Senior Vision Services’ Parent Company Rebrands as Aria Care Partners, Expands Vision Services and Leadership Team

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:24 AM OVERLAND PARK, Kan.—Senior Dental Care, the provider group that acquired Senior Vision Services in February 2020, announced recently that it has rebranded under the name Aria Care Partners to reflect its growing suite of services. The group provides onsite ancillary medical services and insurance programs for skilled nursing facilities, the announcement noted. Through its Senior Vision Services business, the company has delivered full-service optometry care to residents of long-term care centers (LTCCs). The merged company, now rebranded as Aria Care Partners, will provide onsite dental, vision and hearing medical services to LTCCs across the nation.

Registration Opens for ‘The Pulse,’ a Virtual Event for ECPs by Transitions Optical

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:21 AM INELLAS PARK, Fla.—Registration is now open for “Transitions The Pulse,” www.TransitionsThePulse.com a first-of-its-kind virtual event for eyecare professionals produced by Transitions Optical. The event is free to attend and will broadcast on Tuesday, February 9, at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT and 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT. The broadcasts will explore the state of the industry globally, and Transitions leadership will offer a sneak peek into future Transitions lens products, protection and style. The event will feature internationally renowned author and keynote speaker Doug Stephens, founder of Retail Prophet, who will share his unique perspective on retailing, business and consumer behavior.

Opticians Association of America (OAA) Opens Registration for Feb. 21 Virtual Leadership Experience

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:18 AM LAKELAND, Tenn.—The Opticians Association of America (OAA) has officially opened registration for the 2021 OAA Virtual Leadership Experience, which will take place on Feb. 21, 2021. The 2021 OAA Virtual Leadership Experience is an immersive event that provides the profession of opticianry with guidance, instruction, inspiration, and the developmental skills to navigate the ever-changing world, the OAA said. This one-day event will feature many of today’s top leaders in the optical community leading general and breakout sessions.

Accessories Council Debuts New AC Digital Magazine to Showcase Fashion Accessories Trends

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council, based here, which represents and advances trends on behalf of various categories of fashion accessories, from sunwear to handbags, scarves, jewelry and more, has debuted AC Magazine, a digital revival of what used to be Accessories Magazine, a 100-year-old publication which shut down in October 2018. "AC Magazine is an opportunity for us to showcase the accessories' field in new ways," Karen Giberson, president of the Accessories Council and editor-in-chief of AC, told VMAIL, adding that AC Magazine will be issued quarterly in 2021.

CooperVision Sponsors New Contact Lens Clinic at The Ohio State University College of Optometry

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:13 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—To support the education of countless future eyecare professionals, CooperVision has committed funding for the new eyecare clinic at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Contact lens services provided by the clinic include soft contact lens fittings for the correction of myopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia, as well as myopia management for children through CooperVision’s Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program featuring MiSight 1 day. VMAIL previously reported on Ohio State’s College of Optometry’s new clinic, which has a retail eyewear gallery with more than 3,000 frames, here.

Vision Source Sets August Dates for The Exchange Meeting and 30th Anniversary Celebration

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Monday, January 25, 2021 12:30 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—With the health and safety of its members a priority, Vision Source has set the dates of its annual meeting The Exchange as Aug. 4 through Aug. 7. The four-day event is now scheduled for the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston (it had previously been scheduled to be there in mid-April). At this year’s Exchange, Vision Source also plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its founding.

Clear Sight Partners LLC Formed by S.F. Investment Firm, Brian Hauser Named CEO

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Monday, January 25, 2021 12:27 AM SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Spanos Barber Jesse & Co. (SBJ), a San Francisco-based investment firm, announced that it has completed a partnership with five Florida vision practices and a group of nine retail stores to form Clear Sight Partners, LLC (CSP).

Hilco Vision Issues Proprietary Study of Frame Materials Compatibility With Sanitization and Cleaning Protocols

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Monday, January 25, 2021 12:24 AM PLAINVILLE, Mass.—Hilco Vision is releasing today the results of a proprietary and first-of-its-kind study of frame material compatibility with surface cleaners that have environmentally friendly active ingredients.

GrandVision Says COVID-19 Slowed Sales Momentum in Q4, and Notes Continued Support for Deal With EssilorLuxottica

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Monday, January 25, 2021 12:21 AM SCHIPHOL, the Netherlands—GrandVision NV (EURONEXT: GVNV) reported Friday that despite a “strong revenue recovery in the third quarter,” the impact of a second wave of COVID-19 across its markets dampened the momentum in the final months of 2020.

The Vision Council Names Alysse Henkel Director of Research Data and Analytics

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Monday, January 25, 2021 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has named Alysse Henkel its director of research data and analytics. In this role, Henkel will be responsible for establishing data management systems and policies to enable complex analysis of large data sets, developing robust market modeling sources and systems, and communicating relevant insights that can contribute to actionable and strategic business recommendations. Her appointment also marks an expansion of The Vision Council’s research team, which is overseen by Nathan Troxell, director of consumer and market insights. Henkel will also work alongside Steve Kodey, senior director of industry research.

Pegasus Equity Advisors Announces EyeCare Partners Acquisition of Several Oklahoma-Based Independent Ophthalmology Practices

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Friday, January 22, 2021 12:27 AM EyeCare Partners makes acquisitions, AOA takes issue with NAOO’s legislative position, HG Vision makes an investment in The Power Practice, optical sales dip and Keplr Vision continues its growth spurt all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

IDOC Adds Three Executive Board Members to Advise and Support Long-Term Growth Strategies

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Friday, January 22, 2021 12:24 AM NORWALK, Conn.—Following a six-month candidate search, IDOC said it has added three new members to its board of directors.

Frost & Sullivan Honors EyeQue for Its Consumer-Friendly, Handheld Ophthalmic Monitoring Solutions

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Friday, January 22, 2021 12:21 AM SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Based on its recent analysis of the global home-based ophthalmic monitoring solutions market, Frost & Sullivan has recognized EyeQue Corporation with the 2020 Global Growth Excellence Frost Radar Award.

ABB Optical Group Announces Winners of Optometry Student Challenge

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Friday, January 22, 2021 12:18 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—Three optometry students who presented scientific posters will be recognized during the 2021 Global Specialty Lens Symposium virtual conference as winners of the 6th Annual Optometry Student Challenge, a program designed by ABB Optical Group, in collaboration with Paragon Vision Sciences, to foster the study of contact lenses.

AOA Takes Issue With NAOO's Position on Legislation Related to Contact Lens Rule

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Thursday, January 21, 2021 12:33 AM NEW YORK—The American Optometric Association (AOA) has squared off against another eyecare industry organization—the National Association of Optometrists and Opticians (NAOO)—in a dispute in which the AOA calls into question whether the NAOO “can claim to be a representative organization of doctors.” The AOA’s complaint stems from the divergent views each group apparently took on an AOA-supported Contact Lens Rule Modernization Act.