Worst Case Scenario? Blindness, According to New ARVO Poll

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Friday, October 24, 2014 12:27 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—Blindness would have the greatest impact on day-to-day life, according to the majority of respondents in a recent Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO) poll.

Sommer to Head Sales for B+L's U.S. Vision Care Division

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Friday, October 24, 2014 12:26 AM BRIDGEWATER, N.J.— Bausch + Lomb, has named Tony Sommer head of sales for its U.S. vision care division. Sommer will also help plan, develop and execute growth plans, and strategic business strategies to maximize market opportunities and grow the lens product portfolio, the company said.

Silhouette Names Two New Senior Management Roles for U.S.

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Friday, October 24, 2014 12:24 AM GREEN ISLAND, N.Y.— Silhouette has named two senior executives for the U.S., Diana Downs has been promoted to key accounts and business development manager, a new position at the company, and Heinz Pichler, has been promoted to national sales manager.

Abbott’s Third Quarter 2014 Results Report Growth in Vision Care Business

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Friday, October 24, 2014 12:23 AM ABBOTT PARK, Ill.— Abbott (NYSE: ABT) released financial results this week for the third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2014.

iCoat Wins LabTalk’s 2014 Website of the Year

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Friday, October 24, 2014 12:18 AM LAS VEGAS—With 44 eyecare professional nominations, iCoat’s website makes it to the top as LabTalk’s Website of the Year for 2014.

Time Is Running Out—Submit Your Nominations for VM’s 2014 Most Influential Women in Optical

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Friday, October 24, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK— Do you know an influential woman? Time is running out so nominate her now for Vision Monday's Most Influential Women in Optical Special Report coming your way on Dec. 15. Nominations will close at the end of business today.

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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: Candidates are women who hold the positions of president, CEO, CFO, CMO, CIO or COO that guide their companies forward, inspire leadership among their teams and peers and achieve high performance.

Mentors: Candidates are women who are team builders, developers of talent, who via example or education and training successfully influence others to learn and to grow in their business, professions, or within their organizations.

Rising Stars: Candidates are women who are “up-and-comers” in their careers and within their companies or arenas within the industry.

Innovators: Candidates are women who have initiated new product developments or special programs in the arena of marketing, technology or retail, who have spearheaded innovative business enterprises.

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.”

Please visit VisionMonday.com to review an alphabetical listing of past years’ honorees and to read prior years’ Special Reports.

Luxottica Names P&G Exec As Its New Co-CEO for Markets

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 1:23 PM MILAN, Italy— Luxottica Group S.p.A. (NYSE: LUX; MTA: LUX) announced today that Group chairman, Leonardo Del Vecchio, presented the profile of Adil Mehboob-Khan, as candidate for the role of co-CEO for Markets, to the company’s board of directors which met here today.

Safilo to Integrate Smith Into Group; Will Move Smith HQ to New Global Sports & Outdoor Lifestyle HQ in Portland

By Staff
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:27 AM KETCHUM, Idaho and PADOVA, Italy— Safilo Group (SFLG.MI), announced yesterday its decision to relocate key functions of Smith, its “iconic, U.S.-rooted sports and outdoor brand,” from its current base in Ketchum, Idaho to what will become a new Global Sports & Outdoor Lifestyle Design Center in Portland, Ore.

Bausch + Lomb Announces Two Appointments to U.S. Professional Strategy Team

By Staff
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:24 AM BRIDGEWATER, NJ — Bausch + Lomb, has announced the newly created positions and appointments of Jill Saxon, OD, and Todd Love, as directors of professional strategy.

Hilco and ArmouRx Settle Suit

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:21 AM PLAINVILLE, Mass. and Vaughn, Ontario— Hilco and ArmouRx, Inc. have reached a settlement in a false advertising suit filed by Hilco in December, 2013.

2014 Managed Vision Care Patient Experience Study Analyzes 15 Specific Managed Vision Care Plans

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:18 AM NEW YORK—How do patients perceive their experiences when using vision coverage? This is among the many questions related to managed vision care answered in Jobson Optical Research’s new “2014 Managed Vision Care Patient Experience Study.”

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

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Wednesday, October 22, 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.

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

By Staff
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.