Essilor to Consolidate Jorgenson Optical and Peninsula Optical Labs

By Staff
Monday, April 14, 2014 12:20 AM TACOMA, Wash.—  Essilor is consolidating two of its Partner Laboratories,  Jorgenson Optical Supply and  Peninsula Optical Lab, into a single operation. 

Zeiss Northwest Lab Completes Major Upgrade

By Staff
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 12:27 AM SAN DIEGO—Eyecare professionals from throughout the western U.S. visited the Carl Zeiss Vision - Northwest lab recently to celebrate the completion of Zeiss’ two-year, $4 million upgrade of the facility.

Shamir Debuts Rapid Service Lab Concept to Service Local ECPs

By Staff
Friday, March 28, 2014 12:21 AM PHILADELPHIA—In an effort to help local eyecare professionals compete with online eyewear vendors, Shamir has developed a new approach to providing prescription laboratory service that is predicated on delivering lenses in three hours or less.

VSP Opens New Optical Manufacturing Facility in Baltimore

By Staff
Friday, March 21, 2014 12:15 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.— VSP Optics Group has opened a new VSPOne Optical Technology Center in Baltimore, Md.

Hoya Vision Care Opens Lab in Mississippi

By Staff
Friday, March 07, 2014 12:30 AM LEWISVILLE, Texas— Hoya Vision Care has expanded its network of prescription laboratories by opening a new lab near Jackson, Miss.

Hoya Vision Care Opens Lab Near Phoenix

By Staff
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:24 AM TEMPE, Ariz.— Hoya Vision Care is expanding its prescription laboratory network by opening of a new lab in Tempe, Arizona, near Phoenix.

Ocuco Acquires Vancouver-Based EMRlogic

By Staff
Thursday, February 20, 2014 8:45 AM MANCHESTER, Conn.— Ocuco, the global software company behind the Acuitas practice management system (PMS) and the Innovations lab management system, has acquired Vancouver-based EMRlogic, provider of the ODPro PMS and the activEHR electronic health records program.

Services Held for Madeline T. Seibert

By Staff
Monday, February 10, 2014 12:27 AM WEXFORD, Pa.—Services were held at St. Alphonsus Church here on Feb. 6 for Madeline T. Seibert, who passed away on February 3 at age 77.

Coburn Expands Lab Works Group, Names Seidel as Director

By Andrew Karp
Monday, February 10, 2014 12:00 AM SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn.—Coburn Technologies announced the expansion of its Lab Works Group and promotion of Charlie Seidel as the Group’s director.

Essilor Announces Partnerships and Acquisition Stakes in U.S., Canada and Brazil

By Staff
Friday, January 31, 2014 9:00 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France— Essilor International (ESSI.PA) said it is pursuing its strategy of forging local partnerships with the signing of six new transactions in the U.S., Canada and Brazil that represent combined full year revenue of approximately €38 million.

VSP Vision Care to Relocate and Expand Flagship Lab

By Staff
Friday, January 24, 2014 12:24 AM FOLSOM, Calif.— VSP Vision Care is planning to relocate and expand VSPOne Sacramento, its flagship prescription laboratory, from its current location in Rancho Cordova, Calif. to nearby Folsom.

Coburn Technologies Announces New Express Logistics Center

By Staff
Monday, January 20, 2014 12:21 AM SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn.— Coburn Technologies announced the construction of its new Express Logistics Center at their headquarters here.

Lab Strategies, Choosing Vision Plans and Certifying Paraoptometrics in This Month’s dba

By John Sailer
Monday, January 20, 2014 12:00 AM While they have many similarities, each multiple-location practice employs somewhat different strategies that contribute to their success.

Three Carl Zeiss Vision Labs Achieve ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification

By Andrew Karp
Monday, January 20, 2014 12:00 AM SAN DIEGO—Carl Zeiss Vision has announced the achievement of ISO 9001 Quality Management Certification for three Zeiss optical laboratories located in Chester, Va., Hebron, Ky. and Clackamas, Ore., demonstrating its commitment to quality and continuous improvement.


By Marge Axelrad, Mary Kane, Andrew Karp, Deirdre Carroll, John Sailer, Catherine Wolinski
Monday, December 30, 2013 12:35 AM 2013 was yet another year that moved the optical industry forward in significant directions. Forces as diverse as online retailing, managed care, consolidation, rebranding, technology, demands on the independent, a growing number of alliances, the growth of social media, the continued rise of social-purpose marketing and a changing health care benefits landscape pushed and buffeted the business.