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.

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.
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