Prevent Blindness Declares Second Annual Fireworks Safety Awareness Week as June 28-July 4 to Educate on the Dangers of Fireworks

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Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:26 PM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest nonprofit eye health and safety organization, has declared June 28-July 4, 2022 as the Second Annual Fireworks Safety Awareness Week, to help educate the public on the dangers of fireworks. During the week, Prevent Blindness will post messages on its various social media channels, as well as offer free shareable materials including fact sheets and social media graphics. Prevent Blindness has also issued its own Fireworks Position Statement, according to an announcement from Prevent Blindness. Read More

20/20 Magazine: Signet Armorlite Introduces Kodak Lens Smiles

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Saturday, June 25, 2022 12:23 PM Signet Armorlite, the exclusive provider of Kodak Lenses, has launched Kodak Lens Smiles, a new two year program for independent eyecare providers to increase their practice revenues. “Kodak Lens Smiles is a program exclusively for independent ECPs to deliver a personal, professional and memorable experience to their patients buying Kodak progressive lenses,” said Samar Shamieh, Signet Armorlite’s senior marketing manager. Signet Armorlite will support these efforts by offering practices its full suite of tools that provide incredible value to practices. Practices signing up to receive all the tools offered in the Kodak Lens Smiles program can receive benefits valued up to $15,000. Read More

American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces Inaugural BRIGHT IDEAS Pitch Competition

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Thursday, June 23, 2022 12:32 PM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has announced its inaugural BRIGHT IDEAS Pitch Competition. The competition is designed to provide recognition, mentoring, and monetary reward to new or early-stage entrepreneurs with an idea or innovation that will improve eyecare treatment or devices. The application deadline is Friday, July 8, 2022. The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). It was founded in 1947 for the “upholding, broadening, fostering, promoting and aiding of optometric education; the profession of optometry and its practitioners.” Read More 

Women In Optometry: Shift in Employment Status Provided Doctor the Motivation to Open Her Own Practice

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Thursday, June 23, 2022 12:25 PM Before Nataliya Yakovleva, OD, became an optometrist, she had several occupations, but none of them were in health care. Originally from Russia, her college degree is in education, specifically in teaching the English language. Coming to this country had her exploring other options. “As an immigrant, oftentimes you are not able to use your original education. You must be open to other options in order to get established. I have tried accounting, property management and marketing, and eventually ended up in real estate. I was in real estate in 2007 when the economy started to recess, and by 2008 real estate took a hit,” she recalls. So she thought that a career in health care might be more recession-proof. Read More

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of June 13-19, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022 3:39 PM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, June 13-19, at a rate of -2 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 4 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 25) when compared with last year, 3 points above Week 25 of 2020, and 10 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories were either flat or down last week when compared with the previous week, ranging from -3 index points for lens pairs to unchanged for frame units. Other than gross revenue’s decline of -2 index points, the other two categories, exams/refractions and contact lenses, were down -1 index point. Read More

Review of Ophthalmology: A Sampling of Studies from the 2022 ARVO Meeting

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022 3:32 PM In what felt like an almost complete return to normalcy, in the first week of May, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology held its first live meeting in three years. Though virtual meetings were serviceable, there’s nothing like being present in the poster hall and circulating amid the presenters, or catching a podium presentation live and in-person. If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s meeting in Denver, here’s a look at some interesting presentations from the gathering. Read More

Shopko Optical Begins Transition Plan for Incorporating Newly Acquired Midwest Vision Centers in Minnesota and North Dakota

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022 2:27 PM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Executives of Shopko Optical and Midwest Vision Centers have been meeting for at least the past two months as they worked to smooth the path forward once Shopko Optical completed its planned acquisition of the smaller optical retailer, executives of Shopko Optical said Monday on a conference call announcing the finalization of the deal. During the call, Shopko Optical executives noted that Dr. Myrel A. Neumann, the former owner of Midwest Vision Centers, will serve in an advisory role moving forward to help manage through the transition. In addition, Midwest Vision Centers’ nine-member corporate team in the main office in St. Cloud, Minn., will continue for the immediate future to help with the transition. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: All About Vision Releases Myopia Information Hub

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022 2:17 PM In response to the growing myopia epidemic, All About Vision released a myopia information hub—a resource center containing the most updated information on myopia with more than 100 pieces of content. “Myopia currently is the number one condition in the visual system—especially in younger-age adolescents,” said Maria Liu, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO, associate professor of Clinical Optometry at UC Berkeley. All About Vision worked with researchers from the International Myopia Institute (IMI), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI), and others to incorporate the latest data to create accessible content for the myopia hub. Exclusive features include an interactive myopia simulator and a myopia assessment to determine a child’s risk for having myopia. Read More

Shopko Optical Continues Expanding as it Acquires Midwest Vision Centers

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Monday, June 20, 2022 3:46 PM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical announced this morning that it has acquired Midwest Vision Centers, which operates 18 eyecare locations in Minnesota and North Dakota. The transaction will expand Shopko Optical to 142 eyecare centers throughout the Upper Midwest, according to the company’s announcement. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Midwest Vision Centers is Shopko Optical’s seventh completed acquisition over the past six months. Shopko Optical now operates eyecare centers across 13 states. In April, Shopko Optical acquired Third Street Optical in Bemidji, Minn., as it expanded to approximately 125 eyecare locations. Read More

20/20 Europe: Morel Joins the UN Global Compact Initiative

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Monday, June 20, 2022 3:39 PM This month, Morel has announced that the company has joined the United Nations Global Compact initiative—a voluntary leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible business practices. With this step, the company states that it "is proud to join thousands of other companies globally committed to taking responsible business action to create the world we all want." The UN Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read More

VSP Ventures Acquires Two Additional California Practices

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Friday, June 17, 2022 1:52 PM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.— Yesterday VSP Ventures announced the acquisition of two California practices, Dr. Scheffel's Eye Care Center in Lakewood, Calif. and Mountain View Optometry and Contact Lens Clinic in Mountain View, Calif. Dr. Scheffel’s Eye Care Center is led by Craig Scheffel, OD, a native to Southern California who has been in private practice since 1975. He said, “I’ve been looking into retirement for a couple of years now, and after doing some research on my options, I came across VSP Ventures. The idea of keeping my practice the way it is to protect my staff and patients was very appealing. This partnership with VSP Ventures ensures the practice will continue to serve the community we’ve been a part of for so many years.” Read More

Review of Optometry: The Next Frontier

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Friday, June 17, 2022 1:49 PM In 2019, I completed a full preceptorship at Retina Associates of Kentucky, one of the top 20 retina practices in the country. This reinvigorated my love for this area of practice. I’ve always felt that our profession can do so much in retina—and now we have to, since it’s such a common finding in clinical practice. Let’s look at some opportunities discussed in detail in this month’s issue. Inherited retinal diseases are the next frontier. We’ve already seen treatments for rare hereditary retinal dystrophy, and many potential conditions ranging from Leber’s congenital amaurosis to retinitis pigmentosa are in the near future. Read More

See & Be Seen Frame Benefit for Opening Your Eyes Scholarship Kicks Off on June 18

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Thursday, June 16, 2022 3:00 PM NEW YORK—The See & Be Seen Frame Benefit will kick off on Saturday, June 18 and will remain active until June 25 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The benefit, presented by Tarrence Lackran (@TheOpticalPoet on Instagram), features frames with special significance designed by leading independent designers to support The Vision Council's Opening Your Eyes Scholarship (OYES). OYES provides full scholarships and paid internships to high school seniors from underrepresented communities who have an interest in pursuing a career in the optical industry. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: 6 Examples of How My Practice Markets Myopia Management

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Thursday, June 16, 2022 2:50 PM Myopia management offers significant benefits to patients, controlling the progression of a condition that increases a patient’s risk for retinal detachment, myopic macular degeneration, glaucoma and the early development of cataracts. It also offers a practice a springboard for patient growth and additional profitability. To be successful, however, it’s not enough to add these services to your practice. You must let your current patients and community know what myopia management is and that you offer it. Here are several examples of how I market our practice’s myopia management services. Read More

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased Substantially for the Week of June 6-12, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022 12:04 PM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased substantially last week, June 6-12, at a rate of 22 index points, recouping and surpassing the -18 index points it declined the previous week during the Memorial Day holiday. That places gross revenue at a level 4 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 24) when compared with last year, 6 points above Week 24 of 2020, and 11 points above 2019. With gross revenue at 104 index points by Week 24 of 2020, the impact of the pandemic appears to have diminished by that point in time, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. Read More