Myopia Management: Developing Myopia as a Practice Specialty

By Staff
Friday, February 14, 2020 11:20 AM Myopia is not a new vision condition, but the growing awareness of the eye health risks associated with this common ophthalmic disorder, especially among eye-care professionals, is a somewhat contemporary phenomenon. Indeed, myopia is the most common ophthalmic condition in the world, with an estimated 34 percent of the world’s population, or roughly 2.62 billion people, affected by this condition, according to recent research. This increasing awareness, while beneficial to global eye health and vision, of course, also has begun to open up fresh practice-building opportunities for ODs. 

Register Now for VM’s Leadership Summit—'The Future of Healthcare: Beyond 2020'

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Friday, February 7, 2020 11:17 AM NEW YORK—Maxwell Kahn, an expert in retail technology and customer experience and Northwell Health's CEO Michael Dowling, the leader of one of the nation’s largest private health systems will share their views on today’s fast changing healthcare landscape when they speak at the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit next month. They will join a diverse roster of healthcare experts who will address the Summit’s theme, “The Future of Healthcare: Beyond 2020,” at the daylong conference on March 25. Kahn is president of Coresight Research, a leading research and advisory firm specializing in disruptive technologies reshaping today’s retail landscape. Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health is one of healthcare’s most influential voices. Register now at www.visionmonday.com/Summit.

Two Consumer Health Experts Join VM’s Summit Program

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Friday, January 31, 2020 12:47 PM NEW YORK—Two experts in consumer health have joined the growing roster of speakers at the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit, the theme of which is “The Future of Healthcare: Beyond 2020.” Kip Webb, MD, MPH has been successful in leading healthcare reform as a pediatrician, a professor, and a business leader. He is an advocate for healthcare that is patient-centric, affordable, reliable, and transparent. Dr. Webb worked with Accenture for 12 years, most recently serving as managing director, chief clinical innovation officer. Also joining the Summit program is Stu MacFarlane, chief marketing officer for Internet Brands Health, which includes WebMD, Demandforce, Officite, iMatrix and Vitals. MacFarlane is also responsible for launching new consumer health businesses, including the recent launches of WebMD CareWebMDRx and WebMD Labs.

VM’s Trends to Watch for in 2020

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Friday, January 24, 2020 12:00 AM NEW YORK—Let the vision symbolism begin! The year 2020 holds promise and opportunity for those in the eyecare and optical world to share information and ideas to raise the profile of vision care. There is much of the upside to inform patients, caretakers, other health care providers and consumers about the role of comprehensive eye exams and the eye as the window to a range of concerning health care conditions. 2020 promises the dynamic of a new business atmosphere. Creating positive experiences—for the customer and the patient—remains a paramount goal for all businesses and professions. VM’s editorial team pooled our ideas about which #Perspectives2020 we should all watch for as we begin a new year and a new decade.

opti 2020 Goes for the Bold

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 3:50 PM MUNICH, Germany—The first trade show of the year, opti is always a fantastic place to get a feel for what might be trending in eyewear over the course of the next 12 months, and this year’s show was no exception. Packed with 28,000 visitors and 605 exhibitors, opti 2020 offered a landscape of trends, from new and exciting eyewear shapes to celebrity-inspired designs. While the trend forecast for 2020 is as expansive and varied as always, one particular trend seemed to stand out across the board: color. The halls of opti 2020 were bursting with color. Minimalism will always be in—but bright and bold is having a moment.

Early Bird Registration for the VM Summit Is Extended Through Jan. 14

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Friday, January 10, 2020 8:00 AM NEW YORK—Insights into Walmart's groundbreaking Health Centers initiative. A lightweight, wearable computer that brings together the physical and digital worlds to expand the possibilities for healthcare. Keen observations about where and how major investors are viewing the future of healthcare. These are just three of the highlights to be presented by the first announced speakers at the upcoming Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit, the exclusive live event to be held here March 25 at The Times Center. Early bird registration for the VM Summit has been extended through January 14 at 11:59 p.m. and is available at www.visionmonday.com/Summit

Social Purpose: How Optical Is Working for the ‘Greater Good of the World’

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Friday, January 3, 2020 11:05 AM It’s been 50 years since the renowned economist Milton Friedman published his signature 1970 essay, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase its Profits,” in The New York Times. The world has certainly changed over the past five decades, as has the view of the role business should play in a more socially conscious, consumer-empowered world. But one thing has remained fairly consistent: businesses are powerful. For optical companies, demonstrating commitment to programs that extend access to eyecare and eyewear to the areas of the world where they are in need is more the rule than the exception. This feature highlights some of the companies taking the lead in these programs and the ways in which the optical community has united to work toward a greater good. 

Researchers Shed New Light on Blue’s Effect on Sleep

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Friday, December 27, 2019 8:30 AM MANCHESTER, U.K.—Contrary to common belief, blue light may not be as disruptive to our sleep patterns as originally thought, according to University of Manchester scientists. According to the team, using dim, cooler, lights in the evening and bright warmer lights in the day may be more beneficial to our health. Twilight is both dimmer and bluer than daylight, they say, and the body clock uses both of those features to determine the appropriate times to be asleep and awake. Current technologies designed to limit our evening exposure to blue light, for example by changing the screen color on mobile devices, may therefore send us mixed messages, they argue. This is because the small changes in brightness they produce are accompanied by colors that more resemble day.

Acuity Eyecare Group Rebrands to Reflect Evolution and Growth

By Staff
Friday, December 20, 2019 10:33 AM DALLAS—As it completes the year with strong and steady growth, Acuity Eyecare Group has set its sights on continuing its success in 2020, but with an updated name, brand identity and company logo. The firm, which operates leading eyecare groups across the U.S. and has backing by private equity group Riata Capital, early this month announced a new name, AEG Vision, along with other corporate updates. The company, based here, said the rebranding reflects its evolution and its commitment to full-scope medical optometry. AEG Vision expects to close out 2019 with about 150 practice locations, CEO Eric Anderson told VM. He said the firm will have made about 50 to 60 acquisitions before 2019 comes to a close. “It’s been a pretty incredible year,” Anderson said.

'The Future of Healthcare: Beyond 2020' Registration Opens for the VM Global Leadership Summit

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Monday, December 16, 2019 9:00 AM NEW YORK—The healthcare industry is being shaken by powerful forces that are creating new forms of competition and transforming patients into consumers who are seeking pathways to wellness that offer convenience, affordability and personalized care. New market leaders are emerging, and established brands are reinventing themselves with fresh approaches and enhanced customer experiences. Doctor-patient relationships are being redefined. How will these transformative changes impact vision care providers, payors and suppliers? VM’s 14th annual Global Leadership Summit will explore these and other pivotal questions as part of its program, “The Future of Healthcare: Beyond 2020.”

opti 2020 to Feature Frame Launches, Contact Lenses, Bloggers and Company Positioning Showcase

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Friday, December 6, 2019 4:00 PM MUNICH—opti 2020 will feature launches from international frame companies, 25 exhibitors focusing on contact lens innovations and a showcase on company positioning. This year’s show will take place Jan. 10 to 12 at the Fairground Munich in Munich, Germany, and will feature over 600 exhibitors within six exhibition halls. The companies debuting at opti 2020 include Brando Eyewear, Miga Eyewear, Kreuzbergkinder, Delirious and EnChroma. Tickets for opti 2020, as well as a full list of exhibitors and events, are available on the show website.

Babies in the Womb May See More Than We Thought

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019 12:21 AM
BERKELEY, Calif.—By the second trimester, long before a baby’s eyes can see images, they can detect light. But the light-sensitive cells in the developing retina—the thin sheet of brain-like tissue at the back of the eye—were thought to be simple on-off switches, presumably there to set up the 24-hour, day-night rhythms parents hope their baby will follow. University of California, Berkeley, scientists have now found evidence that these simple cells actually talk to one another as part of an interconnected network that gives the retina more light sensitivity than once thought, and that may enhance the influence of light on behavior and brain development in unsuspected ways.

VM’s 14th Annual Global Leadership Summit Will Explore 2020's Pivotal Issues That Are Transforming Healthcare

By Staff
Friday, November 22, 2019 2:33 PM NEW YORK—The healthcare industry is being shaken by powerful forces that are creating new forms of competition and transforming patients into consumers who are seeking pathways to wellness that offer convenience, affordability and personalized care. New market leaders are emerging, and established brands are reinventing themselves with fresh approaches and enhanced customer experiences. Doctor-patient relationships are being redefined. How will these transformative changes impact vision care providers, payors and suppliers? VM’s 14th annual Global Leadership Summit will explore these and other pivotal questions as part of its program, “The Future of Healthcare: Beyond 2020.”

Modern Workplace Rx Safety Eyewear

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Friday, November 15, 2019 9:00 AM NEW YORK—Did you know that more than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work every day? And of these injuries, an estimated 10 percent to 20 percent will cause temporary or permanent vision loss, Prevent Blindness points out. For ECPs, establishing a role in the prescription sector of the occupational and industrial safety business can help extend their expertise in new ways and can also enhance their relationships with workers, their families and organizations in their local communities. In this feature, VM takes a top-line look at just a few of the Rx Safety collections, products and programs on offer from suppliers, laboratories and distributors in the U.S.

Voting Extended for the 2019 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards

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Friday, November 8, 2019 8:00 AM NEW YORK—The final voting deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 11 for the Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine's 11th annual EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards. The two Jobson Medical Information publications have teamed up once again to collect readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 16 distinct categories. The award categories are: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for prescription labs, optical supplies, in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, Social Purpose missions, and online and social media marketing services.