Monday, March 7, 2022 12:21 AM
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group
, a leading independent eyecare company, has announced the pilot launch of "Abby”—a convenient web-based contact lens ordering platform that keeps patients connected to their eyecare providers.
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 12:15 AM
, an eye-health technology company operating in the U.S. and Canada, is launching a “bricks-and-clicks technology” that is automated and ties in with what the company calls "a first-to-market patient experience center," or in-store kiosk display. The platform “seamlessly integrates with the Lensbox first-to-market app, tying in tele-optometry, e-commerce and point-of-sale technology for eyewear retail,” a recent announcement noted. The new app can be downloaded by ECPs from the Apple store or Google Play. The new technology, “Lensbox EyeDocs,”
will digitalize the practice of eyecare beyond clinic walls, the company said.
Monday, November 8, 2021 12:21 AM
has filed a new patent application for Teaching machine learning software to regulate the settings of extended reality (XR) eyewear driven by performance measurements of the user while wearing the smart glasses. The application also claims telecommunicating these performance data to health care professionals. “The Innovega team is doubling down on its belief in the value of Personalized Extended Reality with our patent application for using psycho-physiological measures captured by the eyewear to change the settings of the eyewear,” said Innovega co-founder and lead inventor, Jerome Legerton, OD, MS, MBA, FAAO.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:27 AM
, a national optical retailer, is gearing up for a company-wide launch of a buy online, pick-up in-store option (BOPIS) for same-day delivery of eyewear to its customers. The Eyemart Express team noted that it believes it is uniquely positioned in optical retail to provide this service to patients and customers, in part, because of the on-site labs in its stores. The process for consumers only takes three steps, and allows for customers to shop for high-quality glasses from anywhere and still enjoy the same-day convenience of in-person shopping at Eyemart Express locations.
Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:18 AM
LAS VEGAS—When Brianna Rhue, OD, FAAO, and her drcontactlens.com
business partner, Jennifer Tabiza, OD, were preparing for the presentations they’ll be making at their booth during Vision Expo West this week, an idea came to mind that they thought would help various entrepreneurial companies trying to make headway in the optical and eyecare sectors. They discussed how challenging it can be for smaller technology companies that deliver great services to get the attention of doctors and key decision-makers in a practice. Moving quickly, the two women worked over the course of a month to create a process to make it easier for companies like theirs to get attention at an event as large as Vision Expo West.
Friday, September 10, 2021 12:24 AM
MENLO PARK, Calif., and CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Facebook Inc. and Ray-Ban on Thursday released their much-anticipated and awaited smart glasses Ray-Ban Stories, which the companies are calling “the next generation of smart glasses.” The collaboration brings forward “a new way to seamlessly capture, share and listen through your most authentic moments,” the companies said in a joint announcement. (Neither EssilorLuxottica nor Facebook had previously launched a smart glass product.)
Friday, September 10, 2021 12:21 AM
BASEL, Switzerland and EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands—Optiswiss
, the leading Swiss lens manufacturer with distribution throughout Europe, has partnered with Luxexcel
to bring commercial 3D printed lenses to market for use in regular eyewear and smart glasses.
Thursday, August 26, 2021 12:15 AM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—NewSight Reality (NSR)
, an early-stage developer of augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) technologies, announced that it is actively prototyping and demonstrating proof of concept of its Transparent Optical Module (TOM) for commercial use of augmented reality technology
. "Our realized vision for augmented and mixed reality technology opens up a whole new world of possibilities about how these technologies can be applied to improve our lives," said NSR CEO and president Phil Garfinkle. "We're incredibly excited about the future of this space and how TOM will evolve applications for everyday use."
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 12:27 AM
, a smartphone vision testing company, said it has closed a Series C funding round of about $40 million and now has raised more than $57 million in capital since the company was founded in 2015.
Friday, August 20, 2021 8:30 AM
Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology
are launching clinical trials of an artificial vision system that has the potential to restore partial vision to people who have lost their sight. The first-of-its-kind system, known as the Intracortical Visual Prosthesis (ICVP)
, is an implant that connects directly to the brain’s visual cortex, bypassing the retina and optic nerves. The National Institutes of Health
has awarded Illinois Tech researchers $2.5 million for the first year of a three-year project that includes implanting their new type of wireless visual prosthesis system in volunteers.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 12:27 AM
said Monday that it has created a dedicated innovation center in France to reinforce its expertise and expand its capabilities in electrochromic and smart eyewear technologies.
Friday, July 9, 2021 12:24 AM
PETAH TIKVA, Israel—The first product to result from a collaboration between the Israeli tech company DeepOptics
emerged last month in the form of an adaptive focus sunglass called 32°N (pronounced 32 North).
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 12:18 AM
reported that it filed four new patent applications for automated systems to enable eyecare practitioners to efficiently and consistently fit contact lenses and augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) display-equipped eyewear.
Monday, May 24, 2021 12:21 AM
SANTA MONICA, Calif.—A day after unveiling the first augmented reality version of its Spectacles eyeglasses, Snap
confirmed that it is buying WaveOptics
, its AR display supplier, for more than $500 million.
Monday, May 10, 2021 12:15 AM
VANCOUVER—Kits Eyecare Ltd.
(TSX: KITS), the vertically integrated, digital eyecare platform backed by the investor Roger Hardy, has been approved for immediate trading on the OTCQX Best Market, the top tier of the OTC Markets. Shares of the company were upgraded to OTCQX from the Pink market, according to an announcement late last week. Kits Eyecare began trading Friday (May 7) on OTCQX under the symbol “KTYCF.” In its announcement, Kits Eyecare said “upgrading to the OTCQX Market is an important step for companies seeking to provide transparent trading for their U.S. investors.” (Kits Eyecare has been listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange since the beginning of this year.)