2019 News Archive

  • VSP to Open Eyeconic Retail Stores and Alternative to Private Equity Transition

    Wednesday March 13, 2019

    March 13, 2019 -- VSP Global announced the intent to open three brick-and-mortar Eyeconic locations as well as the launch of VSP Ventures, a new business unit designed to offer doctors looking to transition their practices an alternative to private equity.

  • Marchon's Al Berg Passes Away

    Tuesday March 12, 2019

    March 12, 2019 -- EB has learned that Al Berg, co-founder of Marchon Eyewear and CEO for 20 years, has passed away following a two-year fight with cancer.

  • 3D-Printed Lenses Hit Milestone

    Tuesday March 5, 2019

    March 5, 2019 -- The concept of making spec lenses on a 3D printer has gone from zero to 5,000 in three short years.

  • MIDO Reports Increased Attendance

    Wednesday February 27, 2019

    February 27, 2019 -- The 49th MIDO eyewear fair has wrapped, but not before it attracted approximately 59,500 industry professionals from 159 countries (a reported increase over last year’s attendance). The fair was held Feb. 23-26 in Milan. Read on for more, and photos.

  • Essilor #DifferenceMakers Named to Mission Trip

    Wednesday February 20, 2019

    February 20, 2019 -- Essilor has announced the names of the four eyecare professionals and three Essilor employees who will participate in a mission trip to Southeast Asia next month, the capstone of its #DifferenceMakers campaign. Read on for more….

  • Vision Expo Unveils New Programs and Events

    Tuesday February 19, 2019

    February 19, 2019 -- Vision Expo East 2019 will introduce new education courses, programs, and special events to this year’s show, scheduled for March 21-24 at the Javits Center in New York City. Various business- and healthcare-focused programs have been specifically designed to fit every professional agenda to afford attendees the complete education experience.

  • Artist Common to Headline New Vision Expo Event

    Tuesday February 19, 2019

    February 19, 2019 -- Award-winning artist Common will headline Vision Expo’s inaugural EYE2EYE series during Vision Expo East next month. Common will take part in an inspirational and empowering conversation with attendees at the new Exhibit Hall destination “the BRIDGE.”

  • Transitions Optical Announces Winners of Innovation Awards

    Thursday February 7, 2019

    February 7, 2019 -- The 23rd annual Transitions Academy has wrapped, after three days of professional development and product technology workshops in Orlando, FL. Among the highlights was the 2018 Transitions Innovation Awards program. Amanda Rights, O.D., of Blue Ridge Vision in North Carolina, was named Transitions Brand Ambassador. To find all the winners, plus the news announced at Academy, read on…..

  • New Directors for The Vision Council Chosen at Executive Summit

    Friday February 1, 2019

    February 1, 2019 —The Vision Council’s 2019 Executive Summit is wrapping up its lineup of networking events, committee meetings, and speakers focusing on the theme of “Contagious Leadership— Strategies for Cultivating People While Producing Business Results.” The event has gathered industry leaders to connect and conduct association business, including approving the new members to The Vision Council’s Board of Directors.

  • Luxottica Holds Final Meeting

    Thursday January 31, 2019

    January 31, 2019 -- The Board of Directors of Luxottica Group S.p.A. met yesterday for its last session before the company delists from Borsa Italiana’s MTA (Italy’s stock market). The board reviewed Luxottica’s positive revenue performance in the last four years—since executive chairman Leonard Del Vecchio returned to lead the group.

  • L'Amy Enters Luxury Market

    Thursday January 24, 2019

    January 24, 2019 -- L’Amy America has entered the luxury eyewear market with the formation of a new company, called Ultimate Vision USA. Made possible by its acquisition of Mad Vision, L’Amy America will use Ultimate Vision USA to extend the company’s reach in the luxury eyewear category.

  • Vision Advocates Lobby U.S. Surgeon General for a Call to Action

    Wednesday January 23, 2019

    January 23, 2019 -- Blindness prevention groups are banding together to urge the U.S. Surgeon General to initiate a “Call to Action” to mark the year 2020. The Call to Action would address the increasing burden of vision impairment across the lifespan of people in the U.S.

  • Amid Shopko Closures, Opticals Continue to Thrive

    Wednesday January 16, 2019

    January 16, 2019 -- Wisconsin-based general merchandise retail chain Shopko (with many locations housing an in-store optical) filed for bankruptcy today and announced the closing of 38 stores nationwide. The chain announced, however, the four freestanding optical centers that Shopko opened in 2018 will remain open, and the company plans to relocate 20 other in-store optical centers to freestanding optical locations in 2019.

  • CooperVision Acquires Blanchard Contact Lenses

    Wednesday January 9, 2019

    January 9, 2019 -- CooperVision has acquired Blanchard Contact Lenses, Inc., a manufacturer of scleral lenses. The acquisition will allow CooperVision to further expand its scleral lens portfolio. Jean Blanchard, president of Blanchard Contact Lenses, will continue to lead the organization. He has also been appointed as a member of the CooperVision Specialty EyeCare global management team.

  • Essilor Establishes Myopia Initiative, Task Force

    Wednesday January 9, 2019

    January 9, 2019 -- Responding to the dramatic increase in prevalence of myopia in the U.S. in recent years, Essilor has announced a partnership with 14 leading vision experts to take bold, immediate action to better treat and manage myopia.

  • Ron Walker Joins Innovega Team

    Monday January 7, 2019

    January 7, 2019 -- Ron Walker, longtime eyecare industry publisher, has joined the Scientific and Advisory Boards of Innovega. Innovega is developing a “human-friendly,” panoramic-field-of-view system for augmented reality and virtual reality without the need to wear a heavy and cumbersome apparatus.

  • Satisloh Announces Executive Changes

    Monday January 7, 2019

    January 7, 2019 -- Satisloh, a global presence in optical manufacturing solutions, has made significant executive level changes. Richard Hughes is the new president of Satisloh North America, following the move of Pete Lothes to president and CTO of Satisloh globally. Larry Clarke has moved from global president and CTO of Satisloh globally to become president, Nassau/OOGP and Optical Supplies.