Podium, a Customer Messaging Platform, Connects Doctors and Patients

By Mary Kane
Friday, February 26, 2021 8:15 AM LEHI, Utah—If you are an eyecare provider looking to connect with your patients and customers, having the right tools in your toolbox can make all the difference in business, whether you are trying to grow your bottom line or just survive these turbulent times. If you’re looking to up your communication game with patients meet Podium, a messaging platform that enables companies with a local presence to conveniently connect with their customers at critical touchpoints to help them strengthen their business.

ABB Verify Enhances Its Vision Care Benefits Optimization Platform

By Click Staff
Friday, February 26, 2021 8:10 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Verify is launching an enhancement to its vision care benefits optimization platform from ABB Optical Group. ABB Verify’s new feature allows ECPs who utilize ABB Verify to retrieve medical plan information in addition to the current vision insurance search offering. This will provide ECPs with a centralized location to review both vision and medical eligibility and benefits information.

EyeCarePro’s New Webinar Updates ECPs About What They Need to Know About Google Ads

By Click Staff
Friday, February 26, 2021 8:05 AM NEW YORK—According to Google, Google Ads are the best way to get a steady supply of new customers for every business. The experts at EyeCarePro are going to share their perspective on this important topic in a new webinar that can help ECPs better understand what Google ads can and can’t do for their practice. The webinar, PowerUp 2021, is being hosted this week by EyeCarePro and Review of Optometric Business. It will also be made available for viewing by March 3, the company told CLICK.

Bausch Health Adds Two Icahn-Designated Directors to its Board, as Company Outperforms 2020 Revenue Guidance

By Staff
Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:27 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) will expand its board of directors with the addition of two designees from the Carl Icahn Group as part of an agreement with the investor's group, which said earlier this month that it has increased its ownership stake in the health care company to almost 8 percent. In a separate announcement Wednesday, Bausch reported that “despite unprecedented business challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic … Bausch Health finished the year strong and outperformed the high end of [its] latest revenue guidance range.”

Alcon Reports Fourth-Quarter Sales Gain and Notes That New Product Launches Drove Market-Share Gains in 2020

By Staff
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:24 AM GENEVA, Switzerland—Alcon (SIX/NYSE:ALC), a global leader in eyecare, reported Tuesday that its worldwide sales for the fourth quarter rose 2 percent on a reported basis to $1.9 billion. The increase was 1 percent on a constant currency basis.

Bausch Health’s Board Responds After Icahn Capital Reports Holding an 8 Percent Stake in the Health Company

By Staff
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 12:24 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Bausch Health Companies issued a statement Friday in response to the news that activist investor Carl Icahn had accumulated a sizable stake in the health care company, as Icahn Capital noted in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing late last week.

New GetSetPro Real-Time Appointment Scheduler Boosts Patient Engagement and Syncs With Many PMS/EHR Systems

By CLICK Staff
Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:30 AM PASSAIC, N.J.—EyeCarePro has released a real-time appointment scheduler, making it more convenient for patients to book and providing significant time-saving for front-end staff. This scheduler syncs with a large number of popular PMS/EHR systems, with more to follow, the company said. Additionally, the scheduler accurately tracks patient appointments and distinguishes between new and returning patients for improved performance metrics and analysis.

New ImageWear.com Site Enables ECPs to Order, Create Custom Catalogs

By CLICK Staff
Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:25 AM CARROLLTON, Texas—ImageWear, one of the country’s largest frame companies, has launched the new Imagewear.com. Eyecare professionals can order ophthalmic frames and Rx-able sunwear online, create custom catalogs and more at the newly redesigned, state-of-the-art website.

Eyewear Designs Ltd. Launches New Website With Online Ordering Ability, Brand Info and Resources

By CLICK Staff
Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:20 AM BETHPAGE, N.Y.—Eyewear Designs Ltd., an industry leader in the manufacture of licensed eyewear, announced the launch of their new website with the ability to order online. The new online ordering capability will speed the order process for customers and result in more efficient shipments to customers, the company said.

Transitions Optical’s ‘Pulse’ Meeting Provides Updates on New Products and Innovations in a Fast-Changing Global Retail Landscape

By Staff
Thursday, February 11, 2021 12:24 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical gathered 10,000 industry professionals from 98 countries in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia online for a first of its kind, global virtual event—Transitions The Pulse. The event was broadcast three times over two days and was translated into 13 different languages for eyecare professionals around the world to join together and feel the love for eyecare. During the virtual summit attendees connected live on screen for the general sessions with Transitions Optical leadership and industry experts; listened to a keynote presentation on the latest retail strategies and future scenarios; heard from experts and educators during breakout sessions on the heartbeat of the industry; and learned from their peers and partners through the sharing of best practices. 

How Brick Is Learning to Click

By Staff
Monday, February 8, 2021 1:00 AM NEW YORK—Brick must now Click. The adoption of technology throughout the retail sector and the health care field, from larger national players to smaller independent groups and providers, was already underway. But the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 accelerated, amped up, pushed the trend ahead, and is likely to have been the watershed development that is transforming both sectors forever.

Warby Parker to Open Second Rx Optical Laboratory in Las Vegas

By Staff
Monday, February 8, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Warby Parker is planning to open its second fully-owned prescription optical laboratory in Las Vegas later this year, expanding its West Coast footprint.

EssilorLuxottica and CooperCompanies Announce Joint Venture for Acquisition of SightGlass Vision and Move to Expand Myopia Management Category

By Staff
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:30 PM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France, and SAN RAMON, Calif.—EssilorLuxottica (Reuters: ESLA.PA) and CooperCompanies (NYSE:COO), two of the world’s leading vision care companies, said late Wednesday that they have entered into an agreement to create a 50/50 joint venture for the acquisition of SightGlass Vision, a U.S.-based life sciences company focused on developing innovative spectacle lenses to reduce the progression of myopia in children. EssilorLuxottica and CooperCompanies will leverage their shared expertise and global leadership in myopia management to accelerate the commercialization of SightGlass Vision spectacle lenses.

2021 Is the Year of Data-Driven Omnichannel Marketing

By Staff
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 8:15 AM NEW YORK—Some eye-opening discoveries emerged when Forrester surveyed marketing decision makers across industries—including health care, financial services, insurance, automotive, and retail. The survey findings revealed the challenges marketing leaders faced in 2020 and how they’re planning for 2021—and illuminated just how important a data-driven omnichannel marketing strategy that includes intelligence on consumer phone calls is during this period of digital transformation. It’s a significant trend impacting the vision care and optical retail sector as well.

SightMatters.com Video Series, a Collaboration Between Bausch + Lomb and Prevent Blindness, Helps Patients and Caregivers Learn About AMD

By Staff
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 8:10 AM BRIDGEWATER, N.J., and CHICAGO—Bausch + Lomb and Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health non-profit organization, announced they are collaborating for the sixth consecutive year during AMD Awareness Month during February to raise awareness of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of vision loss in adults 50 years of age and older.