$300 Million Growth for Vision Care Industry

VisionWatch Report Indicates Nearly $300 Million Growth for Vision Care Industry Prescription lenses, eye exams lead industry growth. *Alexandria, VA (June, 2017)* –  The Vision Council released its quarterly VisionWatch market research report for the first quarter of 2017. Results indicate that the total vision care industry has generated … [Read more...]

Prop 65: New Warning Language Mandatory

As you are aware, Proposition (“Prop”) 65, known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, sets out environmental regulations regarding toxic chemical substances that businesses are subject to when they sell merchandise in California, or if they are physically located in the state. These regulations serve as a “warning” or “labeling” … [Read more...]

National Vision Inc. Honors 115 Optometrists

National Vision Inc. Honors 115 Optometrists with Anniversary Milestone Awards During Company’s Annual Continuing Education Symposium in Chicago Chicago, June, 2017 – National Vision Inc., one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, recognized 115 optometrists affiliated with the company for service milestones ranging from five to 25 years at … [Read more...]

The 60 Minutes Luxottica Show Was Fake News

Back in 2013, 60 Minutes ran an expose on Luxottica, claiming they owned 80% of the eyeglass market and they were basically gouging consumers on pricing (Sticker Shock) This is no more true today than it was four years ago. Today, we just have another term for the piece, “FAKE NEWS. The problem was and still is that we, optical professionals bought … [Read more...]

WileyX Selected As Small Business of The Year

California Small Business Day™ 2017 Honors Eyewear Company  Known for Superior Visual Performance and Cutting-Edge Protection   Wiley X®, Inc., an innovator in premium protective eyewear since 1987, has been recognized as a “Small Business of the Year” for California’s 16th Assembly District.  Chosen by State Assemblywoman Catherine Baker, the … [Read more...]

Optical Ownership: DeRigo x Boots x Walgreens

DeRigo is a fairly new player in the US optical industry, but not in Europe. Launched in 1978 they have quickly grown, especially with the purchase of Lozza Italy and REM eyewear in 2016. They officially entered the USA and Canada market in 2010 via Marr International. Propriety Brands- DeRigo: Police, Sting, Lozza Licensed Brands-DeRigo: … [Read more...]

Optical Ownership: Luxottica x Essilor

Will the Luxottica- Essilor merger go through? I would say that if the Monsanto and Bayer, two of the largest toxic- pesticide companies in the world went through then  Luxottica - Essilor will most likely pass inspection. With them merging, who will own what? Both have online presence, both have 'propriety' brands as well as licensed … [Read more...]

Signet Armorlite Partners with C&E Vision Buying Group

CARLSBAD, CA (May 19, 2017) – Signet Armorlite has signed a vendor agreement with C&E Vision Buying Group. This partnership will provide C&E Vision members the benefits of the Kodak brand name with a high-quality lens portfolio. C&E Vision was founded in 1983 to provide Independent Eyecare Professionals (IEPs) the buying power to … [Read more...]

12 Lessons We Learned From Warby Parker

I think the best thing about the Luxottica- Essilor deal is just maybe we can get over the Warby Parker Stories. I think that Warby Parker in general has been good for the optical industry.  (Shoot me now!) When they started in 2010 they were disruptors and because of them and other disruptors, eyecare professionals had to change. That is not a bad … [Read more...]

New Years Resolution: No Returns, No Exchanges

One area of inventory management that we challenge eyecare professionals to do in 2017 is to eliminate returning and exchanging eyewear. Unfortunately the advantage of Being Able to Return Product costs everyone. Suppliers, eyecare offices and even the consumer. It is an inefficient way to do business, because the buyer is not accountable to … [Read more...]

Crowd-Sourced Eyewear Statistics For 2016

Last year we ran the first Crowdsourced Eyecare-Eyewear statistics. Does Crowd-sourcing work? In our opinion it can work, but it takes a lot of work to make it happen. You have to be on it all the time, constant updates on all Social Media, press releases, begging your friends and pushing, pushing and pushing to get funding. The hardest part is … [Read more...]

HOYA Acquires 3M Safety Prescription Business

Acquisition provides HOYA Vision Care access to an important new market Uithoorn, The Netherlands, December 6, 2016 – HOYA Vision Care, a division of HOYA Group (HOYA) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire the safety prescription eyewear business of 3M. This safety prescription eyewear business is an industry leader with over 90 … [Read more...]

Freebie Friday: Marketing Plan for 2017

Eyecare Pros is offering Free Downloadable marketing plan. 'Every year you say it, but this year you do it.  Create a plan that will take you to bigger and better results in 2017.  Why is this year different from every other year?  EyeCarePro! We have developed a robust (and yet simple) one page marketing plan that is sure to grow your business and … [Read more...]

The Vision Council Announces Ashley Mills as new CEO

Alexandria, VA (October 18, 2016) – The Vision Council is pleased to announce Ashley Mills as the new CEO following the retirement of industry veteran Mike Daley, previously announced in June. Ashley brings over 20 years of progressive trade association management, marketing and leadership experience to the position. Ashley joined The Vision … [Read more...]

Middle East US $2.6 Billion Optical Industry Forecast

Just in case you have a hankering to go to Dubai, why not take a trip and visit their Optical Trade Show. The growing and increasingly ageing population of the Middle East is contributing to the anticipated growth forecast of the region’s US$2.67 billion optical market, as demand for contact lenses and spectacles in particular rises among older … [Read more...]