July 8, 2017|www.visionmonday.com


When Words Fail, Emojis Speak Volumes

NEW YORK—Since being introduced on the iPhone in 2011, emojis catapulted their way into our lives and have gone beyond just smart devices. Just like the “I Love NY” logo that took us by storm in the early 2000s, emojis can now be found everywhere—on apparel, stationery, toys and have even made their way into the optical industry. In Today’s Read, find out how those tiny cartoon-like figures have helped us emote, electronically of course.
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Private equity investment, an Essilor acquisition, passing of COLTS lab founder, Bruce Steffey’s retirement, purchase by New Look Vision and education at Expo West all topped this week’s VMail news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

New MainStream Capital Invests in N.J.-Based Omni Eye Services

Essilor Acquires Team Effort Optical Lab, Merges It With Duffens Lab

John Young, COLTS Lab Founder, Dies at 76

National Vision’s Bruce Steffey to Retire, Jeff McAllister to Succeed Him

Canada’s New Look Vision Group to Acquire Iris, Le Groupe Visuel (1990), Inc.

Show Organizers Offer Individually Tailored Education Tools for Vision Expo West

VisionWatch Shows Nearly $300 Million Growth for $40.4B Vision Industry

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The latest numbers from The Vision Council’s VisionWatch survey released today, reflect that the overall vision care market grew 0.7 percent, or nearly $282 million, in the 12 months ending March 2017, compared to the same period the prior year. Results from VisionWatch, the largest continuous survey of consumer purchasing attitudes toward eyewear and eyecare, indicated that the total vision care industry has generated $40.36 billion in revenue for the 12 months ending March 2017.
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This weekend’s pick for “We Share It” is a fabulous #FBF of Barbra Streisand on the set of “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” in 1969. Just the thought of clear skies and Streisand’s fashionable sunwear has us dreaming of summer vacation plans and fabricating excuses to buy just one more pair of sunglasses.

Boston OD Goes Above and Beyond for Middle Schoolers in Need

BOSTON, Mass.—While all eyecare professionals serve and support their communities by providing valuable health care services, some ECPs go above and beyond expectations by volunteering their own time and money to help those in need. Dr. Tricia Rose of Envision Optometry is one of these exceptional ECPs. Once a week, Dr. Rose visits Irving Middle School in Boston and provides free eye exams to the students as a part of her charity program, Envision Boston Giving.
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