Transitions Optical Cancels Transitions Academy 2021

By Staff
Friday, April 9, 2021 11:30 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical announced this morning that it is cancelling Transitions Academy 2021, scheduled for June 13 – 16, 2021 in Orlando, Fla. The annual meeting is one of the industry’s most well-recognized educational events, bringing together independent eyecare professionals, national and regional retailers, educators, optical laboratories, managed vision care companies, and other industry professionals from across North America and around the globe. In lieu of Transitions Academy 2021, Transitions Optical said it will continue to connect with and support the optical industry through virtual events like Transitions The Pulse, which brought together over 10,000 global attendees, and its Innovation Awards, virtual education and customized training events.

Third VM ‘Micro Chat’ Explores Access to Care and Social Determinants of Health

By Andrew Karp
Friday, April 9, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—With millions of Americans facing job losses and other economic hardships resulting from the pandemic, providing access to healthcare for those in need has taken on new urgency. The crisis is prompting healthcare policy makers and researchers to sharpen their focus on the underlying causes that prevent many people from getting the healthcare services they need. In a new video, “Access to Care: The Social Determinants of Health,” VM editorial director Marge Axelrad and lens and technology editor Andrew Karp discuss this timely topic and how it impacts vision care. The video, the third in a series of “Micro Chats on Macro Topics,” can be viewed here.

Sight Growth Partners Expands its Management Services into New Jersey

By Staff
Friday, April 9, 2021 12:21 AM HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—Sight Growth Partners, the administrative services provider for SightMD—a leading multi-specialty ophthalmology platform in New York—said this week that it has expanded into the state of New Jersey as part of a merger involving four leading ophthalmology practices in Ocean County, N.J. The four practices are: Athwal Eye Associates, Lakhani Eye Associates, Shore Eye Associates, and Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates. The terms of the merger transaction were not disclosed. The four practices have merged under the name of SightMD New Jersey, the announcement noted. Sight Growth Partners, which will provide the new group administrative services, will expand its reach to more than 50 locations and more than providers upon the deal’s completion.

A New Report Outlines Current Trends in Telemedicine, Part of an Educational Initiative from Review of Optometric Business

By Staff
Friday, April 9, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Review of Optometric Business has posted a new special report, Telemedicine: Tapping into a Megatrend. The comprehensive 38-page report, a true eResource, guides optometrists through best practices in incorporating and implementing telemedicine in their practices.

The Vision Council's March 2021 Eyecare Provider Insight Survey Reflects Slight Improvements in Exams and Capture Rates Over February

By Staff
Friday, April 9, 2021 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has released the results of the March 2021 Eyecare Provider Insights Survey. The Vision Council fielded the survey to the organization’s panel of more than 1,700 eyecare providers during the last week of March.

J&J Vision Launches Global Collaboration With Menicon Aimed at Managing Myopia Progression in Children

By Staff
Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:27 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision announced Wednesday a global strategic collaboration with contact lens maker Menicon aimed at creating a portfolio of products and services to manage the progression of myopia in children. "For decades, Johnson & Johnson Vision has invested in research collaborations with academic centers, research institutes and leading global health organizations who share our vision of leading with science to reshape the future of myopia and eye health," said Peter Menziuso, global president, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care.

Dermot Walsh Promoted to Chief Revenue Officer of Ocuco Ltd.

By Staff
Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:24 AM DUBLIN, Ireland—Ocuco Ltd., a leading provider of omnichannel software solutions to the eyecare retail, optometry, and laboratory markets worldwide, has promoted Dermot Walsh to the position of chief revenue officer (CRO).

Accessories Council Launches 3rd Annual Design Excellence Awards

By Staff
Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Product design entries are now being accepted for the 3rd Annual Design Excellence Awards of the Accessories Council and optical frame and sunwear companies are encouraged to enter the program which will bestow honors for designs in 14 unique fashion accessories categories including footwear, handbags, jewelry, personal accessories and others.

Innovega Expands Patent Filings for Assisting the Sensory Impaired

By Staff
Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:18 AM BELLEVUE, Wash.—Innovega reported that it filed three new patent applications for novel extended reality eyewear with features for those with visual and auditory impairment.

CooperVision, Optometry Giving Sight, and Special Olympics Partner to Enhance Eyecare for People With Intellectual Disabilities

By Staff
Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:15 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision, Optometry Giving Sight and Special Olympics have come together to support the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Foundation Opening Eyes program, which aims to strengthen vision care inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The organizations have committed $300,000 through 2023 to provide Special Olympics athletes with high-quality vision and eye health screenings, prescription eyewear and sports goggles, while also providing improved education and training for eyecare professionals (ECPs) and optometry students so they are better able to meet the unique needs of this marginalized group.

National Optical Sales Experience Significant Declines for Week of March 29 to April 4, Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Says

By Staff
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Over a holiday weekend during which the U.S. reached a record four million COVID-19 vaccine doses given in 24 hours, according to the CDC, national optical sales experienced significant declines. Over the course of last week (March 29-April 4), optical service/product categories were down on a national basis by -4 index points for frame units and lens pairs and -5 index points for gross revenue, exams/refractions, and contact lenses, according to the latest Jobson Practice Performance Tracker.

Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine Kick Off Nominations for Their Readers' Choices of Business Support from 'Ultimate Partners'

By Staff
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The readers of Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are being asked to share their choices for great business support partners in a challenging business year, via the new Ultimate Partners program, with nominations opening on April 7. Readers are being asked to recall the time when they were facing a critical challenge, in 2020 and into this year, and to salute the business partner who showed up at the right moment to reshape that problem into an opportunity or name which supplier (or representative) came to the rescue with valuable new solutions. ECPs and optical retailers can submit nominations starting today for their Ultimate Partners here.

Essilor Vision Foundation Announces Jobson's Ferrara and Rosewood Corp's Lynn Fisher to Join its Board

By Staff
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:27 AM DALLAS—Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) has announced that Marc Ferrara, president of the Jobson Optical Group, and Lynn Fisher, director of corporate giving for the Rosewood Corporation, have joined the foundation’s board of directors.

Nikon Optical USA Names Everest Pandya as Director of Business Development

By Staff
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:24 AM DENVER, Colo.—Nikon Optical USA has appointed Everest Pandya as director of business development. Based here, he reports to Matthieu Geoffray, president of Nikon Optical North America, and works alongside Rick Davis, chief operating officer.

CooperVision Announces Three Recipients of its 2021 Best Practices Student Scholarships

By Staff
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—Following the March announcement of its 2021 Best Practices honorees, CooperVision has revealed the recipients of its second annual Best Practices Scholarship.