Essilor, Luxottica Merger Will Be Gradual, Essilor’s John Carrier Says

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 4:15 PM NEW YORK—Although the news of Essilor’s planned merger with Luxottica Group traveled through the world’s financial markets at cyber speed today, VMail has learned that the complex process of combining the two eyewear industry giants into a behemoth valued at nearly €50 billion will occur gradually over the next three to four years.

ForSight VISION4, Inc. Announces Acquisition by Roche

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:24 AM MENLO PARK, Calif.—ForSight VISION4 announced that it has been acquired by Roche Holdings Inc.

Smart Vision Labs Partners with a Top German Online Retailer

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Smart Vision Labs has formed a partnership with Brille24, a leading German online optical retailer.

Bollé Sport Protective Now Offers Rx Photochromics

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:00 AM Paris & Overland Park, Kan.—Introduced in 2014, the Bollé Sport Protective line was intended to give ECPs a complete collection of high-quality, well-designed, eyewear for young athletes. Now, for the first time, all five models in the line are being offered with the option of Rx lenses with photochromic technology.

Rochester Optical Launches PolyShade85 Sun Lenses

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:00 AM ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Rochester Optical is launching PolyShade85, a polycarbonate finished single vision category 3 sun lens with tint embedded in the substrate. PolyShade85 lenses allow an average of 15 percent visible light transmission and block up to 90 percent high-energy visible blue light, according to Rochester Optical. The company claims they are the darkest finished single vision polycarbonate sun lenses on the market.

Warby Parker Opens First Fully Owned Optical Lab in New York State

By Staff
Friday, January 13, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Following a plan it announced in mid-2016, Warby Parker has opened its first company-owned optical lab, a 34,000-square-foot facility in the Rockland County area of New York State.

VM Slideshow Provides Unique Visions at CES 2017

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Friday, January 13, 2017 12:15 AM LAS VEGAS—Vision Monday’s Andrew Karp, who attended CES 2017, takes you on a guided tour of the massive consumer electronics show, with a special focus on eyewear and vision technology.

RightEye Uses Eye Tracking to Diagnose Reading Problems

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:15 PM

LAS VEGAS—Eye tracking technology, often used to monitor and measure consumer behavior in retail environments, is moving further into the realm of vision diagnostics. One example, the RightEye Reading Test, was unveiled at last weeks’s CES by RightEye LLC, a health technology company using eye tracking to enhance patient care and vision performance. The test will be available in Spring, 2017.

New Marketing Programs Help ECPs Use
Digital/Social to Emphasize Specialties

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:10 PM

NEW YORK—Certain areas of expertise require more patient education than others, points out EyeCarePro, which helps eyecare professionals manage their digital and web presence and communications.

LensFerry S Expands to Include All Contact Lens Modalities

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:05 PM PLEASANTON, Calif.—EyeCare Prime, a leading global provider of marketing services created exclusively for eyecare practitioners and a subsidiary of CooperVision, announced this month that LensFerry S has expanded to include all contact lens modalities.

Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. Announces Rights Offering

By Staff
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:23 AM SYLMAR, Calif.—Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:EYES) a developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable visual prosthetics to provide some useful vision to blind patients, has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a rights offering to its existing stockholders.

Haag-Streit Expands Distributor Partnership With Walman Instruments

By Staff
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:21 AM MASON, Ohio—Haag-Streit USA and Reliance Medical Products has announced a new national authorized distributor partnership with Walman Instruments, beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

Paragon CRT Contact Lenses Approved by China Food & Drug Administration

By Staff
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:18 AM MESA, Ariz.—Paragon Vision Sciences, a leader in orthokeratology, today announced approval from the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) and commercial availability of its corneal reshaping/orthokeratology brand, Paragon CRT Contact Lenses in China.

SynergEyes and Menicon Partner to Expand SynergEyes’ Specialty Contact Lens Portfolio

By Staff
Monday, January 9, 2017 12:24 AM CARLSBAD, Calif.—SynergEyes, a leading hybrid specialty contact lens company, has agreed to a new partnership with NKL Contact Lens.

VM Live on the Scene at CES 2017

By Staff
Monday, January 9, 2017 12:15 AM LAS VEGAS— Vision Monday's group editor, lenses and technology, Andrew Karp was on the scene at CES 2017. Go to the Multimedia section on VisionMonday.com and check out his Facebook Live video interviews from the show for quick snapshots of the latest technology in electronic eyewear and related products.
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