EssilorLuxottica 1Q 2021 Revenue Rises 7.3 Percent, to €4.1 Billion

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Friday, May 7, 2021 12:30 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica (Reuters: ESLX.PA) returned to growth during first quarter 2021, posting consolidated revenue totaling €4,060 million, a year-on-year increase of 7.3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2020 (+14.3 percent at constant exchange rates). Consolidated revenue grew by 1.9 percent at constant exchange rates compared to the first quarter of 2019.

Nominations Now Open for VM’s 2021 Most Influential Women in Optical

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Friday, May 7, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. In retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution and vision care and managed care, talented women are shaping the direction of the companies and organizations they work for, and, in many cases, lead. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue, marking the 19th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry.

National Vision’s Reade Fahs Signs CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion Pledge

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Friday, May 7, 2021 12:24 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers providing quality, affordable eyecare and eyewear, announced that its CEO, Reade Fahs, has become a signatory to the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion (CEO Action) pledge.

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.

American Vision Partners Adds Arizona’s Aiello Eye Institute to its Expanding Organization

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Friday, May 7, 2021 12:18 AM PHOENIX—American Vision Partners (AVP), a leading and rapidly growing eyecare practice management organization, has announced a new partnership with Aiello Eye Institute in Yuma, Ariz.

Privé Revaux Appoints Maureen Cavanagh as Senior Vice President of Global Sales

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Friday, May 7, 2021 12:15 AM MIAMI—Privé Revaux, the U.S.-based affordable, celebrity brand acquired by Safilo Group in February 2020, has appointed Maureen Cavanagh as senior vice president of global sales. In her role, which became effective in April, Cavanagh will provide leadership and strategic direction to the global sales function and help drive growth as Privé Revaux continues to expand into new international regions and markets, the company said. Cavanagh has over 25 years of optical experience spanning from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care to, most recently, Essilor of America for the past 15 years, where she held senior executive positions including president of Nassau Vision Group, vice president of retail and board director of Essilor International.

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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The Vision Council Concludes Second All-Member Virtual Meeting

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council hosted the organization’s second All-Member Virtual Meeting yesterday, Wednesday, May 5. The meeting brought together nearly 200 members of the vision care product and services community for an afternoon of engaging presentations from The Vision Council’s leadership and community leaders on timely topics.

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.

Ocutrx Receives Fifth Patent for In-home Visual Field Test Monitoring and Alerting

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:21 AM IRVINE, Calif.—Ocutrx Technologies, an augmented/extended reality and surgical device maker, announced the issuance of its fifth patent by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The fifth patent covers a Macular Visual Field (MVF) test administered while the user is wearing the OcuLenz AMD AR/XR headset. The patented technology is primarily associated with the at-home monitoring of individuals with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). This new patent encompasses taking a visual field test while wearing Ocutrx’s low-vision AR headset, the Oculenz AMD.

CooperVision Seeks Proposals for 2021 Science and Technology Awards

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—To drive innovation in the industry through continuous contact lens research and development, CooperVision is now accepting submissions for its 2021 Science and Technology Awards program. The long-standing program fosters partnerships between recipients and CooperVision scientists to explore new dimensions in vision care, with the goal of translating innovative ideas into practical solutions. “As a leading global manufacturer of contact lenses, CooperVision has brought to market many breakthrough products, but we never stop raising the bar and working for what comes next,” said Francis Erard, CooperVision’s vice president of research & development.

Eschenbach Appoints Gina Carey as Controller

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:15 AM DANBURY, Conn.—Eschenbach Optik of America announced that Gina Carey has joined the company as controller. She is responsible for all financial and accounting operations, distribution and logistics, information technology, facilities and compliance. A former Big 4 accountant and auditor, Carey joins Eschenbach after several years as a consultant, providing executive leadership, financial strategy, accounting and profit optimization guidance to her client base. Prior to opening her own consulting practice, she served as managing director and CFO of a mid-sized marketing services company, CFO of a market research business and SVP of finance & operations of a digital media organization.

Vision Expo Extends Free Registration, as Show Organizers Anticipate 5,000+ Attendees for Vision Expo East Orlando

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:33 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, announced that free registration for Vision Expo East 2021, taking place June 2-5 in Orlando, Fla., will be extended indefinitely. The decision to extend the free registration deadline is based on what they describe as a "recent, notable spike in attendee registration. Mitch Barkley, vice president of trade shows and events at The Vision Council, co-owner of Vision Expo, said, “With just four weeks to go until Vision Expo East, we are expecting to have at least 5,000 attendees at the show."

U.S. Optical Sales Continue Downward Trend for Week of April 26-May 2, Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Says

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—National optical sales continued their downward trajectory with minimal declines in all categories over the course of last week, April 26-May 2, according to the latest Jobson Practice Performance Tracker. Starting just over one month ago throughout the U.S., decreasing optical sales continued for the fifth consecutive week last week with declines of -1 index point across the board for all service/product categories being tracked. This coincided with only a few states reporting an increase of cases of COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.