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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

EyeCare Partners Launches an Innovation Center With Goal of Improving Patient Outcomes and Enhancing Care

By Staff
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 1:33 PM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners (ECP), a leading provider of clinically integrated eyecare, announced the launch of the EyeCare Partners Innovation Center with a mandate to improve the delivery and quality of eyecare and advance clinical eye health education. ECP described the Innovation Center as “an information and technology center of excellence” that will “unite the expertise of over 1,000 eyecare providers with data from E360+, EyeCare Partners’ proprietary data platform, to advance eyecare quality, research and education. Read More

Review of Optometry: Stroke Associated With Increased Prevalence of Ocular Disease

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022 1:22 PM A cross-sectional study was recently conducted to better understand the relationship between stroke and ocular disease. Significant associations between visual impairment and major ocular disease with stroke were observed in this national study population. The study included 4,570 participants in the 2005-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. With an odds ratio of 5.54, ocular disease was associated with stroke, most notably in the form of cataract (30.8 percent prevalence among stroke patients vs. 13.4 percent without), AMD (19.6 percent vs. 7.2 percent) and diabetic retinopathy. Following adjustments for age and gender, an odds ratio of 9.61 was observed among stroke patients with diabetic retinopathy. Read More

Guide Dogs for the Blind and American Foundation for the Blind Release Research Study Findings

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 5:09 PM SAN RAFAEL, Calif., and WASHINGTON, D.C.—Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) have released the findings of The Role of Guide Dogs in 2022 and Beyond, a joint, two-year research study to examine the long-term outlook for guide dog use in the U.S. and Canada. Top findings for the first-of-its-kind study revealed a greatly expanded use of technology among travelers who are blind or visually impaired, and a shift to using rideshare services from public transit and walking. The study was conducted in 2020 and 2021 through a survey of more than 500 people who are blind or visually impaired including both guide dog users and nonusers. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: 3 Ways to Take Customer Service in Eyecare to the Next Level

By Staff
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 5:06 PM Customer experience, or patient experience, as it is known in health care, is essential to building a profitable practice. The best of care will be subverted by an unpleasant experience in an OD’s office. After spending so much time home-bound during the pandemic, people now expect more when they leave their homes. When they visit a health care provider they expect both expert care and advanced technology, in addition to the same high-level customer experience they would receive at their favorite stores or restaurants. Savvy companies, like Tesla and Warby Parker, have caught on to these new expectations, and are running with it. Read More

Amid a Renewed Sense of Normalcy, the Industry Gathers as Vision Expo West Returns to Las Vegas

By Staff
Monday, September 26, 2022 11:58 AM LAS VEGAS—It was a wrap for Vision Expo West 2022 in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 17, as the four-day event concluded at The Venetian Convention Center & Expo. The Conference and Exhibiton, brought thousands of members of the optical industry together from Sept. 14-17 for four days of trailblazing trends, education and plenty of networking opportunities. “It was amazing to see the full scope of the vision care industry come together in Las Vegas last week, both on and off the Show Floor,” said Fran Pennella, vice president, Vision Expo, at RX, co-organizer of Vision Expo. Here are a selection of photos showing celebrities, parties and show floor activities at Vision Expo West 2022 as well as links to the Digital Editions of the Show Dailies from Sept. 15, 16 and 17. Read More

Women In Optometry: Long-Awaited Expansion Allows OD to Double Her Space

By Staff
Monday, September 26, 2022 11:55 AM At the 10-year anniversary celebration of Bella Eye Care in August 2021, Judy Nguyen, OD, recalls guests telling her that they would love it if she opened a second location. While Dr. Nguyen agreed that she could use more space, she didn’t think it would work logistically; she lives 20 miles away from the office and wasn’t looking to add more commuting to her plate. She was, however, open to the option of expansion. When the opportunity arose to add more space to better serve her patients in her existing location just weeks later, Dr. Nguyen decided to move forward. Dr. Nguyen’s neighbor on the other side, a dry cleaner with three locations and a warehouse, decided to close this space. Read More

LASIK Is More Cost Effective Than Some Other Forms of Vision Correction, a New Study Shows

By Staff
Friday, September 23, 2022 4:07 PM NEW YORK—U.S. consumers who require vision correction pay about $500 annually for eyeglasses, contact lenses, eye exams and insurance, compared with about $100 for those who have had LASIK surgery, according to a new study. The study, conducted by a consortium of ophthalmologists and optometrists known as MyVision.org, pointed out although glasses and contacts are game changers for people with “bad vision,” the annual costs of an eye exam, new eyeglass lenses, a year’s supply of contacts, and prescription sunglasses can add up to a considerable amount of money over the course of a person’s lifetime. Read More

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Sept. 12-18, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Thursday, September 22, 2022 1:53 PM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Sept. 12-18, at a rate of 17 index points, regaining much but not all of the decline of -21 index points it experienced the week prior due to the Labor Day holiday. That places gross revenue at a level 10 points above where it was at this point in time (Week 38) when compared with last year, equal to the same period in 2020, 13 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories were up last week when compared with the previous week, regaining much but not all of the declines experienced during the Labor Day holiday week prior. Read More

20/20 Europe: A Distribution Agreement Between Novello and Ivko GmbH Is Announced

By Staff
Thursday, September 22, 2022 1:42 PM An agreement between Novello S.r.l., a business based in Vicenza, which produces 18k gold glasses frames, and Ivko GmbH, the German luxury eyewear company and distributor of luxury eyewear collections Hoffmann Natural Eyewear and Maybach Eyewear, has been officially announced this month. The partnership between the CEOs of the companies Roberto Novello and Wolfgang Thelen was signed at the Ivko headquarters in Germany in September and the complete collection from Vicenza was introduced at Silmo. Read More

Vision Expo West 2022 Concludes Show in Las Vegas

By Staff
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 4:51 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo West 2022 concluded on Saturday, September 17. The four-day event, which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Sept. 14-17 at The Venetian Convention Center & Expo, brought together thousands of members of the industry together. “It was amazing to see the full scope of the vision care industry come together in Las Vegas last week, both on and off the Show Floor,” said Fran Pennella, vice president, Visio Expo, at RX, co-organizer of Vision Expo. “From reconnecting at networking functions and parties to conducting business on the Show Floor and taking advantage of the brand new CE program, there was so much energy and enthusiasm throughout the Show,” Pennella said. Read More