Transitions’ Innovation Awards Presented to Costco, Greiche & Scaff as Retailers of the Year

By dba Staff
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:15 AM ORLANDO—Transitions Optical wrapped up its 2018 Academy meeting here earlier this month with the presentation of its Transitions Innovation Awards to leading optical retailers, ECPs and optical networks. Among the award-winners, Costco Optical received the Innovation Award as the 2017 U.S. Retailer of the Year, while Greiche & Scaff was honored with the award for Canadian Retailer of the Year. The awards were presented during a recognition event on Feb. 13.

America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses Releases Monster Jam Kids’ Frame Line

By dba Staff
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:10 AM DULUTH, Ga.—America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, a retail brand of National Vision Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) announced the launch of an exclusive new collection of Monster Jam frames for kids. “Through our partnership with Monster Jam, we are thrilled to offer our customers access to another affordable, high-quality and fashionable eyewear line,” said Megan Molony, senior vice president of merchandising for National Vision Holdings, Inc. “We are excited to be able to enhance our frame selection for our littlest customers with this exclusive collection of new fun and colorful frames at our most economical price point—something every parent can appreciate.”

VM Summit Expands Telehealth Session With New Topics and Speakers

By dba Staff
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:05 AM NEW YORK—The rapid rise of telehealth and its growing impact on vision care will be the focus of a special session at the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit, “Tackling Disruption: The Telehealth Frontier.” The session, which will feature telehealth experts, leading providers, eyecare professionals and optical retailers, will help Summit attendees increase their understanding of telehealth and examine the decision making process surrounding it. It will also illustrate how health care and business leaders are grappling with a complex and challenging trend that is reshaping relationships between doctors and patients and fundamentally changing the delivery of health care services and diagnoses.

My Eyelab’s Path to Success Begins with ‘Easy Eyecare’ Solutions

By Mark Tosh

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 3:00 PM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—A focus on making the eyecare experience simple for the patient/customer has been one of the keys to the success of My Eyelab and Stanton Optical, according to Daniel Stanton, a co-founder of both optical retailers.

Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) to Sell Optica Stores to Emerging Vision

By dba Staff
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 2:30 PM NEW YORK—Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) will sell its 16 Optica specialty eyewear boutiques to Emerging Vision, Inc. (EVI). The purchase price was undisclosed for the transaction which will take effect on Feb. 16. Executives at both companies described the deal to VMAIL as a “win-win-win,” for each group and for the industry. Optica operates 10 stores in Las Vegas as well as three locations in California, one in Chicago, one in Houston and one in Orlando.

CEOs, OD Speakers Join Program for Live Expo Event About Private Equity’s Impact on Optometry

By Staff
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 2:27 PM NEW YORK—OD speakers along with a panel of CEOs and executives from major private equity-backed vision care management companies will be on the program for the special live event to be held at Vision Expo East on March 17. “Private Equity Takes Root – What Does It Mean for Optometry?” is being presented in cooperation with Review of Optometric BusinessVision Expo and Vision Monday.

Acuity Eyecare Group Strengthens Management Team With Addition of Four Senior Executives

By dba Staff
Friday, January 26, 2018 11:10 AM ​DALLAS—Acuity Eyecare Group, which was formed by Riata Capital Group in 2017, has bolstered its management team with the addition of four experienced executives as it further supports practices in the group’s holdings and prepares to continue expanding this year. Acuity, as VMAIL reported, launched last March with a strong platform following the simultaneous acquisition of three cornerstone regional eyecare groups: Crown Vision Center, based in St. Louis; Eyetique, based in Pittsburgh, and International Eyecare Center, based in Quincy, Ill.

Texas State Optical Debuts New Store Model, With More to Follow

By dba Staff
Friday, January 26, 2018 11:05 AM RICHARDSON, Texas—Texas State Optical is debuting a new store model in a recently opened optometric office here. The office, which is owned by Valenta Carter, OD, is the first example of a new store concept for TSO, which secured the location, designed the office and provided a turnkey program of inventory, exam equipment and standard operating procedures, the company said in a statement. The new office design is open, contemporary, has no front desk and utilizes iPads instead of desktop computers for working with patients. The design was developed in conjunction with Eye Designs.

Special Private Equity Live Event at Vision Expo to Explore the Trend’s Impact on Optometry

By dba Staff
Friday, January 26, 2018 11:00 AM NEW YORK—With private equity’s interest and investment in the vision care space continuing at a rapid pace, there is much interest and many questions about the implications for optometrists and ECPs, the companies and practices. A special event to examine the subject, “Private Equity Takes Root – What Does It Mean for Optometry?” will be held at the upcoming Vision Expo East on March 17.

GrandVision’s For Eyes Optical Launches Healthy Eyes Savings Program

By Staff
Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:15 AM MIRAMAR, FLA.—For Eyes Optical, a division of GrandVision NV, has announced the launch of Healthy Eyes, a savings program that aims to provide affordable eyecare to patients by tailoring its offerings to organizations and companies. The program fills a much needed void in the market, “as companies with fewer than 50 employees are not required to provide health insurance, and as a result rarely offer vision benefits,” according to the announcement.

OWA’s Jan. 16 ‘Tuesday Talks’ to Feature MyEyeDr.’s Christine Dellecave

By dba Staff
Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:10 AM DALLAS—MyEyeDr.’s chief people officer, Christine Dellecave, will be hosting the Optical Women’s Association’s Jan. 16 episode of “Tuesday Talks.” The episode, titled, “Making a Transition Successfully,” will air at 1 p.m. EST. Dellecave is a seasoned executive who has spent time leading people strategy in a variety of organizations and industries. According to OWA’s announcement, Dellecave thrives in situations that require transformation and brings vision, planning and execution to bear. Her 20-year career spans Fortune 500 companies, as well as midsize companies going through various phases of growth.

Frameri ‘Changed the Eyewear Industry,’ But Decides to Cease Operations

By dba Staff
Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:05 AM CINCINNATI—The innovative optical company Frameri is shutting down. The startup company, which first made its presence known when it was featured on a 2015 episode of the television show “Shark Tank,” developed the concept of an interchangeable frames and lens system.

Transitions Names Finalists for Innovation Awards

By dba Staff
Thursday, December 28, 2017 3:15 PM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical, Inc. has named the finalists for its annual Transitions Innovation Awards program, which recognizes both individuals and companies for their innovative efforts to support the Transitions brand over the past year. The finalists will be honored during Transitions Academy 2018, where the winners will be announced.

Specs Eyewear Finds Success With Eyewear Junkie Format

By dba Staff
Thursday, December 28, 2017 3:10 PM WICHITA, Kan.—Innovative independent optical retailer Specs Eyewear, which operates six locations in Kansas, is expanding its Eyewear Junkie concept with the opening of a second stand-alone location at a shopping center here, according to the company’s co-owner.

VM Summit – Early-bird Registration Open Until Jan. 5

By dba Staff
Thursday, December 28, 2017 3:05 PM NEW YORK—Early-bird registration is open until midnight, Jan. 5 for “workSMART – Leadership Tactics for Transformative Times.” That’s the program theme of the 12th annual Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit. The day-long live event will be held Wednesday, March 14 at the Times Center here, just prior to Vision Expo East that week.
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