The Vision Council Concludes Successful 2022 National Sunglasses Day Campaign

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Friday, July 1, 2022 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—On June 27, The Vision Council brought the importance of ultraviolet (UV)-protective eyewear to life through a successful National Sunglasses Day campaign. The Vision Council encouraged members and the industry at large to participate by posting on their social media channels using the official hashtags, #NationalSunglassesDay and #SunglassSelfie, and tagging @TheVisionCouncil, @opticalindustry and @VisionOptionsbyTVC. The social media campaign, including the #NationalSunglassesDay hashtag, garnered more than 137 million impressions and more than 146,900 engagements, including posts from Pitbull, Iris Apfel, Paris Hilton, Green Bay Packers, NASA, the US Secret Service, and more.

VSP Vision Names First-Ever Winner of VSP Premier Program Student Business Challenge

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Friday, July 1, 2022 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision named optometry student Makayla Warden from Kentucky College of Optometry as the winner of the first-ever VSP Premier Program Student Business Challenge.

De Rigo Rem Announces New Hire, Promotions

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Friday, July 1, 2022 12:18 AM LOS ANGELES—De Rigo Rem has announced the promotion of two existing members of the team as well as the addition of a new public relations director.

UMass Chan Graduates Two ACGME Approved Ophthalmology Residents, the First in 20 Years

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Friday, July 1, 2022 12:15 AM WORCESTER, Mass.—On Friday, June 24, the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at UMass held the first Inaugural Residents' Graduation Day. Speakers included Dr. Ajoy Vincent, Dr. Michael Gustafson, and Dr. Terrence Flutte.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of June 20-26, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, June 20-26, at a rate of 3 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 7 index points above where it was at this point in time, Week 26, when compared with last year, 3 points above Week 26 of 2020, and 9 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories increased last week when compared with the previous week, ranging from 3 index points for gross revenue, exams/refractions and lens pairs to 1 index point for contact lenses.

EssilorLuxottica, Michelin and UN Executives Gather to Support Action for Good Vision on the Road

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Executives from EssilorLuxottica and Michelin North America gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City yesterday, June 29, 2022, to discuss the “Action for Good Vision on the Road. Together for Safer Roads” campaign. The conference was opened by Jean Todt, United Nations Secretary General’s special envoy for road safety. Rick Gadd, president of wholesale for EssilorLuxottica Canada; Dave Reaves, vice president of operations for LensCrafters; and Alexis Garcin, president and CEO of Michelin North America also spoke. David Navarro, vice president, vision on the road group plan, EssilorLuxottica, moderated the talk.

20/20Now Names Chad Overman, OD as New Chief Operating Officer

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:24 AM HOLBROOK N.Y.—20/20Now, a pioneer and innovator in the tele-optometry sector, this week announced the appointment of Dr. Chad Overman to the chief operating officer role. The move was effective June 1.

Inspecs Group Reports Final Fiscal 2021 Financial Results

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:21 AM BATH, England—Inspecs Group plc (LSE: SPEC), a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear, including sunglasses, optical frames and lenses, announced its final results for fiscal 2021, the 12 months ending Dec. 31.

Barton Perreira Opens Fifth Store in NYC's Meatpacking District

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Barton Perreira is opening its fifth storefront in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. The area is home to multiple designer clothing and accessories stores and stylish restaurants.

GlassesUSA.com Partners With Bringing Life to the World to Provide Sight to Hundreds of People in Nepal

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—GlassesUSA.com, the online eyeglass retailer, has partnered with Bringing Life to the World, a delegation of top physicians, as part of a new humanitarian effort, to bring both sight and medical assistance to developing countries all around the world. This pioneering medical effort kicked off in Nepal, where doctors from world renowned global medical centers were aimed at providing high quality lifesaving medical care, including vision care, to people who need it the most.

Walmart to Acquire AR Optical Tech Company Memomi for Virtual Try-On and Contact-Free Digital Measurements

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 8:00 AM BENTONVILLE, Ark.—Walmart and Memomi, an AR optical tech company, announced they have entered into an agreement for Walmart to acquire Memomi. This reinforces Walmart’s commitment to frictionless and omnichannel optical care, the company said. Since 2019, Memomi has enabled digital measurements for all Walmart and Sam’s Optical customers, across more than 2,800 Walmart Vision Centers and 550 Sam’s Clubs, and also powers the optical e-commerce experience on SamsClub.com. The announcement said, "Acquiring Memomi, an AR company, is the next step in Walmart’s journey of offering personalized, affordable access to optical care.

New Jobson Quarterly ECPulse Survey Monitors Wide Range of Influences on ECPs' Businesses

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—A new ECPulse Survey of eyecare professionals across the country is being started by Jobson Research this month, a new quarterly research series which will monitor a range of factors influencing ECPs' business. The first Q2 2022 ECPulse report, conducted in June 2022, surveyed 403 ECPs. It examines general business trends, practice profitability comparability by month and quarter, a closer look at business trends, such as interest in specialization, the impact of supply chain issues and more.

Marchon and Karl Lagerfeld Renew Exclusive Global Eyewear Licensing Agreement

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Marchon Eyewear and Karl Lagerfeld announce the multi-year renewal of their global eyewear licensing agreement.

I-Deal Optics Announces Departure of Chief Commercial Officer Jan Cory

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 12:18 AM TROY, Mich.—I-Deal Optics has announced that Jan Cory has left the role of chief commercial officer, after successfully completing her two-year assignment.

OcuDoc Announces Appointment of Dr. Richard Lindstrom as Chief Medical Advisor, Ophthalmology

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 12:15 AM COLUMBUS, Ohio—Columbus-based ophthalmic MedTech start-up OcuDoc has announced the appointment of Dr. Richard Lindstrom as its new chief medical advisor, ophthalmology.