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, a fundus camera that can perform a three-minute eyecare test that provides medical-grade images of the retina without the need for pupil dilation.

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.

Transitions Photochromic Lenses Available in New Graphite Green

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM DALLAS—Essilor and Transitions Optical have partnered to develop and launch Transitions Signature VII lenses in a graphite green color.

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. 

Transitions Optical to Trim Workforce in Tuam, Ireland Plant

By Staff
Monday, June 23, 2014 12:27 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.— Transitions Optical announced Wednesday that it will significantly reduce manufacturing volumes at its manufacturing plant in Tuam, Ireland.

Services to Be Held for Essilor’s Mary Lou Maguire

By Staff
Friday, June 20, 2014 12:21 AM BALA CYNWYD, Pa.—Services will be held here on Wednesday, June 25 in memory of Mary Lou Maguire, 61, a long-term sales executive with Essilor, who passed away after a brief illness on June 16, 2014.

VSP Adds Personalized, Digital Computer Lens to Unity Line

By Andrew Karp
Monday, June 16, 2014 12:00 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Optics Group is adding a personalized, digital computer lens to its Unity line.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Confirms Zeiss Free-Form Progressive Lens Patent

By Staff
Friday, June 13, 2014 10:15 AM SAN DIEGO—The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a notice in the re-examination of Zeiss’ 6,089,713 (’713) patent on June 10, 2014 confirming that the patent’s eight original claims were patentable. The USPTO also ruled that 15 additional claims submitted by Zeiss were patentable.

Ophthalmic Lens Manufacturing in Thailand Unaffected by Military Coup

By Staff
Monday, May 26, 2014 12:30 AM BANGKOK—Last week’s military coup in Thailand has not interrupted ophthalmic lens production in that country, according to industry sources.

Mitsui Acquires SunSensors from Corning

By Staff
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:30 AM TOKYO— Mitsui Chemicals, a leading supplier of high-index plastic lens materials, announced that it acquired Corning’s SunSensors operations, which provides technology used to make the SunSensors lenses.

Hoya and BluTech Offer Complete Range of Blue Light Solutions

By Andrew Karp
Monday, May 19, 2014 12:00 AM LEWISVILLE, Texas—Hoya Vision Care and BluTech Lenses are now offering a range of lens designs, materials and treatments to independent eyecare providers.

Hoya’s Eyeglass Lens Business Helps Boost 4Q Revenue and Profits

By Staff
Friday, May 09, 2014 12:23 AM TOKYO— Hoya Corp. (TOKYO: 7741) credited the strong performance of its eyeglass lens business for a 19.9 revenue increase over year-ago in the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Ken Elstad Named Director of Sales for PFO Optima

By Staff
Friday, May 09, 2014 12:21 AM IRVING, Texas— PFO Global has appointed Ken Elstad as director of sales for PFO Optima, a subsidiary division which manufactures and distributes Resolution polycarbonate lenses, Acuity progressive design lenses, Identity customized progressive lenses and Upgrade single vision design lenses.

Essilor Inaugurates World’s Largest Ophthalmic Optics Research Campus

By Staff
Friday, May 02, 2014 12:21 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France— Essilor has inaugurated the Centre for Innovation and Technologies (CI&T) Europe in Creteil, France, which it calls “the world’s largest private campus dedicated to research and innovation in the ophthalmic optics industry.”

Essilor Posts Strong First Quarter Results

By Staff
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:26 AM CHARENTON-LE-POINT, France— Essilor International (Reuters: ESSI.PA) reported that revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2014 climbed to €1.32 billion, an 8.4 percent increase over year ago, excluding the current effect.
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