COLA Members Get Updates on Tech Standards and Regulations

By Brian Dunleavy
Monday, June 19, 2017 12:00 AM TEMECULA, Calif.—Lab executives and industry leaders gathered here April 27 and 28 for the 2017 meeting of the California Optical Laboratories Association (COLA). Now affiliated with the Lab Division of The Vision Council, COLA, which was founded in 1957, has provided its members with a venue for education and networking and, since 1981, recognized local lab leaders with its annual Goodfellow Award.

Schneider’s Digicon 2017 Features Tech Topics … and Baseball

By Andrew Karp
Monday, June 19, 2017 12:00 AM FRISCO, Texas—Digicon 2017, the technical conference sponsored by Schneider Optical Machines, drew a select group of optical laboratory managers, lab owners, lens company executives and eyecare professionals who attended lectures and demonstrations of the company’s latest lens processing technologies. The meeting, held here on May 11 and 12, drew 165 customers, a 20 percent increase from the previous Digicon meeting in 2013, according to Schneider.

Pennsylvania Optometrist Files Complaint Against Davis Vision, HVHC and Highmark

By Staff
Friday, June 16, 2017 12:30 AM PHILADELPHIA— Alan Frank, OD, a Pennsylvania independent optometrist has filed a class action complaint “on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated” against Davis Vision Inc.,/ HVHC Inc. and their parent company Highmark Health in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

New Warning Language Requirements Added to California’s Prop 65

By Staff
Friday, June 16, 2017 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—California has recently made changes to its Proposition 65 warning language requirements, which will be mandatory as of Aug. 31, 2018, according to an announcement from the Vision Council.

VSP Optics Group Names Digital Eye Lab ‘Unity Independent Lab of the Year’

By Staff
Friday, June 2, 2017 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Optics Group has named Digital Eye Lab, a division of ABB Optical Group, the “Unity Independent Lab of the Year” for its performance in 2016.

Essilor Shutters Omni Optical Lab

By Staff
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 12:21 AM BEAUMONT, Texas—Essilor of America’s Omni Optical Lab in Beaumont, Texas, ceased operations on May 19. Seventeen people were employed at the lab.

Augen Optics Rx Lab Partners With Amsun to Expand Sun Lens Offering

By Staff
Friday, May 19, 2017 12:33 AM SAN DIEGO—Augen Optics Rx Lab, based here, is expanding its sun lens offering through a new partnership with American Sunglass Manufacturing a San Diego company with over 30 years of experience in sunglass and Rx manufacturing.

Schneider’s DigiCon 2017 Features Tech Topics … and Baseball

By Andrew Karp
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 3:13 PM FRISCO, Texas—DigiCon 2017, the technical conference sponsored by Schneider Optical Machines, drew a select group of optical laboratory managers, lab owners, lens company executives and eyecare professionals who attended lectures and demonstrations of the company’s latest lens processing technologies. The meeting, held here on May 11 and 12, drew 165 customers, a 20 percent increase from the previous DigiCon U.S. meeting in 2013, according to Schneider.

HVHC’s Davis Vision Closes Plainview, NY Laboratory

By Staff
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Davis Vision has closed its Plainview, Long Island laboratory, VMail has learned. The 30-year-old lab’s closure was communicated to employees on Monday.

FDA Exempts Optical Lenses From Unique Device Identification (UDI) Labeling Requirements

By Staff
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has exempted optical lenses from the scope of its Unique Device Identifier (UDI) regulations, according to an announcement Tuesday by The Vision Council.

Zeiss Veteran Claude Labeeuw Tapped for New Customer and Business Development Role

By Staff
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 12:27 AM SAN DIEGO—Claude Labeeuw, a 25-year Carl Zeiss Vision veteran, has been named vice president in charge of key ECP customers and strategic initiatives.

VMail Samples Industry Reactions, Still Unfolding, to Proposed Essilor-Luxottica Merger

By Staff
Monday, January 23, 2017 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Almost immediately after Essilor and Luxottica announced their merger plan on Jan. 16, questions and theories began to swirl about how the long rumored mega-deal, valued at nearly €50 billion, would impact the optical industry in North America and internationally.

VMail Samples Industry Reactions, Still Unfolding, to Proposed Essilor-Luxottica Merger

By Staff
Monday, January 23, 2017 12:15 AM

NEW YORK—Almost immediately after Essilor and Luxottica announced their merger plan on Jan. 16, questions and theories began to swirl about how the long rumored mega-deal, valued at nearly €50 billion, would impact the optical industry in North America and internationally.

Essilor’s Independent Distributor Division Celebrates 2016 Award Winners

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:30 AM COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—At Essilor of America’s national sales meeting, held here last week, the company’s Independent Distribution Division (IDD) recognized selected independent laboratory partners for outstanding achievements.

Green Brothers Launch New Wholesale Lab in Michigan

By Andrew Karp
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:00 AM AUBURN HILLS, Mich.—Mike and Bernie Green are back in the optical lab business, following a decade-long hiatus from the industry. The Green brothers, who previously owned and operated Great Lakes Coating, opened Green Optics, a 24,000 square foot lab, here in early 2016.
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