Dynamically Digital Lenses

By Andrew S. Bruce, LDO, ABOM
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:02 AM The countless “buzz” words introduced by lens manufacturers to market the latest generation of ophthalmic lenses can be intentionally, and unnecessarily overwhelming. Let’s take a look at digital and free-form lenses in more detail and define some of the associated terminology, in addition to comparing a random selection of designs from a few of the many digital lens manufacturers.

Dynamically Digital Finishing

By Barry Santini
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:01 AM Where’s the pattern for this frame?” Even opticians with just a few years experience in a finishing lab will remember this question all too well. Those were the days when lens finishing was a simple affair, with glass lenses still comprising a fair percentage of the lab’s weekly orders.

Oakley Intros Contrast-Boosting Sunlens With Prizm

By Andrew Karp
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM FOOTHILLS RANCH, Calif.—Oakley is introducing Prizm, a sunlens that is engineered to increase contrast by boosting specific colors where the eye has peak sensitivity to detail and blocking the rest of the light. The result is enhanced visibility of detail and contours that are not washed out as they are with traditional lenses, according to Oakley.

Quest Vision Makes Glass Lenses a Specialty

By Andrew Karp
Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00 AM LARGO, Fla.—As the market for glass lenses has declined in recent years, many optical laboratories have abandoned processing prescriptions in glass. But that situation has created an opportunity for Quest Vision Care, a specialty lab located in Largo, Fla. that is looking to fill that niche.

Vision-Ease Lens Names John Weber as CEO

By Staff
Friday, November 14, 2014 12:24 AM RAMSEY, Minn.— Vision-Ease Lens has named former CooperVision president John Weber as its new chief executive officer. Doug Hepper, who has served as the company’s CEO for the past 12 years, will transition to the role of executive chairman, the company said.

Smart Glasses Developer Laforge Optical Receives $1.1 Million From Somo Optical

By Staff
Friday, November 14, 2014 12:15 AM SAN MATEO, Calif.— Laforge Optical, the California-based startup that is developing a line of conventionally-styled smart glasses, has received $1.1 million from Somo Optical to fund lens development, manufacturing development, and development of its proprietary camera system.

Qspex Launches Its Same-Day, Personalized Delivery Model in Puerto Rico

By Staff
Monday, November 03, 2014 12:24 AM SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— QSpex Technologies is introducing its new rapid delivery eyewear service in Puerto Rico.

Essilor Acquires Majority Stake in Russian Lens Distributor

By Staff
Monday, October 27, 2014 12:24 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France— Essilor International  reported that it has acquired a majority stake in Company Grand Vision, a distributor of ophthalmic and contact lenses in Russia.

Vision-Ease Lens Acquired by Private Equity Firm

By Staff
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 11:15 AM RAMSEY, Minn.— Vision-Ease Lens announced today its acquisition by Wind Point Partners, a Chicago-based private equity investment firm.

QSpex to Open Service Centers Offering Same-Day Prescription Service

By Staff
Monday, September 15, 2014 12:30 AM ALPHARETTA, Ga.— QSpex Technologies is launching a prescription eyewear service model designed to provide rapid delivery of finished eyewear within local markets.

Zeiss Digital Lens Targets Growing Millennial Market

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:00 AM SAN DIEGO—Zeiss is taking a new approach to addressing the vision needs of the Millennial generation with a new product, Zeiss Digital Lens, and a consumer marketing approach designed to raise awareness and drive demand for the product.

Warby Parker To Start Offering Progressive Lens Options Today

By Staff
Monday, August 04, 2014 12:27 AM NEW YORK – Warby Parker is launching progressive lenses online starting today at WarbyParker.com. The company, which has previously focused its online sales on single-vision prescription lenses until now, said it has been testing progressives in its retail stores and is now expanding their availability through the site.

Zeiss’ Free-form Progressive Technology Patents Granted in Japan

By Staff
Monday, August 04, 2014 12:24 AM TOKYO— Carl Zeiss Vision announced that the Japanese Patent Office has granted Zeiss two patents covering certain types of back-surface free-form progressive lenses and processes by which they are made.

Hoya Vision Care’s U.S. Pilot Program With i-Optics to Target Optometrists

By Staff
Monday, July 21, 2014 2:30 PM LEWISVILLE, Texas—Spectacle lens maker Hoya Vision Care, which signed a multi-year contract with eye diagnostics company i-Optics last week, will be piloting a program in the U.S. with a select group of optometric practices, which will offer eyecare professionals EasyScan.

Shamir Release Shamir Duo, a New Generation of Bifocal Lenses

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM SAN DIEGO—Shamir Insight is launching its first bifocal, Shamir Duo. The lens features a patent-pending Freeform design that offers surface continuity, eliminating the visible line that is associated with flat-top bifocals, providing the patient with improved optics.