Industry Leaders Assess and Predict Changes in the U.S. Optical Market

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Carl Spear, OD, FAAO of Alcon provides closing remarks at the COR Meeting.

Jeff Johnson, OD, RW Baird (l) and Jim Murphy, U.S. Vision Care, Alcon at the Corporate Optometry Reports Meeting.

(L to R) Steven A. Loomis, OD, FAAO, American Optometric Association; Carl Spear, OD, FAAO, Alcon; and Maria Barnwell, Essilor at COR.

Enjoying a lunch break during the Corporate Optometry Reports Meeting are (l to r) Maria Barnwell, Essilor; Vicky Sheppard, Kaiser Permanente; Suzy Yu, OD, MBA, FAAO, Vision Essentials, Kaiser Permanente; and Chad Overman, OD, Walmart.

Carl Spear, OD, FAAO, Director, Professional Development and Implementation, Alcon.

Marge Axelrad, SVP/editorial director, Vision Monday, Jobson Medical Info.

Jeff Johnson, OD, RW Baird.

Jim Murphy, VP/GM, U.S. Vision Care, Alcon.

Steve Loomis, OD, FAAO,AOA vice president.

Dean Browell, PhD, Feedback.

Maria M. Barnwell, VP Business Development, Key Accounts, Essilor of America.

April Jasper, OD, FAAO, Advanced Eyecare Specialists.



LAS VEGAS—Optical professionals attending Vision Expo West gathered Oct. 2 to examine the current and future state of the optical market at the annual Corporate Optometry Reports (COR) meeting, sponsored by Alcon. The event began with an introduction by Carl Spear, OD, FAAO, director of professional development and implementation at Alcon, followed by an overview of the U.S. optical market by Marge Axelrad, SVP/editorial director, Jobson Medical Information and Vision Monday.

The market overview was based on findings from The Vision Council’s VisionWatch survey, concluding that “sales are up, but recovery sluggish.” Strategies for growth in a variety of topics concerning optometrists and industry members followed, with addresses from Jeff Johnson, OD, RW Baird; Jim Murphy, VP/GM, U.S. Vision Care, Alcon; Steve Loomis, OD, FAAO, VP, AOA; Dean Bowell, PhD, who gave the keynote address; Maria Barnwell, Essilor of America; and April Jasper, OD, FAAO, Advanced Eyecare Specialists. ■