FDA Approves New Paragon Contact Lens Manufacturing Facility in Phoenix

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Friday, August 23, 2019 12:19 AM PHOENIX—The FDA has approved Paragon Vision Science’s newly constructed contact lens manufacturing site in suburban Phoenix, “paving the way for the company’s ongoing domestic and global expansion,” according to a CooperVision announcement Thursday. Paragon is part of CooperVision Specialty EyeCare. The facility in Gilbert, Ariz., will produce advanced ortho-k products, including Paragon CRT for use in the U.S. The new site is more than double the size of the company’s current plant in nearby Mesa, Ariz., according to the announcement. The Mesa location will continue to fabricate lenses for global markets after U.S. production is transferred to Gilbert over the next several months.

VSP Eyes of Hope and GLAM4GOOD Provide Assistance to Survivors of California’s Camp Fire

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Friday, August 23, 2019 12:17 AM PARADISE, CALIF.—As schools reopened in Paradise for the first time since the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, VSP Eyes of Hope and GLAM4GOOD hosted an “unforgettable back-to-school experience for 300 students and teachers, many of whom lost everything in the Camp Fire,” according to a VSP announcement earlier this week. Many residents have been so focused on rebuilding their lives that they have had to deprioritize items like new clothing and eyecare, including relying on out-of-date prescriptions or just doing without glasses at all, the announcement noted. 

AAO Names 2019 Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr., Low Vision Residency Award Recipient

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Friday, August 23, 2019 12:14 AM ORLANDO, Fla.— Kenneth Duy Tran, OD, is this year’s recipient of the Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr., Low Vision Residency Award, according to an announcement from the American Academy of Optometry Foundation. Dr. Tran is an Ian L. Bailey, Low Vision/Ocular Disease Resident at the University of California, Berkeley, College of Optometry. He was chosen by a committee of members in the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr., OD, DOS, FAAO led a career marked by stellar accomplishments as a teacher, writer, lecturer and administrator and was the recipient of numerous awards. Dr. Rosenbloom was not only one of the first Ezell Fellows but also published more than 75 professional journal articles on topics of low vision rehabilitation, optometric gerontology, optometric education and public health, and co-authored three major textbooks including Vision and Aging.

VOSH Announces Annual Meeting With Animated Promotional Video

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Friday, August 23, 2019 12:10 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) has announced its annual meeting for 2019. The meeting will take place on Oct. 27, 2019, in Orlando, Florida, and this year’s theme is “BIG VISION, small world.” This will mark the 27th annual VOSH meeting, where VOSH members and partners can participate in a day of learning, networking, and discussion. The meeting occurs during the World Council of Optometry (WCO) and the American Academy of Optometry’s 3rd World Congress of Optometry in Orlando from Oct. 23 to 28, 2019.

VSP Ventures Acquires EyeZone’s Six Optometry Practices

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Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures has announced the acquisition of EyeZone, a six location optometry practice in Nevada. Founded in 2004 by Daniel Rowan, OD, EyeZone serves Northern Nevada, with locations in West Reno, Midtown, South Reno, Carson City, Fallon and Lake Tahoe.  All locations will continue to operate under the EyeZone brand, an announcement said. “With an unwavering focus on patient care and commitment to their community, the EyeZone team is a shining example ofwhat a top-notch eyecare and eyewear experience looks like,” said Steve Baker, president of VSP Ventures. “We’re thrilled to welcome them to the VSP Ventures family.”  

Deadline Is Friday Aug. 23 for Voting in Accessories Council's First Design Excellence Awards

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Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The deadline for voting on the best new accessories products, including finalists in sunwear and ophthalmic eyewear and optical innovation is this Friday, Aug. 23, for the Accessories Council's inaugural Design Excellence Awards. Voting for the final winners in each category is open to everyone and can be done on The Accessories Council website. Five optical frames and five sunglass styles are among the previously announced finalists, as VMAIL reported. New progressive lenses are among the innovation & technology finalists, which can also be voted upon. Ray-Ban will be honored with a Hall of Fame award.

Alcon Making Progress Toward Becoming a More Agile Company, CEO Endicott Says

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Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:15 AM GENEVA, Switzerland—Buoyed by single-digit sales gains and a positive response from the optical sector to the company’s spinoff from Novartis, Alcon chief executive officer David Endicott said Wednesday he believes the company has had a “good start to the first half of the year” and that it is making progress on transforming into a “simpler, more agile company.” He added that Alcon will continue to focus on creating the products that patients need. Endicott made his comments on a conference call with securities analysts several hours after the company reported sales results for the second quarter. 

Services Held for OPL’s Danny Pugh

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Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:12 AM PELHAM, Ala.—Danny Ray Pugh, president and co-owner of Optical Prescription Lab and Optical Supply Co-op passed away on August 1. He was 52 years-old. Pugh was born July 12, 1967, in Wylie, Texas, according to the Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham. He graduated from Edgewood High School in 1985, and continued his education at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. Pugh enjoyed playing drums, collecting sports memorabilia, and was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. He loved spending time with his family and friends, and adored his three chihuahuas, Bear, Landry and Sadie. He attended Liberty Baptist Church.

Pearle Vision and NEXCOM Announce ‘First-of-its-Kind’ Partnership Bringing Optical Stores to Naval Bases

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:24 AM MASON, Ohio—Pearle Vision and the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) have partnered in a program that will bring Pearle optical retail centers to naval bases.

Alcon Says Second-Quarter Results Show ‘Mid-Single Digit Growth’ Across All Product Categories

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:21 AM GENEVA, Switzerland—Alcon (SIX/NYSE:ALC), in its second earnings report since being spun off by Novartis earlier this year, said sales rose 2 percent to $1.9 billion in the second quarter as the company achieved mid-single digit growth in all product categories.

ASCRS Announces Fourth National Sight Week in October

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:18 AM FAIRFAX, Va.—The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Foundation has announced that its fourth annual National Sight Week will take place from Oct. 20 to 26, 2019.

The Vision Council’s 2020 Executive Summit Will be Jan. 29-31, 2020

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced that its 2020 Executive Summit will be held Jan. 29–31 at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, Fla. Taking place at a new luxury location for the Summit, this exclusive event is filled with opportunities for executive-level networking, leadership development, economic trends and business strategies, the organization noted. Harnessing the energy from the successful events in The Vision Council’s new Summit Series, attendees of the 2020 Executive Summit will see an improved structure with the goal of giving participants a more enjoyable and valuable experience, and allow them to leave with a strong directive for the year ahead, the announcement said.

Rebecca Giefer Named CEO of Modo Americas

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Following a 15-year tenure at the company, Rebecca Giefer has been appointed as CEO of Modo Americas, effective Sept. 1.

Now Optics Names Team to Lead My Eyelab Franchise Development

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 12:21 AM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—Now Optics, a leading eye health provider under the retail brands Stanton Optical and My Eyelab, has announced a new business team of experienced executives to lead its franchise development. Since launching the franchise business in 2016 under the My Eyelab brand, the company has opened nearly 30 stores and has an additional 65 locations in various stages of operations and development, according to an announcement on Monday.

Texas State Optical Elects Reid Robertson as Chairman of the Board at Annual Conference

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 12:18 AM HOUSTON—Texas State Optical, the member-owned cooperative based here, announced last week the results of its recent election of directors and board officers. The positons became effective July 1, the announcement noted. The following TSO board members will serve as the organization's reappointed officers: Dr. Phong Pham of Houston, chair of the vendor relations committee; Dr. Leigha Nielsen of New Braunfels, Texas, chair of the membership committee; Dr. Stephen Stanfield of San Marcos, Texas, chair of the nominations committee; Dr. Jonathan Sher of McKinney, Texas, chair of the professional affairs committee; and outside director and non-shareholder C. Edward Buffington of Rancho Cordova, Calif.