NOW Pavilion Is Set to Return to Vision Expo East 2023

By Staff
Friday, January 27, 2023 12:24 AM 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.

Eyewear Market Is Expected to Soar in Next Decade

By Staff
Tuesday, January 10, 2023 11:26 AM The number of people requiring glasses is on the rise, leading to a surge in the eyewear market. A new study published by Research and Markets shows the eyewear industry is expected to grow from $90.75 billion in 2121 to nearly $99 billion in 2022. This reflects a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 9 percent. 

Long-term growth for the industry is expected to reach record values of $156 billion by 2026, holding steady at a CAGR of 8.9 percent. This figure is expected to double by 2030 reaching $323 billion as sales of contact lenses, eyeglasses and sunglasses skyrocket. 

The largest market region remains North America, with Asia Pacific close behind. According to figures from Statista, the U.S. eyewear industry was more than double the size of China in 2021, with Luxottica receiving the largest share of eyewear sales. Brands like Ray-Ban, Persol and Oakley are among the most popular with U.S. consumers. Vision Source, Walmart, National Vision Holdings and Eyecare Partners round out the top five retailers in the U.S., according to Statista. 

Smart glasses sales are also expected to rise as users see these technologies as less of a novelty. Bluetooth connectivity, open ear speakers and fitness trackers will be the main drivers for smart glasses sales as consumers look for functionality and modular design in their eyewear purchases.

Setting the Tone With Color

By Mary Kane
Friday, December 16, 2022 8:30 AM For anyone in the fashion or design industry, color can be a beautiful thing. But it can also be a very valuable tool on any designer’s palette. Color has the power to (pardon the pun) set the tone for just about everything—from sneakers to smartphones to packaging and the color of a room. The folks at the Pantone Color Institute know a thing or two about color and the effect it can have on creating just the right mood or atmosphere. Viva Magenta 18-1750, which Pantone describes as a color that “vibrates with vim and vigor” has been named the Pantone color of the year for 2023. Pantone describes the color as “brave and fearless … a pulsating color whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.”

The Vision Council Releases Focused inSights: Online vs. In-Person Buyers 2022

By Staff
Friday, November 18, 2022 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has released Focused inSights: Online vs. In-Person Buyers 2022.  The report provides information on the differences and similarities between online and in-person eyewear buyers, including demographic data, managed vision care use, eye exams, prescription eyeglasses/sunglasses, contact lenses, plano sunglasses and reading glasses. The report examines the results of two recent surveys, including The Vision Council’s monthly consumer survey and a survey focused on how consumers make decisions about their eyewear and eyecare.

Time Is Running Out—Sunday, Oct. 23 Is Your Last Chance to Vote for Jobson's 2022 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards

By Staff
Friday, October 21, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The final voting deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 for the Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine's 14th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards. 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.

Voting Is Extended for Jobson’s 2022 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards

By Staff
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The final voting deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 for the Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine's 14th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards. 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.

Vote Now for Vision Monday's and 20/20 Magazine's 2022 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards—Survey Closes on Oct. 20

By Staff
Friday, October 14, 2022 12:15 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.

Time Is Running Out—Vote Now for Vision Monday's and 20/20 Magazine's 2022 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards

By Staff
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 12:15 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.

Cast Your Votes for Jobson's 2022 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards—Nominations Close on Oct. 20

By Staff
Friday, October 7, 2022 12:15 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.

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.

Silmo d’Or Announces 2022 Nominations

By Staff
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 12:30 AM PARIS—The organizers of Silmo Paris, the eyewear and eyecare exhibition coming up at the end of this month, Sept. 23-26 at the Paris Nord Villepinte, have announced the nominees for the 29th Silmo d’Or.

Inspecs Group Reports First-Half Sales Gain and Progress Toward Increasing 'Distribution Reach' Worldwide

By Staff
Friday, August 19, 2022 12:21 AM BATH, England—Inspecs Group plc (LSE: SPEC), a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear, said this week that its revenue increased to $138.4 million in the six months ended June 30, from $125.7 million in the year-ago period.

Warby Parker Reports Double-Digit Sales Increase in Q2, But Notes Weakness in Eyeglass Demand ‘Industry Wide’

By Staff
Friday, August 12, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Warby Parker Inc. (NYSE: WRBY) reported Thursday that its sales in the second quarter increased 13.7 percent (or $18.1 million) to $149.6 million. The increase was 19.1 percent on a three-year compound annual growth basis compared with the second quarter of 2019. In addition, Warby Parker said it increased active customers 8.7 percent to 2.26 million year over year. Average revenue per customer in the quarter ended June 30 increased 8.2 percent year over year to $254, even as the company noted an “industry-wide” decline in demand for eyeglasses.

Online Retailer Kits Reports 70 Percent Increase in Delivery of Eyeglasses in Second Quarter

By Staff
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 12:21 AM VANCOUVER—Online retailer Kits Eyecare Ltd. (KITS) (TSX: KITS) said that in the second quarter it delivered more than 74,000 pairs of eyeglasses, which represented a 70 percent year-over-year increase.

Eyemart Express Kicks Off Seventh Annual Cancer Research Fundraiser in Stores

By Staff
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 12:24 AM DALLAS—According to the American Cancer Society, one in three people in the U.S. will develop cancer during their lifetime, and many companies have undertaken efforts to fund research into the disease. One of these is Eyemart Express, which once again this year is supporting cancer research with its support of the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) program.