National Association for the Blind Announces Suppliers of the Year Honorees

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Friday, October 7, 2022 12:24 AM INDIANAPOLIS—The National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind (NAEPB) announced EMP Technical Group as recipient of its large business supplier of the year award and honored Massif as its top small business supplier. The award recognizes both companies’ support of the AbilityOne Program and dedication to finding new and innovative ways to provide employment opportunities to people who are blind. “I have seen firsthand the incredible impact that both of these companies have had on individuals with vision loss,” said NAEPB president Jeffrey Mittman. “I am thankful for the consistency and support shown by these businesses, who deserve national recognition.”

CooperVision’s Michele Andrews, OD, Named Illinois College of Optometry’s Alumnus of the Year

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Friday, October 7, 2022 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—Michele Andrews, OD, vice president, professional and government affairs, Americas, CooperVision was the recipient of the 2022 Illinois College of Optometry Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year Award.

Silmo Organizers Report Rise in International and French Attendance at Silmo 2022 Exhibition

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Friday, October 7, 2022 12:18 AM PARIS—The organizers of the recently-concluded Silmo Paris 2022 exhibition, held at the end of September, reported that the show was "The recovery edition. The figures are now in and they surpass all expectations.

Cast Your Votes for Jobson's 2022 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards—Nominations Close on Oct. 20

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Friday, October 7, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 14th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year. These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 22 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, sustainable materials for frames, sustainable materials for sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, online and social media marketing services, PPE, contactless dispensing devices, virtual try-on tools, telehealth solution and Social Purpose missions.

IAPB and Its Member Organizations Escalate Efforts to Encourage All to #LoveYourEyes in Advance of Oct. 13 World Sight Day

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—With less than one week until 2022's World Sight Day, Oct. 13, organizations, companies, employees and thousands of eyecare professionals are revving up their efforts to support the global initiative, to help raise funds to underpin programs and awareness building efforts to draw attention to the value of vision and access to quality care and vision correction products to millions of underserved people. Among those, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and its member organizations have been amplifying their messaging and advocacy over the past months to shine an international spotlight on the issue.

Zenni Surpasses 50 Million Pairs of Glasses Sold and Releases New Mobile App

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:27 AM NOVATO, Calif.—Zenni, the online eyewear retail leader, said this week that it has recently eclipsed 50 million pairs of glasses sold since its launch in 2003, signaling its continued growth and ability to scale in a competitive market landscape.

Visionix USA Moves to Newly Expanded North American Headquarters

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:24 AM LOMBARD, Ill.—Visionix USA, formerly Luneau Technology USA and Optovue Inc., is moving to a new and expanded center of operations in Lombard, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Warby Parker Enters Into Credit Agreement to Provide for Revolving Credit Facility

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Warby Parker (NYSE: WRBY) announced via an SEC filing on Oct. 4 that on Sept. 30 Warby Parker, Inc. and Warby Parker Retail, Inc.  entered into a credit agreement with lenders which provides for a revolving credit facility with borrowing capacity up to $100 million at any time outstanding.

The Vision Council Opens Registration for the 2023 Executive Summit, Taking Place January 9-11 in Austin, Texas

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council announced that registration is now open for the 2023 Executive Summit, taking place January 9-11, 2023 at a new host site, the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, an iconic Texas Hill Country luxury resort just outside of downtown Austin, Texas. “The Executive Summit will gather the leaders of the optical industry to kick off 2023 and set the agenda for a successful year ahead,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council.

NovaSight Announces FDA 510(K) Clearance of CureSight Digital Therapy for Amblyopia

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:15 AM AIRPORT CITY, Israel—NovaSight, a rapidly growing, pediatric-focused eyecare company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared CureSight, a digital therapy device for amblyopia. CureSight is an eye-tracking-based system aimed for improving visual acuity and stereo acuity by training the visual system to use both eyes simultaneously. The clearance was based on visual outcomes data from a multicenter, randomized, controlled trial in which 103 participants aged 4 to under 9 were randomized to CureSight or eye patching—the current gold standard-of-care treatment.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Sept. 26-Oct. 2 at a rate of -2 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 7 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 40) when compared with last year, equal to the same period in 2020, and 11 points above 2019. All optical sales categories, except one, were down last week when compared with the previous week. The contact lenses category experienced the only increase last week, by 4 index points.

Transitions Optical to Host ‘Day of Education’ in November

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:21 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical will host “A Day of Education” on Wednesday, November 2. The online event will include various sessions between 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST.

Black Eyecare Perspective Will Host 3rd Impact HBCU Virtual Event on Oct. 18 to Increase Awareness of Optometry and the Eyecare Industry Among Students

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Black Eyecare Perspective  and optometrists of the Black community are once again being intentional in their impact and on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, will create a pipeline for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and beyond to raise awareness and provide assistance to students to bring attention to the field of optometry.

Charmant USA Appoints New Key Account Manager Don Shouse

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:15 AM MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.—Charmant has announced that Don Shouse is Charmant USA’s new key account manager. Shouse, who has 25 years of experience in eyewear industry sales, joins Charmant’s sales management team under the helm of Bill Hurst, Charmant’s VP of sales.

Prevent Blindness Declares October Is Contact Lens Safety Month

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has declared October as Contact Lens Safety Month to help educate the public on the best ways to protect their eyes through proper care. In addition to a dedicated webpage, fact sheets and shareable social media graphics, Prevent Blindness also offers the “Contact Lens Safety” episode as part of the Focus on Eye Health Expert Series. Dr. Thomas L. Steinemann, professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University, discusses a variety of topics with Prevent Blindness president and CEO, Jeff Todd, including advocating for contact lens safety, patient care, and the dangers of improper use of contact lenses.