Rx for Success

By Andrew Karp and Jeff Hopkins
Monday, September 17, 2018 12:30 AM NEW YORK—In today’s ultra-competitive service economy, the pressure to deliver products and services when, where and how consumers want them—the so-called “Amazon effect”—impacts all suppliers. Eyecare professionals and optical retailers are feeling the heat, and so are the labs they depend on.

Looking at the Practice Ownership Model

By Marge Axelrad and Mark Tosh
Monday, August 13, 2018 12:30 AM NEW YORK – Having the wherewithal to successfully compete as an eyecare professional and a business person can be a daunting challenge, particularly for independents.

VISIONARIES

By Staff
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:30 AM NEW YORK—VM’s Most Influential Women in Optical report is, first and foremost, our annual celebration of the immeasurable impact that women have on all levels of our industry. Just look around and you’ll find women of all ages and backgrounds who use their knowledge and skills to build and lead optical businesses and eyecare practices while enriching the lives of their customers, patients, students and colleagues.

Best in Class 2018

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, June 11, 2018 12:30 AM Today’s optometry college graduates are such a diverse and impressive group of young people. It’s a reflection of the wide range of potential avenues and specialties afforded today’s students, who are just as dedicated as many of their predecessors, motivated by a strong sense of purpose in their involvement and future practice choices.

A Fresh Picture Takes Shape

By Staff
Monday, May 14, 2018 12:30 AM NEW YORK—A reshaping of the U.S. optical industry continued among the industry's largest retail and ECP group players last year. The 2018 VM Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailer's Report exclusively assesses 2017 calendar year sales, revealing new positioning among the Top 10 players within 2018's Top 50 ranking. Editor’s Note: due to some adjustments in the number of store locations and sales revenues for certain companies for 2017, this story has been updated as of May 15.

What’s Next for ECP Alliances and Buying Groups?

By Mark Tosh
Monday, April 16, 2018 12:20 AM NEW YORK—Optical retail and vision care, like every other business today, are facing changes that are coming at a faster pace than ever, whether it’s more complex health care delivery models, new technology for eye tests and online purchasing and even outside investors with deep pockets. Everyone and every business is adjusting and rethinking their business models as they seek ways to more effectively deliver the services clients are seeking.

Social Influencers

By Jamie Wilson and Stephanie Sengwe
Monday, March 12, 2018 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Social media influencers have become just as vital a part of marketing strategies as any traditional method. In addition to marketing campaigns and creating ads, eyewear companies today are also infusing social media campaigns and soliciting the help of social media influencers in order to promote their product. They help communicate to the consumer the practicality of eyewear as a medical device and also the functionality of eyewear as a fashion accessory.

A New Focus on Old Eyes

By Andrew Karp
Monday, February 12, 2018 12:30 AM NEW YORK—At one time in our history, presbyopia was unknown and unrecognized as a condition. The reason? Life spans were simply too short. Presbyopia is a special case of the lifelong process of gradually reducing accommodative ability.

Private Equity Takes Root in Optical

By Marge Axelrad and Mark Tosh
Friday, November 17, 2017 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Investors are really, really interested in the vision care space. There have been almost 20 separate new private equity deals within the past 24 months alone, plus an additional series of deals which expand on prior ones, with more on the horizon. Directly, and by association, they are amping up the competitive stakes of virtually all eyecare and eyewear players and are setting the stage for a new posture for the industry to both consumers and patients.

VM LIVE Explores Ways to Enhance CX

By Staff
Monday, October 16, 2017 12:30 AM LAS VEGAS—The retail business, or experience as it’s often called today, is being reimagined as physical and digital influences merge to create new ideas of what a store, or a practice in the optical world, looks like and offers to engage consumers.

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 VisionMonday.com for the complete alphabetical list).