John Sailer

John Sailer, Senior Editor

John covers news and feature coverage of national and regional optical retailers, managed vision care organizations, software systems and technology. He works closely with other members of the VM editorial staff to monitor developments in online optical retailing and other industry issues. John is the editor for dba, a monthly e-newsletter profiling successful local and regional retail/optometric businesses while addressing their decision-making needs. He is also a Co-Editor, for High Visibility, with Deirdre Carroll, on VisionMonday.com. Contact John at jsailer@jobson.com.

Regional Retailers Cross the Virtual Divide to Embrace E-Commerce

By John Sailer
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 9:15 AM While selling eyewear online was once viewed as almost violating the unwritten rules of optical retailing, many eyecare professionals have now come to realize that e-commerce is just one more form of omnichannel retailing that is not going away.

Consumers 'Likely' to Buy Rx Eyeglasses Highest in More Than Two Years

By John Sailer
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 9:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The percentage of consumers who are "very likely" and "extremely likely" to buy a complete new pair of prescription eyeglasses is at its highest level since 2012, according to the most recent statistics available from The Vision Council's VisionWatch Consumer Barometer for the six-month period ending September 2014.

Overheard

By John Sailer
Monday, January 19, 2015 7:21 PM “Millennials have favorite brands, and your goal is to be a favorite brand, according to author Jeff Fromm.”

Ten Things You Need to Know About Vision Economics

By John Sailer
Thursday, January 08, 2015 10:30 AM DALLAS—In its continuing effort to raise awareness about the need for healthy vision worldwide, the Vision Impact Institute has gathered concise facts on vision economics and listed them here as the Ten Things You Need to Know.

See Life Through a Nearsighted Child's Eyes

By John Sailer
Thursday, January 08, 2015 10:00 AM MASON, Ohio—While Vision Monday readers should already be familiar with the statistics related to uncorrected refractive error, for example, that one in four children suffers from an undiagnosed vision problem, OneSight’s video, "A Five-Foot Universe" provides a glimpse into what it really feels like from the perspective of a nearsighted child.

Last Minute Cancellations Canceled With Everseat App

By John Sailer
Tuesday, January 06, 2015 2:15 PM BALTIMORE—Everseat, the app that fills last minute cancellations, is only a year old and already serves over 40 specialties, including optometry and ophthalmology.

Overheard

By John Sailer
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM “While 80 percent of Chinese students suffer from myopia, only 20 percent of Chinese citizens have access to proper eyecare, according to the Vision Impact Institute.”

Alcon and The 'A' Team Make a NASCAR Pit Stop for High Performance Vision

By John Sailer
Thursday, December 11, 2014 2:30 PM CONCORD, N.C.—Eye-hand coordination along with the ability to see clearly and react quickly can mean the difference between winning and losing for auto racing pit crews and their drivers.

Union Approved and Staffed, Wisconsin Vision Expands

By John Sailer
Monday, November 24, 2014 10:30 AM NEW BERLIN, Wis.—With its business built serving organized labor, Wisconsin Vision already had its eyes on acquiring a practice that catered to the United Auto Workers (UAW) when that practice unexpectedly came up for auction earlier this year.

What Does the Affordable Care Act Mean for Your Practice? 'Nothing Yet,' Say Leading Regional Optical Groups

By John Sailer
Monday, November 24, 2014 10:00 AM One of the most controversial health care laws to pass in recent history, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA), continues to generate disagreement among health care providers and patients.

Kids Eye-Healthy Cities, Per VSP’s 2014 Eye Health Index For Kids

By John Sailer
Monday, November 24, 2014 9:30 AM BOISE CITY, Idaho—The number one most eye-healthy city for kids in the U.S. is Boise City, Idaho, followed by Oklahoma City, Okla., and Evansville, Ind., according to VSP Vision Care based on the percentage of kids who received an eye exam in 2013 who are covered by VSP Vision Care in areas where VSP covers a minimum of 100,000 people.

Nine Things You Didn't Know About John Lennon's Glasses

By John Sailer
Monday, November 24, 2014 9:30 AM LONDON—The U.K.’s Stylight, which groups fashion from 100 online shops in one place, has gathered nine obscure facts about John Lennon’s eyeglasses that even those in the optical community may not be aware of.

Vision Health Cooking Class

By John Sailer
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 3:30 PM SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—Bala Ambati, MD, PhD, hosts a "Nutrition for Vision" cooking class. The professor of ophthalmology, Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, discusses how diet and nutrition can affect certain conditions of the eye, such as dry eye, macular degeneration, and diabetes.

Education in Sight Helps China and the U.S.

By John Sailer
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 3:00 PM CHICAGO— Education in Sight is taking steps to help the over 30 million rural students in China and 3.5 million students in the U.S. suffering from uncorrected poor vision by bringing optometrists to perform eye exams in schools, providing free eyeglasses, and educating communities in proper eyecare to promote long-term change.

Eyewear Vending? It Could Happen!

By John Sailer
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM For brick-and-mortar retailers who think e-tailing, showrooming and other forms of multichannel retailing are creating an unfair competitive environment, consider the possibility of eyewear vending machines. While
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