24 Optometry Schools Compete in the Annual AOSA Optometry Student Bowl Powered by EssilorLuxottica at Optometry's Meeting in Chicago

By Staff
Friday, June 24, 2022 12:18 AM CHICAGO—The American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) Optometry Student Bowl powered by EssilorLuxottica celebrated its 31st annual competition at Optometry’s Meeting on June 17.

Registration Now Open for Vision Expo West 2022, Set for September 14-17 in Las Vegas

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Thursday, June 23, 2022 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Registration opens today for Vision Expo West, taking place Sept. 14-17, 2022 in Las Vegas at the Venetian Expo & Convention Center.

Total Vision Expands Into California's Coachella Valley, Adding Old Town Optix Optometry to its Network

By Staff
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 12:21 AM MISSION VIEJO, Calif.—Total Vision, a leading and expanding California-based network of vision care providers, has added Old Town Optix Optometry of La Quinta, Calif., to its network, according to an announcement on Tuesday.

AOA Elects New Board of Trustees, Approves Resolutions, as Optometry’s Meeting 2022 Wraps Up

By Staff
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 12:18 AM CHICAGO—The American Optometric Association’s (AOA) Optometry’s Meeting adjourned Saturday (June 18) after four days of continuing education, important association business and other activities designed to invigorate networking by nearly 4,000 doctors of optometry, optometric students and paraoptometrics attending the meeting here.

Shopko Optical Begins Transition Plan for Incorporating Newly Acquired Midwest Vision Centers in Minnesota and North Dakota

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022 12:27 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Executives of Shopko Optical and Midwest Vision Centers have been meeting for at least the past two months as they worked to smooth the path forward once Shopko Optical completed its planned acquisition of the smaller optical retailer, executives of Shopko Optical said Monday on a conference call announcing the finalization of the deal. During the call, Shopko Optical executives noted that Dr. Myrel A. Neumann, the former owner of Midwest Vision Centers, will serve in an advisory role moving forward to help manage through the transition.

Shopko Optical Continues Expanding as it Acquires Midwest Vision Centers

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Monday, June 20, 2022 11:15 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical announced this morning that it has acquired Midwest Vision Centers, which operates 18 eyecare locations in Minnesota and North Dakota. The transaction will expand Shopko Optical to 142 eyecare centers throughout the Upper Midwest, according to the company’s announcement. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Midwest Vision Centers is Shopko Optical’s seventh completed acquisition over the past six months. Shopko Optical now operates eyecare centers across 13 states.

CVS Health Will Exit the In-Store Optical Business, With 46 Remaining Optical Departments Expected to Close By August

By Staff
Monday, June 20, 2022 12:24 AM WOONSOCKET, R.I.—CVS Health will completely exit the in-store optical business by mid-August, a decision the company said that follows from a review of resources and the determination that it should make “a pivot when necessary to invest in health care services and solutions that will make the greatest impact.” The company currently has in-store optical departments in 46 locations, after closing six locations since the end of 2021. The company will retain its CVS Optical digital business, according to a spokeswoman.

The Grolman Fitting System Was a Progressive Idea

By Andrew Karp
Friday, June 17, 2022 8:30 AM While researching and writing a feature article on presbyopia for the June issue of Vision Monday, I remembered a novel device called the Grolman Fitting System that was once used for fitting patients with progressive lenses. It was, excuse the pun, progressive for its time, though it has since been replaced with modern, digital technologies. Here’s a brief history of the device, drawn from an article I wrote about 25 years ago.

VSP Ventures Acquires Two Additional California Practices

By Staff
Friday, June 17, 2022 12:30 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.— Yesterday VSP Ventures announced the acquisition of two California practices, Dr. Scheffel's Eye Care Center in Lakewood, Calif. and Mountain View Optometry and Contact Lens Clinic in Mountain View, Calif. Dr. Scheffel’s Eye Care Center is led by Craig Scheffel, OD, a native to Southern California who has been in private practice since 1975. He said, “I’ve been looking into retirement for a couple of years now, and after doing some research on my options, I came across VSP Ventures.

Nvision Eye Centers Continues National Expansion With Addition of Two Eyecare Practice Groups

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Friday, June 17, 2022 12:27 AM ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—Nvision Eye Centers, in alignment with its mission to provide nationwide premium ophthalmological care, said recently that it has added two practices to the Nvision family.

Vision Expo West 2022 Opens Hotel Reservations

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Friday, June 17, 2022 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, co-organizers of Vision Expo, today announced that reservations are now being accepted at Vision Expo West’s partner hotels for Vision Expo West, taking place Sept. 14-17, 2022 in Las Vegas at the Venetian Expo & Convention Center. Exhibitors and attendees can take advantage of special rates at Vision Expo’s partner hotels.  A list of participating hotels and instructions on how to book can be found here. Room block requests for 10 or more rooms can also be made here. All the partner hotels are conveniently located near the convention center.

Texas Attorney General Secures Deceptive Trade Practices Settlement With Hubble Contacts’ Parent Company

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022 12:21 AM AUSTIN, Texas—Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said last week that his office had secured a settlement over deceptive trade practices with the parent company of Hubble Contacts.

CooperVision Names Nancy Keir, OD, as Senior Director of Life Cycle Management

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has appointed Nancy Keir, OD, PhD, FBCLA, FAAO, as senior director, life cycle management.

Midwest Vision Partners Announces Two New Partnerships as Group Expands Into Three New States

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Monday, June 13, 2022 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Midwest Vision Partners (MVP) said it has recently completed two new partnerships, which also expands the group’s presence into three new states. The new eyecare partnerships are with Spectrum Eye Institute (Spectrum), which operates two eyecare locations in Illinois, and Lee Eye Center (LEC), which operates five locations throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The terms of the partnership transactions were not disclosed. The new states for Midwest Vision—which is backed by the San Francisco-based private equity firm Alpine Investors—are Illinois, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Professional Eye Care Associates of America Names Michael Freiburghouse as Chief Financial Officer

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Monday, June 13, 2022 12:15 AM BOCA RATON, Fla.—Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA), a leading purchasing and business solutions partner to independent eyecare professionals nationwide, has announced that Michael Freiburghouse has been promoted to the role of CFO.