May 19, 2018|


It’s a Tough Job, But Somebody’s Got to Do It

Behind many successful eyecare practices and optical shops is a prescription laboratory that stands ready to handle almost any job it is asked to do. Although extreme or unusual prescriptions are usually done by specialty houses such as Quest Vision Care in Largo, Fla., many labs say they often process challenging prescriptions that test the ingenuity and lens processing prowess of their production team. To get an idea of the technical feats labs regularly perform, I asked a few lab managers to describe the most challenging job their lab has recently produced, and explain how it was done.
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Safilo N.A. appoints chief commercial officer, Luxottica names Spear SVP, National Vision’s Q1 results, The Vision Council selects Optical Retail Division chair and VM opens nominations for Influential Women all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Stephen Wright Appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Safilo North America

Luxottica Names Carl Spear, OD, as Senior Vice President, Eyecare, North America

National Vision Holdings Reports 10 Percent Sales Increase in Q1

The Vision Council Names James Rosin as Optical Retail Division Chair

Nominations Open for VM’s 2018 Most Influential Women in Optical

VM’s Top 50 Optical Retailers: Consolidation Reorders the Ranking

NEW YORK— It was a busy year in 2017 across the optical retailing business in the U.S. Many companies enjoyed modest organic growth as the U.S. economy continued to grow, the stock markets pushed upward and consumers and patients remained confident in their outlook for the future, a confluence of events that, in one way or another, played into a steady performance for optical retailing and eyecare overall last year. As a result, a reshaping of the U.S. optical industry continued among the industry's largest retail and ECP group players last year. The 2018 VM Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailer's Report exclusively assesses 2017 calendar year sales, revealing new positioning among the Top 10 players within 2018's Top 50 ranking.
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For today’s #WeShareIt, we’ve got all eyes on the Shutz slides from our most recent #TuesdayTreat. The perfect pair of sandals to bring us into the warmer months.

Main Street Promotes Awareness of May as Healthy Vision Month

The National Eye Institute (NEI) celebrates Healthy Vision Month each May to promote eye health as a priority for the nation. Established in 2003, Healthy Vision Month aims to encourage Americans to protect their sight through proper eye safety practices including a comprehensive dilated eye exam, according to Prevent Blindness.
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