Essilor Merger With Luxottica Progresses

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Friday, March 24, 2017 12:24 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor International (Reuters: ESSI.PA) has taken several steps toward finalizing its proposed merger with Luxottica announced on Jan. 16, 2017.

Opticians Association of America Names Shire its State Leader of the Year

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Friday, March 24, 2017 12:21 AM LAKELAND, Tenn.—The Opticians Association of America announced that Sue Shire of Michigan has been named the 2017 OAA State Leader of the Year.

TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers Changes Its Name to Specialty Eye Institute

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Friday, March 24, 2017 12:18 AM JACKSON, Mich.— TLC Eyecare & Laser Centers, an optical business that was founded in 1998, has changed the company name to Specialty Eye Institute. The new name is a better reflection of the company’s array of services and its “dedication to eyecare for patients,” according to an announcement earlier this week.

Vuarnet Opens First Paris Boutique

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Friday, March 24, 2017 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vuarnet announced the opening of the brand’s first boutique in the heart of Paris at 28 rue Boissy d’Anglais. This is the location where Roger Pouilloux, the optician who co-founded the brand with Jean Vuarnet, had his studio.

Kering Eyewear and Maison Cartier Partner for the Development of the Eyewear Category

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:24 AM NEW YORK and PARIS—Kering (KER.PA) has announced that its subsidiary, Kering Eyewear, and the Maison Cartier, owned by Compagnie Financière Richemont, plan to enter into a strategic partnership bringing their operations together to create a stronger platform for the development, manufacturing and worldwide distribution of the Cartier eyewear collection, the company said.

Are You One of VM’s Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers?

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday is again collecting information from the nation’s largest national chains and regional operations to compile the 2017 Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report, our signature ranking based on sales during the 2016 calendar year. The exclusive report will be published in the May 15, 2016 issue of Vision Monday.

Shopko Hosts More Than 500 at its Health Services Managers Conference

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:15 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko held its annual Health Services managers meeting in Minneapolis earlier this month and used the occasion to honor several Shopko team members for their outstanding performances in 2016 and for senior management to outline the retailer’s plans for 2017 and following years.

Accessories Council to Hold 21st Annual ACE Awards on Aug. 7, Honorees Will Include Polaroid Eyewear

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Monday, March 20, 2017 12:33 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council will celebrate its 21st annual ACE Awards, honoring individuals and companies who have furthered the awareness and use of accessories, on Aug. 7 at Cipriani 42nd Street here.

Carl Zeiss Vision Names New Marketing Vice President

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Monday, March 20, 2017 12:30 AM SAN DIEGO—Carl Zeiss Vision has named Andrew Hyncik as vice president of marketing for North America.

Primary Eyecare Network Launches Online Education Portal

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Monday, March 20, 2017 12:27 AM ALAMEDA, Calif.—The Primary Eyecare Network (PEN), a division of ABB Optical Group, announced the launch of a new online portal designed to provide eyecare practitioners and paraoptometric staff with on-demand webinars and continuing education classes.

Highmark Health Posts Record 2016 Revenues, Vision Businesses Reach $1.6B in Revenues

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Monday, March 20, 2017 12:26 AM PITTSBURGH—Highmark Health reported record operating revenues of $18.2 billion for 2016, an increase of 3 percent over the prior year driven by higher patient volumes at Allegheny Health Network, growth
in Medicaid business, and the first full year of northeastern Pennsylvania operations at the Health Plan.

Premier Eye Care Names Jeff Nowak to New Role as Chief Solutions Officer

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Monday, March 20, 2017 12:24 AM TAMPA, Fla.—Premier Eye Care, a leader in providing innovative and affordable solutions for managed medical and routine eyecare, has named Jeff Nowak as chief solutions officer. Nowak is an experienced leader in health care operations, process improvement and technology, according to a Premier Eye Care statement.

Canadian Retailer New Look Vision Reports Record Revenues and Adjusted Earnings for 2016

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Monday, March 20, 2017 12:23 AM MONTREAL, QUEBEC—New Look Vision Group Inc. (BCI.TO) reported last week that recent acquisitions and organic growth helped the company achieve record revenue and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) in both the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2016.

Dr. Paul Levine Discusses Myopia Control on March 22 ‘Power Hour’

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Monday, March 20, 2017 12:15 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Dr. Paul Levine, president of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control will be the guest of March 22 “Power Hour,” the weekly broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, and founder of The Power Practice.
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