Optical Groups in Ohio Oppose Consolidation of Regulatory Boards

By Staff
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:21 AM COLUMBUS, Ohio—Separate bills in the state legislature here propose a consolidation of several health-related regulatory boards—including the Ohio Optical Dispensers Board (OODB) and state Board of Optometry—under a new structure.

USC’s Roski Eye Institute to Launch Certified Ophthalmic Education Program

By Staff
Monday, December 5, 2016 12:27 AM LOS ANGELES—The University of Southern California (USC) Roski Eye Institute will offer the first educational program in California to train certified ophthalmic technicians beginning January, 2017.

Alcon to Host Local Multifocal Contact Lens Fitting Event Today in Memphis

By Staff
Monday, November 28, 2016 12:11 AM MEMPHIS—Alcon is hosting a training event today at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis to help eyecare professionals become more successful in fitting multifocal contact lenses.

Opticians Association of Mass. Hosts ‘Sight—The Story of Vision’ Screening

By Staff
Friday, November 18, 2016 12:15 AM SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass.—The screening of the documentary “Sight– The Story of Vision” was just one of the special events at this year’s Opticians Association of Massachusetts meeting, which featured an appearance by the filmmaker Kris Koenig.

Sandy Brown Re-elected as President of the Opticians Association of America

By Staff
Friday, October 28, 2016 12:21 AM LAKELAND, Tenn.—The Opticians Association of America (OAA) has re-elected Sandy Brown of Kentucky as president of the association.

Four Suppliers Create Unique ‘Dispensing Pavilion’ at American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting

By Staff
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 12:21 AM HAUPPAUGE, NY – Four companies have joined forces to create a unique “Dispensing Pavilion” at this week’s American Academy of Ophthalmology’s meeting in Chicago. Fashion Optical Displays, FastGrind International, Santinelli International and ClearVision Optical have come together to create the special exhibit.

Hilco Expands European Presence With Two Acquisitions in the Netherlands

By Staff
Friday, September 23, 2016 12:30 AM PLAINVILLE, Mass.—Hilco Vision is expanding its presence in Europe through the acquisition of two Netherlands-based optical companies, Optiplus and Proteye.

Show Organizers Give Vision Expo West a Thumbs Up Due to Strong Sales and Healthy Attendance

By Staff
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 12:30 AM LAS VEGAS—As the preliminary numbers roll in, Vision Expo West “has been labeled a success with increased attendance and reports of strong sales from exhibitors.”

Innovative Technology is Focus of Customer X 360 at VM LIVE Event on Sept. 14

By Staff
Friday, September 9, 2016 12:15 AM NEW YORK—As online purchases of eyewear increase, optical retailers and eyecare professionals are seeking new ways to attract and retain customers, as well as compete with each other. Many are investing in new technologies that promise to enhance the customer experience.

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Honors Four With 2016 Special Recognition Awards

By Staff
Friday, July 1, 2016 12:21 AM BOSTON—The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) bestowed several honors at its annual luncheon held here earlier this week during Optometry’s Meeting. Among these were the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Morris Berman; the Industry Leadership Award to R. Mike Daley, The Vision Council; and two ASCO Rising Star honorees, Dr. Nathan Lighthizer, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry, and Dr. Nicole Ross, New England College of Optometry.

Best in Class 2016

By Stephanie Sengwe
Monday, June 20, 2016 12:15 AM This year’s Best in Class optometry students are as big-hearted as they are intelligent. Coming from different walks of life, they have lent their time to tutoring underclassmen, voluntarily organized Easter egg hunts, and even traveled to South America, all in hopes of helping those in need.

Federation of Manufacturing Opticians Announces Plans to Manage OptraFair to 2020

By Staff
Friday, June 10, 2016 12:27 AM BIRMINGHAM, U.K.— The Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO) announced that is has contracted with the Mark Allen Group (MAG) to manage Optrafair to 2020.

Jobson Optical Research Releases the 2016 Children’s Eyewear MarketPulse Report

By Staff
Friday, May 27, 2016 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Optical Research’s latest report, the 2016 Children’s Eyewear MarketPulse, explores the children's optical industry and outlines consumer buying patterns for distinct age categories within the Infants, Kids, Tweens & Teens segments.

Society to Advance Opticianry honors Barry Santini, OO, as 2016 Ophthalmic Optician of the Year

By Staff
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 12:15 AM AUSTIN, Texas—The Society to Advance Opticianry has named Barry Santini, OO, as the 2016 Ophthalmic Optician of the Year.

Living the Eye Life

By Catherine Wolinski
Monday, March 28, 2016 12:30 AM Despite the flexibility offered by the optometric profession, “new” ODs are not without their challenges when entering the work force ranging from student debt to a lack of business skills. Yet, even in the face of these obstacles, the leaders of this cohort are able to adapt and succeed, as exemplified by the 10 young optometrists VM spoke to for this story.