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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers Changes Its Name to Specialty Eye Institute

By Staff
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 12:10 PM JACKSON, Mich.— TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers, an optical business that traces its roots to 1978, has changed the company name to Specialty Eye Institute. The new name is a better reflection of the company’s array of services and its “dedication to eyecare for patients,” according to an announcement made in late March.

Are You One of VM’s Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers?

By Staff
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 12:05 PM 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.

1-800 Contacts’ Lumen Optical Brick-and-Mortar ‘Test’ Rolls Along in the Chicago Market

By dba Staff
Thursday, March 16, 2017 2:10 AM

CHICAGO—Lumen Optical, a new optical store concept developed by 1-800 Contacts Inc., has opened its fourth location as it continues experimenting with the brick-and-mortar format in the Illinois market. The fourth Lumen location is within the city of Chicago, while the first three Lumen stores opened in 2016 in metro areas just outside of Chicago.

Signet Armorlite Continues Retail Initiative With Kodak Lens Location Opening in Missouri

By dba Staff
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 12:15 PM CARLSBAD, Calif.—Lens maker Signet Armorlite Inc. continued to advance its U.S. retail initiative with the opening of a Kodak Lens| Eye Deology Vision location in the St. Louis metro area in early February. In addition, the company is completing the rebranding of two locations in the Detroit metro area (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) that will open shortly, according to Brian Glass, strategic growth manager at Signet Armorlite.

Wisconsin Vision to Open 40th Store at The Corners of Brookfield

By Mark Tosh
Thursday, February 2, 2017 12:15 AM NEW BERLIN, Wis.—Wisconsin Vision, the largest independently owned optical company in Wisconsin, will open its 40th location May 1 at The Corners of Brookfield, a new 750,000-square-foot lifestyle shopping destination with a lineup of premier retailers, the company announced.

Canada’s New Look Vision Group Completes Purchase of British Columbia Retailer

By Staff
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 3:10 AM MONTREAL, QUEBEC—New Look Vision Group Inc. (BCI.TO) has completed its planned acquisition of the retail optical assets and business portion of western Canadian retailer Visions One Hour Optical Ltd., according to a statement issued by New Look Vision Group.

[Partner Post] Des Moines Practice Upgrades to Varilux Lenses for Increased Profit and Patient Satisfaction

By Staff
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 12:10 AM DES MOINES, Iowa—As a major growth initiative in 2016, Real Optics, a 14-location practice located in Des Moines, Iowa, explored options to increase the quality of lenses it offered to patients, and after a thorough review of the line, Real identified Varilux products as the means to do so.

[Partner Post] Salt Lake City Practice Grows CL Sales 10 Percent, Credits Staff Training Programs

By Staff
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 10:10 AM

SALT LAKE CITY—While contact lens business growth has largely remained flat across the industry, Standard Optical, an 18-location practice here, has grown contact lens sales 10 percent in the last year while increasing market share in its local contact lens arena.

For Metro Optics, It’s All About Serving the Community

By dba Staff
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:15 AM

BRONX, N. Y.—Over the past three years, New York City’s Metro Optics has continued to expand its model of community–oriented eyecare by growing its outreach and engagement program and developing an e-commerce platform to increase its reach and service provision. The company, which operates four locations in the Bronx, has also invested in advanced technology for testing, diagnostics and treatment of eye disease. Additionally, it is one the first optical retailers in the country to offer high tech eyewear such as smart glasses.