VM and 20/20 Magazine Announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2013

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NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are pleased to announce the selections in the 5th annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, a special survey aimed at identifying readers’ favorite products and companies of the year.

Optical retailers and ECP readers of the two Jobson Medical Information publications were asked to identify their “favorite” products in eight distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, contact lenses, optical equipment, diagnostic equipment, practice management software and online ordering. Selected companies were chosen based on both brand and company choices supplied by readers. This year’s survey spanned a wide range of product brands and product groups.

Optical Frames
• Readers’ Choice, Company: Safilo
• Readers’ Choice, Frame Brand, Men: Tie: Nike & Ray Ban
• Readers’ Choice, Frame Brand, Women: Kate Spade
• Readers’ Choice, Frame Brand, Teens: Ray Ban
• Readers’ Choice, Frame Brand, Kids: Ray Ban
• Readers’ Choice, Frame Brand, New Launch:Salvatore Ferragamo

Spectacle Lenses
• Readers’ Choice, Company: Essilor
• Readers’ Choice, Lens Brand: Varilux
• Readers’ Choice, Lens Anti-Reflective Coating Brand: Crizal Avance
• Readers’ Choice, Lens Progressive Brand: Varilux Physio
• Readers’ Choice, Lens Photochromic Brand: Transitions

Sunglasses
• Readers’ Choice, Company: Maui Jim
• Readers’ Choice, Sport Brand, Men: Oakley
• Readers’ Choice, Fashion Brand, Men: Ray Ban
• Readers’ Choice, Sport Brand, Women: Oakley
• Readers’ Choice, Fashion Brand, Women: Kate Spade

Contact Lenses
• Readers’ Choice, Company: Alcon
• Readers’ Choice, Toric Brand: Biofinity Toric
• Readers’ Choice, Daily Disposable Brand: 1-Day Acuvue Moist
• Readers’ Choice, Extended Wear Disposable Brand: Air Optix Night & Day
• Readers’ Choice, Multifocal Brand: Air Optix Multifocal

Optical Equipment & Supplies
• Readers’ Choice, Company: Hilco
• Readers’ Choice, Brand for Finishing: Santinelli
• Readers’ Choice, Brand for Surfacing: Coburn Technologies
• Readers’ Choice, Brand for Supplies/Consumables: Hilco
• Readers’ Choice, Brand for Dispensing Tools: Hilco

Diagnostic Equipment
• Readers’ Choice, Company: Carl Zeiss Meditec
• Readers’ Choice, Brand for Equipment: Carl Zeiss Meditec

Practice Management Software
• Readers’ Choice, Company: Eyefinity

Online Ordering
• Readers’ Choice, Company Website: VisionWeb

Nearly 660 voters took part in the EyeVote Survey, which was conducted from Oct. 6 to 31, 2013. An incentive for a chance to win a $500 Amex Gift Card and two $100 Amex Gift Cards was offered to encourage respondents to answer the survey.

The winner of the $500 prize was Dawn Guthrie, a practice manager with Stigge Vision Care in Junction City, Kansas. The winners of the $100 prizes were won by Robbie Lootens, a dispensing optician with Physicians Optical Service in Jefferson City, Missouri and Diana W. Gilbert, OD of Cincinnati Eyecare Team in West Chester, Ohio.