Do You Know an Influential Woman in Optical? Nominate Her Now, Time Is Running Out—Survey Closes on June 6

By Staff
Friday, May 27, 2022 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July/August issue, marking the 20th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 6, less than 2 weeks away. Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, there are more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry.

Do You Know an Influential Woman in Optical? Nominate Her Now, Survey Closes in Less Than 2 Weeks

By Staff
Monday, May 23, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July/August issue, marking the 20th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 6, less than 2 weeks away. Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, there are more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry.

Super Optical International Is Purchased by Engineering and Software Executive

By Staff
Friday, May 20, 2022 12:33 AM CINCINNATI, Ohio—Lyric Optical, doing business as Super Optical International, maker of the FastGrind Modified Lens Surfacing System and other optical products, announced the completion of a 100 percent sale of the company to Andy Hawes, an engineering and software executive. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. The previous owners of the Cincinnati-based company include Don Gilman, John Corsini and Hugh McManus. Gilman and Corsini have announced their retirement from the optical industry. McManus, who joined the company in 2012 and has worked on customer satisfaction, product development and quality control, will remain with the company and lead the sales team.

Do You Know an Influential Woman in Optical? Nominate Her Now, Survey Closes on June 6

By Staff
Friday, May 20, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July/August issue, marking the 20th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 6. Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, there are more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry.

Do You Know an Influential Woman in Optical? Nominate Her Now for Vision Monday's Special Report

By Staff
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 12:13 AM NEW YORK—This year marks the 20th anniversary of Vision Monday's Most Influential Women in Optical Report. The signature Special Report will salute women playing vital roles at all levels of the eyewear/eyecare industry and throughout the professions. Women continue to make significant contributions throughout retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution, the eyecare professions, academia and managed care. Don't miss our very special July/August issue where we will celebrate 20 years of honoring women and their achievements.

VM to Mark 20th Anniversary of VM’s Most Influential Women in Optical Report as Nominations Open for 2022

By Staff
Monday, May 9, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—This year marks the 20th anniversary of Vision Monday's Most Influential Women in Optical Report. The signature Special Report will salute women playing vital roles at all levels of the eyewear/eyecare industry and throughout the professions. Women continue to make significant contributions throughout retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution, the eyecare professions, academia and managed care. Don't miss our very special July/August issue where we will celebrate 20 years of honoring women and their achievements.

GSRx Names Midwest Territory Managers

By Staff
Thursday, May 5, 2022 12:21 AM SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—GSRx, Inc. has named Ryan Burns and Michaela Matuska as the Midwest territory managers for accounts in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois and Southern Minnesota. Burns and Matuska will fill and expand the territory of the late GSRx Midwest territory manager, Scott Bauserman. Burns comes to GSRx with 18 years of industry experience after roles in inside sales, customer marketing and outside sales. Matuska joins GSRx with a lifetime of exposure to the optical world. Her professional career has included both inside and outside sales positions for optical manufacturers and distributors.

Optical Lab Equipment Manufacturers Meet Chip Shortage Head On

By Sarah McGoldrick / Contributing Editor
Saturday, April 23, 2022 1:30 AM Microchips may be tiny, but they’ve having a huge impact worldwide, as every industry scrambles to deal with a global chip shortage. Already in short supply before COVID-19, the pandemic quickly pushed the shortage to new extremes, as everyone from car manufacturers to makers of optical lab equipment struggled to find alternative sources.

Take This Job… Please. How Optical Labs Are Coping With Labor Shortages

By Jeff Hopkins / Contributing Editor
Saturday, April 23, 2022 1:29 AM The story is the same anywhere you look – favorite foods missing from the grocery store shelves, restaurants and shops shortening their hours, delays in getting prescriptions filled. It’s no surprise when you consider that according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in 2021 47.4 million people voluntarily left their jobs – a phenomenon known as “The Great Resignation.” The situation has affected nearly every type of business, including optical labs.

EssilorLuxottica Closes Acquisition of Walman

By Staff
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 12:24 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France, and MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—EssilorLuxottica announced yesterday the closing of its acquisition of Walman, the largest independent eyecare company in the U.S.

Consolidation Meets Cooperation

By Jeff Hopkins
Sunday, February 6, 2022 3:00 AM For decades, lens suppliers have expanded their lab networks through acquisition, achieving a level of consolidation that independents can find hard to compete with. At the same time, private equity firms are consolidating formerly independent practices into ever-larger groups. Pacific Artisan Labs (PAL), an independent lab based in Portland, Ore., is bucking this trend toward top-down consolidation by reversing it—creating a grassroots consolidation that invites independent ECPs to become ownership partners in their growing lab network.

Optical Labs Get Creative About Supply Chain Disruptions and Shortages

By Sarah McGoldrick
Sunday, February 6, 2022 2:59 AM Like most modern businesses that rely on overseas suppliers, the optical lens industry has been impacted by recent disruptions to the global supply chain. Evidence of product shortages are apparent at optical trade shows where spectacle lens manufacturers are willing to wait up to six months to take delivery of low-priced lenses made in Asia.

R&D Optical Lab’s Open House Showcases People, Service and Quality

By Staff
Sunday, February 6, 2022 2:58 AM BATAVIA, Ohio—On Oct. 21, 2021, customers converged at R&D Optical Lab’s new facility here for an open house. Most of the 20-plus eyecare professionals and staff who attended the event were from the greater Cincinnati area, with some coming from as far as Dayton, Ohio.

Pacific Artisan Labs Continues Rapid Growth Strategy Adding Nine More Independent ECP Practices to Ownership in Lab Network

By Staff
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 12:24 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—Pacific Artisan Labs (PAL), an independent laboratory group with its headquarters based here, has announced  that nine more independent, private practice ECPs have joined to become ownership partners in their growing lab network.