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...
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.
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 has announced it is ending its UPP, effective immediately, in light of a Utah court decision that upholds the Contact Lens Consumer Protection Act.
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 Vision Care announced today the acquisition of Pinnacle Optical, LLC, a full-service wholesale optical laboratory headquartered in Birmingham, AL.
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 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 International has announced that Laurent Vacherot has been appointed president of the company as part of an executive re-alignment to meet expansion needs.
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 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 Vision announces today the acquisition of Jonathan Paul Eyewear, a pioneer of the fitover category of sunwear and the Jonathan Paul Fitover brand.
IDOC, a 2,000-member-strong alliance of independent optometrists, has been acquired by a private investment firm. Read on for details....
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.
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 OPTICAL GROUP has acquired Diversified Ophthalmics, Inc. and partner company MidSouth Premier Ophthalmics. Financials were not disclosed. Read on for more.
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 Corporation has announced an agreement to acquire Performance Optics, LLC, including its Vision Ease subsidiary.
Bausch + Lomb is conducting a voluntary recall, proposed Class II, of its PeroxiClear 3% hydrogen peroxide cleaning & disinfecting solution. Read on for details...
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.
Johnson & Johnson, maker of Acuvue contact lenses, has acquired Abbott Medical Optics, maker of cataract and LASIK surgery products, for $4 billion.
Belgian designer Alain Gilles is this year’s chair of the jury at the Silmo d’Or awards.
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 is launching a new program to fund school-based vision center programs in schools that have visually underserved students. Read on for the details....
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 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 has acquired MyOptique Group, Ltd., a leading European online optical retailer across all eyewear categories—Rx eyewear, contact lenses, and sunwear.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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 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 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.
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. has announced its commitment of $1.8 million in support to the Think About Your Eyes public awareness campaign.
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.
The Vision Council's Mike Daley was among the honorees at the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry annual luncheon today.
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...
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 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.
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....
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 has announced its plans to purchase complete ownership of REM Eyewear. A new, U.S. based group, De Rigo REM, will be formed.
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.
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.
Prevent Blindness has announced the date of its ninth annual Swing Fore Sight golf tournament in conjuction with Vision Expo West.
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.
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.
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 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 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 has announced the appointment of Glenn Rusk as Senior Vice President of Sales, North America, effective immediately.
Mondottica International announced yesterday that it has merged with Mondottica USA.
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?
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.
Barry E. Santini, O.O. has been named the 2016 Ophthalmic Optician of the Year by the Society to Advance Opticianry.
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 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 LLC, publisher of Eyecare Business, and 4ECPs Inc. announce a strategic partnership to provide practice management information.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
More than 16,000 attendees participated in the 30th anniversary edition of International Vision Expo & Conference East. This represents a jump of almost 6%.
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. has discontinued its Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP) for contact lens sales. Read on for more info.
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 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.
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.
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.
Former Luxottica, North America president Holly Rush will take the reins at Essilor-owned Costa Sunglasses, following the retirement of Chas MacDonald.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) and Optometry Cares-The AOA Foundation have announced the three newest inductees to the National Optometry Hall of Fame.
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.
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.
Chas MacDonald to retire, effective April 30. MacDonald led the company through lens technology advancements and a dedication to conservation.
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.
Matt Cevasco, previously of Luneau Technology USA, has been named CEO of PFO Global. He succeeds Rudolf Suter in the position.
Scott Sorensen, previously head of marketing, has been named president of computer and gaming eyewear maker GUNNAR Optiks.
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.....
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.
Luxottica Group has announced several promotions and changes within the leadership of its North American Retail division. Read on for details....
Essilor International has acquired Vision Direct Group, Ltd, on of Europe's leading online contact lens retailers.
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.
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.
What's in store for retail sales for the remainder of 2016?
International Vision Expo has announced its inaugural class of Visionaries, recognizing a new generation of change-makers in the optical industry.
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 Vision Care has acquired Nexus Vision Group, a group of independent optical laboratories based in Ohio.
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, 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.
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....
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.
Mike Ball appointed to take the reins of Alcon from Jeff George effective February 1. Read on for details....
Two Marchon executives—Steve Wright and Mark Ginsberg—have been tapped for promotions in the most recent VSP Global restructuring.
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.
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 has named Ashley Mills to the position of vice president of trade shows and meetings. She returns to organization after a six-year absence.
Independent Doctors of Optometric Care (IDOC, LLC), a practice development organization, has acquired optometric alliance and consulting group PRIMA Eye Group (PRIMA, LLC).
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 is now open for the Opticians Association of America (OAA) State Leadership Conference, scheduled for January 21- 23 in San Antonio, TX.
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.
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 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.
Freedom Scientific and Optelec announced today that they have merged to create the world’s largest assistive technology provider for the visually impaired.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 Health announced it will begin providing optical services at CVS/pharmacy in five store locations around the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. market.
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.
Family-run Knecht & Muller to join HOYA's Germany, Austria, Switzerland region; CEO of HOYA Germany to take over reins.
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 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.
Prevent Blindness has chosen former First Lady Laura Bush as the recipient of the 2015 Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Award.
Coburn Technologies and Kowa American Corporation announce their new agreement whereby Coburn Technologies will distribute Kowa’s diagnostic products to the US ophthalmic market.
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.
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 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.
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.
CooperVision among companies joining CDC in consumer campaign to raise patient awareness about proper contact lens care.
Online education portal helps ECPs develop dispensing skills and become proficient in Zeiss lens products.
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.
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 Vision announces today the acquisitions of Breitfeld & Schliekert GmbH (B&S) and Lexxoo International GmbH.
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.
Vision Source, North America’s largest independent optometric service alliance, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Essilor.
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.
U2 lead singer Bono has partnered with Revo to raise $10 million in funds for Brien Holden Vision Institute by 2020.
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.
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 has partnered with Connecticut’s ProHealth Physicians—the state’s largest Accountable Care Organization (ACO)— as a preferred provider of eyecare and related services.
David Avila, a 23-year industry veteran, has joined Latham and Phillips Ophthalmic (LPO), a subsidiary of Visionix, as the president and general manager.
Erinn Morgan, currently fashion and retail market editor, to take over editorial reins as Stephanie DeLong transitions into emeritus role.
PFO Global completed its merger with PFO Acquisition Corp and Pro Fit Optix Holding Company, and emerged as a publicly traded company.
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.
Multi-year agreement will put Cole Haan Eyewear Collection in optical outlets by fall 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).
The Vision Council offers resources and social marketing messages for ECPs to spread the word about UV protection. Find all the links here.
Longtime CEO Bob Nahmias announced retirement; former Safilo executive takes over the reins.
An partnership between Vision Source and Privia Quality Network will provide eye health and vision services to Previa's patient base.
Kate Renwick-Espinosa, a 23-year VSP veteran and current chief marketing officer, will succeed Jim McGrann in the most recent VSP executive promotion.
The Optical Lab Division Hall of Fame nominating committee is seeking nominations to the 2015 Optical Lab Division Hall of Fame.
Number of Americans with cataract will rise 50% in 15 years. Prevent Blindness offers free educational materials and online modules.
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.
The VSP Global Technology and Innovation Endowed Fund hopes to spur partnerships between College of Optometry and VSP's newest The SHOP.
Jerry Warner, previously vice president of global marketing, takes control of contact lens manufacturer's North America business.
Expo and educational conference to take over Las Vegas Sept. 16-19. Early bird pricing available.
California has added BpA to its Prop 65 list of hazardous chemicals; BpA is a starting material in polycarbonate lenses.
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.
Prevent Blindness and the NCCVEH are calling for nominations for the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children's Vision Award.
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.
National public awareness campaign now includes 18 Leadership Partner organizations.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
John Ligas named R&D vice president; Sherianne James becomes vice president of global marketing.
AOA announces webinars, consultants, and guidebooks in advance of ICD-10 rollout.
Jose Alves, former general manager, Latin America, will succeed Bertrand Roy who will focus on role as CEO.
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.
Lens casting and transfer system makes same-day concierge delivery service possible. New York center to open this summer.
Peter Lothes to head lab equipment manufacturer in North America as Larry Clarke leads Satisloh global.
The Glaucoma Research Foundation announces $1.6 million in research grants, and Alcon recognizes ECPs who provide treatment and education.
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 will once again have a U.S. manufacturing and distribution point in the U.S., through EGMA, LLC.
Optical industry professionals are welcome to attend the Optical Industry Forum (OIF), which will present a special program on sustainability.
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).
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.
More than 5,000 TV spots, a half-million radio spots, and digital ads will target consumers in 2015.
Southern Eye Specialists, Walman Optical recognized for growing lens sales.
Google's Glass division restructures, hints at things to come for wearable device
Maureen Cavanagh to lead research and advocacy group; Essilor's Gross to lead communications strategy.
Retired CEO of The Vision Council to be honored by Prevent Blindness in pre-Vision Expo gala event
Lab executive to fill seat left vacant by Mike Daley
Eyecare Business' Amy Spiezio and Essilor's Maureen Cavanagh to receive awards at one of two OWA events at Vision Expo East
New York expo and education conference promises new look, new features, and new interactive learning initiative.
Tech and eyewear giants announce multi-year R&D collaboration and smart eyewear product by 2015.
Seeing is Believing (SiB)2015, optometry’s virtual conference, announces programs, opens registration.
New pharmaceutical company will be one of 10 biggest in the world
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.
Both co-CEO positions are now filled after period of executive restructuring and personnel shifts. Newest co-CEO is from P&G.
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.
Chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio to take over executive functions in the wake of Cavatorta's resignation. The Co-CEO search continues.
Global initiative aims to raise awareness about and funds to help reduce the issue of uncorrected vision and avoidable blindness in the world.
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.
Randy Jackson helps announce winners during Vision Expo Event, celebrates "What Is An Optician"
Marcolin USA has announced it will merge its headquarters with that of Viva International, joining Viva in New Jersey.
Former Essilor executive Mike Daley to take over for Ed Greene
Private equity invest firm firm to recapitalize lens maker
Regional optical centers will deliver finished eyewear to regionals ECPs the same day.
Former Safilo CEO Roberto Vedovotto to head up new eyewear entity.
Safilo's current Gucci license to end in 2 years as Kering establishes new eyewear brand strategy.
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.
John Carrier's role will be expanding globally, and Eric Leonard becomes president of Essilor of America.
Jan Cory, eyewear industry veteran, has been named the new president, U.S., for Silhoutte.
After serving as interim executive director, Jon Hymes has been officially appointed to the position.
Bill Benedict, 88, of Dallas, died August 3, 2014 at home of congestive heart failure. He was a longtime leader in the optical industry.
Eschenbach Optik is the latest company to become an industry partner to the Think About Your Eyes initiative.
The Optical Lab Division will honor Ed Greene and a host of others at its annual banquet.
Darryl Meister, ABOM, technical marketing manager for Zeiss, passed away unexpectedly July 20.
Agreement would pave the way for developing smart lens technology for ocular medical uses.
Study reports an adequate supply of eye docs, or even an excess, to meet growing demand for services.
Fred Friedfeld, founder of ClearVision Optical, passed away July 4 at the age of 87.
Cooper Companies, parent company of CooperVision, will acquire contact lens company Sauflon Pharmaceuticals.
The American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) hosted 1,000 students at Optometry's Meeting and celebrated its award winners.
Students from Southern College of Optometry took home the top prize in this years' Varilux Optometry Student Bowl.
Ross Brownlee, the corporate head of Safilo North America and president of the Solstice retail stores, is leaving the company.
After years of speculation and theorizing, eyewear manufacturing might be making a comeback in the U.S.
The deadline to enter the OAA's opticianry video contest is June 30.
ProDesign and Architectures SAS (founders of FACE A FACE and WOOW brands) have merged.
Pediatric eye health among the issues tackled by the Congressional Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.
Ed Greene, CEO of The Vision Council, has announced that he will retire in late 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 announced it has acquired the SunSensors plastic photochromic lens business from Corning, Inc., and plans to aggressively grow the product and market.
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.
Safilo, Luxottica report positive first quarter earnings despite weak currency rates and a wicked winter.
New product launches and acquisitions helped provide Essilor with its best Q1 reports in three years.
Liberty Sport has announced a positive settlement of its patent infringement lawsuit against Miro Optix.
Luxottica Group has signed an eyewear license with Michael Kors, as Marchon does not renew its Kors license.
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.
New optometry grads in North and South Dakota can get financial help and practice management support under this new test program.
Essilor has finalized the complete acquisition of Transitions Optical, Inc. from PPG Industries, and has announced several management changes.
Luxottica and Google Glass have announced a partnership that will likely pair Ray-Ban and Oakley eyewear brands with the wearable computing device.
VSP Optics Group has expanded its VSPOne Optical Technology lab network with the opening of its newest facility in Baltimore.
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 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.
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.
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 coastal.com has launched a new home trial program that allows buyers to try on eyewear at home with their prescription lenses already included.
Variable focus eyewear company Adlens and eyewear distributor Mondottica have transitioned their partnership into a service agreement.
Private equity firm KKR & Co., LP, has reached an agreement to acquire discount optical retailer National Vision, Inc. (NVI)
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 International has acquired two optical labs (R.D. Cherry and Plunkett Optical) and a frame display company (Frames Display).
Following a successful merger, Marcolin-Viva has announced management changes. The company's optical channel will be led by Sal Rianna.
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 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.
Carl Zeiss Vision has announced the achievement of ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification for three Zeiss optical laboratories.
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.
Essilor Instruments is combining two of its US divisions, Essilor Instruments USA and Stereo Optical, into one facility in Chicago.
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.
Dawn Schaefer has been promoted to associate publisher of Eyecare Business magazine, published by PentaVision, LLC.