Zeiss’s Jens Boy Talks With VM About Enhancing the Patient Experience and Positioning the Company's Customers for Growth

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Friday, August 6, 2021 12:21 AM HEBRON, Ky.—The opening last month of the Zeiss Customer Experience Center here provided company executives with a unique showcase to display the full range of Zeiss’s proprietary technology and design expertise.

VM Conversations: Essilor’s Sherianne James Talks With Andrew Karp About the Launch of Crizal Rock

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Essilor’s introduction last month of Crizal Rock affords the company an opportunity to flaunt its R&D capabilities for producing highly durable, easy to clean lenses. Touted by Essilor as “the most scratch-resistant Crizal No-Glare lenses ever made,” Crizal Rock lenses are three times more scratch-resistant than entry-level Crizal products and two times easier to clean than its main competitors after extensive smudging, according to Essilor. Sherianne James, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of customer engagement at Essilor, recently joined Andrew Karp, VM’s lens and tech editor, to discuss the making of Crizal Rock.

VM's 6th Micro Chats on Macro Trends Video Looks at the Growing Retail-Healthcare Convergence

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Friday, April 30, 2021 12:33 AM NEW YORK—As evidenced by recent news and Vision Monday's own coverage of pharmacy chains, retailer groups and new competitive business models expanding their commitments in the primary and specialty healthcare space, there is a new interchange between the worlds of "retail" and "healthcare" growing within the current business climate. It's the topic of this week's latest short video, Micro Chats on Macro Trends, a series of conversations between VM editorial director Marge Axelrad and lens and technology editor Andrew Karp. The video can be viewed by clicking here.

Medical Optometry's Opportunity Is Escalating, and it Is the Focus of VM's Latest Micro Chat Video

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Friday, April 23, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Organized optometry has worked long and hard on widening its scope of practice and this widening scope offers much opportunity as the profession continues to work to raise its profile among all healthcare professionals in the wake of the pandemic. The matter of Optometry's Widening Scope is experiencing a crescendo in light of the rapidly changing healthcare landscape. It's the topic of this week's latest short video, Micro Chats on Macro Trends, a series of conversations between VM editorial director Marge Axelrad and lens and technology editor Andrew Karp. The video is the 5th in a 6-part series that examines significant trends influencing the way healthcare providers and optical retailers are doing business today, while preparing for the “next normal.” The video can be viewed below or by clicking here.

New VM ‘Micro Chat’ Looks at Re-Establishing Trust in Healthcare

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Friday, April 16, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The pandemic has exposed cracks in our healthcare system, leaving many patients feeling disconnected, distrustful, and scared. In response, healthcare providers need to rebuild trust and re-engage with patients. VM editorial director Marge Axelrad and lens and tech editor Andrew Karp discuss this new dynamic in their latest video conversation, Re-Establishing Trust in Healthcare. The video is the fourth in a six-part weekly series called “Micro Chats on Macro Trends,” that examines significant trends that are influencing the way healthcare providers and optical retailers are doing business today, while preparing for the “next normal.” The video, titled Re-Establishing Trust in Healthcare, can be viewed here.

VM Conversation: Essilor’s Pete Lothes Talks With Andrew Karp About Labs and Servicing Independent ECPs

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Essilor, the world’s biggest lens company, is also the biggest optical laboratory operator in the U.S. Since acquiring its first U.S. labs in 1996, Essilor has built a network consisting of over 90 locations that are part of its ELOA group or are independently-owned partner labs. Pete Lothes is in charge of the company’s lab operations. Lothes has spent his career in and around labs, first helping manage the family business in Columbus, Ohio and later heading Essilor’s Satisloh business unit, which is a leading manufacturer of lens processing equipment.

Third VM ‘Micro Chat’ Explores Access to Care and Social Determinants of Health

By Andrew Karp
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—With millions of Americans facing job losses and other economic hardships resulting from the pandemic, providing access to healthcare for those in need has taken on new urgency. The crisis is prompting healthcare policy makers and researchers to sharpen their focus on the underlying causes that prevent many people from getting the healthcare services they need. In a new video, “Access to Care: The Social Determinants of Health,” VM editorial director Marge Axelrad and lens and technology editor Andrew Karp discuss this timely topic and how it impacts vision care. The video, the third in a series of “Micro Chats on Macro Topics,” can be viewed here.

Second Video in VM's 'Micro Chats on Macro Trends' Series Considers the Rise of Telehealth and Wellness

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Friday, April 2, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The rise of telehealth and a crescendo of patients' interest in staying healthy and learning more about their own wellness are the focus of the second of Vision Monday's new weekly video series, "Micro Chats on Macro Trends," that examines significant trends which are influencing the way healthcare providers and optical retailers are doing business today, while preparing for the “next normal.” The series features VM’s editorial director, Marge Axelrad and Andrew Karp, lens and technology editor.

VM Launches 'Micro Chats on Macro Trends' Series: First Video Examines the Brick to Click Trend in Healthcare

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Friday, March 26, 2021 12:30 AM Vision Monday is launching a weekly video series, "Micro Chats on Macro Trends," that examines significant trends that are influencing the way healthcare providers and optical retailers are doing business today, while preparing for the “next normal.” The series, which kicks off on March 25, features VM’s editorial director, Marge Axelrad and Andrew Karp, lens and technology editor. They discuss big ideas and trends from the 2020 VM Leadership Summit that continue to reverberate throughout optical and healthcare in 2021. In this first video in the series, titled Brick Learns to Click, Axelrad and Karp discuss the implications of the brick to click trend in today's healthcare environment. Click on the video below to learn how boundaries between the physical and virtual worlds are blurring.

VM's Conversation With HEA’s Justin Manning, OD: Eyecare Professionals Adapt and Prosper Through a Year of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Eyecare professionals have shown both their resilience and their willingness to adapt over the past year as the coronavirus pandemic has forced practice closings, upended in-office procedures and put more emphasis on digital offerings and meeting new patient expectations. But through it all, many ECPs have managed to continue growing their practices and making the changes that will be necessary to succeed going forward after the COVID-19 threat subsides, according to Justin Manning, OD, MPH, FAAO, executive vice president, professional strategies for Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA).

Optical Industry Veteran Erik Ritchie Joins EnChroma as CEO

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Monday, January 11, 2021 12:27 AM BERKELEY, Calif.—EnChroma, creators of EnChroma eyewear for color blindness, has named Erik Ritchie as CEO. Ritchie brings 25 years of business management experience to EnChroma.

Virtual Vision Care Grows Up: A VM Conversation With Dr. Jacqueline Evans and Andrew Karp

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:30 AM Jacqueline Evans, OD, has skillfully integrated telehealth into her independent optometric practice in Denver. Colo. In a wide-ranging video interview with VM's Andrew Karp, Dr. Evans explains how she utilizes ocular telehealth technology to provide comprehensive eye exams remotely, what types of patients are best suited for telehealth and what the learning curve is like for optometrists who want to add virtual vision care to their practice. To learn more about the different ocular telehealth options available today, and how more optometrists and patients are learning how to take advantage of them, read VM's June cover story, "Virtual Vision Care Grows Up." 

Protect Your Eyes From UV Rays

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Monday, June 22, 2020 1:00 AM As cities around the world reopen and June ushers in the summer season, it’s important for us to protect our eyes from the sun’s UV rays. Although the sun emits harmful rays 365 days of the year, it is strongest during the spring and summer months. So longer days coupled with more time spent outdoors can make our eyes susceptible to significant problems, including cataracts, macular degeneration, and photokeratitis, a condition that’s similar to a sunburn, except it affects the corneas of the eye.

Black Eyecare Perspective Launches '13% Promise' to Encourage Commitment and Action to Increase Black Presence in the Vision Care Field

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Friday, June 19, 2020 12:18 AM RALEIGH, N.C. and PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—On the occasion of Juneteenth and a growing awareness of the need to recognize Black Lives Matter and encourage action in the vision care profession and industry, the members of Black Eyecare Perspective (BEP) are initiating a 13% Promise today.

Standard Optical's CEO Aaron Schubach: VM's Conversations With Top 50 Retail Leaders

By Marge Axelrad
Thursday, June 18, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—A major re-examination of its business in mid year of 2019 and subsequent investments in several new technologies, new types of communications with patients, and a rebranding which included its physical stores and its overall marketing and social media, helped Utah's optical retail leader, Standard Optical, as last year was ending and 2020 was beginning. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.