Oliver Peoples Expands Its Collaboration With the Cary Grant Estate

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:25 AM Cary Grant’s illustrious legacy lives beyond his film career—as a father and a husband and an inspiration to many on and off-screen. To celebrate the Grant few know, the man off duty, Oliver Peoples has furthered its sought-after collaboration with the Cary Grant Estate.

VisionCare Names Thomas Ruggia as CEO

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:21 AM SARATOGA, Calif.—VisionCare, a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), announced that Thomas Ruggia has been appointed as the company’s new chief executive officer, effective July 6, 2020. Wolfgang Tolle, who most recently served as CEO and executive chairman of the board, has left VisionCare to focus on new opportunities. Before joining VisionCare, Ruggia spent five years at Johnson & Johnson, working at Johnson & Johnson Vision and The Janssen Pharma Co, respectively.

National Vision Supports National Optometric Association Community With Student Grants and Donated Equipment

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:18 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers and parent company of America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, has put its support for the National Optometric Association (NOA) community into action by recognizing three members of the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) with $7,000 in grants. This is the fifth consecutive year that National Vision has awarded grants to NOSA members. In addition to awarding grants, the company also has donated optometric equipment to assist an NOA member whose practice location was severely damaged during local riots.

Industries With the Highest Rate of Unemployment

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 4:41 PM The national unemployment rate in the U.S. has fallen over the past two months from heights not seen since the Great Depression. Unemployment went down from 14.7 percent in April to 13.3 percent in May, and it went down even further for June as employers invited their workers back to work as part of reopening measures across the country, according to a recent feature from Statista.com.

In June, the national unemployment rate fell from 13.3 percent to 11.2 percent. The leisure and hospitality industry gained the most jobs for the second straight month, with an unemployment rate falling again from 35 percent in May to 28 percent in June. 

Hotels and cruise lines, which have been forced to cut millions of jobs since March, are quickly creating reopening plans in line with city, state and federal plans. In May, Carnival Cruise Line announced some ships will return to business by August 1 but has since pushed back its start date into September. Transportation unemployment also fell dramatically in June, falling to just below 13 percent.

Retail is seeing a huge resurgence as the country moves into July. Stores are reopening their doors in most states, and consumers may be less reluctant to socially distance in a store rather than sit in a movie theater or restaurant.

Indies Ring In The Summer With National Sunglasses Day

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 2:33 PM NEW YORK—For many of us, National Sunglasses Day is a sign that summer is well and truly here. Despite this June 27th being markedly different from years past, stay at home orders and extra safety precautions didn’t put a damper on the National Sunglasses Day celebrations—in fact, is there anything better to do on a day at home than take a #SunglassesSelfie? 

Honolulu Eye Clinic in Hawaii

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 8:15 AM Rupa Wong, MD, an eye surgeon at Honolulu Eye Clinic shared a sweet story about a patient who was finally able to come in for a surgery that helped her eyes stop “going silly.” Image via Dr. Rupa Wongon Instagram.

Cristall Opticians—A Frame Story

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:25 AM In this independent practice profile, Shan Khan, editor of Optik Magazine and contributor, showcases Cristall Opticians, who have been an institution for 40 years. To many, longevity in the optical business conveys a command of knowledge and experience, but to the store’s owners, it is only a part of the story.

AEG Vision Notes Numerous Innovations and Enhancements as Practices Reopen, Remains 'Optimistic' About Expansion Strategy

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:24 AM DALLAS—AEG Vision, an owner and operator of more than 150 leading optometry practices, has successfully reopened all locations after temporarily closing during the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thelios and Rimowa Announce Partnership for Rimowa Eyewear

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:21 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Thelios and luxury luggage brand Rimowa have announced an exclusive partnership for the design, production and distribution of Rimowa Eyewear. This is Rimowa's first full eyewear collection. Rimowa Eyewear's first collection will be the Summer 2020 collection.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: CooperVision, Optometry Giving Sight

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. CooperVision is extending the deadline for its Essential Hospital Workers Complimentary Contact Lens program to Aug. 31, 2020.

Marcolin and Moncler Announce Early Renewal of Licensing Agreement

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:24 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group and Moncler have announced the early renewal of their worldwide exclusive licensing agreement for the design, production and distribution of sunglasses, eyeglasses and ski masks under the branding of Moncler Lunettes.

Canada’s FYidoctors Opens First Clinic in Northwestern Ontario

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:21 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-owned eyecare company, has announced that Cousineau Eye Centre has joined the FYidoctors brand. The addition of the Cousineau Eye Centre marks the first FYidoctors location in Fort Frances, Ontario, and the northwestern Ontario region, according to an announcement Monday. Dr. Thomas Cousineau, who received his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo in 1987, established the Cousineau Eye Centre more than 30 years ago. The clinic offers a complete range of family eyecare services with a major emphasis in ocular health. The Cousineau Eye Centre also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome using a variety of screening and treatment options.

New Report Shows a Robust, Diversified Health Innovation Market

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Monday, July 6, 2020 1:55 PM Total health innovation funding for the first half of 2020 hit $9.1B, up nearly 19 percent compared to the same period in 2019, according to a new report from StartupHealth.

The first quarter of 2020 began strong. With $4.9B raised, it was the most-funded quarter on record for health innovation.

But on January 11, China reported its first coronavirus death, and two months later the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 was a global pandemic.

PRISM Vision Group Completes Transaction With The Retina Group of Washington as it Expands in Mid-Atlantic Region

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:27 AM UNION, N.J.—PRISM Vision Group, a vertically integrated eyecare services organization operating in the Mid-Atlantic region, has completed its transaction with The Retina Group of Washington (RGW), the leading provider of retinal and macular care in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, according to an announcement late last week. RGW operates 17 eyecare locations throughout Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. RGW also is one of the largest group ophthalmology practices in the U.S., and the largest practice solely dedicated to retinal care, the announcement noted. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

COVID-19: FIA and Essilor Distribute 10,000 Protective Glasses to Hospitals in Need

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Monday, July 6, 2020 12:25 AM Essilor, through its social impact fund Vision for Life, joined forces and networks with the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) to provide critical equipment to frontline health workers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.