The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Jan. 10-16, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 2:48 PM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Jan. 10-16, at a rate of 5 index points. That places gross revenue at a level well below (-13 index points) where it was at this point in time (Week 3) last year, slightly below (-4 index points) where it was in 2020, and slightly above (2 index points) where it was in 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. Read More

20/20 Europe: RIGARDS Celebrates 10 Years

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 2:40 PM This season, RIGARDS marks its 10th anniversary with the presentation of ‘RIGARDS TEN’, a 10-year retrospective show, which opened on December 19 at the Yiji Gallery, Chongqing (China). The brand also announced their ‘Warm Regards’ Online Charity Auction. This anniversary event offered 10 one-off pairs of specially crafted frames, each a pinnacle of RIGARDS’s creative vision and a work of singular importance in our oeuvre. 100 percent of the proceeds from these sales will directly benefit Captivating International Foundation Hong Kong’s ‘One More Year’ Scholarship Program. Read More

The Road to Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 3:37 PM NEW YORK—On Monday, Americans across the country celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day—always on the third Monday in January, a day to honor the life of the Civil Rights hero who changed the United States for better. Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, but wasn’t necessarily hailed as a hero by all right away—in fact, it was a long road to celebrating him with an annual federal holiday. History.com reports that Dr. King was “the first modern private citizen to be honored with a federal holiday,” with the first big push to create a holiday in honor of him coming just a few days after his assassination. Here, we take a look at how the federal holiday came about. Read More

Review of Ophthalmology: What Makes a Good Chair of Ophthalmology?

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 3:27 PM The selection of an academic health center (AHC) chair is the most important choice a health system can make regarding the future of health care in America. Within ophthalmology, this is true whether an ophthalmologist goes into private practice or academics. It’s so important because department chairs recruit and retain clinicians and scientists who train future generations of doctors, discover new cures for disease through research, and deliver high-quality clinical care from these AHC’s across the country. Read More

Bausch + Lomb Corp. Files Registration Statement and Preliminary Prospectus for Proposed Initial Public Offering

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Friday, January 14, 2022 3:39 PM LAVAL, Quebec and VAUGHAN, Ontario—Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) said late Thursday that it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) its plans for spinning off the wholly owned subsidiary Bausch + Lomb Corp. This filing is in connection with the company’s previously announced intention to separate the vision care business, Bausch + Lomb Corp. and the plan now moves ahead with the public filing of a registration statement on Form S-1 with the SEC and a preliminary base post-receipt pricing procedure (PREP) prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada (other than Quebec) relating to this proposed initial public offering (IPO) of Bausch + Lomb's common shares. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: Myopia Management in the Philippines—An International Perspective

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Friday, January 14, 2022 3:22 PM I was recently trying to convince a 39-year-old -9.00D myopic father to get his daughter into our myopia management program with orthokeratology. He shook his head and asked, “Myopia control? Orthokeratology? What is it all about? I have been wearing glasses since I was 8, and I am fine. I know my daughter has my genes, so I’m expecting she will also be nearsighted like me.” This is just one of the many encounters I get when I talk to parents about myopia management for their children. They pose the same questions since I started incorporating OrthoK into my practice in the early 2000s. Read More

Indies Spread Glaucoma Awareness This Month

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Thursday, January 13, 2022 11:37 AM NEW YORK—As we settle into the new year, the optical industry is also settling into Glaucoma Awareness Month. Prevent Blindness has been at the forefront this January, offering a variety of free educational and awareness-building resources to help prevent unnecessary vision loss from one of the world’s leading causes of blindness including fact sheets (available in English or Spanish), and shareable infographics. In addition, ECPs across the country have stepped up to share vital information about glaucoma on their own platforms, including social media. With its wide reach and endless possibilities, social media is an excellent way to reach patients who might not know all they need to about glaucoma and there’s still plenty of time to get involved. Here, we’re taking a look at how some ECPs have spread the word. Read More

20/20 Europe: Block-Chain Based ‘V.I.R.T.U.S.’ Project Launched at Kering

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Thursday, January 13, 2022 11:20 AM The company has landed an inclusive data exchange platform for measuring the overall impact of its value chain, in line with its commitment towards environmental responsibility and sustainable innovation. Kering Eyewear describes the project as a major step forward in its sustainability strategy. Described as a verified, integrated, reliable, and secure data exchange platform, it is built upon the blockchain technology as a key enabler of assessment and traceability of all operations involved in the manufacturing system. Read More

Opticians Association of America Postpones the OAA State Leadership Conference to June Due to COVID Disruptions

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 1:50 PM LAKELAND, Tenn.—The Opticians Association of America (OAA) said it has made “the difficult decision to postpone its upcoming OAA State Leadership Conference,” which was scheduled for Feb. 10-12 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The new dates are June 2–4, 2022. The association cited “the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, disruptions to domestic travel, onsite safety precautions, and hotel staff shortages,” as among the factors leading to its decision to postpone the meeting. OAA said it has already secured the new dates with its current hotel, the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort Area. Read More

Review of Optometry: Mental Health May Affect How DED Patients Present

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022 1:38 PM Dry eye disease (DED) and psychological conditions are closely related, according to much of the published literature. There are numerous therapies, but DED remains a chronic condition that has the potential to adversely affect patients’ mental health and quality of life. According to the literature, there’s a greater prevalence of depression and anxiety among DED patients than healthy controls, and there’s also a reverse relationship showing that depression may be a risk factor for DED. Read More

The Vision Council Announces Postponement of the 2022 Executive Summit

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022 5:18 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced that the 2022 Executive Summit, scheduled to take place January 24–26, has been postponed due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, disruptions to air travel and business interruptions. The event will be rescheduled on a later date and announced in the coming weeks. “The design of our 2022 Executive Summit is centered around the needs of our members and the industry. To that end, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the event due to the impact the current and potential constraints caused by the pandemic and the subsequent state and federal guidelines may have on our members and their businesses,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. “We look forward to holding this in-person event and providing attendees with the quality they have come to expect from the Executive Summit.” Read More

Review of Optometric Business: Ask These 3 Questions in the Exam Room to Boost Care & Profitability

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022 5:09 PM You have limited time with patients in your exam room. It’s important to make that time count by asking questions that will enable you to provide better care while also directing patients to products and services that would benefit them. Here are three questions I ask in the exam room that positively impact patient care and my ability to prescribe additional services and products that will improve their lives. Read More

Women In Optometry: Here’s to New Beginnings

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Monday, January 10, 2022 1:20 PM Mina Chen, OD, was enjoying a date night stroll down the streets of Petaluma with her husband, Ian, when she unexpectedly fell in love with the small California city.  With its walkable distances and exposed brick wall buildings, the city reminded her of the days when she attended the State University of New York College of Optometry. “I fell in love at first sight, and the area happened to have several retiring optometrists, so it was the perfect opportunity to scout for my own private practice,” she says. Read More

Mido 2022 Is Postponed to April 30-May 2 in Milan

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Friday, January 7, 2022 4:59 PM MILAN—Organizers of Mido 2022 announced today that the international eyewear exhibition will "go back to its origins, taking place from Saturday, April 30 to Monday May 2 in Milan's Rho Pero Fiera fairgrounds. The decision to move the show was driven by the will to ensure exhibitors and visitors the best business conditions, even in this global pandemic situation," the announcement noted, adding, "The new dates represent a profitable period for commercial activities, still respecting the ongoing [timing] of other international eyewear fairs. This is a strategic time of the year for business and internationalization, taking Mido back to its origins, as its first edition actually took place in the month of May. The hope is that the arrival of spring will also bring safer and easier travel between countries, confirming Mido as a key element in the industry on a global level." Read More

20/20 Magazine: Not Interested in Making History

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Friday, January 7, 2022 4:44 PM In April 2020, when Connecticut optician Norma Brown opened ProVision in Hartford, she wasn’t interested in making history, but she did—and already had. In 2008 Norma became the first Black female licensed optician in Fairfield County, CT and next opened the state’s first Black-owned optical shop. When a sales rep who had done some research informed Norma of those distinctions, she was surprised. She wasn’t interested in making history. As Noma puts it, she saw only an opportunity and “let down my net for a catch.” Read More