Super Optical International Is Purchased by Engineering and Software Executive

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Warby Parker Reports 10 Percent Increase in Q1 Sales as ‘Active’ Customer Count Climbs 18 Percent, But Net Loss Also Widens

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Against a backdrop of disruption due to the Omicron variant that was first felt in the last weeks of December and continuing through the first quarter, Warby Parker Inc. (NYSE: WRBY) on Monday reported that its Q1 revenue rose 10.3 percent to $153.2 million as both active customer count and average revenue per customer increased also in the quarter ended March 31. However, the retailer's net loss totaled $34.1 million in the quarter, primarily as a result of an increase in SG&A (selling, general and administrative) expenses, according to its announcement.

Alcon Celebrates 75th Anniversary and Notes its History of Breakthrough Innovation in Eyecare

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022 12:24 AM GENEVA—On Monday, Alcon marked the company’s 75th anniversary with its “Brilliant History, Brilliant Future” celebration. On May 16, 1947, Alcon Laboratories Inc. was incorporated and began manufacturing specialty pharmaceutical products in Fort Worth, Texas, the company noted in its announcement.

Do You Know an Influential Woman in Optical? Nominate Her Now for Vision Monday's Special Report

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022 12:13 AM NEW YORK—This year marks the 20th anniversary of Vision Monday's Most Influential Women in Optical Report. The signature Special Report will salute women playing vital roles at all levels of the eyewear/eyecare industry and throughout the professions. Women continue to make significant contributions throughout retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution, the eyecare professions, academia and managed care. Don't miss our very special July/August issue where we will celebrate 20 years of honoring women and their achievements.

Gryphon Investors Enters Vision Care With Investment in Vision Innovation Partners, Leading Eyecare Group in Mid-Atlantic Region

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Monday, May 16, 2022 12:27 AM SAN FRANCISCO—Gryphon Investors (Gryphon), a leading middle-market private equity firm, has partnered with Vision Innovation Partners (VIP), a leading provider of eyecare services in the mid-Atlantic region. Financial terms of the transaction—which marks the investor group’s first move in the eyecare sector—were not disclosed. New York-based Centre Partners was an initial investor in VIP. According to the Centre Partners website, the firm no longer holds an ownership position following the Gryphon transaction.

FYidoctors Launches Unique Future Vision Leaders Program to Support the Next Generation of Canadian Optometrists

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Friday, May 13, 2022 12:15 AM CALGARY—FYidoctors, a diversified health care organization based here, is launching its Future Vision Leaders program, a one-of-a-kind initiative designed to help new and recent optometry graduates with up to $100,000 in forgivable loans. This unique program aims to partner the next generation of optometrists with patients and regions across Canada that are in marked need of professional eyecare expertise, apart from giving new optometrists a career boost unlike no other. “FYidoctors was founded on doctors defining what eyecare looks like—both now and in the future,” FYidoctors chairman and chief executive officer Dr. Alan Ulsifer said.

MyVision Survey Reveals New Insights into How Pandemic Has Affected Consumer Vision Behavior and Attitudes

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:26 PM The COVID pandemic has led to a growing number of eye issues over the last two years which have been identified in a newly released consumer survey conducted by MyVision.org, a group of expert ophthalmologists and optometrists whose purpose is to provide trusted information on eye health and vision. Yesterday’s Data Feed featured some key findings from MyVision’s survey. Here are some additional highlights.

Driving, in general, is already dangerous, but what MyVision found about drivers with poor eyesight is especially concerning. One out of three drivers say they’ve driven with an outdated eyesight prescription.

US Eye Partners With Leading Virginia Optometrist as Group Plans Expansion in the Tidewater Region

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:24 AM VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.—US Eye has expanded its presence in Virginia with the addition of Kenneth Lebow, OD, FAAO, and his optometric team comprised of Valerie Foytik, OD, and Elizabeth Baylor, OD. The Virginia Beach-based team provides comprehensive optometry services, including the diagnosis and management of ocular disease, dry eye treatment, low vision, corneal conditions such as keratoconus, specialty rigid and scleral contact lenses, pre- and post-operative surgical care in areas such as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, among other services, according to the recent announcement of the partnership.