VM Summit Panel: How Do New Remote Monitoring Tech and Wearables Extend ECP Relationships and Promote Healthy Outcomes?

By Staff
Monday, October 25, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Escalated by the pandemic, consumers and patients are demonstrating their openness to using new technologies to redefine their own sense of wellness and take care of their own health. This is furthering the advent of new remote monitoring systems and wearables which are directly involving the patient in managing care with their doctors. Experts discussed these "Remote Possibilities" during VM's virtual Leadership Summit last week. They talked about how these technology developments can actually strengthen provider relationships with patients and provide healthier outcomes, too.

Shamir Progresses Its Alpine F1 Partnership in Anticipation of the Launch of Its New Glacier Plus Metaform Manufacturing Later This Year

By Staff
Monday, October 25, 2021 12:27 AM SAN DIEGO—Reflecting the partnership between Shamir and the Alpine Formula 1 team, a unique optical technology collaboration announced earlier this year, as VMAIL reported, Shamir took further steps late last week to share more information about their collaboration which will be leading up to the launch in early December this year. Shamir Glacier Plus Metaform will enable the production of new revolutionary lens–enhancing AR properties through a unique manufacturing process that will soon be available on 1.74. The Shamir Glacier Plus Metaform is up to 20 percent thinner and lighter than regular minus lenses and up to 18 times stronger than the standard FDA requirements, Shamir noted.

Cast Your Votes for Jobson's 2021 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards—Nominations Close on Nov. 1

By Staff
Friday, October 22, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 13th annual EyeVote Readers' 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 20 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, online and social media marketing services, PPE, contactless dispensing devices, virtual try-on tools, telehealth solution and Social Purpose missions.

ABB Optical Group Announces Three Updates to its Specialty Vision Product Consultation Team

By Staff
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:30 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group (ABB), a leading independent eyecare distributor, announced Wednesday changes within the company’s specialty vision product division, effective immediately.

7 Facts About Americans and Instagram

By Staff
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 1:56 PM The photo and video sharing platform Instagram has become especially popular among young adults and teens. The site—a home for online influencers, political and election news and disinformation campaigns—has come under scrutiny after recently leaked research concluded that parent company Facebook knew the use of the site can have negative mental health effects for teenagers, especially teen girls. Over the years, Pew Research Center has studied how U.S. adults—as well as teens and children—use and engage with the platform. Here are seven key takeaways from their research.

1. 4 in 10 Americans say they use Instagram.

2. Young adults are the most likely group to say they use Instagram.

3. A majority of adult Instagram users in the U.S. say they use the site at least once a day, and 38 percent say they use the site several times per day. 

4. In a spring 2018 survey, roughly seven-in-ten U.S. teens ages 13 to 17 (72 percent) said they used the site. 

5. Children ages 11 and younger also engage with Instagram, though in relatively small shares.

6. About 3 in 10 Americans knew in 2019 that Instagram and WhatsApp are owned by Facebook.

7. Instagram is not the topmost social media site for getting news.

Johnson & Johnson Reports 10 Percent Sales Growth in Third Quarter and Raises Guidance for Full Year 2021

By Staff
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 12:21 AM NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) reported Tuesday that its third-quarter sales increased 10.7 percent to $23.3 billion, with operational growth of 9.9 percent (which excludes currency changes) and adjusted operational growth of 10.6 percent.

Time Is Running Out—Vote Now for Your Favorite Optical Products and Services as Part of Jobson's 2021 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards

By Staff
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 13th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year.

Reengineering and Renovation

By Andrew Karp and Jeff Hopkins
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 1:00 AM The term “work in progress” accurately defines most prescription optical laboratories. No matter how smoothly a lab may be running, there’s always something that needs updating or replacing, whether it’s adding a single piece of equipment, reengineering an entire production line or even building a whole facility. It’s an endless cycle of invention and reinvention, and labs must learn to adjust to it while continuing to service customers, a challenge which can be daunting for any business.

Automating With Robotics for Faster Speed and Better Quality at the Zeiss Lab

By Andrew Karp and Jeff Hopkins
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:58 AM Synopsis: Zeiss recently completed a multi-year, $20 million reengineering project at their flagship lab in Hebron, Kentucky. Barry Lannon, head of lab operations and supply chain for Carl Zeiss Vision, managed the Industry 4.0 process. He explained what it took to plan and execute the multi-level project, and how Zeiss customers are benefitting from the upgrade.

Incremental Upgrades Yield Big Results for LBC Optics

By Andrew Karp and Jeff Hopkins
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:57 AM Synopsis: LBC Optics services Wisconsin Vision’s 38 stores. The regional retailer was ranked 31st in Vision Monday’s 2020 Top Retailer ranking. LBC’s reengineering project was two-fold. The first was constructing a new conveyor line that could transfer job trays automatically using existing equipment that has the capability to function in this capacity. Second was installing a new control stacker and two new auto polishers to complete a line that produced 100 lenses/hour from blocker to final wash station.

Plastic Plus Limited Expands to Accommodate Increasing Demand

By Andrew Karp and Jeff Hopkins
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:56 AM Synopsis: Plastic Plus underwent major expansions in 2008 and 2017, and is currently adding new equipment. (Most of this report refers to the 2017 expansion.) Lab owner and president Paul Faibish offered an inside perspective on how the lab was transformed by new technologies.

Satisloh’s Checklist for Lab Reengineering

By Andrew Karp and Jeff Hopkins
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:54 AM Satisloh, a leading supplier of lens processing systems and equipment, has developed this checklist of important items for labs to consider when undertaking a reengineering project, and the key success factors for such a project.

Eyemart Express Begins Rolling Out ‘Buy-Online, Pick-Up in Store’ Across the Company

By Staff
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:27 AM DALLAS—Eyemart Express, a national optical retailer, is gearing up for a company-wide launch of a buy online, pick-up in-store option (BOPIS) for same-day delivery of eyewear to its customers. The Eyemart Express team noted that it believes it is uniquely positioned in optical retail to provide this service to patients and customers, in part, because of the on-site labs in its stores. The process for consumers only takes three steps, and allows for customers to shop for high-quality glasses from anywhere and still enjoy the same-day convenience of in-person shopping at Eyemart Express locations.

Transitions Academy Celebrates 25 Years With In-Person Live Event in Orlando in January 2022

By Staff
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:21 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical announced Monday that it is “looking forward” to welcoming attendees to an in-person event for the 25th Transitions Academy, which is scheduled for Jan. 16-19, 2022, at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla.