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January 09, 2021|


From Processing ‘Scripts’ to Reading Scripts: How 3 Ex Optical Lab Owners Found Success in the Film Biz

It’s a plotline straight out of the movies. Three former optical wholesale lab owners leave behind the daily grind of making prescription eyewear to become producers of independent films featuring Alec Baldwin, Marisa Tomei and other big name stars. Like the legal disclaimer seen at the start of many movies, this story is based on actual events. In fact, the main characters—Michael J. Rothstein, formerly Hirsch Optical in New York, Mike Palkovicz, formerly of I-See Optical Lab in New Jersey and Greg Ruden, formerly of Expert Optics in Illinois—are real people who are well-known to many in optical. How they landed their dream job is the true story of three middle-aged guys who each sold their successful family business, invested in an indie production company, took a leap into the unknown and landed on their feet.
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In Case you Missed It - VMail's Top Stories of the Week

CECOP acquires Alliance Buying Group, FYidoctors adds Bobcaygeon Eye Care, U.S. optical sales bounce back, The Vision Council releases Q3 VisionWatch, and Bausch Health reduces debt all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

CECOP Acquires Alliance Buying Group as It Continues to Grow North American Market Presence

FYidoctors Adds Bobcaygeon Eye Care as Company’s First Clinic in City of Kawartha Lakes Region

Optical Sales Across the U.S. Bounce Back for Week of Dec. 28-Jan. 3, Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Says

The Vision Council Releases Q3 VisionWatch 2020 Market Research Reports

Bausch Health Announces Plans to Reduce Debt By $275 Million

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With COVID-19 Surge, Optical ECPs Assess Impact on Staff, Year-End 2020 Sales and Importance of the Vaccine, per 18th Jobson ECP Coronavirus Survey

NEW YORK—ECPs corroborated the national statistics showing a sharp uptick in the incidence of COVID-19 cases in their communities across the country, noting the impact of the pandemic on their own staffing situations, as more of those associates have been personally affected, examined their end-of year sales and underscored their belief that the availability of vaccines will be key to a recovery. Their views were shared in the 18th Wave of the Coronavirus ECP Survey conducted Dec. 21-31, 2020, by Jobson Research, which has been surveying ECP and optical retailers since the crisis and shutdowns happened in mid-March.
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VM's News Quiz

VM's News Quiz for the Week of Jan. 3: Keeping Tabs on Jabs, A Sustainability Contest and The Vision Council’s Summit

Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. This week's quiz takes a look at keeping tabs on jabs, a sustainability contest and The Vision Council’s Summit.
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Indies Welcome in a New Year

NEW YORK—For many of us in the optical industry, 2020 was supposed to be a year to remember. As it turned out, it will be exactly that—but not for the reasons we hoped it would be. This week, people all around the world welcomed the start of 2021 with open arms—including independent ECPs, who shared New Year’s messages with their patients and followers online. Although 2020 was a tough year, and 2021 will undoubtedly have some tough moments as well, there’s no denying that there is often something special in the air at the start of a new year. Many of us aren’t asking much of 2021—just to be kinder than the year before. This week, we’re taking a look at how some independent ECPs welcomed the new year on social media.
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