Survey Shows Younger Consumers Lead Push for Personalization

By Staff
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 10:26 AM The results of a new survey by the French tech company Dassault Systemes revealed that younger consumers are leading the push for personalization that improves products and services, quality of life and personal safety, and are more willing to pay and share their data to get it. The findings came from a survey of citizens representing the demographics of adults in the U.S., China and France that was conducted in partnership with independent market research firm CITE Research.

For MyEyeDr. The Patient Experience, Boosted by New Tech and Investment, Tops 2020 Plan

By Staff
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Beginning its next chapter, armed with the investment and health care perspectives from its new financial partner at Goldman SachsMyEyeDr. (MED) is viewing the future as one which will amplify its efforts to put the patient experience front and center. Its leadership team is poised to employ technology in a range of ways, from those that streamline and make patient service more actionable, to an approach that further develops professional paths for its optometrists and raises vision care’s profile and awareness among patients and other provider groups in the health care field.

Scientists Develop App for Early Detection of Leukocoria

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:25 AM A group of scientists have developed an app that detects abnormal eye reflections from pictures. Dr. Bryan Shaw, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Baylor University, Texas, helped develop an app that can detect disease early in children by scanning their pictures for leukocoria.

De Rigo REM’s National Sales Meeting Emphasizes Unity, Highlights FILA Launch

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:21 AM MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.—The theme at De Rigo REM’s 2020 National Sales meeting, which took place at the West Drift Marriott from Jan 9–11, was “One Company, One Team, One Message.”

Mojo Vision Is Developing a New Type of Smart Contact Lens

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:18 AM SARATOGA, Calif.—Mojo Vision, a Silicon Valley-based startup, announced last week that it is building a new type of smart contact lens called Mojo Lens.

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VM’s Trends to Watch in 2020

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Monday, January 20, 2020 12:45 AM NEW YORK—Let the vision symbolism begin! The year 2020 holds promise and opportunity for those in the eyecare and optical world to share information and ideas to raise the profile of vision care. There is much of the upside to inform patients, caretakers, other health care providers and consumers about the role of comprehensive eye exams and the eye as the window to a range of concerning health care conditions.

MyEyeDr. Widens Paths for Optometrist Training and Leadership Programs

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, January 20, 2020 12:01 AM VIENNA, Va.—While MyEyeDr. has grown and the company’s geographic presence has expanded (and continues to do so), the professional organization has worked to stay ahead of the group’s needs from a leadership and training perspective as well as a philosophy that enables optometrists to pursue specialized areas of interest, share knowledge with peers and elevate their professional capabilities to serve patients. At the start of 2020, there are nearly 990 optometrists within the MyEyeDr. network, spanning 570 offices in 26 states.

The Patient Experience, Boosted by New Tech and Investment, Tops MyEyeDr.'s 2020 Plans

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, January 20, 2020 12:00 AM NEW YORK—Beginning its next chapter, armed with the investment and health care perspectives from its new financial partner at Goldman Sachs, MyEyeDr. (MED) is viewing the future as one which will amplify its efforts to put the patient experience front and center. Its leadership team is poised to employ technology in a range of ways, from those that streamline and make patient service more actionable, to an approach that further develops professional paths for its optometrists and raises vision care’s profile and awareness among patients and other provider groups in the health care field.

Vision Care Market Grows 2.4 Percent in 12-Months Ending September 2019

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Monday, January 20, 2020 12:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Across-the-board growth—everything from eye exams to OTC readers—helped drive 2.4 percent growth in the overall vision care market in the 12-month period ended Sept. 30, 2019 according to a recent “Consumer Barometer” report issued by The Vision Council. The reported estimated the value of the vision care market at $43.39 billion in the 12-month period ended in September. The report also showed positive trends for the “independent” eyecare sector, with share gains in eye exams, prescription lenses and frame sales.

Americans’ Thirst for Beer Fuels Brewery Boom

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Friday, January 17, 2020 4:09 PM Statista data journalist Niall McCarthy observed that back in 1873, the U.S. boasted 4,144 breweries, a number that fell drastically by the middle of the 20th century. “After Prohibition, the brewery count grew extremely slowly and as recently as the 1970s, the country had fewer than 100 functional breweries. 1978 was particularly poor with the count falling to just 89. Amid the craft beer explosion, such a low number is unthinkable now,” McCarthy noted.

Today, Americans are living in a veritable beer paradise, with a myriad of national, regional and local number beers to choose from.

The U.S.-China Trade Deal May Lead to Reduced Tariffs on Certain Optical Products

By Staff
Friday, January 17, 2020 10:12 AM The U.S.-China trade deal may lead to reduced tariffs on certain optical products, Luxottica Wholesale N.A. invests in independent optical sales division, Staar Surgical reports 4Q new sales up 25 percent, Opti 2020 welcomes 28,000 visitors, and Vision Tech innovations are lauded at CES 2020 all topped this week's VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Luxottica Wholesale N.A. Invests in Independent Optical Sales Division

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Friday, January 17, 2020 10:09 AM NEW YORK—Luxottica Wholesale N.A. said it is investing in the evolution of its independent optical sales division, which accounts for the largest component of the company’s overall sales force. The independent optical sales division is made up of approximately 300 salespeople who serve ECPs throughout North America with Luxottica’s brands. "These changes will strengthen Luxottica’s consultative approach to ECPs by putting greater focus on brands and customer support," a company spokesperson told VMAIL, adding, "the evolution is designed to empower Luxottica’s talent and rally them together as part of one family. The primary change will be a greater focus on brands."

Staar Surgical Reports 4Q Net Sales Up 25 Percent

By Staff
Friday, January 17, 2020 10:06 AM LAKE FOREST, Calif.—Staar Surgical (NASDAQ: STAA) said yesterday that it expects fourth quarter and fiscal year net sales for the year ended Jan. 3, 2020 to increase approximately 25 percent and 21 percent over the prior year periods, respectively. Total net sales for the fourth quarter and fiscal year are expected to be approximately $38.9 million and $150.2 million, respectively, as compared to the company’s outlook for $37.6 million and $149.0 million most recently provided on Nov. 8, 2019.