#Women Who Wow

By Staff
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.

They’re Post-Millennial, Pre-Myopic Digital Natives...

By Catherine Wolinski
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.

Inside The Blue Boom

By Jeff Hopkins
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.

Living the Eye Life

By Catherine Wolinski
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.

Rewards of Membership

By Staff
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.

You’ve Got It, They Want It: Consumers Are Taking a Second Look at ‘Local’

By Jamie Wilson
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.

Year of The Customer Experience

By Marge Axelrad with contributions from Robert Burke
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.

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.

NEW INVESTORS ‘OPTI-MISTIC’

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.

#HerStory

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.
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