New inSights Research From The Vision Council Reveals More Than One-Third of Eyewear Users Neglect Proper Care

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council released its latest research report, Focused inSights Eyewear Accessories, providing comprehensive data into American adults' behaviors, preferences and purchasing patterns related to eyewear accessories. The report sheds light on the usage and maintenance habits surrounding various eyewear accessories and underscores the importance of proper care and storage of eyewear products to ensure optimal vision, according to the announcement from The Vision Council. The survey highlights a variety of eyewear accessories, including eyeglasses cases, eyeglass chains/lanyards, microfiber cloths, eyeglasses replacement/sizing nose pads, lens cleaning wipes, lens cleaning solution, contact lens cases, contact lens solution and lubricant eye drops.

CooperVision Hosts 2024 Educators’ Meeting in Costa Rica

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision recently hosted its annual Educators’ Meeting at its manufacturing facility in San José, Costa Rica, bringing together contact lens educators from 26 different schools and colleges of optometry across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, the company announced. Participants gathered to discuss opportunities and challenges facing the next generation of eyecare professionals and how curricula are evolving to keep and set the pace, marking the first time the event has taken place outside the U.S.

Ocular Therapeutix Names Pravin U. Dugel, MD, President and CEO

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024 12:21 AM BEDFORD, Mass.—Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCUL), a biopharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes innovative therapies for wet age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other diseases and conditions of the eye, has announced that executive chairman Pravin U. Dugel, MD, is assuming the roles of president and chief executive officer (CEO), and that Antony Mattessich is stepping down as president and CEO, effective immediately. In addition to his new responsibilities, Dr. Dugel will continue to serve as a director and as executive chairman of Ocular.

Nominations Are Now Open for Women In Optometry’s Theia Awards of Excellence

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Nominations for the 2024 Theia Awards of Excellence from Women In Optometry are now open. This is the ninth year that Women in Optometry is giving this awards recognition, which will be presented during the American Academy of Optometry meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 6-9, 2024. Each of the award categories open for nominations is named for a trailblazing woman optometrist. The Industry Influence category is open to women ODs as well as women who are not optometrists.

KLiiK denmark Debuts Spring 2024 Collection

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024 12:11 AM

Cube Eyewear Presents New Collection

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024 12:08 AM

Safilo and Marc Jacobs Announce Renewal of Global Eyewear Licensing Agreement

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Monday, April 15, 2024 2:56 PM Safilo Group and Marc Jacobs announce the early renewal of their multi-year global licensing agreement for Marc Jacobs branded eyewear until December 2031. “Since the beginning of our partnership in 2004 we have collaborated profitably to make Marc Jacobs an iconic landmark within the eyewear category, offering unique and highly distinctive models in every collection,” said Angelo Trocchia, CEO of Safilo Group.

Retail Sales Are Up 0.36 Percent in March, Says NRF

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Monday, April 15, 2024 2:06 PM Retail sales continue to move in a positive direction, according to a new report from CNBC/National Retail Federation Retail Monitor, powered by Affinity Solutions, that shows March retail sales continue to show signs of recovery after inflation sent sales plummeting in 2023. 

Excluding automobiles and gasoline, retail sales for March were up 0.36 percent, seasonally adjusted month over month and up 2.72 percent unadjusted year over year. This is up slightly from year-over-year figures in February, which showed retail sales were up 2.72 percent. 

In March, core retail sales, excluding restaurants, automobile sales and gasoline, were up 0.23 percent month over month and 2.92 percent year over year. This is down slightly from February’s month-over-month figures of 0.27 percent and 2.99 percent, respectively. 

Overall, first quarter sales were up 2.65 percent year over year with core sales up 3.12 percent. According to the report, March sales were up in six out of nine categories, with online sales, sporting goods, health and personal care stores seeing the sharpest increases.

Online and non-store sales were up 2.48 percent month over month in March, and more than 15 percent year over year. Meanwhile, sporting goods sales were up 0.86 percent month over month and 8.33 percent year over year. 

Sales dropped in the building and garden supply sector, down 2.13 percent month over month and 3.97 percent year over year. Furniture and home furnishings were also down 1.46 percent month over month and 5.28 percent year over year. 

Electronics and appliances also saw sharp decreases, falling 2.27 percent month over month and 5.92 percent year over year.

Remembering Roberto Cavalli

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Monday, April 15, 2024 12:21 PM Last week, iconic fashion designer Roberto Cavalli passed away at 83. Visit The New York Times for a look back at his remarkable life and his long-lasting impact on fashion. 

Keeping the Focus on Women’s Eye Health and Safety

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Monday, April 15, 2024 11:17 AM There is a notable gender imbalance when it comes to eye health. In fact, two-thirds of all blindness and visual impairment occurs in women, according to the National Eye Institute. Women also have a higher prevalence of age-related macular degeneration, cataract, dry eye, glaucoma, refractive error and thyroid eye disease. According to the Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health: Vision Beyond 2020 report, this gender imbalance can be attributed to both demographic factors and social factors. As we celebrate Women’s Eye Health and Safely Month during April, the optical industry is shining a light on this issue, with a sharp focus on prevention, education and eliminating the barriers to improved women’s eye health, including greater access to care. Read More

Review of Ophthalmology: Maximizing Vision After Cataract Surgery

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Monday, April 15, 2024 11:10 AM With more than three million Americans undergoing cataract surgery each year, it is one of the most common—and safest—procedures performed in the United States. And ongoing advancements in surgical techniques and intraocular lens technology support the efforts of ophthalmologists who continuously strive to ensure their patients have the best possible visual outcomes. Maximizing outcomes depends on a number of factors and doesn’t end with the removal of the cataract and the implantation of an IOL. “The key aspects of patient satisfaction after cataract surgery today include a meticulous preoperative evaluation, judicious patient selection and a comprehensive patient education,” said Garden City, New York’s Eric Donnenfeld, MD. Read More

Inflation Grew Stronger Than Anticipated in March

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Monday, April 15, 2024 9:38 AM You can kiss a June interest rate cut goodbye.

COVID Vaccinations Are Less Prevalent in Marginalized Patients

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Monday, April 15, 2024 8:02 AM Primary care physicians who served marginalized communities had the highest proportion of patients who were unvaccinated against COVID-19, Canadian data suggested.

The Vision Council Hosts Nearly 100 Industry Executives for Lab Leadership Forum

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Monday, April 15, 2024 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council hosted the 2024 Lab Leadership Forum on Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12, 2024 at the Temecula Creek Inn in Temecula, California. Nearly 100 optical industry executives gathered for the event, providing a platform for education, networking and recognition among optical laboratory professionals. The Lab Leadership Forum, tailored specifically for The Vision Council’s optical laboratory members, offered a comprehensive agenda aimed at fostering professional growth and collaboration among industry peers, according to an announcement from The Vision Council.