Early-Bird Registration for Optometry’s Meeting Ends May 1

By Staff
Monday, April 27, 2015 12:21 AM SEATTLE—The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends Optometry’s Meeting attendees register by May 1 to take advantage of early-bird registration reduced rates. Hosting the American Optometric Association’s 118th Annual Congress and the American Optometric Student Association’s 45th Annual Conference, Optometry’s Meeting will feature more than 200 exhibitors in the exhibit hall and five days of more than 200 hours of continuing education (CE).

Vision Source's Jim Greenwood on April 29 'Power Hour' Live at The Exchange

By Staff
Monday, April 27, 2015 12:18 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Vision Source’s CEO, Jim Greenwood, and other execs from the group, will be the guests on the April 29 edition of the “Power Hour.”

Private Exchanges to Radically Transform Health Insurance

By John Sailer
Saturday, April 25, 2015 12:04 AM Private health insurance exchanges are expected to grow substantially and dramatically change the way employers provide health care, including vision, to employees.

EyeNetra Launches Blink, an On-Demand, Mobile Vision Testing Service

By Staff
Friday, April 24, 2015 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Mobile health care is taking on a new dimension with the launch in New York City this week of Blink, an on-demand, in-home vision testing service that is the first of its kind.

Liberty Sport and Prevent Blindness Announce ‘Sports Eye Injury Prevention Center of the Year’ Award Winners

By Staff
Friday, April 24, 2015 12:15 AM FAIRFIELD, N.J.—Liberty Sport and Prevent Blindness  honor 12 leading eyecare practices in the U.S. as “Sports Eye Injury Prevention Center of the Year” award winners.

The Internet of Things (IoT): Where Are All These Connections Taking Us?

By Mary Kane
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:29 AM The Internet of Things (IoT) has often been referred to as the third wave of connectivity and with today’s technology constantly morphing into smaller, cheaper and more insidious devices, it begs the question, where is this web of smart, connected products and services taking us?

‘Smart Technologies Reshape the Patient Experience’

By John Sailer
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:27 AM There are almost twice as many people in the world who have smartphones than there are people who have corrected vision,” said Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO, chief clinical editor of Jobson’s Review of Optometry, to put things in perspective at the start of the VM Global Leadership Summit session on “How Smart Technologies are Reshaping the Patient Experience.”

Wide Ranging Eye² Session Explores New Ways of ‘Seeing’

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:20 AM Vision Monday’s lenses and technology editor, Andrew Karp, introduced a dynamic Eye2 session that explored how wearable and implantable technologies are creating new ways of “seeing.” Drawing an analogy with media theorist Marshall McLuhan’s famous maxim, Karp said, “The deeper we get involved with wearable and implantable technology, the more the medium becomes the message, and the more we really become part of the Internet of Things.”

Joseph Ross, OD, President of NYOIPA, on April 22 ‘Power Hour’

By Staff
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:18 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Joseph Ross, OD, the president of the New York Optometrist Independent Practice Association (NYOIPA) will join the April 22 edition of the “Power Hour,” to discuss how IPAs are changing the face of managed vision care. The weekly radio show is broadcast at 9:00 p.m. ET, hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

How Will Private Exchanges Impact Optometrists?

By John Sailer
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:04 AM In three to five years, more than one-quarter of employers are considering moving to a private exchange, according to recent surveys by Aon Hewitt and Mercer, both of which manage private exchanges that include vision benefit options.

Vision Care’s Place in the Realm of Private Exchanges

By John Sailer
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:03 AM Broadly defined, private exchanges are websites that enable consumers to compare and purchase health insurance, typically with a defined contribution provided by their employer. Most are operated either by insurance companies themselves, benefit consultants, or technology platforms. (Private exchanges should not be confused with the public health insurance exchanges established as a result of the Affordable Care Act, see “Public vs. Private: What’s the Difference?”)

Spendwell: A Unique Type of Exchange

By John Sailer
Monday, April 20, 2015 12:02 AM Initially launched in 2012 as a direct-to-consumer marketplace, Spendwell has morphed into an e-commerce platform in which consumers can spend defined contributions provided by their employer. Not a private exchange in the sense that consumers can select health insurance plans from the website, Spendwell is instead an online marketplace where people can shop and buy health care services directly from providers.

What Do Our Eyes Really See?

By Staff
Friday, April 17, 2015 2:30 PM DUBLIN, Ireland—Jon Munro, an optician who owns Supersavers Opticians in Dublin, Ireland has created an entertaining infographic about human vision. This assortment of fascinating trivia will give you a newfound appreciation for the remarkable capabilities of our eyes.

March 2015 Optical Business Barometer Rating Shows Slight Increase From February 2015

By Staff
Friday, April 17, 2015 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report from Jobson Research shows that the overall optical business rating for March 2015 increased slightly to 3.84 from a February 2015 rating of 3.81.

Medicare’s $145B Reform Bill Passes, 21 Percent Cut Eliminated

By Staff
Friday, April 17, 2015 12:27 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate approved a $145 billion health care reform bill (H.R.2) on April 14, 2015, that includes a permanent repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).