FYidoctors Embarks on Expansion Into the U.S. Market With Addition of Six California Eyecare Clinics

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 2:40 PM SACRAMENTO, Calif. and CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, known as Canada’s leading diversified health care organization, said this morning that it has expanded its geographic operations into the U.S. market with the addition of six leading eyecare clinics throughout the state of California. The foray marks a major company milestone as it marks the first time FYidoctors has added new operations outside of Canada as it continues to “focus on its patient-first, personalized customer experience,” the announcement noted. Read More

Review of Optometry: Certain Ocular Conditions Associated With Higher Risk of Dementia

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 2:15 PM Researchers recently discovered that age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract and diabetes-related eye disease, but not glaucoma, are associated with an increased risk of dementia. They noted that patients with both ophthalmic and systemic conditions are at higher risk of dementia compared with those with an ophthalmic or systemic condition only. The analysis included 12,364 adults aged 55 to 73 years from the UK Biobank cohort. Participants were assessed between 2006 and 2010 at baseline and were followed until 2021. Incident dementia was ascertained using hospital inpatient, death record and self-reported data. Read More

Experts to Explore the Metaverse and New Retail Concepts at Oct. 27 Virtual VM Summit

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Monday, September 20, 2021 6:29 PM NEW YORK—Three leading technology experts will share their insights about the metaverse and the opportunities it offers brands at the virtual Vision Monday Leadership Summit on October 27. Robin Raskin, founder of the Virtual Events Group and a leading observer of consumer technology trends, will kick off the session by giving Summit attendees a peek inside the metaverse, including a brand experience, an event experience, a game experience for advertising and a fully immersive open-ended experience. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: How I Created a Dry Eye Disease Center With 20 Percent to 30 Percent Year-over-Year Growth

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Monday, September 20, 2021 6:23 PM Providing a high level of care is made easier for both patient and practice when you have a simple way for patients to fulfill the eyewear prescriptions you write. In our practice, we found that lens packages that ensure each patient gets quality eyewear, no matter what they choose, is a game-changer. Most patients who visit an eye doctor’s office know little about their spectacle lens options. For that reason, having them buy lens options from you in an itemized fashion can be overwhelming and lead to poor decision-making. The patient is likely to ask for the simplest lens, forgoing the additional lens features the doctor prescribed. After we educate patients about the benefits of each package, they almost always opt for more, rather than fewer, beneficial lens features. Read More

Retina Consultants of America Continues Growth by Adding Rockland Retina

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Friday, September 17, 2021 2:53 PM SOUTHLAKE, Texas—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a management services organization, has announced the addition of Rockland Retina to its growing consortium of leading retina specialists across the U.S. With the addition of Rockland Retina, which is based in New City, N.Y., RCA adds “a key partner in the New York City area and a regional partner to Vitreoretinal Consultants of Long Island,” according to an announcement. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Read More

Women In Optometry: Message From New Tech Network—Your Practice Needs Technology. Maybe Mine, Maybe Theirs

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Friday, September 17, 2021 2:46 PM Brianna Rhue, OD, FAAO, and her drcontactlens.com business partner, Jennifer Tabiza, OD, were preparing recently for the presentations they’ll be making at their booth during Vision Expo West. They discussed how challenging it can be for smaller technology companies that deliver great services to get the attention of doctors and key decision-makers in practice. So in less than a month, they created a process to make it easier. The result is Techifeye, a network of 13 technology companies that are cross-promoting the services of each participant. In the registration materials for Thursday’s event or at the booth of any of the 11 companies that are exhibiting, attendees can pick up a map that points out the companies. Read More

Join Us and Register Now for "Creative Disruption: Retail & Healthcare: Upended!," VM's Virtual Leadership Summit Sessions, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27

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Thursday, September 16, 2021 3:33 PM NEW YORK—The 2021 Vision Monday Leadership Summit will culminate next month in two new dynamic virtual sessions in October, "Retail and Healthcare: Upended! Ripping Up the Rulebook." To be broadcast Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, the virtual sessions extend the 2021 VM Summit series of conversations and presentations under the theme "Creative Disruption," in exclusive two-hour programs designed to help business and professional leaders as they continue to manage through with the impact of the pandemic and the changes it has escalated in both retail and health care. Read More

20/20 Magazine: Kids and Digital

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Thursday, September 16, 2021 3:26 PM There has been rising concern about the impact of digital device use on children’s vision, and the year 2020 may provide a unique data pool for analysis. According to USAFacts, 65 percent of households with children reported the use of online learning last year. Never before have there been so many children learning via digital devices, increasing the screen time that was already raising concern. The impact on vision is as yet unknown, but there is fertile ground for study. Read More

L’Amy America Signs an Exclusive Manufacturing Agreement to Produce Eyewear in America

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 2:18 PM NORWALK, Conn.—L’Amy America and Scene Eyewear, LLC, are announcing an exclusive partnership for the manufacturing of American made eyewear. Stephen Rappoport, CEO L'Amy America, said, “We are delighted to enter into this exclusive agreement with Steven Bernstein, founder and managing partner, Scene Eyewear, LLC, and their new state of the art eyewear manufacturing facility in Wayne, New Jersey. The agreement will enable L’Amy America to achieve one of its strategic objectives by creating its own house brands as well as enhancing its portfolio of well-known and respected consumer American branded collections. Read More

Review of Ophthalmology: Getting to the Root of Dry Eye

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 2:10 PM Today, ophthalmologists are well aware that dry eye is a serious issue; it has ramifications not just for patient quality of life, but also for the success of ocular surgery. Nevertheless, it can be challenging to treat effectively, in part because so many different factors can cause its symptoms, and conservative management with over-the-counter tears doesn’t address root causes. In order to have any hope of addressing those, the ophthalmologist has to start by correctly diagnosing the underlying reason for the problem. Read More

Warby Parker Outlines Plans for Growth, Store Expansion and Evolution to a ‘Holistic’ Vision Care Company as it Readies Public Stock Offering

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021 4:27 PM NEW YORK—In an optimistic and upbeat two-hour webcast presentation, Warby Parker Inc. co-founders and top executives on Monday morning laid out their plans for strong growth, including expansion of the physical store base, their ongoing philanthropic efforts and the company’s planned evolution to a more “holistic” vision care company that drives a larger share of revenue from eye exams and contact lens sales. The investor presentation follow’s last month’s registration filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a direct listing of Warby Parker’s Class A shares, as VMAIL reported. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: Professional Leadership

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021 4:17 PM Eyecare practitioners often look to professional organizations to provide leadership. Depending on the organization, it may provide clinical, health policy, reimbursement, educational, and research recommendations/advocacy/guidelines. Concerning kids, many organizations play it safe and simply recommend that school-aged children have a comprehensive eye examination every year. In 2021, two leading organizations have stepped forward with important professional guidance regarding childhood myopia: The World Council of Optometry and The American Optometric Association. Read More

Retina Consultants of America Announces Addition of Nine-Location Tennessee Retina Practice as it Furthers Expansion

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Monday, September 13, 2021 6:20 PM SOUTHLAKE, Texas—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, has added a leading Nashville, Tenn.-based retina group, Tennessee Retina, to its management organization. The addition of the nine-location Tennessee Retina practice marks RCA’s entry into Tennessee and the surrounding region. The terms of the deal were not disclosed in the RCA announcement late last week. The group now has practices in 11 states. Tennessee Retina is the largest and most established retina practice in middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky, with nine locations that include Nashville, Crossville, and Bowling Green, Ky. Read More

20/20 Europe: Marcolin Forms Partnership With Treedom and Timberland Eyewear

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Monday, September 13, 2021 6:16 PM Marcolin announces a new three-year partnership with Treedom, a global web platform to promote the planting of trees and forests worldwide with the aim of making the planet greener. The Italian manufacturer has chosen together with Timberland Eyewear, part of its portfolio since 2003, to collaborate with Treedom to develop sustainable projects with like-minded companies who care about the future of the planet. Timberland, together with Treedom, is committed to planting 50 million trees around the world by 2025. Read More

Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Friday, September 10, 2021 11:20 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations fell last week, Aug. 30-Sept. 5, at a rate of -4 index points, likely impacted in part by the holiday weekend, although the actual Monday Labor Day holiday occurred one day after the period within which the numbers were tallied for last week (Week 36), according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. In 2019, the actual Monday Labor Day holiday did fall within Week 36 of 2019 but not in 2020. Read More