Gerard Cottet, an Architect of Essilor’s Growth, Dies at 84

By Staff
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:18 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Gerard Cottet, a longtime Essilor International executive who was a principal architect of the company’s transformation from a French optical exporting company into a leading global optical supplier, passed away July 17 at age 84.

ReVision Optics Names Frank Shields VP of Sales Worldwide

By Staff
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:15 AM LAKE FOREST, Calif.—Revision Optics, Inc., announced the appointment of Frank Shields to the newly created position of vice president of sales worldwide.

Luxury Optical Holdings Names Timothy Mayhew CEO, Outlines Strategic Growth Plan

By Staff
Monday, July 25, 2016 1:30 PM NEW YORK—Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) announced today that it has named Timothy Mayhew as CEO, effective immediately.

Planning for Overtime Compliance Under the New FLSA Legal Requirements

By Hedley Lawson
Monday, July 25, 2016 10:30 AM NEW YORK—Employers have less than six months left to comply with the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime rule, and they need to start putting a plan together now.

ABB Optical Group Awards $5,000 Grant to UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry

By Staff
Friday, July 22, 2016 12:15 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group announced that the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry won the first University Education Challenge, a program hosted by ABB Optical and Paragon Vision Sciences to support aspiring optometrists. The school received a $5,000 unrestricted educational grant.

Women Who Wow on

By Staff
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:15 AM NEW YORK—There’s nothing special about the number 43. It just happens to be the total number of honorees in this year’s group of Influential Women, but it’s the women themselves who are special.

Each of the 43 honorees comprising the 2016 Most Influential Women in Optical come from the worlds of vision care, retailing, manufacturing, distribution, dispensing and designing.

We’ve been impressed by their success stories as well as their accomplishments and their impact on colleagues, customers and, in some instances, the entire optical industry.

Join us in celebrating these #WomenWhoWow highlighted in our July cover story.

IDOC Expands Prima Practice Management Team

By Staff
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:21 AM NORWALK, Conn.— IDOC, the largest privately held alliance of independent optometrists in the U.S., has hired Maddie Langston as Prima practice marketing consultant.

Dr. Alden Norman Haffner, Prominent OD and SUNY Optometry Founding President, Dies at 87

By Staff
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM NEW YORK—Alden Norman Haffner, OD, PhD, FAAO, a prominent and recognized optometrist and the founding president of the SUNY College of Optometry, passed away here on June 22. He was 87 years old.


By Staff
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Industry veteran Mike Daley, chief executive officer of The Vision Council, has announced that he will retire in late 2016.

SVS Vision Honored by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office

By Staff
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM MT. CLEMENS, Michigan—SVS Vision was awarded the Distinguished Community Service Award, which is presented annually during National Police Week by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office for their support of law enforcement.

Maureen Cavanagh Named President to Succeed Heather Smith as President of OWA

By Staff
Friday, July 15, 2016 12:24 AM DALLAS—After serving the Optical Women’s Association (OWA) board for four years, Heather Smith has accepted a role outside the optical industry and, as a result, has resigned her position as OWA president.

Daniel Chambers Named New President of American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators

By Staff
Friday, July 15, 2016 12:18 AM FAIRFAX, Va.—Daniel Chambers, MBA, COE, has been named the 2016-2017 president of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA) the management arm of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)—a role to which he brings more than 40 years of experience in health care administration.

American Academy of Optometry Announces 2016 Award Recipients

By Staff
Friday, July 15, 2016 12:15 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Each year, the American Academy of Optometry honors individuals who have made contributions to advancing the profession of optometry.

Vision Source Named Among Winners of 29th Annual CIO 100 Awards

By Staff
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 12:18 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source was recently honored among the winners for the 29th annual CIO 100 Awards. With over 500 nominations in 2016, the CIO 100 is a highly sought after prize which honors companies that showcase flexibility, commitment, and advancement.

Conexus Appoints Two Industry Executives to its Board

By Staff
Monday, July 11, 2016 12:18 AM RICHMOND, Va.—Dennis Mayo, director of programs and operations for Essilor Vision Foundation and Danny Singer, vice president of Eastern region lab operations for VSP have joined the board of directors for Conexus, a non-profit organization committed to the detection and treatment of vision problems in children in the U.S.