In Operation for More than a Century, Standard Optical Plans More Growth Under Third and Fourth Generation Leadership

By John Sailer
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 12:30 PM SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—Standard Optical is one of those rare companies that not only has passed the 100-year milestone but also remains in the hands of family members. Founded here in 1911 by Henry Schubach, Standard Optical is currently under the management of third and fourth generation family members, Stephen and Aaron Schubach, respectively.

Optometrist Analyzes Eight Locations to Determine Best Practices

By dba Staff
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 12:15 PM KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Ryan Powell, OD, the owner of Insight Eyecare Specialties, applies principles learned outside optometry in managing eight locations with 10 optometrists. To understand how your entire business is doing, he explained, examine the individual performance of each location.

‘Change Management’ Is the Answer to These ‘Turbulent Times’

By Staff
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 12:10 PM

LAS VEGAS—“These are turbulent times,” said Jim Edwards, addressing an audience composed of members of Opti-Port, the national alliance of multi-office eyecare providers for which he is president and CEO.

CooperVision Launches Nationwide Search for ‘Best Practices’

By John Sailer
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 12:15 PM

PLEASONTON, Calif.—CooperVision is leading a nationwide search to discover and recognize U.S. eyecare practices that have found unique ways to make their businesses thrive.

What Concerns Practices When Dealing With a Wholesale Optical Lab?

By John Sailer
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 12:10 PM NEW YORK—While many multiple-location regional optical groups often take advantage of economies of scale by operating their own in-house centralized optical lab, some still outsource their surfacing and finishing work to other wholesale optical labs.

[Partner Post] Looking for Relevant Metrics, Henry Ford OptimEyes Finds More than Expected

By dba Staff
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 11:51 AM MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich.—Henry Ford OptimEyes (HFO), a 20-location, 60-OD practice in southeastern Michigan, wanted to benchmark its performance compared to other independent, multi-office eyecare groups.

Husband-and-Wife Optometrist Team Opens Fifth Location in Arizona

By John Sailer
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 12:15 PM

PHOENIX, Ariz.—With the addition of its newest location, an acquisition of an existing practice in Glendale, Ariz., 20/20 Image Eye Centers now operates five locations in the vicinity of Phoenix, Ariz.

Five Vital Topics to Consider When Adding Another Location

By Evan Kestenbaum, MBA, dba Contributor; David Komar and Robert Krivit, CFP, of Wells Fargo
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 12:10 PM NEW YORK—Now may be as good of a time as ever to consider expanding your optical operation by purchasing an established practice or adding a new location. Interest rates remain favorable for both short- and long-term lending amid speculation that the Fed may raise interest rates later this year.

Vision Care Products and Services Up in All Categories

By John Sailer
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 12:01 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The total U.S. market for vision care products and services was up in all categories for the twelve-month period ending June 2015, according to the latest statistics available from The Vision Council’s VisionWatch report. As the chart indicates, lenses grew by the largest percentage (up 8.5 percent), followed by over-the-counter readers (up 6.2 percent) and frames (up 5.7 percent).

Bard Optical’s Owner Navigates Decades of Change Approaching 75th Anniversary

By John Sailer
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:15 PM PEORIA, Ill.—As Bard Optical approaches its 75th year in business next year, the regional optical group with 20 locations throughout Illinois has had decades to learn what works and what doesn’t when running a multiple-location practice.

Health Care Purchasing Study Enables Providers to Help Patients With Elective Care

By John Sailer
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:10 PM

COSTA MESA, Calif.—When making elective health care decisions, consumers simultaneously research both the procedure and how they will pay for it, according to a recently released study conducted by Rothstein Tauber, Inc., on behalf of CareCredit, a leading health care financing company and division of Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF).

Retail Sales of Polycarbonate Lenses Increased Most Over One Year, Survey Says

By John Sailer
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:05 PM

NEW YORK—Polycarbonate, super high index, Trivex and high index lens materials increased the most in sales when comparing total lens sales in 2014 with total lens sales in 2013, according to Jobson Research’s most recent MarketPulse survey on Premium Lenses.

Morgenthal Frederics Opens in Washington, D.C., with Twelfth High-End Optical Shop

By John Sailer
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 1:06 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C.—With the opening of a new location at the upscale retail hub known as CityCenterDC, Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) added its 12th Morgenthal Frederics high-end optical shop to its 61-store portfolio of luxury brands.

Jins Tracks Retail Data in Real Time with Microsoft Point-of-Sale System

By John Sailer
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 1:03 PM

SAN FRANCISCO—While Jins Eyewear’s in-house robotic edger took center stage when the Japanese optical retailer opened its first U.S. store here on April 10, 2015, state-of-the-art technology also plays a starring role behind the scenes to improve the retail experience.

Opti-Port ‘Managing Managed Care Workshop’ Keeps Multi-Office Members Ahead of the Curve

By John Sailer
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 1:00 PM

CHICAGO—In an effort to help its members navigate the impact of managed vision care, the Opti-Port national alliance of multi-office eyecare providers held its fourth annual managed care conference here, July 30 to 31, 2015. The 2015 Managing Managed Care Workshop boasted a record number of attendees.