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.

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 Staff
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.