Ocuco Acquires Acumenex, an E-commerce Provider

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Friday, July 03, 2015 12:30 AM TORONTO, Canada and DUBLIN, Ireland—Ocuco, the Dublin-based international optical software company, has acquired the optical business of Acumenex, provider of e-commerce solutions to leading chains, insurers and independent eyecare practitioners in the U.S. and Canada.

Marcolin USA Names Ben Wolf Senior VP, Optical Sales

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Friday, July 03, 2015 12:27 AM SOMERVILLE, N.J.—Marcolin USA announced that Ben Wolf has been appointed senior vice president of sales for the optical channel, reporting to CEO Fabrizio Gamberini.

Alcon Appoints Di Filippo New Head for Alcon U.S. Surgical

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Friday, July 03, 2015 12:24 AM FORT WORTH, Texas—Alcon has appointed Jim Di Filippo as the new head for Alcon U.S. Surgical. He will fill the position previously held by Seba Leoni, who was appointed to the new role of global head, surgical suite, Alcon Global Franchise.

Mondottica and Zoobug London Announce Partnership and Creation of Children’s Eyewear Division

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Friday, July 03, 2015 12:21 AM LONDON –Mondottica and Zoobug London, a British children’s eyewear specialist, have announced a strategic partnership as well as the creation of an international children’s eyewear division.

Memorial Service to be Held for William Mattingly

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Friday, July 03, 2015 12:18 AM EL PASO, Texas—William “Bill” Mattingly, a respected low vision specialist and noted optician, passed away on June, 18, 2015 from a rare degenerative brain disease at age 66.

Eye Protection Tips for Fourth of July Firework Celebrations

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Friday, July 03, 2015 12:15 AM Miami, Fla.–There are many dangers to consumer fireworks, such as severe eye injury and blindness, and the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Health System is urging families to celebrate this Fourth of July holiday with caution.

TAYE Will Be Featured on July 8 ‘ Power Hour’

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Friday, July 03, 2015 12:13 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.— Incoming AOA president, Dr. Steve Loomis, Dr. Carla Mack, from Alcon, Jon Torrey and Dave Plogmann, both from Think About Your Eyes (TAYE), will be the guests on the July 8 edition of the “Power Hour,” the weekly radio broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

VMail Wishes Everyone a Happy July 4th Holiday

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Friday, July 03, 2015 12:11 AM NEW YORK—Due to the July 4th Holiday, there will be no VMail issued on Monday, July 6. Look for VMail Extra coming your way again on Wednesday, July 8. Happy July 4th to you and yours.

Clarkson Eyecare Acquires EyeCare Associates and Pinnacle Optical

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:30 AM ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Clarkson Eyecare, one of the largest eyecare groups in the Midwest, has acquired EyeCare Associates (ECA), a 19-office optometry practice in Alabama and Pinnacle Optical LLC, a full-service wholesale lab in Alabama. Details of the transaction, which was backed by FFL Partners, a San Francisco-based U.S. private equity firm, were not disclosed.

American Optometric Association Swears in 2015-2016 Leadership Team

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:27 AM SEATTLE—The American Optometric Association (AOA) swore in its 2015-2016 leadership team on Sat. June 27, 2015, during the 118th AOA Congress held here.

Matthias Metz Takes Over as Head of Zeiss’s Vision Care Business

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:24 AM AALEN, Germany—Matthias Metz, PhD, a member of the executive board of Carl Zeiss AG, takes over the leadership of Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH today.

Frameri Hires Greg Lechner, a Former Luxottica Executive, as New COO

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:21 AM CINCINNATI—Frameri, a Cincinnati-based company that makes eyewear with interchangeable frames and lenses, has hired Greg Lechner as chief operating officer.

ABB Optical Announces Second Annual ABB Cares Program

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:18 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, one of the nation’s leading distributors of optical products, will begin accepting applications for its second annual ABB Cares program on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015.

Marshall B. Ketchum Begins Construction on a New Multi-Disciplinary Health Center

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015 12:15 AM FULLERTON, Calif.—Marshall B. Ketchum University held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 15, 2015 to begin the extensive renovation for what will be known as Ketchum Health, a multi-disciplinary health care center offering optometry, general medical practice and pharmacy services.

Optometry’s Meeting Converges on the Emerald City with Some Opening Day Changes

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Monday, June 29, 2015 12:30 AM SEATTLE—Some opening day changes, including a new presentation format and opening general session sponsor, were in store for the optometrists and other allied professionals who attended Optometry’s Meeting, held June 24 to 28, 2015, in the Washington State Convention Center, and hosted by the American Optometric Association  and the American Optometric Student Association.
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