement.”
 

Optical Women's Association Names New Leadership, President and Board Members

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Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:24 AM LAS VEGAS—The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) has announced a new president and two additional board members. The three officially joined the association's board meeting this week. Robyn Crimmins, division vice president, Ophthalmic West for VSP Optics and previous vice president of the OWA, has assumed the position of president effective immediately. Additionally, Megan Molony, senior vice president of merchandising for National Vision, Inc., and Jan Cory, senior director of IDOC, will join the OWA board of directors.

Marcolin and Emilio Pucci Renew Licensing Agreement Through 2024

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Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:21 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group and Emilio Pucci have announced the renewal of their global licensing agreement through 2024. The agreement covers the worldwide exclusive design, production, and distribution of Emilio Pucci branded sunglasses and eyeglasses until Dec. 31, 2024. Marcolin has been developing eyewear for the Florence-based Emilio Pucci brand since 2015; Emilio Pucci is best known for the use of color, characteristic motifs, refined structural elements and modern design concepts. An announcement from Marcolin and Emilio Pucci characterized the eyewear as being “aimed at a woman who is feminine, and who appreciates an elegant and creative aesthetic.”

MacuHealth Introduces New Leadership Team for North America and Europe

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Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:18 AM BIRMINGHAM, Mich.—MacuHealth, a leading global eye health supplement company, has introduced its new leadership team for both North America and Europe. “This is an exciting time for our organization as we are unveiling new leadership roles across two continents with a perfect mix of newcomers to our group and company grown talent” said Frederic Jouhet, founder and president. The organization's structural changes, structural change "will allow MacuHealth to strive toward new market highs worldwide and is the kick off to a series of announcements that will continue to secure MacuHealth’s position as the leader in nutrition for vision, the company said.