Skeletons, Spellcasting, ‘Stranger Things’ and Spending: A Look at 2022’s Halloween Trends

By Staff
Monday, October 3, 2022 3:04 PM NEW YORK—October has arrived, and for many people that can only mean one thing: Halloween season is in full swing. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Americans are taking full advantage of the witching season. The NRF reported that Halloween spending is back to pre-pandemic levels this year, with Halloween sales up to $10.6 billion in 2022, up from $10.1 billion in 2021. Consumers are planning to spend $100 on average for Halloween candy, décor, cards and costumes; the NRF said that this amount is on par with last year’s record of $103 and is the second highest in the survey’s history. Read More

20/20 Europe: Skugga Technology AB Wins Silmo d’Or

By Staff
Monday, October 3, 2022 2:55 PM Swedish smart technology company, Skugga Technology AB has won the Silmo d’Or 2022 Award in the Technological Innovation in Eyewear—Connected Products category—for their miniaturized smart module. It represents the first design of its kind to be suitable for any kind of fashion frame (both sunglasses and ophthalmic frames), thus opening up the potential of smart technology to all eyewear brands. The patented device measures and offers immediate access to a large amount of information/data that is sent to one’s smartphone/cloud with total integrity of personal data privacy. Read More

Cleaning Up After a Storm

By Staff
Monday, October 3, 2022 11:27 AM If you've been affected by Hurricane Ian, you might have some clearing up to do at home. Head over to The New York Times for a refresher on how to make sure you clean up everything safely, including what foods you should toss, what protection you should wear and more. 

Optometric Profession Mourns Passing of Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO

By Staff
Friday, September 30, 2022 3:09 PM NEW YORK—Colleagues and friends from across the optometric profession are mourning the loss of Arthur B. Epstein, OD, FAAO, FABCMO, DPNAP, who passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Highly regarded throughout the U.S. and international optometry community, Dr. Epstein was a prominent, active, singular personality and well-respected clinician. He shared his views on many eyecare and optometry-related issues widely, through his writings, lectures, in-person and broadcast appearances and through his Optometric Physician e-newsletter. Epstein had been a longtime contributor to Review of Optometry and executive editor of Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses, both publications of the Jobson Optical Group. He was also a very visible and active optometry expert in the arenas of contact lenses, dry eye and ocular surface disease. Read More

Royal Drama in Denmark

By Staff
Friday, September 30, 2022 12:30 PM Last week, the Queen of Denmark stripped 4 of her grandchildren of their royal titles, and the kids and their parents are reportedly not happy about it. Head over to Fortune to learn more about this interesting royal drama. 

Skeletons, Spellcasting, ‘Stranger Things’ and Spending: A Look at 2022’s Halloween Trends

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, September 30, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—October has arrived, and for many people that can only mean one thing: Halloween season is in full swing. There are just 30 days until the sweetest and spookiest day of the year, and, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Americans are taking full advantage of the witching season. The NRF reported that Halloween spending is back to pre-pandemic levels this year, with Halloween sales up to $10.6 billion in 2022, up from $10.1 billion in 2021. Consumers are planning to spend $100 on average for Halloween candy, décor, cards and costumes; the NRF said that this amount is on par with last year’s record of $103 and is the second highest in the survey’s history.

Insta-Pick for 10-1-22

By Staff
Friday, September 30, 2022 8:25 AM

VM's News Quiz for the Week of Sept. 26: EnChroma Hits the Road, NASA Meets an Asteroid, and Skipping Medical Treatment

By Staff
Friday, September 30, 2022 8:20 AM Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. This week's quiz takes a look at EnChroma hits the road, NASA meets an asteroid, and skipping medical treatment.

Legarreta Eye Center's Tweet for 10-1-22

By Staff
Friday, September 30, 2022 8:15 AM

LagunaEyes Optometry's Tweet for 10-1-22

By Staff
Friday, September 30, 2022 8:14 AM

WeShareIt 10-1-22

By Staff
Friday, September 30, 2022 8:10 AM This wristlet keychain features a decorative Snellen chart for some added opti-themed charm. You can purchase it on Etsy here. #WeShareIt

Nominations for Jobson's 2022 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards Are Open

By Staff
Thursday, September 29, 2022 1:32 PM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 14th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year. These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 22 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, sustainable materials for frames, sustainable materials for sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, online and social media marketing services, PPE, contactless dispensing devices, virtual try-on tools, telehealth solution and Social Purpose missions. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: OWNS to Host Nutrition and Myopia Webinar October 6

By Staff
Thursday, September 29, 2022 1:29 PM MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y.—The Ocular Wellness and Nutrition Society (OWNS) will host a webinar on “Nutritional Support for Myopia Control: A Holistic Approach” on Thursday, October 6, at 8:00 p.m. “Nutrition affects all aspects of our health, and the eyes are no exception. Eye care practitioners tend to focus solely on the ocular structure but might forget that the eyes are a direct connection to the brain and central nervous system. Changes in the structure and function of the eye can be attributed to nutritional as well as lifestyle factors,” according to OWNS. “While myopia was once considered a benign refractive condition with an inherited link, and wearing glasses to compensate for visual clarity was the only option for patients, this course will review some nutrition basics and review the science of how these nutrients can affect the onset and progression of myopia.” Read More

Lizzo and the Flute

By Staff
Thursday, September 29, 2022 11:48 AM This week, musician Lizzo had the chance to play a crystal flute that was originally made for President James Madison. Lizzo, a classically trained flautist, visited the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. to practice, and then played the flute on stage at her D.C. concert. Head over to the Library of Congress' blog to learn more about this historical intstrument, its life up until now and how the Library conserves it. 

Nominations for Jobson's 2022 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards Are Open

By Staff
Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 14th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year. These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 22 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, sustainable materials for frames, sustainable materials for sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, online and social media marketing services, PPE, contactless dispensing devices, virtual try-on tools, telehealth solution and Social Purpose missions.