opti 2020 to Feature Frame Launches, Contact Lenses, Bloggers and Company Positioning Showcase

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Friday, December 6, 2019 4:00 PM MUNICH—opti 2020 will feature launches from international frame companies, 25 exhibitors focusing on contact lens innovations and a showcase on company positioning. This year’s show will take place Jan. 10 to 12 at the Fairground Munich in Munich, Germany, and will feature over 600 exhibitors within six exhibition halls. The companies debuting at opti 2020 include Brando Eyewear, Miga Eyewear, Kreuzbergkinder, Delirious and EnChroma. Tickets for opti 2020, as well as a full list of exhibitors and events, are available on the show website.

Babies in the Womb May See More Than We Thought

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019 12:21 AM
BERKELEY, Calif.—By the second trimester, long before a baby’s eyes can see images, they can detect light. But the light-sensitive cells in the developing retina—the thin sheet of brain-like tissue at the back of the eye—were thought to be simple on-off switches, presumably there to set up the 24-hour, day-night rhythms parents hope their baby will follow. University of California, Berkeley, scientists have now found evidence that these simple cells actually talk to one another as part of an interconnected network that gives the retina more light sensitivity than once thought, and that may enhance the influence of light on behavior and brain development in unsuspected ways.

'The Future of Healthcare: Beyond 2020' Registration Opens for the VM Global Leadership Summit

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Friday, November 22, 2019 2:30 PM NEW YORK—The healthcare industry is being shaken by powerful forces that are creating new forms of competition and transforming patients into consumers who are seeking pathways to wellness that offer convenience, affordability and personalized care. New market leaders are emerging, and established brands are reinventing themselves with fresh approaches and enhanced customer experiences. Doctor-patient relationships are being redefined. How will these transformative changes impact vision care providers, payors and suppliers? VM’s 14th annual Global Leadership Summit will explore these and other pivotal questions as part of its program, “The Future of Healthcare: Beyond 2020.”

Modern Workplace Rx Safety Eyewear

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Friday, November 15, 2019 9:00 AM NEW YORK—Did you know that more than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work every day? And of these injuries, an estimated 10 percent to 20 percent will cause temporary or permanent vision loss, Prevent Blindness points out. For ECPs, establishing a role in the prescription sector of the occupational and industrial safety business can help extend their expertise in new ways and can also enhance their relationships with workers, their families and organizations in their local communities. In this feature, VM takes a top-line look at just a few of the Rx Safety collections, products and programs on offer from suppliers, laboratories and distributors in the U.S.

Voting Extended for the 2019 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards

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Friday, November 8, 2019 8:00 AM NEW YORK—The final voting deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 11 for the Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine's 11th annual EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards. The two Jobson Medical Information publications have teamed up once again to collect readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 16 distinct categories. The award categories are: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for prescription labs, optical supplies, in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, Social Purpose missions, and online and social media marketing services.

Only One Week Left to Vote for the 2019 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards

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Friday, November 1, 2019 9:00 AM NEW YORK—Time is running out to vote in this year’s 11th annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards—voting will end on Friday, Nov. 8 at 11:59 p.m. The Readers’ Choice Awards are sponsored by Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine. The two Jobson Medical Information publications have teamed up once again to collect readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 16 distinct categories.

VM Cover Story: ECPs Use Dashboards and Other Data Options to Discover Patients’ Path to Purchase

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Friday, October 25, 2019 11:00 AM NEW YORK—From health care to retail, data has become an invaluable resource for businesses and practitioners. It’s what many see as the key ingredient to meeting, and exceeding, patients’ expectations, and it provides a critical yardstick for measuring business success. In eyecare and optical retailing, the growing interest in data also has led to an increase in the number of options partner companies are developing that collect, track and analyze the data for ECPs to draw upon to manage their practice. Vision Monday in its October issue profiled several of the groups offering dashboard-type tools and other options for tracking practice performance in a special feature on the "Path to Purchase."

Cast Your Vote for Jobson’s 2019 EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards

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Friday, October 18, 2019 10:00 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 11th annual EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year. These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 15 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for prescription labs, optical supplies, in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems and Social Purpose missions. EyeVote is about you, our readers, and your choices on the top products in the optical industry today, so vote here.

World Sight Day Activities and Messages

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Friday, October 11, 2019 11:52 AM NEW YORK—The voices, social media messages and outreach of thousands of eyecare professionals, dozens of U.S. and international organizations, foundations, social purpose groups and optical companies contributed to a global crescendo about the importance of improving access to vision care in honor of World Sight Day 2019. A series of initiatives advocated for more financial support and increased awareness for the value and importance of healthy vision as well as expanding eyecare and eyewear products and services to those in need. Click here for additional coverage about optical industry activities and initiatives surrounding World Sight Day.

TSO Finds Success by Focusing on Convenience for the Patient

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 1:30 PM HOUSTON—There’s really no secret sauce or magic ingredient that goes into Texas State Optical’s (TSO) formula for success, according to president John Marvin. It all comes down to a “pretty basic” approach to managing a business on the foundation of sound core values and a resolute mission statement. And, perhaps most importantly, serving patients as effectively as possible—with plenty of emphasis on meeting the patients’ needs even as they evolve in a digitally driven marketplace. “It’s our constant focus to make life more convenient for the patient,” said Marvin, who has been president of the 80-year-old TSO organization since 2001.

Party Time at Vision Expo West 2019

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Friday, September 27, 2019 10:00 AM LAS VEGAS—From parties featuring astronauts to product launch celebrations and awards for lab industry greats, Las Vegas was the place  to be for Vision Expo West’s nighttime festivities. Here’s a slideshow of some of the major parties that took place around town last week. Look for more Vision Expo West photos covering special sessions, celebrity sightings and other live events coming your way soon on VisionMonday.com. To get all the news from Vision Expo West, click on the links to the Show Dailies digital editions—September 19, 2019, September 20, 2019 and September 21, 2019.

Made in The USA: Eyewear Makers Embrace Making Product Here

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 10:00 AM NEW YORK—Eyewear made in the United States has been experiencing a resurgence in the past few years, as newer firms and startups as well as older, long-time family companies with deep, historical roots in the sector are committed to furthering their presence in the business. Old and new, each is looking to develop or expand connections to a new generation of customers—and eyecare professionals and optical retailers—who appreciate brand stories and authentic history about how products are made and where they come from. From larger players to newer startups, there are a range of looks, options, materials and design styles now coming on stream.

Come to Jobson's Modern Lab Event at Vision Expo West

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Friday, September 13, 2019 10:03 AM VM’s Andrew Karp and LabTalk’s Brian Dunleavy will co-host The Modern Lab, a special, live event that complements their Modern Lab Report in the September issue of Vision Monday. In this video, Karp and Dunleavy describe their program, which will feature exclusive research findings and a panel of lab experts who will discuss the strategic investments optical lab owners and operators are making in technology and personnel. Join them for this one-time-only event, which will take place at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas on September 19, 2019. To register, go to www.visionmonday.com/modernlab.

Come to VM LIVE for Optical Innovation

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Friday, September 6, 2019 12:00 PM VM LIVE presents optical innovators who are developing creative ideas and digital tools to build customer loyalty, drive engagement and grow sales. In this video, VM’s Marge Axelrad and Andrew Karp describe the program at this one-time-only event to be held Sept. 18, 2019 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. To register, click here.

Special Event in Vegas Will Probe Optical Lab Investment Strategies

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Friday, August 30, 2019 11:00 AM LAS VEGAS—Running an optical laboratory has always been challenging, both from a technical and a business standpoint. Today, optical laboratories are facing new challenges in response to heightened service demands from eyecare professionals and their patients. To understand how modern labs are navigating in this fast changing market, Vision Monday and LabTalk magazine are presenting a special live event, Smart Investments: How Optical Labs Adapt and Grow. This one-time-only event, which ties into Vision Monday’s soon-to-be-released Modern Lab report, will be hosted by VM’s lens and technology editor, Andrew Karp and Brian Dunleavy, editor of LabTalk. It will be held in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 19 during Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. Registration is open now.