Monday, September 12, 2016 1:00 AM
NEW YORK—Vertical integration. Consolidation. Digital design and manufacturing. Breakthroughs in new materials and processes. The growth of managed vision care. Increasing venture capital investment.
It’s hard to think of a major optical industry trend over the past 25 years that wholesale labs haven’t been in the middle of and impacted by. That’s because wholesale labs are the industry’s middlemen, the conduit between manufacturers and the eyecare professionals and optical retailers that buy their products and services.
Sunday, August 28, 2016 11:20 PM
Aging is full of little surprises. One morning, a stiff knee. On a quiet evening, trouble hearing a family member’s question across the dinner table. And perhaps, after two or three strained drives home from work, the realization that you can’t see the highway quite as clearly as you used to, and the glare from those oncoming LED high-beams leaves you in a deer-in-the-headlights daze for a moment too long.
Monday, August 15, 2016 12:30 AM
NEW YORK—They’re innovative, creative, savvy and willing to take risks, and they make up nearly two-thirds of the industry. They are the independent opticians, ODs and retailers who are carving out their space within optical despite the industry’s tumultuous landscape.
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:30 AM
NEW YORK—There’s nothing special about the number 43. It just happens to be the total number of honorees in this year’s group of Influential Women. It’s the women themselves who are special.
Monday, June 20, 2016 12:31 AM
They are the next up and coming generation—babies, kids, tweens and teens—all under the age of 19. They are known as iGeneration. Homeland Generation. The Plurals. The Founders. Centennials. They are not only digital natives, but social natives as well as device natives, engaging with many, and often. Not tech savvy, but tech innate. This is Generation Z, and they’re growing up fast.
Monday, April 11, 2016 12:33 AM
Blue light is one of the most talked about vision care topics in recent years, both within and without the optical industry. Professional journals, trade publications and even consumer media are filled with articles about the potentially harmful effects of blue light on the eye, as well as its effect on sleep patterns, mood and overall wellness. VM
spoke with nine ECPs who have made blue light management an important part of their patient care regimen.
Monday, March 28, 2016 12:30 AM
Despite the flexibility offered by the optometric profession, “new” ODs are not without their challenges when entering the work force ranging from student debt to a lack of business skills. Yet, even in the face of these obstacles, the leaders of this cohort are able to adapt and succeed, as exemplified by the 10 young optometrists VM spoke to for this story.
Monday, March 7, 2016 12:30 AM
The rise of ECP alliances and buying groups in the last several years has occurred in direct proportion to the waves of competitive business and practice profitability challenges facing independent eyecare professionals in the U.S.
Monday, February 15, 2016 12:30 AM
NEW YORK—The optical landscape has been a tumultuous one especially for independent optical retailers and ECPs. Despite the challenges facing independents, like competition from online retailers, big box and chain stores, business conducted by independent ECPs still accounts for nearly two-thirds of the industry, representing 61.0 percent of all U.S. optical revenues.
Monday, January 18, 2016 12:30 AM
NEW YORK—Keeping up with the changing consumer and the new competitive environment will be as challenging as ever in 2016. However, the broadening of definitions of what comprises a positive “customer experience” will pose more opportunities for optical retailers and ECPs to find ways to provide a satisfactory and compelling buying and patient interaction—across both brick and “click” channels, experts say.
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.
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.
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.
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.