Bolle Brands Acquires Spy Optic

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:30 AM BOSTON, Mass.—Bolle Brands is expanding its footprint in the premium performance sports and sports lifestyle eyewear category with the acquisition of the Spy Optic brand from Spy Optic, a privately held company. The terms of the deal were not announced. Spy Optic president Stephen Roseman and his team will remain in place, a Bolle spokesperson told VMail. Bolle Brands is a portfolio investment of A&M Capital Europe, the private equity fund that acquired it in August 2018. With this new acquisition, Spy Optic joins existing brand portfolio of Bolle, Bolle Safety, Serengeti, Cebe and H2Optix.

Zeiss Partners With IDOC to Bring Medical and Vision Care Products to Independent ODs

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:27 AM
NORWALK, Conn., SAN DIEGO, Calif., and DUBLIN, Calif.—IDOCZeiss Vision Care US and Zeiss Medical Technology announced today a five-year agreement to bring Zeiss’ lab services, lens products and medical equipment to all of IDOC’s more than 3,000 independent optometrists across the U.S. The agreement creates new partnership programs through which IDOC practices can access the latest innovations from Zeiss, including Zeiss UVProtect Technology, Zeiss DriveSafe lenses, Zeiss CLARUS 700, Zeiss CIRRUS HD-OCT. IDOC members who buy into the Zeiss program will be able to take advantage of services, support and special pricing.

PECAA and Medical Eyeglass Center Announce Partnership Around Dispensary Development

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:24 AM
PORTLAND, Ore.—PECAA, a nationwide doctor alliance group serving more than 3,700 independent eyecare practitioners, has entered into a strategic partnership with Medical Eyeglass Center (MEC), a leading optical dispensary development company, according to an announcement on Monday. MEC will provide PECAA members with unfettered access to its full suite of both dispensary development and turnkey dispensary management solutions designed to strengthen the optical performance of the practice and enhance the patient experience, the announcement noted.

Prive Revaux Expands Management Team as Company Builds Out Its Product Range, Augments Celeb Eyewear Capsules

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:18 AM MIAMI—Fashion eyewear brand and retailer Prive Revaux has expanded its senior management team to further extend the company's reach and its collections, including new ophthalmic quality ranges of sunwear and ophthalmic frames. The company is also continuing its fast growth pace and has been working with celebrities from the music and film sector to create new capsule collections. According to CEO David Schottenstein, "In order to effectively grow a consumer brand, you need to have the right people in place. Our goal is to be disruptive in the eyewear category and to achieve that, we've brought on experts that are nimble, forward-thinking, have a proven track record of putting the customer first, and most importantly move lightning fast."

VMAIL Scheduling Note for Sept. 18, 2019

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—There will be no VMAIL on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Look for VMAIL to resume its daily schedule from Vision Expo West in Las Vegas on Sept. 19, 20 and 21. To catch up on all the week’s news from Vision Expo West, go to the Latest News category on VisionMonday.com. Don’t miss the digital version of Vision Monday’s September edition, which features VM’s cover story on Smart Money: The Modern Lab, in addition to all the regular issue departments. To access the digital edition for September, click here
 

Vision Innovation Partners Acquires Washington D.C. Ophthalmology Practice

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Monday, September 16, 2019 12:24 AM ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Expanding its presence in the Mid-Atlantic region, Vision Innovation Partners said it has acquired Washington D.C.-based ophthalmology practice, Washington Eye Specialists. "We are excited that Dr. Ted Gancayco and Dr. Cameron Ghafouri have chosen to partner with us," said Vision Innovation Partners' CEO Michael Dunn. "They have been important members of the Washington, D.C. medical community for many years and will be tremendous assets to our growing clinical team. As we sought a partner in the Washington D.C. area, we were looking for a perfect combination of talent, skill and success. We are fortunate to have found just that in Washington Eye Specialists."

Costa Expands Lens Recyling Program to Optical Labs

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Monday, September 16, 2019 12:21 AM DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Following the successful launch of the Kick Plastic Lens Recycling Program for ECPs in March, Costa announced that optical labs are now able to send both their plastic lens waste as well as any dry plastic finishing “swarf” (plastic lens waste) to 13 Piedmont Plastics locations for recycling and repurposing. The Kick Plastic Lens Recycling Program has facilitated the recycling of over 700 pounds of discarded plastic lenses at two Piedmont Plastics locations. This is in addition to over 22 tons (approximately 44,000 pounds) of plastic recycling processed from Costa’s Daytona Beach lab.

Eyes of Faith Announces Charity Eyewear Collaboration With Radio Host Delilah

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Monday, September 16, 2019 12:18 AM LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Christian eyewear brand Eyes of Faith has announced a collaboration with Delilah Rene, the most-listened to woman on radio in the United States. Made up of four styles, the collaboration will also support charity—Eyes of Faith will donate $10 to Delilah’s foundation Point of Hope for every frame sold. Delilah founded Point of Hope 15 years ago to advocate for children in the foster system, raise points of hope across the US, and be a voice for children in West Africa. Donations from this collaboration specifically will provide funding to build homes for orphans at the Point Hope Village in Ghana.

Expo Boutique Buyer Panel: Sharing Views on Independent Retail

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Monday, September 16, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—This year’s exclusive Boutique Buyer Panel, titled Freedom Sighters, will feature a highly-respected group of panelists who will provide attendees a complete look at the realm of independent eyewear. Taking place on Friday, Sept. 20, the panel will be held in the BRIDGE from 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. with a cocktail networking party to follow deejayed by Coco and Breezy. James Spina, editor-in-chief of 20/20 Magazine, will moderate the conversation to afford each panelist the opportunity to share his or her views on the world of independent retail.

Registration Opens for Annual Sports Vision Conference

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Friday, September 13, 2019 12:21 AM
NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio—Registration is now open for Beyond 20/20, the 4th Annual International Sports Vision Association (ISVA) conference, February 6 to 8, 2020 at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, Calif. “Sports Vision, the science of helping athletes reach peak levels of performance through the enhancement of visual skills, is becoming more and more important in training individuals of many sports,” said ISVA president Alex Andrich, OD, FCOVD. “With this growth, more practitioners are recognizing that sports vision is an excellent specialty service that can become a valuable addition to their primary care practice.”

American Academy of Optometry Shares 2019 Resident Travel Fellowship Recipients

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Friday, September 13, 2019 12:18 AM ORLANDO, Fl.—The American Academy of Optometry has shared the recipients of its 2019 Resident Travel Fellowship Awards. These travel fellowships will allow residents to attend Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry, October 23-27, 2019. The recipients will be recognized at the Student and Resident Awards Lunch on Thursday, October 24 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in Valencia W415 CD in the Orange County Convention Center. CooperVision Resident Travel Fellowships will be presented at the CooperVision booth #809 on Thursday, October 24 from 10:30am to 11:30am in the exhibit hall. The IKA Resident Travel Fellowship will be presented at the American Academy of Optometry Foundation Celebration Luncheon on Saturday, October 26 from 11:00am to 1:30pm.

Wize Pharma Licenses Ophthalmic Non-viral Gene Therapy Technology

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Friday, September 13, 2019 12:15 AM
HOD HASHARON, Israel—Wize Pharma a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of ophthalmic disorders, has entered into an exclusive license agreement with U.S.-based Copernicus Therapeutics. The agreement grants Wize exclusive rights to license, develop and commercialize products based on a non-viral gene therapy technology developed by Copernicus for the treatment of choroideremia (CHM). "We are very pleased and excited to enter into this agreement with Copernicus. Their proprietary and innovative technology addresses what we believe to be the greatest challenges in gene therapy, including overcoming the potential immune system response to treatment, thereby allowing repeated treatments if necessary. As an ophthalmology focused company, Wize is eager to develop and commercialize this cutting-edge gene therapy to transform the treatment of eye related diseases," said Mark Sieczkarek, chairman of the board of directors of Wize.

Following the Sale of Nationwide Vision, Refac Group to Focus on U.S. Vision Biz

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Thursday, September 12, 2019 12:24 AM GLENDORA, N.J.—Executives at Refac Optical Group say they will be focusing on the future growth of their U.S. Vision optical businesses, following the news of the purchase of the Nationwide Vision business by EyeCare Partners.

Windjammer Capital Investor Acquires Hilco Vision, in Partnership With Management

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Thursday, September 12, 2019 12:21 AM PLAINVILLE, Mass.—Windjammer Capital Investors has acquired Hilco Vision, in partnership with management. Terms of the deal, announced Sept. 10, were not disclosed. Hilco Vision, a leading global distributor of branded and consumable professional eyecare products and optical accessories throughout the eye healthcare supply chain, Hilco's products include professional eyecare products required for the everyday operation of eyecare practices and stores, optical accessories, which enhance its customers' sales, and additional value-added services which support its customers' branding and retail activities. The company sells to a diverse group of 40,000+ customers in a variety of channels, consisting primarily of smaller, independent eyecare providers and optical retail chains, as well as labs, non-optical customers and other distributors.

Allyala Nandakumar and Serge Resnikoff Join Vision Impact’s Institute’s Advisory Board

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Thursday, September 12, 2019 12:18 AM The Vision Impact Institute (VII) announced two new additions to its global advisory board. Allyala Nandakumar, PhD, and Serge Resnikoff, MD, PhD, were approved as board members at the organization's meeting in July. Dr. Nandakumar brings his expertise as an internationally recognized health-financing expert to the board. Currently, he is Professor of the Practice at Brandeis University where he is the director of the master of science program in global health and development. In January 2018, Nandakumar was appointed the first chief economist at the office of the global AIDS coordinator at the U.S. Department of State. He served previously as the chief economist for the Global Health Bureau at USAID.