Insights for 7-15-20

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:57 AM Despite increasing competition, Netflix continues to capture a significant share of content consumption dollars. Additionally, with coronavirus fears pushing consumers away from travel and out-of-home entertainment, we look for Netflix to continue as a beneficiary of this altered behavior.

FMO and Media 10 Join Forces to Deliver One Major UK Industry Show in January 2021, Following Cancellation of September Optrafair

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:33 AM LONDON— Media 10, the organizers of 100% Optical, and the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO), the organizers of Optrafair, announced they have reached an agreement that brings the main optical bodies and industry together into one major event for 2021 onwards. In addition to this agreement, the FMO, together with show organiser MA Exhibitions, a member of the Mark Allen Group, said they have made the difficult decision to cancel Optrafair 2020, which was due to take place at the NEC on September 19-21 2020. This action was taken due to the continued uncertainty surrounding delivery of events as a result of Covid-19. 

FYidoctors Continues Growth in Ontario With Addition of Innisfil Eye Care

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:30 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-controlled eyecare company based here, has added Innisfil Eye Care to its operating group, according to an announcement Monday. The practice is operated by Dr. Morrie Sher, who received his Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo in 1985. Privately held, FYidoctors is optometrist-owned and operated, and now has more than 500 optometrists, 250 locations and 2,700 employees as part of its portfolio. “Now with over 40 locations across the province, Ontario continues to be an important market for FYi and it’s expansion,” chairman and chief executive officer Dr. Alan Ulsifer said in the announcement.

CooperVision Encourages Free Registration for Focus on Eye Health National Summit

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:25 AM CooperVision is encouraging the optometry, ophthalmology, vision science and public health communities to participate in the 9th annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit, which will be presented by Prevent Blindness on Wednesday, July 15.

Apple Smart Glass Lens Reported in Trial Production

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Tech website SlashGear reported last week that Apple’s smart glass lenses have reportedly gone into trial production, as one of the key components for its upcoming AR products apparently makes it past the prototype stage. “Based on technology expected to be used first in an augmented reality headset, and then a pair of sunglasses-style Apple Glasses, the lenses will presumably allow apps to project digital graphics into the wearer’s line of sight,” SlashGear said.

Margery Weinstein Promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Review of Optometric Business (ROB)

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Margery Weinstein has been promoted to editor-in-chief of Review of Optometric Business (ROB), part of Jobson Medical Information's Practice Advancement Associates group. Weinstein has been managing editor of ROB since 2010, shortly after ROB's introduction and she has played a critical role in the editorial development and growth of this platform. Noted Al Greco, vice president, new business, "Margery has done an outstanding job of bringing ROB's readers business and advisory content that is timely and highly relevant to their practices. She is a valued team member who has contributed to establishing Review of Optometric Business as a content brand that is clearly positioned as the source for information on the business aspect of optometric practice."

Essilor Vision Foundation Partners With FoxFire Systems Group to Simplify Charitable Donations for Patients and Practices

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:18 AM DALLAS—Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) announced that it is partnering with FoxFire Systems Group to facilitate charitable donations to EVF’s See Kids Soar program. EVF is FoxFire’s first charitable partner. FoxFire specializes in ophthalmic-specific electronic health records and practice management software, and is known for industry-leading technology that helps eye doctors see more patients per day. The company stated it is proud to support the See Kids Soar program which raises money to help children across America receive vision care. FoxFire’s technology will make it easier for eye doctors to collect funds by allowing patients to add a donation at checkout.

Peepers Launches Fall 2020 Collection

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:09 AM

Roveri Eyewear Intros New 2020 Concept Frame

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:06 AM

SN Optical Adds Social Distancing Signs and Decals

By Staff
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:03 AM

3 Ways the Pandemic Changed Practice Operations

By Staff
Monday, July 13, 2020 3:13 PM

New Consumer Survey Shows Safety and Hygiene are Top of Mind for Back-to-School Season

By Staff
Monday, July 13, 2020 2:52 PM A new survey provides a detailed update on consumer behavior and sentiment amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. According to the survey, which was fielded on July 8, safety and hygiene are top of mind for consumers for the upcoming back-to-school season. A little over four in 10 back-to-school shoppers said they will buy face masks and/or other hygiene products/personal protective equipment for their children.

Online remains the preferred shopping channel for clothing and footwear.

Insights for 7-14-20

By Staff
Monday, July 13, 2020 1:15 PM What has amazed me through this entire pandemic has been the incredible creativity I see in independent retail. We have retail clients who reinvented themselves in so many ways, and came up with simply brilliant ideas to continue to engage with customers and move product. Some of those even produced sales that beat last year.

#VMBrightSpots—Jenn Chinn, OD

By Staff
Monday, July 13, 2020 11:49 AM Last week, Jenn Chinn, OD, sat down for a Facebook Live event with VSP to show patients just what the new eye exam looks like today, from how everything gets sanitized to how patients can prepare to come in for a smooth, safe exam, without too much stress or unexpected changes. The talk is still available to watch on Facebook

Review of Myopia Management: What's Normal, What's Not?

By Staff
Monday, July 13, 2020 10:00 AM Emmetropisation is a process by which the components of the eye change/develop to achieve the ideal refractive state where vision is optimal for far objects. In human newborns, the refractive state of the eye is that of hyperopia of approximately +2.00D; this hyperopia reduces in magnitude over time until the eye becomes emmetropic. It is said that eye growth is rapid in the initial years, with the eye achieving 90 percent of adult proportions by the age of 3-4 years; after that, the growth decelerates and continues at a slower pace until around 6-8 years. The changes in eye growth involve all the major determinants of refractive power, including corneal curvature, axial length, and the crystalline lens. Read More