The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Nov. 14–20, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022 10:12 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Nov. 14–20, when compared with the previous week at a rate of -1 index point. Despite the decrease, that places gross revenue at a level 11 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 47) when compared with last year, 5 points above the same period in 2020, and 10 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories were down or flat last week when compared with the previous week, at rates of -1 index point for gross revenue, 0 index points for exams/refractions and contact lenses, -5 index points for frame units and -4 index points for lens pairs. Read More

Review of Ophthalmology: Giving Thanks for the Lost Holiday

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022 9:57 AM There used to be two holidays between Labor Day and Christmas. Of course, you can’t tell these days since as soon as you are back from your long Labor Day weekend the Halloween candy and pumpkin spice lattes are out. And before the first trick or treater knocks on your door, its full-on Christmas in the stores. The poor turkey, or maybe the lucky turkey. Not sure which. What had been the consummate American holiday, ripe with native American poultry and extended family gatherings, has been bowled over by the much sexier and more virulently consumer-driven Yuletide. Read More

CES Honors Four Eyewear and Eyecare Companies With Innovation Awards

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022 4:20 PM ARLINGTON, Va.—The Consumer Technology Association, producer of CES 2023, has presented its coveted 2023 Innovation Award to four companies in the eyewear and eyecare field. The four honorees fall into two categories: Wearable Technologies and Virtual and Augmented Reality. Wearable Technologies: Arges Smart AR Glasses for the Visually Impaired by CELLiCO. Arges Smart AR glasses are designed for people who suffer from age-related macular generation (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss. This eye disease blurs the central vision, making it difficult to see faces, read, drive, or even perform basic tasks like cooking. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: Duke Eye Center’s New Pediatric Myopia Clinic Is a Model in MD/OD Collaboration

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022 4:17 PM When the team at Duke Eye Center in Durham, North Carolina, recently launched their pediatric myopia clinic in October 2021, their decision behind the creation of this clinic-within-a-clinic was influenced by not one, but numerous factors, including breakthrough research that has offered a greater understanding of the condition, the advent of new treatments to slow progression, and the need to incorporate longer appointments for myopia visits in an already busy clinic schedule. Today, the pediatric myopia clinic is spearheaded by a team of three ODs and dedicated staff who work to identify and treat myopia as early as possible and offer the latest treatments that show promise for slowing progression. Read More

New Study Shows AMD Can Be a Signal of Cardiovascular Disease

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Sunday, November 20, 2022 4:23 PM It is said that the eyes are a window to the soul, but in some instances the eyes are also a window to the heart. According to a new study from New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, patients with a specific form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), are also highly likely to have either underlying heart damage from heart failure and heart attacks, or advanced heart valve disease, or carotid artery disease associated with certain types of strokes. The research, published this month, is the first to identify which types of high-risk cardiovascular and carotid artery disease are linked to the eye disorder. The findings could prompt increased screening to save vision, diagnose undetected heart disease, and prevent adverse cardiovascular events. Read More

Review of Optometry: How Systemic Drugs Trigger Dry Eye Disease

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Sunday, November 20, 2022 4:20 PM With a rising incidence of over 20 million affected people in the United States alone, dry eye disease (DED) is now considered a major ocular condition. DED affects patients of all ages and has been shown to negatively impact a patient’s quality of life both physically and psychologically. Increased awareness has led to significant worldwide progress in research, but dry eye management can be frustrating for both patients and clinicians alike. Significant strides have been made in not only defining and classifying DED, but also understanding the association between the condition, systemic comorbidities and systemic medications. The focus of this article will be iatrogenic DED; specifically, dry eye induced by systemic medications. Read More

The Vision Council Releases Focused inSights: Online vs. In-Person Buyers 2022

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Friday, November 18, 2022 4:14 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has released Focused inSights: Online vs. In-Person Buyers 2022. The report provides information on the differences and similarities between online and in-person eyewear buyers, including demographic data, managed vision care use, eye exams, prescription eyeglasses/sunglasses, contact lenses, plano sunglasses and reading glasses. The report examines the results of two recent surveys, including The Vision Council’s monthly consumer survey and a survey focused on how consumers make decisions about their eyewear and eyecare. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: Opening a Second Location that is Profitable from Day One

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Friday, November 18, 2022 4:11 PM Opening a second practice location gives you the opportunity to expand access to care for patients while building your business. Here is how I opened a second office designed to be profitable from the first day of operation. I had been interested in a second location for a while. I always wanted to see if I could make it as a two-location practice owner. Inflation is increasing everywhere except for in our reimbursement rates. A second location can help me maintain my current net returns while allowing me a buffer to increase staff wages and cover other increasing costs. Read More

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Nov. 7–13, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Thursday, November 17, 2022 2:36 PM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Nov. 7–13, when compared with the previous week at a rate of 5 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 10 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 46) when compared with last year, 6 points above the same period in 2020, and 13 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories were up last week when compared with the previous week, at rates of 5 index points for gross revenue, 4 index points for exams/refractions, frame units, lens pairs and 2 index points for contact lenses. Read More

Women In Optometry: New Location Provides Better Flow and Feel

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Thursday, November 17, 2022 2:26 PM Kristel Rogers, OD, joined Bieter Eye Center in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, in 2014. She and Jeff Bieter, OD, jointly opened Vision Source Prescott in Prescott, Wisconsin, in 2017, and eventually she became an equal business partner in the main clinic. As the practices grew, the main clinic began to feel crowded. As the doctors began looking at a location just three miles down the road, the pandemic caused them to delay the move. When they were ready to take the leap earlier in 2022, there was one last space available in the building. “We were trying to run with two doctors one day a week, but it wasn’t smooth,” Dr. Rogers says. Read More

With Estee Lauder's Acquisition of Tom Ford Brand, Marcolin Announces a New Long-Term License for Tom Ford Eyewear

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:11 PM NEW YORK and LONGARONE, Italy—Late yesterday, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) (ELC) announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Tom Ford brand, a global leader in luxury. The major deal will establish that ELC, a long-term partner of Tom Ford in the beauty arena, will be the sole owner of the Tom Ford brand and all its intellectual property. Under the stewardship of ELC, the purchase of the brand and the extension of its current licensing partners, including Marcolin S.p.A. for eyewear and Ermenegildo Zegna for fashion, "will allow for continuity and the further evolution of the Tom Ford brand as one of the preeminent global luxury brands of the twenty-first century," ELC's announcement said. Read More

20/20 Magazine: Celebrating Sunglasses for the Season...Winter!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022 11:55 AM Winter is creeping up on us this year and it’s the perfect time to shop for sunglasses. Throughout my career, it’s deeply disappointing when someone’s quick to dismiss the subject of sun protection. Some have never worn sunglasses or shy away because lenses are dark, heavy, or bothersome, the list is lengthy. There are patients in disbelief when they learn that wearing sunglasses throughout winter is just as important as during other seasons. At this point, I’m typically well into my sunglass speech and picking out a pair of sunglasses for a patient. Wearing sunglasses is important for UV blocking and can help prevent future eye problems, and winter is known for being dry and brisk, which affects the eyes. Read More

ECPs Predict Bright Future for Myopia Management, CooperVision Specialty Eyecare Survey Says

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022 5:29 PM SAN RAMON, Calif.—Eyecare professionals (ECPs) anticipate an increase in the number of patient-facing discussions, prescriptions, and treatment options for myopia management over the next 10 to 20 years, according to a recent survey conducted by CooperVision Specialty EyeCare. The company invited ECPs from across the world to share their thoughts, hopes and predictions about the future of myopia management. The survey was conducted in celebration and recognition of the 20th anniversary of the FDA’s approval of Paragon CRT, the world’s first Ortho-K lens of its kind approved for safe overnight wear. Read More

20/20 Europe: Visottica Group Acquires Ethos

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022 5:26 PM Veneto-based company Visottica Group, a leader in the production of eyewear components, announces the acquisition of 60 percent of the share capital of Ethos S.r.l., a company specializing in galvanic processing for the eyewear and fashion sectors, based in San Zenone degli Ezzelini (Treviso, Italy). The operation is described as a further step in the industrial development path initiated by the Susegana company. Through a policy of targeted strategic acquisitions, Visottica has progressively expanded and integrated the Group's offer, creating a technological pole of the highest level in the world in terms of capacity and technology. Read More

Fresh Frames and Fast Cars: When a Day Job and a Passion Intersect

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Monday, November 14, 2022 4:34 PM The list of things I love is pretty typical, I think: my friends and family, my dog, reading and writing, baking and good food, travel and fashion, learning Italian, watching documentaries, supporting the New York Islanders. Then there’s Formula 1. I was raised a sports fan, one of those kids whose parents put her in an Islanders onesie before she could walk or talk, but my family was never into motorsport. There's something about the sport is just irresistible to me: the high intensity and high speed nature of it all, the mayhem of the media circus surrounding it and the beauty of the tracks all around the globe. I love going to live sports whenever I can—so, naturally, this year I decided it would be fun to attend my first-ever Formula 1 Grand Prix. Read More