The Vision Council Concludes Successful 2022 National Sunglasses Day Campaign

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Friday, July 1, 2022 11:07 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—On June 27, The Vision Council brought the importance of ultraviolet (UV)-protective eyewear to life through a successful National Sunglasses Day campaign. The Vision Council encouraged members and the industry at large to participate by posting on their social media channels using the official hashtags, #NationalSunglassesDay and #SunglassSelfie, and tagging @TheVisionCouncil, @opticalindustry and @VisionOptionsbyTVC. The social media campaign, including the #NationalSunglassesDay hashtag, garnered more than 137 million impressions and more than 146,900 engagements, including posts from Pitbull, Iris Apfel, Paris Hilton, Green Bay Packers, NASA, the US Secret Service, and more. Read More

Review of Ophthalmology: Visual Fields—What Tests to Use, and When

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Friday, July 1, 2022 11:00 AM Visual field testing remains an essential part of detecting and monitoring the progression of glaucoma, so it should be no surprise that new product options for performing this type of testing continue to proliferate, while existing options continue to be refined. Currently, more than 14 companies offer an in-office perimeter, using different algorithms to detect glaucomatous defects and analyze the data. In addition, with the advent of head-mounted virtual perimetry and tablet-based perimetry, a long list of additional companies and testing approaches have entered the picture. All of this technology is helping to make the doctor’s job easier and potentially make results more accurate. Read More

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of June 20-26, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 1:05 PM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, June 20-26, at a rate of 3 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 7 index points above where it was at this point in time, Week 26, when compared with last year, 3 points above Week 26 of 2020, and 9 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories increased last week when compared with the previous week, ranging from 3 index points for gross revenue, exams/refractions and lens pairs to 1 index point for contact lenses. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: SightGlass Vision Spectacles Slow Myopia Progression for 6- and 7-Year-Olds

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 1:00 PM In analyzing two-year data from SightGlass Vision’s CYPRESS clinical trial, experts have learned that the spectacle lenses were effective at controlling myopia in 6- and 7-year-olds. SightGlass Vision’s Diffusion Optics Technology (DOT) reduced both axial length (mean absolute reduction = 0.27 mm) and cycloplegic SER progression (mean absolute reduction = 0.77D) in 6- and 7-year-old children versus the control. The focus on age is of particular interest to eyecare professionals and researchers, as myopia progresses fastest in the youngest children. Since progression cannot be reversed, immediate intervention to slow or even stop progression is critical to a child’s short-term vision and long-term ocular health. Read More

New Jobson Quarterly ECPulse Survey Monitors Wide Range of Influences on ECPs' Businesses

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 11:50 AM NEW YORK—A new ECPulse Survey of eyecare professionals across the country is being started by Jobson Research this month, a new quarterly research series which will monitor a range of factors influencing ECPs' business. The first Q2 2022 ECPulse report, conducted in June 2022, surveyed 403 ECPs. It examines general business trends, practice profitability comparability by month and quarter, a closer look at business trends, such as interest in specialization, the impact of supply chain issues and more. Among the data shown in the first study, which queried ECPs about prices, 44 percent indicated they had raised prices in some areas of their business, while another 27 percent indicated they had done so "across the board." Read More

EssilorLuxottica Board of Directors Pays Tribute to Leonardo Del Vecchio and Appoints New Chairman

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:46 PM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica’s Board of Directors, met today and paid homage to chairman, Leonardo Del Vecchio, who passed away peacefully yesterday morning. “He will forever be remembered for his values, robust leadership, passion, exceptional character as well as his dedication toward the company and its employees,” the announcement said. During the meeting, the Board of Directors appointed Francesco Milleri as its new chairman for the remaining duration of his mandate. Milleri will also carry on assuming his term of office as chief executive officer of EssilorLuxottica. Read More

Review of Optometry: Doing More With Less

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:43 PM There is a chronic undersupply of corneal tissue worldwide. It’s estimated that there is only one donor cornea for every 70 diseased eyes that would benefit from transplant surgery. Estimates show there are up to 30 million patients around the world in need of corneal restoration. Luckily, recent advances in corneal surgery are helping to ease these shortages and hopefully will aid in streamlining the surgical process. Every year, hundreds of corneas donated to eye banks are disqualified from being used due to deferral policies by FDA and the Eye Bank Association of America, mostly out of concern for potential disease transmission. Read More

20/20 Europe: Eco to Gift Frames at Brilliant Minds Foundation Event

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022 11:47 AM Brilliant Minds Foundation is a global platform for creative individuals to come together on world changing ideas. The aim of the Brilliant Minds Foundation is to support and connect founders with transformative ideas that make the world more sustainable, creative and collaborative. The Brilliant Minds event theme this year is ‘Change’ with a focus on sustainability and creating a sustainable future, and the event will welcome a great list of creative, influential people in the world. ECO has announced a contribution to the event itself with a selection of forward-thinking sunglasses and blue light protective frames for men and women, each emblazoned with “ECO X BRILLIANT MINDS” printed inside the temple. Read More

Schneider Unveils Modulo One, the First Fully Automated Optical Lab, at Digicon Conference

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Monday, June 27, 2022 5:20 PM MARBURG, Germany—Optical laboratory owners and operators from around the globe gathered here last week at Digicon 2022, a conference sponsored by Schneider Optical Machines that served as a springboard to launch Modulo One, the company’s fully automated platform for fabricating and processing ophthalmic lenses. The Modulo One system is a first of its kind system that Schneider calls “The Power-Lab of the Next Decade.” The system operates without human touch. It consists of 11 new machines and processes that Schneider has released sequentially over the past 11 months. The rollout is the most extensive series of products the company has introduced in its 35-year history. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: A Better Way to Pay ODs

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Monday, June 27, 2022 5:17 PM Great optometrists enable a practice to expand patient access to high-quality care, and, in the process, boost profitability. The question is how to compensate ODs for the value they provide to a practice. Here is what has worked well in our practice. The longest lasting and most common compensation model is compensating based on a percentage of production that is usually set at a specific percentage, and may or may not have production bonuses tied to it. We did that for a long time and recently changed to a revenue/OD hour OR total revenue compensation that rewards ODs who are efficient and productive in executing on recommendations made in clinic. Read More

Prevent Blindness Declares Second Annual Fireworks Safety Awareness Week as June 28-July 4 to Educate on the Dangers of Fireworks

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Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:26 PM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest nonprofit eye health and safety organization, has declared June 28-July 4, 2022 as the Second Annual Fireworks Safety Awareness Week, to help educate the public on the dangers of fireworks. During the week, Prevent Blindness will post messages on its various social media channels, as well as offer free shareable materials including fact sheets and social media graphics. Prevent Blindness has also issued its own Fireworks Position Statement, according to an announcement from Prevent Blindness. Read More

20/20 Magazine: Signet Armorlite Introduces Kodak Lens Smiles

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Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:23 PM Signet Armorlite, the exclusive provider of Kodak Lenses, has launched Kodak Lens Smiles, a new two year program for independent eyecare providers to increase their practice revenues. “Kodak Lens Smiles is a program exclusively for independent ECPs to deliver a personal, professional and memorable experience to their patients buying Kodak progressive lenses,” said Samar Shamieh, Signet Armorlite’s senior marketing manager. Signet Armorlite will support these efforts by offering practices its full suite of tools that provide incredible value to practices. Practices signing up to receive all the tools offered in the Kodak Lens Smiles program can receive benefits valued up to $15,000. Read More

American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces Inaugural BRIGHT IDEAS Pitch Competition

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Thursday, June 23, 2022 12:32 PM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has announced its inaugural BRIGHT IDEAS Pitch Competition. The competition is designed to provide recognition, mentoring, and monetary reward to new or early-stage entrepreneurs with an idea or innovation that will improve eyecare treatment or devices. The application deadline is Friday, July 8, 2022. The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). It was founded in 1947 for the “upholding, broadening, fostering, promoting and aiding of optometric education; the profession of optometry and its practitioners.” Read More 

Women In Optometry: Shift in Employment Status Provided Doctor the Motivation to Open Her Own Practice

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Thursday, June 23, 2022 12:25 PM Before Nataliya Yakovleva, OD, became an optometrist, she had several occupations, but none of them were in health care. Originally from Russia, her college degree is in education, specifically in teaching the English language. Coming to this country had her exploring other options. “As an immigrant, oftentimes you are not able to use your original education. You must be open to other options in order to get established. I have tried accounting, property management and marketing, and eventually ended up in real estate. I was in real estate in 2007 when the economy started to recess, and by 2008 real estate took a hit,” she recalls. So she thought that a career in health care might be more recession-proof. Read More

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of June 13-19, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022 3:39 PM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, June 13-19, at a rate of -2 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 4 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 25) when compared with last year, 3 points above Week 25 of 2020, and 10 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories were either flat or down last week when compared with the previous week, ranging from -3 index points for lens pairs to unchanged for frame units. Other than gross revenue’s decline of -2 index points, the other two categories, exams/refractions and contact lenses, were down -1 index point. Read More