Vision Show, Renamed My Vision Show, Announces 'Springboard Summit'

By Staff
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Organizers of My Vision Show, a virtual event for eyecare professionals, announced a winter showcase called Springboard Summit that will run from December 4 to 6, 2020. Springboard Summit is the latest collaboration between Charlene Nichols, founder of My Vision Show, previously known as simply Vision Show, and Irina Yakubin, OD. Nichols has worked as a sales manager at OptiSource and Yakubin is a 2020 optometry graduate of InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico. After several successful showings under the Vision Show banner, the pair decided to revert to the event’s original name to avoid being confused with another, non-virtual, event with a similar name.

VM’s Modern Lab Report Explores How Successful Labs Exceed Customer Needs and Expectations

By Staff
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Service has always been a key differentiator for optical labs. In fact, a customer’s loyalty often depends on the quality of service a lab can provide. What defines good service in today’s highly competitive optical industry? What do eyecare professionals want from their labs, and how are labs responding? Vision Monday’s October cover story, At Your Service: How Successful Rx Labs Exceed Customer Needs and Expectations, takes an in-depth look at the complex, symbiotic relationship between ECPs and labs and what good service looks like in 2020.

At Your Service

By Andrew Karp / Group Editor, Lenses & Technology and Jeff Hopkins / Contributing Editor
Monday, November 2, 2020 12:30 AM In the first days of the coronavirus pandemic, as states and municipalities began issuing shutdown orders, optical retailers and optometric practices across the country went into shock. With many offices closed and eyeglass shipments disrupted, the situation was chaotic. “When everyone literally had the rug pulled out from under them, no previous systems you had in place were going to be helpful when you’re winging it,” recalled optician Ruth Domber, who co-owns 10/10 Optics, a popular optical boutique and optometric practice in New York City.

Vision Expo Launches Virtual Vision Series Spotlighting Clinical Innovations and Business Strategies for ECPs

By Staff
Friday, October 2, 2020 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo recently launched the Virtual Vision Series, a new webinar series designed for eyecare providers that features industry thought leaders and experts presenting on a range of topics pertinent to the evolving vision care landscape, from the latest clinical innovations to relevant business strategies. Inspired by the Vision Series typically offered at Vision Expo East and West, the Virtual Vision Series offers eyecare providers opportunities to engage with industry leaders in a relaxed and collaborative learning environment, according to an announcement.

SECO International and National Academy of Opticianry (NAO) Partner to Expand Virtual Education for Opticians

By Staff
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 12:15 AM ATLANTA—SECO International, the annual conference providing eyecare professionals with educational opportunities since 1923, has announced a partnership with the National Academy of Opticianry (NAO) to expand virtual education opportunities for opticians via the SECOUniversity.com platform. The NAO, founded in 1963, represents over 4,000 opticians worldwide and is committed to providing opticianry education and training in a variety of formats. Their mission is dedicated solely to education and training of all opticians. “The NAO’s core values are rooted in providing all opticians, beginning to advanced, the educational resources they need to succeed with quality, relevant content delivered by key thought leaders,” NAO president Russ Tolar said in the announcement. “SECO’s mission is aligned with these values, and we are confident that our members will benefit from the partnership.”

Jobson Research's 2020 Eye Care Professional Income Study Is Available

By Staff
Friday, August 28, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Research’s 2020 Eye Care Professional Income study is now available. The annual study provides the average income for optometrists, opticians/dispensers and optical office managers in the U.S. based on their 2019 earnings.

NYSSO to Host ABO Basic Exam Review Course July 26

By Staff
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:21 AM JAMAICA, N.Y.—New York optician apprentices and students can enhance their knowledge of the field and improve their preparation for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) written exam with the ABO review course, Sunday, July 26, at the JFK Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jamaica, N.Y. 

Opticians Association of America Posts COVID-19 Resources for Its Members

By Staff
Thursday, March 19, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—In a note to its members yesterday, the Opticians Association of America (OAA) provided an update on available resources to help opticians in the COVID-19 crisis. The message from Dibby Bartlett, president of the OAA, also acknowledged that while many national and regional education seminars have been canceled or postponed, that OAA will continually update its website’s calendar, as information is received, in order to give you the latest live education opportunities. Barlett pointed out, "If your state allows online continuing education credits, there are many opportunities available for you. OAA offers online continuing education offerings on our website

Still Time to Take Part: Second Jobson Research Coronavirus ECP Impact Survey Open Until 8:00 p.m. EST Tonight

By Staff
Thursday, March 19, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—ECPs across the country still have time to take part in the second wave of the Jobson Research Coronavirus ECP survey today. Respondents have until 8:00 p.m. EST tonight, Thursday, March 19, to complete the survey, which is posted here. Jobson is continuing to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and seeking the viewa of eyecare professionals about the coronavirus' impact on their practices and optical businesses. The survey asks ECPs to provide responses on a range of topics connected to the pandemic.

Second Coronavirus ECP Impact Survey Issued Today by Jobson Research

By Staff
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Building on the strong response to its first outreach earlier this week to eyecare professionals across the U.S. seeking their views about the coronavirus' impact on their practices and optical businesses, Jobson Research is continuing to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and is issuing the second wave of its Coronavirus ECP survey today. The survey, which asks ECPs to provide responses on a range of topics connected to the pandemic, is open today at this link. In addition to Jobson Research's own distribution, the survey is being made available through VMAIL, Review of Optometric Business, Women In Optometry, and Review of Myopia Management over the course of the next two days.

Record Attendance Reported for IDOC’s 2020 National Conference

By Staff
Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:27 AM NORWALK, Conn.—This year’s IDOC National Conference, The Connection 2020, with an emphasis on business data and analytics, attracted over 725 IDOC members, sponsor representatives, and other industry professionals from across the country, the largest gathering in IDOC’s 20-year history, the company said. As a leading optometric alliance, IDOC provides customized business and practice services to over 3,000 optometrists. The prevailing theme for this year’s conference was the growing importance of metrics as a vital practice management tool and a key differentiator in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

SECO 20/20 to Unite Optometric Community and Expand Educational Offerings With New Co-Located Events and Partnerships

By Staff
Thursday, January 30, 2020 12:21 AM ATLANTA—SECO 20/20, the leading annual conference providing the optometric profession outstanding educational opportunities, will bring the optometric community together by partnering with 10 affiliate and associated organizations to host co-located events during this year’s annual meeting, according to a SECO announcement earlier this week. From March 4-8 in Atlanta, SECO 20/20—along with the 10 partner organizations—will convene optometric professionals from across the U.S. and from around the world to learn about the latest research, innovations, and techniques in the optometric profession, all in a single meeting place.

New Study on Myopia Examines Attitudes of Canadian ECPs

By Staff
Monday, January 27, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—A new study about Canadian ECPs’ views on myopia examined their understanding of myopia and the various myopia management treatments available to reduce the progression of the eye condition among children. Conducted by Jobson Research and VuePoint IDS Inc., the study is titled “Myopia Control: Usage and Attitudes of Canadian ECPs.” The good news is that ECPs are getting the message about myopia progression in children. Nearly 60 percent of the ECPs surveyed indicate they intend to increase their level of engagement in managing myopia in children in the next 12 months. 

Jobson Optical Research’s Eyecare Professional Income Study for 2019 Is Now Available

By Staff
Thursday, December 26, 2019 12:21 AM
NEW YORK—The 2019 study of eyecare professionals’ income, compiled by Jobson Optical Research, is now available. This newly designed extensive study provides average income for optometrists, optician/dispensers and optical office managers across the U.S. In addition, a full comparison of male vs. female is broken out across all demographics. The research data is a critical resource to benchmark a practice’s compensation policies against the national and regional variances. The information and data are presented in charts and tables for quicker understanding and comprehension.

2nd Annual Canadian Frame Study Reveals Opportunities and Threats

By Staff
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The results of the second annual Canadian Frame Market internet study, jointly conducted by VuePoint IDS and Jobson Optical Research, are now available. The 2018 study, building upon the inaugural research conducted in 2017, reveals that eyecare professionals are choosing to be more selective and do business with fewer frame suppliers, according to an announcement from VuePoint IDS. The distribution strength of the top players shows signs of weakening compared to the previous year. Only 2 of the top 10 companies showed gains in distribution.