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

5th Annual Survey Highlights Companies, Products in 8 Categories


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

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. ■

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