An Overview of Spain

By Staff
Friday, July 22, 2016 12:25 AM Can we start talking about “Made in Spain”? This was our question to Joaquim Gomicia, President of AEO - the Spanish Association of Manufacturing, Importing and Distribution Companies in the Optical Industry.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Release Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule

By Staff
Friday, July 22, 2016 12:24 AM NEW YORK—A proposed rule for Medicare's 2017 Physician Fee Schedule contains several policies that will impact doctors of optometry participating in postoperative care, diabetes care and Medicare Advantage plans.

Prevent Blindness Holds 5th Annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit

By Staff
Friday, July 22, 2016 12:21 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—On July 13, Prevent Blindness held its 5th annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit at the National Press Club here and featured presentations from a variety of leading experts in vision and public health. The full webcast and copies of the all the presentations can be found here.

Justice Department and State Attorneys General Sue to Block Health Insurers’ Mega-Mergers

By Staff
Friday, July 22, 2016 12:18 AM WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Justice and attorneys general from multiple states and the District of Columbia sued yesterday to block Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana, alleging that the transactions would increase concentration and harm competition across the country, reducing from five to three the number of large, national health insurers in the nation.

ABB Optical Group Awards $5,000 Grant to UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry

By Staff
Friday, July 22, 2016 12:15 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group announced that the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry won the first University Education Challenge, a program hosted by ABB Optical and Paragon Vision Sciences to support aspiring optometrists. The school received a $5,000 unrestricted educational grant.

Feds Query Essilor About Promotional Activity

By Staff
Thursday, July 21, 2016 2:20 PM DALLAS—Essilor of America has been notified by the federal government that it has an interest in “certain promotional activity occurring in the lens industry” and has requested information concerning several of Essilor of America’s promotions.

Is Blue Ivy Throwing Shade?

By Staff
Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:21 AM Clad in Gucci, Blue Ivy threw a side-eye from under the rims of a pair of Ray-Bans. The pint-sized four-year-old daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z obviously wasn’t camera shy as she leaned up against a floral wall to pose for the shot taken by her aunt, Solange Knowles. Check out the cute shots for yourself on

Highlights From Men’s Fashion Week 2016

By Staff
Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:18 AM New York Men’s Fashion Week took place earlier this month, and definitely played on the theme of Americana throughout several shows. From Nautica and Tommy Hilfiger's presentation to Uri Minkoff’s show, Americana of all kinds were represented. Get more of the details on

Willow Smith Is the Face of Chanel’s Eyewear Campaign

By Staff
Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:15 AM It would seem easy for celebrity offspring to follow in the footsteps of their famous parents, but Willow (and Jaden) Smith have set themselves apart from famous parents, Will and Jada through their eclectic style, and it’s paying off. After being named Chanel’s brand ambassador in March, 15-year-old Willow is now the face of Chanel’s newest Fall eyewear campaign.

Silmo 2016: Preparing an ‘Optics Flagship Store’ Via Special Concept Spaces and Silmo Academy

By Staff
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:24 AM NEW YORK and PARIS—Readying its plans for the 2016 edition of Silmo, to be held Sept. 23 to 26 at the Paris Nord Villepinte center, organizers report that over 100 new companies will be attending the exhibition along with new add on services, special concept areas like themed pop-up stores, interactive terminals, trend spotlights and new education for exhibitors attending from around the world.

Johnson & Johnson’s 2Q Sales Increase 3.9 Percent

By Staff
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:23 AM NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) reported sales of $18.5 billion for the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 3.9 percent as compared to the second quarter of 2015.

OBB Q2 Shows Overall Slowing of Independent Optical Over Q1, Growth Compared With 2015

By Staff
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report from Jobson Optical Research, which gauges the business outlook among independent ECPs is now reported quarterly.

World Sight Day Challenge Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

By Staff
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:18 AM DENVER—Optometry Giving Sight has launched its 10th Annual World Sight Day Challenge campaign to help raise funds for people who are needlessly blind or vision impaired.

Women Who Wow on

By Staff
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:15 AM NEW YORK—There’s nothing special about the number 43. It just happens to be the total number of honorees in this year’s group of Influential Women, but it’s the women themselves who are special.

Each of the 43 honorees comprising the 2016 Most Influential Women in Optical come from the worlds of vision care, retailing, manufacturing, distribution, dispensing and designing.

We’ve been impressed by their success stories as well as their accomplishments and their impact on colleagues, customers and, in some instances, the entire optical industry.

Join us in celebrating these #WomenWhoWow highlighted in our July cover story.

National Think About Your Eyes Campaign Kicks Off Fourth Year

By dba Staff
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 1:15 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The national Think About Your Eyes campaign has built upon its increased industry support and consumer interest to reach a new milestone of 2.5 million visitors to the campaign website since its launch. The number of visitors to the site is expected to reach 3 million by years’ end, according to an announcement from the organization.