Optical Lab Division Announces Directors' Choice Award Recipient and 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

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Friday, July 25, 2014 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Optical Lab Division of The Vision Council has revealed the names of 10 industry veterans who will be recognized during the Directors’ Choice Award and 15th Annual Optical Pioneers Hall of Fame banquet on Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Luxottica Renews License Agreement With Chanel

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Friday, July 25, 2014 12:24 AM MILAN— Luxottica Group S.p.A. (NYSE: LUX) and Chanel have announced the signing of a new license agreement for the exclusive development, manufacture and worldwide distribution of Chanel prescription frames and sunglasses through Dec.31, 2018.

Spy Promotes Charlie Ninegar to Vice President of Sales

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Friday, July 25, 2014 12:21 AM CARLSBAD, Calif.— Spy Inc. (OTCBB: XSPY) has announced that Charlie Ninegar was promoted to vice president of North American sales at Spy, effective July 14, 2014.

The CFDA Includes l.a. Eyeworks Founders Among New Members for 2014

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Friday, July 25, 2014 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) board of directors has ratified the membership of 30 new designers for 2014; among the new inductees are optical industry members Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi of l.a. Eyeworks.

C&E Vision and Vision West Launch ECPInteract, New Learning Model

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Friday, July 25, 2014 12:15 AM SAN DIEGO— Vision West and C&E Vision have announced a major initiative as founding co-sponsors of a new approach to online learning, ECPInteract.

Transitions Hosts Roundtable to Improve the Eye Health of Culturally Diverse Populations

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:30 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—To improve eye health awareness and encourage regular eyecare among ethnic populations at greater risk for health problems that can lead to serious vision impairment, Transitions Optical hosted a roundtable discussion exploring a greater need for eyecare professionals to collaborate with other key influencers.

REM and FYidoctors Announce Distribution Deal for Converse in Canada

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:27 AM SUN VALLEY, Calif.— REM Eyewear has announced an exclusive distribution agreement for Converse Eyewear with FYidoctors, one of Canada’s largest providers of ophthalmic products and services.

Services to Be Held for Darryl Meister, ABOM, 42, Zeiss Technical Marketing Manager

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:24 AM JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—Darryl Meister, ABOM, technical marketing manager for Carl Zeiss Vision, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 20, 2014.

Local Eye Site Develops New Version of Opticians Association of America Job Board

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:18 AM RALEIGH, N.C.— Local Eye Site has announced a new version of the OAA Job Board on OAA.org.

Services Planned for the Late Dr. Francis Jean, Founder of IRIS – The Visual Group

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:15 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Memorial services have now been planned, including two “celebration of life” events in two Canadian cities, to honor Dr. Francis Jean, the founder and president of IRIS – The Visual Group, who passed away suddenly last week, as previously reported by VMail.

Hoya Vision Care’s U.S. Pilot Program With i-Optics to Target Optometrists

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Monday, July 21, 2014 2:30 PM LEWISVILLE, Texas—Spectacle lens maker Hoya Vision Care, which signed a multi-year contract with eye diagnostics company i-Optics last week, will be piloting a program in the U.S. with a select group of optometric practices, which will offer eyecare professionals EasyScan.

MacKeyser/American Optical Services Makes Second Bankruptcy Court Appearance, Schedules Auction of Certain Assets

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Monday, July 21, 2014 12:36 AM WILMINGTON, Del.—The Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings for MacKeyser Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries, which include American Optical Services (AOS) and a number of other optical businesses the company had acquired prior to its bankruptcy, proceeded last week with the company’s second court appearance on July 16.

VSP Global Opens Innovation and R&D Lab

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Monday, July 21, 2014 12:33 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The recent collaboration between VSP Global, Google and designer Diane von Furstenberg that produced a fashionable take on Google Glass resulted from a new VSP Global initiative announced last week.

Services To Be Held Soon for Dr. Francis Jean, Founder and President of IRIS The Visual Group

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Monday, July 21, 2014 12:30 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Dr. Francis Jean, 56, founder and president of Canada’s IRIS The Visual Group, passed away suddenly last week.

Newton Transfers, Andre Assumes Command of Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity (NOSTRA)

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Monday, July 21, 2014 12:27 AM YORKTOWN, Va. - Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity (NOSTRA), the Department of Defense’s largest and leading optical fabrication laboratory, hosted a change of command ceremony here July 11, where Capt. Paul A. Andre relieved Capt. Matthew E. Newton as commanding officer.
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