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.

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.

Hoya Vision Care Acquires Pinnacle Optical

By Staff
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 12:27 AM LEWISVILLE, Texas—Hoya Vision Care announced that is has acquired Pinnacle Optical, a full-service wholesale laboratory in Birmingham, Ala.

Eyejusters Debuts Stylish, Adjustable Focus Readers

By Staff
Monday, December 12, 2016 12:00 AM OXFORD/EAST MIDLANDS, England—Eyejusters are offering a new take on adjustable focus reading glasses. The British-based company’s readers use high-quality, stylish frames in stainless steel or acetate and a proprietary lens technology known as SlideLens.

Spy Optic Debuts Prescription Happy Lens

By Staff
Monday, December 12, 2016 12:00 AM CARLSBAD, Calif.—Spy Optic is releasing a prescription version of its Happy Lens. The Rx Happy Lens is digitally surfaced and features a fully compensated design using position of wear measurements; single vision and progressive designs (Inscribe Sport 2) are available. The lens features a premium backside AR coating produced by iCoat.

Transitions Optical Announces 2016 Transitions Innovation Award Finalists

By Staff
Friday, December 9, 2016 12:24 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical, Inc. has named the finalists for its annual Innovation Awards program, which recognizes individuals and companies who support the Transitions brand.

Essilor Names Laurent Vacherot as President and Co-COO

By Staff
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 9:45 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor International  announced today that it has appointed Laurent Vacherot as president and chief operating officer.

Essilor Expands in China, Updates Revenue Projections

By Staff
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 12:30 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor announced that it formed a new partnership by taking a 50 percent stake in Photosynthesis Group, a Hong Kong-based company that markets sunglasses and corrective lenses under a range of banners including MJS.

Global Optics Adds Associate Members and Expands Focus with 3PL Services

By Staff
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 12:24 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Global Optics Inc., which provides consolidated purchasing and proficient logistical solutions and distribution to independent optical labs, is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance as it repositions itself for the future.

Hoya Vision Care Expands New Media Optics Portfolio

By Andrew Karp
Monday, November 14, 2016 12:00 AM LEWISVILLE, TEXAS—Hoya Vision Care is expanding its New Media Optics portfolio with the iD Space, Screen and Zoom lenses. The three new free-form lens designs use Hoya’s patented Integrated Double Surface Design (IDSD).

Yen’s Appreciation Lowers Hoya’s 2Q Revenue, But U.S. Eyeglass Sales Grew

By Staff
Monday, October 31, 2016 12:23 AM TOKYO—Hoya Corp. (TOKYO: 7741) reported that the Hoya Group’s revenue decreased 11.8 percent year on year, to 114,865 million yen, for the second quarter ended Sept. 30, 2016.

Essilor’s Nine-Month Consolidated Revenue Rose 7.8 Percent

By Staff
Monday, October 24, 2016 12:23 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor International (Reuters: ESSI.PA) posted consolidated revenue totaling €5,306 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2016, up 7.8 percent from year ago at constant exchange rates, 5.5 percent as reported and 3.8 percent like-for-like.

ABB Optical Group Acquires Diversified Ophthalmics and MidSouth Premier Ophthalmics

By Staff
Friday, October 21, 2016 5:10 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, a leading distributor of optical products, is acquiring Diversified Ophthalmics, Inc., a privately held company based in Cincinnati, Ohio and its partner company MidSouth Premier Ophthalmics, based in Brentwood, Tenn. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Optima Debuts Vitaris Finished Single Vision Blue Light Protection Lenses

By Stephanie Sengwe
Monday, October 17, 2016 12:00 AM FARMER’S BRANCH, Texas.—PFO Global’s Optima brand is launching Vitaris, single vision high energy visible (HEV) blue light protective lenses.