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Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:36 AM Registration opens for VM's Virtual Leadership Summit in October, gross revenue falls dramatically, Jobson Tracker says, DAC Technologies appoints a new president and CEO, Warby Parker outlines plans for growth and Retina Consultants of America adds a nine-location Tennessee retina practice all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

National Average for Gross Revenue Fell Dramatically for the Week of Sept. 6 to 12, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations fell dramatically, by 20 index points last week (Sept. 6-12) due to Labor Day falling on Monday, Sept.6. When comparing this with the same week (Week 37) of the previous two years, 2021 was comparable to 2020 because Labor Day also fell within Week 37 of 2020 but not 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories decreased substantially last week because of the Labor Day holiday.

DAC Technologies Appoints New President and CEO

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:36 AM GARLAND, Texas—DAC Technologies, based here, has named Will Daniels as their new president and CEO. A 26-year veteran of the optical industry, Daniels has served in various leadership roles in sales management, operations. He joined DAC in August, 2021 having previously served as head of global aftermarket operations for Satisloh in Wetzlar, Germany. Daniels succeeds Joe Ciochetto who, after four years as president and CEO of DAC Technologies, assumed a new leadership role within Essilor of America.

Warby Parker Outlines Plans for Growth, Store Expansion and Evolution to a ‘Holistic’ Vision Care Company as it Readies Public Stock Offering

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Monday, September 13, 2021 3:45 PM NEW YORK—In an optimistic and upbeat two-hour webcast presentation, Warby Parker Inc. co-founders and top executives on Monday morning laid out their plans for strong growth, including expansion of the physical store base, their ongoing philanthropic efforts and the company’s planned evolution to a more “holistic” vision care company that drives a larger share of revenue from eye exams and contact lens sales. The investor presentation follow’s last month’s registration filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a direct listing of Warby Parker’s Class A shares, as VMAIL reported.

Retina Consultants of America Announces Addition of Nine-Location Tennessee Retina Practice as it Furthers Expansion

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Monday, September 13, 2021 12:30 AM SOUTHLAKE, Texas—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, has added a leading Nashville, Tenn.-based retina group, Tennessee Retina, to its management organization. The addition of the nine-location Tennessee Retina practice marks RCA’s entry into Tennessee and the surrounding region. The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the RCA announcement late last week. The group now has practices in 11 states. Tennessee Retina is the largest and most established retina practice in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky, with nine locations that include Nashville, Crossville, and Bowling Green, Ky.

Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Friday, September 10, 2021 8:28 AM Gross revenue decreases, Jobson Tracker says, Facebook and EssilorLuxottica launch Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses, Prevent Blindness to hold 2021 Person of Vision Award Event honoring Marc Ferrara, Blue Light Summit announces September dates for 2021 event and Vision Health Alliance and EyeCare4Kids announce events during Vision Expo West 2021 all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Facebook and EssilorLuxottica Launch Ray-Ban Stories, their Long-Awaited Smart Glasses Collaboration

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Friday, September 10, 2021 12:24 AM MENLO PARK, Calif., and CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Facebook Inc. and Ray-Ban on Thursday released their much-anticipated and awaited smart glasses Ray-Ban Stories, which the companies are calling “the next generation of smart glasses.” The collaboration brings forward “a new way to seamlessly capture, share and listen through your most authentic moments,” the companies said in a joint announcement. (Neither EssilorLuxottica nor Facebook had previously launched a smart glass product.)

Prevent Blindness to Hold 2021 Person of Vision Award Event, Honoring Marc Ferrara of Jobson Medical Information, at TAO Nightclub During Vision Expo West

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Thursday, September 9, 2021 12:33 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight will honor Marc Ferrara, CEO of Information Services, Jobson Medical Information with the 2021 Person of Vision Award on Sept. 23, in conjunction with Vision Expo West. The Person of Vision event will be held at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian Resort, Las Vegas, beginning at 6:00 p.m. PT. The program and award presentation will begin at approximately 7:15 p.m. PT.

Blue Light Summit Organizers Announce September Dates for 2021 Event

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021 12:33 AM SHANGHAI, BERLIN and MINNEAPOLIS—Eyesafe, TÜV Rheinland Group (TÜV Rheinland), UnitedHealthcare and ZAGG have announced the dates for Blue Light Summit 2021, which will be held Sept. 28 in Europe and the Americas and Sept. 29 in Asia-Pacific. Due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's summit will be entirely virtual. People interested in attending can register here. Blue Light Summit 2021 will bring together leaders across multiple industries, including consumer electronics, health care, and government to discuss the dramatic impact COVID-19 had on device usage, screen time and blue light exposure, sharing what each of their respective fields is doing to address this global health challenge.

Vision Health Alliance, in Partnership With EyeCare4Kids, Announces Local and On-site Events Planned in Conjunction With Vision Expo West 2021

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Health Alliance, The Vision Council’s new consumer education initiative that champions eye health as an important part of overall health and eye health exams as essential components of health care, today announced several events planned in conjunction with Vision Expo West 2021, taking place September 22-25 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. In partnership with EyeCare4Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to providing professional eyecare to low-income, visually-impaired children and underserved families, Vision Health Alliance will provide valuable resources to local Southern Nevada schools, addressing eyecare issues for students.

CooperCompanies Reports Record Sales, Earnings in Q3 as All Contact Lens Segments Show Double-Digit Growth

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Friday, September 3, 2021 12:33 AM CooperCompanies reports record sales in Q3, Vision Health Alliance launches first consumer awareness campaign, gross revenue remains unchanged, Jobson Tracker says, Pearle Vision intros the latest installment of the ‘Small Moments’ campaign and a new web-series and Prevent Blindness declares September as Sports Eye Safety Month all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Vision Health Alliance Launches First Consumer Awareness Campaign

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Thursday, September 2, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Health Alliance, The Vision Council’s new consumer education initiative that champions eye health as an important part of overall health, announced the launch of its first consumer education movement.  The “Let’s Be Clear” campaign debuted last week online across multiple digital and social media channels and features direct, to-the-point messages that highlight the importance of annual comprehensive eye exams.

Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Remains Unchanged Compared to Week of Aug. 16-22, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations remained unchanged when comparing last week (Aug. 23-29) with the previous week (Aug. 16-22). This brings gross revenue to a level slightly above where it was at this point in time (Week 35) in 2019 but slightly below where it was at this time last year, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories were either flat or down slightly when comparing last week with the previous week.

Pearle Vision Introduces ‘Maya,’ the Latest Installment in its 'Small Moments' Campaign and Debuts Social Media Web-Series

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Pearle Vision has launched the latest installment in the award-winning Small Moments campaign, a cinematic mini-movie titled “Maya,” in which a young Indian girl goes from feeling like an outsider to a more confident young woman with the help of a Pearle Vision eyecare expert. “Maya” continues Pearle Vision's strategy to showcase the “small moments” that form trusting relationships between the brand's eyecare experts and their patients.

Prevent Blindness Declares September as Sports Eye Safety Month to Provide Information on Best Ways to Protect Against Eye Injuries from Sports

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Monday, August 30, 2021 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has declared September as Sports Eye Safety Month to help keep eyes and vision protected while playing sports. According to annual data from Prevent Blindness, more eye injuries occur from pool and water sports than any other category. These injuries may include eye infections and irritations, and scratches or trauma. However, ball sports still account for the highest total injury rate. Injuries may include corneal abrasions, traumatic cataract, detached retina, a fracture of the eye socket and many more sight-threatening occurrences.