Shwood Launches First Rx Collection

By Ashley Grohoski
Monday, January 19, 2015 12:00 AM SYRACUSE, N.Y.—US Optical is expanding its proprietary lens technology with two additional sunglass free-form lenses: Thin Wrap HD progressive and Thin Single Vision Wrap HD.

Essilor Announces Independent Distributor Award Winners

By Staff
Friday, January 16, 2015 12:27 AM BANFF, Canada— Essilor of America announced the winners of its Independent Distribution Division (IDD) Annual Laboratory Awards at a celebratory banquet here Tuesday evening.

Adlens Launches Adjustable Eyewear to Combat Digital Eye Strain

By Andrew Karp
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM OXFORD, U.K.—Adlens, based here, is releasing Adlens Interface, a new type of adjustable eyewear that helps relieve the effects of digital eyestrain.

Mitsui’s New Lens Material Cuts Short Wavelength Light

By Andrew Karp
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM TOKYO—Mitsui Chemicals is launching a new ophthalmic lens material that helps protect eyes from not only ultraviolet (10-400nm) light rays but also 400nm-420nm wavelength light.

Shamir’s New Sun System Combines Optics and Fashion

By Andrew Karp
Monday, December 15, 2014 12:00 AM Calif.—Shamir is launching Shamir X3, a fashion-focused sun system that enables ECPs to offer a complete solution to patients that includes Rx lenses, proprietary mirrors, lens engravings and other elements.

VM and 20/20 Magazine Announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2014

By Staff
Friday, December 12, 2014 12:12 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are pleased to announce the selections in the 6th annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, a special survey aimed at identifying readers’ favorite products and companies of the year.

Essilor to Close Lens Plant in Ponce, Puerto Rico

By Staff
Monday, November 24, 2014 12:21 AM PONCE, Puerto Rico— Essilor has announced that it will discontinue operations at its Ponce, Puerto Rico lens manufacturing facility effective on or about June 30, 2015. The closure will affect 180 workers, according to Essilor, which notified plant employees of the closing on Nov. 11.

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.