Prevent Blindness Declares April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month

By Staff
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has designated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month in an effort to educate women about the steps they can take to help preserve their vision.

VisionWeb Partners With ZirMed for Insurance Clearinghouse Platform

By Staff
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:24 AM AUSTIN, Texas—VisionWeb is partnering with ZirMed, Inc. a leader in cloud-based claim management solutions, for ZirMed’s insurance clearinghouse platform.

Two OD Students Are Winners of 2nd Rick Bay Foundation Student Innovator Award

By Staff
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The Student Innovator of the Year award from the Rick Bay Foundation recognizes the innovative and creative ideas of a current student at an optometry college. The goal is to support optometry’s next generation of innovative leaders.

FDA Approves Alcon’s New IOL Designed for Distance Vision and Presbyopia Correction

By Staff
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:18 AM BASEL, Switzerland—Alcon, a leader in eyecare and a division of Novartis, announced last week that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its AcrySof IQ ReSTOR +2.5 Multifocal Toric intraocular lens (IOL) with Activefocus optical design.

Patent Trademark Office Refuses Snapchat’s Application for Trademark Protection on Term ‘Spectacles’

By Staff
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:15 AM WASHINGTON D.C.—The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has refused Snapchat’s application for trademark protection of the term ‘spectacles.’

A Few Tickets Still Available for VM Summit on Artificial Intelligence

By Staff
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:11 AM NEW YORK—It’s less than a week until the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit on Artificial Intelligence, but a handful of tickets are still available, according to the event’s organizers.

Essilor Merger With Luxottica Progresses

By Staff
Friday, March 24, 2017 12:24 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor International (Reuters: ESSI.PA) has taken several steps toward finalizing its proposed merger with Luxottica announced on Jan. 16, 2017.

Opticians Association of America Names Shire its State Leader of the Year

By Staff
Friday, March 24, 2017 12:21 AM LAKELAND, Tenn.—The Opticians Association of America announced that Sue Shire of Michigan has been named the 2017 OAA State Leader of the Year.

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers Changes Its Name to Specialty Eye Institute

By Staff
Friday, March 24, 2017 12:18 AM JACKSON, Mich.— TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers, an optical business that was founded in 1998, has changed the company name to Specialty Eye Institute. The new name is a better reflection of the company’s array of services and its “dedication to eyecare for patients,” according to an announcement earlier this week.

Vuarnet Opens First Paris Boutique

By Staff
Friday, March 24, 2017 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vuarnet announced the opening of the brand’s first boutique in the heart of Paris at 28 rue Boissy d’Anglais. This is the location where Roger Pouilloux, the optician who co-founded the brand with Jean Vuarnet, had his studio.

A Backstage Pass to Rockin’ For New Eyes

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:58 PM HARD ROCK CAFE—Guitar. Check. Guitar picks, medium gauge. Check. A pack of new guitar strings. Check. Head backstage at the Hard Rock Cafe with VM’s own Andy Karp as he preps for optical’s big gig next Saturday night—the Rockin’ For New Eyes benefit concert. The supporting cast includes five bands and 38 musicians from all walks of optical industry life. Check out who’s performing and why. Click here to read the latest edition of VMail Weekend.

Kering Eyewear and Maison Cartier Partner for the Development of the Eyewear Category

By Staff
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:24 AM NEW YORK and PARIS—Kering (KER.PA) has announced that its subsidiary, Kering Eyewear, and the Maison Cartier, owned by Compagnie Financière Richemont, plan to enter into a strategic partnership bringing their operations together to create a stronger platform for the development, manufacturing and worldwide distribution of the Cartier eyewear collection, the company said.

Are You One of VM’s Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers?

By Staff
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday is again collecting information from the nation’s largest national chains and regional operations to compile the 2017 Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report, our signature ranking based on sales during the 2016 calendar year. The exclusive report will be published in the May 15, 2016 issue of Vision Monday.

Shopko Hosts More Than 500 at its Health Services Managers Conference

By Staff
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:15 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko held its annual Health Services managers meeting in Minneapolis earlier this month and used the occasion to honor several Shopko team members for their outstanding performances in 2016 and for senior management to outline the retailer’s plans for 2017 and following years.
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