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

By Staff
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.

RestoringVision to Launch 'New Lens on Life' Campaign on November 29

By Staff
Monday, November 28, 2022 12:18 AM SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—RestoringVision, a global nonprofit dedicated to creating equitable access to vision services and eyeglasses for all individuals, is launching its "New Lens on Life" campaign and invites all to donate during the largest day of global giving on November 29, 2022—GivingTuesday.

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

By Staff
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Nov. 14–20,  when compared with the previous week at a rate of -1 index point. Despite the decrease, that places gross revenue at a level 11 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 47) when compared with last year, 5 points above the same period in 2020, and 10 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Alcon Completes Acquisition of Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Strengthening its Ophthalmic Pharmaceutical Portfolio

By Staff
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 12:21 AM GENEVA & DURHAM, N.C.—Alcon announced the completion of acquiring Aerie Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AERI). This transaction helps bolster Alcon’s presence in the ophthalmic pharmaceutical space with its growing portfolio of commercial products and development pipeline.

American Optometric Association Partners With American Diabetes Association and Leading Eye Organizations to Improve Eye Health Outcomes

By Staff
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 12:18 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association (AOA), in partnership with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retinal Specialists and the National Eye Institute, announced a new resource to improve communication between diabetes care clinicians and eye health clinicians.

This November, Diabetes Awareness Takes Center Stage for Indies

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—On October 31, President Biden released a statement declaring November 2022 as National Diabetes Month. In the statement, the President said, “Over 10 percent of Americans have Type 1, Type 2, or gestational diabetes, and tens of millions more remain at risk of developing this chronic condition… I call upon all Americans, school systems, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, health care providers, research institutions, and other interested groups to join in activities that raise diabetes awareness and help prevent, treat and manage this disease.”

Childhood Myopia Epidemic Explained in New Podcast

By Staff
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 7:10 AM

Bausch + Lomb Reports More Than 58 Million Units of Contact Lens, Lens Care and Eyecare Materials Collected Through Recycling Programs

By Staff
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 12:15 AM VAUGHAN, Ontario—Bausch + Lomb Corp. announced its ONE by ONE and Biotrue Eye Care recycling programs have collected a total of 58,677,480 million units, or 356,723 pounds, of used contact lens, eyecare and lens care materials.

E-Commerce Sales Continue to Grow, New Report Says

By Staff
Monday, November 21, 2022 2:19 PM Americans’ online shopping behavior is shifting, according to a new report from Finances Online. New numbers show that Americans are spending less time shopping than 15 years ago. The report also found that consumers are using online shopping at an increasing rate, driven by the recent COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, online sales rose 25 percent as consumers faced long periods of lockdown and short supply of goods. 

Millennials account for 37.4 percent of all American digital buyers in 2020, followed by Generation X (30.1 percent), Gen Zers (18.2 percent), and Baby Boomers (14.6 percent).

Americans clearly prefer to do their online shopping on their digital devices, with 63 percent using their mobile device, 13 percent using their computer, 2 percent using a public computer and 2 percent using a work computer.

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

By Staff
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.

Glacial Multimedia Inc. and Dry Eye Access Announce a New Strategic Partnership

By Staff
Monday, November 21, 2022 12:18 AM PORTLAND, Maine—Glacial Multimedia and Dry Eye Access have formed a strategic partnership to assist eyecare physicians with building their dry eye services.

Retina Consultants of America Adds Florida Retina Institute to Nationwide Network

By Staff
Monday, November 21, 2022 12:15 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, announced it is adding Florida Retina Institute (FRI) into its nationwide network of physicians.

SVision Imaging Rebrands as Intalight, Names Joe Garibaldi as COO

By Staff
Friday, November 18, 2022 12:27 AM MILPITAS, Calif.—SVision Imaging, a company that develops advanced ophthalmic technologies such as optical coherence tomography (OCT), is rebranding under the new name Intalight.

VSP Vision and AAOF Announce 2022 Practice Excellence Scholarship Winners

By Staff
Friday, November 18, 2022 12:18 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—In recognition of future leaders in optometry, VSP Vision and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), announced the recipients of the 2022 Practice Excellence Scholarship. The Practice Excellence Scholarship is a long-standing and prestigious scholarship that represents the best in what optometry has to offer in patient care and practice management. Nearly $164,000 was awarded to 50 top-performing fourth-year optometry students in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.

Hoya Supports World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus to Address Myopia Issues

By Staff
Friday, November 18, 2022 12:15 AM BANGKOK—Hoya Vision Care announced its support of an independent medical education program with The World Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (WSPOS), which will focus on enhancing awareness about myopia and the importance of early treatment, contribute to improved standards of care in myopia management and inform and educate eye doctors and eyecare professionals (ECPs) as well as parents about the rapid global increase of myopia in children, the impact on vision and evolving approaches to prevent, manage and treat paediatric myopia.