Luxottica Group Acquires Remaining Shares of Italy’s Salmoiraghi & Vigano Chain

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:23 AM MILAN—According to the terms of an agreement signed in 2012 with Fenix Srl (formerly known as Salmoiraghi & Vigano Holding), Luxottica Group S.p.A (NYSE:LUX) said on Friday that it has exercised its option to acquire the remaining 63.2 percent of the shares in the Italian optical retailer.

Start-up Simple Contacts Raises $2 Million in Seed-Funding Round

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The start-up company Simple Contacts, which offers an app-based eye test and refill service for contact lens wearers, has raised $2 million in seed funding that it will use to fund further development, an executive of the company confirmed to VMail this week.

FTC Proposes Changes to the 2004 Contact Lens Rule and Sets Deadline for Comments

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:30 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Federal Trade Commission proposed changes to the 2004 Contact Lens Rule, and also provided details on how the public can comment on the agency’s proposal by Jan. 30, 2017.

America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses Named Official National Partner of Monster Jam

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:18 AM DULUTH, Ga—National Vision Inc., one of the nation’s largest optical retailers and Feld Entertainment, a worldwide leader in producing live family entertainment, announced that National Vision’s America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses brand as an official partner of Monster Jam.

1-800 Contacts Testing Lumen Optical, a Boutique-Like Optometry Retail Center

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Friday, November 4, 2016 12:24 AM DRAPER, Utah—1-800 Contacts Inc.,the leading online contact lens retailer in the U.S., is testing the brick-and-mortar retail space with the opening of two “high-service, boutique environment” Lumen Optical stores outside of Chicago.

Luxottica Group Sales Rise 3.5 Percent in Q3

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:23 AM MILAN—Citing 2016 as its year of “transformation,” Luxottica Group (NYSE:LUX) reported overall group net sales rose 3.2 percent to €2,225 million at current exchange rates, 3.5 percent at constant exchange rates, for the third quarter and nine-month period ending Sept. 30, 2016.

National Vision Announces 2016 Vendor Award Winners

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Monday, October 24, 2016 12:21 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Inc., one of the largest optical retailers in the U.S. market, announced late last week the winners of its 2016 National Vision Vendor Awards.

Smart Vision Labs Launches Telemedicine Pilot Program With Devlyn Optical in the U.S.

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Friday, October 21, 2016 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Smart Vision Labs is expanding its reach into California through a new partnership with Devlyn Optical, a multinational optical retailer.

New Look Vision Group To Acquire British Columbia’s Visions Optical

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Friday, October 21, 2016 12:18 AM MONTREAL—New Look Vision Group (TSX:BCI) said it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Visions One Hour Optical Ltd., which operates principally under the Visions Optical banner in local communities across British Columbia.

AOA Requests Federal Investigation Following Data Breach

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:18 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association (AOA) has requested the Department of Justice investigate and attempt to uncover the identity of people responsible for an “ongoing data breach affecting optometry.”

Alpine Capital Announces Senior Secured Financing to Claris Vision Holdings

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Monday, October 17, 2016 12:30 AM CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Alpine Capital LLC, a health care-focused financial services firm, said it has provided $7.5 million in financing to Claris Vision Holdings, a  company that brings together some of New England’s top eyecare practices.

Contentlinq Tests New Media Management and Distribution Service for Brands

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Monday, October 17, 2016 12:00 AM CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA, Calif.—Engaging eyewear consumers at retail is an ongoing challenge for both ECPs and vendors. But a new service that enables retailers to better leverage eyewear suppliers’ marketing assets may help change this.

Luxury Eyewear Retailer, Designer Eyes, Celebrates the Opening of its New York Flagship

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Monday, October 17, 2016 12:00 AM NEW YORK—Designer Eyes, a luxury eyewear retailer celebrated the opening of its New York City flagship store located inside the new World Trade Center Mall also known as “The Oculus” on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

MyEyeDr. Says Hello to Chicago, Acquisitions Continue With Solo Practices and Alleghany/National Optometry

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Friday, October 7, 2016 12:27 AM CHICAGO—MyEyeDr.  hosted a series of special events in three Chicago neighborhoods this week, to reinforce to consumers throughout this major market that it now has a presence in Chicagoland.

Group Says 135,000 People Sign Contact Lens Consumer Rights Petition

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 12:21 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The latest round in the industry battle over contact lens legislation is bringing in more of the consumer perspective.
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