GlassesUSA.com Closes on $12.5 Million to Expand Globally

By Staff
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 12:30 AM TEL-AVIV—Online optical retailer, GlassesUSA.com has closed on $12.5 million in new financing led by Viola Private Equity, a member of the Viola Group. The funding will be used toward accelerating the company’s expansion in the growing global online eyewear market, both business-to-consumer and business-to-business.

In its Fifth Year, 2015 International Vision Conference to Host Education, Exhibits and Awards

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015 12:27 AM SAN DIEGO—The 2015 International Vision Conference, sponsored by OD Excellence and PFO Global, has been scheduled for Aug. 27-29, 2015, to be held in the Manchester Grand Hyatt here.

FDA Adds One Company and Removes Another From its Red List

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its Import Alert 86-07 by adding the Chinese company, Wenzhou N&A Foreign Trade Corp. and removing Chao Zhou Kai Tai (Kui Hu) Optical Mfg. Co., also a Chinese company from its list, according to an announcement from The Vision Council.

VuePoint, Jobson Research and Summit Strategy Group Collaborate to Bring Market Research Services to Canada

By Staff
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 12:21 AM TORONTO, Ontario and NEW YORK—A new three-party collaboration among Jobson Optical Research Group and Canadian firms VuePoint IDS and Summit Strategy Group will soon launch advanced marketing research services for the Canadian optical and vision care markets.

Luxottica Named Among Top 10 Specialty Retailers for Customer Service and Satisfaction

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015 12:18 AM RANDOLPH, N.J.—Luxottica Group tied for eighth place among the Top 10 Specialty Retailers for 2015 selected by RIS News, a business magazine for the retail community.

New President, Stan Dickerson, OD, Plans to Maintain SECO’s Prominence With SECO University

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015 12:15 AM ATLANTA—As the new president of the Southern Council of Optometrists, Stan Dickerson, OD, plans to maintain SECO’s prominence as a leader in providing optometric education, he told Vision Monday in his First Person article here. The organization’s launch of SECO University is one way the not-for-profit membership association comprised of 12 southeastern states intends to extend the reach it has already achieved with the 92-year-old annual SECO conference that regularly attracts more than 7,500 national and international eyecare professionals, vendors and allied ophthalmic personnel.

Contact Lens Pricing Battle Decided in Utah, Garners National Attention With Litigation and Proposed Bills

By Staff
Monday, March 30, 2015 12:30 AM SALT LAKE CITY—Friday afternoon, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert signed into law the “Contact Lens Consumer Protection Act,” which bans contact lens manufacturers from utilizing Unilateral Product Pricing (UPP).

Kering Eyewear to Debut Its First Eyewear Collections Later This Year

By Staff
Monday, March 30, 2015 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Kering Eyewear, which is in the midst of establishing its own, direct worldwide eyewear business as a division of the major luxury and sport lifestyle group, Kering, will focus on nine of the Kering Group's portfolio of 22 designer and sport brands.

Prevent Blindness Partners With CDC to Raise Awareness of Smoking’s Effects

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Monday, March 30, 2015 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness is partnering with the CDC to educate the public on the negative effects of smoking on vision.

The Optometric Society Releases ‘Eye Before See’ Brochure to Promote Comprehensive Eye Exams

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Monday, March 30, 2015 12:21 AM LA JOLLA, Calif.—The Optometric Society has released the “Eye Before See” brochure to help promote the organization’s public awareness campaign emphasizing the importance of having a comprehensive eye exam instead of just a refraction.

Sjogrens Syndrome Is Topic on April 1 ‘Power Hour’

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Monday, March 30, 2015 12:18 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—The topic of Sjogrens Syndrome will be the focus of April 1 edition of the “Power Hour.”

Some VEEry Famous Faces on VisionMonday.com

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Monday, March 30, 2015 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Get the up close and personal view of Vision Expo East brought to you by the editors of Vision Monday, highlighting what was happening at the show—ranging from sessions on the latest business trends to product launches, press conferences and of course, the celebrity sightings. Catch up on these Expo events and much more in this slideshow.

To view all highlights of Vision Monday’s coverage at the show and to read the Digital Editions of the Show Dailies, go to VisionMonday.com.

And speaking of celebrities, a new Bold Face is also live. In this week’s edition, Bold Face: Talking Heads, we feature three very versatile stars who have taken their turns not only as actors but also as talk show hosts and TV correspondents in eyewear from Marchon, Sama and OGI.

February 2015 Optical Business Barometer Rating Shows Slight Decrease From January 2015

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Friday, March 27, 2015 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report from Jobson Optical Research shows that the overall optical business rating for February 2015 decreased slightly to 3.81 from a January 2015 rating of 3.88.

CMS Proposes Meaningful Use Stage 3 Rules for Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

By Staff
Friday, March 27, 2015 12:27 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its proposed rules for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program that provides incentive payments for electronic health records (EHRs).

Casey Appointed to Walman Board; Bassett Elected Chair of the Board

By Staff
Friday, March 27, 2015 12:24 AM MINNEAPOLIS—Walman announced today that Lynn Casey has joined its board of directors.
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