June 2, 2018|www.visionmonday.com


‘And We'll Never Be Royals’

NEW YORK—This July will mark 242 years since the U.S. colonies declared independence from the British. Yet, it would seem that many Americans (myself included) can’t escape the lure of “royal-mania.” After all, a whopping 29 million in the U.S. tuned in on Saturday, May 19 to watch the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (me again!), according to Nielsen. While that was a huge deal, I’m actually here to talk about a different royal, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II whose coronation took place today in 1953. With that many years on the throne (and on earth in general), the Queen has lived quite some life. Here’s a look at some lesser known facts about the longest reigning Monarch.
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FDA OK for artificial iris, branding for Superior Vision and Davis Vision, Marcolin and Bally license, For Eyes’ upcoming expansion and cataract awareness in June all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

FDA Approves First Stand-Alone Artificial Iris

Versant Health Is New Brand for Superior Vision and Davis Vision Businesses

Marcolin Group and Bally Sign Worldwide Exclusive License

For Eyes Unit of GrandVision Plans to Add 25 Additional Locations by Year’s End

Prevent Blindness Declares June as Cataract Awareness Month

Looking for the Attributes of Success, Behind the Top 50 Rankings

You can review the many headlines among VMAIL throughout the past several years and see the cumulative impact of practice acquisitions and the formations of new financial backed retail groups and companies in the U.S. optical market. As VM put together its ranking of the Top 50 largest optical retail players in the U.S., we certainly saw the reshaping of the business. And while this also reshapes the competitive climate, it occurs to this observer that the story of the “competitive climate,” while major in its implications, is far from the whole story.
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While we’re busy updating our wardrobes to adjust to this spring/summer weather, we can’t leave out our accessories too. This Kate Spade ring seen in our latest #TuesdayTreat screams spring bling! It’s the perfect little touch of sparkle to top off any look.

From Aviators to Astronauts: The History of Sunglasses for People Who Live Dangerously

When you think of aviator sunglasses, maybe you envision Tom Cruise, who wore them in the movie Top Gun. Or, depending on your age and tastes, you might associate them with Hugh Jackman in X-Men, Al Pacino in Scarface, or Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City. But the real aviator sunglasses, like many fashionable eyewear designs, started out as occupational aids—real aviators wore them. The history of eyewear for people who live dangerously is now on display in historical images and documents from the Optical Heritage Museum in Southbridge, Massachusetts.
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