Top Labs Earn High Marks in VM’s Annual ‘Checkup’

By Andrew Karp
Monday, September 11, 2017 1:00 AM NEW YORK—The history of the modern U.S. wholesale business can be summed up with two aphorisms: “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” and “Only the strong survive.” The first one applies to the dozens of labs that, over the past two decades, have been acquired by suppliers. The second applies to the wholesale labs that have remained independent. Both types of labs are represented in Vision Monday’s 2017 Top Labs Report, which ranks the industry’s largest labs.

Heading West

By Staff
Monday, August 28, 2017 12:30 AM LAS VEGAS—From Sept. 13 to 16, thousands of like-minded eyecare professionals will descend upon Las Vegas to attend International Vision Expo West, where what’s new in fashion, education and innovation come together. Vision Expo has it all, making it easy to customize your show experience and achieve your goals, according to show organizers.

Secrets of an ‘Intelligent’ Practice

By Mark Tosh
Monday, August 14, 2017 12:30 AM As many optometrists today recognize, the challenges of running a successful practice seem to mount on a regular basis. There are the day-to-day issues of dealing with managed care and government regulatory requirements, to name a few, and the more operations-related challenges of managing data, connecting with and retaining an increasingly “social” patient population and competing with a new class of online frame and contact lens retailers.

#Women Of Influence

By Staff
Monday, July 17, 2017 12:30 AM NEW YORK—2017 marks the 15th year of Vision Monday’s special signature report on Most Influential Women in Optical. Since 2003, we’ve been honoring women in optical, pulling from the worlds of vision care, retailing, manufacturing, distribution, dispensing and designing. This makes for a long and impressive list of honorees. (Go to for the complete alphabetical list).

Smart Moves

By Marge Axelrad and Andrew Karp
Monday, June 19, 2017 12:30 AM NEW YORK—See if any of these scenarios sound familiar: An optician sends a patient’s frame from their frame wall to an outside lab. The lab waits for days for the frame to arrive. The Rx lens choice for a progressive with AR coating is communicated to the lab. Meanwhile, the patient waits, impatiently, for the glasses to arrive and worries if they’ll receive them in time for their family’s summer vacation.

Consolidation Reshapes Retail

By Staff
Monday, May 15, 2017 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Acquisitions and consolidations, fueled by challenges faced by independent practices and some regional retail leaders, as well as the involvement of private equity investment, are reshaping the U.S. optical industry.

Artificial Intelligence Computes the Man + Machine Equation

By Staff
Monday, April 24, 2017 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Artificial Intelligence (AI), arguably the most transformative force in business and health care today, took center stage at Vision Monday’s Global Leadership Summit, held here on March 29.

New Sun Lenses That Make Colors Pop

By Catherine Wolinksi, Contributing Editor
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:45 AM They say there’s nothing new under the sun, but sunwear-savvy optical businesses selling color enhancing lenses are beginning to see things a bit differently. The emerging trend of color enhancing sunwear goes beyond tints and mirrors to proprietary technologies that are specific, scientific amplifiers of visual experience, from boosting colors of everyday outdoor stimuli to improving performance for sports and various activities.

Despite Roadblocks, Optical Steps Up to Meet Today’s Challenges

By Staff
Monday, March 13, 2017 12:30 AM Trying to describe the business outlook for the optical industry in 2017, phrases like “cautious optimism” come to mind. Economic indicators show that optical made incremental progress in 2016, with sales in most product categories up slightly over the previous year.

New Options for Putting the ‘I’ in Eyewear

By Catherine Wolinski, Contributing Editor
Monday, February 13, 2017 12:30 AM For many consumers, the term “custom-made” evokes images of an old world tailor or wooden last-wielding shoe cobbler. These days, though, most shoppers get their clothing and accessories from a combination of mass-market retailers, national and regional chain stores, or even small and independent boutiques, of which most don’t carry items that are fit to our exact contours.

What's The Story?

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:30 AM Everyone has a story. And, more often than not in today’s retail marketplace, every brand, product and company has a story, or at a minimum is searching for a story, that is designed to connect and resonate with customers on a deeper level.

Social Purpose Speaks to Customers

By Staff
Monday, December 12, 2016 12:30 AM For decades, classical marketing rested upon the foundation of the so-called “4 Ps,” better known as product, price, promotion and placement. But the world is changing, as most marketers, eyecare professionals and retailers know. And now a fifth “P” has wedged its way into the marketing equation: Purpose, or social purpose and corporate responsibility.

Lesson Plans

By Jeff Hopkins
Monday, November 14, 2016 12:30 AM For the optical industry, continuing education isn’t just something you do on a weekend. It is a need that never goes away. Optical technologies change, new vision issues and clinical approaches emerge, and practices are always in search of ways to increase customer satisfaction and profitability.

Saving Boomers' Sight


Catherine Wolinski, Contributing Editor

Monday, October 17, 2016 12:30 AM In the U.S. alone, millions of Boomers suffer from dry eye, macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, intraocular lenses, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. In this article, the last in Vision Monday’s three-part series about Boomer vision, titled Senior-Eyetis, eyecare professionals explain how they are treat Boomers who are fighting these potentially-blinding eye diseases and ocular conditions.