Monday, November 11, 2019 12:00 AM
First, let it be said. There is absolutely nothing wrong with serving the primary eyecare needs of patients, offering a fundamental scope of diagnostic and therapeutic services to reach a wide range of patients with eyecare and eyewear fitting expertise. Optometry has fought long and hard for those privileges.
Monday, October 21, 2019 12:00 AM
As VM’s Cover Topic this month illustrates, the explosion of data in our business lives, fueled by digital technologies that capture so much, is providing new opportunities to make better decisions—that is, if we look at the patterns and illustrations that data and accompanying “dashboards” provide. Data about your retail business, and your eyecare practice (and the recognition that these are two distinct parts of your business) can identify important business trends, support better business decision-making.
Monday, August 12, 2019 12:00 AM
Whatever happened to lazy summer days? The past few months has seen a continuation of a series of practice acquisitions, large and small, by private equity-backed groups, the expansion of new players in the franchise space, and further industry consolidations here and around the world as evidenced by EssilorLuxottica’s announcement of their plans to acquire GrandVision group, the major global optical retailer.
Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 AM
Yep, I know. People who are all those things, achievers, doers, go-getters and pathfinders are not always women!
Monday, June 10, 2019 1:00 AM
Disruptions. They are facilitated by technology and by inventors taking a fresh look at new business models and professional concepts. They are often shaped by consumers’ dramatically shifting interests and frustrations with the status quo. They are embraced by insiders who sense new potential.
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:00 AM
Every year that Vision Monday undertakes the task to quantify the largest U.S. optical retailers, the challenges get harder; the numbers get bigger and the reaction to terms like “billions” becomes more pronounced and sharper.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 2:45 PM
Make a pot of good coffee. Or maybe you’d prefer to pour a nice glass of wine for yourself and take a comfortable seat. If we do say so ourselves, all of us at Vision Monday would like you to take the time to read all the particularly information-packed stories, trends and ideas packed into our April edition. Print or digital, or both. not just because we put a lot of effort into writing and building it. But because we want you to process the must-know info housed in two, closely related features.
Monday, March 11, 2019 12:30 AM
For many people who work within the optical business, customization has always been part of the history of eyewear, as experienced opticians, knowledgeable doctors, and skilled craftsmen, in factories and laboratories, have long done their part to recommend, suggest and fabricate optical frames and spectacle lenses which are best suited to an individual patients’ vision correction needs and their lifestyle.
Monday, February 11, 2019 12:30 AM
Few companies have influenced and wowed consumers with intriguing breakthrough concepts for products, a completely new kind of store environment and the introduction of new notions of customer service as have Apple and Tesla. I mention these companies, so closely associated now with “being different,” because these are two of the companies at which George Blankenship, a long-time retail and real estate strategy veteran helped two dynamic and one-of-a-kind leaders like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk hone their visions into such compelling brand realities.
Monday, January 21, 2019 12:32 AM
Those of you who read this column are vision experts. I’m feeling fairly confident that most of you know how to define “focus” and “acuity” and both near- and distance vision. Well, let’s get out the dictionary or thesaurus because when it comes to anticipating the year ahead, we’re going to need every vision metaphor and definition in the books.
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:30 AM
It was the traditional end-of-year holiday season that used to bring to the forefront the very legitimate impulse to help those less fortunate, to remember the needy. Indeed, charities and causes have always been true to the heart and close to the passions of most people involved in the eyecare and eyewear arenas. Whether it’s making products and services available to those without means or access or by rallying around sight-threatening issues, giving back has always been an important part of the vision care community.
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:30 AM
How many times a day do you reach for your phone to “show” someone something? To illustrate an idea? To illustrate a look, a technique, a store, a game-day play, a powerful image?
Monday, October 22, 2018 12:00 AM
There is much that we all know, those of us who live and breathe vision care, about the fragmented and sometimes fractious state of affairs in the complex field of vision care.
Monday, September 17, 2018 12:45 AM
Rx optical laboratories play such a critical role in the ophthalmic business. Ask any ECP or optical retailer and they’ll affirm how strongly they value and rely upon labs to fulfill and deliver on the service expectation of their patients and customers. It’s one of the most critical elements of how their businesses fare.
Monday, August 13, 2018 12:00 AM
An interesting comment I saw recently on Twitter asked if there was a “battle for the future and soul of the healthcare industry” going on as, the writer put it, “It’s not clear whether business savvy or classic medical principles will be the dominant force in shaping change.”