Waterloo Eye Institute to Become a Reality

By Staff
Thursday, September 21, 2023 4:22 PM Thanks to support from the optometry profession, alumni and donors across Canada, the University of Waterloo will begin construction next year on the Waterloo Eye Institute (WEI), a state-of-the-art facility supporting advances in vision research, optometric education and patient care.

Do U.S. Workers Fear That Technology Is Making Their Jobs Obsolete?

By Staff
Thursday, September 21, 2023 12:10 PM Twenty-two percent of U.S. workers worry that technology will make their jobs obsolete, according to Gallup’s Work and Education poll. That fear is up seven points since 2021, while other job concerns are stable. The figure had previously varied between 13 percent and 17 percent, with little upward movement in that trend.

The recent rise in people’s concern about their job becoming obsolete is due almost entirely to college-educated workers, among whom the percentage worried has jumped from 8 percent to 20 percent. At the same time, worry among workers without a college degree is virtually unchanged at 24 percent. 

As a result, whereas non-college-educated workers were previously much more concerned about technological replacement than college-educated workers, these groups now express similar levels of concern.

According to the poll, concern about technology making one’s job obsolete is also up more among younger than older workers, widening the generational gap evident in 2021. It has also increased more among those making less than $100,000 than those earning $100,000 or more.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Sept. 11–17, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

By Staff
Thursday, September 21, 2023 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Sept.11–17, when compared with the previous week at a rate of 20 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 4 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 38) when compared with last year (2022), 14 points above the same period in 2021, 4 points above 2020 and 17 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Safilo and Amazon Collaborate on New Carrera Smart Glasses With Alexa

By Staff
Thursday, September 21, 2023 12:24 AM PADUA, Italy and SEATTLE—Safilo Group (SFLG.MI) and Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) have announced the launch of new Carrera Smart Glasses with Alexa, blending Safilo’s design with Amazon’s cloud-based voice service. This is the first collaboration between Safilo and Amazon. The launch consists of two styles: the Carrera Cruiser and the Carrera Sprinter. In addition to the two Carrera frames, Amazon is also launching five of its own new Echo frame styles: Modern Rectangle, Rectangle, Round, Square and Cat Eye.

Construction on Waterloo Eye Institute to Begin Next Year

By Staff
Thursday, September 21, 2023 12:21 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—With support from the optometry profession, alumni and donors across Canada, construction is set to begin next year on the Waterloo Eye Institute, a state-of-the-art facility supporting advances in vision research, optometric education and patient care.

Eyecare Is Important to Employees Amid Greater Attention to Holistic Health, Transitions Optical Survey Says

By Staff
Thursday, September 21, 2023 12:18 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions has released its latest 2023 Workplace Wellness Survey which examines the influences that play a role in employee eye health and eyecare. The report finds increased attention to holistic health may motivate employees to seek care for eye health concerns.

CooperVision Opens Applications for 2024 Best Practices Honorees and Student Scholarship Recipients

By Staff
Thursday, September 21, 2023 12:15 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision announced its ninth annual search for the nation’s Best Practices and student honorees. The initiative brings together eyecare practices from all corners of the country that are committed to advancing the profession.

Marchon Eyewear and Linda Farrow Sign Exclusive Distribution Agreement for North America

By Staff
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 4:16 PM Marchon Eyewear and Linda Farrow announced that they have entered into a long-term exclusive agreement for the distribution of Linda Farrow sun and optical eyewear throughout North America, including Canada and the Cayman Islands. This agreement leverages the scale and expertise of Marchon Eyewear’s U.S. distribution network, Marchon said.

Library Users Find New Ways to Enjoy Services

By Staff
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 12:23 PM September is Library Card Sign-Up month. For decades, Americans have relied on libraries to help them increase their knowledge and explore the world of books. In recent years, the number of library books checked out has declined, but this hasn’t stopped libraries from remaining a community hub for learning. 

According to the latest figures from Statista, there are over 9,000 public libraries in the U.S., all of which offer a wide variety of resources and services to the communities they serve. Additionally, there are more than 125,000 librarians across the country.

Though the number of users may be on the decline, the types of services offered by libraries have expanded. In 2019, there were around 392 in-person visits to public libraries per 100 people in the U.S. In the same year, there were around 686 circulated library items per 100 people. 

In-person visitation peaked in 2009 with around 535 visits per 100 people, while the number of circulated items peaked in 2010 with 826 circulated items per 100 people. While the number of traditional materials is on the decline, digital materials remain in demand, with electronic collections of material growing by more than 3,000 percent between 2010 and 2019.

Libraries are adding additional services such as the loaning of household items, meeting spaces and community spaces to meet the needs of communities. Libraries across the country are increasingly offering diverse kinds of programs for all ages, such as story-time sessions for toddlers, after-school programs for teens, and computer classes for adults and seniors.

For Sports Eye Safety Month, ECPs Get Social

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 8:30 AM NEW YORK—For sports lovers, Fall is an exciting time. Many sport seasons restart in the Fall, both professional and amateur—which also makes this season the perfect time to talk to patients about keeping their eyes safe while getting active. This Sports Eye Safety Month, Prevent Blindness shared new data that shows more than 32,000 sports-related eye injuries were treated in the U.S. last year—an increase of nearly 20 percent from the previous year.

Dr. Chinn’s Vision Care

By Staff
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 8:25 AM Dr. Chinn’s Vision Care showed off its newest lens cloth collaboration with local artist Nicholas Danger.

Celebrating Guide Dogs This September

By Staff
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 8:20 AM NEW YORK—We never really need an excuse to celebrate dogs, but there is something extra special about celebrating man’s best friend in September, which is National Guide Dog Month. Guide dogs work hard and change lives every day, making them pretty easy to celebrate—but it can be helpful to get some ideas anyway. Here, we’re taking a look at how people are celebrating National Guide Dog Month this September, from those in the industry to vets and others. Feel free to get inspired, and make sure to take some time to celebrate all the work guide dogs do.

51 Loans, Grants and Programs to Help Your Small Business

By Staff
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 8:15 AM NEW YORK—Whether you’re starting a new small business or looking to grow the one you already own, finding funding can be a challenge for businesses of all sizes. A regular update on specific programs is shared by CO, the special information resource website for small businesses developed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Each week, an updated list of loans, small business grants or other opportunities to connect with programs and organizations are available to help small businesses.

Prevent Blindness Joins With IAPB on 2023 World Sight Day Global Initiative

By Staff
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 12:30 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, a leading eye health and safety organization, is joining the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and fellow eye health organizations across the globe, to raise awareness about vision and eye health issues and promote access to eyecare as part of “World Sight Day” on Oct. 12, 2023. This year’s theme, “Love Your Eyes at Work,” was chosen to help people understand the importance of protecting their vision in the workplace, and to call on business leaders to prioritize the eye health of workers everywhere, according to IAPB.

Peter Lothes to Join Fielmann Group as Chief Operating Officer

By Staff
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 12:27 AM HAMBURG, Germany—Peter Lothes, an optical industry veteran, will join Fielmann Group as chief operating officer with group responsibility for manufacturing and logistics worldwide, including locations in Germany, China, the Czech Republic, Poland, Spain and the U.S.