2019 News Archive

  • The Vision Council Shares Statement on Vision Expo East

    Friday March 6, 2020

    Due to ongoing developments related to the COVID-19 virus, The Vision Council has shared its updated plan for Vision Expo East.

  • 1-800 Contacts to Acquire 6over6 Vision

    Tuesday December 17, 2019

    Dec. 17, 2019 — Online contact lens retailer 1-800 Contacts has entered an agreement to acquire consumer vision technology company 6over6 Vision Ltd. The acquisition is expected to close before the end of December 2019.

  • Transitions Names Innovation Award Finalists

    Wednesday December 11, 2019

    December 11, 2019 — Transitions Optical has named the finalists for its annual Transitions Innovation Awards program, which honors indivuals and companies for innovative efforts to support the Transitions brand over the past year. 

  • Warby Parker Expands into Contact Lenses

    Tuesday November 19, 2019

    November 19, 2019 — Warby Parker launches Scout, its first-ever contact lens.

  • Hong Kong International Optical Fair Attracts More Than 14,000 Buyers

    Monday November 11, 2019

    November 11, 2019 — The HKTDC Hong Kong International Optical Fair 2019, hosted Nov. 6-8, featured 810 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions.

  • VSP Global Introduces Premier Pathways at SHiFT19

    Wednesday October 30, 2019

    October 30, 2019 — VSP Global Premier Program unveiled a series of recent program enhancements at its SHiFT19 meeting in Scottsdale, AZ.

  • Transitions Innovation Award Nominations Open

    Wednesday October 16, 2019

    October 16, 2019 -- Want to earn a trip to Transitions Academy in February and be in the running for a 2019 Transitions Innovation Award? The nomination period is now open.

  • WHO Releases Report on Vision

    Thursday October 10, 2019

    October 10, 2019 -- The World Health Organization has released its Report on Vision, and its findings indicate that 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment—half of which could have been prevented or is yet to be addressed.

  • CooperVision Accepting Noms for Best Practices

    Tuesday October 8, 2019

    October 8, 2019 -- CooperVision has opened its announced today its fifth annual search for the nation’s 2020 Best Practices. The program recognizes optometric practices that advance the profession through innovation, industry leadership, and the provision of exceptional patient experience.

  • An Update on Optical Product Tariffs

    Tuesday October 1, 2019

    October 1, 2019 -- The long-threatened, oft-changed additional tariffs on goods imported from China have finally happened. How is optical responding? Read on….

  • VSP Completes Visionworks Acquisition

    Tuesday October 1, 2019

    October 1, 2019 -- VSP Global announced today it has completed the acquisition of San Antonio, Texas-based Visionworks. It is the largest network investment by VSP Global yet.

  • EssilorLuxottica Reveals Plans for Growth

    Friday September 27, 2019

    September 27, 2019 -- EssilorLuxottica hosted its 2019 Capital Markets Day in London this week, presenting its strategic vision, integration progress, and long-term financial guidelines.

  • Essilor Releases Findings from Vision Report

    Wednesday September 25, 2019

    September 25, 2019 — Essilor International shared the findings of its new vision report on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

  • Hong Kong Optical Fair Anticipates 800 Exhibitors

    Tuesday September 24, 2019

    September 24, 2019 -- The Hong Kong Trade Development Council is gearing up for the 27th edition of the Hong Kong International Optical Fair, held from Nov. 6-8 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. This year, fair organizers anticipate around 800 exhibitors from approximately 20 countries and regions.

  • Plastic Lens Recycling Program Expands to Labs

    Monday September 16, 2019

    September 16, 2019 -- Costa has expanded its lauded Kick Plastic Lens Recycling Program to include optical labs. The labs can now send their plastic lens waste as well as swarf to be recycled and repurposed.

  • Carla Mack Named as Alcon Exec

    Monday September 16, 2019

    September 16, 2019 -- Carla Mack, O.D., has been named Alcon’s global head of professional affairs for Alcon. She will lead all Professional Affairs within Alcon’s Global Vision Care Franchise.

  • EyeCare Partners Acquires Nationwide Vision

    Wednesday September 11, 2019

    September 11, 2019 -- Nationwide Vision, with 89 optometric offices in Arizona and Florida, has been acquired by EyeCare Partners, which operates in 12 states.

  • HOYA to Invest $25M in Lab Expansion

    Friday August 30, 2019

    August 30, 2019 -- Hoya Vision Care has announced plans for a $25 million expansion of its Ramsey, MN, lab and growing its capacity by 4,000 jobs per day.

  • VSP Acquires Vision Benefits Company

    Friday August 30, 2019

    August 30, 2019 -- VSP Vision Care has acquired Community Eye Care, a North Carolina-based vision benefits company with 252,000 members.

  • Online Vision Test Recalled by FDA

    Friday August 23, 2019

    August 23, 2019 -- The FDA has issued a recall notice for the online refractive vision test developed by Chicago-based Visibly (formerly known as Opternative), and the test is no longer being offered on its website. The FDA found that Visibly is in violation of federal law by not receiving necessary FDA premarket approval.

  • VSP Ventures Acquires Nevada Practice

    Wednesday August 21, 2019

    August 21, 2019 -- VSP Ventures, VSP’s new business unit that acquires practices looking to transition ownership, has acquired EyeZone, a six-location optometry practice in Northern Nevada. EyeZone was founded in 2004 by Daniel Rowan, O.D., and all locations will continue to operate under the EyeZone brand.

  • CA Wildfire Victims Get New Eyewear and BTS Packages

    Wednesday August 21, 2019

    August 20, 2019 -- More than 300 students and teachers in Paradise, CA (home to the deadliest wildfire in state history), received free eye care, eyewear, and back-to-school family shopping sprees this week, courtesy of VSP Eyes of Hope and GLAM4GOOD.

  • Additional Tariffs on Chinese-Origin Optical Products Will Happen Sept 1

    Friday August 16, 2019

    August 16, 2019 -- The Vision Council is alerting its members that Chinese-origin spectacle lenses, spectacle frames, sunglasses, reading glasses, eyeglasses, safety glasses, goggles, and many low vision devices will be subject to an additional 10% tariff starting Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.

  • Two Eyewear Makers Band Together for New Enterprise

    Monday August 5, 2019

    August 5, 2019 -- l.a.Eyeworks and OGI announce the formation of The Optical Foundry, a multibrand eyewear platform comprised of a wide set of strong independent optical brands, including l.a.Eyeworks, its sister design initiative FICTION, and the OGI family of eyewear collections (OGI, OGI | Kids, Seraphin, Scojo, Bon Vivant, and Red Rose).

  • Steve Sutherlin + Lab Hall of Fame Inductees to be Honored

    Friday August 2, 2019

    August 2, 2019 -- Steve Sutherlin has been named The Vision Council Lab Division's Directors' Choice Award recipient. He will be honored at a banquet that also recognizes six lab industry professionals as they are inducted into the Lab Division Hall of Fame for 2019.

  • VSP Global Names Wendy Hauteman New Chief Marketing Officer

    Thursday August 1, 2019

    August 1, 2019 -- Wendy Hauteman is the new chief marketing officer for VSP Global. She succeeds Mark Ginsberg, who served in the role since 2016, and moves into a new role as VSP Global’s Chief Giving Officer.

  • EssilorLuxottica to Acquire GrandVision N.V., as Planned; Q2 Results Strong

    Wednesday July 31, 2019

    July 31, 2019 -- EssilorLuxottica has reached an agreement with Hal Optical Investments B.V.(HAL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of HAL Holding N.V, for the sale of HAL’s 76.72% ownership interest in GrandVision N.V., an optical retailer with 7,200 locations around the globe. Earlier this month, the company announced it was “in talks” with HAL about the acquisition.

  • EssilorLuxottica Confirms Discussions to Purchase Ownership in GrandVision N.V.

    Wednesday July 17, 2019

    July 17, 2019 -- EssilorLuxottica confirms discussions to purchase ownership in GrandVision N.V. of HAL Holding N.V. Read on for more...

  • ECPs Can Earn A Trip to Transitions Academy

    Friday July 12, 2019

    July 12, 2019 -- Now in its 24th year, Transitions Academy 2020 will be held Feb. 2-5 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL. Eyecare professionals can earn an invitation to attend to educational event—hosted by Transitions Optical—in one of five ways. Read on for more…

  • VSP Global to Acquire Visionworks

    Thursday June 27, 2019

    June 27, 2019 -- VSP Global announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Visionworks, the sixth-largest optical chain in the country. With Visionworks’ more than 700 locations in 40 states, the acquisition will be the single largest VSP network investment in the company’s 65-year history.

  • Legislation Introduced to Increase Congressional Muscle Over Tariffs

    Thursday June 27, 2019

    June 27, 2019 -- A Congresswoman from Florida has introduced legislation that would strengthen congressional authority over tariff increases like those imposed by the Trump administration during the past year and those additional increases that are threatened.

  • Barbara L. Horn, O.D., Elected New AOA President

    Monday June 24, 2019

    June 24, 2019 -- New AOA President Barbara L. Horn, O.D., of South Carolina, and other members of the AOA's Board of Trustees were sworn into office Saturday after elections during Optometry's Meeting 2019 in St. Louis.

  • VSP Ventures Announces First Acquisitions

    Friday June 14, 2019

    June 14, 2019 -- VSP Ventures, the newly established unit that offers doctors looking to transition their practices an alternative to private equity, has completed its first practice acquisition in a joint venture with another eyecare practice.

  • The Vision Council Invites Industry to Comment on Additional Tariffs on Goods from China

    Monday June 3, 2019

    June 3, 2019 -- As reported by EB, a fourth list of tariff numbers (which includes optical products such as lenses, frames, etc.) subject to special China 301 custom duties could go into effect by the end of June. The Vision Council is inviting members to record their opposition to the move by submitting comments before the U.S. trade office.

  • New Tariffs Anticipated for Mexican-Originated Goods

    Monday June 3, 2019

    June 3, 2019 -- The White House announced that it will impose a 5% tariff on all Mexican-origin goods as of June 10, and it is scheduled to increase soon thereafter. Read on to see how this will impact optical goods.

  • Safilo Signs Deal to Sell Solstice

    Friday May 24, 2019

    May 24, 2019 -- Safilo Group announces that it has reached an agreement to sell the U.S. retail chain Solstice to Fairway, LLC, a U.S.-based limited liability company. Fairway was formed by a group of investors active in the U.S. and in the European eyewear retail business. The transaction is expected to be completed within the third quarter of 2019.

  • Optical Products To Be Impacted By New Tariffs

    Wednesday May 15, 2019

    May 15, 2019 -- Though optical products have thus far not been affected by the escalating tariffs being enacted by the Trump administration, that could change very soon. The Vision Council has alerted optical manufacturers that lenses, frames, sunglasses, and other optical products made in China may soon fall under additional tariff regulations.

  • EssilorLuxottica Signs Deal to Settle Issues

    Monday May 13, 2019

    May 13, 29019 -- EssilorLuxottica and Delfin have signed a settlement agreement to solve the governance issues that have plagued the merger thus far. The agreement seems to pave the way to accelerate the integration process.

  • EssilorLuxottica Posts Positive Q1 Financials

    Tuesday May 7, 2019

    May 7, 2019 -- EssilorLuxottica announced that consolidated revenue for the first quarter of 2019 totaled Euro 4,210 million, representing a year-on-year increase of 7.5% compared to Q1 2018. The company states it remains steadfast in its financial objections for 2019, projecting a sales growth of 3.5%-5% as it activates its synergies of two optical giants.

  • Vision Source Members Gather at The Exchange

    Thursday May 2, 2019

    May 2, 2019 — More than 3,000 O.D.s and staff from independent practices around the country are coming together in Tampa for The Exchange 2019, the annual meeting of Vision Source. Vision Source is the largest network of private practice optometrists in North America.

  • AOA Joins Collaborative to Battle Opioid Epidemic

    Wednesday May 1, 2019

    May 1, 2019 -- The American Optometric Association is one of more than 100 organizations joining the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. opioid epidemic, dedicated to reversing the troubling crisis.

  • SUNY College of Optometry Breaks Ground on Pediatric Center

    Monday April 29, 2019

    April 29, 2019 -- The SUNY College of Optometry “broke ground” on its new Center for Pediatric Eye Care. Opening in early 2020, the center will be located at college’s midtown Manhattan campus.

  • Myopia Awareness Coalition Announces Progress

    Monday April 22, 2019

    April 22, 2019 — The Global Myopia Awareness Coalition (GMAC), formed in January to educate the public on the growing myopia epidemic, has released an update on its progress after holding key meetings at Vision Expo East.

  • EssilorLuxottica Begins Search for CEO

    Wednesday April 17, 2019

    April 17, 2018 -- EssilorLuxottica has retained two recruitment agencies to begin the search for CEO candidates. The move is a step toward fulfilling the merger agreement to find and appoint a CEO by the end of 2020.

  • Safilo To Sell Solstice Retail Chain

    Tuesday April 2, 2019

    April 2, 2019 -- Safilo Group S.p.A. has recently received was it calls “expressions of interest” to purchase the Group’s Solstice retail business in the United States, and it is willing to sell.

  • Essilor Chief Aims to Reassure Employees, Stockholders as Governance Issues Continue

    Thursday March 28, 2019

    March 28, 2019 -- Essilor’s Hubert Sagnières released a letter that he sent to Essilor’s global managers renouncing the accusations made in the French press by Luxottica head Leonardo Del Vecchio that Essilor had breached the combination agreement at the heart of the EssilorLuxottica merger. It is the latest in a week-long dispute that has Del Vecchio claiming Essilor is in defiance of the agreement, and Sagnières accusing Del Vecchio of instituting a power grab.

  • Vision Expo East Award Winners Announced

    Monday March 25, 2019

    March 25, 2019 -- Vision Expo East (held in New York City March 21-24) celebrated retailers, designers, and products through several award programs. Some awards are judged by industry leaders, and others were voted on by attendees. Read on for the winners...

  • Costa Unveils Plastic Lens Recycling Program

    Saturday March 23, 2019

    March 23, 2018 -- Costa unveiled a program aimed at keeping the millions of plastic lenses disposed of by the optical industry out of the country’s waste stream. Two recycling centers are already onboard.

  • VSP Names Eyefinity's Steve Baker to Lead New VSP Ventures

    Wednesday March 20, 2019

    March 20, 2019 -- VSP Global has appointed Steve Baker, president of Eyefinity, to lead VSP Ventures—the company’s newly announced business unit that will offer O.D.s seeking to transition their practice an alternative to private equity consolidation.

  • 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.