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 Transitions Innovation Awards program, which recognizes both individuals and companies for their innovative efforts to support the Transitions brand over the past year.

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

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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.

PPG, Thai Optical Group and Global Optics Announce NA Availability of Tribrid Lenses

By Andrew Karp
Monday, October 17, 2016 12:00 AM PITTSBURGH—PPG, Thai Optical Group and Global Optics are introducing Tribrid lenses in North America. The high-performance high-index lenses are available in semi-finished single vision clear lenses and are compatible with digital free-form processing and anti-reflective coatings.

Signet Armorlite and MacuHealth Co-Market Lenses and Supplement

By Andrew Karp
Monday, October 17, 2016 12:00 AM CARLSBAD, Calif.—Signet Armorlite and MacuHealth are partnering to co-market and promote Kodak Total Blue Lens and MacuHealth with LMZ3. Kodak Total Blue Lens is a hybrid of lens material and coating that filters high energy visible (HEV) blue light and protects against UV rays. It starts with a special lens material that absorbs 100 percent of UV rays.

Super Optical International Intros BlueShield Lenses

By Stephanie Sengwe
Monday, October 17, 2016 12:00 AM CINCINNATI—Super Optical International is introducing BlueShield blue light lenses, exclusively made for the company’s FastGrind system.

Vision Ease Unveils Line of High-Performance Photochromics

By Staff
Monday, October 17, 2016 12:00 AM RAMSEY, Minn.—Vision Ease is introducing a new line of photochromic lenses that offer faster activation and fadeback in addition to providing clearer indoor and darker outdoor performances than competitor’s lenses, according to the company.

VSP Optics Group Launches Blue Light Reduction Coating, TechShield Blue

By Stephanie Sengwe
Monday, October 17, 2016 12:00 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Optics Group is launching TechShield Blue, a next-generation anti-reflective (AR) coating that reduces blue light exposure while maintaining the natural transmittance of light across the rest of the visible spectrum.

Egma Ceases U.S. Operations

By Staff
Friday, October 7, 2016 12:24 AM DALLAS—Egma LLC, a lens company and wholesale laboratory located here, announced Wednesday that it is ceasing its U.S. operations.
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