September 23, 2017|


Rising From the Rubble: Local Virginia Practice Rebounds From Office Fire

COLLINSVILLE, Va.—With ongoing disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma pulling the optical community together, a recent fire at the Collinsville-based practice, The Eye Site, is also reflecting the positivity within the vision space. Julie Brown, OD, and her husband Frank Manuguerra were at home on Sept. 17 when they got the phone call that changed the trajectory of their day and potentially, their practice’s professional path. The pair took the 20-minute drive from their home to see emergency vehicles and people surrounding the building, with the roof ablaze.
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Leica enters ophthalmic lens market, Amazon eyes smart glasses, party time at Expo West, J&J acquires Sightbox, Warby and UHC expand vision benefits and voting opens for EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards all topped this week’s VMail news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Leica Camera Enters Ophthalmic Lens Market in Collaboration With Novacel Eyes Smart Glasses Market

There's Always Time to Party at Vision Expo West

J&J Vision Acquires Sightbox, an Online CL Subscription Service

Warby Parker, UHC to Expand Vision Benefits to a Few Markets, Goes National in '18

Vote Now for Vision Monday's and 20/20's 2017 EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards

Upon Retirement, Eastern States’ Roger Shyer Shares Career Recollections

ELMONT, N.Y.—After more than 55 years in the optical frame business—the family business founded by Benjamin Shyer in 1938—Eastern States Eyewear’s Roger Shyer will be retiring at the end of the year. Shyer, who is 76, has shared the role of co-president with Paul Shyer at the Long island, N.Y.-based company, which will mark its 80th year in business in 2018. He recently sat down with VM for a look back at his rich career in optical, beginning with Shyer “grabbing a sample case” and hitting the road in 1961, just after his service in the Army.
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The eyes of the world were on the United Nations this week, as the 72nd Regular Session of the U.N. General Assembly convened at the organization’s New York headquarters. Although speeches by world leaders drew the most attention, a small group of government officials and representatives from charitable organizations put accessible, affordable vision care on the U.N.’s agenda. The group was led by James Chen (r), venture philanthropist and founder of Vision for a Nation and Clearly, and Dr. Agnes Binagwaho (c), vice chancellor and chief executive of University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda and former Rwandan minister of health. Kevin Cahill (l), chief executive of Comic Relief 1997-2016 and founder of Sport Relief, was on hand to lend support.

Dr. Arian Fartash, aka Glam Optometrist, Goes From Social Media Debut to Blogging Guru

SAN FRANCISCO—In January 2016, Arian Fartash, OD, started her blog, Glam Optometrist, as a social media amateur, however, she didn’t let her lack of social media marketing skills keep her from success. In just one and a half years, she has transformed from a newbie blogger to an Instagram guru with over 16,000 followers.
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