Industry Friends and Colleagues Recall Gloria Nicola’s Talent and Generosity

By Staff
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Accolades for former 20/20 Magazine editor Gloria Nicola flowed from friends and colleagues following news of her death last week at age 74.

Gloria Nicola, Former 20/20 Magazine Fashion Expert, Passes Away

By Staff
Monday, July 24, 2017 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Gloria Nicola, a former senior editor of 20/20 magazine, passed away on July 19 at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 74 years old. Nicola, who retired from the magazine in October, 2014 after 27 years, covered frames, sunwear and accessories.

Warby Parker on Track to Open 25 More Locations by Year’s End

By Staff
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 12:24 AM NEW YORK—As it moves ahead toward its goal of establishing 25 new brick-and-mortar locations in 2017, Warby Parker is opening two new stores in the July 8 to 22 timeframe, including its first store in Colorado.

Envision Receives $5,000 Monsanto Fund Grant for Level Up Conference

By Staff
Friday, July 14, 2017 12:18 AM WICHITA, Kan.—Envision has received a $5,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund’s 2017 site grant initiative.

John Young, COLTS Lab Founder, Dies at 76

By Staff
Friday, July 7, 2017 12:18 AM OLDSMAR, Fla.—John M. Young, founder of COLTS Laboratories (Ophthalmic Product Testing Services), passed away in Safety Harbor, Fla., on July 2 at age 76 after a long illness.

Transitions Optical Announces 2017 Diversity Advisory Board Members

By Staff
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Transitions Optical has announced the renewal of its Diversity Advisory Board members for 2017.

Premier Eye Care Names Jeff Nowak to New Role as Chief Solutions Officer

By Staff
Monday, March 20, 2017 12:24 AM TAMPA, Fla.—Premier Eye Care, a leader in providing innovative and affordable solutions for managed medical and routine eyecare, has named Jeff Nowak as chief solutions officer. Nowak is an experienced leader in health care operations, process improvement and technology, according to a Premier Eye Care statement.

St. Patrick’s Day on Main Street

By Staff
Saturday, March 18, 2017 12:16 AM

While most people think of green beer, Irish Car Bombs and Jameson when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, on Main Street, independents took the opportunity to put an Irish spin on their businesses. In Optical Land, special sales, promotions, memes on social media and outfits were all a part of the celebration yesterday.

AOA Calls for Action to Advance Goals of NASEM Eye Health Report

By Staff
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The American Optometric Association (AOA) this week called on government, private sector and nonprofit stakeholders to join forces in making eye health and vision care a national priority.

Philippe Lafont, President of Lafont Paris, Passes Away at 70

By Staff
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 12:30 AM PARIS—Philippe Lafont, president of Lafont Paris passed away suddenly on March 6, 2017 at the age of 70, according to a statement from the company and his family. Lafont, a well-respected leader in the optical market was a tireless advocate for “Made in France.” He was involved in the development and cultivation of the international optics industry in his role as president of Silmo as well as his contributions to GIFO.

Former AOA President Richard L. Wallingford Jr. Passes Away

By Staff
Monday, February 27, 2017 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS.—Richard L. Wallingford Jr., OD, passed away Feb. 20, 2017, after a years-long battle with cancer, the American Optometric Association (AOA) announced on its website late last week. He was 67.

New England College of Optometry Breaks Ground on New Clinical Campus

By Staff
Monday, February 27, 2017 12:21 AM BOSTON—The New England College of Optometry, an independent graduate college of optometry that traces its history to 1894, has broken ground on a three-phase project that will expand the clinical campus and create a new, style-driven optical dispensary,” according to a post on the college’s website.

Allergan Launches ‘See America’ to Further the Fight Against Preventable Blindness

By Staff
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 12:27 AM DUBLIN—Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) this week announced the launch of its “See America” campaign, a new U.S.-focused initiative to fight preventable blindness and to advocate for making vision health “a priority for all Americans.”

E-Z Packs Expands Capabilities with Acquisition of Patron Graphics

By Staff
Friday, February 3, 2017 12:18 AM CINCINNATI, Ohio—E-Z Pack, a leading packaging company for the optical industry, has announced the acquisition of Patron Graphics, a Covington, Ky.-based graphic arts company, and relocated the business and its equipment to the E-Z Pack facility in Cincinnati.

Transitions Optical Names Winners of its Annual Transitions Innovation Awards

By Staff
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:24 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The 21st annual Transitions Academy came to a close Tuesday night with great fanfare as Transitions Optical recognized top performing partners from the U.S., Canada and Latin America during a closing dinner and presentation of its Transitions Innovation Awards. The awards were presented to optical retailers and ECPs across five categories, and the winners were selected from a field of three finalists in each category.
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