Hoya Vision Care Acquires Optics Plus

By Staff
Monday, October 12, 2015 12:27 AM LEWISVILLE, Texas—Hoya Vision Care announced that it has acquired Optics Plus, a wholesale lab located in Tonawanda, N.Y., near Buffalo.

World Sight Day 2015

By Staff
Monday, October 12, 2015 12:25 AM World Sight Day 2015 is taking place on 8 October 2015, and this year’s call to action of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) is “Eye care for all”.

Patient Communication Software to be the topic of Oct. 14 ‘Power Hour’

By Staff
Monday, October 12, 2015 12:15 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Patient communication software debate featuring 4PatientCare, Demandforce, Solutionreach and Websystem3 will be the topic of the Oct. 14 edition of “The Power Hour,” the weekly broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, and founder of The Power Practice.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Announces $250 Million Alcon Expansion in Atlanta Area

By Staff
Friday, October 9, 2015 12:30 AM ATLANTA—Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced yesterday that Alcon, a division of Novartis (NYSE: NVS), has invested $500 million in the Johns Creek community within the Greater Atlanta Metro area since 2013.

Trends in the Optical Industry

By Staff
Friday, October 9, 2015 12:25 AM The second edition of OMO – Optical Monitor, a survey carried out by GFK and commissioned by Mido and Silmo, had its world premiere on 26 September.

IDOC Expands Into New Office Space

By Staff
Friday, October 9, 2015 12:18 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC, a leading practice development organization dedicated exclusively to making independent optometric practices more successful, has moved from its current head office space here to a new state-of-the-art 6,000 square foot office across town in Norwalk.

Italia Independent Group Continues to Grow

By Staff
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 12:25 AM Italia Independent’s strong growth continues with a 34.7% increase in net turnover during the first half of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.

Opticians Association of America Names Kentucky Optician Sandy Brown President

By Staff
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 12:18 AM NASHVILLE—Sandy Brown, a licensed optician practicing in Kentucky, was elected president of the Opticians Association of America (OAA) at the organization’s recent OptiCon conference.

In Operation for More than a Century, Standard Optical Plans More Growth Under Third and Fourth Generation Leadership

By John Sailer
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 12:30 PM SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—Standard Optical is one of those rare companies that not only has passed the 100-year milestone but also remains in the hands of family members. Founded here in 1911 by Henry Schubach, Standard Optical is currently under the management of third and fourth generation family members, Stephen and Aaron Schubach, respectively.

Optometrist Analyzes Eight Locations to Determine Best Practices

By dba Staff
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 12:15 PM KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Ryan Powell, OD, the owner of Insight Eyecare Specialties, applies principles learned outside optometry in managing eight locations with 10 optometrists. To understand how your entire business is doing, he explained, examine the individual performance of each location.

‘Change Management’ Is the Answer to These ‘Turbulent Times’

By Staff
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 12:10 PM

LAS VEGAS—“These are turbulent times,” said Jim Edwards, addressing an audience composed of members of Opti-Port, the national alliance of multi-office eyecare providers for which he is president and CEO.

GrandVision to Enter U.S. Market Via Acquisition Deal With For Eyes Optical

By Staff
Monday, October 5, 2015 7:30 AM NEW YORK and SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—GrandVision NV (EURONEXT: GVNV), the largest global operator in optical retail, will enter the U.S. market via the acquisition of For Eyes Optical, the optical chain.

California Governor Signs Law Transforming Relationships Among ODs, Opticians, Optical and MVC Companies

By Staff
Monday, October 5, 2015 12:30 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 684 into law on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, paving the way for more flexibility in relationships among optometrists, opticians, optical companies and managed vision care plans.

Vision Monday, 20/20 Magazine Host Seventh Annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards

By Staff
Monday, October 5, 2015 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the seventh annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year.

Prevent Blindness Declares October Home Eye Safety Awareness Month

By Staff
Monday, October 5, 2015 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has declared October as Home Eye Safety Awareness Month. In 2014, more than 193,000 adults and children were treated in hospital emergency rooms in the U.S. for eye injuries sustained at home, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.