What’s It Worth Shark Eyeglass Cases

It is really hard to write about Skarkskin eyeglasses cases. With the amount of shark finning and the killing of sharks, one has to wonder how they got the skin. Shark skin at one time was used for eyeglass cases. Dried, but untanned sharkskin is called shagreen and was once used for sandpaper and the membranes on drums in places like the South … [Read more...]

Should You Swim With Sharks And Start An Eyewear Business?

It seems that everybody has a brilliant idea for an eyewear collection. You read about it on Optical Forums, where I do start, where do I get  product, what do I need and the best of all.. I have a brilliant idea for a line. Then you read on the Crowd-Source sites: .. 'we were surfing and we couldn't find the right 'wayfarer' type glasses … [Read more...]

22 Ways To Deal With Optical Refunds

Issuing optical refunds continues to be a topic of discussion. What do you refund, the lens? The treatments? The Frame? Should you do an exchange only? How long does the patient have? Do you post a refund policy, like you have to do in New York, which is a state law? It is a tricky situation, you have put in the time and money in good faith … [Read more...]

$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: HAL Holding N.V. x Grand Vision

Over the years, you have probably heard the name Hal Holding's. Who are they and what do they do? According to their website: HAL Investments B.V. is a private equity firm was founded in 1873 and is based in Rotterdam, Netherlands with an additional office in Amsterdam, Netherlands. HAL Investments B.V. operates as a subsidiary of HAL Holding … [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...]

Super Optical Launches Profit Calculator for Eyecare Providers

Cincinnati, OH – April 2016 – Vision Expo East launched the formal debut of the all new Optical Profit Center showcasing how to increase profits at your practice through a small lab set-up and dispensing area. Super Optical, one of five contributing companies to the booth, found the best way to show increased profits was to offer an inter-active … [Read more...]

A Total Of $12.4 Million Given To COA By Vision West

San Diego, CA – February, 2017 – Vision West (www.vweye.com) – eyecare business and group purchasing resource presented a check to the California Optometric Association (COA) for $203,939 at the recent COA House of Delegates meeting held in San Francisco, CA February 10th, 2017. With this recent check presentation, the financial support Vision … [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...]