March 10, 2018|


Come Celebrate the ‘Luck of the Iris’ at Rockin’ for New Eyes

Nearly every year for the past decade my fellow optical rockers and I have put on fundraising concerts for non-profit vision care organizations during Vision Expo week in New York. But next week’s Rockin’ for New Eyes Show, which supports New Eyes for the Needy, is the first time the event will fall on St. Patrick’s Day. To celebrate in style, some of the bands performing will be playing Irish songs or songs with an Irish theme. I asked the other Rockin’ for New Eyes bandleaders to tell VMAIL Weekend readers about the Irish songs their band will be playing at the show, as well as some of the other great tunes they’ve prepared.
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Rev360’s ‘alternative model,’ a few seats left for VM Summit, FTC hearing on CL rule, new president/CEO at Prevent Blindness and RestoringVision reaches a milestone all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Rev360 Launches an ‘Alternative Model’ of Practice Ownership for ECPs

A Few Seats Left for VM’s March 14 Global Leadership Summit, ‘workSMART’

FTC Hearing Draws Range of Opinions Around its Plan to Revise Contact Lens Rule

Prevent Blindness Appoints Jeff Todd as New President and CEO

RestoringVision Marks Distribution of 10M Glasses to People in Need

Growth of Smaller-Format Retail Stores Expected to Continue Growth Trend

ADDISON, Texas—One of the top trends in retail today is a move to smaller-store formats, with big retailers such as Target among the companies that are downsizing their store footprints in a move to be more consumer friendly, according to a recent report from the firm Koupon Media. “E-commerce, urbanization and the shifting of consumer demands show no signs of slowing, which will inevitably lead to continued growth of [the] small format in 2018 and beyond,” the firm noted in a recent report on retailing trends. Find out about this growing trend in this feature from dba.
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We’ve been batting some crazy winter weather lately, so today’s #WeShareIt is definitely an optical ode to that. Take a look at this Kate Spade eyeglass umbrella from our #TuesdayTreat that would have most likely gotten destroyed by the Nor’easter wind, but hey, it’s still cute.

Vision Care Clinic Transforms Beloved Local Library into a New Space

BLAIR, Neb.—Vision Care Clinic was started over 40 years ago by Dr. Morris "Ike" Kuhlmann and now has 10 locations in western Iowa. Now owned by ODs Alex Benner, Steve Brownmiller, Scott Bowker and Keith Schrunk, the clinic has just moved its Blair location to a once beloved local library on 210 S 17th Street. The building, which has also been there for over 40 years, has been modified to fit its new function, but still remains a local treasure, with Vision Care Clinic’s patients appreciating the larger parking area compared to the limited one in the former location.
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