Vision Monday VMail Weekend

March 06, 2021|


Scientists Take Important Step Toward Using Retinal Cell Transplants to Treat Blindness

Retinal cells derived from a cadaver human eye survived when transplanted into the eyes of primate models, an important advance in the development of cell therapy to treat blindness, according to a study published on January 14 in Stem Cell Reports. The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), a layer of pigmented cells in the retina, functions as a barrier and regulator in the eye to maintain normal vision. RPE dysfunction can lead to eye disorders including macular degeneration and can cause blindness, which affects about 200 million people worldwide
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In Case you Missed It - VMail's Top Stories of the Week

Seven states allow ODs to administer vaccine, Zeiss acquires lab from U.S. Vision, National Vision reports double digit Q4 gains, Tracker says all optical sales categories recover, and Grand Vision expects gradual improvement for 2021, all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Seven States Now Permitting Optometrists to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines, AOA Reports

Zeiss Vision Care Acquires Optical Laboratory from U.S. Vision

National Vision Reports Double-Digit Sales Gains for Q4 and Significantly Raises ‘Whitespace’ Growth Opportunity to Boost Number of New-Store Openings

All Optical Sales Categories Recover Following Steep Declines Brought on by Severe Weather, Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Says

After a Challenging Year in 2020, GrandVision Expects ‘Gradual Improvements Toward the Second Half’ of 2021

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Lincoln Road Advisors Acquires U.S. Vision Optical Business from ACON Investments

GLENDORA, N.J.—Lincoln Road Advisors Inc., an investment company operated by optical industry veteran Eric Bertrand, has acquired the holding company Refac Optical Group, which owns the U.S. Vision optical business, from its majority owner ACON Investments. U.S. Vision operates roughly 375 optical locations in licensed retail spaces at J.C. Penney, Meijer, Boscov’s and Optical Center/AAFES Exchange locations. Bertrand, a former chief executive of OptiCare Health Systems of Connecticut and Vision Center at Meijer, confirmed the acquisition by Lincoln Road to VMAIL earlier today. He is the principal at Lincoln Road, and also manages the digital marketing agency Mod Op
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VM's News Quiz

VM's News Quiz for the Week of Feb 28: Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy, a Shift in Shopping Habits and Shining a Spotlight on Awareness

Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. This week's quiz takes a look at overcoming vaccine hesitancy, a shift in shopping habits and shining a spotlight on awareness.

Click here to take the quiz.

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Indie Brand Vontélle Pays Homage to its Roots With #FullFaceFashion

NEW YORK—Vontélle Eyewear was born, at least partially, out of coincidence, when friends Tracy Vontélle Green and Nancey Harris both lost expensive pairs of eyewear within the same year. While shopping for replacement frames, both women found that they couldn’t find exactly what they wanted, and, so in 2019, Vontélle was born. Vontélle focuses on designs featuring textiles, patterns and colors from the African diaspora. Since the onset of the pandemic, Green and Harris have also been producing masks in the same patterns as their eyewear, and have coined the phrase #FullFaceFashion to describe what they do.
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