Stanton Optical and My Eyelab Prepare for 32 New Store Openings in 2017

By dba Staff
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 3:16 PM

PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—Stanton Optical and My Eyelab, two optical retailers owned by Vision Precision Holdings, are embarking on an ambitious expansion plan for 2017, with an expectation of entering a half dozen new markets and opening new locations at a rate of almost three new units per month, according to a Stanton Optical executive. Stanton Optical also will bolster its presence in Southern California, Texas and South Carolina as its builds out its store base this year.

2017 Brings New EEOC Reporting Requirements for Employers

By dba Staff
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 3:10 PM

NEW YORK—As the administration of President-elect Donald Trump begins to formulate its plans, employers are cautiously watching how changes to the tax code and Affordable Care Act (ACA), among other changes, could impact them in 2017.

Canada’s New Look Vision Group Completes Purchase of British Columbia Retailer

By Staff
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 3:10 AM MONTREAL, QUEBEC—New Look Vision Group Inc. (BCI.TO) has completed its planned acquisition of the retail optical assets and business portion of western Canadian retailer Visions One Hour Optical Ltd., according to a statement issued by New Look Vision Group.

[Partner Post] How to Prepare Your Optometric Practice for 2017

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 1:10 PM NEW YORK—The end of the calendar year is the time to give thanks, be with friends and family, and spend any remaining employee health benefits. For most optometric practices, this means that you’ll potentially see more patients than you have in a while. As the year winds down, you need to find a balance to focus on your practices’ current needs, past performance and future direction.

Following the Bouncing Ball on the ‘New’ Overtime Rules

By dba Staff
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:15 PM NEW YORK—On Nov. 22, 2016, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted a request for a nationwide preliminary injunction enjoining the Department of Labor (DOL) "from implementing and enforcing" the new regulations increasing the salary basis test for overtime exemptions, set to go into effect on Dec. 1, 2016.

[Partner Post] Technology Helps Nebraska Practice Improve Staff Training and Increase Effective CL Sales

By dba Staff
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:10 PM OMAHA, Neb.—As business grew for Malbar Vision, a five-location practice in Omaha, Neb., challenges arose when it came to effectively managing its expanding contact lens business.

IRS Sets Earlier W-2 Filing Deadline for All Employers

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:05 PM NEW YORK—The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding employers that the annual deadline for filing copies of employees' Form W-2 with the Social Security Administration (SSA) has been moved to Jan. 31. In the past, employers typically had until the end of February if filing on paper, or the end of March if filing electronically, to submit copies of these forms to the government.

Registration Opens for 2017 VM Summit, as Meeting’s Focus Turns to Artificial Intelligence

By Staff
Friday, November 18, 2016 10:15 AM NEW YORK—Diagnosing an illness that confounds the experts. Accurately predicting the perfect product choice. Interpreting massive amounts of data and spotting trends. These and other scenarios that involve Artificial Intelligence (AI), the most transformative technology in today’s digital world, will be explored at the VM Summit on March 29.

FTC Proposes Changes to the 2004 Contact Lens Rule and Sets Deadline for Comments

By Staff
Friday, November 18, 2016 10:10 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Federal Trade Commission proposed changes to the 2004 Contact Lens Rule, and also provided details on how the public can comment on the agency’s proposal by Jan. 30, 2017.

Open Enrollment Tips for Health Care Benefits in 2017

By Staff
Friday, November 18, 2016 10:05 AM NEW YORK—Once a year, company owners, managers and HR pros see the annual Open Enrollment season as an opportunity to personally engage with employees by helping them to make choices that will safeguard their health and financial well-being. Before starting this year’s process, here are a few tips you should review before putting your plans into action.

Harris Poll National Eye C.A.R.E. Study Cites Multi-Screen Lifestyle as Key Factor in Rising Prevalence of Dry Eye

By Staff
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 12:14 AM LEXINGTON, Mass.—The results of a national survey released this week indicate that 89 percent of eyecare professionals believe today’s multi-screen lifestyle (with daily use of mobile, tablet and computer screens) is responsible for an increase in dry eye disease, and that dry eye is becoming increasingly common.

[Partner Post] Des Moines Practice Upgrades to Varilux Lenses for Increased Profit and Patient Satisfaction

By Staff
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 12:10 AM DES MOINES, Iowa—As a major growth initiative in 2016, Real Optics, a 14-location practice located in Des Moines, Iowa, explored options to increase the quality of lenses it offered to patients, and after a thorough review of the line, Real identified Varilux products as the means to do so.

Alpine Capital Announces Senior Secured Financing to Claris Vision Holdings

By Staff
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 12:05 AM CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Alpine Capital LLC, a health care-focused financial services firm, said it has provided $7.5 million in financing to Claris Vision Holdings, a  company that brings together some of New England’s top eyecare practices.

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.