2019 News Archive

  • 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.