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VisionMonday 07/22/2019 00:25
Registration for Toronto #OptikEyeStyle, featuring distinguished independent eyewear collections exclusively for independent eyecare professionals, is now open. Co-hosts, Sheena Taff, optical and fashion editor of Optik Magazine , and independent practice owner, Rachel Hill will be welcoming optical buyers and practice owners to this unique one of a kind eyewear event.
VisionMonday 07/22/2019 00:24
WASHINGTON—Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) and Rep. Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) have introduced the Dental and Optometric Care Access (DOC Access) Act, which they said would "ensure patients have access to high-quality dental and optometric care by providing fairness in contracts between doctors and dental and vision insurers," according to an announcement on Loebsack’s website last week.
VisionMonday 07/22/2019 00:18
TUCSON, Ariz.—Researchers in Arizona report that they have developed a compact device that uses a laser to determine a patient’s refractive error and eyeglass prescription. The hand-held device was developed by iCrx, a spinoff from the . It can produce an objective and accurate eyeglass prescription in approximately 20 seconds without any subjective input from the viewer, according to the (UAVC), a Tucson-based venture capital fund dedicated to the University of Arizona commercialization of discovery products, technology and services that has invested in iCrx.
VisionMonday 07/22/2019 00:15
ULUTH, Ga.— (NASDAQ: EYE) has announced that Melissa Rasmussen will join the optical retail company as chief accounting officer, effective July 29. She will report to chief financial officer Patrick Moore. Rasmussen will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s accounting function, according to the announcement late last week. “We are excited to welcome Melissa to the National Vision team,” Moore said in the announcement. “She brings more than two decades of experience in management of accounting processes and controls, financial planning and execution, regulatory compliance and much more. Melissa will be a great addition to our finance and accounting team.”
VisionMonday 07/19/2019 10:06
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.— (JNJ) posted solid results for the period ending June 30, 2019. The health care giant reported net earnings of $5,607 million for the second quarter versus $3,954 million in the year-ago period, a 41.8 percent increase. Sales totaled $20,562 million compared with $20,830 year ago, a 1.3 percent dip. However, adjusted operational sales, excluding the net impact of acquisitions and divestitures, rose 3.7 percent. "We delivered solid second-quarter underlying sales growth and strong earnings growth that enables us to make investments in innovation to accelerate performance in each of our businesses," said Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO.
VisionMonday 07/19/2019 10:03
NEW YORK—This week, Vision Monday announced its roster of #Achievers, women from throughout the business and profession who were nominated and selected by VM's editors as 2019’s "Most Influential Women in Optical." This special program, now in its 17th year, is eagerly awaited by VM readers. This diverse group consists of executives, sales and marketing professionals, ECPs, administrators, researchers and teachers. This eclectic mix is emblematic of the broad reach of women in our industry and indicative of how deeply they are embedded in its fabric.
VisionMonday 07/19/2019 10:00
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—New education at will offer attendees a wide range of tracks, courses, workshops and competitions featuring the latest in leadership, marketing, patient care and more with real-time planning and interactive demonstrations. With over 300 hours of educational content available at the upcoming Las Vegas conference and exhibition, attendees will have the opportunity to fulfill multiple aspects of their professional aspirations.
VisionMonday 07/19/2019 00:27
NEW YORK— has released its final numbers for . This year, National Sunglasses Day achieved more than 1.2 bullion online, social media and broadcast consumer media impressions. In addition, #NationalSunglassesDay trended on Twitter throughout the day on June 27, 2019. According to The Vision Council, online placements garnered more than 223 million impressions, with top placements coming from websites such as businessinsider.com, yahoo.com, marketwatch.com, parade.com and golfdigest.com.
VisionMonday 07/19/2019 00:18
SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France—International ophthalmology company (Euronext Paris: FR0013018124, COX) reported net revenue of €5.2 million in the second quarter ending June 30, 2019 versus €0.2 million in the second quarter of 2018. The Nicox Group had cash and cash equivalents of €17.3 million as compared with €23.5 million at March 31, 2019 and €22.1 million as of Dec. 31, 2018. These cash and cash equivalents do not include the €2 million upfront payment from Ocumension nor the $3 million milestone payment from Eyevance received in July, the company said.
VisionMonday 07/17/2019 07:00
Fifty years ago, the Apollo 11 mission brought the first astronauts to the Moon—and it’s surprising how many optical innovations were involved in that historic expedition. In fact, the whole space race relied on ongoing support from some of the leading eyewear companies in the world. This anniversary is now being celebrated by the in Southbridge, Massachusetts. The Museum draws on the archives of American Optical, now part of .
VisionMonday 07/17/2019 07:00
NEW YORK—We may still be in the heat of summer, but there’s no doubt that the hustle and bustle of the back to school season is beginning to pick up pace. As parents and kids prepare to head back to the classroom, independent ECPs and brands are also preparing in their own way. For many kids, heading back to school for the year also means it’s time for their annual eye exam—and for a fun new pair of glasses to kick off the new school year. For ECPs, that means more appointments and brand new stock to celebrate the back to school season. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the ways independent brands and ECPs are already getting set up to head back to school.
VisionMonday 07/17/2019
NEW YORK--New York is one of those cities where they say only the strong survive. And while that kind of thinking might be a little dramatic, it does have some hints of truth. After all, New York is busy all the time--there’s places to go, people to see, and exorbitant rent to pay. It can be hard to make it in New York--but for , an independent practice located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, there’s no better place to be.
VisionMonday 07/13/2019 05:00
Gaining a better understanding of the millennial population is among the top priorities of many marketers and their brand teams. Surveys have shown that the millennial segment is similar, in some ways, to other population groups, but also different in some ways that have implications for marketers. According to a recent survey by Deloitte, millennials are no less ambitious than previous generations, but “their priorities have evolved.” The Deloitte report, “Global Millennial Survey 2019,” can be viewed . “More than half want to earn high salaries and be wealthy,” Deloitte noted, adding that the financial priorities of this group have “been delayed by financial or other constraints.” In addition, having children, buying homes, and other trad.
VisionMonday 07/12/2019 09:21
NEW YORK—Ken Krivacic, OD, MBA, has joined the faculty of presenters for “Demystifying Private Equity and Its Role in Optometry.” This series of symposia is produced by and is sponsored by leading PE-based companies that invest in optometry. The first symposium is slated for Dallas on July 20. The second is slated for Chicago on August 24. The program is geared toward OD-owners, associates and office managers. to register.
VisionMonday 07/12/2019 09:18
NEW YORK— announced last week that it is voluntarily recalling several prescription drug products “as a precautionary measure.” The company attributed the recall to management concerns regarding the sufficiency of quality assurance controls over critical systems in the manufacturing facility. The recall is being carried out to the retail level and is only for the specific lots listed, the company said. In addition, Altaire announced that it is voluntarily recalling over-the-counter (OTC) drug products sold at both Walmart and Walgreens under the companies' store-brand labels. They include Lubricant Eye Drops Moisturizing and related products. (The Walmart products affected are marketed under the "Equate" and "Support Harmony" labels and the.

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