2015 Web Exclusive Archive

  • One on One with Bobbi Brown

    December 2015
    Makeup guru Bobbi Brown, who has an eponymous eyewear line through Safilo, spoke with Eyecare Business and shared insights on looking beautiful at every age in the right eyewear—and makeup. Bonus: These are great tips to share with your patients and customers.
  • Your "Bonus" Consumer Trend

    December 2015
    In the December issue, Eyecare Business brings you five "must-know" consumer trends that will be defining shopper behavior in the future. Read on to discover one more, a "bonus" trend, to further help you align your business to meet future consumer needs. Hint: It has to do with time.
  • Caring for Local Communities Through Grants

    October 2015
    Earlier this year, ABB Optical Group asked ECPs to nominate charities in their local communities that would be helped by an ABB Cares Grant. The nominations came in, and ABB Optical Group has awarded $14,000 in grants to charity service organizations. The services range from free eyecare to a therapeutic riding program for at-risk children, young adults, and veterans.
    Read on to learn more about the charities, and the grant program.
  • Financial FAQs for Your Equipment Purchase

    October 2015
    In our October issue, our feature article, “Equipment Buying Checklist”  presents questions ECPs should consider before embarking on buying or upgrading in-office lab equipment. The equipment itself is just part of the decision. How to finance the purchase is another issue, with many pros and cons.
    Lisa Hartley, vice president of Univest Capital, Inc. (Univest.net), weighs in on some financial questions facing ECPs during their purchasing decisions. Read on...
  • Recognizing World Sight Day

    October 2015
    In honor of World Sight Day, optical professionals and organizations throughout the industry are participating in a variety of events aimed at either raising awareness about the importance of eye heath, or raising funds for Optometry Giving Sight. One of them is Vision Source, which took on the World Sight Day Challenge with the goal of raising $1 million. Read on about others.
  • Special Events Await at Vision Expo West

    September 2015
    Are you packing your bags for International Vision Expo West? It all begins Wednesday, Sept. 16 with industry meetings and the massive education program. Then from Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 17-19, the exhibit hall is open, the CE is flowing, and the special events are popping.
    To help you get the most of your time on the floor and in the forums, Eyecare Business is presenting some “don’t-miss” opportunities in one easy spot.
    Don’t see what you’re looking for? Check out the VEW website for a complete, day-by-day explanation of special events, product demonstrations, and, of course, the CE program.
  • The Vision Council Tech Summit

    September 2015
    The Vision Council announces a new Eyewear and Retail Technology Summit Event for its members to be held in conjunction with Vision Expo West 2015 featuring panels of experts in 3D printing and online retailing. The event, presented by The Vision Council’s Sunglass & Reader and Eyewear & Accessories Divisions, will be held on Wednesday, September 16.
  • Proof Eyewear Helps in El Salvador

    August 2015
    Proof Eyewear and HELP International teamed up to serve the communities of El Salvador in Central America this summer. Members of both the Proof and HELP crews partnered up with a group of volunteers in executing projects relatied to economic development, environmental conservation, education, and visual health.
  • Opti-Port Meeting a Success

    August 2015
    Opti-Port, LLC, a national alliance of eye care providers, recently concluded its fourth annual managed care conference in Chicago. The 2015 workshop boasted a record number of attendees. Dr. John Rumpakis, president and CEO of Practice Resource Management, Inc., kicked off the program with a comprehensive assessment of the staff requirements and practical implications of implementing  the ICD-10 changeover. For the full story, click through
  • ABB Optical Group Opens 2015 ABB Cares Nominations

    August 2015
    ABB Optical Group, a national distributor of optical products, is now accepting applications for its second annual ABB Cares program. Designed to recognize outstanding community organizations across the country, eyecare professionals are invited to nominate non-profits for grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Applications are due before Sept. 1.
  • STATE Optical launches

    July 2015
    STATE Optical Co. is launching with an American-made collection designed for the doers, for the fiercely independent thinkers, for the tireless innovators that embody the true American spirit. Marc Franchi and Jason Stanley (formerly of Frieze Frames) built and head the IEM factory manufacturing STATE in Chicago. Independent thinkers like the Europa leadership brought frame manufacturing back to the U.S. STATE is designed by Blake Kuwahara, whose designs elevate eyewear to art. For the full story, click through
  • ICD-10 Preparation Webinar Offered

    July 2015
    As the ICD-10 deadline looms large, are you ready for the changes? Eyecare Business’ sister publication, Optometric Management, is offering a webinar by Peter J. Cass, O.D., on this hot topic that can settle your fears and help confirm you’re on the right path moving forward. The course is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Vision Source. For more information on the webinar, click through.

    July 2015
    Want to know if your retail location is the best it can be? Is it engaging enough? Inviting enough? Author and consultant Pam Danziger from Unity Marketing offers this self-test for retailers.
    Danziger is the author of "Shopping: Why We Love It and How Retailers Can Create the Ultimate Customer Experience." In her easy analytical test, simply answer a few questions about your retail set-up, and get her suggestions on how to make your shop really POP!
  • Talking with David Rips, Younger Optics

    July 2015
    Younger Optics recently released its new Camber lens design, representing what it refers to as a breakthrough in the way lens design utilizes multiple lens curves on both sides of the lens to provide a more precise vision correction.
    David Rips, Younger’s CEO, spoke with Eyecare Business about the technology behind the lens, and how it can benefit wearers. We started the conversation in the July issue of Eyecare Business. You can read an expanded version here.
  • School's In!

    June 2015
    It's summertime, but school is still in for eyecare practitioners who want to continue their education. Primary Eyecare Network (PEN), a division of ABB OPTICAL GROUP, is pleased to offer eyecare practitioners several educational opportunities during the months of July and August. The courses, which include "Physical Security Standards Webinar" and "Frame Selection Workshop" are open to PEN members and non-members as well. For more information, click through...
  • Fashion Expert Tim Gunn Talks Lenses

    June 2015
    Transitions Optical, Inc., is partnering with fashion icon and “Project Runway” host Tim Gunn to inspire people to see life – and fashion – through a new lens. Throughout the collaboration, Gunn will provide fashion tips and motivation to help people see fashion differently and ultimately feel confident in developing their very own style. Gunn recently held a conversation with fashion editors and Eyecare Business about his decision to work with Transitions Optical and how lens function can blend seamlessly with fashion-forward style. For the full exclusive interview, click through...
  • Award-Winning Style

    June 2015
    Actress, comedian and producer Julia Louis-Dreyfus is best known for her role of Elaine Benes on NBC’s hit comedy series Seinfeld. She currently stars in Veep, HBO’s political comedy series, in which she has won three consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for her performance as Selina Meyer. She recently appeared on the Late Show finale with Jerry Seinfeld as part of David Letterman’s “Top Ten List” segment.  Julia Louis-Dreyfus in DVF595S sunglasses from Marchon.
  • Envision Holds Assistive Tech Camp

    May 2015
    Envision will hold its 10th annual Assistive Technology Camps for students who are blind or visually impaired. The weeklong residential programs provide technology and training essential for the participants' educational success, competing for jobs, and achieving greater independence. For more information, on the camps this summer, click through.
  • Healthy Vision Month

    May 2015
    May is Healthy Vision Month, and in recognition :DentalPlans conducted a SmileMeter survey that shows 34 percent of national respondents selected the eyes as their preferred facial feature.
  • Deductions from Theft

    May 2015
    According to the IRS, theft is deductible in regards to loss of inventory, repairs to leased property, and some specific theft situations. For more details, read this week's web exclusive.
  • Summer Hit

    May 2015
    Singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor’s career is skyrocketing due to her chart busting single “All About the Bass.” This week she's a hit in Valentino style V695S sunglasses from Marchon.
  • Silmo 2015: A New Show

    May 2015
    At Silmo 2015, the focus will be on renewal. For its next edition, scheduled to take place from September 25-28, 2015 at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre, the World Optical Fair is adopting a more retail-oriented approach. Organized around four themes, it is also revamping its communication strategy by launching a high impact campaign. For a full picture of the changes, read on...
  • Oakley opens pop-up

    April 2015
    As a follow up to the One Obsession Campaign, last Friday, Oakley opened the first of three brand hubs in LA. “Oakley In Residence: Los Angeles” is a creative hangout space and pop-up skate park to explore, participate and celebrate a shared obsession for creativity in skate. For the full story, click through...
  • VSP Creates Its Own Wearable

    April 2015
    In our April issue, we reported on several exciting developments regarding “smart eyewear” that were unveiled at Vision Expo East. Among them was Project Genesis, an eyewear-embedded device that tracks health and fitness issues and the first wearable tech device to be 100% created by VSP Global.
    Eyecare Business spoke with Leslie Muller and Jay Sales, who head up Project Genesis, about the device and its possible role in healthcare.
  • Holly Rush Expanded Five Questions

    April 2015
    In our April issue, Luxottica Wholesale North America president Holly Rush shared her business insights with the readers of Eyecare Business. In this web exclusive expanded story, we share the complete responses and interview.
  • Dr. William A. Monaco Receives Orion Award

    April 2015
    William A. Monaco, O.D., M.S.Ed., Ph.D., FAAO, associate dean of Salus University’s Graduate Programs in Biomedicine and associate director of Public Health programs, has received the Orion Award from the Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS). The Orion Award, the organization’s highest honor is awarded to AFOS members who have made the most significant contributions to the Society and the study of optometry.
  • WHO-BHVI Meeting on Myopia

    March 2015
    A joint global meeting recently held in Sydney, Australia at the Brien Holden Vision Institute which included scientists, researchers, eye care professional leaders and representatives of the World Health Organization discussed the increasing prevalence of myopia and its impact on the world.
  • PBA Launches See Jane See

    March 2015
    As part of April's designation as Women's Eye Health and Safety Month, Prevent Blindness has created the program See Jane See: Women's Healthy Eyes Now. Recommendations for good eye health include: quitting smoking, taking supplements, getting aware of your family history, and more...click through for more healthy vision recommendations.
  • Luisa Delgado's Safilo Brand Rundown

    March 2015
    The CEO of Safilo, Luisa Delgado shares her exclusive insights on the individual house brands offered by the company and the patients who are targeted as the ideal wearers of each line.
  • Optician Saves Patient's Life

    February 2015
    As optical professionals, you have patients and customers in front of you all day. But will you be prepared when something out of the ordinary happens—like a life-threatening medical emergency?
    It happened to Dale Thompson, licensed optician and owner of Precise Eyewear Frame Repair in Cincinnati.