My Eyelab Launches ‘Strategic Franchise Program’ With Four Priority Markets

By dba Staff
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 12:15 PM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—My Eyelab, a unit of Vision Precision Holdings, has launched a “strategic franchise program” that will emphasize single- and multi-unit franchise opportunities in the “priority markets of Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Texas,” according to a My Eyelab announcement earlier this month.

Retail CX Expert, Ed King, to Kick Off VM LIVE ‘Minding the Store’ Event in Las Vegas Sept. 13

By dba Staff
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 12:10 PM NEW YORK—Ed King, a retail innovator and customer experience (CX) expert, will be the featured opening speaker at the VM LIVE session, “Minding the Store: Digital Tech Reinvisions The Shopper’s Experience,” planned for Wednesday Sept. 13 in Las Vegas.

National Vision Honors 115 Optometrists With Anniversary Milestone During Annual CE Symposium

By dba Staff
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 12:05 PM CHICAGO—At its annual continuing education symposium held here earlier this month, National Vision Inc. recognized 115 optometrists affiliated with the company for service milestones, which ranged from five to 25 years. The honorees were presented with awards in front of more than 700 of their optometry peers at an awards dinner, which was held during the retailer’s annual CE symposium.

Rx Optical Stays True to its Formula for Success and Adds New Offices at Measured Pace

By Mark Tosh
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 3:15 PM

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Rx Optical, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, has followed the same patient-first philosophy since its founding in 1947 here in Kalamazoo. That philosophy, coupled with slow-but-steady growth plans, has enabled the eyecare provider to become the leading eyecare provider in the state of Michigan with 53 offices across this state as well as Indiana.

For EyeCare Partners, a Steady Acquisition Pace Creates a Multi-State Medical Eyecare Model

By dba Staff
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 3:10 PM

BALLWIN, Mo.—As new challenges arise for eyecare professionals—everything from the rising cost of information technology investment to an evolving health care landscape—the notion of swifter consolidation among both regional and independent ECP practices is gathering momentum.

FYidoctors Appoints Company Co-Founder Koo and IBM’s Trevisani to its Board

By dba Staff
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 3:05 PM

CALGARY—FYidoctors, a leading Canadian eyecare company, has appointed two new members to its board of directors: IBM Canada president Dino Trevisani and Dr. Winston Koo, one of the original founders of the company.

VM Top 50 Gets a Makeover as Consolidation and Other Challenges Impact the Industry

By dba Staff
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:20 PM

NEW YORK— It was a busy year in 2016 across the U.S. optical industry. Spurred by an active private equity community and an evolving competitive framework, consolidation was once again among the key business trends in the sector. Many independent and regional retail/practice groups came under the umbrella of new ownership, which led to a reshuffling among the larger retail players in the industry.

Stanton Optical Continues Expansion Efforts and Opens First Office in Mississippi

By dba Staff
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:15 PM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—Stanton Optical, an optical retailer owned by Vision Precision Holdings, continued its 2017 push into new markets late last month with the opening of the company’s first location in Mississippi.

Nominations Open for VM’s 2017 Most Influential Women in Optical

By dba Staff
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:10 PM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. In retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution and vision care and managed care, talented women are shaping the direction of the companies and organizations they work for, and, in many cases, lead.

FYidoctors Completes Series of Deals as it Prepares to Ramp Up Growth

By dba Staff
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 12:15 PM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a private, optometrist-owned and operated eyecare company based here, has spent the past several months updating its infrastructure and supply chain as it readies for a new leg of growth, president and chief executive Dr. Alan Ulsifer told dba late last month.

Canada’s Hakim Optical Celebrates 50th Anniversary and Honors its Founder

By dba Staff
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 12:10 PM TORONTO— Hakim Optical, one of Canada's largest optical retailers, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special event that drew some top political figures in Ontario. Overall, more than 300 guests attended the Optical Gala held here to commemorate Hakim Optical’s Golden Jubilee.

Annual Breach Report Shows Hacks of Health Care Providers Skyrocketed in 2016

By dba Staff
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 12:05 PM

AUSTIN, Texas—The 7th Annual Breach Report, an annual review of cybersecurity trends across the Protected Health Information (PHI) data category, reported that there was a 320 percent increase in the number of health care providers victimized by hackers in 2016.

SVS Vision Celebrates 10 Years of Operational Success and Looks Forward to Continued Growth

By dba Staff
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:15 PM MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich.— Ken Stann and Rob Farrell, OD, began a management partnership 10 years ago this month that has produced an optical success story almost unmatched in the eyecare sector.

Private Equity Firm Acquires Three Regional Eyecare Groups and Forms Acuity Eyecare Holdings

By dba Staff
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:10 PM

DALLAS—Riata Capital Group, a private equity firm based here, has made a significant move into the optical business with its acquisition of three regional eyecare groups. The three regional firms—Crown Vision Center of St. Louis, Eyetique of Pittsburgh and International Eyecare Center of Quincy, Ill.—will be folded into a new company, Acuity Eyecare Holdings, according to Riata Capital’s announcement of the deal late last month.

Cohen’s Fashion Optical Celebrates 90th Anniversary With Series of Promotions and Events Throughout 2017

By dba Staff
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:05 PM NEW YORK—Cohen’s Fashion Optical, one of the nation’s top 10 optical retailers and one of the longest operating optical franchise companies, is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2017 with a series of special promotions, events and initiatives.