Acuity Eyecare Group Expands in Missouri With Acquisition of Columbia, Mo.-Based Advanced Vision

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Monday, November 11, 2019 12:19 AM DALLAS—Acuity Eyecare Group (AEG), an owner and operator of leading North American eyecare groups and optometry practices, announced that it has acquired Advanced Visionin Columbia, Missouri. Since 2003, Dr. Sahba Jalali and his staff has practiced full-scope optometry, serving the mid-Missouri region. The practice specializes in comprehensive eye exams, LASIK consultation, specialty contact lenses, corneal refractive therapy and the treatment of conditions related to women’s and youth eye health. Dr. Jalali has developed a strong dry eye and contact lens practice utilizing hybrid, scleral and multifocal contact lenses, Acuity said.  He developed his own myopia management program in 2005 which includes orthokeratology and other now demonstrated methods of managing the progression of myopia.

Opticians Association of Massachusetts Pays Tribute to the Late Charles Walsh at Group's Annual Meeting

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Monday, November 11, 2019 12:16 AM SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass.—For the  tenth year, the Opticians Association of Massachusetts(OAM) held their annual meeting at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center at the site of the former American Optical Company on Nov. 2 and 3. As part of the weekend, a tribute was held at the Optical Heritage Museum for the late Charles Walsh, where a plaque was installed in his honor. Chuck Walsh, who was the founding program director for the opticianry program at Worcester Industrial Technical Institute and taught there for 32 years, passed away last year. Friends and family attended the event, as did some of Walsh's former students. The students said he was the best teacher they ever had, adding that they now have successful careers because of him, Diane Matuck of the association told VMAIL. "Through education and support of his state association, Chuck dedicated his career to the advancement of opticianry. Dr. William Underwood of the National Academy of Opticianry awarded Walsh their highest honor, the Hall of Fame award, to his family at the tribute for his contributions to education," she noted.

Cherry Optical Lab Unveils New Brand Identity

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Monday, November 11, 2019 12:13 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Cherry Optical Lab (COL), a family-owned independent wholesale optical laboratory located here, is unveiling a new identity. The rebranding of the lab, formerly known as Cherry Optical, Inc., consists of an updated logo, tagline, doing business as (DBA) name and a new website, www.cherryopticallab.com. “Our goal with the redesign was to ensure we were appealing to the appropriate target audience and make pertinent information more attainable. However, as an extension of the update, we spent time evaluating what the overhaul meant to us and how the rebranding may affect our team and customers. To us, it’s all about focusing on making the world’s best lenses and creating happy people. You’ll see what we mean when you take a look at the new website. To our customers, we’re always interested in what you have to say about our brand and our work; your feedback is invaluable,” said Adam Cherry, owner and president of Cherry Optical Lab.

CooperCompanies Announces Global Support for Optometry Giving Sight and March of Dimes

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Monday, November 11, 2019 12:10 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperCompanies (NYSE: COO) announced that it has selected Optometry Giving Sight and March of Dimes as the beneficiaries of its new global charitable giving program. Through the “Cooper Giving” program, company employees can donate year-round to both non-profits, with Cooper providing a one-for-one match, up to $5,000 annually per employee. “Giving back has long been part of our culture at Cooper and it’s a privilege to partner with Optometry Giving Sight and March of Dimes to continue this tradition of giving,” president and chief executive officer Albert White said in the announcement. “Both are world-class charitable organizations doing amazing work to bring better health and well-being to people in need. By focusing Cooper Giving on these causes, our multifaceted support through donations, knowledge and time goes even further to help make the greatest impacts.” 

Register Now for The Vision Council’s 2020 Executive Summit

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Monday, November 11, 2019 12:09 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Registration has opened for The Vision Council’s 2020 Executive Summit, to take place Jan. 29 to 31 at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, Florida. This year’s Summit has been redesigned to supply attendees with an extensive look into big picture concepts of the changing business landscape and insight into The Vision Council’s five-year strategic plan. The Summit will feature programming dedicated to economic trends, business strategies, refining leadership skills, building the right teams, executive-level networking and tangible approaches to tackling the dynamic changes in the optical industry from a balanced global perspective.

National Vision Reports Double-Digit Sales Increase for Third Quarter and Raises Fiscal 2019 Outlook

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Friday, November 8, 2019 12:27 AM DULUTH, Ga.—Marking its 71st consecutive quarter of comparable-store sales growth, National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) reported Thursday that its net revenue increased 11.5 percent to $431.9 million in the third quarter, driven in part by adjusted comparable-store sales growth of 6.2 percent (5.7 percent non-adjusted) in the quarter. Net income totaled $1.2 million in the quarter, which compares with net income of $5.2 million in the year-ago period. However, adjusted net income increased 65.8 percent to $14.5 million, compared with $8.7 million in last year’s third quarter.

FYidoctors | Visique Expansion Continues With Acquisition of 22-Location Grimard Optique of Quebec

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Friday, November 8, 2019 12:24 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors | Visique, an optometrist-owned eyecare company based here, announced Thursday that it has acquired Grimard Optique, a Quebec-based vision care and retail chain with 22 locations. Grimard has been serving Canadians for more than 39 years, with the majority of its locations in Quebec and others in Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, according to the announcement. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Grimard Optique employs 148 staff members (including more than 45 optometrists and 40 opticians) who are “dedicated to providing optimal quality eyecare to its patients and are excited to continue doing so,” the announcement noted.

Michelin and Essilor Partner for Safer Driving

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Friday, November 8, 2019 12:21 AM BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT/CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—As part of their mobilization around World Sight Day 2019, Michelin and Essilor are launching a joint, two-year program to raise public awareness about the importance of good vision on the road as well as good, functional tires that are reliable up to the wear indicator. Poor vision and tiers in poor condition are two main risk factors for road safety. Ninety percent of the information needed on the road comes from our eyes, and yet it is estimated that one out of five drivers in the world suffers from uncorrected poor vision, usually due to a lack of awareness or to limited access to vision care, according to Michelin and Essilor.

Zenni Debuts Cynthia Rowley Holiday Capsule Collection, Increases Focus on Partnerships

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Friday, November 8, 2019 12:18 AM
NOVATO, Calif.—Zenni has announced the launch of a holiday capsule collection with designer Cynthia Rowley. This limited-edition holiday collection is Zenni’s first-ever collaboration with the designer, and will include four frames available in a variety of lens styles. These styles also include Zenni's non-prescription blue blockers called Blockz, and sunglasses. Frames are priced at $35.95 and are available online through Zenni. This announcement follows on the heels of Zenni’s recent collaboration with actress, writer and producer Rashida Jones.

Voting Extended for the 2019 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards

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Friday, November 8, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The final voting deadline has been extended to11:59 p.m. on Monday, November 11 for the Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine's 11th annual EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards. The two Jobson Medical Information publications have teamed up once again to collect readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 16 distinct categories. The award categories are: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for prescription labs, optical supplies, in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, Social Purpose missions, and online and social media marketing services.

NECO Faculty, Students, Optometry and Industry Stakeholders Examine Opportunities in Optometric Education

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:27 AM BOSTON, Mass.—With a stated goal of "Preparing Today's Optometrists for Tomorrow's Optometry," the New England College of Optometry (NECO) convened a unique meeting here earlier this week to engage NECO students, faculty and stakeholders from the optometry and optical industry community to examine trends in optometric education. NECO faculty and students provided insight about curriculum evolution, student life, and the four-year educational journey to earn an OD degree. The invited guests, 75 attendees representing over 45 companies and media partners, included representatives of ASCO (Association of Schools & Colleges of Optometry) and the American Academy of Optometry. "The goal was to take part in an open dialogue to better understand the issues encountered by employers and industry with the ultimate goal of continuous improvement to better preparing students for the future," according to Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO, president and CEO of NECO.

Transitions Optical Names Brian O’Neill, PhD as Global VP, Innovation, Technology & Operations

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:24 AM
PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical has named Brian O’Neill as global vice president, innovation, technology & operations. His role is “to create and deliver on an innovative vision for the photochromic category, driving the growth long term, and sustaining Transitions Optical as the leader of photochromic technology,” according to an announcement from Transitions Optical. Dr. O’Neill, who holds a PhD in human ocular genetics, will focus on designing and forging the roadmap for innovation, technology and supply chain.

Eyemart Express Honors Veterans and Military Personnel With Discount Program and Expands VFW Partnership

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:21 AM DALLAS—In recognition of Veterans Day, Eyemart Express announced this week that it will honor veterans, active- and non-active duty military personnel and their families with a nationwide discount program. Through Nov. 16, all individuals who have served the United States and their families will receive 20 percent off prescription eyewear purchases when they visit an Eyemart Express store, the announcement noted. In addition, in an effort to better serve the veteran community, Eyemart Express said it has expanded its relationship with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the nation's largest nonprofit veterans' service organization, as its exclusive vision care partner. VFW members and their families receive a 20 percent discount on eyewear purchases year-round..

Charmant and Esprit Announce Extension of Licensing Agreement

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:18 AM MORRIS PLAINS, NJ—Charmant Group and Esprit have announced the extension of their long-term licensing cooperation. This year marks Charmant and Esprit’s 25th anniversary as global business partners. The companies did not specify the details of the renewal agreement. Masao Miyachi, president and CEO of Charmant Group said, “We are very proud of this twenty-five-year journey and look forward to many more years ahead. The success of our bond is down to the intrinsic guiding principles of both Charmant and Esprit: we always put the needs of our customers, high product quality, style and value for money at the forefront of our strategy.”

‘THE Myopia Meeting’ Set for Dec. 8 in Northern California

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Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Five speakers have been named and the agenda set for the upcoming myopia management event, THE Myopia Meeting, which is scheduled for Dec. 8 in Burlingame, Calif., outside of San Francisco, according to the event organizers. The meeting marks the first event under the auspices of the partnership between Review of Myopia Management (RMM) and Treehouse Eyes.