Daniel Stanton (l), CEO of Now Optics and Paul Super, OD, FAAO, of EyeSite Optometric Group.

NEW YORK—A practicing optometrist and the CEO of a fast-growing retail/eyecare group will share their views about telehealth's potential in eyecare and how such new technologies can build bridges from the ECP to their patients in a session that's now part of the upcoming VM LIVE forum, "Smart Solutions at the Speed of Sight," to be held in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 18 just prior to the opening of Vision Expo West in Las Vegas.

In a discussion to attendees, Daniel Stanton, CEO of Now Optics, whose retail divisions include Stanton Optical and My Eyelab operate 165 retail and franchise locations across the U.S. in 25 states, has been offering ocular telehealth exams since 2016. Since that time, Now Optics affiliate locations have administered over 580,000 complete eye exams nationwide.

Stanton will share the group's experience in a discussion with Paul Super, OD, FAAO, of EyeSite Optometric Group, with two locations in L.A. A long-time practicing optometrist, Dr. Super is also a co-founder of EyeCareLive, a telehealth platform which has been using technology combined with eyecare expertise to change the way ODs and MDs work with patients. The two will present their points of view in a discussion with Jobson's Andrew Karp, group editor of lenses & technology, as part of the two-hour VM LIVE forum. The event will be held at the Sands Convention Center on Sept. 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and registration is open now.

Bimal Patel, OD

Also on the 'Smart Solutions' VM LIVE program are the previously announced speakers, in a lively conversation among experienced practitioners about ways that they are modernizing the customer and patient experience. This will be a discussion among three distinct and progressive vision care practices. Included in this session will be the panel of ODs including Bimal Patel, OD, founder of Focus Refined Eye Care in Houston, Texas. Dr. Patel, a native Houstonian, is in tune with the latest in eyecare technology and fashion eyewear trends. He opened Focus nearly four years ago in the heart of the Montrose District—Houston's major cultural center and destination.

He will join co-founders Kyly Zak Rabin and Myles Zakheim, OD, of Los Angeles-based Zak. Just opened this year, Zak is described by its co-founders as "a 21st century approach to eyecare and eyewear. We streamline the traditionally fragmented process to provide a seamless, one-stop experience that is affordable without compromising quality. We believe in eyecare done better: comprehensive, aesthetic and educational. Our ethos, design, culture, products and services are created and presented to encourage all people to consider their eyes."

Kyly Zak Rabin and Myles Zakheim, OD

Dr. Zakheim is the founder of Optometrix and has been in private practice in L.A. for over 35 years, with offices in Brentwood, Beverly Hills and Hollywood.

Rounding out the conversation will be the other speakers Perry Brill and Dr. Raymond Brill, Brill Eye Center, Kansas City, Kan. The pair take a '"modern" approach to dispensing and embrace a strong, patient-centric focus in their two locations. Perry Brill is proud to be "a representative of the illusive millennial mind” when it comes to eyecare and eyewear. He began his optician career in 2012 while attending college at the University of Kansas and obtaining a B.S. in Environmental Studies.

Raymond J. Brill, OD, is a private practice "disruptive innovator" at Brill Eye Center, which he founded in 198, Dr. Brill and Perry Brill are co-hosts of "Eyetrepreneur" a new podcast series and social media platform developed to create enthusiasm and highlight new concepts in eyecare.

Dr. Raymond Brill and Perry Brill
"Today's consumers want retailers, ECPs and brands to meet them on their own terms, and in multiple channels… brick, click and more," noted Marge Axelrad, SVP/editorial director of Vision Monday. "VM LIVE is an opportunity for attendees to learn from optical innovators and influential branding experts who are developing creative ideas and digital tools to build customer loyalty, drive engagement and grow sales."

The Platinum sponsor for September's VM LIVE is CareCredit, a division of Synchrony Financial

Details about tickets and reservations are posted on the VM LIVE registration site.