February 17, 2018|www.visionmonday.com


Taking a Closer Look at GOTPOTUS
(Glasses of the Presidents of the United States)

Did you know that only three presidents are known to have been regular wearers of eyewear: Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Harry Truman. With Presidents Day coming up on Monday, we here at VMAIL Weekend thought it would be a perfect time to take a closer look at the eyewear-wearing inclinations of our 45 U.S. presidents. Read on for some fun facts including LBJ’s extensive eyewear collection (54 pairs!) and Ronald Reagan’s switch from eyeglasses to contacts.
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Speakers added to VM Summit program, Transitions Innovation Awards, VSP Global names president/CEO, FTC weighs in on Wash. eyecare bill and speakers added to Private Equity Expo event all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Safilo Group CEO Luisa Delgado to Retire; Unilever’s Trocchia Named New CEO

New Speakers and Special Telehealth Session Round Out VM Summit Program

Transitions Optical Names Several Winners of the Transitions Innovation Awards

VSP Global Names New President and CEO

Additional Speakers Join Lineup for Live Expo Event About Private Equity’s Impact

A New Focus on Old Eyes

Today, there is a cornucopia of vision correction solutions awaiting presbyopes. In Vision Monday’s February cover feature, Andrew Karp explores some of the top options in the progressive lens category. According to The Vision Council’s VisionWatch survey, 83.1 million pairs of progressive lenses were sold in the U.S. during the 12 months ending September, 2017, totaling $12.6 billion. Yet PALs are only one part of the ever-expanding universe of presbyopia solutions. To get a better understanding of the size and scope of the presbyopia correction market and what continues to drive its growth, VM asked suppliers to tell us about their newest and most advanced products.
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This week, we traded in our usual frames for something a little different. Today’s #WeShareIt comes from our #TuesdayTreat or should I say, Fat Tuesday Treat. Take a look at this stunning Mardi Gras mask we shared to social media, and Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Doctor Scores With Performance Training Center

In the 10 years since Jennifer Stewart, OD, graduated from optometry school, she’s felt like there was more she could be doing for some patients, notably athletes. Dr. Stewart wanted to provide athletes with a sports-focused, performance vision center. “Two years ago, I sat down with my husband and I said, ‘There’s never going to be a good time to start a sports vision business. So let’s do this.’” Today, her husband, Gus Ellison, is COO for Performance 20/20; she’s the chief optometric officer. Find out how she started a sports vision business in this feature from Women in Optometry.
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