The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Jan. 23–29, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023 4:28 PM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Jan. 23–29, when compared with the previous week at a rate of -3 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 9 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 5) when compared with last year (2022), 6 points above the same period in 2021, 7 points above 2020, and 18 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories were down last week when compared with the previous week. Read More

20/20 Magazine: The Good and Bad of Beneficial Blue Light

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023 4:25 PM Beneficial blue light is so named because it’s essential in the daytime to keep us awake, alert and happy. But exposing our eyes to these blue wavelengths (approximately 460 to 490 nm) too close to bedtime suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormone, and that’s bad. When our melatonin levels fail to rise in preparation for bedtime, we have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep and reaching deep restorative sleep. Sleep disruption and deprivation have harmful consequences for our physical and mental health, ranging from obesity to diabetes to mood disorders. Our brain chemicals need to turn off as the body prepares for sleep. Read More

What to Know This Black History Month

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023 10:19 AM February is Black History Month, and this year's theme is "Black Resistance," as chosen by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Head over to NPR to learn three things you need to know about Black History Month, from its founding to its themes to its future. 

Independent Boutique Optical Retailers Are Invited to Submit Their Stories for Vision Expo’s 5th Annual OPTImum Retail Award

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 4:29 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, organizers of Vision Expo, have announced that submissions are now being accepted for the 5th Annual OPTImum Retail Award scheduled to be presented at Vision Expo East on Friday, March 17 in New York City. Businesses in the independent optical retail market are encouraged to submit their stories for consideration by February 8, 2023. Launched in 2018, the OPTImum Retail Award was designed to celebrate the importance of independent boutique retailers in the optical industry. “This award shines a spotlight on those enterprising and dynamic privately held retailers who strive to bring consumers nationwide the very best in eyewear,” said Fran Pennella, vice president, Vision Expo at RX. Read More

20/20 Europe: Marcolin Announces the Appointment of Alessio Puleo as Group Marketing Director

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 4:26 PM Marcolin has announced the appointment of Alessio Puleo as group marketing director. Reporting directly to the CEO and general manager Fabrizio Curci, Alessio Puleo assumes direct responsibility for the Group Brand Management area, the Trade Marketing & Training area and Marketing Analysis activities. According to the statement by the company, Alessio will lead the development and expansion of the marketing department, with the aim of accelerating the growth of the global brand portfolio in line with the Group's guidelines and strategies. Working at Marcolin since 2021, Alessio has extensive experience within the eyewear sector where, for over 20 years, he has held roles with increasing responsibility. Read More

Ending the Emergency Declarations

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 12:37 PM President Biden announced this week that he plans to end the two national emergency declarations related to COVID-19. Head over to WebMD for more details on what these emergency declarations did, and what will change once they end.

Independent Boutique Optical Retailers Are Invited to Submit Their Stories for Vision Expo’s 5th Annual OPTImum Retail Award

By Staff
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, organizers of Vision Expo, have announced that submissions are now being accepted for the 5th Annual OPTImum Retail Award scheduled to be presented at Vision Expo East on Friday, March 17 in New York City. Businesses in the independent optical retail market are encouraged to submit their stories for consideration by February 8, 2023. Launched in 2018, the OPTImum Retail Award was designed to celebrate the importance of independent boutique retailers in the optical industry.

The European Academy of Optometry and Optics 14th Annual Conference Poznan ‘23 to Examine Eyecare in the Changing World

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 12:18 AM LONDON—The 14th annual conference of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO) will take place in Poznań, Poland, from May 12 to 14, 2023.

Growing at the Speed of Automation—How One Lab Reinvented Itself

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Monday, January 30, 2023 4:24 PM OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss.—Every company’s growth journey is unique, but for Superior Optical Lab in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, it’s an impressive story marked by Service-Disabled Veterans support, 400 percent revenue growth in the past five years, and a recent expansion effort that has quadrupled capacity through state-of-the-art automation. Today, Superior Optical Lab is on the forefront of the industry—fueled by focused leadership, a strong presence within the Veterans Administration (VA) and ECP communities, and the powerful, behind-the-scenes Schneider Modulo One technology. Read More

Review of Optometry: Length of Sleep Might Yield Clues to Eye Disorder Risk

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Monday, January 30, 2023 4:21 PM Inappropriate sleep duration has already been defined as a modifiable risk factor for several health outcomes at the population level, including diabetes, metabolic syndrome and all-cause mortality, but the associations between length of sleep and major eye disorders remain controversial. A recent literature review published in Eye compiled available evidence and revealed that long sleep duration coincided with increased risk of diabetic retinopathy (DR), while short sleep duration was correlated with significantly elevated odds for cataract. Notably, long sleep duration per day, including nighttime sleep and daytime napping, rather than per night was significantly associated with an increased risk of DR. Read More

Getting Ready for the Super Bowl

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Monday, January 30, 2023 12:57 PM This weekend, the 2023 Super Bowl lineup was officially decided: the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles will face off on Sunday, Feburary 12, in Arizona. For the first time ever, two brothers (Kansas City's Travis Kelce and Philadelphia's Jason Kelce) will play against each other in the Super Bowl, too. Head over to The New York Times for everything you need to know heading into the big game.

Rock4Sight to Return to Vision Expo East 2023

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Monday, January 30, 2023 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Rock4Sight 2023, will be back at the Hard Rock Café to celebrate the optical industry and raise funds for ECN Purpose, a 501c3 Charity dedicated to providing both eye health education and connection to vision care to the underserved. The party begins on Saturday, March 18 at 8:30 pm at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, New York City. As in the past, this will be a fun night of music, dancing, camaraderie and industry fellowship, however, this year features a new twist.

Transitions Optical Introduces Transitions Certified Live Events Across the U.S.

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Monday, January 30, 2023 12:15 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions is hosting Transitions Certified Live events for eyecare professionals to earn their Transitions Specialist certification during in-person training events.

NOW Pavilion Is Set to Return to Vision Expo East 2023

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Friday, January 27, 2023 2:34 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The NOW Pavilion is returning to Vision Expo East 2023. The pavilion will feature a curated selection of frames and lenses that embody the latest trends and innovations in eyewear, according to show organizers The Vision Council and RX Global. Participating exhibitors are invited to submit products as complimentary, value-added opportunities to gain additional exposure at the show. Final product selection will be chosen by an advisory review committee of esteemed media and retailers immediately following the February 1 product submission deadline. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: Tackling the Barriers to Specializing in Myopia Management

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Friday, January 27, 2023 2:23 PM Every person reading this publication is interested to some degree in myopia management. There’s a range from the passionate to the reluctant, but ethically, every optometrist and ophthalmologist working with the pediatric population should be practicing myopia management. The challenge for many of us is how to start and make myopia management a seamless boon for our practices rather than a time-consuming interruption. There are three pillars to making myopia management successful in any practice: doctor education, proper tools, and staff support. If these three pillars are strong, your practice will flourish. Read More