The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Jan. 17-23, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

By Staff
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Jan. 17-23, at a rate of -3 index points. That places gross revenue at a level equal to where it was at this point in time (Week 4) in 2019 but below the levels reached at this same time in 2020 (-8 points) and 2021 (-11 points), according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories decreased last week, at rates ranging from -5 index points for contact lenses to -2 index points for exams/refractions, frame units and lens pairs.

Canadian Association of Optometrists Endorses World Council of Optometry Myopia Management Standard of Care Resolution

By Staff
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:15 AM ST. LOUIS—The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) has endorsed the World Council of Optometry (WCO) myopia management as standard of care resolution. In a position statement, the CAO said that it supports the WCO resolution and endorses evidence-based myopia management as a standard of care for all at-risk patients. The CAO recognizes that myopia is a global public health issue and cannot be considered merely an inconvenience of uncorrected vision. CAO president Dr. Harry Bohnsack said, “Since the World Health Organization’s release of the World Report on Vision in 2019, CAO’s Council has been concerned about the increasing prevalence of myopia globally.

ABB Optical Group Expands Charitable Giving Program

By Staff
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:18 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, one of America’s leading independent distributors of optical products and business solutions, announced it has expanded its charitable giving program in 2022.

SynergEyes and EyePrint Prosthetics Announce Exclusive Distribution Agreement

By Staff
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:15 AM CARLSBAD, Calif.—SynergEyes, a leader in specialty contact lens technology, has established an exclusive distribution agreement with EyePrint Prosthetics, according to an announcement Monday. The alliance enables SynergEyes to offer the ScanFitPRO lens, which combines elevation specific technology with exciting new developments in the field of ocular topographical scanning, to its customers and their patients. The new partnership was announced at the 2022 Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS) in Las Vegas. SynergEyes is planning to commercialize the SynergEyes ScanFitPRO lens in the third quarter of 2022.

The Biggest Travel Trend of 2022: Go Big, Spend Big

By Staff
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:04 AM People are desperate to get away. They’ve been waiting to get back out there and are not shying away from those international destinations and big, once-in-a-lifetime adventures.

Tracking Telehealth Use by U.S. Patients

By Staff
Monday, January 24, 2022 1:55 PM It’s been widely reported that telehealth use has grown considerably over the past two years, a trend that is the direct result of the limits the pandemic has placed on in-person medical appointments. Primary care has emerged as the most common use case in the U.S., according to newly published data derived from an Insider Intelligence survey, “Telehealth Trends 2021,” which polled 1,609 U.S. adults ages 18-75 who were surveyed online during September 23-October 7, 2021.

Optical Women’s Association Announces 2022 Award Honorees

By Staff
Monday, January 24, 2022 12:27 AM DALLAS—The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) has announced the group's 2022 OWA annual award honorees. Erinn Morgan, editor-in-chief and editorial director of Eyecare Business magazine, will receive the Pleiades Award, recognizing her exceptional dedication and support in advancing the leadership role of women in the optical industry. Laura Dorris, executive vice president and general manager of strategic sales for HEA+PECAA, is the Pyxis Award honoree, acknowledging nearly a decade of service and commitment to growing the OWA and promoting it throughout the optical industry.

Nicox Reports Fourth Quarter 2021 and Full-Year Revenue Slump

By Staff
Monday, January 24, 2022 12:21 AM SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France—Nicox SA (Euronext Paris: FR0013018124, COX), an international ophthalmology company, reported net revenue of €3.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2021 ended Dec. 31, 2021, versus net revenue of €5.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Bascom Palmer Turns 60

By Staff
Monday, January 24, 2022 12:18 AM MIAMI—On Jan. 21, 1962, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology, officially opened its doors as the first center in the southeastern U.S. devoted exclusively to the study and treatment of the eye.

What’s the Future of Events? Trends Shift as COVID Rages on

By Staff
Monday, January 24, 2022 12:04 AM If your event gets canceled, you have to put on the digital marketer’s hat and start using the toolkit. Because you can't rely on the serendipity and the magic of an in-person experience anymore. You have to be able to go back to the digital tools that personalized [attendees’] experiences.

Taking the Temperature of Optometry as a Profession

By Mark Tosh
Friday, January 21, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—This seems to be the time of the year when “taking the temperature” of various professions and industry sectors is a popular undertaking. It’s especially popular these days because of all the upheaval and displacement in the labor force that observers lay at the feet of the COVID-19 pandemic. Who among us doesn’t want to get a better understanding of what’s going on in our day jobs? For ODs and others working in eyecare practices, three surveys and/or reports have dropped over the past few weeks that shine a light on where ODs stand on a number of topics today. Here’s a brief summary of the key findings.

ASCO Adds Two New Doctors of Optometry to its 'Optometry Gives Me Life' Campaign

By Staff
Friday, January 21, 2022 12:30 AM ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is updating it national awareness campaign, Optometry Gives Me Life (OGML), by adding two new doctors of optometry to the program, refreshing its related FutureEyeDoc.org website and extensive social media and video resources, and sharing the successful metrics of the initiative, which launched in March 2019. The goal of the OGML campaign is to increase the number of highly qualified applicants to optometry schools and colleges from a wider variety of demographic backgrounds, specifically Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latino students, so that doctors of optometry are better prepared to serve all communities. illustrating more about what optometrists can do and who they can be.

Dr. Yehia Hashad to Join Bausch + Lomb as EVP of R&D and Chief Medical Officer

By Staff
Friday, January 21, 2022 12:27 AM LAVAL, QC—Bausch Health Companies has announced that Dr. Yehia Hashad will join Bausch + Lomb Corp. as executive vice president of research & development (R&D) and chief medical officer (CMO), effective Jan. 31.

Foundation Fighting Blindness Promotes Jason Menzo to President and Chief Operating Officer

By Staff
Friday, January 21, 2022 12:21 AM COLUMBIA, Md.—The Foundation Fighting Blindness announced the promotion of Jason Menzo to president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.

Alcon Appoints New Leaders in the Asia Pacific Region

By Staff
Friday, January 21, 2022 12:18 AM SINGAPORE—Alcon, a global leader in eyecare, announced it has appointed Chintan Desai and Stephanie Waugh to lead the company’s Surgical and Vision Care franchises in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. These new appointments reflect Alcon’s commitment to market-leading innovation and growth in the region. Both executives will build on Alcon's product pipeline, year-to-date performance, and strengthen innovation and commercial execution, driving Surgical and Vision Care sales growth in all categories, according to an announcement from the company.