New Lab GS-Rx Lets Independent ECPs Leverage Global Sourcing

By Judith Lee
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:00 AM SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Independent labs are facing challenges from all fronts, and so are independent eyecare professionals.

Registration Opens for the Optical Lab Division Meeting

By Staff
Friday, August 15, 2014 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The annual event will once again be held in conjunction with the continuing education and exhibits at International Vision Expo West, Sept. 17 to 20.

Bill Benedict, Influential Lab Entrepreneur, Dies at 88

By Staff
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:27 AM DALLAS—Bill C. Benedict, an entrepreneur who founded several successful optical laboratories and was an influential force in the eyewear industry, passed away Aug. 3 of congestive heart failure at his home in Farmers Branch, Texas. He was 88 years-old.

Optical Lab Division Announces Directors' Choice Award Recipient and 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

By Staff
Friday, July 25, 2014 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Optical Lab Division of The Vision Council has revealed the names of 10 industry veterans who will be recognized during the Directors’ Choice Award and 15th Annual Optical Pioneers Hall of Fame banquet on Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Essilor Launches New Generation of Optifog Lenses

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM DALLAS—Essilor is launching a new and improved version of its Optifog lenses. Patients no longer need a special liquid to activate the anti-fog property on the lenses weekly. Instead, patients will be able to clean and activate Optifog lenses at the same time with the Optifog Activator Cloth.

US Optical Launches New Technologies and Products

By Staff
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM SYRACUSE, N.Y.— US Optical recently installed a 1200-DLX AR coater and a VFT-Orbit lens generator, both manufactured by Satisloh.

Ocuco Opens First Office in China

By Staff
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 12:21 AM SHANGHAI— Ocuco has opened its first office in China, which is located in the Nanjing West Road area of Shanghai. The announcement was made during the Enterprise Ireland Trade and Investment Mission to China, led by Ireland’s minister for jobs, enterprise and innovation, Richard Bruton.

Zeiss Cuts Workforce at Two Labs

By Staff
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 12:24 AM CHESTER, Va.— Carl Zeiss Vision is reducing the size of the workforce at two of its prescription labs.

Rochester Optical Names Brad Main as Education and Training Manager

By Staff
Monday, May 26, 2014 12:24 AM ROCHESTER, N.Y.— Rochester Optical announced the appointment of Brad Main as education and training manager.

DVI Welcomes Optical Labs to 2014 Vision Workshop

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 9:00 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—Digital Vision, Inc. (DVI) welcomed 140 participants representing 70 optical laboratories from around the world to the 2014 Vision Workshop. 

COLA Holds Spring Meeting and Honors Goodfellow

By Christie Walker
Monday, May 19, 2014 12:05 AM TEMECULA, Calif.—The California Optical Laboratory Association (COLA) held its annual meeting here for California optical labs and their vendors, bringing in experts in regulatory affairs, social media, customer service and ocular pathological conditions.

Essilor Acquires iCoat, a Prescription Lab and Coating Specialist

By Staff
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:24 AM SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif.— Essilor announced yesterday that it has acquired iCoat, an independent prescription laboratory based here that specializes in the development and licensed sale of thin-film deposit and coating technologies for premium optical equipment.

Shamir Debuts Rapid Service Lab Concept for Local ECPs

By Andrew Karp
Monday, April 21, 2014 12:00 AM PHILADELPHIA—In an effort to help local eye-care 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.

Zeiss Northwest Lab Completes Major Upgrade, Celebrates With Grand Re-Opening

By Staff
Monday, April 21, 2014 12:00 AM SAN DIEGO—Eyecare professionals from throughout the western U.S. visited the Carl Zeiss Vision-Northwest lab on March 20 to celebrate the completion of Zeiss’s two-year, $4 million upgrade of the facility

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.