The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Jan. 17-23, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

By Staff
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Jan. 17-23, at a rate of -3 index points. That places gross revenue at a level equal to where it was at this point in time (Week 4) in 2019 but below the levels reached at this same time in 2020 (-8 points) and 2021 (-11 points), according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories decreased last week, at rates ranging from -5 index points for contact lenses to -2 index points for exams/refractions, frame units and lens pairs.

Citing Strength Across All Business Segments, Johnson & Johnson Reports Double-Digit Sales Growth for Q4 and Year

By Staff
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:24 AM NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) reported Tuesday that its fourth-quarter sales totaled $24.8 billion, reflecting growth of 10.4 percent, and 11.6 percent growth on an operational basis. (U.S. sales in the vision care segment, which includes contact lenses, increased at a similar rate in Q4, the announcement noted.) The company's adjusted operational sales growth (which excludes the net impact of acquisitions and divestitures and currency impact) came in at 12.3 percent in the fourth quarter.

EssilorLuxottica Officially Debuts Leonardo, an Open Learning Platform with Content Available 24/7 to Company Employees, ECPs, Patients and the Public

By Staff
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:21 AM NEW YORK—This week, EssilorLuxottica (Reuters: ESLX.PA) is officially introducing Leonardo, an innovative learning platform open to the entire vision care industry. Employees, eyecare professionals and patients eager for professional and personal development, or curious about the unique and powerful world of vision, will find expert curated content from Essilor and Luxottica that can be tailored for every learner, the company said. Marking a major investment in EssilorLuxottica employees and customers, Leonardo offers an intuitive, user-friendly experience across all devices, accessible any time.

Smith Names Taryn Ryan Global Head of Marketing

By Staff
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:18 AM PORTLAND, Oregon—Smith Optics has announced the appointment of Taryn Ryan as global head of marketing. Ryan brings over a decade of comprehensive brand and product go-to-market experience to Smith to help drive strategy, growth, brand awareness and loyalty across all aspects of the business. Ryan, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, joined Luxottica Group in 2008 as a buyer for Sunglass Hut and was promoted to business manager for the sport portfolio in 2010 with a focus on the Oakley brand across Africa and the Middle East.

Specsavers Announces $100 Million Investment to Cover ECPs Start-Up Costs

By Staff
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:02 AM Specsavers has announced plans to make a $100 million CDN investment to cover start-up costs for new Specsavers locations across Canada. The investment, an approach unique to the Canadian market, will cover start-up costs of approximately $500,000 for 200 locations.

Euromonitor Reveals the Top 10 Global Consumer Trends in 2022

By Staff
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 3:11 PM Over 60 percent of consumers aged 60+ visited a social networking website at least once a week, while 21 percent took part in video gaming weekly, according to a new study by global market research company Euromonitor International.

The highly anticipated annual report, “Top 10 Global Consumer Trends 2022” was released last week. It defines the following trends that are motivating consumer behavior and challenging business strategies in the year ahead.

How Indies Can Help #FocusOnChildEyeHealth

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—In honor of International Day of Education on Monday, January 24, 2022, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) rolled out its #FocusOnChildEyeHealth campaign, a chance to “champion equitable, accessible and strong education systems that ensure children have every opportunity to thrive,” according to the IAPB. Proper eyecare and eye health are vital components of a child’s educational journey, but often are neglected, the Agency said. With Focus on Child Eye Health, IAPB “will explore solutions and actions to ensure that vision impairment in children is no longer overlooked on the list of public health priorities.” 

Pacific Optometry Group

By Staff
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 8:25 AM The team at Pacific Optometry Group in Orange County, California, shared a fun and informative TikTok to show patients the behind the scenes story of how their glasses are made.

Personal and Professional Video Stories from Members of Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board Honor the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Staff
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 8:20 AM NEW YORK—In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan 17th, four members of Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board share actionable ways eyecare professionals can foster diversity, equity and inclusion in their lives and careers in a new video to honor the leader. Viewers can understand the impact Dr. King and personal insights in conversations with Dr. Darryl Glover, Defocus Media and MyEyeDr., Dr. Essence Johnson, Black Eyecare Perspective, Dr. Janette Dumas Pepper, Southern College of Optometry and Dr. Devin Sasser, Eye Clarity. The Transitions Diversity Advisory Board members also share their dreams for the optical industry and world and how eyecare professionals can honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s principle of equality.

Guides, Calendars and Content Suggestions for Your Social Media, Courtesy of HubSpot

By Staff
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 8:15 AM NEW YORK—While more and more independent eyecare practices and optical shops are recognizing the essential nature of taking part in social media to build connections with patients and prospective customers, many feel paralyzed with what it takes to navigate social successfully—and leverage the distinct differences and structures of the different platforms out there, including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, TikTok and more.

The Vision Council’s Virtual Annual Business Meeting Spotlights Industry Trends and a New Board of Directors

By Staff
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council hosted its Annual Business Meeting in a virtual format yesterday, Monday January 24. Presented under the banner of “It’s All Connected,” the meeting included a welcome address from Karen Roberts, The Vision Council’s Chair, followed by remarks from Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. Additionally, an overview of the enhancements planned for The Vision Council’s 2022 research program was presented by Alysse Henkel, The Vision Council’s director of Research Data and Analytics. The Vision Council also inducted its 2022 Board of Directors during the meeting.

Pacific Artisan Labs Continues Rapid Growth Strategy Adding Nine More Independent ECP Practices to Ownership in Lab Network

By Staff
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:24 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—Pacific Artisan Labs (PAL), an independent laboratory group with its headquarters based here, has announced  that nine more independent, private practice ECPs have joined to become ownership partners in their growing lab network.

Okia Won the Hong Kong Sustainability Award 2020/21

By Staff
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:02 AM Okia Optical was awarded for its green consciousness: the company won the Special Recognition for Outstanding Sustainability Initiative (Environmental Dimension) of the Hong Kong Sustainability Award 2020/21 organized by The Hong Kong Management Association.

Tracking Telehealth Use by U.S. Patients

By Staff
Monday, January 24, 2022 1:55 PM It’s been widely reported that telehealth use has grown considerably over the past two years, a trend that is the direct result of the limits the pandemic has placed on in-person medical appointments. Primary care has emerged as the most common use case in the U.S., according to newly published data derived from an Insider Intelligence survey, “Telehealth Trends 2021,” which polled 1,609 U.S. adults ages 18-75 who were surveyed online during September 23-October 7, 2021.

Soo Hong Joins Sunbit as First Chief People Officer, Firm Reports Business Update for 2021 Indicating Growth in Optical Locations

By Staff
Monday, January 24, 2022 12:24 AM LOS ANGELES—Sunbit, a buy now, pay later (BNPL) technology company, has announced the appointment of Soo Hong as Sunbit's chief people officer (CPO), effective immediately.