VM and 20/20 Magazine Announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2014

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NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are pleased to announce the selections in the 6th 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 10 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, contact lenses, optical equipment, diagnostic equipment, practice management software, EHR, optical app 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: Nike
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: Disney

Spectacle Lenses
Readers’ Choice, Company: Essilor
Readers’ Choice, Lens Brand: Varilux
Readers’ Choice, Lens Anti-Reflective Coating Brand: Crizal Avance UV
Readers’ Choice, Lens Progressive Brand: Varilux Physio
Readers’ Choice, Lens Photochromic Brand: Transitions
Readers’ Choice, Lens Brand, New Launch: Transitions Graphite Green

Sunglasses
Readers’ Choice, Company: Maui Jim
Readers’ Choice, Sport Brand, Men: Oakley
Readers’ Choice, Fashion Brand, Men: Ray Ban
Readers’ Choice, Sport Brand, Women: Maui Jim
Readers’ Choice, Fashion Brand, Women: Kate Spade
Readers’ Choice, Brand, Kids: Ray Ban
Readers’ Choice, Brand, New Launch: Bobbi Brown

Contact Lenses
Readers’ Choice, Company: Alcon
Readers’ Choice, Toric Brand: Air Optix for Astigmatism
Readers’ Choice, Daily Disposable Brand: Dailies Total 1
Readers’ Choice, Extended Wear Disposable Brand: Air Optix Night & Day
Readers’ Choice, Multifocal Brand: Air Optix Multifocal
Readers’ Choice, Brand, New Launch: Dailies Total 1

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
Readers’ Choice, Brand: OfficeMate

EHR
Readers’ Choice, Company: Eyefinity
Readers’ Choice, Brand: ExamWRITER

Optical App
Readers’ Choice, App: otto from VSP Optics Group

Online Ordering
Readers’ Choice, Company Website: VisionWeb

This year’s EyeVote survey featured two new categories: EHR and optical app. Nearly 550 voters took part in the EyeVote Survey, which ran from Oct. 1 to 29, 2014. An incentive for a chance to win a $500 Amex Gift Card and two $100 Amex Gift Cards was offered to encourage respondents to participate in the survey.

The winner of the $500 prize was Wendy Kirk, a licensed optician from LensCrafters in Scottsdale, Ariz. The winners of the $100 prizes were won by Amy Schye, ABOC, store manager Ulla Eyewear in Madison, Wis. and Dr. Bradley Yaklich, owner of Vision Source Morrison in Morrison, Ill.

For more about the EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, read the full story here.