The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Nov. 21–27, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Friday, December 2, 2022 12:36 AM ECPs' gross revenue decreased, Jobson Tracker says; NOW by Vision Expo will return to Vision Expo East; EssilorLuxottica pledges $11 million for optometry students and recent graduates; STAAR Surgical opens EVO Experience Center in U.S.; and EnChroma lends its glasses to RWTH Aachen University all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

NOW by Vision Expo Will Return to Vision Expo East 2023

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Thursday, December 1, 2022 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, co-owners of Vision Expo, announce that NOW by Vision Expo, the trends showcase that debuted at Vision Expo East 2022, will return at Vision Expo East 2023, taking place March 16-19, 2023 at the Javits Center in New York City. Expanding on last year’s showcase, which featured eyewear trends, the 2023 trends showcase will also feature new innovations in fashion lenses and lens technologies that are shaping the direction of the industry, in addition to frames.

EssilorLuxottica Pledges $11M in New Technology, Scholarships and Loan Repayments for Optometry Students and Recent Optometry Graduates

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK—EssilorLuxottica has announced an investment in the future of optometry with an $11 million pledge over the next two years. The funding will go towards scholarship programs to third- and fourth-year optometry students through the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), loan reimbursement to recent graduates and to fund equipment installation in optometry schools, the company said. Through its retail optical brands in North America, including LensCrafters, Target Optical and Pearle Vision, EssilorLuxottica’s commitment will include several programs. The first is the availability of $3 million for loan repayments for recent graduates seeking employment within LensCrafters, Target Optical and Pearle Vision. This allows new doctors the chance to start their careers and build their practice without the added burden of paying off loans. Interested applicants can click here to receive additional information.

STAAR Surgical Opens EVO Experience Center in U.S.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022 12:24 AM LAKE FOREST, Calif.—STAAR Surgical Company, a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable lenses for the eye, announced the opening of the first company-operated EVO Experience Center at its corporate headquarters in Lake Forest, Calif. EVO ICL and EVO+ ICL are STAAR Surgical's phakic IOLs for myopia and astigmatism. Made from collamer, EVO ICL (Evolution in Visual Freedom) can treat a wide range of refractive error, according to STAAR Surgical. The lens is approved by the FDA.

EnChroma Lends its Glasses to Color Blind Students at RWTH Aachen University

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Monday, November 28, 2022 12:24 AM AACHEN, Germany & BERKELEY, Calif.—Color blind students and staff at RWTH Aachen University, Germany’s largest technical university, can now borrow EnChroma color blind glasses on campus to help them overcome the obstacles to learning and everyday life that color vision deficiency (CVD) poses. One in 12 men (8 percent) and one in 200 women (0.5 percent) are color blind—approximately 3.6 million in Germany, 30 million in Europe and 350 million worldwide, according to EnChroma. With over 47,000 students, and nearly 10,000 faculty and staff, an estimated 2,400 people at RWTH Aachen University are color blind.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Nov. 14–20, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022 12:27 AM ECP’s gross revenue decreased, Jobson Tracker says; CES honors four eyewear and eyecare companies; Employees expect ECPs to explain their vision benefits; VM and 20/20 Magazine announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2022; and Daniel Breeman joins Vision Monday and VMAIL all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

CES Honors Four Eyewear and Eyecare Companies With Innovation Awards

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022 12:24 AM ARLINGTON, Va.—The Consumer Technology Association, producer of CES 2023, has presented its coveted 2023 Innovation Award to four companies in the eyewear and eyecare field. The four honorees fall into two categories: Wearable Technologies and Virtual and Augmented Reality. Wearable Technologies: Arges Smart AR Glasses for the Visually Impaired by CELLiCO. Arges Smart AR glasses are designed for people who suffer from age-related macular generation (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss. This eye disease blurs the central vision, making it difficult to see faces, read, drive, or even perform basic tasks like cooking.

Employees Expect ECPs to Explain Their Vision Benefits, a New Transitions Optical Workplace Wellness Survey Finds

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022 12:21 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Employees seek vision benefit information from ECPs, and say professional recommendations can influence interest in purchasing premium lens options, according to the newly released 2022 Transitions Optical Workplace Wellness survey.

VM and 20/20 Magazine Announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2022

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Monday, November 21, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are pleased to announce the selections in the 14th annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, a special survey aimed at identifying readers’ favorite products and companies of the year. Optical retailers and ECP readers of the two Jobson Medical Information publications were asked to identify their “favorite” products in 20 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies/consumables/tools, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, patient engagement systems, online ordering website, social purpose missions, online and social media marketing services, PPE, telehealth solution, virtual/omnichannel sales tool and sustainable eyewear materials.

Daniel Breeman Joins Vision Monday and VMAIL as Senior Editor

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Monday, November 21, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Daniel Breeman has joined the Vision Monday and VMAIL editorial team this month as senior editor. Breeman will concentrate on news and feature coverage in the retail and eyecare professional areas.

The Vision Council Releases Focused inSights: Online vs. In-Person Buyers 2022

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Friday, November 18, 2022 12:33 AM The Vision Council releases Focused inSights: Online vs. In-Person Buyers 2022; ECPs' gross revenue increased, Jobson Tracker says; Estee Lauder acquires Tom Ford brand; CooperVision Specialty Eyecare announces myopia management survey results; and Luminopia announces oversubscribed seed extension financing round all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Nov. 7–13, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Thursday, November 17, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Nov. 7–13, when compared with the previous week at a rate of 5 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 10 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 46) when compared with last year, 6 points above the same period in 2020, and 13 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

With Estee Lauder's Acquisition of Tom Ford Brand, Marcolin Announces a New Long-Term License for Tom Ford Eyewear

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK and LONGARONE, Italy—The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) (ELC) announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Tom Ford brand, a global leader in luxury. The major deal will establish that ELC, a long-term partner of Tom Ford in the beauty arena, will be the sole owner of the Tom Ford brand and all its intellectual property. Under the stewardship of ELC, the purchase of the brand and the extension of its current licensing partners, including Marcolin S.p.A. for eyewear and Ermenegildo Zegna for fashion, "will allow for continuity and the further evolution of the Tom Ford brand as one of the preeminent global luxury brands of the twenty-first century," ELC's announcement said.

ECPs Predict Bright Future for Myopia Management, CooperVision Specialty Eyecare Survey Says

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—Eyecare professionals (ECPs) anticipate an increase in the number of patient-facing discussions, prescriptions, and treatment options for myopia management over the next 10 to 20 years, according to a recent survey conducted by CooperVision Specialty EyeCare. The company invited ECPs from across the world to share their thoughts, hopes and predictions about the future of myopia management. The survey was conducted in celebration and recognition of the 20th anniversary of the FDA’s approval of Paragon CRT, the world’s first Ortho-K lens of its kind approved for safe overnight wear.

Luminopia Announces Oversubscribed Seed Extension Financing Round

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Monday, November 14, 2022 12:27 AM CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Luminopia, a prescription digital therapeutics company pioneering a new class of treatments for neuro-visual disorders, announced an oversubscribed $5.7 million seed extension financing round. ShangBay Capital led the round, with participation from Sony Innovation Fund, The Vertical Group, and SSI Strategy, as well as support from existing investors. With the closing of the round, William Dai, founding managing partner of ShangBay Capital, will be joining Luminopia’s board of directors. The company will be using the funding for a staged rollout of its lead product for amblyopia to pediatric ophthalmologists starting this month, before expanding to a broader launch in the second half of 2023.