2015 News Archive

  • Transitions Announces Award Finalists

    Wednesday December 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

    Monday December 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

    Friday December 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

    Monday December 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

    Friday December 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

    Wednesday December 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

    Tuesday December 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

    Monday November 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

    Monday November 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

    Monday November 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

    Monday November 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

    Wednesday November 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

    Wednesday November 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

    Wednesday November 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

    Monday November 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

    Wednesday October 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

    Thursday October 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

    Monday October 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

    Wednesday October 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

    Monday October 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

    Thursday October 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

    Wednesday September 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

    Friday September 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

    Wednesday September 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

    Thursday September 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

    Wednesday September 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

    Tuesday September 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

    Monday August 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

    Friday August 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

    Wednesday August 26, 2015

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

  • Zeiss Launches Training Platform

    Tuesday August 25, 2015

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

  • New Program For Paraoptometric Career

    Friday August 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

    Thursday August 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

    Sunday August 9, 2015

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

  • Duplan to Lead Alcon North America

    Wednesday August 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

    Thursday July 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

    Tuesday July 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

    Monday July 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

    Friday July 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

    Wednesday July 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

    Monday July 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

    Friday July 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

    Thursday July 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

    Wednesday July 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

    Wednesday July 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

    Monday June 29, 2015

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

  • Heath Elected President of ASCO

    Friday June 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

    Thursday June 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

    Wednesday June 24, 2015

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

  • Vision Source Partners with Physician Group

    Wednesday June 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

    Wednesday June 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

    Friday June 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

    Wednesday June 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

    Friday May 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

    Friday May 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

    Wednesday May 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

    Wednesday May 20, 2015

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

  • BpA Relisted As Hazardous Material

    Wednesday May 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

    Monday May 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

    Friday May 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

    Wednesday May 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

    Friday May 1, 2015

    National public awareness campaign now includes 18 Leadership Partner organizations.

  • Three O.D.s Named to Hall of Fame

    Wednesday April 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

    Friday April 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

    Wednesday April 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

    Tuesday April 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

    Friday April 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

    Wednesday April 15, 2015

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

  • Resources Available for New Coding Guidelines

    Friday April 10, 2015

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

  • Alves Named Transitions Optical GM

    Wednesday April 8, 2015

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

  • InfantSEE Award Nominations Sought

    Wednesday April 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

    Friday March 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

    Wednesday March 25, 2015

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

  • Glaucoma Week Wraps with Grants

    Friday March 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

    Wednesday March 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

    Monday March 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

    Monday March 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

    Thursday March 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

    Monday March 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

    Wednesday February 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

    Tuesday January 27, 2015

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

  • Google Shutters Glass Explorer Project

    Friday January 16, 2015

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

  • Cavanagh to Lead Vision Impact Institute

    Friday January 9, 2015

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

  • Ed Greene Named Person of Vision

    Thursday January 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

    Wednesday January 7, 2015

    Lab executive to fill seat left vacant by Mike Daley

  • EB Editor to be Honored by OWA

    Tuesday January 6, 2015

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