California Legislators Approve Bill to Allow Sale of Stand-Alone Adult Vision Coverage Via Link from State Insurance Exchange

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:28 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Assembly Bill No. 1877 (AB 1877) requiring the Covered California state health insurance exchange to link buyers to a separate website selling adult vision coverage passed the California Assembly unanimously (73-0) earlier this week on Monday Aug. 25, 2014, following its unanimous approval in the California State Senate (36-0) last week on Thursday Aug. 21, 2014.

Kathleen McMinn Named Vice President of Marketing for Company Formed by Merger of Superior Vision and Block Vision

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., and LINTHICUM, Md.—Kathleen McMinn has been named vice president of marketing for the company formed by the merger of Superior Vision and Block Vision in December 2013.

Register Now for 'Digitizing The Store' at VM LIVE Sept. 17 Event in Las Vegas

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—How is technology changing the eyewear retail and patient experience? Optical speakers, leaders from various segments of the regional and national retail and eyecare professional sectors, will explain how they’re “Digitizing The Store,” at a special VM LIVE two-hour program.


Luxottica to Hold Board Meeting Sept. 1 to Consider Management Changes

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Monday, August 25, 2014 1:15 PM MILAN, Italy— Luxottica Group S.p.A. (NYSE: LUX; MTA: LUX),  has called a meeting of its board for Monday, Sept. 1, “to consider its management structure and the position of Andrea Guerra.”

Jan Cory Named New U.S. President of Silhouette Optical Ltd.

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Monday, August 25, 2014 12:30 AM ALBANY, N.Y.—Jan Cory, an experienced eyewear executive, has been named the new U.S. president of Silhouette Optical, Ltd.

Allergan Confirms Requests From Pershing/Valeant for Special Meeting

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Monday, August 25, 2014 12:27 AM IRVINE, Calif.— Allergan, Inc. (NYSE: AGN) confirmed that Pershing Square Capital has delivered written requests from Allergan stockholders in connection with Pershing’s request to call a Special Meeting.

Applied Nanotech Shareholders Vote Approval to Become Pen, Inc.

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Monday, August 25, 2014 12:24 AM AUSTIN, Texas— Applied Nanotech Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: APNT), an Austin-based leader in nanotechnology research and development, announced Friday that a majority of its shareholders have approved the proposed combination with NanoHolding Inc., the parent company of Nanofilm, Ltd., a supplier of specialty optical coatings, cleaners and nano-composite products based in Valley View, Ohio. The combination will create a new publicly traded company called PEN, Inc. (Products Enabled by Nanotechnology).

PECAA to Host Three Optical Merchandising Workshops on the East Coast

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Monday, August 25, 2014 12:22 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—The Professional Eye Care Associates of America alliance of independent eyecare professionals, better known as PECAA, will hold three Optical Merchandising Workshops on the East Coast this fall.

Oakley’s Warren Modlin to Discuss Branding on Aug. 27 ‘Power Hour’

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Monday, August 25, 2014 12:18 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.— Warren Modlin, OD, Oakley, Inc. will talk about the power of branding and how ODs can adapt some of those principles in their own practices as the topic of the Aug. 27 edition of  “The Power Hour,” the weekly radio broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Hitting the Theaters on VisionMonday.com

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Monday, August 25, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Who doesn’t love a good movie? In this week’s edition of Bold Face: Coming Attractions we feature three stars from three of the most hotly anticipated films to imminently be released. The film’s plots all differ wildly but one thing they all have in common is their stars impeccable sunwear style in frames from Marchon, B. Robinson and Sama.

Advantica Names Edward Pattarozzi Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

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Friday, August 22, 2014 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Vision and dental benefits provider, Advantica has named Edward Pattarozzi as the new chief sales and marketing officer. The company is also currently conducting a search for a new chief operating officer.

Luxottica Retail’s Licensed Brands Group to Close 50 U.S. Sears Optical Locations

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Friday, August 22, 2014 12:21 AM MASON, Ohio–Luxottica Retail’s Licensed Brands division will close 50 Sears Optical locations in the U.S., VMail has learned.

CEA Foundation Extends Grant to Lighthouse Guild’s Technology Center

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Friday, August 22, 2014 12:18 AM ARLINGTON, Va.— The CEA Foundation, a charitable organization affiliated with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), announced it will continue to support Lighthouse Guild with a second annual grant for The Henry A. Grunwald Technology Center.

Warning Signs and 3D Lines on VisionMonday.com

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Friday, August 22, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—What do eye problems look like? The "three O's" know, but your patients are likely not as savvy when it comes to detecting the subtle but tell-tale signs of certain eye conditions that may be affecting their sight or that of their loved ones. This Slideshow: What Eye Problems Look Like from the WebMD Eye Health Center, reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD and now featured in VM Multimedia, is a simple and shareable way to clue your patients in on important eye disease warning signs.

Speaking of warnings, we never saw it coming that people would someday print their own specs, but there is something to be said about the modern marvel of 3D printing and its introduction into the eyewear realm. In a recent video now spotlighted in VM Video, Studio Optyx gave us a glimpse into the making of its new Monoqool 3D Printed Glasses that looks truly space-age. The minute-and-a-half short makes us think these frames might actually be made on the moon.
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