Rx Lenses Exempted from UDI Requirements

On behalf of their member companies, The Vision Council began a direct dialogue with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August of 2015 related to the Unique Device Identifier (UDI) issue. Because of the complex nature of prescription lens manufacturing, The Vision Council sought to gain an exemption from this regulation citing that … [Read more...]

Transitions Optical’s 2017 Diversity Advisory Board

New York City, April, 2017 — Transitions Optical has announced the renewal of its Diversity Advisory Board members for 2017. This seven-member Board consists of eye health, cultural and style experts for each of the largest and fastest-growing ethnic groups in the U.S. and will help guide the Transitions Cultural Connections™ initiative. “We are … [Read more...]

Riata Forms Acuity Eyecare Holdings: Crown, Eyetique+ Int’l Eyecare

Acquires Three Regional Eyecare Groups – St Louis-based Crown Vision Center, Pittsburgh-based Eyetique, and Quincy, IL-based International Eyecare Center  DALLAS, TX — March, 2017 — Riata Capital Group (“Riata”) today announced the formation of Acuity Eyecare Holdings (“Acuity” or the “Company”), a company that will own and operate leading North … [Read more...]

WileyX Hires Scott Donnelly As Director of Product Development

Livermore, California-based eyewear innovator Wiley X®, Inc. has announced the hiring of Scott Donnelly to serve as its Director of Product Development.  Wiley X, a company that is in 2017 marking 30 years in the performance protective eyewear business, has emphasized growth by developing new products that combine the company’s proven, … [Read more...]

The Vision Council Announces New Board Members

Alexandria, VA (January 26, 2017) - The Vision Council’s annual Executive Summit is underway as industry leaders gather for executive-level networking, leadership development, and the latest in economic trends and business strategies. The event, taking place January 25-27 at the Ritz Carlton Orlando in Grande Lakes, Florida, has drawn a record … [Read more...]

Eyes Of Faith Launches New Website

January, 2017 – Sharon, Penn. – Eyes of Faith Optical recently launched their redesigned website with a fresh marketing campaign that solidifies their upfront mission and a continued focus on a trusting partnership with independents. “A brand to believe in,” describes their roots in faith-inspired philanthropy and style, and their commitment to … [Read more...]

Modern Optical Appoints Director of Sales Development

Roselle, IL. – Value eyewear leader Modern Optical International announces that Chris Millet has been named to its senior management team as Director of Sales Development. In this newly created position, Millet will develop, plan, and execute sales strategies. Millet brings over two decades of optical experience to Modern Optical. In past roles, he … [Read more...]

Cooper Vision’s Best Practices Deadline Is November 27

CooperVision’s Best Practices Submission Deadline Approaches Search for Optometry’s Most Innovative and Exceptional Practices Ends on November 27  PLEASANTON, Calif., November, 2016 — Eye care practices from all over the United States have the opportunity to be recognized for the innovative and unexpected things they do every day to overcome … [Read more...]

Seiko Optical Appoints New U.S. General Manager

LEWISVILLE, TEXAS, (November, 2016) Ally of the Independent eye care professional, HOYA Vision Care, announced the appointment of Bruce Scott as General Manager of Seiko Optical of America. Bruce Scott brings more than 25 years of industry experience to Seiko Optical. In his previous role as Regional Vice President with Essilor, Bruce directed all … [Read more...]

Prevent Blindness Names Marge Axelrad As 2017 Person of Vision Award

CHICAGO (Nov., 2016) – Prevent Blindness,  has chosen Marge Axelrad, senior vice president, editorial director at Vision Monday/Jobson Optical Group, as the recipient of the 2017 Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Award. The award will be presented on March 30, 2017, at the Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Dinner at the Lotte New York Palace, … [Read more...]

Hubble Contacts Raises $7.2 Million

Who is Hubble Contacts? Another start up subscription contact lens company has just raised $7.2 Million in seed money to bring affordable contact lens to the consumer door. Hubble Contacts wants to maintain relationships with eyecare professionals and is building an Eye Exam Network with doctors. Hubble is NOT the first Subscription … [Read more...]

The Vision Council Announces Greg Chavez as Executive VP, Operations and Membership

Alexandria, VA – November, 2016 – The Vision Council has announced the promotion of Greg Chavez to Executive Vice President, Operations and Membership. Greg has been with The Vision Council for 13 years, joining as the director of member services in 2003 before taking on the role of vice president of member services in 2006. “Greg has worked … [Read more...]

Pantone Colors Winter 2017

Several fashion houses, plus The Pantone Color Institute, have released their takes on hot colors for winter. Here we bring you a look at top fashion takes and who is spending what. To put it in perspective, spending varies dramatically by region. For example, the average resident of Manhattan spends the most on fashion–$362 a month. And the least? … [Read more...]

Think About Your Eyes Campaign Expands Leadership

Jon Torrey Named Executive Director, Dana Fairbanks Joins as Marketing Consultant Alexandria, VA (September, 2016) - The national Think About Your Eyes campaign, which is celebrating a year of growth both within the industry and impact on public awareness, announced two staffing changes, effective immediately. Jon Torrey, previously the … [Read more...]

Modern Optical Announces Passing of Yale F. Weissman

Roselle, IL – With great sadness, Modern Optical International announces today the passing of its beloved Co-Founder and Chairman, Yale F. Weissman on September 18, 2016. Yale was a dedicated family man whose entrepreneurial spirit and charm was well known in the optical industry. Born in Chicago in 1939, Yale honed his sales skills in his early … [Read more...]