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.

Feds Query Essilor About Promotional Activity

By Staff
Thursday, July 21, 2016 2:20 PM DALLAS—Essilor of America has been notified by the federal government that it has an interest in “certain promotional activity occurring in the lens industry” and has requested information concerning several of Essilor of America’s promotions.

Blanchard Adds New Feature to Onefit Scleral Lens Platform

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM MANCHESTER, N.H.—Blanchard Contact Lenses has added a new feature, XLC, to its Onefit Scleral Lens Platform. XLC, which stands for Extra Limbal Clearance, is a new option that will make the existing trial set of standard 14.9mm lenses even easier to work with, by providing a simple solution for obtaining the extra limbal clearance needed, without increasing the lens diameter.

Shamir Spectrum +, an Everyday Lens Enhanced for Comfortable Reading

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Shamir Insight is launching its newest Freeform design, Shamir Spectrum +. An everyday progressive lens, Spectrum + is an upgraded version of Shamir’s Spectrum design that features a wider reading area and intermediate corridor.

Super Optical Introduces Conversion Photochromic

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM CINCINNATI—Super Optical International, creators of FastGrind, are releasing a full line of Conversion photochromic lenses. The Conversion technology quickly changes from light to dark and back, while blocking harmful UV rays. Conversion offers a fast and seamless shift between tinted and clear, allowing Conversion to compete with the market leading photochromics.

Vision Dynamics Expands Pre-Tinted SFSV Line

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Vision Dynamics has expanded its line of pre-tinted semi-finished single vision (SFSV) lens blanks to include 1.67, available in 2, 4, 6 and 8 base. The pre-tinted 1.67 and polycarbonate blanks for sport, computer and driving prescriptions integrate easily in conventional and digital surfacing lines.

Younger Intros Transitions Signature VII Poly Composite FT 28 in Brown

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM TORRANCE, Calif.—Younger Optics has collaborated with Transitions Optical to create Transitions Signature Flat Top 28 polycarbonate composite lenses in brown, the color of choice for many patients, both for fashion and to enhance contrast.

California Establishes Safe Harbor Limit for BpA

By Staff
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment published its Maximum Allowable Dose Level  for BpA on June 17.

PFO Global Relocates Optima Lens Business to Dallas

By Staff
Friday, June 17, 2016 12:18 AM FARMER’S BRANCH, Texas—Optima, a PFO Global  brand of spectacle lenses, has relocated its administrative and warehousing facilities from Stratford, Conn. to PFO Global’s national headquarters here.

Maria Petruccelli Named Director of Brand Marketing, Americas for Hoya Vision Care, North America

By Staff
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 12:21 AM MISSISSAUGA, ON—Maria Petruccelli has joined the global marketing team of Hoya Vision Care, North America in Lewisville, Texas as director of brand marketing, Americas.

Corning Intros Corning Clear 15, a Thin, Scratch-Resistant Glass

By Andrew Karp
Monday, May 16, 2016 12:00 AM CORNING, N.Y.—Corning Inc. is releasing Corning Clear 15, a new high-performance glass that provides a thinner and more scratch-resistant solution compared with plastic materials commonly used for prescription lenses. This new glass is now available from select U.S. distributors that utilize state-of-the-art, free-form equipment to produce the newest-style lenses, including dual-sided progressive designs.

Hoya Launches Sensity, a Photochromic Lens Brand

By Andrew Karp
Monday, May 16, 2016 12:00 AM LEWISVILLE, Texas—Hoya Vision Care is launching Sensity, which the company is positioning as a “brand differentiating photochromic lens technology.”

New Essilor Lens for Indy ECPs Combats Digital Eye Strain

By Andrew Karp
Monday, May 16, 2016 12:00 AM DALLAS—Essilor of America is expanding its Eyezen brand portfolio with the addition of Eyezen+, an enhanced, everyday single vision lens with embedded protection from harmful blue light. Eyezen+ lenses are designed to provide patients with a small amount of accommodative relief to alleviate eye strain caused by today’s heavy use of digital devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Vision Ease Intros Clear Blue Filter Lenses

By Andrew Karp
Monday, May 16, 2016 12:00 AM RAMSEY, Minn.—Vision Ease is releasing Clear Blue Filter which provides high-energy light protection in a clear, everyday polycarbonate lens.

Essilor Appoints Two New Directors to its Board

By Staff
Friday, May 13, 2016 12:21 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—At Essilor’s annual general meeting, shareholders approved the appointment of Henrietta H. Fore and Annette Messemer, as new independent members of the board of directors.
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