Indies Take to Social Media to Spread Glaucoma Awareness

By Staff
Monday, January 25, 2021 2:02 PM NEW YORK—January is a month of many things: it’s the start of a new year, a new semester at school, a fresh beginning for many—and Glaucoma Awareness Month, too. Although we’ve passed the month’s midway point, there is still plenty of time to remind your patients just how important Glaucoma awareness actually is, and routine trips to the optometrist can help control the sneak thief of sight. This week, we’re taking a look at how indies across the country have spread Glaucoma awareness online, hopefully providing a little inspiration to anyone who hasn’t jumped on board yet. Read More

Trees for the Future and Eco Eyewear

By Staff
Monday, January 25, 2021 1:57 PM The sustainable agriculture non-profit Trees for the Future has announced that they’ve planted more than 200 million trees around the world. Tens of thousands of farmers planted the trees on their own land over the last three decades in conjunction with Trees’ agroforestry training. The milestone was met with support from thousands of individual donors and more than 300 brand partners, including Eco Eyewear. “We are ecstatic to reach this milestone,” said Tree executive director John Leary. Read More

A Look Back at Weekend's Most Read Features in 2020

By Staff
Friday, January 22, 2021 10:00 AM To say that 2020 was a monumental year for news is an understatement. Let’s just say there was a lot going on. But through it all, Vision Monday was able to bring you a little relief from the constant barrage of news and current events with our weekly VMAIL Weekend editions. Now that 2020 is officially over, we here at Weekend thought it might be a good time to look back at some of our most popular features from our 2020 Today’s Read archives. So here they are, 10 of Vision Monday's readers' Most Read Today’s Reads from 2020. Although it was a year many of us would like to forget, the VM staff did manage to provide some respite and relief from the tumultuous events that were the hallmark of 2020. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: COVID Vaccine—Can You Require Employees to Get It?

By Staff
Friday, January 22, 2021 8:00 AM As a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, some employers may want to require their employees to get vaccinated. However, employers, including optometric practice owners, need to be cautious and understand what the laws say before requiring inoculation. If you are considering mandating a vaccination for employees, I would recommend consulting with an attorney. This article is not legal advice, but does provide background on the issue and some points that employers should consider. Read More

20/20 Magazine Launches Redesign of Its Leading Continuing Education and Pro to Pro Sections

By Staff
Thursday, January 21, 2021 12:30 PM NEW YORK—20/20 Magazine has initiated a completely new redesign to the continuing education and Pro to Pro sections of the magazine's website. Pro to Pro is the leading provider of new monthly editorial content with tips, training and accredited continuing education from Pro's to the Pro's, from opticians for opticians and dispensary staff. "Our goal is to create a streamlined user experience where both our robust education/training editorial content and our extensive library of highly informative ABO/NCLE continuing education are highlighted and easily accessed all in one place," said Deborah Kotob, director of education, training and development. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: New Study Finds Parents Are Lacking in Myopia Awareness

By Staff
Thursday, January 21, 2021 11:00 AM
SAN RAMON, Calif.—There is a gap between the concern of eye care professionals (ECPs) and the understanding of parents regarding the growing myopia epidemic and its impact on future eye health, according to a recently released global survey from CooperVision. The results of the Global Myopia Attitudes and Awareness Study, illustrated in the newly released infographic here, underscore the need for education and evidence-based approaches. Four in five ECPs (82 percent) worry that their young patients will have significant eye health issues associated with myopia as they grow older, but over half (54 percent) say parents don’t understand these future eye health risks. Read More

Optical Sales Across the U.S. Decrease in Most Categories for the Week of Jan. 11-17, Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Says

By Staff
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 2:28 PM NEW YORK—The only increase in optical sales last week (Jan. 11-17) was in the category of exams/refractions. Most other optical sales categories were down -4 index points for frame units and lens pairs and -3 index points for gross revenue. However, contact lens sales were down substantially over the course of the last week at a rate of -14 index points. Regionally, the Midwest and West suffered the largest declines in optical sales when compared with the Northeast and South, which also experienced decreases albeit at smaller rates. All regions declined in all optical sales categories, except exams/refractions, which increased across the board. Read More

Women In Optometry’s Pop-Up Poll Questions ODs About Their Vaccine Experience

By Staff
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 2:18 PM So many ODs have already had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Women In Optometry’s latest Pop-Up Poll queries ODs about their experience with getting the vaccine. Take the latest poll titled Vaccine Side Effects and answer questions about what your experience with the vaccine has been like. Read More

VM's News Quiz for the Week of Jan. 10: An EssilorLuxottica Product Launch, New Year’s Resolutions and Product Winners at CES

By Staff
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:51 PM Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. This week's quiz takes a look at an EssilorLuxottica product launch, New Year’s resolutions and product winners at CES. Read More

Diabetes Management Fails to Meet Clinical Guidelines

By Staff
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 5:27 PM A retrospective analysis of diabetic retinopathy screening standards recently determined that the current National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for type 2 diabetes may be lacking. The single-center audit of a general practice included 50 records of type 2 diabetes patients.The researchers found that just 16 percent of individuals underwent retinal screening that adhered to NICE guidelines. Of the remainder, 60 percent went more than three months between their initial diagnosis and first screening, and 65 percent had a screening interval greater than one year. Read More

20/20 Magazine: Post Pandemic—2021, the Year of Recovery

By Staff
Friday, January 15, 2021 8:00 AM With the New Year upon us, we find ourselves once again facing the challenge of lost business with fearful patients cancelling appointments to avoid close contact, in both medical and retail environments. Lockdown and restrictions loom large. However, with all of the doom and gloom, it is a new and hope filled year. It is now time to stand together so that we can once again enjoy the freedom of movement to conduct business, socialize, attend trade shows and shop. I look forward to interacting with people and the simple pleasures of entertainment, travel and dining. I will never again take for granted the freedom to walk museum galleries, sit in crowded theaters, restaurants, pubs and sports arenas. Read More

J&J Vision and Leading Eye Health Groups Unveil New Recommendations in Response to the Growing Myopia Epidemic

By Staff
Thursday, January 14, 2021 3:21 PM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision announced Tuesday a new guide with recommendations for eyecare professionals to assess, monitor and treat myopia in children. The new recommendations call for earlier intervention to help slow the progression of myopia in children based on clinical literature and real-world experience. The recommendations and guide, “Managing Myopia: A Clinical Response to the Growing Epidemic,” are a result of a year of collaboration with leading organizations in optometry, including the American Optometric Association (AOA), American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and Singapore Optometric Association (SOA), according to the announcement. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: The Low-Cost Office Transformation Helping Us See 40+ More Patients Per Week

By Staff
Thursday, January 14, 2021 3:18 PM Your office layout could be holding your practice back. We found a way to affordably expand our office’s physical dimensions. We now can offer greater access to care for patients in our vision therapy-focused practice. Here is how we did it. We decided to take a portion of our reception area and convert it into a second vision therapy room. Our reception area was a sizable space that, due to the ongoing pandemic, was going unused much of the day. Read More

Optical Industry Veteran Erik Ritchie Joins EnChroma as CEO

By Staff
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:37 PM BERKELEY, Calif.—EnChroma, creators of EnChroma eyewear for color blindness, has named Erik Ritchie as CEO. Ritchie brings 25 years of business management experience spanning organizational strategy, brand management, performance marketing, merchandising, talent management, and e-commerce operations. Most recently, he served as chief commercial officer for Zenni Optical, where he led all merchandising, marketing, UX/UI, and IT functions. As a consultant, he led branding, advertising and/or communications campaigns for major brands such as Microsoft, Google, Blue Shield, Red Bull, Ticketmaster, and other Fortune 500 clients. Click here to watch VM's "A Conversation with EnChroma's Erik Ritchie," an exclusive interview with VM’s Andrew Karp. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: What’s New in Spectacle Lenses for Myopia Management?

By Staff
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:30 PM Although 2020 is a year that many will consider as best forgotten or relegated to history, for spectacle-based myopia management strategies, it marks the end of a decade of rapid and significant improvements to slow myopia. Up until 2010, the only options available to control myopia with spectacle-based strategies were progressive addition or bifocal spectacles. Although undercorrection was widely practiced, it was shown to increase myopia progression. Bifocals and progressive addition lenses (PALs) were found effective only in few categories, such as those with a larger lag of accommodation or faster myopia progression in myopia. Read More