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

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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.

New ODs Step Out of the Exam Room to Connect With the Community

By Catherine Wolinski
Monday, March 28, 2016 12:29 AM Of course, connecting with the community can—and should—happen inside the exam room as well as out. Involvement in the community, whether through optometric associations or local neighborhood groups, is both a personal choice and a networking tool that many young ODs are proponents of. Here are some ways they’re getting involved.

Rewards of Membership

By Staff
Monday, March 7, 2016 12:30 AM The rise of ECP alliances and buying groups in the last several years has occurred in direct proportion to the waves of competitive business and practice profitability challenges facing independent eyecare professionals in the U.S.

Essilor Steps Up Its Support of Independents

By Andrew Karp
Monday, March 7, 2016 12:29 AM Essilor’s acquisition of two major independent optometry groups in the past eight months, Vision Source and PERC/IVA, is evidence of its new, more assertive stance in an increasingly competitive segment of the vision care market. Although some industry observers have voiced concerns that the purchase of independent optometry groups by one of the industry’s largest suppliers will limit the groups’ autonomy, Essilor executives said the company is simply strengthening its longstanding support for independent ODs.

Block Business Group Premiers VisionLive.TV

By Staff
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:15 AM BOCA RATON, Fla.—Block Business Group, a leading group purchasing organization for eyecare professionals, is announcing the premier of VisionLive.TV, a new live streaming internet television program for the eyecare industry.

SECO 2016 to Deliver the ‘Big Picture’ of Optometric Practices

By Staff
Monday, February 15, 2016 12:27 AM ATLANTA—SECO 2016, scheduled to take place here from Feb. 24 to 28, promises to deliver a look at the big picture of optometric practice—from cutting-edge scientific advancements to hands-on learning labs to Team-Centered Learning courses, optometrists and their optometric staffs will walk away with a better understanding of what it means to be an ECP.