Walman Expands Its Instruments Division With Eye Care Alliance Acquisition

By Staff
Friday, July 8, 2016 12:21 AM MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Walman is expanding its Walman Instruments division through the acquisition of Eye Care Alliance (ECA), an Apex, N.C. company that specializes in the refurbishment, repair and support of advanced technology instrumentation such as OCTs (Optical Coherence Tomography) and automated perimeters.

Smart Vision Labs Appoints Wallace Lovejoy to its Board

By Staff
Monday, June 6, 2016 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Smart Vision Labs has appointed Wallace Lovejoy to its board of directors. Lovejoy brings to the board 33 years of leadership in the optical industry.

Zeiss Reports 5 Percent Rise in Revenue for First Half

By Staff
Monday, May 2, 2016 12:22 AM OBERKOCHEN, Germany—The Zeiss Group wrapped up the first six months of fiscal year 2015/16 ending March 31, 2016 with a 5 percent increase in revenue over the previous year to €2.32 billion.

20/20 Vision Center Acquires Eyelogic Assets

By Staff
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 12:18 AM GARDEN CITY, N.Y.—20/20 Vision Center, a provider of remote eye exam systems, has purchased the worldwide assets of Eyelogic Systems, a Calgary, Alberta-based company that develops automated refraction systems.

Smart Vision Labs and VOSH Announce Donation Program Partnership

By Staff
Monday, September 14, 2015 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Smart Vision Labs, the makers of the SVOne smartphone-based autorefractor, is partnering with VOSH/International  (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity), an organization that provides vision care to people in need. For every 10 SVOne devices it sells, Smart Vision Labs will donate one SVOne to a student chapter of VOSH (SVOSH).

Coburn Technologies and Kowa American Announce Distribution Agreement

By Staff
Friday, September 4, 2015 12:21 AM SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn.—Coburn Technologies and Kowa American Corp. have entered into agreement that allows Coburn to distribute Kowa’s complete line diagnostic products in the U.S., beginning Sept. 1, 2015.

David Avila Appointed President and General Manager of Latham & Phillips

By Staff
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 12:27 AM GROVE CITY, Ohio—Latham & Phillips Ophthalmic (LPO), a subsidiary of Visionix based here, announced that David Avila has been appointed president and general manager.

Smart Vision Labs Raises $6.1M in Series A Funding Round Led by Techstars Ventures

By Staff
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 12:23 AM NEW YORK—Smart Vision Labs, the developer of a smartphone-based autorefractor, the SVOne, has closed a $6.1 million Series A funding round led by Techstars Ventures.

Court Finalizes Nikon’s Acquisition of Optos

By Staff
Monday, May 25, 2015 12:23 AM TOKYO—An Edinburgh, Scotland court on Friday finalized Nikon Corp.’s (T:7731) acquisition of Optos, (L:OPTS), the Scotland-based retinal imaging company, according to an announcement issued by RNS, the company news service from the London Stock Exchange.

Nikon Agrees to Buy Optos for $400 Million Cash

By Staff
Friday, February 27, 2015 9:05 AM NEW YORK— Nikon (T:7731) has agreed to buy Optos (L:OPTS), the British retinal imaging company for £259.3 million, or $400 million in cash.

Dynamically Digital Refraction

By Cheryl G. Murphy, OD
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:04 AM The refractor or phoropter has been a long-standing symbol of eye exams and optometry. But in recent years noteworthy advances have been made in the realm of refraction and to the phoropter itself. These innovations are changing the face of the exam room and the way in which subjective refractions are performed.

Phill Phillips, a Founder of Latham and Phillips, Retires

By Staff
Friday, September 5, 2014 12:21 AM GROVE CITY, Ohio—Phill Phillips, a founding partner and owner of Latham and Phillips Ophthalmic (LPO) has retired from the company, effective Sept. 1, 2014.

Smart System Integrates With Eyemaginations Echo

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:00 AM NILES, Ill.—M&S Technologies, based here, announced that the newest version of Smart System 20/20 software includes integration with Echo patient education from Eyemaginations.

Hoya Partners With i-Optics to Distribute Retinal Scanning Technology

By Staff
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:25 AM UITHOORN, The Netherlands—Spectacle lens maker Hoya Vision Care has signed a multi-year contract with eye diagnostics company i-Optics to offer opticians EasyScan, a fundus camera that can perform a three-minute eyecare test that provides medical-grade images of the retina without the need of pupil dilation. 

Refraction Reboot

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:01 AM Advanced technologies are improving the accuracy, efficiency and speed of the eye exam and refraction process. But potential game changers—such as virtual refraction, low cost, smartphone-based systems and online refractive eye exams—are starting to fundamentally redefine “refraction.” Find out why refraction is no longer just a matter of “better or worse” in this Special Feature.
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