Universal Photonics Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification

By Staff
Thursday, April 9, 2020 12:21 AM CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.—Universal Photonics announced that its Central Islip, N.Y. manufacturing and distribution facility has earned ISO 9001:2015 certification.

A New Service Model for Delivering Frames and Lenses

By Andrew Karp and Marge Axelrad
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:00 AM Vision Monday’s Marge Axelrad and Andrew Karp recently toured Luxottica’s newly expanded distribution center and prescription lab in Atlanta. Read their exclusive report to find out what they learned and saw.

Quest Vision Specialty Care Lab Expands Management Team

By Staff
Friday, February 9, 2018 12:18 AM LARGO, Fla.—Quest Vision Care Specialty Lab, based here, has appointed two new members to its management team. Ilona Ostrowski has been named chief financial officer. She will oversee the company's financial planning and reporting, accounting, tax and treasury functions which falls in line perfectly with her background of financial planning. Ostrowski began her career in 1996 after graduating from the University of Gdansk, Poland and immigrating to the U.S. She worked for Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft, a New York law firm before joining Quest’s accounting team in 2014. Her experience includes financial, treasury and operations management, performance and risk management, mergers and acquisitions as well as board and regulatory relations.

Aston EyeTech Launches Eyoto, an Ophthalmic Measurement Tech Brand

By Staff
Thursday, January 25, 2018 12:15 AM BIRMINGHAM, U.K.—Aston EyeTech, a U.K.-based developer and manufacturer of ophthalmic measurement technology, is launching Eyoto, a new brand centered around its upcoming next generation eye diagnostic and measurement solutions. The company’s new lens inspection technology, which features the company’s device engineering expertise with advanced intelligent software systems, will be showcased at Vision Expo in March. Aston EyeTech recently completed a $6.7 million Series A investment round. Its Eyoto product portfolio, which will be launched progressively throughout 2018, includes a range of power mapping lensmeters and lens surface inspection tools, binocular autorefractors, and the company’s cloud connected mobile diagnostic platform, which integrates portable hardware, artificial intelligence (AI)-driven diagnostic systems and large-scale data analytics.

Nidek Supports Reconstruction of Nepal School

By Staff
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:15 AM HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—A school in Nepal that had been destroyed by the 2015 earthquake recently reopened in a new building, thanks to support from Nidek.

Luxexcel and IFB Launch First-Ever 3D Lens Printing Operation

By Andrew Karp
Monday, December 18, 2017 12:00 AM WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—IFB Solutions made optical history last month when the first-ever 3D ophthalmic lens manufacturing system, developed by the Dutch tech company Luxexcel, began production at its prescription laboratory here. Executives from IFB and Luxexcel unveiled the new technology and showcased it during a tour of IFB’s facilities in November.

Universal Photonics Acquires J.I. Morris’s Polishing Discs and Cloths Business

By Staff
Friday, December 8, 2017 12:27 AM CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.—Universal Photonics, Inc., a manufacturer and global distributor of critical surface preparation materials, has acquired Massachusetts-based J.I. Morris Company’s surface polishing pads and materials business. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

‘Why Minority Eye Health Still Matters’—Latest Report from National Optometric Association and Transitions

By Staff
Friday, December 8, 2017 12:18 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—The National Optometric Association (NOA) and Transitions Optical Inc. have released “Why Minority Eye Health Still Matters,” an educational paper summarizing highlights from a panel discussion earlier this year.

Classic Optical Laboratories Produces One Millionth Pair of Glasses in Banner Year

By Staff
Friday, December 8, 2017 12:15 AM YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio—Classic Optical Laboratories, set an all-time company record for eyeglasses manufactured in a single year as it delivered the one millionth pair from its central laboratory here last month.

Luxexcel Expands With New Contract With Quest Vision Care Specialty Lab

By Staff
Monday, December 4, 2017 12:18 AM EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands—Luxexcel, the Dutch tech company that is pioneering the use of 3D printing in ophthalmic lens manufacturing, is expanding its reach.

Florian Kloes to Lead Schneider’s Technical Team

By Staff
Monday, December 4, 2017 12:15 AM DALLAS—Schneider Optical Machines has appointed Florian Kloes as service manager for North America.

Services to be Held for Semi-Tech Founder Gordon Stone

By Staff
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 12:18 AM DALLAS—A funeral service will be held for Gordon E. Stone, founder of Semi-Tech, at 1:00 PM on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Quitman, Texas.

Essilor Says Its Hive-Down, a Next Step Toward Merger With Luxottica, Will Occur by Year’s End

By Staff
Friday, October 13, 2017 12:36 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor International (Reuters: ESSI.PA) reported that on Oct. 3, 2017, its board of directors confirmed that the hive-down of Essilor’s activities is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Luxexcel Receives €4 Million Equity Investment to Accelerate AR/VR Eyewear Program

By Staff
Friday, September 29, 2017 12:23 AM EINDHOVEN, Netherlands—Luxexcel, based here, has received an equity investment of €4 million ($4.7 million) from Innovation Industries, a Netherlands-based venture capital fund. Luxexcel said the investment will enable it to accelerate the next-gen development of its 3D printing platform for prescription lenses for use in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications.

Top Labs Earn High Marks in VM’s Annual ‘Checkup’

By Andrew Karp
Monday, September 11, 2017 1:00 AM NEW YORK—The history of the modern U.S. wholesale business can be summed up with two aphorisms: “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” and “Only the strong survive.” The first one applies to the dozens of labs that, over the past two decades, have been acquired by suppliers. The second applies to the wholesale labs that have remained independent. Both types of labs are represented in Vision Monday’s 2017 Top Labs Report, which ranks the industry’s largest labs.