Marcolin and ZEGNA Renew to 2030

By Staff
Friday, February 23, 2024 4:29 PM Eyewear producer Marcolin and international luxury menswear leader ZEGNA have announced the renewal of the exclusive global licensing agreement for the design, manufacturing and distribution of ZEGNA sunglasses and optical frames. The new agreement includes an automatic renewal clause until December 31, 2030.

COVID Influence Is Reflected in Mortality and Birth Rates Across U.S.

By Staff
Friday, February 23, 2024 3:02 PM Birth rates are on the rise in the U.S. after mortality rates fell for the first time since before the pandemic. A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau finds that more than half of the U.S. is seeing births outpace deaths. New data shows that across most of the U.S., a natural rebound in birth rates was experienced by July 2023, however, 19 states still saw a decrease, with areas of the South and Northeast seeing more deaths than births. 

Birth rates fell steadily beginning in 2020. This was particularly evident in communities with older populations and areas experiencing low migration. In 2020, the natural birth rate increase was around 1 million people per year. 

Areas like Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and West Virginia were among the states to see the highest number of deaths versus births. This shifted between 2020 and 2020 when half of all states saw a natural decrease. In 2020, the natural increase fell by 27 percent, mostly due to a rise in deaths resulting from COVID-19 and a fall in births by 1.4 percent. 

As the pandemic continued through 2021, a natural decrease switched to a natural increase in deaths in New York by 28,326. Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts and New Jersey saw similar patterns.

According to Johns Hopkins University and Medicine, globally the U.S. saw the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths at 1,123,836, followed by Brazil at 699,276, and India at 530,779.

The World Health Organization noted that the true numbers may never be known as the percentage of registered deaths ranged from 98 percent in the European region to only 10 percent in the African region.

ECPs Play a Key Partner Role in Workplace Safety

By Sarah McGoldrick, Contributing Editor
Friday, February 23, 2024 8:30 AM With March just around the corner, eyecare professionals (ECPs) are focusing their attention on Workplace Eye Awareness Month. Each year, thousands of Americans experience some form of workplace eye injury. These types of injuries can be the result of many things, ranging from chemical spills to sharp objects. Many ECPs are also trying to educate their patients about the risks of spending too many hours in front of the computer, which can cause digital eyestrain. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 25,000 Americans are sent to the emergency room each year with a workplace eye injury.

Ocular Therapeutix Announces Board of Directors and Leadership Updates

By Staff
Friday, February 23, 2024 12:27 AM Ocular Therapeutix announces board of directors and leadership updates; VisionEd program announced for Vision Expo East; Bausch + Lomb releases Q4 and Full-Year 2023 results; ECPs’ gross revenue decreased, Jobson Tracker says; and IDOC’s Books & Benchmarks expands benchmark reporting tool all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Ocular Therapeutix Announces Board of Directors and Leadership Updates

By Staff
Friday, February 23, 2024 12:24 AM BEDFORD, Mass.—Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCUL), a biopharmaceutical company committed to enhancing people’s vision and quality of life through the development and commercialization of therapies for diseases and conditions of the eye, has announced board of directors and leadership updates. Pravin U. Dugel, MD has been named executive chairman, and Jeffrey S. Heier, MD, Peter K. Kaiser, MD, and Sanjay Nayak, MBBS, PhD have been appointed to the ocular management team as chief scientific officer, medical director, and chief strategy officer, respectively.

Glaukos Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Financial Results

By Staff
Friday, February 23, 2024 12:21 AM ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—Glaukos Corporation, an ophthalmic pharmaceutical and medical technology company focused on novel therapies for the treatment of glaucoma, corneal disorders and retinal diseases, announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending Dec. 31, 2023.

VisionSpring Achieves New Milestones in 2023

By Staff
Friday, February 23, 2024 12:18 AM NEW YORK—VisionSping, founded in 2001 with the goal of reaching and providing affordable, quality eyeglasses worldwide to people who need them, has issued a report and announced several accomplishments for 2023.

XP Health Partners With Bell Bank, Adds Cynthia Spitalny as CMO

By Staff
Friday, February 23, 2024 12:15 AM SAN CARLOS, Calif.—XP Health, a company dedicated to democratizing vision care with a digital-first vision benefits platform, announced a new partnership with Bell Bank and the addition of new chief marketing officer Cynthia Spitalny to grow its leadership roster.

Despite Calls for Equality, Women Are Still Falling Behind Men When It Comes to Compensation in the Workplace

By Staff
Thursday, February 22, 2024 4:00 PM According to the Pew Research Center, in 2022 American women earned an average 82 cents for every dollar earned by men. This was only a 2 cent increase over 2002 figures. Closing the pay gap has been a slow journey, with women only earning 65 cents to each dollar earned by men in 1982. This is only an increase of 17 cents in more than 40 years. 

At this pace, the gender pay gap will not be closed until 2088 according to the American Association of University Women (AAUW). These figures become even more detrimental to women as they enter their retirement years. New figures show that women earn just 70 percent of what men do after leaving the workforce, forcing many people holding onto jobs well into their 70s and 80s. 

The U.S. Department of Labor reports, on average, men are paid $1,219 per week and women $1,002. With less than a high school diploma, men receive $745 per week, while women only earn $594. With an advanced degree, men are paid $1,998 and women $1,546. 

The AAUW report noted, in some professions, women collectively are receiving billions less than they would with equal pay. This was particularly noticeable in the medical field, where female physicians and surgeons were paid $19 billion less annually than their male counterparts. 

According to American Progress, despite the pay gap being illegal since 1963, many companies can still get away with discriminatory practices. AP research shows that it is particularly prevalent in workplaces that discourage open discussion about wages, in a place where employees fear retaliation.

EssilorLuxottica Board of Directors Opts for Continuity

By Staff
Thursday, February 22, 2024 12:25 PM EssilorLuxottica's Board of Directors has decided to propose the re-appointment of all current directors to the next Annual General Meeting to be held on April 30, 2024. To ensure continuity of the Board of Directors’ work in the future, it is proposed to progressively implement a staggering of the directors’ terms of office.

Dynamic and Comprehensive VisionEd Conference Program Announced for Vision Expo East 2024

By Staff
Thursday, February 22, 2024 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, co-organizers of Vision Expo, are gearing up to bring compelling, accredited continuing education offerings to the industry at Vision Expo East 2024. The comprehensive VisionEd optometry and opticianry program will kick off on Thursday, March 14, one day prior to the celebratory exhibit hall opening on Friday, March 15 and will run through Sunday, March 17. “The VisionEd program at Vision Expo East 2024 is a testament to our commitment to advancing the eyecare industry through a strong education program that has been created by industry, for industry,” said Fran Pennella, vice president, Vision Expo at RX.

Bausch + Lomb Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2023 Results and Provides 2024 Guidance

By Staff
Thursday, February 22, 2024 12:24 AM VAUGHAN, Ontartio—Bausch + Lomb Corporation (NYSE/TSX: BLCO), a leading global eye health company, announced its fourth-quarter and full-year 2023 financial results. Total reported revenue was $1.173 billion for the fourth quarter of 2023, as compared to $996 million in the fourth quarter of 2022, an increase of $177 million, or 18 percent. Total reported revenue was $4.146 billion for the full year of 2023, as compared to $3.768 billion in the full year of 2022, an increase of $378 million, or 10 percent.

EssilorLuxottica and Michael Kors Announce Extended Licensing Partnership

By Staff
Thursday, February 22, 2024 12:21 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France and NEW YORK—EssilorLuxottica and Michael Kors have announced the renewal of their licensing agreement for the development, production and worldwide distribution of prescription frames and sunglasses under the Michael Kors brand.

Vision Integrated Partners Completes Refinancing

By Staff
Thursday, February 22, 2024 12:18 AM ST. LOUIS—Vision Integrated Partners (VIP), a leader in providing ophthalmology practice and ambulatory surgery center management services, has successfully completed a recapitalization.

Opthea Appoints Arshad M. Khanani, MD, MA, FASRS, as Chief Medical Advisor

By Staff
Thursday, February 22, 2024 12:15 AM MELBOURNE, Australia—Opthea Limited, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapies to treat highly prevalent and progressive retinal diseases, announced the appointment of Arshad M. Khanani, MD, MA, FASRS, as chief medical advisor.