May 5, 2018|


It’s Springtime. Let’s Get Healthy

Let’s face it, winter was a long, sloggy, cold mess this year, especially in the Northeast. Now that spring has sprung, everyone’s thinking about righting some of those wrong winter habits (overeating, binge-watching Netflix) and changing their unhealthy ways. Naturally, spring is when people’s thoughts turn to the outdoors and having a healthy, active lifestyle is top of mind. Spring is also the perfect time for eyecare professionals to educate patients on how to eat healthier and take care of their eyes at the same time. Here are some quick tips about the link between nutritious food and better vision that ECPs can share with patients.
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Vision Source Exchange meeting, B+L gets FDA nod, COLA honors David Rips, Allergan’s Q1 revenues and Silhouette’s new USA president all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Vision Source Kicks Off The Exchange With New Initiatives for Independents

FDA Approves Extended Wear for B+L’s Ultra CLs

COLA Honors Younger Optics’ David Rips With Goodfellow Award

Allergan Reports Q1 Sales Increase Amid Consideration of Strategic Options

Silhouette Optical Ltd. Announces New USA President, Mike Giannattasio

ODs Review Their Options as Private Equity Looks for a Larger Role in Optometry

NEW YORK—To sell, or not to sell? That is the question that many independent ECPs are wrestling with today as a broad group of investors and management firms seek to capitalize on what they believe is a profitable opportunity to consolidate the fragmented eyecare and optical retailing businesses. The implications of private equity’s growing involvement in the vision care business received a thorough examination at a recent two-hour industry session devoted to exploring this question from all sides. The session, “Private Equity Takes Root – What Does It Mean for Optometry?” was held March 17 in conjunction with Vision Expo East and drew an overflow crowd.
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It’s time to turn your optical obsession into some tasty treats with this weekend’s #WeShareIt. This Snellen Chart cookie cutter is perfect for all of the optical lovers who enjoy baking as well.

Making Glasses Cool for Kids: A Hundred Year History

How do you get youngsters to wear glasses? In 1927, an eyecare company entered the movie business to do just that. In the same year that Hollywood released the earliest ‘talking’ film, American Optical distributed a three-minute movie showing the facial expressions of a young girl putting on glasses for the first time.
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