2015 at a Glance

By Staff
Monday, December 14, 2015 12:30 AM As we’ve spent this December issue rounding up the happenings from the past 12 months, both industry and pop culture, we’re reminded of how fleeting this year was, and how time in general appears to be moving more rapidly than we remembered. 2015 was like a glance, a quick movement of the eyes.

ECPs Talk About Their Experiences With the Latest Digital Technologies

By Richard Mark Kirkner
Monday, November 16, 2015 12:30 AM Even as eyecare professionals acquire ever more sophisticated diagnostics that enable them to evaluate the corneal surface (corneal topography) and the retinal and macular layers (optical coherence tomography), the refraction still remains the centerpiece of the comprehensive eye exam.

Wholesale Heavyweights

By Staff
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 12:10 PM NEW YORK—Fast. Flexible. Resourceful. Responsive. These qualities, along with good value, are what eyecare professionals look for in a wholesale optical laboratory.


By Marge Axelrad and John Sailer
Monday, August 31, 2015 12:10 AM Call it ‘Opti-mism.’ The pace of new investment and acquisitions in the retail and optometric side of the U.S. optical business has been intensifying. In 2015, that pace picked up dramatically—and more deals are reportedly on tap for the remainder of this year and into the next—promising to essentially reshape the business in new ways, to realign and restructure the national regional, local optical retail landscape and the presence of vision care in the health care space as well.

The Eye-Q Factor

By Brian P. Dunleavy
Monday, August 17, 2015 12:10 AM Using automated communication tools, doctors can now direct relevant education to their patients, wherever and whenever, on their preferred electronic device. In the information age, while the good news is that patients have access to a wealth of information, the bad news is that the information can often be random and disorganized.


By VM Staff
Monday, July 20, 2015 12:10 AM NEW YORK—Coming up with a theme for this Special Report year after year is no easy task. Some of us on the editorial team have been profiling optical’s Influential Women since VM’s Special Report began way back in 2003. The challenge is always the same: finding a theme that is fresh and dynamic, like the Influential Women themselves.

Countdown to ICD-10: 10 Steps to Get Ready, Set, Go!

By Richard Mark Kirkner
Monday, June 15, 2015 12:10 AM Some medical professionals fear it because it will dramatically change the codes they use for reimbursement. Some mock it because the codes are so specific they can be as bizarre as “burn due to water-skis on fire” and “stabbed while crocheting.” But all realize that by Oct. 1, 2015, the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will be unavoidable.

Reaching New Heights

By John Sailer
Monday, May 18, 2015 12:04 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday released its annual ranking of the Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers, which cumulatively reached a record $11 billion in sales for calendar year 2014. In addition to good sales performance, the estimates and movements on the VM Top 50 chart also reflect an influx of private equity capital that propelled several leading eyewear and eyecare groups forward.

The Internet of Things

By Staff
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:31 AM NEW YORK—Beginning with speakers representing technological leaders such as Intel and the Consumers Electronics Association and concluding with a surprise guest well known both in the optical community as well as the business world at large, (see Page 56 for an interview with Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal) the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit, held here on March 18, again delivered on its renowned tradition of presenting a full day packed with information that will drive the business of vision now and for years to come.

What You Don't Know About Patient Data... Could Hurt You or Your Patients

By John Sailer
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:10 AM If you’re not storing your patient data in electronic health records, your reimbursements are going to be reduced in the coming era of “outcomes-based” health care . . . and it could even impact how you treat your patients.

ECPs Rethink E-Commerce

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, March 2, 2015 12:10 AM A few years ago, to mention online sales of eyewear would likely light a fire in an optician’s eye or rouse the ire of an independent optometrist or dampen the mood of a regional or national optical retailer of some size.

Meet the Millennials

By Deirdre Carroll
Monday, January 19, 2015 12:00 AM NEW YORK–In order to address any group, especially to sell or market to it, you have to understand it. Figuring out how its members think, behave and react is integral to engaging with it and motivating it to act or buy.


By Staff
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:10 AM NEW YORK—In keeping with the theme of this year’s Special Report, we think the group of honorees for 2014 are all “Wonder Women” in their own way, showing signs of strength and courage while always looking out for those in need. This year’s list of Influential Women is as varied as the optical industry itself, spanning the worlds of vision care, retailing, manufacturing, distribution, dispensing and designing.

Frame Works

By Deirdre Carroll
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:10 AM NEW YORK—All eyeglasses are not created equal. Despite what some evening news programs or clever, upstart internet outfits might have the consumer believe. The production steps, materials, details and costs that go into the construction, distribution and marketing of frames, all factor into the price the customer sees and they are as varied and changeable as there are eyewear brands on the market.