Soo Hong Joins Sunbit as First Chief People Officer, Firm Reports Business Update for 2021 Indicating Growth in Optical Locations

By Staff
Monday, January 24, 2022 12:24 AM LOS ANGELES—Sunbit, a buy now, pay later (BNPL) technology company, has announced the appointment of Soo Hong as Sunbit's chief people officer (CPO), effective immediately.

Christopher Cloos Announces Partnership With Elsa Hosk, Company’s First Female Global Ambassador

By Staff
Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Christopher Cloos has announced a partnership with supermodel and former Victoria’s Secret Angel, Elsa Hosk. Hosk will become the company’s first female global ambassador and her exclusive Cloos x Elsa eyewear collection is the brand’s first line designed specifically for women. She joins seven-time Super Bowl Champion and NFL quarterback, Tom Brady as brand ambassadors for Christopher Cloos. VM reported that Brady partnered with Cloos, and launched an exclusive eyewear collection of his own in Fall 2020.

Specsavers Announces Plan to Invest $100 Million in Independent Optometrists and Opticians in Canada

By Staff
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:21 AM VANCOUVER—Specsavers, a leading international optometrist-owned and led business that recently entered Canada, said this week that it plans to continue this expansion effort by investing in independent optometrists and opticians by covering 100 percent of their start-up costs as new Specsavers locations across the country.

VSP Ventures Moves Into Texas With Acquisition of Six-Location Eye Trends of North Houston

By Staff
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures announced late last week that Eye Trends, a six-location practice spread across North Houston, Texas, has chosen VSP Ventures as its acquisition partner. Co-owners Dr. Douglas Inns and Dr. Michael Toups lead the practice and have provided health-focused vision care to generations of Texas families for more than 30 years, the announcement noted. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The new partnership marks a significant milestone as it signals the entry of VSP Ventures into “a new state via a practice respected within its community and throughout the optometric industry, alike,” the announcement noted.

Despite Difficult Supply Chain, Kits Says it Delivered a Record Number of Eyeglass Orders in 2021

By Staff
Friday, January 14, 2022 12:18 AM VANCOUVER—Kits Eyecare Ltd. (TSX: KITS), a vertically integrated, digital eyecare platform based here, said this week that in last year’s fourth quarter it delivered 50,000 eyeglasses to patients, and 156,000 total eyecare orders to patients.

Huron Ophthalmology in Michigan Joins EyeCare Partners Network

By Staff
Thursday, January 13, 2022 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners (ECP), a leading clinically integrated network of ophthalmology and optometry providers, said Wednesday that it has successfully completed an agreement to partner with Ypsilanti, Mich.-based Huron Ophthalmology, a leading clinically integrated network of ophthalmology and optometry providers.

Costa Sunglasses Names John Acosta Vice President of Marketing

By Staff
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 12:21 AM DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Costa Sunglasses has appointed industry veteran John Acosta as its vice president of marketing.

VM’s Top 5 Print Cover Stories for 2021

By Mary Kane
Friday, January 7, 2022 8:30 AM We can’t take a look back at Vision Monday’s most read stories of the year without considering VM’s print Cover Stories which are also available to our readers electronically. Even against the backdrop of another year of the COVID pandemic, the optical industry still got down to business despite the personal and business hurdles they faced due to the ongoing and seemingly never-ending pandemic. A perennial VM favorite with readers, VM’s Most Influential Women in Optical, occupies the top spot for 2021 with the Special Report taking up a record 26 edit pages in our July issue. VM’s Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report, How Brick Is Learning to Click, A Look at Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and The Vision Monday Leadership Summit rounded out the list of the Top 5 most read Cover Stories for 2021.

EyeCare Partners Completes Acquisition of Sabates Eye Centers, a Kansas City Area Multi-Specialty Practice

By Staff
Friday, January 7, 2022 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners LLC (ECP), a leading clinically integrated network of ophthalmology and optometry providers, said Thursday that it has entered into an agreement to partner with Sabates Eye Centers (SEC), one of Kansas City’s largest multi-specialty eyecare practices, with five locations throughout Kansas and Missouri.

Vuzix Collaborates With Fielmann and TeamViewer to Support the Enterprise Workforce

By Staff
Friday, January 7, 2022 12:18 AM ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Vuzix Corporation, a leading supplier of smart glasses and augmented reality (AR) technology and products, announced a collaboration with the Fielmann Group, one the largest optical groups worldwide and market leader in Central Europe, and TeamViewer, an AR productivity solution platform provider and Vuzix value-added reseller (VAR). Fielmann currently supports more than 11,000 enterprise customers and provides individual workstation and protection glasses, as well as hearing protection, to more than 100,000 employees across Europe.

EyeCare Partners Completes Acquisition of Retina Associates of Kentucky

By Staff
Thursday, January 6, 2022 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners LLC (ECP), a leading clinically integrated network of ophthalmology and optometry providers, said Wednesday that it successfully completed its acquisition of Retina Associates of Kentucky (RAK).

Vision Monday’s Top 20 News Stories for 2021

By Staff
Thursday, January 6, 2022 12:15 AM While mergers and acquisitions dominated the news cycle in 2021, other subjects of Vision Monday’s most read news stories included major product launches and breakthroughs in new technology. This list includes our top read daily VMAIL news stories as well as Breaking VMAIL deployments from the year 2021 and is based on thousands of collective page views for these stories. For the record, Vision Monday issued its daily VMAIL newsletter five times a week in 2021, with a few days off for good behavior due to holidays. Once again, EssilorLuxottica and Warby Parker, two of the industry’s biggest and most popular optical players, dominated the top 20 with several entries for both companies. Other developments and news announcements from Keplr Vision, Eyecare Partners, Vision Expo, MyEyeDr., HEA/PECAA, MetLife, U.S. Vision, New Look Vision Group, Sight Glass, Specsavers and Clear Sight Partners rounded out Vision Monday’s top 20 news stories for 2021.

Unifeye Vision Partners Completes Partnership Deal With Pendleton Eye Center in Southern California

By Staff
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 12:18 AM DALLAS—Unifeye Vision Partners (UVP), a growing network of comprehensive eyecare providers, said Monday that it has completed a strategic partnership with Oceanside, Calif.-based Pendleton Eye Center, (PEC) which operates in Southern California.

Keplr Vision Maintains its Growth with the Addition of Over 100 New Practices in 2021

By Staff
Monday, January 3, 2022 12:27 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Building on its 2020 momentum, Keplr Vision said it achieved a record year of growth in 2021, adding more than 100 new locations to its portfolio of practices across 35 states. Keplr Vision’s nationwide growth in 2021 was largely concentrated in the western states, according to an announcement. Overall, Keplr Vision added the new eyecare locations via new partnerships and alliances and closed the year with approximately 300 eyecare locations as part of its support services model.

Vision Monday’s Top 10 Breaking News Stories for 2021

By Staff
Monday, January 3, 2022 12:24 AM Like most business sectors this past year, even against the backdrop of another year of the COVID pandemic, the optical industry was abuzz with breaking news as mergers and acquisitions dominated the news cycle in 2021.