My Eyelab Making Strides in Texas as Trio of Franchisees Plan to Open Eight Locations in Dallas and Austin

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Friday, May 7, 2021 12:21 AM DALLAS—My Eyelab, a retail brand of Now Optics, said it will expand in the Austin and Dallas markets of Texas with the help of a trio of new franchisees.

Some Positive Trends, but Many Eyecare Practices Still Lag April 2019 Performance Metrics, Jobson Research Survey Finds

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Even as the number of COVID-19 cases across the U.S. decline and the number of Americans who have completed the vaccination regimen rises, the eyecare segment continues to see challenges along the pathway toward a full recovery to pre-pandemic levels, according to the findings of Wave 22 of the Coronavirus ECP Survey conducted April 26-30, 2021, by Jobson Research. Notably, 75 percent of the respondents to Wave 22 said they believe their practice currently has capacity to see more patients, with the average respondent indicating the practice could see 26 percent more patients.

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Zenni Announces Multi-Year Partnership With Iris Apfel, Launches 'The Iris Apfel Edit'

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:27 AM NOVATO, Calif.—Zenni has announced an exclusive partnership with style icon and eyewear aficionado Iris Apfel. This multi-year partnership kicked off with the launch of The Iris Apfel Edit, a curation of 100 Zenni styles, to celebrate Apfel’s upcoming 100th birthday.

VSP Ventures Announces Two New Practice Partnership Acquisitions: El Cerrito Optometry and Laguna Creek Optometry

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures announced Wednesday the acquisitions of El Cerrito Optometry and Laguna Creek Optometry, each of which operates one location in El Cerrito, Calif., and Elk Grove, Calif., respectively.

FYidoctors Named Canadian Partner for Launch of J&J Vision’s Acuvue Theravision With Ketotifen for Allergic Eye Itch

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Monday, May 3, 2021 12:27 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, an optometrist-controlled eyecare company based here, said it has received exclusive Canadian “in-market assessment access for 2021” for the new Johnson & Johnson Vision contact lens: Acuvue Theravision with Ketotifen. The new lens, which was approved in Canada last week, is the first and only drug-releasing contact lens for vision correction and allergic eye itch, according to the announcement last week.

National Vision Is Recognized as One of America’s Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes

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Monday, May 3, 2021 12:24 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings, one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, has been recognized as one of Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity in 2021.

My Eyelab Ranked as a Top New Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine

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Monday, May 3, 2021 12:21 AM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—My Eyelab, a retail brand of Now Optics, has been ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Top New Franchises and Fastest-Growing Franchises lists.

Modo's Eco Named 'Best Eyewear Brand' in Seventeen Magazine's Sustainable Style Awards

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Monday, May 3, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Eco, from Modo, has been awarded the Best Eyewear Brand award in Seventeen Magazine's  2021 Sustainable Style Award. In an announcement Eco said, "It’s always great to be recognized. But it means even more when it helps our planet. We're proud and honored to be awarded by Seventeen in their #sustainablestyleawards for our wildly trendy and sustainable sunglasses and hope that everyone joins our commitment to living responsibly for a greener future (and looking great while doing so). Together, we can make a big difference—one frame at a time."

BJ’s Wholesale Club Launches Online Shopping Experience for Optical With Virtual Try-On for Eyewear

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Friday, April 30, 2021 12:21 AM WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—BJ’s Wholesale Club (NYSE: BJ), which operates 221 membership warehouse clubs, has launched a new online shopping experience for BJ’s Optical, which allows shoppers to purchase sunglasses and prescription eyewear on Optical.BJS.com. BJ’s online optical experience also has been enhanced with virtual try-on technology that makes it easier for shoppers to find their perfect pair from the comfort of their own home, according to the announcement. There are currently 212 BJ’s Optical Centers, a spokeswoman told VMAIL. The company declined to provide additional details about the virtual try-on technology utilized on its optical website.

Vision Expo East 2021 to Host the Career Zone on Saturday, June 5

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, today announced that the Career Zone will return to Vision Expo East 2021 on Saturday, June 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT. The hub for students and young professionals will be hosted in The Seen (#TP1251).

De Rigo and Gap Announce Multi-Year Licensing Agreement

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021 12:21 AM LONGARONE, Italy—De Rigo has announced a multi-year licensing agreement for the design, production and distribution of Gap branded prescription frames and sunglasses in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

More Than 200 Exhibiting Companies Commit to Vision Expo East 2021

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Monday, April 26, 2021 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, co-organizers of Vision Expo, today announced that more than 200 exhibiting companies have committed to Vision Expo East 2021, taking place June 2-5 in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. To view the list of exhibiting companies committed to-date, click here. “We are thrilled to welcome more than 200 exhibiting companies to Orlando this June,” said Mitch Barkley, vice president of Trade Shows and Events at The Vision Council, co-owner of Vision Expo.

GrandVision Reports Slight Sales Decline in Q1, But Notes Customers’ Inclination for ‘Higher-Value Products’

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Monday, April 26, 2021 12:24 AM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—GrandVision NV (Euronext: GVNV) reported Friday that its sales in the first quarter fell 0.7 percent to €899 million from €926 million in the first quarter of 2020, with comparable revenue declining 1.5 percent compared with the year-ago first quarter.

FYidoctors Adds Clinic in Lloydminster, Marking First Clinic Under its Banner in the City

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Monday, April 26, 2021 12:21 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-controlled eyecare company, has announced its merger with The Eyewear Place, located in Lloydminster, Alberta.

Pearle Vision Signs Five Location Store Development Agreement With West Point Optical Group

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Friday, April 23, 2021 12:27 AM MASON, Ohio—Pearle Vision said this week that it has finalized a new five-location store development agreement (SDA) with current multi-unit franchisee Bill Noble, chief executive of West Point Optical Group. Noble has been a franchisee with Pearle Vision since 2014.