2014 News Archive

  • Registration Opens for Vision Expo East

    Tuesday December 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

    Wednesday December 3, 2014

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

  • Registration Open for Virtual Conference

    Tuesday December 2, 2014

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

  • Allergan Acquired by Actavis

    Monday November 17, 2014

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

  • Vision-Ease Lens Announces New CEO

    Thursday November 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

    Wednesday October 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

    Wednesday October 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

    Tuesday October 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

    Thursday October 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

    Monday October 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

    Friday September 26, 2014

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

  • Marcolin to Move to NJ

    Thursday September 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

    Wednesday September 17, 2014

    Former Essilor executive Mike Daley to take over for Ed Greene

  • Vision-Ease Lens Acquired

    Wednesday September 17, 2014

    Private equity invest firm firm to recapitalize lens maker

  • New Business Model for QSpex

    Tuesday September 16, 2014

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

  • Kering forms Kering Eyewear

    Monday September 8, 2014

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

  • Safilo Evolves Relationship with Kering

    Wednesday September 3, 2014

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

  • Luxottica restructures, Guerra to depart

    Tuesday September 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

    Thursday August 28, 2014

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

  • Silhouette Names New President

    Wednesday August 27, 2014

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

  • AOA Names Executive Director

    Monday August 18, 2014

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

  • Optical Mourns Bill Benedict

    Wednesday August 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

    Saturday August 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

    Thursday July 24, 2014

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

  • Lens Guru Meister Dies

    Tuesday July 22, 2014

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

  • Alcon Teams with Google for Smart Lens

    Tuesday July 15, 2014

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

  • Study Focuses on Eye Care Workforce

    Friday July 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

    Monday July 7, 2014

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

  • CooperVision Parent Co. to Buy Sauflon

    Tuesday July 1, 2014

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

  • Optometry Students Announce Winners

    Monday June 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

    Monday June 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

    Friday June 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

    Thursday June 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

    Thursday June 19, 2014

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

  • Frame Companies Merge

    Friday June 13, 2014

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

  • AOA Advocates Take the Hill

    Wednesday June 11, 2014

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

  • The Vision Council Leader to Retire

    Friday June 6, 2014

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

  • Designer to Create for Google Glass

    Tuesday June 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

    Wednesday May 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

    Wednesday April 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

    Wednesday April 30, 2014

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

  • Essilor Reports Solid Earnings

    Tuesday April 29, 2014

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

  • Liberty Sport Settles Patent Case

    Monday April 28, 2014

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

  • Michael Kors Eyewear Goes to Luxottica

    Tuesday April 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

    Monday April 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

    Friday April 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

    Tuesday April 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

    Tuesday March 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

    Friday March 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

    Tuesday March 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

    Thursday February 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

    Tuesday February 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

    Thursday February 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

    Wednesday February 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

    Wednesday February 12, 2014

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

  • National Vision, Inc., Acquired

    Friday February 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

    Thursday February 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.

    Monday February 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

    Monday February 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

    Friday January 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

    Friday January 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

    Tuesday January 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

    Monday January 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

    Sunday January 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

    Friday January 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.