The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Jan. 23–29, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Jan. 23–29, when compared with the previous week at a rate of -3 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 9 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 5) when compared with last year (2022), 6 points above the same period in 2021, 7 points above 2020, and 18 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

ANFAO, Leading Women's Organizations and Eyewear Industry Leaders Will Take Part in 'Empowering Women's Leadership' Event and Observatory, on Feb. 4 at Mido

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023 12:21 AM MILAN—A new program, "Empowering Optical Women Leadership: The Challenge of Eyewear" is kicking off at a special session on the first morning of Mido later this week, an initiative of ANFAO, the Italian Optical Goods Manufacturers association in partnership with Italy's Bellisario Foundation.

Industry Executive Tarrence Lackran Launches EYECONS Agency

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Tarrence Lackran, also known on Instagram as @TheOpticalPoet, is announcing the formation and launch of the EYECONS Agency, a multi-faceted firm, effective today.

OSRX Names New Chief Formulation Officer

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023 12:15 AM EL SEGUNDO, Calif.—Brian Holdorf, a long-time compounding pharmacist who joined OSRX, an affiliate of Ocular Science when it was formed in 2019, has been named chief formulation officer for the company.

Independent Boutique Optical Retailers Are Invited to Submit Their Stories for Vision Expo’s 5th Annual OPTImum Retail Award

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, organizers of Vision Expo, have announced that submissions are now being accepted for the 5th Annual OPTImum Retail Award scheduled to be presented at Vision Expo East on Friday, March 17 in New York City. Businesses in the independent optical retail market are encouraged to submit their stories for consideration by February 8, 2023. Launched in 2018, the OPTImum Retail Award was designed to celebrate the importance of independent boutique retailers in the optical industry.

FGX to Scale Up Use of Eastman Tritan Renew on Start-Up of New Methanolysis Plant, to Increase Production of Sustainable Eyewear

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 12:24 AM KINGSPORT, Tenn., and SMITHFIELD, R.I.—Eastman, a global specialty materials company, and FGX International, an EssilorLuxottica company, have signed a letter of intent for FGX to reserve a significant volume of Eastman Tritan Renew copolyester manufactured at Eastman’s new methanolysis plant, which will be operational this year.

Registration Now Open for AACO Meeting at SECO 2023

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 12:21 AM ATLANTA—Registration is open and a preliminary schedule has been announced for the American Association of Corporate Optometrists meeting on March 5 at this year’s SECO 2023, which runs from March 1-5 in Atlanta.

The European Academy of Optometry and Optics 14th Annual Conference Poznan ‘23 to Examine Eyecare in the Changing World

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 12:18 AM LONDON—The 14th annual conference of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics (EAOO) will take place in Poznań, Poland, from May 12 to 14, 2023.

NOW at Vision Expo East Extends Submission Deadline to Feb. 15!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 12:13 AM Submit your most innovative frame or lens product for inclusion in the specially curated NOW Pavilion! Consideration is complimentary for exhibitors and includes entry into the first-ever NOW Awards. Enter here before Feb. 15!

Kathleen Steele Named President of VSP Ventures

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Monday, January 30, 2023 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision announced that Kathleen Steele has been named president of VSP Ventures. In the role, Steele will lead the company’s business unit that provides care-focused choices for doctors of optometry looking for practice transition options. She will report to Kate Renwick-Espinosa, president of VSP Vision Care. “Kathleen’s skill set and experience in business development and scaling optometric services make her the right leader to accelerate the growth of VSP Ventures and ensure our unique transition options are available to doctors that protect practice legacy and put care first,” said Renwick-Espinosa. “We’re thrilled to welcome her to the team.”

Rock4Sight to Return to Vision Expo East 2023

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Monday, January 30, 2023 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Rock4Sight 2023, will be back at the Hard Rock Café to celebrate the optical industry and raise funds for ECN Purpose, a 501c3 Charity dedicated to providing both eye health education and connection to vision care to the underserved. The party begins on Saturday, March 18 at 8:30 pm at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, New York City. As in the past, this will be a fun night of music, dancing, camaraderie and industry fellowship, however, this year features a new twist.

Safilo Group Reports Preliminary Full Year 2022 Performance Indicators

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Monday, January 30, 2023 12:18 AM PADUA, Italy—The Board of Directors of Safilo Group S.p.A. has reviewed the Group’s preliminary key performance indicators for the financial year ended Dec. 31, 2022 and the full year annual results will be approved by the Board of Directors on March 9, 2023.

Transitions Optical Introduces Transitions Certified Live Events Across the U.S.

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Monday, January 30, 2023 12:15 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions is hosting Transitions Certified Live events for eyecare professionals to earn their Transitions Specialist certification during in-person training events.

NOW Pavilion Is Set to Return to Vision Expo East 2023

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Friday, January 27, 2023 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The NOW Pavilion is returning to Vision Expo East 2023. The pavilion will feature a curated selection of frames and lenses that embody the latest trends and innovations in eyewear, according to show organizers The Vision Council and RX Global. Participating exhibitors are invited to submit products as complimentary, value-added opportunities to gain additional exposure at the show. Final product selection will be chosen by an advisory review committee of esteemed media and retailers immediately following the February 1 product submission deadline.

TFS HealthScience Acquires Appletree CI Group, Targets Ophthalmology Growth

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Friday, January 27, 2023 12:21 AM LUND, Sweden—TFS HealthScience, a global contract research organization, announced a strategic acquisition of Appletree CI Group to enhance the company's existing expertise in the fields of ophthalmology and medical devices.