VM Summit Session Examines How to Rebuild Patient Trust in the Wake of the Pandemic

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Friday, October 22, 2021 12:36 AM VM Summit session examines rebuilding patient trust, Retina Consultants of America adds Colorado Retina Associates, ECPs are hopeful about business but concerned about staffing, Jobson’s ECP Survey says, Eyemart Express rolls out ‘Buy-Online, Pick-Up in Store’ and Optical Academy launches mobile vision lab fleet all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Retina Consultants of America Announces Addition of Colorado Retina Associates

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:33 AM SOUTHLAKE, Texas—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, has added Colorado Retina Associates (CRA) to its national consortium. With the addition of Colorado Retina, RCA adds a key partner in the Rocky Mountain Region and expands its footprint into a new territory, according to an announcement Wednesday.  CRA was founded in 2006 through the merger of three independent practices and has grown to include 13 board-certified and fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in the greater Denver-Boulder metropolitan area.

ECPs Are Hopeful About Business This Month, But Staffing Challenges Lead Their Concerns, Per Wave 27 of Jobson Research's Latest ECP Coronavirus Survey

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Staffing challenges seem to be the biggest concern facing eyecare professionals and optical retailers now, with some 38 percent of those surveyed in late September pointing out that a "lack of staff" is the number one reason they will have trouble serving more patients going forward, more than issues such as a lack of patient traffic or government restrictions on business due to COVID-19. Nevertheless,  62 percent believe that their practice does have the capability to serve more patients now among those taking part in Wave 27 of Jobson Research's latest Coronavirus Survey, which was conducted Sept. 27-30.

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

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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.

Optical Academy Launches Mobile Vision Lab Fleet

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Monday, October 18, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Onsite eyecare provider Optical Academy has launched its Mobile Vision Lab fleet, which will accompany the firm’s on-site vision team to provide same-day eyewear at on-site eyecare events in schools, work sites, nursing homes and community centers across the country. Optical Academy, which is based in Clifton, N.J., will kick-start the launch of the Mobile Vision Lab unit by debuting the fleet in October to serve 30,000 New York City students in low-income housing during the 2021-2022 school year.

World Sight Day Festivities Raise Dollars, Commitments to Eye Tests and Advocacy for Raising Awareness for Eyecare Access as UN Diplomats Mark World Sight Day

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Friday, October 15, 2021 12:27 AM Optical industry marks World Sight Day, gross revenue decreases, Jobson Tracker says, CooperVision launches new myopia education campaign for U.S. parents, The Vision Council reports industry’s Q2 2021 sales and VM Summit programs tackle wide-ranging topics all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for Week of Oct. 4-10, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Thursday, October 14, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Oct. 4-10, at a rate of -1 index point. That leaves gross revenue 5 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 41) during 2019 and 6 index points below where it was during Week 41 of last year, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. U.S. optical sales were either flat or down slightly last week at rates ranging from 0 to -3 index points.

CooperVision Launches New Myopia Education Campaign for U.S. Parents

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:27 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision, a leader in myopia management, announced a new U.S. education initiative called “Take Control: Myopia & You” to increase awareness of the disease and encourage parents to schedule eye exams for their young children. Childhood myopia has been increasing in prevalence and severity in recent decades, a trend that may have been exacerbated by increased time spent on screens and other “near work” indoors during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to the company’s announcement Tuesday.

The Vision Council Reports Industry’s Q2 2021 Sales Hit $10.7 Billion, Up 3.3 Percent Over 2019

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Sales revenue for the vision correction industry is returning to pre-pandemic levels, according to The Vision Council’s newly released VisionWatch market research reports for Q2 of 2021.

Wide-Ranging VM Summit Programs Tackle Consumer Trust, Remote Patient Monitoring, Fresh Retail Concepts and the Metaverse

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—There's still time to register for the next virtual Vision Monday Leadership Summit sessions, the latest in the 2021 series, which will take place on Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. These two dynamic sessions will bring together a range of speakers from outside the industry and within the eyecare and optical retail space who will examine how the global pandemic has rewritten the fundamental rules of customer/patient engagement for both retailers and healthcare providers. The upcoming sessions, themed "Retail and Healthcare: UPENDED! Ripping Up the Rulebook," will be broadcast initially from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST on those dates via a unique VM Summit virtual platform.

Nominations for Jobson's 2021 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards Are Open

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Friday, October 8, 2021 12:30 AM Nominations open for Jobson's 2021 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards, CooperVision's SightGlass Business reports trial data, gross revenue increased, Jobson Tracker says, Riata Capital Group announces closing of secondary transaction for AEG Vision and Transitions announces the winners of the 2020 Transitions Innovation Awards all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

CooperVision's SightGlass Business Reports Trial Data Indicating Vision Diffusion Optics Technology Demonstrates ‘Significant Reduction in Myopia Progression’ After Two Years

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Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:27 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision said its SightGlass Vision business has revealed two-year clinical study data for its Diffusion Optics Technology, which is specifically designed to slow the progression of myopia in children. After two years, children who wore their Diffusion Optics Technology-enabled spectacles full time, including not removing them for near vision activities, progressed on average one-half diopter less than those wearing the control spectacles—a reduction of 59 percent, according to an announcement.

Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Sept. 27 – Oct. 3, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week (Sept. 27-Oct. 3) at a rate of 2 index points. That leaves gross revenue 4 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 40) during 2019 and 7 index points below where it was during Week 40 of last year, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. Optical sales increased across the board last week at rates ranging from 1 index point to 4 index points.

Riata Capital Group Announces Closing of Secondary Transaction for AEG Vision

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021 12:24 AM DALLAS—Riata Capital Group (RCG), a Dallas-based private equity investment firm, said Monday that it has closed a General Partners-led secondary transaction for its portfolio company AEG Vision, an owner and operator of more than 235 eyecare practices throughout North America. The transaction allows RCG to return capital to certain existing investors while providing AEG with substantial growth capital to execute its long-term strategy as it enters a new phase of growth under RCG’s guidance, the announcement noted.

Transitions Announces Winners of the 2020 Transitions Innovation Awards

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Monday, October 4, 2021 12:27 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical has named the winners for its annual Transitions Innovation Awards program, which recognizes both individuals and companies for their innovative efforts to support Transitions lenses. “Our Innovation Award winners and finalists approached the difficult year of 2020 as an opportunity to rejuvenate their efforts around Transitions lenses,” said Drew Smith, director, North America Channels, Transitions Optical.