Eponym Brings New Integrated Model to Eyewear Branding

By Jamie Wilson
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Eponym, an eyewear licensing company, is on a path that is reinventing the traditional model for brands to enter the eyewear category, using a new approach to work with niche, contemporary fashion labels and bringing partnership in product development, retail support and e-commerce together in new ways to build sales.

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.

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.

The Cooper Companies Announces Expanded Share Repurchase Program

By Staff
Friday, March 24, 2017 12:23 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.—The Cooper Companies Inc., (NYSE:COO) a leading vision care company, announced earlier this week that its board of directors has approved a $500 million increase in the company’s share repurchase program.

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.

Emporio Armani’s Harmonious Opposites

By Staff
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:25 AM Garments with an edgy, metropolitan spirit made up of harmonious opposites that blend, peak, separate and contrast: this is the fall/winter 2017-2018 collection for the Emporio Armani woman. More

Carl Zeiss Meditec Plans Share Issue to Raise 300 Million Euros for Acquisitions

By Staff
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:23 AM JENA, Germany—Carl Zeiss Meditec (ISIN: DE0005313704) said it would raise up to 300 million euros ($324 million) in a share issue to help finance acquisitions.

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.

Carl Zeiss Vision Names New Marketing Vice President

By Staff
Monday, March 20, 2017 12:30 AM SAN DIEGO—Carl Zeiss Vision has named Andrew Hyncik as vice president of marketing for North America.
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