EssilorLuxottica Plans a New AI Predictive Design Approach to the 2023 Launch of Varilux XR

By Staff
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 2:52 PM MILAN, Italy—With a massive combined group presence on the exhibition floor at the Mido exhibition here last weekend, EssilorLuxottica designed its customer interactions at the show to emphasize and illuminate a range of new digitally driven technologies across its business, from spectacles, to eye exams, learning systems, and omnichannel professional and retail services. Among these was the global reveal of a new approach to progressive lenses as the company showcased the next generation of Varilux, which will be coming to eyecare professionals in North America in early summer 2023. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: Let’s Build a Bridge Between Ophthalmologists and Optometrists

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Tuesday, February 7, 2023 2:42 PM What is the best treatment option for myopia management? This is a question I often hear from ophthalmologists, optometrists, and parents. However, it is not a one-answer question. It requires a more complex and in-depth discussion that should not be taken lightly. Although soft multifocal contact lenses, orthokeratology, and low-dose atropine effectively slow myopia progression and axial length elongation, other factors should be considered when prescribing myopia management therapies. Co-management with an ophthalmologist is often the recommended course of action. Read More

Books Offer Respite From the Long, Dark Days of Winter

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Monday, February 6, 2023 11:12 AM With the new year comes a renewed interest in catching up on reading. Whether looking for a book that helps with self-improvement or picking up the latest New York Times bestseller, books offer the perfect escape from the dull days of winter. Just like the diversity and uniqueness of the optical industry itself, so too are the selection of reads being devoured in our roundup of best reads. This particular collection of books shows that readers in the optical industry are reflecting on the world around them, from current events to politics. Read More

Review of Optometry: Nine Out of 10 of U.S. Counties Have No Pediatric Ophthalmologists

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Monday, February 6, 2023 10:59 AM A new study in JAMA Ophthalmology accessed information from the public databases of American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus to identify current pediatric ophthalmologist distribution in the U.S. as of March 2022. Researchers found a total of 1,056 practicing pediatric ophthalmologists, with the highest concentrations in the four most populous states of California (11.0 percent), New York (9.2 percent), Florida (6.5 percent) and Texas (5.9 percent). Concerningly, 90.0 percent of all U.S. counties and four states (8.0 percent) had zero pediatric ophthalmologists. The range of practitioner to million persons has grown in disparity since last data was obtained in 2007, despite a moderate increase in number of practitioners (300) since that time. Read More

Nidek and Hoya Vision Care Form Global Partnership to Provide Instruments and Products to ECPs

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Friday, February 3, 2023 2:13 PM BANGKOK and TOKYO–Nidek Co., Ltd., a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of ophthalmic, optometric, and lens edging equipment, has formed a partnership with Hoya Vision Care (HOCPF), a leader in optical technology innovation. The global agreement creating a partnership between Nidek and Hoya Vision Care, provides eyecare professionals (ECPs) the opportunity to access "a complete portfolio of state-of-the-art optical instruments and products to provide a full-service approach to patient care, from eye examination, to consultation through to the final delivery of the high quality spectacle lenses," the companies said in a joint statement. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: What the Chief Medical Officer of First FDA-Approved Online Vision Test Wants You to Know

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Friday, February 3, 2023 2:10 PM In October 2022, Visibly, previously known only as Opternative, appointed Taylor Tedder, OD, as its first chief medical officer. The company had recently received FDA clearance for its online vision test. Here is what Dr. Tedder told us about how Visibly intends for consumers to use its technology, and how the company hopes it can partner with eyecare professionals. “We are driven to increase accessibility and convenience for those who need eyecare the most. COVID changed how consumers think about healthcare, and we at Visibly have made it our mission to equip eyecare providers with digital tools that can help meet consumers where they want to be met. We achieve that by partnering with those who share our belief in a consumer-centric eyecare experience,” said Dr. Tedder. Read More

Prevent Blindness Provides Free Resources for February’s Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month

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Thursday, February 2, 2023 11:50 AM CHICAGO—As part of February’s Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month, Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading eye health and safety nonprofit organization, is offering free resources to the public to help educate and empower individuals, and their care partners, to make informed decisions about their vision and eye health. AMD is an eye disease that is a leading cause of vision loss for Americans ages 50 and older. It affects central vision, where sharpest vision occurs, causing difficulty conducting daily tasks such as driving, reading and recognizing faces. Read More

Women In Optometry: Luxury Eyecare Office and Store Brings Neuro Optometry Specialty to Chicagoland

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Thursday, February 2, 2023 11:36 AM Eversee Boutique Eyecare opened in late 2022 in Winnetka, Illinois, to support the area with a high-quality medical practice and retail offering. Dan Myers, OD, the owner and lead optometrist, has a passion for making patients healthy and helping those that cannot find comfort with more traditional treatments. His wife and co-owner, Marisa Kowalsky, focuses her enthusiasm for luxury eyewear on the retail side of the business. The core mission of Eversee Boutique Eyecare is to make patients see better, feel better and look better. Read More

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Jan. 23–29, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023 4:28 PM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Jan. 23–29, when compared with the previous week at a rate of -3 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 9 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 5) when compared with last year (2022), 6 points above the same period in 2021, 7 points above 2020, and 18 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories were down last week when compared with the previous week. Read More

20/20 Magazine: The Good and Bad of Beneficial Blue Light

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023 4:25 PM Beneficial blue light is so named because it’s essential in the daytime to keep us awake, alert and happy. But exposing our eyes to these blue wavelengths (approximately 460 to 490 nm) too close to bedtime suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormone, and that’s bad. When our melatonin levels fail to rise in preparation for bedtime, we have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep and reaching deep restorative sleep. Sleep disruption and deprivation have harmful consequences for our physical and mental health, ranging from obesity to diabetes to mood disorders. Our brain chemicals need to turn off as the body prepares for sleep. Read More

Independent Boutique Optical Retailers Are Invited to Submit Their Stories for Vision Expo’s 5th Annual OPTImum Retail Award

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 4:29 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, organizers of Vision Expo, have announced that submissions are now being accepted for the 5th Annual OPTImum Retail Award scheduled to be presented at Vision Expo East on Friday, March 17 in New York City. Businesses in the independent optical retail market are encouraged to submit their stories for consideration by February 8, 2023. Launched in 2018, the OPTImum Retail Award was designed to celebrate the importance of independent boutique retailers in the optical industry. “This award shines a spotlight on those enterprising and dynamic privately held retailers who strive to bring consumers nationwide the very best in eyewear,” said Fran Pennella, vice president, Vision Expo at RX. Read More

20/20 Europe: Marcolin Announces the Appointment of Alessio Puleo as Group Marketing Director

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 4:26 PM Marcolin has announced the appointment of Alessio Puleo as group marketing director. Reporting directly to the CEO and general manager Fabrizio Curci, Alessio Puleo assumes direct responsibility for the Group Brand Management area, the Trade Marketing & Training area and Marketing Analysis activities. According to the statement by the company, Alessio will lead the development and expansion of the marketing department, with the aim of accelerating the growth of the global brand portfolio in line with the Group's guidelines and strategies. Working at Marcolin since 2021, Alessio has extensive experience within the eyewear sector where, for over 20 years, he has held roles with increasing responsibility. Read More

Growing at the Speed of Automation—How One Lab Reinvented Itself

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Monday, January 30, 2023 4:24 PM OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss.—Every company’s growth journey is unique, but for Superior Optical Lab in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, it’s an impressive story marked by Service-Disabled Veterans support, 400 percent revenue growth in the past five years, and a recent expansion effort that has quadrupled capacity through state-of-the-art automation. Today, Superior Optical Lab is on the forefront of the industry—fueled by focused leadership, a strong presence within the Veterans Administration (VA) and ECP communities, and the powerful, behind-the-scenes Schneider Modulo One technology. Read More

Review of Optometry: Length of Sleep Might Yield Clues to Eye Disorder Risk

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Monday, January 30, 2023 4:21 PM Inappropriate sleep duration has already been defined as a modifiable risk factor for several health outcomes at the population level, including diabetes, metabolic syndrome and all-cause mortality, but the associations between length of sleep and major eye disorders remain controversial. A recent literature review published in Eye compiled available evidence and revealed that long sleep duration coincided with increased risk of diabetic retinopathy (DR), while short sleep duration was correlated with significantly elevated odds for cataract. Notably, long sleep duration per day, including nighttime sleep and daytime napping, rather than per night was significantly associated with an increased risk of DR. Read More

NOW Pavilion Is Set to Return to Vision Expo East 2023

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Friday, January 27, 2023 2:34 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The NOW Pavilion is returning to Vision Expo East 2023. The pavilion will feature a curated selection of frames and lenses that embody the latest trends and innovations in eyewear, according to show organizers The Vision Council and RX Global. Participating exhibitors are invited to submit products as complimentary, value-added opportunities to gain additional exposure at the show. Final product selection will be chosen by an advisory review committee of esteemed media and retailers immediately following the February 1 product submission deadline. Read More