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

By Staff
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 5:29 PM 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. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: The Culture That Built a Practice With 18.5 Percent Year-Over-Year Net Profit Growth for the Last 5 Years

By Staff
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 5:18 PM Your practice’s culture dictates the kind of experience you offer both patients and your team. Having clear core values that are lived by team members has a significant impact on the way your team members will care for patients. With a strong set of core values, patient satisfaction will increase leading to improved retention of patients and more friends and family referrals. Patients who return annually provide significant revenue to practices. In our practice, a focus on defining, discussing, and living out our core values helped us achieve 18.5 percent year-over-year net profit growth for the last five years. Read More

Taking the Temperature of Optometry as a Profession

By Staff
Monday, January 24, 2022 2:44 PM NEW YORK—This seems to be the time of the year when “taking the temperature” of various professions and industry sectors is a popular undertaking. It’s especially popular these days because of all the upheaval and displacement in the labor force that observers lay at the feet of the COVID-19 pandemic. Who among us doesn’t want to get a better understanding of what’s going on in our day jobs? For ODs and others working in eyecare practices, three surveys and/or reports have dropped over the past few weeks that shine a light on where ODs stand on a number of topics today. Here’s a brief summary of the key findings. Read More

Frames Data: Winter 2022 Product Update—My Frame Gallery

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Monday, January 24, 2022 2:20 PM Frames Data just launched the latest update to My Frame Gallery. Here's what's new. If you've seen your metrics report online, you probably already know that it includes important business info about Sessions, Page Views, your top brands, as well as demographic info about your visitors. Now they've added both traffic sources and locations to your stats. Locations will show you the top 10 cities that your visitors are viewing your Gallery from. The Gallery Source report will show your Gallery's top traffic sources. Read More

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

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Friday, January 21, 2022 4:19 PM 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. Read More

Women In Optometry: Transforming an 1895 Victorian House Into an Optometry Office

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Friday, January 21, 2022 3:57 PM Renovating a house into an optometry practice isn’t the traditional route, but for Melanie Dombrowski, OD, FAAO, MBA, the situation turned out to be even better. Since she attended optometry school, Dr. Dombrowski knew she wanted to practice in North Carolina. Her great uncle, who was also an OD, always talked about how wonderful the location and community was and it was enough to pique her interest. After working as an independent contractor for several years and obtaining an MBA degree, she opened the doors to her own practice, Salisbury Eyecare & Eyewear in Salisbury, North Carolina. Read More

More than 240 Exhibitors Commit to Vision Expo East 2022, Taking Place In-Person from March 31-April 3 at NYC's Javits Center

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 1:48 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and RX, announced that more than 240 exhibitors have committed to Vision Expo East to-date. Vision Expo East 2022 will take place from March 31-April 3 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. “We are looking forward to hosting a dynamic Show. With more than 240 exhibitors already committed and more than 75 additional exhibitors expected to join, representing a diverse range of companies across the vision care landscape, the momentum is strong and reflects industry-wide excitement to be back in-person in New York City for the first time since 2019,” said Mitch Barkley, vice president of Trade Shows and Events at The Vision Council. Read More

20/20 Magazine: Pistachios for Eye Health

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 1:30 PM Now that the holiday treats are gone, the craving for a snack isn’t. What’s a tasty snack, low in calories and actually good for us? Pistachios! According to a recent article in MedicalNewsToday, pistachios are rich in nutrients, low in calories, full of antioxidants, rich in fiber, high in protein, and can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. That’s a mouthful, and they taste good, too! Among the pistachio’s nutrients are lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants essential for eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin have been shown to reduce the chances of developing cataracts and protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Read More

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Jan. 10-16, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 2:48 PM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Jan. 10-16, at a rate of 5 index points. That places gross revenue at a level well below (-13 index points) where it was at this point in time (Week 3) last year, slightly below (-4 index points) where it was in 2020, and slightly above (2 index points) where it was in 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. Read More

20/20 Europe: RIGARDS Celebrates 10 Years

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 2:40 PM This season, RIGARDS marks its 10th anniversary with the presentation of ‘RIGARDS TEN’, a 10-year retrospective show, which opened on December 19 at the Yiji Gallery, Chongqing (China). The brand also announced their ‘Warm Regards’ Online Charity Auction. This anniversary event offered 10 one-off pairs of specially crafted frames, each a pinnacle of RIGARDS’s creative vision and a work of singular importance in our oeuvre. 100 percent of the proceeds from these sales will directly benefit Captivating International Foundation Hong Kong’s ‘One More Year’ Scholarship Program. Read More

The Road to Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 3:37 PM NEW YORK—On Monday, Americans across the country celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day—always on the third Monday in January, a day to honor the life of the Civil Rights hero who changed the United States for better. Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, but wasn’t necessarily hailed as a hero by all right away—in fact, it was a long road to celebrating him with an annual federal holiday. History.com reports that Dr. King was “the first modern private citizen to be honored with a federal holiday,” with the first big push to create a holiday in honor of him coming just a few days after his assassination. Here, we take a look at how the federal holiday came about. Read More

Review of Ophthalmology: What Makes a Good Chair of Ophthalmology?

By Staff
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 3:27 PM The selection of an academic health center (AHC) chair is the most important choice a health system can make regarding the future of health care in America. Within ophthalmology, this is true whether an ophthalmologist goes into private practice or academics. It’s so important because department chairs recruit and retain clinicians and scientists who train future generations of doctors, discover new cures for disease through research, and deliver high-quality clinical care from these AHC’s across the country. Read More

Bausch + Lomb Corp. Files Registration Statement and Preliminary Prospectus for Proposed Initial Public Offering

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Friday, January 14, 2022 3:39 PM LAVAL, Quebec and VAUGHAN, Ontario—Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) said late Thursday that it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) its plans for spinning off the wholly owned subsidiary Bausch + Lomb Corp. This filing is in connection with the company’s previously announced intention to separate the vision care business, Bausch + Lomb Corp. and the plan now moves ahead with the public filing of a registration statement on Form S-1 with the SEC and a preliminary base post-receipt pricing procedure (PREP) prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada (other than Quebec) relating to this proposed initial public offering (IPO) of Bausch + Lomb's common shares. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: Myopia Management in the Philippines—An International Perspective

By Staff
Friday, January 14, 2022 3:22 PM I was recently trying to convince a 39-year-old -9.00D myopic father to get his daughter into our myopia management program with orthokeratology. He shook his head and asked, “Myopia control? Orthokeratology? What is it all about? I have been wearing glasses since I was 8, and I am fine. I know my daughter has my genes, so I’m expecting she will also be nearsighted like me.” This is just one of the many encounters I get when I talk to parents about myopia management for their children. They pose the same questions since I started incorporating OrthoK into my practice in the early 2000s. Read More

Indies Spread Glaucoma Awareness This Month

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Thursday, January 13, 2022 11:37 AM NEW YORK—As we settle into the new year, the optical industry is also settling into Glaucoma Awareness Month. Prevent Blindness has been at the forefront this January, offering a variety of free educational and awareness-building resources to help prevent unnecessary vision loss from one of the world’s leading causes of blindness including fact sheets (available in English or Spanish), and shareable infographics. In addition, ECPs across the country have stepped up to share vital information about glaucoma on their own platforms, including social media. With its wide reach and endless possibilities, social media is an excellent way to reach patients who might not know all they need to about glaucoma and there’s still plenty of time to get involved. Here, we’re taking a look at how some ECPs have spread the word. Read More