Nominations Now Open for VM’s 2021 Most Influential Women in Optical

By Staff
Friday, May 7, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. In retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution and vision care and managed care, talented women are shaping the direction of the companies and organizations they work for, and, in many cases, lead. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue, marking the 19th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry.

My Eyelab Making Strides in Texas as Trio of Franchisees Plan to Open Eight Locations in Dallas and Austin

By Staff
Friday, May 7, 2021 12:21 AM DALLAS—My Eyelab, a retail brand of Now Optics, said it will expand in the Austin and Dallas markets of Texas with the help of a trio of new franchisees.

American Vision Partners Adds Arizona’s Aiello Eye Institute to its Expanding Organization

By Staff
Friday, May 7, 2021 12:18 AM PHOENIX—American Vision Partners (AVP), a leading and rapidly growing eyecare practice management organization, has announced a new partnership with Aiello Eye Institute in Yuma, Ariz.

Some Positive Trends, but Many Eyecare Practices Still Lag April 2019 Performance Metrics, Jobson Research Survey Finds

By Staff
Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Even as the number of COVID-19 cases across the U.S. decline and the number of Americans who have completed the vaccination regimen rises, the eyecare segment continues to see challenges along the pathway toward a full recovery to pre-pandemic levels, according to the findings of Wave 22 of the Coronavirus ECP Survey conducted April 26-30, 2021, by Jobson Research. Notably, 75 percent of the respondents to Wave 22 said they believe their practice currently has capacity to see more patients, with the average respondent indicating the practice could see 26 percent more patients.

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VSP Ventures Announces Two New Practice Partnership Acquisitions: El Cerrito Optometry and Laguna Creek Optometry

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures announced Wednesday the acquisitions of El Cerrito Optometry and Laguna Creek Optometry, each of which operates one location in El Cerrito, Calif., and Elk Grove, Calif., respectively.

CooperVision Seeks Proposals for 2021 Science and Technology Awards

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—To drive innovation in the industry through continuous contact lens research and development, CooperVision is now accepting submissions for its 2021 Science and Technology Awards program. The long-standing program fosters partnerships between recipients and CooperVision scientists to explore new dimensions in vision care, with the goal of translating innovative ideas into practical solutions. “As a leading global manufacturer of contact lenses, CooperVision has brought to market many breakthrough products, but we never stop raising the bar and working for what comes next,” said Francis Erard, CooperVision’s vice president of research & development.

SECO International Names Recipients of 2021 Optometry Awards

By Staff
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:24 AM ATLANTA—SECO International, headquartered here, has announced the recipients of its 2021 awards and has recognized these leaders in optometry for their significant contributions to the profession, according to an announcement this week.

Midwest Vision Partners Announces Partnership With Balian Eye Center as it Expands to 50-Plus Locations

By Staff
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 12:24 AM CHICAGO and ROCHESTER, Mich.—Midwest Vision Partners (MVP) said Monday that it has agreed to a management partnership with Balian Eye Center (BEC), which serves patients in southeast Michigan. This represents MVP’s 12th partnership in eyecare and broadens its network to 115 physicians, 52 locations and more than 1,200 staff across Michigan and Ohio, according to the Midwest Vision Partners’ announcement.

FYidoctors Named Canadian Partner for Launch of J&J Vision’s Acuvue Theravision With Ketotifen for Allergic Eye Itch

By Staff
Monday, May 3, 2021 12:27 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, an optometrist-controlled eyecare company based here, said it has received exclusive Canadian “in-market assessment access for 2021” for the new Johnson & Johnson Vision contact lens: Acuvue Theravision with Ketotifen. The new lens, which was approved in Canada last week, is the first and only drug-releasing contact lens for vision correction and allergic eye itch, according to the announcement last week.

BJ’s Wholesale Club Launches Online Shopping Experience for Optical With Virtual Try-On for Eyewear

By Staff
Friday, April 30, 2021 12:21 AM WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—BJ’s Wholesale Club (NYSE: BJ), which operates 221 membership warehouse clubs, has launched a new online shopping experience for BJ’s Optical, which allows shoppers to purchase sunglasses and prescription eyewear on Optical.BJS.com. BJ’s online optical experience also has been enhanced with virtual try-on technology that makes it easier for shoppers to find their perfect pair from the comfort of their own home, according to the announcement. There are currently 212 BJ’s Optical Centers, a spokeswoman told VMAIL. The company declined to provide additional details about the virtual try-on technology utilized on its optical website.

American Diabetes Association, VSP Vision Care and Regeneron Team Up for Roundtable About COVID-19 Impact on Those With Diabetes

By Staff
Friday, April 30, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK - VSP Vision Care is teaming up with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Regeneron to discuss COVID-19’s impact on people living with diabetes, especially as it pertains to their vision. The roundtable, set for May 5, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET, will feature medical professionals and two patient ‘Champions’ who will share their insights and experiences from the past 14 months. The effort is part of the ongoing Focus on Diabetes initiative with the ADA, which was previously announced.

Eyes On Eyecare to Host Eyes On Career Fair May 21, Featuring 1,000 Eyecare Jobs, LiveChat With Employers and Free Career Education

By Staff
Friday, April 30, 2021 12:15 AM SAN DIEGO—Eyes On Eyecare, a digital publication that provides clinical and career education to the young generation of optometrists and eyecare professionals, has announced the Eyes On Career Fair virtual event, taking place May 21, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT (4 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET). This event will be one of the largest optometry career events of 2021, helping students and job seekers network and connect with employers in a year still largely without in-person career events.

Eye Health America Continues Southeast Expansion as it Partners With the Eye Care Center in Upstate South Carolina

By Staff
Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:24 AM GREENVILLE, S.C.—Eye Health America (EHA), a leading eyecare practice management organization in the Southeast, has announced a new partnership with Drs. William Milford and Marion K. Williams of The Eye Care Center, an established, full-service optometric practice with locations in Anderson, Piedmont, and Williamston, S.C.

Alcon Opens SECO Conference With Discussion of Innovation, New Products and Support for ECPs

By Staff
Thursday, April 29, 2021 12:21 AM ATLANTA—The annual SECO meeting opened in Atlanta on Wednesday and Alcon was among the companies organizing both in-person and virtual meetings with ECPs and industry professionals.