Optical Sales Increased for the Week of July 19-25, Jobson’s Latest Weekly Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 9:03 AM NEW YORK—Optical sales increased slightly last week, July 19-25, with most product/service categories on the upswing, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased by 1 index point, bringing it to within 1 index point of the level it reached at this point last year and 3 index points above where it was in 2019. All optical sales categories, except contact lenses, experienced slight upticks last week. Exams/refractions had the largest increase of 3 index points, while contact lenses at the other end of the sales spectrum decreased by 1 index point. Rounding out the increases were lens pairs, which were up 2 index points and frame units, up 1 index point. Read More

20/20 Europe: Luxottica Frames Spotted at the 74th Cannes Film Festival

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 9:00 AM Luxottica has issued a raft of new images of celebrities wearing their brands, including the iconic collection Ray-Ban, at the Cannes Film Festival this summer. Among the famous faces wearing the sunglasses were icons of the cinema: Sean Penn, Owen Wilson, Wes Anderson, Pedro Almodovar, Benicio del Toro and Sophie Marceau. Sean Penn and Owen Wilson wore the iconic Ray-Ban Aviator 3025, and Izabel Goulart—the Brazilian fashion model—was seen wearing Ray-Ban State Street, a larger sized frame for women offering a hot retro look. This style will be featured in the new You Are On campaign. Read More

Transitions Optical Announces 2020 Innovation Awards Finalists

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 5:09 PM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical announced the finalists for its annual Transitions Innovation Awards program, which recognizes both individuals and companies for their innovative efforts to support the Transitions brand over the past year. The winners will be announced later this year and honored during Transitions Academy 2022, January 16-19. “2020 was a unique year, and it’s now more important than ever to focus on the highlights and celebrate our Innovation Award finalists and their achievements,” said Jose Alves, general manager, Americas, Transitions Optical. Read More

Gene Therapy May Preserve Vision in Retinal Disease and Serious Retinal Injury

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Monday, July 26, 2021 2:55 PM NEW YORK—Mount Sinai researchers have uncovered a potential pathway for treatment that can prevent blindness. Gene therapy in mouse models showed promise in preventing vision loss or blindness from serious retinal injury including optic nerve damage, and from retinal disease including diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, Mount Sinai researchers report. Their study, published in the July 22 online publication of Cell, could transform treatment for those at risk of major vision loss from retinal degenerative diseases, which currently have no cure. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: Resource Improving My Patients’ Care and Office Experience

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Monday, July 26, 2021 2:50 PM As many of us know, examining some patients can be more demanding than others. Specifically, patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, intellectual disabilities, or anxiety, can be a particular challenge. But a few years ago, I stumbled upon a trick that made these exams much more enjoyable. Our service dog Penny. It didn’t take long for me to get Penny certified as a service dog. While there are different levels of service dogs, and some require intensive training, Penny was already fairly well trained, so I only had to go through minor steps to get her certified as an emotional support animal (ESA). Read More

Registration Is Now Open for Vision Expo West 2021

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Friday, July 23, 2021 4:00 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Registration is now open for Vision Expo West 2021, taking place September 22-25 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. With Las Vegas fully reopened, the Show organizers, The Vision Council and RX, are planning a robust Show experience featuring several new neighborhoods, in addition to the return of The Suites, as well as extensive education opportunities and the return of the OptiCon @ Vision Expo program and hub. Students and young professionals can also look forward to The Career Zone and dedicated student programming. Read More

Review of Optometry: Optometry at Work—The How, When and Where of Who Delivers Care

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Friday, July 23, 2021 3:55 PM Over the next decade, the optometric workforce is projected to experience growth of 1.4 percent each year, a continued shift toward a female OD majority and a more limited additional capacity for the profession to expand than previously suggested, a recent national survey suggests. The investigation, based on 2017 data and published in Optometry and Vision Science, also found a lack of diversity in the profession. Minorities are poorly represented in optometry, which the authors cite as concerning and a barrier to care. Specifically, only 3.8 percent of respondents self-identified as Hispanic or Latino, 0.4 percent as Black/African-American and 0.2 percent as Native American. “This is clearly much lower than the overall population’s makeup and hopefully is a wake-up call to our profession to encourage minority recruitment,” said Brian Chou, OD, of San Diego. Read More

Johnson & Johnson Reports Rebound in Sales and Earnings, With Vision Care Segment Also Bouncing Back from 2020’s Dropoff

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Thursday, July 22, 2021 4:39 PM NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) reported Wednesday that its second-quarter sales increased 27.1 percent to $23.3 billion, with operational sales growth of 23 percent and adjusted operational growth of 23.8 percent. Net earnings increased 73.1 percent, totaling $6.3 billion in the recent quarter compared with $3.6 billion in the year-ago period, according to the announcement. In the J&J’s medical devices business segment, which includes vision care and contact lenses, worldwide sales rose 62.7 percent in the quarter on a reported basis (57 percent on an operational basis) to approximately $7 billion (compared with $4.3 billion in the year-ago period). Read More

Following Downturns from July Fourth Holiday, Optical Sales Make a Quick Recovery for Week of July 12-18, Jobson’s Latest Weekly Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 2:40 PM NEW YORK—Optical sales quickly recovered last week, July 12-18, following the previous week’s downturns due to the Independence Day holiday. In fact, the national average for gross revenue at ECP locations not only regained the -16 index points it lost the previous week (July 5-11) but also added an additional 2 index points last week for a total increase of 18 index points, according to the latest Practice Performance Tracker from Jobson. Last week, all optical sales categories not only regained the losses they experienced the previous week but also surpassed their prior levels. Read More

20/20 Europe: Kering Eyewear Acquires Danish Eyewear Company Lindberg

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 2:37 PM Kering Eyewear has acquired Lindberg, the family-owned, award-winning Danish eyewear company, renowned for its titanium optical frames, design, innovative and patented technology and craftsmanship. The acquisition for 100 percent of the share capital of Lindberg was announced earlier this month. Founded in 1969 in Denmark by optician Poul-Jørn Lindberg and his wife as an optical store and turned into a multinational company by their son Henrik, Lindberg is a high-end manufacturer of design-oriented, lightweight, and customizable optical frames with a specialization in titanium. Read More

All the News Is Not Bad as Sports Stars Step Up to Raise Eye Health Awareness and Give Back to the Community

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021 9:00 AM NEW YORK—Sports stars are often the subject of negative news stories and social media posts, and sometimes deservedly so, while their efforts at community service and good deeds go unnoticed. Yet, there are numerous examples of the latter—most recently a vision care clinic that the WNBA’s Diamond DeShields pulled together in Chicago—and these do not get as much attention. In an effort to flip-flop the news cycle and spotlight a few good-news stories about high-profile athletes, VMAIL Weekend is highlighting a few recent events in which athletes have stepped up to give back to their communities or to support health-related causes. Read More

Women In Optometry: Hitting Pause on Relocation Proves to Be a Smart Decision

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021 8:55 AM The week that the COVID-19 closures hit Michigan in March 2020, Kelly Carrier, OD, was preparing to take out a loan to relocate her office Dexter Family Eye Center. “I decided to wait; I imagined there would be better loan opportunities once this was over.” It was a smart move, as Dr. Carrier was able to secure a Small Business Administration loan a few months later in July. In 2019, Dr. Carrier had already found her new spot that met her two requirements for the relocation: she had to be able to own the space, and it had to allow for a layout that maximized use of all the square footage. Her original office location in an old home was 1,800 square feet, but the layout left a great deal of that room unusable. Read More

Warby Parker Launches Virtual Vision Test, Enhanced Eyeglass and CL Rx Renewal App

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Monday, July 19, 2021 11:15 AM NEW YORK—Warby Parker yesterday significantly expanded its telehealth services by introducing Virtual Vision Test, a new and updated app that allows users to update both eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions. It is a one-stop solution for renewing an eyeglass or contact lens Rx using only an iPhone from anywhere, anytime. The test, which will cost $15, launched to the public yesterday. The test in the app is a new iteration of the Prescription Check app that Warby introduced in 2017. The company noted that the new Virtual Vision Test app is powered by a proprietary distance estimation algorithm that its in-house team developed using Apple’s Vision Framework. It has developed a suite of algorithms that allows the tool to measure the actual distance from the user to the device, rather than relying on the user to manually adjust and measure themselves (which leaves more room for human error). Read More

Review of Optometric Business: 3 Changes that Increased Anti-Fatigue Lens Sales by 40 Percent

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Monday, July 19, 2021 11:13 AM Changes to how your practice operates can greatly benefit the patient experience and profitability. Around five years ago we added the Zeiss i.Terminal 2 to our optical, technology that is in the same category as devices like Optikam and Spectangle. We broke even from this investment within the first month of its use in our office. We wanted a more precise way of taking the measurements needed for digital lenses. We realized we needed to give our patients better, more customized vision with digital lenses. The goal was to increase our sales of digital/anti-fatigue lenses. The software behind the device costs $2,500-$5,000. After implementing it, we increased our digital/anti-fatigue lens sales by over 40 percent. Read More

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

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Friday, July 16, 2021 8:03 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. Read More