J&J Vision Provides Support to Help Student ODs Meet Clinical Requirements

By Staff
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:32 PM When the spread of coronavirus this spring led to stay-at-home directives for much of the U.S. population, little did most people know the impact this would have on optometry students. Yet as part of their clinical curriculum, optometry students are scheduled to see patients in clinics, practices, hospitals, and VA settings to gain first-hand patient experience.

FTC Announces Final Amendments to Controversial Contact Lens Rule

By Staff
Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:30 AM SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Federal Trade Commission voted 5-0 yesterday to approve a Final Rule amending the agency’s Contact Lens Rule, which facilitates shopping for contact lenses by requiring prescribers to automatically provide a copy of a patient’s prescription to the patient and to verify or provide prescriptions to third-party sellers. The Final Rule, known as 16 CFR Part 315, requires prescribers to request that their patients confirm that they have received their prescription, and allows flexibility in the way the prescription and confirmation are provided, the FTC said in a statement.

Time Is Running Out—Nominate an Influential Woman in Optical

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Friday, June 19, 2020 10:00 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue. But time is running out—the deadline to submit nominations is Friday, June 26. In addition to our four traditional categories, Executive Suite, Mentors, Rising Stars and Innovators, Vision Monday is adding a new category this year, Above & Beyond, aimed at women who have led the way in giving back to the industry, their patients and their communities. Make your nominations via this electronic survey form.

Most ECPs' Businesses Reopen and Their Business Improved During June 5 to 9 Period, Per 11th Wave of Jobson's ECP Coronavirus Survey

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Friday, June 12, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Ninety percent of eyecare professionals, primarily independent optometrists and opticians, are now reporting that their practices have reopened as of the June 5 to 9 period, according to the 11th Wave of Jobson Research's ECP Coronavirus Survey.

VM Extends Nominations Deadline for Most Influential Women in Optical

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday has extended the nominations deadline for The Most Influential Women in Optical to June 26. Vision Monday will once again be highlighting influential women and their accomplishments in our July issue. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form.

A Slight Decline in the Business Index for Sales Across the U.S. for the Week Ending May 31, Per the Latest Jobson COVID-19 Tracker

By Staff
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK —A shorter week due to the Memorial Day holiday may have contributed to a decrease in the single-digit range of 7 or 9 index points for the sales of all products and services among eyecare professionals across the U.S. for the week ending May 31, according to the latest Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker.

Click to view the COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker for the Week Ending May 31, 2020.

VM Adds New 'Above & Beyond' Category for VM’s 2020 Most Influential Women in Optical

By Staff
Friday, May 29, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue. In addition to our four traditional categories, Executive Suite, Mentors, Rising Stars and Innovators, Vision Monday is adding a new category this year, Above & Beyond, aimed at women who have led the way in giving back to the industry, their patients and their communities.

Nominations Now Open for VM’s 2020 Most Influential Women in Optical; VM Adds New 'Above & Beyond' Category

By Staff
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. In retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution and vision care and managed care, talented women are shaping the direction of the companies and organizations they work for, and, in many cases, lead. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form.  In addition to our four traditional categories, Executive Suite, Mentors, Rising Stars and Innovators, Vision Monday is adding a new category this year, Above & Beyond, aimed at women who have led the way in giving back to the industry, their patients and their communities.

Eyecare Practices That Have Reopened Find Many Patients 'Eager' to Reschedule Appointments, Recent Jobson Research Survey Finds

By Staff
Friday, May 15, 2020 2:17 PM NEW YORK—A number of positive signs for ECPs have emerged in Wave 9 of the Jobson Optical Research Coronavirus ECP survey, including the finding that 75 percent of respondents whose practices are open have found that patient demand is as expected (49 percent) or even higher (26 percent) than expected. In addition, 91 percent of the respondents said their patients were either “eager to reschedule” (33 percent) or willing to reschedule if they are “comfortable with the safety precautions in place” (58 percent), according to the survey’s findings which were released on Friday. Another positive sign that emerged is that respondents expressed strong interest in rehiring staff that had been let go or laid off in response to the shutdowns related to COVID-19. Click here to see the complete survey results.

Jobson Optical Group Invites Companies to Celebrate #EyecareHeroes

By Staff
Friday, May 8, 2020 12:23 PM NEW YORK—To thank eyecare professionals and employees of all optical companies—suppliers, laboratories, distributors, too—the Jobson Optical Group is sending a message of gratitude, recognizing that we could not get through these unprecedented times without our health care and frontline workers. Jobson is inviting companies in the market to thank all of those who have continued to provide essential eyecare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the new program, Jobson is inviting companies to support, recognize and thank those people as a group, individual or team effort, starting this week. The #EyecareHeroes initiative will enable participating companies to join with the Jobson Optical Group, including Vision Monday and 20/20 to donate to Project C.U.R.E. a charitable organization that distributes medical supplies, such as PPE, to health care practitioners in the U.S. More details on the program are available from Dennis Murphy at Jobson, dmurphy@jobson.com.

A Majority of Eyecare Practices Expect to be 'Up and Running' Within a Week, After Receiving Official Go-Ahead, Jobson Survey Finds

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Friday, May 1, 2020 2:00 PM NEW YORK—Slightly more than four in 10 (41.2 percent) eyecare professionals who responded to a Jobson Optical Research survey said they expect to be "up and running" their practices immediately once given the required regulatory approvals and go-ahead. And three in 10 (29.9 percent) said they believe they could reopen “within one week” of receiving the official go-ahead, according to the results of the Jobson survey released today. These were among the findings of Wave 7 of Jobson Optical Research’s ECP Coronavirus Study. Wave 7 of the survey asked, for the first time, how many more weeks the practice could survive without being permitted to reopen. More than 40 percent of respondents estimated the practice could survive no more than four weeks under these circumstances.

VM Extends Deadline to be Considered for the 2020 Top 50 Optical Retailers Report

By Staff
Friday, April 17, 2020 12:20 PM NEW YORK—The deadline to be considered for the 2020 VM Top 50 Optical Retailers Report has been extended to Wednesday, April 29 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Vision Monday is once again surveying optical retailers and large regional ECP groups across the U.S. to be considered for inclusion in the 2020 Annual Top U.S. Optical Retailers Report. Although the business climate is incredibly challenging right now, Vision Monday believes that having important benchmarks about 2019 will be important as the optical sector moves forward to a dramatically different 2020-2021 business environment. The survey and final report are based on revenues for the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2019. Click here to access VISION MONDAY's 2020 Top U.S. Optical Retailers survey. 

New Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker Monitors ECP Business Metrics Across the U.S.

By Staff
Friday, April 17, 2020 12:17 PM NEW YORK—During the COVID-19 pandemic, many eyecare practices across the country have temporarily shut down and business has dropped off. Jobson Optical Research is tracking optical business metrics for the U.S. to determine the trajectory of the downturn, monitor its duration, and uncover which regions first begin heading in a positive direction. A new weekly report, the Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker, will be issued every Tuesday. The April 14 edition reflects that optical practices across the U.S. have shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19, and their latest sales statistics show a continued steep decline in overall business.

5th Wave of Jobson ECP Coronavirus Study Looks at Communication and Finances

By Staff
Friday, April 10, 2020 10:56 AM NEW YORK—ECPs are focused on communicating with patients while they work remotely, coping with the human and business impact of having furloughed much of their staff and concentrating on applying for CARES Act assistance as they look for help and advice about how best to tackle reopening their practices when the crisis abates. These are among the learnings from ECPs illustrated by the fifth wave of the Jobson Research ECP Coronavirus Study, completed this week, April 7-9. Nearly 90 percent (89.9 percent) of the respondents are in localities with stay-at-home orders. Of the practices, 73 percent said they have remained in touch with patients via phone calls, 51.6 percent by sending emails, 38.4 percent by sending text messages and 51.7 percent by updating social media. 

Jobson’s Wave 4 ECP Survey: Closings Increase Across U.S., ECPs Worry About Staff, Use of Telehealth Grows

By Staff
Friday, March 20, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—ECPs are reporting more office closures in more parts of the U.S. as the coronavirus pandemic grows in more regions, and their response to the Jobson Optical Research 4th Wave of its ECP Coronavirus Survey, conducted March 28-30, reflects their growing business concerns, especially as it impacts their employees, learning how to navigate state and federal stimulus resources. For those that are focusing on offering urgent and emergent care, they continue to reconfirm the importance of being available to patients by providing remote or mobile telehealth consults. Given the reduced hours and closings, the majority of 4th wave ECP respondents said they were using phone calls, emails, texts and social media to reach patients.