Summer Travel Tip: Make an ‘Insightful’ Side Trip to the Shelburne Museum in Vermont for a Look at America’s ‘Vision’ Story

By Mark Tosh
Friday, May 20, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—As many Northeasterners know, there are a thousand reasons to visit New England in the summertime. Let’s make that one thousand and one this year, with the recent opening of the “Eyesight & Insight: Lens on American Art” exhibit at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt. The unique exhibit, looking at America’s history of creative response to perceptions of vision, opened May 15 and runs until Oct. 16. There’s also an online component to the exhibit, for those who don’t have Vermont in their summer travel itineraries. (Heck, I’d go to Vermont just to visit the Ben and Jerry’s factory experience in Waterbury.)

Super Optical International Is Purchased by Engineering and Software Executive

By Staff
Friday, May 20, 2022 12:33 AM CINCINNATI, Ohio—Lyric Optical, doing business as Super Optical International, maker of the FastGrind Modified Lens Surfacing System and other optical products, announced the completion of a 100 percent sale of the company to Andy Hawes, an engineering and software executive. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. The previous owners of the Cincinnati-based company include Don Gilman, John Corsini and Hugh McManus. Gilman and Corsini have announced their retirement from the optical industry. McManus, who joined the company in 2012 and has worked on customer satisfaction, product development and quality control, will remain with the company and lead the sales team.

Visiox Pharma Names Ophthalmic Industry Veteran Ryan S. Bleeks as CEO

By Staff
Friday, May 20, 2022 12:30 AM TARRYTOWN, N.Y.—Visiox Pharma, LLC., a privately funded biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of ophthalmic therapeutics, has appointed Ryan S. Bleeks as chief executive officer.

Warby Parker Expands Its Optician Apprentice Program

By Staff
Friday, May 20, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Warby Parker, Inc. (NYSE: WRBY) is continuing to expand its Optician Apprentice Program, the company told VMAIL. The program started in 2017 to provide Warby Parker employees with the opportunity to become ABO-NCLE certified and, when applicable, licensed opticians.

opti 2022 Wraps Up Special Spring Edition in Munich

By Staff
Friday, May 20, 2022 12:21 AM MUNICH, Germany—opti 2022 concluded in Munich, Germany on May 15 after three days at Fairground Munich. From May 13 to 15, the show saw about 13,000 visitors from 71 countries, according to show organizers, with about three quarters of visitors saying their main aim at the show was to “exchange ideas with colleagues in the industry and to initiate business relationships.” This special spring edition of opti, the first time the show has been held in May, showcased 368 exhibitors from 25 countries, including a number of first-time exhibitors.

Alcon Volunteers Step Up to 'Strengthen Communities Across the Globe' With Alcon in Action

By Staff
Friday, May 20, 2022 12:18 AM GENEVA—Thousands of Alcon associates from 45 locations around the world participated in Alcon in Action (AiA) on Thursday, an annual company-wide day of community volunteering. This is the 10th consecutive year that Alcon, a global leader in eyecare, engaged in the day of volunteering to help address local community needs such as health, hunger, education and housing, according to the company’s announcement. Collectively dedicating thousands of volunteer hours, Alcon associates across 32 countries, including Switzerland and the U.S., made a personal difference to strengthen their communities, the company noted.

Do You Know an Influential Woman in Optical? Nominate Her Now, Survey Closes on June 6

By Staff
Friday, May 20, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July/August issue, marking the 20th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 6. Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, there are more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry.

Target Posts a Stunning Drop in Profit. Stock Plunges

By Staff
Friday, May 20, 2022 12:04 AM We faced unexpectedly high costs, driven by a number of factors, resulting in profitability that came in well below our expectations, and well below where we expect to operate over time.

20/20 Europe: Rodenstock Reports Strong Growth for 2021

By Staff
Thursday, May 19, 2022 11:39 AM The Rodenstock Group has confirmed its long-term growth objectives with its results for the 2021 financial year. In the year of the acquisition by Funds advised by Apax Partners, Rodenstock succeeded in strengthening its position as leader in biometric lenses and outperformed the revenue targets ending the year with net sales of €494 million euros an increase over last year’s revenues of €401 million. Significant investments in research and development are paying off: the increase in net sales was clearly driven by the ongoing successful execution of the B.I.G. VISION strategy. Anders Hedegaard, CEO of the Rodenstock Group, said, “Thanks to our strategic shift toward market-leading lens technology, we have achieved an increase in market share in our core countries, as well as sustainable double-digit sales growth. Read More

More Than 50 Percent of Americans Say Masks Should Be Required on Airplanes and Public Transportation

By Staff
Thursday, May 19, 2022 11:12 AM A majority of U.S. adults (57 percent) say travelers on airplanes and public transportation should be required to wear masks, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. A smaller share (42 percent) say travelers should not be required to wear masks in these situations.

In April, a federal judge in Florida struck down the U.S. government’s mask mandate for planes and public transportation. The Department of Justice is in the process of appealing the decision, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that people continue to wear masks in these settings. For now, airlines and other businesses are able to set their own rules, with most leaving mask-wearing optional.

As has often been the case on policy questions about how to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, partisans are far apart in their views on this issue. A large majority of Democrats and independents who lean to the Democratic Party (80 percent) say travelers on airplanes and public transportation should be required to wear masks. By contrast, 71 percent of Republicans and the Republican leaners say travelers should not be required to wear masks. Read the full story from the Pew Research Center.

Zeiss’s Half-Year Revenue Up 20 Percent Over Year-Ago

By Staff
Thursday, May 19, 2022 12:30 AM OBERKOCHEN, Germany—Despite challenging market conditions, the Zeiss Group continued to make significant gains in the first half of fiscal year 2021/22 ending March 31, 2022. Revenue increased by 20 percent to €4.1 billion versus €3.4 billion in the prior year. At €736 million, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were also significantly higher than the €591 million in the prior-year period. The EBIT margin is 18 percent. The high level of incoming orders also continued in the first half of the new fiscal year, with incoming orders increasing to €5.49 billion versus €4.20 billion in year-ago period.

Sunvera Group Forms New Partnership With William S. Goldstein, MD PC – Laser Eye Care Center

By Staff
Thursday, May 19, 2022 12:26 AM BINGHAM FARMS, Mich.—Sunvera Group, a management services organization providing support services to ophthalmology practices across multiple subspecialties, has formed a new partnership with William S. Goldstein, MD PC and Laser Eye Care Center in Shelby Township, Mich.

Lighthouse Guild Awards 2022 Bressler Prize to Dr. Sheila Nirenberg for Outstanding Accomplishments in Vision Science

By Staff
Thursday, May 19, 2022 12:21 AM NEW YORK–Lighthouse Guild, the leading not-for-profit vision and health care organization, announced today that Sheila Nirenberg, PhD, has been awarded the 2022 Bressler Prize for her outstanding advances in vision science, including deciphering the retina’s neural code which is the key to restoring meaningful vision in people who are blind from retinal degeneration.

DrChrono Receives 2022 MedTech Breakthrough Award for Work on Health Platform That Powered a COVID-19 Vaccination Project

By Staff
Thursday, May 19, 2022 12:18 AM SUNNYVALE, Calif.—DrChrono Inc., a platform for electronic health records and medical practices, has been selected as the winner of the “EHR Innovation” award in the sixth annual MedTech Breakthrough Awards program. DrChrono worked with CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), an emergency relief non-profit organization co-founded by Sean Penn and Ann Lee, Curogram, a leading HIPAA-compliant patient communications tool and messaging platform, and the state of Georgia to operate mobile and fixed COVID-19 vaccine sites, with a goal to deliver vaccines to underserved patients throughout all 18 health districts in Georgia, according to the company’s recent announcement.

Euclid Vision Names Dr. Zohra Fadli as Global Head of R&D and Clinical Affairs

By Staff
Thursday, May 19, 2022 12:15 AM STERLING, Va.—Euclid Vision Corp., a global leader in advanced orthokeratology and proactive myopia management initiatives, has appointed Zohra Fadli, PhD, as vice president of research and development & clinical affairs. Dr. Fadli brings decades of experience in medical device technology and vision care to her new role at Euclid, including an extensive history in delivering breakthrough ophthalmic contact lenses.