Monday, October 20, 2014 12:30 AM
NEW YORK—The latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) from
Jobson Optical Research
showed that the overall optical business rating has decreased from a 3.88 rating in August 2014 to a 3.71 rating in September.
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:27 AM
announced that it recently acquired
, a wholesale optical laboratory with branches in Portland, Ore. and Spokane, Wash. The terms of the transaction were not announced.
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:24 AM
ST. LOUIS—As the largest Ebola outbreak in history worsens and more U.S. cases are possible, the
American Optometric Association
(AOA) advises optometrists and optometric staff to turn to online resources for recent protocols and information.
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:21 AM
DENVER, Colo.—Women In Optometry
(WO) will host its second live event of the year, titled ”Lean, Learn and Lead,” at a luncheon on Nov. 13 during the
American Academy of Optometry
here next month.
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:18 AM
FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—The transparency required by the “Sunshine Act,” now in effect, has implications for all health care professionals.
Monday, October 20, 2014 12:15 AM
NEW YORK—Summer may be full of big budget blockbusters but autumn has its fair share of fantastic movies too. In this week’s edition of
Bold Face: Fall Films
we feature the stars of three of fall’s films and the famous faces that appear in their favorite frames from Sama, Marchon and Safilo.
Four days of workshops, product experience, buying sessions, a Roaring ‘20s party and the Oakley VIP Days Golf Classic helped retailers and ECPs ring in the fall season at this year’s Oakley VIP Days. The sessions that ran from Oct. 6-10 brought together 40 Oakley sales reps and staff with 160 people from 67 accounts around the country. See a
of some of the folks in attendance on VisionMonday.com.
The fall season also signals the return of VM’s
and 20/20 Magazine’s
Most Influential Women in Optical report. Do you know an influential woman who has made a significant contribution in 2014? For the 12th year in a row, we will once again be honoring women who play vital roles at every level of our industry including retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution, vision care and managed care. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic
. The deadline for submitting nominations is Oct. 24. For this year’s Annual Report, please consider women who are making a difference in the following four categories: Executive Suite, Mentors, Rising Stars and Innovators. To nominate your choices go to the survey where you may select up to a total of two nominees for each category on the
electronic nomination form
. Be sure to look for the results as we profile these influential women in the Dec. 15 issue: Vision Monday’s 2014 “Women of Influence.”
Friday, October 17, 2014 12:33 AM
NEW YORK—Health care, government and ophthalmic industry organizations and practitioners across the country are joining once again to warn the public against the dangers of costume contact lenses worn without a prescription from an eyecare professional this Halloween season.
Friday, October 17, 2014 12:30 AM
VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies
, a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), announced earlier this month that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Implantable Miniature Telescope (by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz) for use in patients living with bilateral end-stage age-related macular degeneration who are age 65 or older.
Friday, October 17, 2014 12:24 AM
OXFORD, England—Adjustable focus eyewear maker
, based here, has appointed Greg Nugent as a non-executive board director.
Friday, October 17, 2014 12:21 AM
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—For the second year in a row, Boise, Idaho, is the top eye-healthy city in the annual
Eye Health Index
released by not-for-profit
VSP Vision Care
, the largest vision benefits provider in the U.S., with nearly 67 million members.
Friday, October 17, 2014 12:18 AM
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—
ABB Optical Group
has announced the 10 non-profit organizations that have each won $1,000 in the optical product distributor’s inaugural grants program, ABB Cares. Launched in August 2014, the program celebrates organizations throughout the U.S. that have improved the quality of life in communities served by ABB. Due to the large number of applications, 140 non-profit organizations nominated by eyecare professionals nationwide, ABB expanded the number of $1,000 grants available from five to 10.
Friday, October 17, 2014 12:15 AM
NEW YORK—Vision Monday
and 20/20 Magazine
are hosting the sixth annual
EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards
to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year.
Vote now before submissions close on Oct. 29.
These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this Fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in nine distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, contact lenses, optical equipment and supplies, diagnostic equipment, practice management software, online ordering website and a new category for this year, best optical app. Selected companies will be chosen based on both brand and company choices supplied by readers.
It only takes a few minutes to cast your vote, which entitles you to a chance to win a $500 American Express gift card or one of two runner up prizes of $100 American Express gift cards. Voting for EyeVote is officially open and will take place through Oct. 29.
EyeVote is about you, our readers, and your choices on the top products in the optical industry today so vote
. This year’s survey promises to span a wide range of product brands and product groups.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:30 AM
GOLDEN, Colo.—The World Sight Day Challenge is shaping up to be a great success, with thousands of ECPs, companies, staff and patients, in the U.S. and around the world, all helping to raise funds to help eliminate avoidable blindness and impaired vision.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:27 AM
announced yesterday that it has signed a contract to provide vision coverage for the United Auto Workers (UAW) Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, the largest non-governmental purchaser of retiree health care benefits in the U.S., responsible for providing health care benefits to more than 755,000 UAW retirees and dependents from General Motors (GM), Ford and Chrysler.