Essilor’s 2016 Revenue Rises 7.6 Percent

By Staff
Monday, February 20, 2017 12:23 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor International (Reuters: ESSI.PA) posted consolidated revenue of €7,115 million for the year ended Dec. 31, 2016, an increase of 7.6 percent excluding the currency effect.

New Options for Putting the ‘I’ in Eyewear

By Catherine Wolinski, Contributing Editor
Monday, February 13, 2017 12:30 AM For many consumers, the term “custom-made” evokes images of an old world tailor or wooden last-wielding shoe cobbler. These days, though, most shoppers get their clothing and accessories from a combination of mass-market retailers, national and regional chain stores, or even small and independent boutiques, of which most don’t carry items that are fit to our exact contours.

The Original ‘Customizable’ Eyewear: Rimless Stays Timeless

By Staff
Monday, February 13, 2017 12:29 AM Rimless or three-piece mounted eyewear dates back as far as the early 19th century, when pince-nez and simple shapes offered new options for people needing vision correction. They evolved further in the early 20th century and into the ’40s and ’50s to reflect a range of lens shapes and, traditionally, refined metal frame and bridge treatments.

To Create the Perfect Fit, Plan to Scan

By Staff
Monday, February 13, 2017 12:28 AM Fuel3D made its ophthalmic debut when it partnered with Sfered, an eyewear technology developer, to create the 3D Mirror Scanner, the first 3D scanner to be incorporated into a mirror to support the deployment and fitting of custom eyewear.

Lenses Lead the Way to Personalization and Customization

By Staff
Monday, February 13, 2017 12:27 AM The first step toward creating personalized eyewear occurred in the early 2000s, when digital and free-form spectacle lenses hit the market. Among the first to market were Zeiss, Rodenstock, Seiko, Shamir, Hoya and Essilor.

Hoya’s Yuniku System Creates ‘Fully 3D-Tailored Eyewear’

By Staff
Monday, February 13, 2017 12:26 AM Hoya Vision Care recently launched a customized eyewear system called Yuniku that is designed to be installed in opticians’ shops. The system, which Hoya spotlighted at last month’s Opti show in Munich, takes high-resolution, 3D scans of a customer’s facial anatomy to create what it describes as “fully 3D-tailored eyewear.”

Reading Glasses Firm Eyebobs Sues Snap Inc. in a Trademark Battle Over Logos

By Staff
Monday, February 6, 2017 12:30 AM MINNEAPOLIS—A small Minneapolis-based company that makes reading glasses is in the midst of ramping up a legal battle against the firm formerly known as Snapchat.

FTC Review of Contact Lens Regulations Draws Thousands of Industry Comments

By Staff
Monday, February 6, 2017 12:24 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—When the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in November announced its intention to revise and update the Contact Lens Rule, which provides the framework around dispensing of contact lenses, the agency also had to seek public comments on its proposed changes before it could move ahead.

New General Manager Named to Head LensCrafters, Bridgman to Leave Company

By Staff
Friday, February 3, 2017 1:45 PM MASON, Ohio—Pete Bridgman, who has been general manager of LensCrafters within the Luxottica Retail North America group, will be leaving the company, VMail has learned.

Luxottica Wholesale’s Uguzzoni: Seeing ‘Collaborative’ Opportunities in the Future Merger With Essilor

By Staff
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:27 AM NEW YORK—With the industry continuing to process the news about the historic, pending mega merger of Essilor and Luxottica , the team at Luxottica Wholesale N.A. is reinforcing the opportunities of the deal and emphasizing that the future will take on a “collaborative mindset.” The eyewear giant is actively seeking the views of its customers.

The Eye Designs Group Opens New West Coast Showroom

By Staff
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:15 AM COLLEGEVILLE, Pa.—The Eye Designs Group—a maker of custom ophthalmic environments—announced the opening of their new West Coast Showroom and Design Center in Chino, Calif.

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

By Staff
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:27 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 shopping destination.

Deadline Nears for Filing Comments on FTC’s Proposed Changes to Contact Lens Rule

By Staff
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:18 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The deadline for submitting comments to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) proposed changes to the current Contact Lens Rule is Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

Pearle Vision Ranked #24 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual Franchise 500

By Staff
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12:15 AM MASON, Ohio—Pearle Vision announced that it was ranked #24 in Entrepreneur magazine’s annual Franchise 500.

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.
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