Visionix USA Names Optical Veteran John Vulich as National Sales Manager

By Staff
Monday, November 28, 2022 12:21 AM LOMBARD, Ill.—Visionix USA, the manufacturer and marketer of eye health and med tech products formerly known as Luneau Technology, has promoted John Vulich to national sales manager for finishing, effective immediately.

VM and 20/20 Magazine Announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2022

By Staff
Monday, November 21, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are pleased to announce the selections in the 14th annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, a special survey aimed at identifying readers’ favorite products and companies of the year. Optical retailers and ECP readers of the two Jobson Medical Information publications were asked to identify their “favorite” products in 20 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies/consumables/tools, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, patient engagement systems, online ordering website, social purpose missions, online and social media marketing services, PPE, telehealth solution, virtual/omnichannel sales tool and sustainable eyewear materials.

Daniel Breeman Joins Vision Monday and VMAIL as Senior Editor

By Staff
Monday, November 21, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Daniel Breeman has joined the Vision Monday and VMAIL editorial team this month as senior editor. Breeman will concentrate on news and feature coverage in the retail and eyecare professional areas.

Retina Consultants of America Adds Florida Retina Institute to Nationwide Network

By Staff
Monday, November 21, 2022 12:15 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, announced it is adding Florida Retina Institute (FRI) into its nationwide network of physicians.

Visionary Optics Names Lynette K. Johns, OD, as Director, Clinical and Scientific Affairs

By Staff
Friday, November 18, 2022 12:24 AM OAK BROOK, Ill.—Visionary Optics, a leader in the design and manufacturing of scleral lenses, has appointed Lynette K. Johns, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA, to the position of director of clinical and scientific affairs.

Walmart Launches Exclusive Elton John Collection Sunglasses to Commemorate Singer’s U.S Touring Career

By Staff
Friday, November 18, 2022 12:21 AM LOS ANGELES and BENTONVILLE, Ark.—As Elton John's "The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour" comes to an end in Los Angeles this week, Walmart is taking part in celebrating the milestone with the launch of a limited-edition commemorative sunglass frame within the Elton John Eyewear collection, exclusively available at Walmart.com.

VSP Vision and AAOF Announce 2022 Practice Excellence Scholarship Winners

By Staff
Friday, November 18, 2022 12:18 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—In recognition of future leaders in optometry, VSP Vision and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), announced the recipients of the 2022 Practice Excellence Scholarship. The Practice Excellence Scholarship is a long-standing and prestigious scholarship that represents the best in what optometry has to offer in patient care and practice management. Nearly $164,000 was awarded to 50 top-performing fourth-year optometry students in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.

PECAA Names Jonathan Worrall President

By Staff
Thursday, November 17, 2022 12:27 AM BOCA RATON, Fla.—Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA) announced it has appointed Jonathan Worrall as president. Worrall will officially assume the position in January 2023.

GoodVision USA, an International Vision Charity, Adds to Its Board of Directors

By Staff
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—GoodVision USA, a non profit that brings the dignity and opportunity of good vision to impoverished populations worldwide, has added Olivia “Dibby” Bartlett as a member of its board of directors.

RestoringVision Launches New Program Serving Indigenous Populations

By Staff
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:21 AM SAN FRANCISCO—RestoringVision, supported by funding from longtime corporate donor, National Vision, Inc., is launching a new program this Native American Heritage Month to serve indigenous populations in the U.S.

ViaLase Announces New Appointments to Executive Team

By Staff
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:15 AM ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—ViaLase, Inc., a clinical stage medical technology company focused on addressing unmet needs in the conventional glaucoma treatment paradigm, announced the appointments of Tom Frinzi as executive chairman of the board, Richard Lewis, MD, as chief medical officer, Shawn O’Neil as chief commercial officer, and Brendan O’Herlihy as vice president, global commercial operations. The executives will play key roles at ViaLase as the company develops its novel, non-invasive, femtosecond laser with integrated OCT imaging that is accurate to the micron level.

VSP Vision’s Global Sales Organization Names Andy Skitmore Chief Revenue Officer

By Staff
Thursday, November 10, 2022 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision announced it has promoted Andy Skitmore to chief revenue officer of its global sales organization. Skitmore most recently served as senior VP of sales in the Americas for Marchon Eyewear, Inc.

Prevent Blindness Names Jim McGrann Chair of its Board of Directors, Adds Dr. Susan A. Primo, MPH, FAAO, and Susan L. Stone, MBA, as New Members

By Staff
Monday, November 7, 2022 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety nonprofit organization, has announced that Jim McGrann, CEO of Professional Eyecare Associates of America (PECAA), has been appointed chair of the Prevent Blindness Board of Directors.

Shining a Spotlight on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

By Gwendolyn Plummer and Marge Axelrad
Friday, November 4, 2022 11:30 AM NEW YORK—Long term societal issues, like those of diversity, equity & inclusion, have been fighting the hard fight for many years. With the escalation of the disruption unleashed by the global pandemic, the brighter spotlight on the topic from media, and a groundswell among individuals and organizations that more vocal and active commitment was needed, DE&I initiatives continue to expand. Voices from within health care, business, family, politics and culture are starting to join with those in structured organizations along with more assertive storytelling from groups victimized or impacted by the lack of inclusion in hiring, in receiving or accessing fair and equitable business or health care services and more. Individuals, groups and organizations across the optical industry and vision care profession, are stepping up to support these as part of an expanding commitment.

Services Held for Respected Optometry Science Researcher and Clinician, Dr. Stuart Paul Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO

By Staff
Friday, November 4, 2022 12:15 AM WILMETTE, Ill.—Friends and professional colleagues in the U.S. and around the world are mourning the loss of Stuart Paul Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO, who passed away on Oct. 26, surrounded by his family.