January 12, 2019|www.visionmonday.com


Take a Virtual Lab Tour

As Vision Monday’s lenses and technology editor, I visit a lot of optical laboratories. Viewed from outside, most labs are unremarkable. Often located in industrial parks or on side streets, their drab exteriors give little indication of what goes on inside. Step onto the production floor, though, and you’ll see a scene humming with activity. Technicians are loading generators, edgers and coating machines, job trays are moving along conveyors, quality inspectors are checking lenses for flaws and Rx orders are being packed for shipment to customers. It’s an optical ballet in which every movement is carefully choreographed, and it requires skill, energy and careful attention to detail to execute.
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Marco Ophthalmic and Lombart are combined, Pearle makes Top Health Franchises list, Essilor’s new products, eyewear at CES and The Vision Council’s DES report all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Atlantic Street's Advancing Eyecare Combines Marco Ophthalmic and Lombart

Entrepreneur Magazine Ranks Pearle Vision in Annual Top 500 List

Essilor Kicks Off 2019 with New Products, Promos and Programs for ECPs

Eyewear Figures Prominently in CES 2019’s Future Vision

The Vision Council's Reseach Shows Digital Eye Strain Is Widespread

Riata Capital’s Acuity Eyecare Completes Two Deals, Receives Backing From J.P. Morgan Asset Management

DALLAS—Riata Capital Group announced on Jan. 8 that its portfolio company Acuity Eyecare Group has acquired two regional eyecare businesses (ABBA Eye Care in Colorado and EyeCare Specialties in Nebraska) that operate 18 locations overall. And, at the same time, Riata reported that funds and accounts advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management have made “a substantial equity investment in Acuity” to support its growth and expansion efforts. The J.P. Morgan investment “positions Riata to achieve its stated plan of building Acuity to 200-300 locations over a three-to-five-year period through the acquisition of additional regional eyecare groups and independent optometry practices,” the announcement noted.
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Back to school? Back to work? This Weekend’s #WeShareIt comes from our most recent #TuesdayTreat. This kate spade new york 'literary glasses' pencil pouch will keep you organized and stylish no matter what new things you’re up to in 2019.

Husain Patanwala’s ‘Sight Humour’ Is All About the Funnier Side of Optometry

Sight Humour is a carefully curated Instagram page that offers lighthearted, witty and surely relatable optometry-themed memes for anyone who deals with the eye. A brain child of Husain Patanwala, Sight Humour is only three months old, but has already managed to gain over 1,000 followers. Patanwala, who is a consulting optometrist at the Asian Eye Hospital and Laser Institute in Pune, India created the page with the hope of bringing some laughter and trivial material to an otherwise very serious and sometimes intense profession. “My friends always commented that I have a quirky and weird sense of humor and I would usually crack up in serious situations. It came quite easily to me that I should start a funny page about something I know so much about,” Patanwala explained.
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