Smart Vision Labs Launches Telemedicine Pilot Program With Devlyn Optical in the U.S.

By dba Staff
Friday, October 21, 2016 2:15 PM NEW YORK—Smart Vision Labs is expanding its reach into California through a new partnership with Devlyn Optical, a multinational optical retailer.

Contentlinq Tests New Media Management and Distribution Service for Brands

By Staff
Friday, October 21, 2016 2:10 PM CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA, Calif.—Engaging eyewear consumers at retail is an ongoing challenge for both ECPs and vendors. But a new service that enables retailers to better leverage eyewear suppliers’ marketing assets may help change this.

Vote Now for Vision Monday's and 20/20 Magazine's EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards

By dba Staff
Friday, October 21, 2016 2:05 PM

NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the eighth annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year.

Voting Leave Laws Vary Significantly From State to State

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Sunday, October 16, 2016 12:05 PM NEW YORK—As the presidential election draws near, employers may be wondering how to handle requests for time off to vote on Election Day, which is Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. While there is no federal law that entitles workers to time off, many states offer voting leave to employees in certain circumstances.

Higher Frequency of Exams and Eyewear Purchases Among
Those Americans With Vision Benefits, NAVCP Reports

By dba Staff
Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:15 PM LOUISVILLE, Ky.—With the annual open enrollment period now underway for millions of Americans, the National Association of Vision Care Plans, is stepping up to emphasize the correlation between vision benefits (in employer health plans) and healthy eyecare habits, illustrating higher frequency of both eye exams and eyewear purchases among those Americans who have benefits. The findings are from a new survey issued by NAVCP last month.

‘Sight: The Story of Vision’ Companion eBook and Second Screen App Now Available

By dba Staff
Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:10 PM NEW YORK—The producers of the film “Sight: The Story of Vision” have released an eBook as a companion piece to the documentary by Koenig Films Inc., which debuted on PBS stations on Oct. 13. The Sight eBook was underwritten by a grant from CooperVision.

‘Customer X 360’ Addresses Changes in Tech, Shifts in Consumer Expectations

By Mark Tosh, Senior Editor
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:15 AM

LAS VEGAS—Rapid changes in technology and shifting consumer expectations are two key elements driving a reassessment of the retail customer experience, a group of speakers at VM LIVE’s “Customer X 360” session explained. Held here at the start of Expo West, the session offered a standing-room only crowd several perspectives on the changing Customer Experience.

[Partner Post] Salt Lake City Practice Grows CL Sales 10 Percent, Credits Staff Training Programs

By Jobson Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:10 AM

SALT LAKE CITY—While contact lens business growth has largely remained flat across the industry, Standard Optical, an 18-location practice here, has grown contact lens sales 10 percent in the last year while increasing market share in its local contact lens arena.

A 6 Percent Increase in Health Care Premiums Expected for 2017

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:05 AM

NEW YORK—Health care benefit cost increases at large U.S. employers are expected to hold steady at 6 percent in 2017. The good news is that health premiums are not growing at a faster rate year after year, as they were a decade ago. The bad news is that the increase in health plan costs still outpaces general inflation in the U.S., which remains below 2 percent, and salary budget increases, which are holding at roughly 3 percent.

For Metro Optics, It’s All About Serving the Community

By dba Staff
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:15 AM

BRONX, N. Y.—Over the past three years, New York City’s Metro Optics has continued to expand its model of community–oriented eyecare by growing its outreach and engagement program and developing an e-commerce platform to increase its reach and service provision. The company, which operates four locations in the Bronx, has also invested in advanced technology for testing, diagnostics and treatment of eye disease. Additionally, it is one the first optical retailers in the country to offer high tech eyewear such as smart glasses.

Employers Face Stiffer Fines for Not Reporting Severe Job Injuries

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:10 AM NEW YORK—Employers are facing higher penalties for failing to report severe injuries and illnesses under a revised policy issued by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Innovative Technology Is Focus of Customer X 360 at Today’s VM LIVE Event

By Staff
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:05 AM NEW YORK—As online purchases of eyewear increase, optical retailers and eyecare professionals are seeking new ways to attract and retain customers, as well as compete with each other. Many are investing in new technologies that promise to enhance the customer experience.

Michael Kling, OD, to Share Customer X 360 Experience at VM LIVE Event on Sept. 14

By dba Staff
Thursday, August 25, 2016 1:15 PM

NEW YORK—One of the country’s innovative optometrists, Michael Kling, OD, owner and CEO of Invision Optometry of San Diego, Calif. has joined the roster of speakers who will be addressing the topic of “Customer X 360,” examining how a mix of cutting edge technologies, data management and unique presentations are changing the customer experience, the theme of a new VM LIVE event at Vision Expo West on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

[Partner Post] Virginia Eye Institute Adopts Cloud-Based Software to Grow and Manage Contact Lens Business

By ROB Editors
Thursday, August 25, 2016 1:10 PM

RICHMOND, VA.—Virginia Eye Institute (VEI), a seven-location, large ophthalmology-optometry practice, set out to improve their contact lens services to patients as a strategic growth initiative in early 2015. The practice identified contact lens ordering and delivery services to patients as areas that could be made more effective and give VEI a competitive advantage. At this time, VEI used the online contact lens ordering tools offered by its distributors, but the practice’s owners found these tools to be limited.

Why You Need to Implement Job Descriptions in Your Business

By Hedley Lawson
Thursday, August 25, 2016 1:05 PM

NEW YORK—As you may already know, there is no state or federal law that requires employers to have job descriptions. But as we have all found in our businesses, job descriptions can be helpful tools for both practical and other legal reasons. Here are some of the most important reasons.