More Artificial Intelligence Experts Join VM Summit Speaker Roster

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Friday, February 17, 2017 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The growing impact of Artificial Intelligence on nearly every aspect of business is prompting retailers, health care providers, suppliers and marketers to look for ways to leverage the power of human-machine learning within their organizations.

Optical Women’s Association to Host Two NYC Events During Vision Expo East

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Friday, February 17, 2017 12:27 AM DALLAS—The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) heads into its 20th year of celebrating and promoting the achievements of women in the optical industry with two events in New York City—a Champagne Breakfast and Star Awards celebration, and an invitation-only VIP OWA Annual Star Award Ceremony & Networking Event.

Jerry Lieblein, OD, Author and Co-Founder of OD Excellence, Dies at 82

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Friday, February 17, 2017 12:24 AM HEALDSBURG, Calif.—Services and a celebration of his life and contributions were held here earlier this month for Jerry Lieblein, OD, a well-known optometric practitioner, author, mentor and co-founder of OD Excellence, an optometric alliance group. Lieblein, 82, passed away on Jan. 28 after a long illness.

Luxottica and the AOSA Select 25 Students for OneSight Clinic in Tanzania

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Friday, February 17, 2017 12:21 AM MASON, Ohio—Luxottica and the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) have selected 25 optometry students to travel to Tanzania on mission to help people first hand who need access to vision care.

Vision West Ongoing Financial Support to the California Optometric Association Tops $12.4 million

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Friday, February 17, 2017 12:18 AM SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Vision West presented a check to the California Optometric Association for $203,939 at the recent COA House of Delegates meeting held in San Francisco on Feb. 10.

Insights and Innovation at Transitions Academy

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Friday, February 17, 2017 12:15 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—With a dawn-to-dusk agenda and a top-notch selection of speakers, the recent Transitions Academy featured a robust program of events and education for the 650-plus attendees who participated.

OBB Q4 for 2016 Shows Growth Over 2015 Ratings

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report from Jobson Optical Research, which gauges the attitudes about their business and their business outlook among independent eyecare professionals is now reported quarterly instead of monthly.

CooperVision Announces Honorees for 2017 Best Practices

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:24 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.—CooperVision has recognized 10 eyecare practices across the U.S as 2017’s Best Practices, the company announced. This new class of honorees was chosen after a nationwide search for eyecare practices that advance the profession through innovation, industry leadership and patient experience.

In Response to Court Rulings, Aetna-Humana and Cigna-Anthem Call an End to Merger Plans

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Valentine’s Day was not so sweet for the four leading U.S. health plans. The sweeping consolidation of U.S. health plans will not come to fruition, at least in the combos of Aetna/Humana and Cigna/Anthem.

VisionSpring and BRAC Help One Million Low-Income Consumers Acquire Eyeglasses in Bangladesh

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:21 AM DHAKA, Bangladesh—VisionSpring and BRAC marked a special occasion here last week, celebrating that the partnership between the two groups had provided one million pairs of affordable eyeglasses to low-income customers, achieving major milestones both in scaling a social entrepreneurship model, and in expanding access to vision services in Bangladesh.

Wiley X Names Frank Rescigna as Senior Vice President of Sales

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:18 AM LIVERMORE, Calif.—Wiley X said Frank Rescigna has joined the company as SVP of sales.

2017 Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Award Event, Honoring Jobson’s Marge Axelrad, Sold Out

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 12:15 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, has announced that all tickets for the 2017 Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Award event, honoring Marge Axelrad, senior vice president, editorial director at Vision Monday/Jobson Optical Group, have been sold out.

Bausch + Lomb Ends Unilateral Pricing Policy

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Monday, February 13, 2017 12:27 AM BRIDGEWATER, N.J.—Bausch + Lomb became the latest contact lens company to move away from its Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP) with the announcement late Friday that a “competitive imbalance” had forced the company to discontinue the program.

Proposal in Indiana Legislature Would Overturn 2016’s Prohibition of Online Eye Exams

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Monday, February 13, 2017 12:24 AM INDIANAPOLIS—A bill introduced in the Indiana legislature late last month would amend a section of the state’s code with new language permitting online eye tests, according to the proposed legislation.

Safilo Plans Series of Live Event ‘Buying Days’ Across U.S. in 2017

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Monday, February 13, 2017 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Marking a new initiative in the U.S. market to help its customers better develop their business, Safilo is planning a series of Safilo Buying Days live events to showcase the group’s entire brand portfolio to current and prospective accounts this year.
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