So What Are The 'Twisties'?

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Friday, July 30, 2021 12:12 PM After withdrawing from the 2020 Olympic women's gymnastics all-around final, Simone Biles explained that she made to the decision after experincing "the twisties" on her first vault. Although us non-gymnasts might think the name sounds cute and harmless, Biles explained that the twisties are actually a terrifying, and incredibly dangerous, experience, in which a gymnast gets "lost" in the air, cannot tell how they are going to land, and can seriously injure themselves. Head over to BuzzFeed News to read Biles' full explanation of the terrifying experience. 

B2B Digital Ad Spending Climbs at a Greater Pace Than Expected, Research Firm Finds

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Friday, July 30, 2021 11:53 AM NEW YORK—In 2020, B2Bs marketers in the United States overhauled their marketing and advertising as the coronavirus pandemic eliminated in-person channels. Digital ad spending, never a central part of B2B go-to market strategies, surged, according to a recent report from eMarketer.

The B2B digital ad spending in the U.S. market increased during the pandemic from $6.55 billion in 2019 to $8.68 billion in 2020, increasing 32.5 percent year over year, according to the firm’s July 2021 estimates.

Increased investment will continue this year, according to eMarketer. B2Bs marketers will spend $10.84 billion in 2021, climbing 24.9 percent year over year. Through the rest of the forecast period, the B2B digital market will continue to grow but at a slower rate: up 16.8 percent in 2022 to $12.65 billion and growing another 15.1 percent in 2023 to $14.57 billion, according to the research firm.

EssilorLuxottica Posts Solid Results for First Half 2021, Sets Target of Carbon Neutrality by 2025

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Friday, July 30, 2021 10:30 AM EssilorLuxottica aims to be carbon neutral by 2025, Hoya Group sales increases during Q1, Healthy Eyes Advantage acquires Professional Eye Care Associates of America, U.S. optical sales continue to grow, Jobson Tracker says and the UN General Assembly aims to provide eyecare to those with preventable sight loss by 2030 all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Hoya Group Reports Significant Increases in Sales and Profits in First Quarter

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Friday, July 30, 2021 9:15 AM TOKYO—Boosted by strong sales in both North America and Europe, Hoya Group (7741:JP) on Thursday reported that sales for the first quarter (April 1 through June 30) of its current fiscal year totaled 158,000 million yen, an increase of 44.5 percent from the same period of the previous fiscal year. The quarterly profit before tax totaled 51,018 million yen, and quarterly profit amounted to 41,299 million yen, up 59.7 percent and 61.1 percent, respectively. The quarterly profit margin before tax was 32.3 percent, representing a year-on-year increase of 3.1 points. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: What a Parental Control App Is Teaching Us About Eye Health Care Service Utilization

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Friday, July 30, 2021 9:00 AM It has become incontrovertible that parents worldwide have all but lost control of their children’s use of digital smart devices. Research shows that parents’ attempts to reduce their children’s screen time are largely unsuccessful because of their inability to constantly police their children’s behavior and the addictive nature of these devices. One global study reported that many children spend seven or more hours on devices per day, amounting to almost half of their waking lives being wasted on screens. The myriad health problems resulting from compulsive and uninterrupted device use among children —including addiction, learning and social deficits, mental illness, obesity, diabetes, and myopia —require effective and scalable interventions urgently. Read More

Insta-Pick for 7-31-21

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Friday, July 30, 2021 8:25 AM

WeShareIt 7-31-21

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Friday, July 30, 2021 8:10 AM This gorgeous illustration shows some of the most famous eyewear of all time—and makes the perfect addition to any optical boutique. You can pick it up on Etsy here. #WeShareIt

EssilorLuxottica Posts Solid Results for First Half 2021, Sets Target of Carbon Neutrality by 2025

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Friday, July 30, 2021 7:16 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica (Reuters: ESLX.PA) announced today a plan to achieve carbon neutrality within the next four years. The ambitious plan was revealed by EssilorLuxottica’s management against a backdrop of the company’s solid financial performance for the first half of 2021, which indicates a rebound from the impact of COVID-19 the prior year and a return to the pre-pandemic levels of 2019. Revenue for the Group during the first half of 2021, ending June 30, totaled €8,768 million, a +5.7 percent increase at constant exchange rates over the first half of 2019. Operating profit rose to €1,271 million, compared with a loss of €378 million a year ago and up 35.1 percent versus 2019.

Hoya Group Reports Significant Increases in Sales and Profits in First Quarter

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Friday, July 30, 2021 12:27 AM TOKYO—Boosted by strong sales in both North America and Europe, Hoya Group (7741:JP) on Thursday reported that sales for the first quarter (April 1 through June 30) of its current fiscal year totaled 158,000 million yen, an increase of 44.5 percent from the same period of the previous fiscal year. The quarterly profit before tax totaled 51,018 million yen, and quarterly profit amounted to 41,299 million yen, up 59.7 percent and 61.1 percent, respectively. The quarterly profit margin before tax was 32.3 percent, representing a year-on-year increase of 3.1 points.

Show Organizers Announce VisionEd Education Program Planned for Vision Expo West 2021 in Las Vegas

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Friday, July 30, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, organizers of Vision Expo, have announced the education program curated by the Conference Advisory Board for Vision Expo West 2021, taking place Sept. 22-25 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Five Outstanding Students Earn 2021 Dr. Marvin R. Poston Leadership Award

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Friday, July 30, 2021 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global and the National Optometric Association have honored five students with the 2021 Dr. Marvin R. Poston Leadership Award.

Italian Ministry of Economic Development Names De Rigo Group’s Lozza a Historic Italian Brand

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Friday, July 30, 2021 12:18 AM SUN VALLEY, Calif. and MILAN—De Rigo Group has announced that Lozza, which is the longest-standing Italian eyewear brand and is owned by De Rigo Group, has officially been added to the special register of historic Italian brands.

Registration Now Open for DaTE 2021, Full List of Exhibitors Announced

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Friday, July 30, 2021 12:15 AM MILAN—Registration is now open for DaTE 2021, the ninth edition of the international trade show dedicated to avant-garde eyewear. The show is set to take place from Saturday, September 11, 2021 through Monday, September 13, 2021, at Leopolda di Firenze in Florence. More than 120 international brands, all known for their originality, designs and innovative use of materials, plan to exhibit at the show. The theme of this year’s event is “shaping the future of eyewear,” and the show’s “tailor made” format is designed to cater to those with a passion for experimentation. The full list of exhibitors will be announced this morning on the DaTE website, and registration is now open online.

Shauns Intros The Leith

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Friday, July 30, 2021 12:08 AM