Registration Opens for ‘The Pulse,’ a Virtual Event for ECPs by Transitions Optical

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:21 AM INELLAS PARK, Fla.—Registration is now open for “Transitions The Pulse,” www.TransitionsThePulse.com a first-of-its-kind virtual event for eyecare professionals produced by Transitions Optical. The event is free to attend and will broadcast on Tuesday, February 9, at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT and 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT. The broadcasts will explore the state of the industry globally, and Transitions leadership will offer a sneak peek into future Transitions lens products, protection and style. The event will feature internationally renowned author and keynote speaker Doug Stephens, founder of Retail Prophet, who will share his unique perspective on retailing, business and consumer behavior.

Clear Sight Partners LLC Formed by S.F. Investment Firm, Brian Hauser Named CEO

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Monday, January 25, 2021 12:27 AM SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Spanos Barber Jesse & Co. (SBJ), a San Francisco-based investment firm, announced that it has completed a partnership with five Florida vision practices and a group of nine retail stores to form Clear Sight Partners, LLC (CSP).

GrandVision Says COVID-19 Slowed Sales Momentum in Q4, and Notes Continued Support for Deal With EssilorLuxottica

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Monday, January 25, 2021 12:21 AM SCHIPHOL, the Netherlands—GrandVision NV (EURONEXT: GVNV) reported Friday that despite a “strong revenue recovery in the third quarter,” the impact of a second wave of COVID-19 across its markets dampened the momentum in the final months of 2020.

AOA Takes Issue With NAOO's Position on Legislation Related to Contact Lens Rule

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Thursday, January 21, 2021 12:33 AM NEW YORK—The American Optometric Association (AOA) has squared off against another eyecare industry organization—the National Association of Optometrists and Opticians (NAOO)—in a dispute in which the AOA calls into question whether the NAOO “can claim to be a representative organization of doctors.” The AOA’s complaint stems from the divergent views each group apparently took on an AOA-supported Contact Lens Rule Modernization Act.

California’s Acuity Eye Group Announces Acquisition of Schultz Eye Clinic as It Continues Growth Trajectory

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Thursday, January 21, 2021 12:24 AM PASADENA, Calif.—Acuity Eye Group, a physician-owned and professionally managed ophthalmology group based here, said this week that it has added Schultz Eye Clinic of Yucca Valley, Calif., to its growing number of providers and clinics.

Entrepreneur Magazine Ranks Pearle Vision as No. 1 Eyecare Franchise and No. 32 Overall and My Eyelab No. 95 Overall on 2021 Franchise 500 List

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:20 AM NEW YORK—Pearle Vision has again been ranked the nation’s top “Eye Care” franchise on Entrepreneur magazine’s prestigious Franchise 500 list, according to an announcement Tuesday.

Keplr Vision Continues Growth With Addition of 40 New Eyecare Partnerships in 2020

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 12:30 AM BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Amid a challenging year for many businesses and health care providers in 2020, Keplr Vision said it finished the year with an impressive 40 new eyecare partnerships. With 65 practice locations added via those partnerships, the Keplr organization “now boasts 185 total clinical locations,” the group said in an announcement late last week. Keplr Vision said it primarily focused its expansion in the Midwest while taking stronger steps into Texas and the Pacific Northwest regions in 2020.

I-Deal Optics Celebrates 25 Years in Business

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 12:27 AM TROY, Mich.—I-Deal Optics is kicking off the new year with a celebration of its 25th anniversary. Originally founded in 1996 by Mort Feldman and current president and CEO, Michael Feldman, I-Deal Optics began as a 300 square foot workspace within a lab located in Ferndale, Michigan.

Eco’s Partner, Trees for the Future, Reaches 200 Million Trees Milestone

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Friday, January 15, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Eco, from Modo, has announced that its partner, Trees for the Future, has planted 200 million tress around the world. The milestone was met with support from thousands of individual donors and more than 300 brand partners, including Eco.

A&A Optical Celebrates 50th Year in Business

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Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:21 AM CARROLLTON, Texas—This year, A&A Optical is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Originally founded as a two-person shop serving the Texas optical market, A&A Optical is now a third-generation organization serving optometrists, ophthalmologists and eyecare retailers throughout the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Latin America, South America, and the Caribbean.

EyeCare Partners Adds Texas Practice Sites in Deal With EyeCare Associates of East Texas

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Monday, January 11, 2021 12:30 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners LLC has established a new partnership with EyeCare Associates of East Texas (ECA), which will result in the addition of ECA's four Texas clinics to ECP's national network of full-scope medical optometry and ophthalmology practices, according to a recent announcement. The move also “launches ECP's expanded presence in Texas,” the announcement noted. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

FYidoctors Adds Bobcaygeon Eye Care as Company’s First Clinic in City of Kawartha Lakes Region

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Thursday, January 7, 2021 12:24 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-controlled eyecare company, announced this week that its latest clinic merger comes with the addition of Bobcaygeon Eye Care in central Ontario.

Bausch Health Announces Plans to Reduce Debt By $275 Million

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Monday, January 4, 2021 12:21 AM LAVAL, Quebec, Canada—Bausch Health announced last week that it will pay down an additional $275 million of its senior secured term loans using cash on hand and cash generated from operations.

FYidoctors Announces First Location in Georgetown, Ontario

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020 12:21 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-controlled eyecare company based here, announced this week that Ontario-based optometry clinic, Eyes Focused on You, has joined the FYidoctors brand.

New Look Vision Group Inc. Completes Acquisition of The Vision Clinic

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020 12:21 AM MONTREAL, Quebec—New Look Vision Group Inc. (TSX: BCI) reported that it has completed its acquisition of a majority position in The Vision Clinic (TVC).