2016 News Archive

  • Alcon Discontinues UPP

    Wednesday December 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

    Thursday December 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

    Wednesday December 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

    Wednesday December 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

    Friday December 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

    Wednesday December 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!

    Friday December 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

    Wednesday November 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

    Thursday November 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

    Friday November 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

    Thursday November 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

    Friday October 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

    Monday October 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

    Tuesday October 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

    Wednesday October 12, 2016

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

  • B+L Recalls PeroxiClear Solution

    Monday October 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

    Wednesday September 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

    Monday September 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

    Monday September 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

    Wednesday September 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

    Friday August 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

    Friday August 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

    Thursday August 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

    Tuesday August 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

    Friday August 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

    Wednesday August 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

    Monday August 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

    Wednesday July 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

    Tuesday July 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

    Monday July 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

    Wednesday July 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

    Wednesday July 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

    Tuesday July 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

    Thursday June 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

    Thursday June 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!

    Thursday June 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

    Monday June 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

    Friday June 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

    Thursday June 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

    Thursday June 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

    Tuesday June 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

    Monday June 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

    Thursday June 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

    Thursday June 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

    Thursday June 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

    Friday May 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

    Wednesday May 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

    Wednesday May 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

    Tuesday May 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

    Monday May 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

    Wednesday May 11, 2016

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

  • Your Duty to Warn: Prop 65

    Tuesday May 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

    Tuesday May 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

    Tuesday May 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

    Thursday May 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

    Wednesday May 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

    Tuesday May 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!

    Tuesday May 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

    Monday May 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

    Thursday April 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

    Wednesday April 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

    Wednesday April 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

    Tuesday April 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

    Thursday April 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

    Wednesday April 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

    Wednesday April 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

    Wednesday April 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

    Monday April 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

    Thursday April 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

    Tuesday April 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

    Monday April 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

    Friday April 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

    Monday March 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

    Thursday March 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

    Thursday March 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

    Wednesday March 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

    Monday March 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

    Wednesday March 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

    Tuesday March 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

    Monday February 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

    Thursday February 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

    Wednesday February 24, 2016

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

  • VSP Gets Calif. ACA Business

    Tuesday February 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

    Thursday February 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

    Wednesday February 10, 2016

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

  • Vision Expo Announces Visionaries

    Tuesday February 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

    Monday February 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

    Thursday February 4, 2016

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

  • TAYE Breaks Records in 2015

    Wednesday February 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

    Monday February 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

    Friday January 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

    Friday January 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

    Thursday January 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

    Wednesday January 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

    Monday January 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

    Monday January 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

    Friday January 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

    Tuesday January 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

    Monday January 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

    Friday January 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

    Wednesday January 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

    Wednesday January 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.