September 2014 Optical Business Rating Shows Decrease From August, Increase From Previous Years

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Monday, October 20, 2014 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) from Jobson Optical Research showed that the overall optical business rating has decreased from a 3.88 rating in August 2014 to a 3.71 rating in September.

Essilor Acquires QC Optical and Will Merge It With Opti-Craft

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Monday, October 20, 2014 12:27 AM DALLAS— Essilor announced that it recently acquired QC Optical, a wholesale optical laboratory with branches in Portland, Ore. and Spokane, Wash. The terms of the transaction were not announced.

To Prevent the Spread of Ebola, American Optometric Association Directs ECPs to Online Resources

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Monday, October 20, 2014 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—As the largest Ebola outbreak in history worsens and more U.S. cases are possible, the American Optometric Association (AOA) advises optometrists and optometric staff to turn to online resources for recent protocols and information.

Women In Optometry Luncheon at AAO in Denver to Focus on Career Goals and Choices

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Monday, October 20, 2014 12:21 AM DENVER, Colo.—Women In Optometry (WO) will host its second live event of the year, titled ”Lean, Learn and Lead,” at a luncheon on Nov. 13 during the American Academy of Optometry here next month.

Sunshine Act Is Topic on Oct. 22 ‘Power Hour’

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Monday, October 20, 2014 12:18 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—The transparency required by the “Sunshine Act,” now in effect, has implications for all health care professionals.

Fall Ahead on

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Monday, October 20, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Summer may be full of big budget blockbusters but autumn has its fair share of fantastic movies too. In this week’s edition of Bold Face: Fall Films we feature the stars of three of fall’s films and the famous faces that appear in their favorite frames from Sama, Marchon and Safilo.

Four days of workshops, product experience, buying sessions, a Roaring ‘20s party and the Oakley VIP Days Golf Classic helped retailers and ECPs ring in the fall season at this year’s Oakley VIP Days. The sessions that ran from Oct. 6-10 brought together 40 Oakley sales reps and staff with 160 people from 67 accounts around the country. See a Slideshow of some of the folks in attendance on

The fall season also signals the return of VM’s and 20/20 Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Optical report. Do you know an influential woman who has made a significant contribution in 2014? For the 12th year in a row, we will once again be honoring women who play vital roles at every level of our industry including retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution, vision care and managed care. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form. The deadline for submitting nominations is Oct. 24. For this year’s Annual Report, please consider women who are making a difference in the following four categories: Executive Suite, Mentors, Rising Stars and Innovators. To nominate your choices go to the survey where you may select up to a total of two nominees for each category on the electronic nomination form. Be sure to look for the results as we profile these influential women in the Dec. 15 issue: Vision Monday’s 2014 “Women of Influence.”

FDA and Optical Community Stress Safe Cosmetic Contact Lens Wear on Halloween

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Friday, October 17, 2014 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Health care, government and ophthalmic industry organizations and practitioners across the country are joining once again to warn the public against the dangers of costume contact lenses worn without a prescription from an eyecare professional this Halloween season.

FDA Approves VisionCare's Telescope Implant for Macular Degeneration in Patients 65 Years and Older

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Friday, October 17, 2014 12:30 AM SARATOGA, Calif.— VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies, a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), announced earlier this month that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Implantable Miniature Telescope (by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz) for use in patients living with bilateral end-stage age-related macular degeneration who are age 65 or older.

Energeyes Second Annual National Meeting Adds Booths and Courses, Opens Registration

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Friday, October 17, 2014 12:27 AM CHICAGO— Registration has opened for next year’s second annual Energeyes National Meeting, to be held May 1-3, 2015, at the Indian Lakes Resort here.

Greg Nugent Joins Adlens Board as Non-Executive Director

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Friday, October 17, 2014 12:24 AM OXFORD, England—Adjustable focus eyewear maker Adlens, based here, has appointed Greg Nugent as a non-executive board director.

Boise, Idaho Is 2014’s Top ‘Eye-Healthy’ City in U.S., Per VSP’s Eye Health Index

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Friday, October 17, 2014 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—For the second year in a row, Boise, Idaho, is the top eye-healthy city in the annual Eye Health Index released by not-for-profit VSP Vision Care, the largest vision benefits provider in the U.S., with nearly 67 million members.

ABB Optical Group Awards ‘ABB Cares’ Grants to 10 Non-Profits Nationwide

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Friday, October 17, 2014 12:18 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.— ABB Optical Group has announced the 10 non-profit organizations that have each won $1,000 in the optical product distributor’s inaugural grants program, ABB Cares. Launched in August 2014, the program celebrates organizations throughout the U.S. that have improved the quality of life in communities served by ABB. Due to the large number of applications, 140 non-profit organizations nominated by eyecare professionals nationwide, ABB expanded the number of $1,000 grants available from five to 10.

Vote Now for Vision Monday's, 20/20 Magazine's Annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards

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Friday, October 17, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the sixth annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year. Vote now before submissions close on Oct. 29.

These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this Fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in nine distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, contact lenses, optical equipment and supplies, diagnostic equipment, practice management software, online ordering website and a new category for this year, best optical app. Selected companies will be chosen based on both brand and company choices supplied by readers.

It only takes a few minutes to cast your vote, which entitles you to a chance to win a $500 American Express gift card or one of two runner up prizes of $100 American Express gift cards. Voting for EyeVote is officially open and will take place through Oct. 29.

EyeVote is about you, our readers, and your choices on the top products in the optical industry today so vote here. This year’s survey promises to span a wide range of product brands and product groups.

Optical Industry Joins Fundraising Forces to Celebrate World Sight Day

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:30 AM GOLDEN, Colo.—The World Sight Day Challenge is shaping up to be a great success, with thousands of ECPs, companies, staff and patients, in the U.S. and around the world, all helping to raise funds to help eliminate avoidable blindness and impaired vision. 

Davis Vision Adds 590,000 Members With Contract to Provide Vision Coverage for United Auto Workers Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:27 AM SAN ANTONIO— Davis Vision announced yesterday that it has signed a contract to provide vision coverage for the United Auto Workers (UAW) Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, the largest non-governmental purchaser of retiree health care benefits in the U.S., responsible for providing health care benefits to more than 755,000 UAW retirees and dependents from General Motors (GM), Ford and Chrysler.