Keeping the Focus on Women’s Eye Health and Safety

By Staff
Monday, April 15, 2024 11:17 AM There is a notable gender imbalance when it comes to eye health. In fact, two-thirds of all blindness and visual impairment occurs in women, according to the National Eye Institute. Women also have a higher prevalence of age-related macular degeneration, cataract, dry eye, glaucoma, refractive error and thyroid eye disease. According to the Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health: Vision Beyond 2020 report, this gender imbalance can be attributed to both demographic factors and social factors. As we celebrate Women’s Eye Health and Safely Month during April, the optical industry is shining a light on this issue, with a sharp focus on prevention, education and eliminating the barriers to improved women’s eye health, including greater access to care. Read More

Review of Ophthalmology: Maximizing Vision After Cataract Surgery

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Monday, April 15, 2024 11:10 AM With more than three million Americans undergoing cataract surgery each year, it is one of the most common—and safest—procedures performed in the United States. And ongoing advancements in surgical techniques and intraocular lens technology support the efforts of ophthalmologists who continuously strive to ensure their patients have the best possible visual outcomes. Maximizing outcomes depends on a number of factors and doesn’t end with the removal of the cataract and the implantation of an IOL. “The key aspects of patient satisfaction after cataract surgery today include a meticulous preoperative evaluation, judicious patient selection and a comprehensive patient education,” said Garden City, New York’s Eric Donnenfeld, MD. Read More

CooperVision Expands Its Myopia Management Team

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Friday, April 12, 2024 1:30 PM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has announced two advancements to educate and support U.S. eyecare professionals as they enter into and continue with myopia control in their practices. The company’s newly launched MiSight 1 day QuickStart Program has been introduced to simplify the process of prescribing MiSight 1 day contact lenses for ECPs. Additionally, CooperVision has expanded its dedicated myopia management team to provide additional professional support to combat the growing epidemic. Priscilla Chang, OD, FAAO, IACMM, has joined CooperVision as senior manager, myopia management. Dr. Chang previously served as a clinical sales consultant for Johnson & Johnson Vision. She joins Leah Johnson, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA, and Felicia Timmermann, OD, MS, FAAO, senior managers, myopia management. Read More

Review of Optometry: Visual Impairment Makes Digital Health Care Access Less Likely

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Friday, April 12, 2024 1:20 PM Recent advancements in telehealth acceptance has great potential to help bridge gaps in health care disparities, experts say. Especially for elderly adults, virtually connecting them with health care professionals can overcome certain challenges faced with physical visits. As such, Johns Hopkins researchers wanted to investigate if there was any association of visual impairment (VI) and digital technology access in older U.S. adults. Their results were recently published in JAMA Ophthalmology. After modeling, the researchers determined that older adults with any VI had lower odds of having or knowing how to use a cellphone, computer or tablet than those without VI. Read More

Virtual Field Announces Expansion Into Canada

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Thursday, April 11, 2024 10:38 AM NEW YORK—Virtual Field, a provider of virtual visual field testing, has announced its expansion into Canada. Virtual Field enables ophthalmologists and optometrists to offer comprehensive, accurate visual field, color vision, and pupillometry exams using a comfortable, patient-friendly headset, according to the company. Virtual Field has received two Medical Device Licenses (MDL) from Health Canada for its VF3 Pro and VF3 Basic products. Both have been classified as Class 2 medical devices, signifying compliance with Canada’s rigorous health and safety standards, and affirming their efficacy. To date more than 1.5 million exams have been conducted using Virtual Field in the U.S. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: Three Winning Marketing, Operations & Leadership Improvement Ideas from Outside Optometry

By Staff
Thursday, April 11, 2024 10:26 AM I love going outside the eyecare industry to learn new stuff that, when applied to my practice, can be like an atomic bomb leading to explosive growth. Sure. Attending a practice management optometry conference with a slate of ODs is great. But you know what I like even more? Learning from restaurateurs, Silicon Valley tech geeks and the physical therapist with 500 locations about things that would never cross your mind. For instance, I learned a ton about myopia management from a CEO who spent years selling cereal before diving into childhood myopia. Here are great ideas I culled from outside of optometry that continue to help me better serve patients and enhance my practice. Read More

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Remained Flat for the Week of April 1–7, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024 4:12 PM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations remained flat last week, April 1–7, when compared with the previous week. That places gross revenue at a level -1 index point below where it was at this point in time (Week 14) when compared with last year (2023), 3 points above the same period in 2022, 10 points above 2021, 103 points above 2020 and 16 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. Read More

Women In Optometry: A Test of Patience—Tracy Eyecare Center

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024 3:57 PM Long before Sarah Tracy, OD, graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry, she knew she wanted to be an optometrist. She recalls faking the need for eyeglasses as a toddler because she “wanted them so badly.” She manifested that dream into a reality throughout her education and by working in a corporate location. But she and her husband, Jordan Tracy, were living about 45 minutes away from the community where they wanted to move—Murray, Kentucky, about two hours northwest of Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Tracy was born and raised in Murray, and the couple was making the trip a few times a week to visit her family. Read More

CooperVision Extends Partnership With Plastic Bank, Adds Vision Care Program for Collectors

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024 3:09 PM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision and Plastic Bank, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based social impact organization, have renewed their net plastic neutrality partnership through 2026. With the extension, the partnership has expanded to include a vision care program to provide vision screenings and vouchers for complimentary eye exams and glasses for eligible Plastic Bank collection members in Indonesia, who are essential to CooperVision’s net plastic neutral partnership with Plastic Bank, the company announced. Read More

20/20 Magazine: Eyes on You

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024 2:55 PM The Eyes on You team discusses creating a successful retail environment with 20/20 feature editor Jillian Urcelay. Eyes on You is Dr. Lawson’s third optometry business. She has overcome a great deal of obstacles with the pandemic and is now transitioning into a new space and stepping into a new type of business where they explore cutting-edge technology to bring out the best in patient health and care. This includes the new technology of Neurolens and two machines that deliver RF (radio frequency) and IPL (intense pulse light) technology to help relieve and resolve patients’ eye conditions of dry eye, inflammation, demodex, ocular rosacea and many others. Read More

Hoya Vision Care Responds to Cyberattack, Remains Confident That U.S., Canadian Systems Were Not Impacted

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Monday, April 8, 2024 12:45 PM TOKYO—Production of several products were stopped recently following a system failure that was believed to be "caused by unauthorised access" to its servers, Hoya Corp said on Thursday, in news that was first reported by Reuters. In a statement provided to VMAIL from Hoya Vision Care, the company stated that on March 29, it learned that an "unauthorized party" had accessed some of its global business operation systems. Upon making the discovery, its global team took potentially affected systems offline to contain the issue, notified law enforcement in appropriate regions, and engaged outside investigation experts, according to the company's statement. Read More

20/20 Europe: ColorMatic by Rodenstock Established as Independent Technology Brand

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Monday, April 8, 2024 12:31 PM The Rodenstock Group has announced this season that it has established ColorMatic as an independent technology brand. According to the company, Rodenstock’s ColorMatic lenses offer the highest brand quality based on 100 percent German development and engineering. To emphasize this technology, the decision was taken to position the ColorMatic self-tinting ophthalmic lenses as an independent technology brand with a specific brand design. The new positioning of ColorMatic demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to innovation and product development and represents Rodenstock’s high-quality photochromic technology with its own brand design, the company states. Read More

The Vision Council Launches PolicyWatch, an Online Regulatory Monitoring Service for the Optical Industry

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Friday, April 5, 2024 2:56 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is introducing PolicyWatch, a regulatory monitoring service for the optical industry, tailored to provide easier access and understanding of the industry’s evolving legislative landscape. PolicyWatch will monitor legislation specific to teleoptometry, a rapidly expanding optical industry sector. Standing as a centralized resource, PolicyWatch offers real-time updates on teleoptometry laws, regulations, and legislation across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This solution addresses the challenge of sourcing information about remote eyecare regulations from various platforms, providing a single point of reference for optometry service providers, practices and telemedicine solution companies. Read More

Review of Ophthalmology: How Practices Are Making Private Equity Work

By Staff
Friday, April 5, 2024 2:48 PM Private equity acquisitions of physician practices have grown rapidly in the last decade. Ophthalmology in particular is an attractive medical specialty for its high procedural volume and the high demand for ophthalmic care among the aging population. For many ophthalmologists, private equity partnerships have helped their practices realize their dreams of expansion while offering quality business expertise. These advantages don’t come without some measure of change, however. In this feature, doctors who’ve gone through a private equity sale share their experiences and discuss the compromises that come with the territory. Read More

CooperVision Launches Redesigned Online Success Center With Additional Resources for ECPs and Staff

By Staff
Thursday, April 4, 2024 2:54 PM SAN RAMON, Calif.—As part of its commitment to provide eyecare professionals with educational tools, resources, and practice support, CooperVision has announced the launch of its redesigned Online Success Center (OSC). The upgraded, on-demand digital platform features an enhanced look and feel, providing users with an improved, immersive educational experience, more robust resources, and a streamlined myopia control and myopia management certification process. The platform also delivers practical tools to empower staff with new knowledge and skills they can implement in practice. Read More