Nominations for Jobson's 2022 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards Are Open

By Staff
Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 14th 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 22 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, sustainable materials for frames, sustainable materials for 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.

CooperVision Specialty EyeCare Appoints Weiwen Chen to Lead Asia-Pacific Region Expansion

By Staff
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision Specialty EyeCare has named Weiwen Chen as business manager, Asia-Pacific. In this newly-created role, she will lead the organization’s rapid growth and category expansion across the region.

Blenders Eyewear Revs Up Official Sunglasses Partnership With Oracle Red Bull Racing Team, Through 2025

By Staff
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 12:15 AM SAN DIEGO—Blenders Eyewear, which has been a part of the Safilo Group since 2020 and is one of the eyewear industry’s key players, announced a new partnership with Oracle Red Bull Racing. Officially kicking off at the Pirelli Gran Premio D’Italia in Monza, Italy earlier this month and running through 2025, the partnership will include Red Bull Technology esports, and gives the brand the opportunity to sell Oracle Red Bull Racing licensed eyewear. As an official sponsor of the Oracle Red Bull Racing team, Blenders Eyewear will provide sunglasses to the team, including drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio "Checo" Pérez, pit crew, and support staff.

Tim Abarta Named Chief Technology Officer of OptaZoom

By Staff
Friday, September 9, 2022 12:18 AM LOS ANGELES—OptaZoom announced that top technology executive, Tim Abarta, has been appointed chief technology officer, effective immediately. He will report to Aaron Kosman, CEO at OptaZoom. "Tim is a one of a kind in that he brings unmatched experience, countless trials, and errors as well as plenty of wins on his shoulders. His bold, optimistic perspective and unparalleled competence, will attract even more stellar talent to the team,” said Kosman.

Safilo Group Launches In-House 'Digital Force' Academy

By Staff
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:24 AM PADOVA, Italy—Safilo Group S.p.A (SFL.IM), and DOT "Digital on Things," a consulting firm and IT service specialized in the Salesforce ecosystem and recently incorporated in the Lutech Group, have announced the creation of “Digital Force,” Safilo’s Salesforce Academy.

FTC Returning More Than $1.9 Million to Consumers Nationwide Who Purchased Hubble Contact Lenses Without Properly Obtained or Verified Rx

By Staff
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:21 AM WASHINGTON D.C.—The Federal Trade Commission said last week it is sending payments totaling more than $1.9 million to 30,172 consumers nationwide who bought Hubble brand contact lenses from Vision Path, Inc.

Immersive Learning’s New Lessons

By Meredith Marmurek
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 1:30 AM NEW YORK—Learning is undergoing a transformation. To help professionals in all sectors of the eyecare field and eyewear market, VM is taking note of a new attitude toward training and education propelling programs, ideas and formats. The demands of the competitive and professional business climate, attitude and service expectations of patients and consumers, new technologies in products, care and interaction are all part of this trend. Factor in the impacts of COVID and each of these things are compelling and enable companies and groups to create new platforms to educate and engage their customers.

CooperVision: Anticipating Customers’ Needs

By Meredith Marmurek
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 1:29 AM When it comes to education, CooperVision likes to stay abreast of their customers’ needs and preferences. “We’ve carefully monitored ECP preferences on how they’d like to receive educational content and what topics they’re interested in learning more about. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen these preferences evolve,” stated Jenn Palombi, OD, FAAO, senior manager of professional education and development at CooperVision.

CECOP USA: A Strong Supporter of Independent Optometry

By Meredith Marmurek
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 1:28 AM For CECOP USA (Central Cooperative for Optical Purchasing), creating timely and relevant educational tools is one way the company brings values to its members. This association for independent eyecare professionals works with vendors across the industry and has recently added more than 20 offerings to serve members’ needs.

EssilorLuxottica’s Open Learning Platform Offers Education for Everyone

By Meredith Marmurek
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 1:27 AM Vision care is a growing industry and having skilled professionals with always-on access to continuing education and professional development curated by subject matter experts will help advance the industry and provide the world with the best in eyecare and eyewear. According to Dr. Millicent Knight, senior vice president of the Customer Development Group for EssilorLuxottica North America, this is the rationale behind Leonardo (Leonardo.EssilorLuxottica.com), which offers all the fundamentals in optics and practice management at an ECP’s fingertips, meaning every device, anytime, anywhere.

ABB Optical Provides Solutions to Overcome Challenges

By Meredith Marmurek
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 1:26 AM “The No. 1 struggle for independent eyecare professionals today is retaining and hiring staff,” said Sharon Martin, senior marketing operations and communications manager at ABB Optical. “Inflation is the highest it’s been in years and the economy has impacted practices as such. We have seen a steady interest in education and more recently, a larger interest in opportunities for staff training due to the increased issues related to staff turnover. Education is an important focus for us, and it’s essential that we provide solutions and support that help drive efficiencies and productivity to help our customers with this challenge.”

Hoya Uses Uses Technology to Improve the ECP-Patient Experience

By Meredith Marmurek
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 1:25 AM At Hoya, the focus is on technology. “We want our customers and our company to be on the forefront of the digital trend,” said Warren Modlin, vice president, technical marketing. This is evident in the type of education Hoya offers its customers. “Beyond the traditional lens topics that you’d expect—the features, the technical elements—we’re educating our customers on using technology in order to support the ECP-patient experience.”

IDOC Launches New Resources to Bring the Joy Back to Practicing Optometry

By Meredith Marmurek
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 1:24 AM Online learning is not new to IDOC, but the company has been using it more to engage with its members during this unprecedented time. IDOC recently launched two new resources: the “Eye Own a Business” podcast (https://idoc.net/podcasts), and the IDOC Optometric Specialty Community on Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/idocspecialty)