Bausch + Lomb Contact Lens Recycling Programs Makes Significant Strides

By Staff
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Bausch + Lomb announced earlier this month that its exclusive One by One Recycling Program has recycled a combined total of more than five million units of used contact lenses, blister packs and top foils since the program’s inception in November 2016. The program is made possible through a collaboration with TerraCycle, a company that collects and repurposes hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste.

ECPs Promote Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

By Stephanie Sengwe
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:30 AM November was Diabetes Eye Health Month and according to a recent Prevent Blindness study, Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems, more than 8.1 million Americans suffer from diabetic retinopathy. This projected total will increase to 10.9 million by 2032, and 13.2 million by 2050, the study said. Diabetic retinopathy patients are on average of 66 years old, which is the youngest of all the leading eye diseases including cataracts, glaucoma and age related macular degeneration.

Purchasing with a Purpose

By Jamie Wilson, Associate Editor and Gwendolyn Plummer, Contributing Editor
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:30 AM NEW YORK—These days, many consumers are striving to use their privilege positively. They donate, they volunteer, they protest, and, increasingly, they shop with intent.

Shelby Brogdon, OD, Is the New Optometrist on the Block

By Stephanie Sengwe
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:30 AM Shelby Brogdon, OD, graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry in San Antonio, Texas this past May. A native of Benton, Ark., she moved back home after graduation and now practices at Simmons Eye Care and Teague Eye and Vision Clinic in Little Rock. Though she is just starting out as an optometrist, (she has a bachelor’s from Arkansas State University), she has cultivated her Instagram page, Eye Brog Doc, for about a year now and it’s sure to keep growing as she moves forward as an optometrist.

Transitions Optical Research Reveals Consumer Eyeglass Purchasing Habits

By Staff
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:30 AM Transitions Optical and the Center for Generational Kinetics partnered on national research to uncover attitudes and approaches to eyewear, generational-specific eyewear shopping behaviors, purchase influences, and how eyecare professionals can appeal to different generations.

Optik Magazine Appoints Sheena Taff as Fashion/Optical Editor

By Staff

Monday, December 17, 2018 12:25 AM VuePoint IDS has announced the appointment of Sheena Taff to the new role of fashion/optical editor for Optik print and digital brand. In addition to providing editorial services to Optik Magazine, Sheena will direct a new social media strategy for the Optik Brand in 2019.

1-800 Contacts Seeks to Delay FTC’s Recent Ruling Affecting Trademark Enforcement

By Staff
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:21 AM WASHINGTON—In a motion filed with the Federal Trade Commission last week, online contact lens retailer 1-800 Contacts has asked to the commission to “stay” part of its recent order that affects the company’s trademark enforcement efforts. In its filing, 1-800 Contacts said the agency’s order “threatens irreparable harm to 1-800’s trademark enforcement efforts and rights, relationships with industry partners, and competitive position generally.” As VMAIL reported earlier this month, the FTC ruled that 1-800 Contacts, through its agreements related to online advertising, “unlawfully entered into a web of anticompetitive agreements with rival online contact lens sellers.”

FDA Clears First CL With Tangible’s Hydra-PEG Coating

By Staff
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:18 AM MENLO PARK, Calif.—Contact lens maker Tangible Science announced Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the first daily disposable silicone hydrogel contact lens coated with a modified formula of Tangible Hydra-PEG. Tangible Hydra-PEG is a coating applied to custom contact lenses to improve lens wettability and deposit resistance, and the new lens utilizes a variation designed to enhance the surface of daily wear lenses. The new coated silicone hydrogel lens is designed to retain more water and stay cleaner during daily wear than an uncoated lens. Wetter and cleaner lenses are associated with greater patient comfort during wear, according to Tangible Science.

Essilor Further Strengthens Its Employee Shareholding

By Staff
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:15 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor announced Friday that employee shareholding worldwide is expected to reach around 65 percent, a 10 percent increase compared with a year ago. More than 45,000 Essilor employees in 58 countries now hold a financial stake in EssilorLuxottica, born following the successful combination of Essilor and Luxottica on October 1st, 2018. After the success of its employee shareholding plan in 2017, Essilor launched “Boost 2018”, a wider employee share ownership initiative. With a subscription rate at a record level of 66 percent, the company’s latest initiative enabled more than 35,000 Essilor employees in over 40 countries to become shareholders of the Group or to increase their participation.

CTA Surveys Tech Leaders on ‘The Future of Work’

By Staff
Friday, December 14, 2018 7:18 PM For the second year, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) surveyed tech industry leaders on current and future workforce issues. The survey was completed by 293 business leaders who identify as part of CTA membership or CES attendees. The results show that tech companies, both large and small, need more employees with technical skills and need to be able to anticipate challenges in finding and retaining qualified people over the next five years. Therefore, companies are focusing on strategically recruiting and retaining for a skilled workforce.

GPN Data Insights Show Only Santa is Busy on Christmas Eve

By Staff
Friday, December 14, 2018 12:37 PM With Christmas approaching next week, the team at GPN Technologies decided it was time to take a closer look at EDGEPro data and examine the business trends for Christmas Eve. What they found in the historical dashboard data suggests there is a very low level of activity in eyecare practices on this day. Dec. 24 is undoubtedly one of the busiest days of the year in many respects, but it’s not typically like this across optical retailing and eyecare. The malls are packed, the highways congested, and much of life is focused on Christmas and family, the GPN team noted. But the one place where there really isn’t any traffic or congestion is likely the individual eyecare practice.

Safilo Implements 100 Percent Nickel-Free Production Processes

By Staff

Friday, December 14, 2018 12:25 AM Safilo has started employing 100 percent nickel-free production processes in their Longarone plant. Two years after beginning lab tests in nickel-free production, the company has developed nickel-free and non-cyanide galvanic processes that are now fully verified and employed throughout all its production lines.

Alcon Appoints Roger Lopez to Succeed Jim Murphy as Region President of Japan

By Staff
Friday, December 14, 2018 12:18 AM FORT WORTH, Texas—Alcon, a global leader in eyecare, has announced the appointment of Roger Lopez as region president Alcon Japan, effective Jan. 1. Lopez succeeds Jim Murphy, who is retiring from the company after a distinguished, nearly 25-year career with Alcon, according to the announcement earlier this week. Lopez is an experienced executive who has worked across multiple geographies, including Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), Asia and the U.S. He will report to Ian Bell, president international, and join the Alcon executive leadership team (ELT), according to the announcement.

Jobson Research’s 2018 ECP Compensation Study Now Available

By Staff
Friday, December 14, 2018 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Research’s 2018 ECP Compensation study is now available. The annual study provides ECPs with valuable information regarding compensation across the industry, including average and median compensation data for professional staff titles, for optometrists (both employed and owners/partners), opticians/dispensers, and office managers. This information is presented with interpretative commentary and engaging charts, which compare and contrast the data. It also includes breakouts by region, years of experience, gender, chain/independent, supervisory status, specialties, and practice revenue size.

Beyond the Bargain Bin

By Staff
Thursday, December 13, 2018 1:24 PM In the Fall 2018 Consumer View, the National Retail Federation surveyed over 3,000 consumers to get their views about shopping behaviors centered around sales and promotions. They found that discounts are more important than ever—over 3 in 4 people consider promotions to be very or extremely important when shopping. Survey results also revealed that sales can be irresistible to shoppers with 4 in 10 saying they can’t resist making a purchase when something is on sale. And of course, this time of year, the holiday season can offer the best sales—70 percent say that they expect to find the best deals around holiday-specific sale events.