2017 News Archive

  • The Vision Council Releases UV Report

    Tuesday April 25, 2017

    April 25, 2017 -- The Vision Council has released its 2017 UV report, “‘UV’ Gotta Have Shades,” in advance of May, which is healthy vision and UV awareness month, as well as National Sunglasses Day, which takes place annually on June 27. Read on....

  • Rx Lenses Exempted from UDI Regs

    Wednesday April 12, 2017

    April 12, 2017 -- Putting an end to an issue that has plagued lens manufacturers, the FDA has declared optical Rx lenses exempt from a regulation that requires medical devices to have “Unique Device Identifier” labeling. The exemption comes after nearly two years of advocacy by The Vision Council. Read on for more….

  • Jim McGrann Resigns as VSP Global Head

    Monday April 10, 2017

    April 10, 2017 -- VSP Global announced today that Jim McGrann has resigned as president and CEO in order to pursue other career opportunities.  Rob Lynch, who served as president and CEO from 2006 to 2015 and remains a member of the Board of Directors, will assume the role of interim president and CEO. 

  • Dorris Joins OWA Board

    Friday March 31, 2017

    March 31, 2017 -- Laura Dorris of Vision West has been named to the Board of Directors of the Optical Women’s Association (OWA). She has been a member of the OWA since 2013, having served as co-chair of the Program Committee and a member of the Digital Marketing committee.

  • Capital Group Buys Regional Eyecare Businesses

    Friday March 31, 2017

    March 31, 2017 -- Riata Capital Group has acquired three regional eyecare groups and an optical lab. The three eyecare business are Eyetique, based in Pittsburgh, Crown Vision Center based in St. Louis, and International Eyecare Center, based in Illinois. First Look Optical Lab, a full-service digital lab in the Midwest, was also acquired. Read on for details...

  • CooperVision Changes Its UPP

    Tuesday March 28, 2017

    March 28, 2017 -- CooperVision has announced it is removing three products from its Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP), effective immediately: MyDay, clariti 1-day and Biofinity XR toric brands. It is maintaining its UPP for Biofinity Energys.

  • VSP Pairs with Conference of Mayors for Clinic

    Tuesday March 28, 2017

    March 28, 2017 -- For the second year in a row, VSP Global and the U.S. Conference of Mayors are teaming up to bring access to eye care and eyewear to people who need it the most. Read on for more....

  • Snapchat Denied Spectacles Trademark

    Monday March 27, 2017

    Those things you sell out there in the dispensary? You can continue to call them spectacles or spectacle lenses if you want to, without having to pay a social media company a penalty. Read on for the full story...

  • An Update on the Essilor/Luxottica Merger

    Friday March 24, 2017

    March 24, 2017 -- At a meeting of its Board of Directors this week, Essilor International took steps that moved along its proposed merger with eyewear giant Luxottica. At the meeting, the Board signed draft agreements regarding Delfin’s (Luxottica’s holding company) contribution and the make-up of the new Essilor/Luxottica governing board. Read on for more.....

  • Luxottica Expands Distribution Center

    Wednesday March 15, 2017

    March 15, 2017 — Luxottica Group is expanding its distribution facility in Atlanta, creating more than 1,000 new jobs there. The expansion will facilitate the company’s new lens service model in which both frames and lenses are assembled and distributed from a single location. Read on for more...

  • Founder of Lafont Paris Dies at 70

    Wednesday March 8, 2017

    March 8, 2017 -- Philippe Lafont, president of the Lafont Paris eyewear brand and the president of SILMO, has passed away suddenly at age 70. Read on for more....

  • Luxottica Ends Year with Record High Growth

    Wednesday March 1, 2017

    March 1, 2017 -- Luxottica Group’s 2016 year-end financial statement reports consolidated sales of almost $9.5 billion (more than 9 billion euro). According to the statement, The Group reached a record high for its net profit of Euro 851 million ($897 million) on a reported basis and Euro 882 million ($930 million) on an adjusted basis.

  • Essilor Posts Earnings, Plans Growth

    Friday February 17, 2017

    Essilor International released its financial statements for 2016, noting almost 6% growth worldwide and a plan for increased growth. Read on for details….

  • CooperVision Honors Best Practices

    Wednesday February 15, 2017

    A class of 10 optometric practices is being honored by CooperVision, Inc., as the 2017 Best Practices, chosen for their leadership and success in optometry. Read on for more...

  • B+L Discontinues its UPP

    Friday February 10, 2017

    Following in the footsteps of Alcon and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Bausch + Lomb has announced it is discontinuing it Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP). Click through to read on.

  • Transitions Optical Names Winners

    Thursday February 2, 2017

    February 2, 2017 — Transitions Optical hosted 650 industry professionals at its 21st annual Transitions Academy this week. Capping the event was the 2016 Transitions Innovation Awards, honoring professionals for their efforts in not only promoting Transitions products, but patient care in general.

  • Marcolin Plans Joint Venture With LVMH

    Thursday February 2, 2017

    February 2, 2017 — Marcolin has announced a proposed joint venture with luxury goods group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (better known at LVMH) that gives the LVMH a stake in the eyewear company with a goal of giving Marcolin more of the luxury company’s frame brands.

  • Vision Council Elects Board

    Tuesday January 31, 2017

    Mike Hundert, CEO and CCO of De Rigo Rem, has been elected as the new chairman of the board of directors of The Vision Council. Read on for the full slate of officers.

  • Hilco Acquires Croakies

    Tuesday January 24, 2017

    Hilco Vision announces today the acquisition of Croakies Inc., the Montana-based manufacturer of eyewear retainers and associated outdoor lifestyle accessories.

  • Luxottica and Essilor Merge

    Monday January 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

    Monday January 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

    Thursday January 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.