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MyEyeDr. Expands the MyEyeDr. OneFamily Community Fund as a New Charitable Organization

By Staff
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 12:24 AM VIENNA, Va.—MyEyeDr. (MED) has announced this month that it has formed The MyEyeDr. OneFamily Community Fund.

With COVID-19 Surge, Optical ECPs Assess Impact on Staff, Year-End 2020 Sales and Importance of the Vaccine, per 18th Jobson ECP Coronavirus Survey

By Staff
Thursday, January 7, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—ECPs corroborated the national statistics showing a sharp uptick in the incidence of COVID-19 cases in their communities across the country, noting the impact of the pandemic on their own staffing situations, as more of those associates have been personally affected, examined their end-of year sales and underscored their belief that the availability of vaccines will be key to a recovery. Their views were shared in the 18th Wave of the Coronavirus ECP Survey conducted Dec. 21-31, 2020, by Jobson Research, which has been surveying ECP and optical retailers since the crisis and shutdowns happened in mid-March.

Review of Myopia Management: Looking Backward, Looking Forward

By Staff
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 2:50 PM The year 2020 was like no other. While many aspects of myopia, such as clinical trials, were severely affected by COVID-19, publications were mostly unaffected. The global myopia pandemic has gained the scientific community’s attention, and 2020 was a stellar year for myopia publications. Reading the peer-reviewed literature is one way to ensure that you are providing the highest level of care and prescribing the most appropriate evidence-based treatments to children at risk of progressive myopia. Let’s get proactive about myopia management in 2021! Read More

An Independent OD Takes a Proactive Stance on E-Comm With Ocuco to Better Connect to Patients

By Staff
Monday, January 4, 2021 12:08 PM NEW YORK—The year's pandemic has accelerated some eyecare professionals’ interest in finding ways to get credit for their professional expertise in vision care and its solutions while still competing in modern ways with those online players who have been experiencing rapid sales gains in 2020 as many consumers do more shopping online from home. In fact, encouraging eyecare professionals to cultivate their digital savvy and take a more ‘omnichannel’ or brick-and-click approach has been a major focus for Ocuco which offers an extensive range of enterprise software solutions for ECPs, retailers and optical labs around the world, including a growing business in North America. Read More

ClearVision Adds EZ Ware Masks to PPE Catalogue

By Staff
Monday, January 4, 2021 12:06 AM

Optical Retailers Realize Higher Ticket Sales With Buy Now, Pay Later Options for Patients from Sunbit

By Staff
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 10:00 AM NEW YORK—This year, COVID-19 stay-at-home and work-from-home policies and the impact of the pandemic on many people’s financial health and spending habits have prompted many consumers to shop more online or at least become more familiar with many online shopping options and technologies. Similarly, independent ECPs and optical retailers have looked to escalate their adoption of digital technologies to better serve their patients and create more efficiencies. Read More

Sios Debuts New Packaging for No Fog Cloth

By Staff
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:20 AM

During a Pandemic, Data and Analytics Rise to the Occasion

By Mark Tosh
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 11:30 AM NEW YORK—Battling the coronavirus pandemic throughout 2020, ECPs and optical professionals have tried to pull out all the stops to manage their businesses effectively and to operate under some of the new restrictions related to social distancing and capacity limits. During this time, most professionals have turned to data and analytics as a way to tackle these new business challenges and look for ways to guide their decision-making. Read More

Sios Launches New Packaging for No Fog Cloth

By Staff
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 12:09 AM

The Promise of the Vaccine

By Mary Kane
Friday, December 4, 2020 1:14 PM This past Wednesday, there were 3,157 COVID-19 deaths reported across the U.S.—an all-time high since the pandemic began. Wednesday’s death toll surpassed the number of people killed in the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), said the next few months of the COVID-19 pandemic will be among “the most difficult in the public health history of this nation.” A very sobering milestone and a dire prediction from one of the country’s leading health care officials. But the past few weeks have also brought us some very positive news. It seems there is a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and unlike a lot of things in 2020, it’s not a train heading our way. That bright and very hopeful light is the long-awaited vaccine for COVID-19.

The Big Week for Small Business Offers Insights, Tactics and Stories From a Range of Indie Businesses

By Staff
Monday, November 30, 2020 10:00 AM NEW YORK—CO, the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s special online virtual resource center, which helps businesses “Start, Run and Grow” their operations, is offering a great recap of its recent Big Week for Small Business, a special virtual event marked by interesting speakers, presentations and insights, which brought together successful entrepreneurs and small business experts for advice, networking and practical strategies for business owners. Sponsored by CHASE for Business, the sessions were designed to help small business owners navigate challenging times. Read More

Sustainability Gains Traction in Optical Industry: VM's Cover Topic

By Staff
Monday, November 30, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—In this year like no other, the topic of sustainability is gaining ground in the optical industry. As individuals, families, companies and businesses large and small start to reprioritize as a result of new examples of climate change, economic challenges, social causes and the pandemic, there is more concern about companies' and brands' approach to the matter. In VM's November issue, the cover topic explores some of the latest findings about consumers' changing attitudes towards the subject.

VM and 20/20 Magazine Announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2020

By StaffL
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are pleased to announce the selections in the 12th 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 19 distinct categories.

Review of Ophthalmology: How to Plan Your Exit Strategy

By Staff
Monday, November 16, 2020 2:30 AM Bellwether shifts in procedural volume, practice patterns and profitability brought on by COVID-19 have prompted many ophthalmologists in private practice to rethink when and how they will walk away from their life’s work. Old assumptions have faded in the minds of aging practitioners as they explore future opportunities. Other physicians are exploring mergers with bigger practices and selling to private equity firms. Read More

At Your Service

By Staff
Thursday, November 5, 2020 11:30 AM In the first days of the coronavirus pandemic, as states and municipalities began issuing shutdown orders, optical retailers and optometric practices across the country went into shock. With many offices closed and eyeglass shipments disrupted, the situation was chaotic. “When everyone literally had the rug pulled out from under them, no previous systems you had in place were going to be helpful when you’re winging it,” recalled optician Ruth Domber, who co-owns 10/10 Optics, a popular optical boutique and optometric practice in New York City. Read More