Tuesday, November 28, 2023 12:24 AM
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Today, the Vision Council released Provider inSights Q3 2023, a new research study exploring eyecare provider sentiments related to daily operations of their practices, the eyecare industry and the American economy. Report findings show that the outlook for the U.S. economy among eyecare providers—including opticians, optometrists, ophthalmologists, eyecare practice managers, eyecare practice owners and other professionals—has worsened compared to Q2 of 2023, with providers less confident in meeting their revenue goals for the year.
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 12:27 AM
NEW YORK—Concerns about the economy, and specifically still high inflation numbers and its effect on patients/consumers’ behavior, were among the concerns within the most recent Q3 ECPulse Survey conducted in September 2023 by Jobson Optical Research
. Some 79 percent of the ECPs surveyed said they have noticed patients are still trying to save money due to inflation, which does not seem to be budging. The new ECPulse Survey of eyecare professionals across the country was started by Jobson Research in June 2022, as a new quarterly research series which monitors a range of factors influencing ECPs' business.
Monday, September 18, 2023 12:15 AM
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—As the summer fades into memory and students across the nation return to classrooms, The Vision Council Foundation strives to continuously support young and promising talent, cultivating career pipelines into the optical industry. Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund
, launched in 2021 and is now in its third year of operation. So far, the program has awarded 25 scholarships, raising a remarkable $340,000 to support students from underrepresented communities pursuing a degree in ophthalmic dispensing.
Friday, September 1, 2023 8:30 AM
September arrived yesterday signaling the lazy days of summer are coming to an end. And with Vision Expo just around the corner, it’s time to get down to business again. In less than a month, the optical industry will be gathering in Las Vegas for Vision Expo West, and this time around, it will have a palpable post-pandemic feel, despite the fact that COVID 19 seems to be rearing its ugly head again. (Click here
to find out what some of our top docs think about the state of COVID today and what might be in store for us). This year’s Vision Expo has a lot to offer attendees including new exhibitors, new neighborhoods on the show floor, a robust curriculum of continuing education and a spate of special events so we opti folk can do what we do best—network with our colleagues.
Monday, August 21, 2023 12:15 AM
NEW YORK—Jobson Research’s 2023 Eye Care Professional Income study is now available
. This annual study provides ECPs with information regarding income all across the industry. It includes average income information for optometrists, opticians/dispensers, and optical office managers in the U.S.
Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:27 AM
BENTONVILLE, Ark.—As part of what it described as "Our ongoing effort to recognize the great work of our health and wellness associates while investing for the future," Walmart
said it will be investing in the careers, training and in some cases, licensing for 4,000 opticians and 3,700 pharmacists. In an announcement and corresponding corporate Walmart blog post issued late yesterday, co-written by David Reitnauer, vice president, Walmart Health & Wellness, optical, and Kevin Host, senior vice president, Walmart Health & Wellness, pharmacy, the executives noted, "In many communities, Walmart’s pharmacy and vision center associates are the most accessible health care providers for busy families.
Friday, May 26, 2023 12:24 AM
, a marketing agency exclusively serving eyecare providers, has announced the winners for the 2nd Annual Practice Manager of the Year Award.
Thursday, May 18, 2023 12:15 AM
NEW YORK—The readers of Vision Monday
and 20/20 Magazine
are being asked to share their choices
for great business support partners in another challenging business year, via the new Ultimate Partners program. Nominations for 2023 have been coming in over the past several weeks and the deadline for submissions has been extended until 11:59 p.m., ET, on May 24. Readers are being asked to recall when they were facing a critical challenge, in 2022 and into this year, and to salute the business partner who showed up at the right moment to reshape that problem into an opportunity or name which supplier, or representative, came to the rescue with valuable new solutions.
Friday, March 24, 2023 3:00 PM
Nearly three years to the day of when lockdowns began during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Javits Center opened its doors on March 17 to thousands of vendors, buyers, eyecare professionals and industry leaders. “This is the first year where it feels like the energy is back,” VSP Vision’s Stevie Mitchell keenly observed. Vision Expo East was the largest gathering of ophthalmic professionals in the U.S. in recent years. The Show, which ran from March 16 -19, welcomed thousands from the international vision care industry. Read on for a recap of some of Expo’s major highlights as well as photos of some of the many Show Floor events.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 12:24 AM
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo East 2023 concluded on Sunday, March 19, following four days of new product discovery, action-packed education sessions, networking events, and business meetings. Held at New York City’s Javits Center from March 16 -19, Vision Expo East was the largest gathering of ophthalmic professionals in the U.S. in recent years. The Show welcomed thousands from the international vision care industry. Attendees included optometrists, opticians, contact lens professionals, allied ophthalmic professionals, optical assistants, office managers, frame buyers, lab technicians, students and other leaders in eyecare and eyewear.
Sunday, March 19, 2023 12:24 AM
As Vision Expo East 2023
wraps up today, the organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council
, would like to thank all supporters, attendees and exhibitors for their enthusiasm, hard work and commitment – together we’ve had an incredibly successful show in New York City. “We were thrilled to see so many exhibitors doing business, learning, forging new relationships and connecting with longtime peers at Vision Expo East,” Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council, co-organizer of Vision Expo, said.
Saturday, March 18, 2023 12:33 AM
NEW YORK—After exploring the different neighborhoods on the Show Floor, featuring more than 425 exhibiting companies, be sure to take full advantage of the dynamic events, compelling education and inspiring programming offered at Vision Expo East 2023. Gather at The Bridge for a variety of engaging sessions including the NOW Awards: 1st Edition, which includes a panel discussion, awards ceremony and celebration with the NOW by Vision Expo Advisory Committee. The NOW Pavilion is in the Union neighborhood and features a curated selection of frames and lenses that embody the latest trends and innovations in eyewear.
Friday, March 17, 2023 12:27 AM
NEW YORK—Vision Expo East 2023 is underway at The Javits Center in New York City. On behalf of the Show organizers, The Vision Council
, welcome to Vision Expo East 2023
. On the Show Floor, you’ll find more than 425 exhibiting companies as well as 300 hours of cutting-edge education and engaging programming. Be sure to check out The Panorama, a neighborhood that debuted at Vision Expo West 2022 offering a bird’s eye view on the frontier of vision technology, as well as NOW by Vision Expo, Vision Expo’s eyewear trends showcase located in the Union.
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 12:18 AM
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council
, co-organizers of Vision Expo, encourage attendees to take full advantage of dynamic events, compelling education and vibrant show floor programming offered at Vision Expo East 2023
, taking place March 16 – 19 at the Javits Center in New York City.