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

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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.

Citing Strength Across All Business Segments, Johnson & Johnson Reports Double-Digit Sales Growth for Q4 and Year

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:24 AM NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) reported Tuesday that its fourth-quarter sales totaled $24.8 billion, reflecting growth of 10.4 percent, and 11.6 percent growth on an operational basis. (U.S. sales in the vision care segment, which includes contact lenses, increased at a similar rate in Q4, the announcement noted.) The company's adjusted operational sales growth (which excludes the net impact of acquisitions and divestitures and currency impact) came in at 12.3 percent in the fourth quarter.

EssilorLuxottica Officially Debuts Leonardo, an Open Learning Platform with Content Available 24/7 to Company Employees, ECPs, Patients and the Public

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:21 AM NEW YORK—This week, EssilorLuxottica (Reuters: ESLX.PA) is officially introducing Leonardo, an innovative learning platform open to the entire vision care industry. Employees, eyecare professionals and patients eager for professional and personal development, or curious about the unique and powerful world of vision, will find expert curated content from Essilor and Luxottica that can be tailored for every learner, the company said. Marking a major investment in EssilorLuxottica employees and customers, Leonardo offers an intuitive, user-friendly experience across all devices, accessible any time.

Smith Names Taryn Ryan Global Head of Marketing

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:18 AM PORTLAND, Oregon—Smith Optics has announced the appointment of Taryn Ryan as global head of marketing. Ryan brings over a decade of comprehensive brand and product go-to-market experience to Smith to help drive strategy, growth, brand awareness and loyalty across all aspects of the business. Ryan, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, joined Luxottica Group in 2008 as a buyer for Sunglass Hut and was promoted to business manager for the sport portfolio in 2010 with a focus on the Oakley brand across Africa and the Middle East.

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

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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.

The Vision Council’s Virtual Annual Business Meeting Spotlights Industry Trends and a New Board of Directors

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council hosted its Annual Business Meeting in a virtual format yesterday, Monday January 24. Presented under the banner of “It’s All Connected,” the meeting included a welcome address from Karen Roberts, The Vision Council’s Chair, followed by remarks from Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. Additionally, an overview of the enhancements planned for The Vision Council’s 2022 research program was presented by Alysse Henkel, The Vision Council’s director of Research Data and Analytics. The Vision Council also inducted its 2022 Board of Directors during the meeting.

Pacific Artisan Labs Continues Rapid Growth Strategy Adding Nine More Independent ECP Practices to Ownership in Lab Network

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:24 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—Pacific Artisan Labs (PAL), an independent laboratory group with its headquarters based here, has announced  that nine more independent, private practice ECPs have joined to become ownership partners in their growing lab network.

Hubble Contacts Appoints Elliot Baldini as Chief Marketing Officer

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Vision Path Inc., parent company of Hubble Contacts and ContactsCart, has named Elliot Baldini chief marketing officer.

ABB Optical Group Expands Charitable Giving Program

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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

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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.

Optical Women’s Association Announces 2022 Award Honorees

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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.

Soo Hong Joins Sunbit as First Chief People Officer, Firm Reports Business Update for 2021 Indicating Growth in Optical Locations

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Monday, January 24, 2022 12:24 AM LOS ANGELES—Sunbit, a buy now, pay later (BNPL) technology company, has announced the appointment of Soo Hong as Sunbit's chief people officer (CPO), effective immediately.

Nicox Reports Fourth Quarter 2021 and Full-Year Revenue Slump

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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

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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.

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

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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.