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Luxottica and Essilor Merge | 1/16/2017

Essilor and Luxottica have entered into a historic merger that combines the two largest optical companies in the world. Read on for all the details...

 

New Leadership at Vision Impact Institute | 1/9/2017

Kristan Gross has been named the new president of the Vision Impact Institute, succeeding Maureen Cavanagh. Cavanagh is transitioning to a new, unannounced, role at Essilor of America. 

 

The Vision Council releases DES survey | 1/5/2017

As attendees gather at this year's CES global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow, The Vision Council has released the results of a nationwide survey on blue light.

 

Alcon Discontinues UPP | 12/28/2016

Alcon has announced  it is ending its UPP, effective immediately, in light of a Utah court decision that upholds the Contact Lens Consumer Protection Act.

 

OWA Announces 2017 Award Winners | 12/22/2016

The Optical Women’s Association has announced the women it will honor as its Pleaides, Pyxis, and Pinnacle award recipients: Kate Renwick-Espinosa, Lori Lippiatt, O.D., and Corinne McCormack

 

HOYA Acquires Pinnacle Optical Lab | 12/21/2016

HOYA Vision Care announced today the acquisition of Pinnacle Optical, LLC, a full-service wholesale optical laboratory headquartered in Birmingham, AL.

 

Safilo Enters Wearable-Tech Arena | 12/21/2016

Safilo Group has partnered with a brain sensing technology company to create a wearable-tech eyewear product under the name of SAFILOx. It will launch at CES next month.

 

Transitions Innovation Finalists Announced | 12/9/2016

Transitions Optical, Inc. has announced the finalists for its Transitions Innovation Awards program, which recognizes customers and companies for their efforts to support the Transitions brand.

 

Essilor Int'l Names Vacherot President | 12/7/2016

Essilor International has announced that Laurent Vacherot has been appointed president of the company as part of an executive re-alignment to meet expansion needs.

 

Snapchat Glasses Now Rx-able! | 12/2/2016

It’s the product that’s taking social media posting to a whole new level, and now—thanks for Rochester Optical—it’s available for spectacle lens wearers. Read on to find out how to get in on this.

 

Essilor Expands in China | 11/23/2016

Essilor has announced more partnerships in China that expand its presence there, and is setting its sights on further online growth in the U.S. in 2017. Read on for details…

 

Hilco Acquires Jonathan Paul Eyewear | 11/17/2016

Hilco Vision announces today the acquisition of Jonathan Paul Eyewear, a pioneer of the fitover category of sunwear and the Jonathan Paul Fitover brand.

 

IDOC Acquired by Investment Firm | 11/11/2016

IDOC, a 2,000-member-strong alliance of independent optometrists, has been acquired by a private investment firm. Read on for details....

 

Industry Impact of the U.S. Election | 11/10/2016

The Vision Council has provided an outline of the predicted impact the election results will have on the business of eyewear manufacturing and distribution, and even healthcare.

 

Readying Future Industry Leaders | 10/28/2016

In a move to identify and mentor the future leaders of the optical industry, The Vision Council has created a new committee to foster leadership skills in today’s young executives.

 

ABB Group Acquired Diversified Ophthalmics | 10/24/2016

ABB OPTICAL GROUP has acquired Diversified Ophthalmics, Inc. and partner company MidSouth Premier Ophthalmics. Financials were not disclosed. Read on for more.

 

Mills Named CEO of The Vision Council | 10/18/2016

The Vision Council has announced that one of its own, Ashley Mills, will take the reins as CEO following the retirement of industry veteran Mike Daley.

 

HOYA Acquires Vision Ease Parent Company | 10/12/2016

HOYA Corporation has announced an agreement to acquire Performance Optics, LLC, including its Vision Ease subsidiary.

 

B+L Recalls PeroxiClear Solution | 10/3/2016

Bausch + Lomb is conducting a voluntary recall, proposed Class II, of its PeroxiClear 3% hydrogen peroxide cleaning & disinfecting solution. Read on for details...
 

 

Hilco Acquires Netherlands Companies | 9/21/2016

Hilco in continuing the strengthen is growth in the European market with two new acquisitions in the Netherlands and the creation of a new company there called Hilco Benelux.

 

J&J Enters Cataract Surgery Field | 9/19/2016

Johnson & Johnson, maker of Acuvue contact lenses, has acquired Abbott Medical Optics, maker of cataract and LASIK surgery products, for $4 billion.

 

Alain Gilles to Chair Silmo d'Or awards Jury | 9/12/2016

Belgian designer Alain Gilles is this year’s chair of the jury at the Silmo d’Or awards.

 

“Sight” Film Adapted for Color Blindness | 9/7/2016

When the much-anticipated "Sight" documentary debuts next month, it will be specially adapted to allow those with color blindness to enjoy its beauty as well. Read on to find out how…..

 

OneSight to Launch School Vision Centers | 8/26/2016

OneSight is launching a new program to fund school-based vision center programs in schools that have visually underserved students. Read on for the details....

 

Free Blue Light CE Tour Set | 8/26/2016

Essilor and Transitions are teaming up and going on the road this fall—to provide free CE throughout the country. The topic? Blue light (from all sources).

 

VSP Partners with USC to Study Wearable Tech | 8/25/2016

VSP Global is taking its wearable technology project to a new level this month, as it launches an academic study and pilot test to better harness the power of digital health technology.

 

Essilor Expands European Online Footprint | 8/16/2016

Essilor has acquired MyOptique Group, Ltd., a leading European online optical retailer across all eyewear categories—Rx eyewear, contact lenses, and sunwear.

 

Vision Groups Advocate for pre-K Eye Exams | 8/12/2016

Optometry Giving Sight, the Vision Impact Institute, and VSP Global have teamed up to advocate for comprehensive eye exams for all students before they enter kindergarten.

 

Data Breach Affects Optometry Community | 8/3/2016

A data breach has reportedly targeted personal and financial information from doctors and students of optometry nationwide. Read on to find out how best to respond and protect yourself.

 

Lab Honorees Announced | 8/1/2016

The Vision Council's Lab Division is beginning to lay out its programming agenda for its annual meeting, including the honorees of its Hall of Fame celebration. Read on...

 

CE at Trade Shows Boosts Practice Performance | 7/27/2016

Did you know that education provided at trade shows such as the International Vision Expos has a positive impact on ECPs’ businesses, customer service, and revenue? Read on...

 

Cavanagh Named New OWA President | 7/19/2016

The Optical Women’s Association has announced an immediate change to its executive committee. Maureen Cavanagh, president of the non-profit Vision Impact Institute, has taken the reins.

 

Think About Your Eyes Reaches New Milestone | 7/18/2016

The national Think About Your Eyes campaign has reached a new milestone of 2.5 million visitors to the campaign website since its launch.

 

Andrea Thau, O.D., Elected President of AOA | 7/6/2016

Andrea P. Thau, O.D., was sworn in as the AOA's new president at Optometry’s Meeting in Boston. She was first elected to the AOA Board of Trustees in 2007, and elected vice president in June 2014.

 

The Vision Council Starts Low Vision Campaign | 7/6/2016

The Vision Council has started a new campaign to drive traffic to its website dedicated to educating low vision patients and their caregivers about the types and causes of low vision.

 

J&J Vision Care Gives $1.8 Million to TAYE | 7/5/2016

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. has announced its commitment of $1.8 million in support to the Think About Your Eyes public awareness campaign.

 

Vision Health Advocates Head to Congress | 6/30/2016

Prevent Blindness and other vision health advocates are preparing to "storm the hill" this summer for the 11th annual "Eyes on Capitol Hill" Congressional advocacy day.

 

ASCO Honors Awardees at Luncheon | 6/30/2016

The Vision Council's Mike Daley was among the honorees at the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry annual luncheon today.

 

Are You Ready for VEW? Registration is OPEN! | 6/30/2016

Registration is now open for Vision Expo West 2016, scheduled once again at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas. Read on to find out what's in store for attendees...
 

 

Mike Daley to Retire from The Vision Council | 6/27/2016

Industry veteran Mike Daley, CEO of The Vision Council, has announced that he will retire in late 2016. Read on for the whole story...

 

Essilor Acquires AllAboutVision.com | 6/24/2016

Essilor of America has acquired AllAboutVision.com, a popular consumer website and resource for information on a variety of topics relating to vision, eye health, and eyewear.

 

Safe Harbor Given for Prop 65's BpA | 6/23/2016

BpA has been given a "safe harbor" exception to California's Prop 65 rule—the rule that's made CA retailers post all those warning signs. Read on to see how this affects you....

 

1st SUNY College of Optometry President Dies | 6/23/2016

Alden Norman Haffner, O.D., founding president of the SUNY College of Optometry, has passed away at age 87. Read on to learn of the legacy he leaves.

 

De Rigo Acquires REM Eyewear | 6/14/2016

De Rigo has announced its plans to purchase complete ownership of REM Eyewear. A new, U.S. based group, De Rigo REM, will be formed.

 

Essilor No. 5 in Newsweek's Green Ranking | 6/13/2016

Since 2009, Newsweek's environmental ranking has assessed 500 of the largest publicly traded companies in the U.S. and abroad based on their environmental performance.

 

Three States Join Children's Vision Project | 6/9/2016

Arizona, Ohio, and Wyoming will join a three-year collaborative project aimed at making improvements in the systems supporting children's vision and eye health.

 

Tickets Available for Prevent Blindness Event | 6/2/2016

Prevent Blindness has announced the date of its ninth annual Swing Fore Sight golf tournament in conjuction with Vision Expo West.

 

Bruce Moore Honored by Prevent Blindness | 6/2/2016

Bruce Moore, O.D., professor at New England College of Optometry, has been named the recipient of the Prevent Blindness 2016 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health.

 

New Overtime Rules, Explained | 5/27/2016

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued new rules to determine the situation in which certain employees must be paid overtime. We break it down for you here.

 

New Marchon President Named | 5/25/2016

VSP Global announces the retirement of Claudio Gottardi, who has served as president of Marchon Eyewear since 2009. Nicola Zotta will assume the role effective June 1.

 

Safilo Names New CEO for North America | 5/18/2016

Safilo Group has appointed Henri Blomqvist as new CEO of Safilo North America. He also adds the responsibility for the Group's Global Sports Commercial Channel.

 

VSP's Eyes of Hope Campaign Begins | 5/17/2016

VSP Global has partnered with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to co-host multi-day events to provide free vision care in 10 cities across the U.S. year.

 

Kering Eyewear Announces New Appointment | 5/16/2016

Kering Eyewear has announced the appointment of Glenn Rusk as Senior Vice President of Sales, North America, effective immediately.

 

Mondottica Int. Merges with Mondottica USA | 5/11/2016

Mondottica International announced yesterday that it has merged with Mondottica USA. 

 

Your Duty to Warn: Prop 65 | 5/10/2016

Optical retailers in California have been hearing a lot about the impending “Prop 65” date. What does it all mean, and what should they do to ensure they are in compliance with the new regulation?

 

VSP Names Chairman of the Board | 5/10/2016

Daniel L. Mannen, O.D., F.A.A.O., is the new Chairman of the Board of VSP Global. He is the first-ever returning Chairman of the Board, having served a two-year term previously during 2006-2008.

 

SAO Honors Ophthalmic Optician of the Year | 5/10/2016

Barry E. Santini, O.O. has been named the 2016 Ophthalmic Optician of the Year by the Society to Advance Opticianry. 

 

Specialty Lens Symposium Expands to OMS | 5/5/2016

A special 1-½ day CE program has been added to the Optometric Management Symposium that brings the Global Specialty Lens Symposium to OMS attendees.

 

Silmo Extends Academy, Offers Grant | 5/4/2016

Silmo Academy is making some changes to the schedule and content of its scientific symposium, and is offering a grant to support a research project. Read on for info.

 

PentaVision Partners with 4ECPs | 5/3/2016

PentaVision LLC, publisher of Eyecare Business, and 4ECPs Inc. announce a strategic partnership to provide practice management information.

 

Great Glasses Play Info Here! | 5/3/2016

The 5th Annual Great Glasses Play Day will place this weekend, May 7-8.  The event aims to celebrate children and the advances that help them see better. Read on for info on how you can get involved.

 

Silhouette Names New CEO | 5/2/2016

Silhouette International, based in Linz, Austria, has named Jan Rosenberg as its new CEO. Rosenberg will manage the family-owned company with Thomas Windischbauer, COO and CFO.

 

Industry Leaders Honored at Gala Events | 4/28/2016

Three optical industry leaders—Brett Saunders of Allergan, Martin Bassett of Walman Optical, and Michael Block of Block Vision Group—were honored this month at two gala events in New York City.

 

Valeant Names New President | 4/27/2016

Bausch + Lomb parent company Valeant Pharmaceuticals has named Joseph C. Papa as its chairman and CEO. He is expected to join Valeant by early May, succeeding J. Michael Pearson.

 

New Ways to Attend Transitions Academy | 4/27/2016

To meet demand and expand the audience of Transitions Academy attendees, Transitions Optical is providing four ways for industry professionals to attend the 21st annual Transitions Academy next year.

 

UPP, AOA Advocacy in the News | 4/26/2016

A lot has been happening on the contact lens front this week and last, as UPP and advocacy on the federal level have made news. Here's a wrap-up on what you may have missed.

 

Essilor Acquires Opti-Port | 4/21/2016

Essilor  has acquired eyecare practice alliance Opti-Port LLC. The acquisition was reported as part of Essilor’s Q1 financial report, which showed a 9.4% earnings increase.

 

VEE Reports Increased Attendance | 4/20/2016

More than 16,000 attendees participated in the 30th anniversary edition of International Vision Expo & Conference East. This represents a jump of almost 6%.

 

J&J Vision Care Halts UPP Program | 4/13/2016

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. has discontinued its Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP) for contact lens sales. Read on for more info.

 

New Global Campaign to Stem Impact of Myopia | 4/13/2016

The Brien Holden Institute, Essilor, OGS, and others have teamed up for a new global campaign—Our Children's Vision—to bring better vision to those in need.

 

VSP Global Partners with Tech Start-up | 4/11/2016

VSP Global has announced a $2 million investment with Vizzario Inc. to develop eyecare technologies to track visual acuity, eye strain, traumatic brain injury, and sports vision performance.

 

Report Outlines Children's Eye Health | 4/7/2016

Prevent Blindness's Children's Vision group has released a report that outlines the current landscape for children's vision and eye health in the U.S. Read on for info.

 

AOA Files FDA Complaint Against Opernative | 4/5/2016

The AOA has asked the FDA to take legal action about an online vision test being marketed by Opternative, Inc., claiming it hasn't undergone the proper pre-market testing.

 

Holly Rush New CEO of Costa | 4/4/2016

Former Luxottica, North America president Holly Rush will take the reins at Essilor-owned Costa Sunglasses, following the retirement of Chas MacDonald.

 

Three Elected to Optometry Hall of Fame | 4/1/2016

The American Optometric Association (AOA) and Optometry Cares-The AOA Foundation have announced the three newest inductees to the National Optometry Hall of Fame.

 

edCFDA to Host New Event at Vision Expo | 3/28/2016

Nine eyewear designers will host a first-ever Eyewear Showcase at Vision Expo East, giving attendees an insider's look at their collections and the chance to talk to designers.

 

The Exchange Celebrates 25 Years | 3/17/2016

Nearly 4K attendees are celebrating St. Patrick's Day as well as the 25th anniversary of Vision Source at The Exchange, held in San Antonio.

 

Costa President and CEO Announces Retirement | 3/10/2016

Chas MacDonald to retire, effective April 30. MacDonald led the company through lens technology advancements and a dedication to conservation.

 

OWA Honors Downes and Englert | 3/9/2016

The Optical Women’s Association will be honor Sue Downes, CEO of MyEyeDr., and Ann E. Englert, owner of Solutions, at two special events during Vision Expo East.

 

Cevasco Named CEO of PFO Global | 3/7/2016

Matt Cevasco, previously of Luneau Technology USA, has been named CEO of PFO Global. He succeeds Rudolf Suter in the position.

 

Sorensen Named GUNNAR OPTIKS President | 3/2/2016

Scott Sorensen, previously head of marketing, has been named president of computer and gaming eyewear maker GUNNAR Optiks.

 

J&J Vision Care Names New President | 3/1/2016

Peter Menziuso has been named president, North America, for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. Laura Angelini has moved on to another role at the company. Read on for details.....

 

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month | 2/29/2016

With the number of Americans suffering from digital eye strain on the rise, Prevent Blindness is making it (and other workplace risks) a focus this month.

 

Leadership Changes at Luxottica Retail | 2/25/2016

Luxottica Group has announced several promotions and changes within the leadership of its North American Retail division. Read on for details....

 

 

Essilor Acquires European Online Retailer | 2/24/2016

Essilor International has acquired Vision Direct Group, Ltd, on of Europe's leading online contact lens retailers.

 

VSP Gets Calif. ACA Business | 2/23/2016

California’s program to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act has selected VSP Vision Care to offer access to vision coverage for adults throughout the state.

 

Transitions Gets a 'Super' Social Media Boost | 2/11/2016

Did you notice Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera's Transitions lenses during Super Bowl 50? A lot of people sure did, and Transitions Optical got a huge social media boost.

 

NRF Announces 2016 Retail Sales Forecast | 2/10/2016

What's in store for retail sales for the remainder of 2016?

 

Vision Expo Announces Visionaries | 2/9/2016

International Vision Expo has announced its inaugural class of Visionaries, recognizing a new generation of change-makers in the optical industry.

 

Awards Ceremony Closes Transitions Academy | 2/8/2016

Transitions Academy 2016, which hosted 500 ECPs, lab reps, and lens partners, recognized several practices and ECPs for achievement in building business and Transitions brand awareness.

 

HOYA Acquires Nexus Vision Group | 2/4/2016

HOYA Vision Care has acquired Nexus Vision Group, a group of independent optical laboratories based in Ohio.

 

TAYE Breaks Records in 2015 | 2/3/2016

The national Think About Your Eyes (TAYE) campaign had a banner year in 2015, getting its message in front of more than 132 million adults.

 

Adlens Announces New Execs | 2/1/2016

Adlens, manufacturer of adjustable focus eyewear, has announced a series of executive appointments to meet the demands of what it expects to be a very busy 2016.

 

Luxottica's co-CEO Adil Khan to Leave | 1/29/2016

After what's been termed a productive year as co-CEO of Luxottica Group S.p.A., co-CEO Adil Khan is leaving the company. Read on for more....

 

The Vision Council Names Directors | 1/29/2016

Marty Bassett of Walman Optical has been elected Chairman of Board of The Vision Council. The Vision Council announced its slate of officers during its annual Executive Summit in Orlando, FL.

 

Alcon Replaces its CEO | 1/28/2016

Mike Ball appointed to take the reins of Alcon from Jeff George effective February 1. Read on for details....

 

VSP Appoints New Executives | 1/27/2016

Two Marchon executives—Steve Wright and Mark Ginsberg—have been tapped for promotions in the most recent VSP Global restructuring.

 

New Content for VEE Ed Program | 1/25/2016

Vision Expo East, scheduled for mid-April in New York, has three new education formats and expanded content for ECPs. Read on to find out what's new, and to get registration information.

 

Schuy Takes Reins at EVF | 1/18/2016

The Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) has appointed Kim Schuy as its president. She will replace Stephen Shawler, who has accepted a new role at Essilor of America.

 

The Vision Council Names Mills to Show Post | 1/15/2016

The Vision Council has named Ashley Mills to the position of vice president of trade shows and meetings. She returns to organization after a six-year absence.

 

IDOC Acquires PRIMA Eye Group | 1/12/2016

Independent Doctors of Optometric Care (IDOC, LLC), a practice development organization, has acquired optometric alliance and consulting group PRIMA Eye Group (PRIMA, LLC).

 

Rush Leaves Luxottica, Uguzzoni Replaces Her | 1/11/2016

Holly Rush has stepped away from her role as president, Luxottica Wholesale NA. Fabrizio Uguzzoni, senior vice president of operations and finance, was named president effective January 1.

 

Registration Open for Vision Expo East | 1/8/2016

Registration has opened for the 30th annual International Vision Expo & Conference East. Note that the event will be held a little later than usual this year, in April. Read on for details.

 

Essilor Announces IDD Lab Awards Winners | 1/6/2016

Essilor of America announced the winners of its Independent Distribution Division (IDD) Annual Laboratory Awards, recognizing labs that have exceeded expectations and achieved top sales performance.

 

The Vision Council Releases Report at CES | 1/6/2016

To coincide with its appearance at The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), The Vision Council has released its newest report on Americans' digital device usage and their knowledge of digital eye strain.

 

Transitions Announces Award Finalists | 12/23/2015

Transitions Optical, Inc. has named the finalists for its new Transitions Innovation Awards program, which recognizes ECPs and practices for their efforts to support the Transitions brand.

 

Congress Passes Higher Equipment Deductible | 12/21/2015

Consider an end-of-year equipment purchase? Congress just gave small businesses a bit of tax boost in that area. has passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act  Read on for the details.

 

New Standards for Sunwear/Fashion Eyewear | 12/18/2015

ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z80 has updated its requirements for non-prescription sunglasses and fashion eyewear. Read on for The Vision Council's abridged guide to the new standards.

 

Naidoo New CEO of Brien Holden Institute | 12/7/2015

Professor Kovin Naidoo has been named CEO of the Australia-based Brien Holden Vision Institute. He had been serving as interim CEO following the death of CEO Brien Holden in July 2015.

 

CareCredit Gifts $25K to InfantSee | 12/4/2015

The charitable giving arm of CareCredit has given a $25,000 grant to the InfantSee program. It's the fourth year in a row the company has recognized the infant eye health program.

 

Raki Shah Named VisionWeb President | 12/2/2015

Raki Shah has been named president and CEO of VisionWeb. Shah succeeds Ken Engelhart, who had held the position since 2008 and will be retiring after 35 years in the industry.

 

Registration Open for OAA Conference | 12/1/2015

Registration is now open for the Opticians Association of America (OAA) State Leadership Conference, scheduled for January 21- 23 in San Antonio, TX.

 

Holiday Sales: The Break Down | 11/30/2015

Millions of people headed to stores, or sat down for some serious online shopping Thanksgiving weekend. The NRF breaks down the "when," the "who," and the "where" numbers.

 

ANSI Standards Updated for Lenses | 11/30/2015

A revision of the ANSI standards regarding spectacle lenses has been updated to reflect lens tech advancements, including lens compensation, Position-of-Wear measurements, and transmittance.

 

Pfizer and Allergan to Merge | 11/23/2015

Pfizer Inc. and Allergan plc have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Pfizer will combine with Allergan. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2016.

 

Merger Forms Largest Assistive-Tech Company | 11/16/2015

Freedom Scientific and Optelec announced today that they have merged to create the world’s largest assistive technology provider for the visually impaired.

 

LensCrafters to Open in Macy's Stores | 11/11/2015

Luxottica will bring LensCrafters to as many as 500 Macy’s department stores in the U.S. over the next three years. The first is expected this spring.

 

Essilor Acquires Another ECP Group | 11/11/2015

Essilor has acquired its second independent ECP group with its purchase of a majority interest in Professional Eyecare Resource Co-Operative (PERC) and sister group, Infinity Vision Alliance (IVA).

 

Vision Ease Acquires Korean Lens Company | 11/4/2015

Vision Ease has acquired Daemyung Optical Co. Ltd. (DMO), the second-largest lens manufacturer in Korea. The acquisition doubles size of  Vision Ease’s product portfolio and distribution capabilities.

 

Group Launched for Canadian Optical Women | 11/2/2015

Just as the Optical Women’s Association (OWA) has served women working in the U.S. optical industry, a similar association has been created in Canada for women working in that optical industry.

 

Young Leaders Initiative Launched | 10/21/2015

The Vision Council is accepting applications to its new Young Leaders Initiative at its Executive Summit. Member companies can help nurture young industry talent.

 

Vision Expo East Ranks Among Top Trade Shows | 10/15/2015

Vision Expo East ranks 74th on the 2014 Trade Show Executive magazine's list of the Gold 100. Vision Expo East has been ranked in the top tier of the Gold 100 since the list's inception in 2007.

 

OAA Names New President | 10/12/2015

Sandy Brown of Kentucky has been elected president of the Opticians Association of America. The election took place during the Delegate Assembly at the OptiCon conference in Nashville, TN.

 

CVS to Open In-Store Optical Centers | 10/7/2015

CVS Health announced it will begin providing optical services at CVS/pharmacy in five store locations around the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. market.

 

CooperVision Searches for Best Practices | 10/5/2015

CooperVision, Inc. has lkicked off a nationwide search for "Best Practices" to discover and recognize U.S. eyecare practices that have found unique ways to make their businesses thrive.

 

HOYA Adds Swiss Lens Maker | 10/1/2015

Family-run Knecht & Muller to join HOYA's Germany, Austria, Switzerland region; CEO of HOYA Germany to take over reins.

 

Vision Ease Launches New Brand Identity | 9/30/2015

Vision Ease, formerly Vision-Ease Lens, has unveiled a new brand identity that include new logo, new strategy to 'rediscover' the brand's core meaning and bring more value to customers.

 

Transitions Announces New Awards | 9/11/2015

Transitions Optical, Inc. is accepting nominations for its new Innovation Awards Program with five categories recognizing innovative efforts to support the Transitions brand over the past year.

 

Laura Bush Named 2015 Person of Vision | 9/9/2015

Prevent Blindness has chosen former First Lady Laura Bush as the recipient of the 2015 Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Award.

 

Coburn to Distribute Kowa Diagnostic Line | 9/3/2015

Coburn Technologies and Kowa American Corporation announce their new agreement whereby Coburn Technologies will distribute Kowa’s diagnostic products to the US ophthalmic market.

 

Essilor Launches Consumer Campaign for Eyezen | 9/2/2015

To support the launch of its new Eyezen glasses, Essilor is introducing a consumer campaign targeting millennials that employs integrated advertising through social and digital media.

 

Luneau Technology Acquires AIT | 9/1/2015

AIT to merge with Briot USA division of Luneau Technology. AIT's Joe Vulich to lead the combined AIT/Briot equipment group.

 

The Vision Council Gets LPT Liaison | 8/31/2015

The Vision Council announces the addition of Paul Wade  as the new Lens Processing Technology (LPT) Division Liaison. He fills the position left empty by Jeff Endres, who left in June.

 

Laird to Grow VSP's Ties with ACO | 8/28/2015

In an effort to expand VSP Vision Care's relationships with ACOs and Independent Practice Associations (IPAs), Warren Laird has been named vice president of ACO business development.

 

This is Contact Lens Health Week | 8/26/2015

CooperVision among companies joining CDC in consumer campaign to raise patient awareness about proper contact lens care.

 

Zeiss Launches Training Platform | 8/25/2015

Online education portal helps ECPs develop dispensing skills and become proficient in Zeiss lens products.

 

New Program For Paraoptometric Career | 8/21/2015

The AOA has launched a new member benefit, the Paraoptometric Career Ladder, designed to revolutionize training and hiring for paraoptometrics and have a big impact on the success of practices.

 

Raftery to Head New Live Eyewear Division | 8/20/2015

Live Eyewear has appointed Jay Raftery to the new position of vice president of business development. he will oversee a new business segment launching next year.

 

Hilco Acquires German Companies | 8/9/2015

Hilco Vision announces today the acquisitions of Breitfeld & Schliekert GmbH (B&S) and Lexxoo International GmbH.

 

Duplan to Lead Alcon North America | 8/5/2015

Alcon has appointed Sergio Duplan as region president, Alcon North America. He succeeds Robert Warner, who assumes a new Alcon executive committee role as global franchise head, Alcon Vision Care.

 

Essilor Acquires Vision Source | 7/30/2015

Vision Source, North America’s largest independent optometric service alliance, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Essilor.

 

Vision Institute Leader Dies | 7/28/2015

Brien Holden OAM, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute, a professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Australia, died July 27 in Australia.

 

Bono Teams with Revo to Save Sight | 7/27/2015

U2 lead singer Bono has partnered with Revo to raise $10 million in funds for Brien Holden Vision Institute by 2020.

 

Zeiss Re-Organizes North American Management | 7/24/2015

Carl Zeiss Vision Inc. is intensifying its focus on the North American market with two executive appointments—Jens Boy to president and Greg DiPasquale as SVP,  independent ECP.

 

Executive Changes at Luneau | 7/22/2015

Luneau Technology has announced changes in its executive team. Among them: Matt Cevasco transitions to a consultancy role and David Avila takes over Visionix and LPO.

 

IDOC Partners with CT Physician Group | 7/20/2015

IDOC has partnered with Connecticut’s ProHealth Physicians—the state’s largest Accountable Care Organization (ACO)— as a preferred provider of eyecare and related services.

 

Avila New Head of LPO | 7/10/2015

David Avila, a 23-year industry veteran, has joined Latham and Phillips Ophthalmic (LPO), a subsidiary of Visionix, as the president and general manager.

 

Editorial Changes on Tap for Eyecare Business | 7/9/2015

Erinn Morgan, currently fashion and retail market editor, to take over editorial reins as Stephanie DeLong transitions into emeritus role.

 

PFO Global Completes Merger, Financing | 7/8/2015

PFO Global completed its merger with PFO Acquisition Corp and Pro Fit Optix Holding Company, and emerged as a publicly traded company.

 

Service Planned for Low Vision Leader | 7/1/2015

William “Bill” Mattingly, founder of Mattingly Low Vision and a leader in low vision services and education, passed away June 18 after a battle with a rare degenerative brain disease.

 

Altair Eyewear Licenses Cole Haan | 6/29/2015

Multi-year agreement will put Cole Haan Eyewear Collection in optical outlets by fall 2015.

 

Heath Elected President of ASCO | 6/26/2015

David Heath, O.D., EdM, president of the State University of New York College of Optometry, has been elected President of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO).

 

National Sunglasses Day is Saturday | 6/25/2015

The Vision Council offers resources and social marketing messages for ECPs to spread the word about UV protection. Find all the links here.

 

Brownlee Takes Over as CEO of Hilco | 6/24/2015

Longtime CEO Bob Nahmias announced retirement; former Safilo executive takes over the reins.

 

Vision Source Partners with Physician Group | 6/17/2015

An partnership between Vision Source and Privia Quality Network will provide eye health and vision services to Previa's patient base.

 

Renwick-Espinosa to Head VSP Vision Care | 6/10/2015

Kate Renwick-Espinosa, a 23-year VSP veteran and current chief marketing officer, will succeed Jim McGrann in the most recent VSP executive promotion.

 

Lab Hall of Fame Nominations Open | 6/5/2015

The Optical Lab Division Hall of Fame nominating committee is seeking nominations to the 2015 Optical Lab Division Hall of Fame.

 

June is Cataract Awareness Month | 6/3/2015

Number of Americans with cataract will rise 50% in 15 years. Prevent Blindness offers free educational materials and online modules.

 

Vuarnet Re-Organizes Under New CEO | 5/29/2015

The French eyewear brand is merging all of its products, including sportswear and ski equipment, into a single entity that will be headed by newly appointed CEO Lionel Giraud.

 

VSP Creates OSU Endowment Fund for Technology | 5/22/2015

The VSP Global Technology and Innovation Endowed Fund hopes to spur partnerships between College of Optometry and VSP's newest The SHOP.

 

CooperVision Names New NA President | 5/20/2015

Jerry Warner, previously vice president of global marketing, takes control of contact lens manufacturer's North America business.

 

Vision Expo West Registration Opens | 5/20/2015

Expo and educational conference to take over Las Vegas Sept. 16-19. Early bird pricing available.

 

BpA Relisted As Hazardous Material | 5/13/2015

California has added BpA to its Prop 65 list of hazardous chemicals; BpA is a starting material in polycarbonate lenses.

 

Executive Change on Tap for VSP Global | 5/11/2015

Jim McGrann, currently president of VSP Vision Care, has been appointed president and CEO of VSP Global, effective October 1. He will succeed Rob Lynch who has served as CEO since 2006.

 

Children's Vision Advocates Sought | 5/8/2015

Prevent Blindness and the NCCVEH are calling for nominations for the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children's Vision Award.

 

Luxottica to Invest in Retail | 5/6/2015

Luxottica Group reported a strong first quarter, and announced its plan to strengthen retail and e-commerce channels, including opening and remodeling LensCrafters stores across North America.

 

WestGroupe Joins ThinK About Your Eyes | 5/1/2015

National public awareness campaign now includes 18 Leadership Partner organizations.

 

Three O.D.s Named to Hall of Fame | 4/29/2015

Paul C. Ajamian, O.D., Kenji Hamada, O.D., and Earl L. Smith III, O.D., Ph.D. will be inducted into the National Optometry Hall of Fame during the AOA meeting in June.

 

ECPs Honored for Eye Injury Awareness | 4/24/2015

Liberty Sport and Prevent Blindness have honored 12 eyecare practices in the U.S. as  “Sports Eye Injury Prevention Center of the Year” award winners.

 

Great Glasses Play Day Scheduled | 4/22/2015

The 4th annual Great Glasses Play Day will be held on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3. The event features parent-organized or ECP-organized meet-ups online and in parks around the country.

 

Reptile Sun Acquired | 4/21/2015

Reptile Sun, producer of high-performance polarized sunglasses has been acquired by a capital investment firm and will be run by former Maui Jim executive Gary Adelman.

 

Senate Approves SGR Legislation Reform | 4/17/2015

Legislation to repeal and replace Medicare's physician payment formula fully recognizes optometrists as physicians for all major quality improvement and payment and delivery reforms.

 

More Exec Changes at Transitions | 4/15/2015

John Ligas named R&D vice president; Sherianne James becomes vice president of global marketing.

 

Resources Available for New Coding Guidelines | 4/10/2015

AOA announces webinars, consultants, and guidebooks in advance of ICD-10 rollout.

 

Alves Named Transitions Optical GM | 4/8/2015

Jose Alves, former general manager, Latin America, will succeed Bertrand Roy who will focus on role as CEO.

 

InfantSEE Award Nominations Sought | 4/1/2015

The AOA is seeking nominations of optometrists who go above and beyond in their service to pediatric patients. The nomination period will close at end of month.

 

QSpex to Expand Local Service Centers to NYC | 3/27/2015

Lens casting and transfer system makes same-day concierge delivery service possible. New York center to open this summer.

 

Lothes Names Satisloh NA President | 3/25/2015

Peter Lothes to head lab equipment manufacturer in North America as Larry Clarke leads Satisloh global.

 

Glaucoma Week Wraps with Grants | 3/20/2015

The Glaucoma Research Foundation announces $1.6 million in research grants, and Alcon recognizes ECPs who provide treatment and education.

 

AOA to Launch Clinical Registry | 3/18/2015

AOA's MORE—the name of its optometric registry—aims to take the profession to the next level of care. It will be launched in June.

 

Rodenstock Returns to U.S. Market | 3/16/2015

Rodenstock will once again have a U.S. manufacturing and distribution point in the U.S., through EGMA, LLC.

 

Industry Forum to Discuss Sustainability | 3/9/2015

Optical industry professionals are welcome to attend the Optical Industry Forum (OIF), which will present a special program on sustainability.

 

Safilo Posts Postiive Sales Numbers | 3/5/2015

Safilo has released the company’s consolidated financial statements for 2014, with news that net sales in 2014 grew by 5.1% (+5.9% at constant exchange rates).

 

Naftalovich Named President of Shamir NA | 3/2/2015

Longtime Shamir Insight Insight executive and CEO Raanan Naftalovich has been named president of Shamir Insight North America, and will oversee all Shamir sites in North America.

 

'Think About Your Eyes' Begins Campaign | 2/4/2015

More than 5,000 TV spots, a half-million radio spots, and digital ads will target consumers in 2015.

 

Transitions Awards Winners Announced | 1/27/2015

Southern Eye Specialists, Walman Optical recognized for growing lens sales.

 

Google Shutters Glass Explorer Project | 1/16/2015

Google's Glass division restructures, hints at things to come for wearable device

 

Cavanagh to Lead Vision Impact Institute | 1/9/2015

Maureen Cavanagh to lead research and advocacy group; Essilor's Gross to lead communications strategy.

 

Ed Greene Named Person of Vision | 1/8/2015

Retired CEO of The Vision Council to be honored by Prevent Blindness in pre-Vision Expo gala event

 

Sutherlin New Optical Lab Liaison | 1/7/2015

Lab executive to fill seat left vacant by Mike Daley

 

EB Editor to be Honored by OWA | 1/6/2015

Eyecare Business' Amy Spiezio and Essilor's Maureen Cavanagh to receive awards at one of two OWA events at Vision Expo East

 

Registration Opens for Vision Expo East | 12/16/2014

New York expo and education conference promises new look, new features, and new interactive learning initiative.

 

’Smart’ Eyewear to Come from Luxottica, Intel | 12/3/2014

Tech and eyewear giants announce multi-year R&D collaboration and smart eyewear product by 2015.

 

Registration Open for Virtual Conference | 12/2/2014

Seeing is Believing (SiB)2015, optometry’s virtual conference, announces programs, opens registration.

 

Allergan Acquired by Actavis | 11/17/2014

New pharmaceutical company will be one of 10 biggest in the world

 

Vision-Ease Lens Announces New CEO | 11/13/2014

Vision-Ease Lens announces John Weber, former president of CooperVision, is its new CEO. Doug Hepper, who formerly held the position, is transitioning to executive chairman.

 

New co-CEO Named at Luxottica | 10/22/2014

Both co-CEO positions are now filled after period of executive restructuring and personnel shifts. Newest co-CEO is from P&G.

 

Safilo to Merge Smith Brand into Group | 10/22/2014

Safilo plans to elevate the sports and outdoor brand Smith into a global eyewear brand, and will be relocating and reorganizing the company away from its current Ketchum, ID, base.

 

Ongoing Changes in Luxottica Management | 10/14/2014

Chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio to take over executive functions in the wake of Cavatorta's resignation. The Co-CEO search continues.

 

World Sight Day is Today | 10/9/2014

Global initiative aims to raise awareness about and funds to help reduce the issue of uncorrected vision and avoidable blindness in the world.

 

Fashion Council Puts Focus on Eyewear | 10/6/2014

Thirteen of the industry's most creative frame designers will lead a new fashion division that will empower and promote eyewear design and the optical industry.

 

Optician Video Contest Winners Announced | 9/26/2014

Randy Jackson helps announce winners during Vision Expo Event, celebrates "What Is An Optician"

 

Marcolin to Move to NJ | 9/25/2014

Marcolin USA has announced it will merge its headquarters with that of Viva International, joining Viva in New Jersey.

 

Daley Named CEO of The Vision Council | 9/17/2014

Former Essilor executive Mike Daley to take over for Ed Greene

 

Vision-Ease Lens Acquired | 9/17/2014

Private equity invest firm firm to recapitalize lens maker

 

New Business Model for QSpex | 9/16/2014

Regional optical centers will deliver finished eyewear to regionals ECPs the same day.

 

Kering forms Kering Eyewear | 9/8/2014

Former Safilo CEO Roberto Vedovotto to head up new eyewear entity.

 

Safilo Evolves Relationship with Kering | 9/3/2014

Safilo's current Gucci license to end in 2 years as Kering establishes new eyewear brand strategy.

 

Luxottica restructures, Guerra to depart | 9/2/2014

Luxottica announces a new leadership structure, with Group CEO Andrea Guerra departing, and the creation of a co-CEO model with Enrico Cavatorta and another executive to be named serving as co-CEOs.

 

Executive Changes at Essilor | 8/28/2014

John Carrier's role will be expanding globally, and Eric Leonard becomes president of Essilor of America.

 

Silhouette Names New President | 8/27/2014

Jan Cory, eyewear industry veteran, has been named the new president, U.S., for Silhoutte.

 

AOA Names Executive Director | 8/18/2014

After serving as interim executive director, Jon Hymes has been officially appointed to the position.

 

Optical Mourns Bill Benedict | 8/6/2014

Bill Benedict, 88, of Dallas, died August 3, 2014 at home of congestive heart failure. He was a longtime leader in the optical industry.

 

TAYE Continues to Grow | 8/2/2014

Eschenbach Optik is the latest company to become an industry partner to the Think About Your Eyes initiative.

 

Labs to Honor Industry Veterans | 7/24/2014

The Optical Lab Division will honor Ed Greene and a host of others at its annual banquet.

 

Lens Guru Meister Dies | 7/22/2014

Darryl Meister, ABOM, technical marketing manager for Zeiss, passed away unexpectedly July 20.

 

Alcon Teams with Google for Smart Lens | 7/15/2014

Agreement would pave the way for developing smart lens technology for ocular medical uses.

 

Study Focuses on Eye Care Workforce | 7/11/2014

Study reports an adequate supply of eye docs, or even an excess, to meet growing demand for services.

 

ClearVision Optical's Friedfeld Passes at 87 | 7/7/2014

Fred Friedfeld, founder of ClearVision Optical, passed away July 4 at the age of 87.

 

CooperVision Parent Co. to Buy Sauflon | 7/1/2014

Cooper Companies, parent company of CooperVision, will acquire contact lens company Sauflon Pharmaceuticals.

 

Optometry Students Announce Winners | 6/30/2014

The American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) hosted 1,000 students at Optometry's Meeting and celebrated its award winners.

 

Optometry Bowl Winners Announced | 6/30/2014

Students from Southern College of Optometry took home the top prize in this years' Varilux Optometry Student Bowl.

 

Safilo's Brownlee Leaves Company | 6/27/2014

Ross Brownlee, the corporate head of Safilo North America and president of the Solstice retail stores, is leaving the company.

 

Europa Goes American | 6/19/2014

After years of speculation and theorizing, eyewear manufacturing might be making a comeback in the U.S.

 

Randy Jackson to Judge Optician Contest | 6/19/2014

The deadline to enter the OAA's opticianry video contest is June 30.

 

Frame Companies Merge | 6/13/2014

ProDesign and Architectures SAS (founders of FACE A FACE and WOOW brands) have merged.

 

AOA Advocates Take the Hill | 6/11/2014

Pediatric eye health among the issues tackled by the Congressional Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

 

The Vision Council Leader to Retire | 6/6/2014

Ed Greene, CEO of The Vision Council, has announced that he will retire in late 2014.

 

Designer to Create for Google Glass | 6/3/2014

Designer Diane von Furstenberg and Google have joined forces to launch DVF/Made for Glass collection, which will result in Google Glass eyewear fashions specifically for female "Glass Explorers."

 

Mitsui Chemicals Acquires SunSensors | 5/21/2014

Mitsui Chemicals announced it has acquired the SunSensors plastic photochromic lens business from Corning, Inc., and plans to aggressively grow the product and market.

 

Earle Hunter, O.D, former head of AOA, dies | 4/30/2014

Earle L. Hunter, O.D., CAE, the former executive director of the American Optometric Association (AOA), passed away on April 27 in St. Louis at the age of 85.

 

Frame Companies Beat Weather Woes | 4/30/2014

Safilo, Luxottica report positive first quarter earnings despite weak currency rates and a wicked winter.

 

Essilor Reports Solid Earnings | 4/29/2014

New product launches and acquisitions helped provide Essilor with its best Q1 reports in three years.

 

Liberty Sport Settles Patent Case | 4/28/2014

Liberty Sport has announced a positive settlement of its patent infringement lawsuit against Miro Optix.

 

Michael Kors Eyewear Goes to Luxottica | 4/15/2014

Luxottica Group has signed an eyewear license with Michael Kors, as Marchon does not renew its Kors license.

 

GUNNAR Teams with Staples Stores | 4/14/2014

GUNNAR Optiks has teamed up with Staples, Inc. to make a suite of its advanced computer eyewear available in over 400 Staples retail locations across the United States.

 

Pilot Program Started for New O.D.s | 4/4/2014

New optometry grads in North and South Dakota can get financial help and practice management support under this new test program.

 

Management Changes at Transitions Optical | 4/1/2014

Essilor has finalized the complete acquisition of Transitions Optical, Inc. from PPG Industries, and has announced several management changes.

 

Google Glass Teams with Luxottica | 3/25/2014

Luxottica and Google Glass have announced a partnership that will likely pair Ray-Ban and Oakley eyewear brands with the wearable computing device.

 

New VSPOne Lab Opens | 3/21/2014

VSP Optics Group has expanded its VSPOne Optical Technology lab network with the opening of its newest facility in Baltimore.

 

New Look for Vision Expo '15 | 3/11/2014

Buyers searching for high-end frames and sunwear will have an easier go of it at next year's International Vision Expo East, as The Galleria and The Underground Pavilions will be moved back upstairs.

 

Essilor Acquires Online Retailer | 2/27/2014

Essilor International has announced its plan to acquire the outstanding stock of Coastal Contacts, aka Coastal.com, one of the world's largest online vision care retailers.

 

Affiliate Partners to Shine at Expo | 2/25/2014

More than 100 affiliate partners and alumni groups will get their own pavilion at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York next month for Vision Expo East.

 

Bill Pushes Eye Injury Education | 2/20/2014

The New Jersey legislature has enacted a law that requires parents be given a educational material about sports-related eye injuries in children and the importance of protective eyewear.

 

Online Retailer Launches Rx Trial Program | 2/12/2014

Online retailer coastal.com has launched a new home trial program that allows buyers to try on eyewear at home with their prescription lenses already included.

 

Adlens and Mondottica Redefine Relationship | 2/12/2014

Variable focus eyewear company Adlens and eyewear distributor Mondottica have transitioned their partnership into a service agreement.

 

National Vision, Inc., Acquired | 2/7/2014

Private equity firm KKR & Co., LP, has reached an agreement to acquire discount optical retailer National Vision, Inc. (NVI)

 

Transitions Optical Announces Awards | 2/6/2014

At this year's Transitions Academy, Clarus Optical of Lacey, WA, was named Eyecare Practice of the Year and Optical Prescription Lab of Birmingham, AL, was named Lab of the Year.

 

Essilor Acquires Two Labs, One Display Co. | 2/3/2014

Essilor International has acquired two optical labs (R.D. Cherry and Plunkett Optical) and a frame display company (Frames Display).

 

Leadership Changes at Marcolin USA-Viva | 2/3/2014

Following a successful merger, Marcolin-Viva has announced management changes. The company's optical channel will be led by Sal Rianna.

 

Rx-able Google Glass a Reality | 1/31/2014

VSP Vision Care and Google have partnered to create a version of Google Glass for users who wear prescription eyewear, and to subsidize them through VSP coverage.

 

VSP Creates New Lab Facility | 1/24/2014

VSP Optics Group is creating a new lab facility in Folsom, CA, to allow for a redevelopment of VSPOne Sacramento to conduct all of its manufacturing operations under one roof.

 

Labs Get Quality Management Certification | 1/14/2014

Carl Zeiss Vision has announced the achievement of ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification for three Zeiss optical laboratories.

 

Essilor/VSP Test Co-Brand Concept with ECPs | 1/13/2014

Essilor and VSP Global will test a co-branded marketing concept with independent ECPs in which doctors retain ownership and remain independent, while benefiting from marketing and business resources.

 

Optical Equipment Divisions Combine | 1/12/2014

Essilor Instruments is combining two of its US divisions, Essilor Instruments USA and Stereo Optical, into one facility in Chicago.

 

The Vision Council Raises Awareness at CES | 1/10/2014

The Vision Council released its new study on digital eyestrain and helped grow awareness of the issue at the popular International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

 

Schaefer Promoted To Associate Publisher | 12/3/2013

Dawn Schaefer has been promoted to associate publisher of Eyecare Business magazine, published by PentaVision, LLC.

 

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