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...]

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...]

WileyX Hires Frank Rescigna As VP of Sales

Livermore, California-based eyewear innovator Wiley X®, Inc. has hired Frank Rescigna to serve as the company’s new Senior Vice President of Sales. Rescigna brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the branding, licensing, sales and operations aspects of the global eyewear industry. His long list of accomplishments includes … [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...]

100 Years Of Disruptive Innovators in Eyecare History

We started a game-changing optical timeline and quickly realized that to gather all game-changers or AKA 'disruptive innovators' in eyecare over the last 100 years is a monumental process. That said, we have not included all innovations in: surgical procedures, medical technology, lab equipment, medical equipment, eyewear, contact lenses, lenses, … [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...]

Prevent Blindness x Liberty Sport Launch Performance Vision Award

In recognition of leading Independent Eye Care Professionals who are committed to reducing preventable eye injuries in both active youth and adults, Prevent Blindness, Liberty Sport, and Dr. Alan Reichow, OD, Med, FAAO, announce the new “Performance Vision Center” Award program. This program recognizes a commitment to “Protecting and Enhancing … [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...]

Think About Your Eyes Campaign Reaches Milestone

Alexandria, VA (July 2016) - The national Think About Your Eyes campaign has built upon its increased optical industry support and consumer interest to reach a new milestone of 2.5 million visitors to the campaign website since its launch. The campaign expects that number to reach 3 million by years’ end. “We are thrilled that the campaign … [Read more...]

The Vision Council’s Announces Directors Choice Award

Alexandria, VA (July, 2016) – The Lab Division of The Vision Council announced the industry veterans who will be recognized during the Directors’ Choice Award and 17th Annual Lab Division Hall of Fame celebration on Wednesday, September 14 in conjunction with the Lab Division Meeting and International Vision Expo West. The Division has named … [Read more...]