Advancing Into 2020 With Purpose and Passion at Vision Expo

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:30 AM
LAS VEGAS—Debuting today, the new Career Zone will offer attendees a comfortable location to explore career and leadership opportunities from a variety of well-respected businesses. The Career Zone will host multiple discussions and events including the Corporate Optometry Panel from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Prior to the panel, a brunch reception sponsored by the American Association of Corporate Optometrists (AACO) will begin at 12:00 p.m. As attendees explore the Career Zone before Vision Expo West 2019 comes to a close, Vision Expo would like to thank all attendees and exhibitors for showcasing, participating in, and supporting the Show. Attendance at Vision Expo enables The Vision Council, co-owner of Vision Expo, to execute initiatives to fulfill its mission of promoting growth in the industry through education, advocacy, research, consumer outreach, strategic relationship building and industry forums. 

NAVCP Convenes ECPs and Vision Care Plans to Collaborate on Treatment Coding and Billing Improvements

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:27 AM Washington, D.C.—The National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) announced that it has launched an administrative simplification initiative aimed at improving current vision care treatment and billing coding, an issue identified by its Provider Council as a top concern among eyecare professionals. NAVCP convened the Provider Council two years ago to drive dialogue and build mutual understanding between ECPs and managed vision care plans (MVC). The council is made up of doctors of optometry from various practice settings, including solo practices in urban and rural locations, group practice, independent and franchisee corporate organizations and federally qualified clinic.

CooperVision Kicks Off Search for 2020 Best Practices Honorees at Vision Expo West

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:24 AM LAS VEGAS—In a bustling exhibit hall at Vision Expo West here Friday afternoon, CooperVision Inc. announced its fifth annual search for the nation’s 2020 Best Practices. The company kicked off the milestone year with a celebration for its unique program, which recognizes optometric practices that advance the profession through innovation, industry leadership and the provision of exceptional patient experience. The Best Practices program reflects CooperVision’s belief that amidst significant change in market dynamics, prescribers remain the central element in ensuring the best outcomes for their patients.

Carl Zeiss Vision Wins Vision Choice Award at Vision Expo West

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:21 AM LAS VEGAS—Carl Zeiss Vision was the winner of the Vision Choice Award at Vision Expo West 2019, according to an announcement from show organizers. The company was honored for their C-UV Protect Tablet that can demonstrate if a patients clear glasses have full UV protection. Attendees were able to view products on display in the Product Gallery and cast their ballots throughout the Show. “The Vision Expo team thanks all attendees who voted and congratulates the winner,” show organizers said. Zeiss’ Robert Spirito was on hand to accept the award from The Vision Council’s Mitch Barkley.

Thelios to Open U.S. Subsidiary

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Thelios, the LVMH Group's eyewear specialist, is opening its U.S. subsidiary with a view to securing growth in this high-potential market. To consolidate its presence on American soil, Thelios is opening a New York showroom to showcase eyewear from the LVMH Maisons that have joined its portfolio: Celine, Loewe, Kenzo, Fred and Berluti. This new structure is designed to better serve the local distribution network, the company said. The New York office will be home to a team dedicated to marketing, sales management and communication, while a forthcoming office in New Jersey will encompass the operational and logistics center as well as a customer service department for American customers.

VMAIL Scheduling Note for Sept. 23, 2019

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—There will be no VMAIL on Monday, Sept. 23. Look for VMAIL to resume its regular daily schedule on Sept. 24. To catch up on all the week’s news from Vision Expo West, go to the Latest News category on VisionMonday.com. Don’t miss the digital version of Vision Monday’s September edition, which features VM’s cover story on Smart Money: The Modern Lab, in addition to all the regular issue departments. To access the digital edition for September, click here.

 

New Education Offerings Help Attendees Stay Ahead of 2020 Trends

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:39 AM LAS VEGAS—Heading into day two of Vision Expo West 2019, the Exhibit Hall is buzzing with new innovations and products designed to lead attendees into 2020 with confidence. Take advantage of the Show’s education sessions including the new myopia track with a special session, Managing Myopia: Possibilities and Probabilities, curated by the Brien Holden Vision Institute from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. in Room #1001-V. During the course, attendees will discuss key strategies for managing myopia and discover ways to harness the evolution of patient care.

FYidoctors Continues to Grow With the Addition of the Factory Optical Chain

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:36 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors | Visique, an optometrist-owned eyecare company based here, has added Factory Optical | Optiks International, a 24-location Western Canadian optical chain, to its growing network of optometric clinics, according to an announcement this week. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The addition of the Factory Optical | Optiks International chain brings the network of FYidoctors | Visique to more than 225 clinics, 500 doctors and 2,500 employees serving patients' needs and consumers across Canada, the announcement noted.

Progressive Independent Eyecare Practices Turn Up the Dial on Innovation

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:33 AM LAS VEGAS—Even in a challenging operating environment for ECPs, there seems to be no shortage of innovation among independent practitioners intent on pushing the boundaries of what defines and sets apart an eyecare practice today, as owners of three distinct and progressive vision care practices related to VM Live attendees here at Expo West this week. In keeping with its tradition of providing attendees insights and practical tips for enhancing their eyecare businesses, another segment of VM Live focused on telehealth and how it is being used in different ways by eyecare businesses in different regions.

Many Employees Misunderstand Online Vision Screenings, New Survey Shows

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:30 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Many people have misunderstandings about online vision screenings, according to newly released research from Transitions Optical and the American Optometric Association (AOA). Half of respondents polled in the Transitions Employee Perceptions of Vision Benefits survey think that online vision screenings that provide a prescription are a suitable replacement for in-office eye exams. Millennials were the most likely to agree (57 percent)—compared to half of Gen Z, Gen X and 36 percent of Boomers. The AOA points out that online vision screenings are “no substitute for an in-person, comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist.” Aside from correcting vision, comprehensive eye exams can detect a number of vision problems, eye diseases and overall health issues that online eye exams cannot—including glaucoma, high blood pressure and diabetes.

ABB Optical Group ‘Re-Introduces’ its Brand and Reorganizes Services Under Three Business Groups

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:27 AM
LAS VEGAS—ABB Optical Group, a leading national provider of optical products and business solutions for the eyecare industry, announced at Vision Expo West this week that it is “re-introducing” its brand. The rebrand and introduction of product, service and business solutions represent the latest efforts in its decades-long commitment to providing high-quality products and services to more than two-thirds of eyecare professionals throughout the U.S., the announcement noted. Founded in 1989 by Angel Alvarez, ABB Optical Group began as a distributor of soft contact lenses, and has significantly expanded its operations over the years, eventually growing into the leading distributor of optical products in the U.S., the announcement noted.

Silmo Announces Nominees for the 26th Silmo D'Or Awards

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:24 AM PARIS—The organizers of Silmo, which will be held Sept. 27 to 30 at Paris Nord-Villepinte, have announced the nominees for the 26th edition of the Silmo d'Or awards. The awards ceremony gives prizes to recognize the creativity of the optical products for design, innovation and technology. The chair of the Silmo d'O this year is French designer and internationally-known interior architect Christophe Pillet. The 2019 winners will be announced during a ceremony at the upcoming Silmo exhibition.

RevCycle Partners Launches Benefits Verification Service and Announces Partnership With Cleinman Performance Partners

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:21 AM CHICAGO—RevCycle Partners, a revenue-cycle management company for eyecare practices, has launched WeVerify, a comprehensive service that verifies patient benefits and drives new revenue opportunities for the practice, according to an announcement this week. For many eyecare practices, patient benefits verification before the visit is an incomplete process or perhaps not done at all. RevCycle Partners, founded as a billing service of RevolutionEHR, the cloud-based software for optometrists, separated from RevolutionEHR in 2018 and formed an independent company.

American Vision Partners Completes Deal With Retinal Consultants of Arizona

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:18 AM PHOENIX—American Vision Partners (AVP), one of the largest and fastest-growing eyecare physician practice management organizations, has completed a strategic partnership with Retinal Consultants of Arizona (RCA), the largest retina provider in the Southwest, according to a recent announcement. This partnership creates the fourth-largest retina practice in the nation, the announcement noted. The affiliation with Retinal Consultants of Arizona represents the eighth partnership announced by AVP within the last 24 months, according to the management organization. Retinal Consultants of Arizona will continue to operate independently under the RCA brand and manage the practice with no changes to its staff, physicians, clinics, and surgery center locations, according to the announcement. With the full support of the AVP management team and infrastructure, the nine RCA physicians and staff will continue to serve their patients, communities and partners.

EyeCarePro Rebrands Its Site, Services and Technologies to Reflect New Horizons

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Friday, September 20, 2019 12:15 AM LAS VEGAS—EyeCarePro, a veteran digital marketing company of 15 years focused exclusively on eyecare, has announced the launch of a rebrand, which includes a new website and significantly enhanced messaging , new services and technologies. Said Daniel Rostenne, CEO, “We have rebranded with a new website and we’re very excited about our new public persona. The updated look and feel best captures our ongoing mission to provide exceptional value, as well as our status as industry leaders in optometry marketing.”