Hawaiians Get Least Amount of Sleep in America

By Staff
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 12:38 PM A new study found that Hawaiians get the least amount of sleep in America. Amerisleep, an award-winning producer of mattresses, beds, and sleep accessories, investigated sleep behaviors for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The company discovered that 43 percent of people in Hawaii get less than seven hours of sleep per night. The data revealed how sleep-deprived the U.S. is, and that there are plenty of people across the country who would benefit from more sleep.

City of Florence Welcomes the Maestro Ottico Day (Optical Expert) and the 2021 Edition of the Graziella Pagni Eyewear Award

By Staff
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 12:02 AM On Sunday October 24, Palazzo Borghese in Florence played host to the Maestro Ottico Day organized by Eidos Communication and AIO (Italian Association of Opticians and Optometrists) in collaboration with l’Ottico magazine and with the support of Mido and Omisan Farmaceutici.

More U.S. Consumers Are Weighing Social Issues When Choosing Brands

By Staff
Monday, October 25, 2021 1:16 PM A growing number of Americans are concerned about ethical issues and are putting their money where their values are by supporting businesses who share the same concerns, according to the latest Global Consumer Barometer by Toluna, a technology company specializing in consumer market research. Human rights (51 percent) and environmental issues (51 percent) are the biggest concerns for Americans, followed by poverty (50 percent) and equality/diversity (42 percent), Toluna reported.

New Ideas to Elevate the Patient Experience

By Staff
Monday, October 25, 2021 1:30 AM NEW YORK—Digital technologies and access to business of all types, and health care in particular, have been on the rise for the past 18 months as the pandemic has transformed people’s work and personal lives. As a result, patient receptivity to digital tools, which can make their interactions with business more convenient and streamlined, have gained a lot of traction.

Wisconsin’s Griebenow Eyecare Learns to Capture Patients’ Interest With My Frame Gallery

By Staff
Monday, October 25, 2021 1:28 AM NEW YORK—Can “remote” coexist with “connected?” Many eyecare professionals are finding that there is not as much distance between an online presence and an in-store bond as once was perceived to be the case. The pandemic has enabled consumers as well as ECPs to rethink the role digital outreach can play.

Patients Appreciate the Precise Fit and Ease of Selection Provided by Zeiss Technology

By Andrew Karp
Monday, October 25, 2021 1:27 AM BOERNE, Texas—Two years ago, Eyes on Main in Boerne, Texas, became one of the first Zeiss customers in the U.S. to get a Visufit 1000, the company’s advanced measuring and dispensing system. Although the technology was new to Eyes on Main, practice owner Loren Rodgers, OD, an ocular disease, vision rehabilitation low vision specialist, was confident she had made a good investment. “We were utilizing the Zeiss iTerminal Mobile, which is another outstanding measuring device, but after previewing the Visufit 1000 we knew it would be a wonderful asset to the practice.”

Now Optics Utilizes ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Tech From Sunbit to ‘Make Eyecare Easier’

By Mark Tosh
Monday, October 25, 2021 1:26 AM WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—Now Optics, the parent company of My Eyelab and Stanton Optical, is moving into the fast-growing and popular “buy now, pay later” (BNPL) segment with its latest technology upgrade. The company established, as of this fall, a new partnership with Sunbit, a leading BNPL technology service provider.

Reengineering and Renovation

By Andrew Karp and Jeff Hopkins
Monday, October 25, 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.

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.

Transitions Optical to Host Online Education Event, Including ABO Courses

By Staff
Monday, October 25, 2021 12:24 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical is hosting an online educational event for industry professionals on Tuesday, November 9.

Blackfin Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Opens Black Shelter Headquarters

By Staff
Monday, October 25, 2021 12:21 AM TAIBON AGORDINO, Italy—On October 13, Blackfin celebrated its 50th anniversary with the opening of its new Black Shelter headquarters, a building that nearly triples the space in its existing Taibon Agordino location, surrounded by the Belluno Dolomite mountains.

Randolph Announces Passing of Co-Founder Stanley Zaleski

By Staff
Monday, October 25, 2021 12:15 AM RANDOLPH, Mass.—Stanley Zaleski, co-founder of Randolph Engineering, passed away peacefully on Oct. 16, 2021 at the age of 82. Stanley immigrated to the U.S. from Poland at the age of 19. He attended Wentworth Institute of Technology where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Soon after graduating,  Zaleski was drafted to service for active duty in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963 and continued to serve in the Army Reserves until 1967.

My Vision Show Announces Rewind, Opens Doors to All Exhibitors

By Staff
Monday, October 25, 2021 12:02 AM My Vision Show has announced the first My Vision Show Rewind, a three-day virtual event November 19 – 21, 2021. My Vision Show Rewind will highlight the independent brands, and a select few content creators, who participated in the show throughout the year.

Pandemics ‘Change the Shape of Economies,’ According to New KPMG Report

By Staff
Friday, October 22, 2021 12:23 PM NEW YORK—A comprehensive report issued this month by the accounting and management services firm KPMG takes a closer look at how the current pandemic has impacted the U.S. and global economic landscape. As the firm notes in its report, “Pandemics of the length and scope of the current COVID-19 pandemic can change the economic and geopolitical landscape, literally shape shifting economies in their wake. Data on the shape of economies after pandemics shows higher savings rates, a smaller labor force, lower real interest rates, higher wages, wealth destruction, and lower capital expenditures.”

In addition the report, “Shape Shifting: How the pandemic is changing the contours of the economy,” finds that in many cases the rate of interest was below the rate of growth after past pandemics.

In addition to population growth patterns, wages and working remotely, KPMG looks into retirement trends and finds some interesting trends that likely will play out for employers for several more years. As the report notes, “In addition to a falling population, retirement rose during the pandemic.” The implications and trends, according to KPMG, are:

• Labor force participation among those over the age of 65 was one of the fastest growing cohorts over the past two decades. The pandemic appears to have reversed this.

• For the approximately 1 million workers below the age of 65 who retired during the pandemic, it is very possible they will return to the labor force if the economic recovery is long and/or strong enough. This would be good news for employers and the outlook for economic growth.

• For around 2.5 million people over the age of 68 who retired during the pandemic, their return is unlikely. This poses a structural drag on consumption and in turn inflation in the years ahead.