Essilor to Launch Next Gen Varilux Lens Based on Fresh Approach to Product Development

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Monday, February 20, 2017 12:30 AM PARIS—Essilor is abandoning traditional methods of developing and designing products in favor of an innovative, customer-driven approach that has already yielded a new generation of Varilux progressive lenses.

Essilor’s 2016 Revenue Rises 7.6 Percent

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Monday, February 20, 2017 12:23 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor International (Reuters: ESSI.PA) posted consolidated revenue of €7,115 million for the year ended Dec. 31, 2016, an increase of 7.6 percent excluding the currency effect.

Insights and Innovation at Transitions Academy

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Friday, February 17, 2017 12:15 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—With a dawn-to-dusk agenda and a top-notch selection of speakers, the recent Transitions Academy featured a robust program of events and education for the 650-plus attendees who participated.

Reading Glasses Firm Eyebobs Sues Snap Inc. in a Trademark Battle Over Logos

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Monday, February 6, 2017 12:30 AM MINNEAPOLIS—A small Minneapolis-based company that makes reading glasses is in the midst of ramping up a legal battle against the firm formerly known as Snapchat.

Transitions Optical’s New Consumer Campaign Targets Younger, Single-Vision Wearers

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Friday, February 3, 2017 12:27 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Transitions Optical will launch a new multimedia advertising campaign Feb. 12 with a new tagline, “Live the Good Light,” and a new focus on “engaging and attracting a younger generation of single-vision wearers to the photochromic lens category,” the company announced.

Silhouette International Marries Lenses and Frames to Create Silhouette Vision Sensation

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Friday, February 3, 2017 12:21 AM LINZ, Austria—Silhouette International has taken the next step in creating quality product by producing lenses in their Linz, Austria factory that combine together with the company’s frames creating Silhouette Vision Sensation.

Hoya’s Revenue Drops But Profit Increases in 3Q 2016

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:26 AM TOKYO—Hoya Corp. (TOKYO:7741) reported a decrease in revenue but an increase in profit for the third quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016.

Transitions Optical Names Winners of its Annual Transitions Innovation Awards

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:24 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The 21st annual Transitions Academy came to a close Tuesday night with great fanfare as Transitions Optical recognized top performing partners from the U.S., Canada and Latin America during a closing dinner and presentation of its Transitions Innovation Awards. The awards were presented to optical retailers and ECPs across five categories, and the winners were selected from a field of three finalists in each category.

Essilor, Luxottica Merger Will Be Gradual, Essilor’s John Carrier Says

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
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