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.

Kidz Biz Special Feature: Framing the Future

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Friday, August 23, 2019 10:00 AM As kids head into another school year, parents, teachers and the students themselves all want to ensure that everyone puts their best foot forward come September. For many young students, eyewear is an essential piece of the back-to-school puzzle. The right eyewear helps kids see correctly so they can achieve their goals, but the perfect pair of frames also brings confidence, personality and fun to the every day. This year, Vision Monday’s Kidz Biz eyewear special feature shows just how diverse and exciting kids eyewear can be. Today’s styles are dynamic, playful, and most importantly, durable, to stand up to kids’ bustling, rough-and-tumble daily schedules.

As 2020 Approaches, ODs Evaluate Options for Practice Ownership and Transitions

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Friday, August 16, 2019 9:30 AM NEW YORK—With the year 2020 on the horizon, ECPs are quickly approaching a period filled with new opportunities and challenges. An aging population, higher incidences of diseases that impact eye health and new areas of practice focus may herald an era of continued growth for the profession. Advances in telehealth, industry consolidation, the digital revolution and broad changes across retail in general are creating tough challenges. Consolidation—involving both big corporate players and private equity-backed groups—is seen by some as the most pressing issue facing the independent optometrist. In its cover topic this month, VM looks at options the independent ODs are evaluating today.

Two Speakers Join VM LIVE Program, to Explain Telehealth's Potential and the 'New' Patient Experience

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Thursday, August 8, 2019 11:00 AM NEW YORK—A practicing optometrist and the CEO of a fast-growing retail/eyecare group will share their views about telehealth's potential in eyecare and how such new technologies can build bridges from the ECP to their patients in a session that's now part of the upcoming VM LIVE forum, "Smart Solutions at the Speed of Sight," to be held in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 18 just prior to the opening of Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. Daniel Stanton, CEO of Now Optics, has been offering ocular telehealth exams since 2016. Stanton will share the group's experience in a discussion with Paul Super, OD, FAAO, of EyeSite Optometric Group. Registration is open now. 

EssilorLuxottica Makes Move to Acquire HAL’s Controlling Interest in GrandVision

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Friday, August 2, 2019 3:00 PM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica (Reuters: ESLX.PA) announced today that it will significantly expand its retail footprint through an agreement with Hal Optical Investments B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of HAL Holding N.V. to acquire HAL’s controlling interest in GrandVision, a global optical retail powerhouse with over 7,200 stores worldwide, over 37,000 employees and €3.7 billion in annual revenue. Financial analysts valued the deal at €7.1billion, and see it as a sign that tensions between Essilor and Luxottica are easing following months of bickering between the French and Italian partners over the company’s governance.

VM LIVE: A Conversation With Three OD Innovators About Customer Engagement

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Friday, July 26, 2019 11:00 AM NEW YORK—Three innovative optometry innovators will discuss the ways they are bringing new ideas to both vision care environments and retail to address today’s customers and patients who expect easy, seamless interactions, speedier, more convenient service and new experiences in both retail and health care environments. Brief presentations and a conversation among the three practices will be a featured highlight of Vision Monday's Sept. 18 VM LIVE forum, "Smart Solutions at the Speed of Sight," to be held just prior to the opening of Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. Registration is now open.

HAL in Talks With EssilorLuxottica About Possible Sale of GrandVision

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Friday, July 19, 2019 11:25 AM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—HAL Holding (Euronext: HAL) confirmed today that they are having discussions to sell HAL’s 76.72 percent ownership interest in GrandVision (Euronext: GVNV) to EssilorLuxottica (Euronext: EL). “No agreement has yet been reached and no assurance can be provided that these discussions will lead to such an agreement,” HAL said in a statement posted on its website. The price per share being discussed is approximately €28.00, according to a statement on GrandVision’s website. GrandVision is a global optical retailer that operates over 7,200 stores and has more 37,000 employees.

New Study Looks at Online Buying Habits of U.S. Consumers

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Friday, July 12, 2019 12:28 PM The 2019 Amazon Consumer Behavior Report by e-commerce experts Feedvisor provides a detailed view into the browsing and buying habits of more than 2,000 U.S. consumers who have shopped on Amazon in the last two years. The survey revealed that more than half of consumers (58 percent) buy products online at least once every few weeks, with nearly one-fifth (18 percent) making online purchases at least a few times a week. Of the consumers who belong to Amazon Prime, Amazon’s subscription program, nearly half (48 percent) buy products online once a week or more frequently and nearly three-quarters (74 percent) shop online at least every few weeks, according to Feedvisor.

What People Find Distracting at Work…Their Coworkers

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019 1:20 PM The top workplace distractions involve not just where you work, but who you work with. According to a new poll by Udemy and Toluna, 80 percent of people report being distracted by chatty coworkers, the number one office place distraction, according to this feature from Statista.com. Office noise is the second most cited workplace disturbance, with seven out of ten respondents citing noise as a top bother in their day-to-day workflow. Lower on the list, but still a problem, was social media. Half of the people surveyed thought that personal social media use was a disturbance to them at work.