Online Optical Retailing Certification Program in the Works, Organizers Seek Comment on Proposed Standards

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Monday, November 24, 2014 12:24 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—Members of several U.S. professional vision-related associations and leading optical retailers and suppliers are spearheading a project to develop standardized voluntary certification of online optical retailers in conjunction with international certification organization, LegitScript, based here and in Dublin, Ireland.

WestGroupe U.S.A. Names Dennis Davis Vice President of Sales

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Monday, November 24, 2014 12:23 AM PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.— WestGroupe has announced the appointment of Dennis Davis as the new vice president of sales for WestGroupe U.S.A., effective Dec. 1, 2014. Davis will report directly to Mike Debono, vice president of North American sales.

Essilor to Close Lens Plant in Ponce, Puerto Rico

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Monday, November 24, 2014 12:21 AM PONCE, Puerto Rico— Essilor has announced that it will discontinue operations at its Ponce, Puerto Rico lens manufacturing facility effective on or about June 30, 2015. The closure will affect 180 workers, according to Essilor, which notified plant employees of the closing on Nov. 11.

The Latest in Clinical Treatments With Jim Thimons, OD on Nov. 26 ‘Power Hour’

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Monday, November 24, 2014 12:18 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—The latest in clinical treatments, technologies and studies from the perspective of Jim Thimons, OD will be the topic on the Nov. 26 edition of “Power Hour.” The weekly radio show is broadcast at 9:00 p.m. ET, hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Ginger Love and Building Business Knowledge on VisionMonday.com

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Monday, November 24, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Bold Face has an affinity for red-haired ladies. In this edition, Bold Face: Ladies in Red, we highlight three talented actresses with glorious ginger tresses and amazing sunglass style from Marchon, Safilo and Oliver Peoples.

PECAA, the nationwide independent doctor alliance, held a gathering for 170 of its member docs and 130 staff members against the backdrop of scenic Bellevue, Wash earlier this month. VM was on the scene for the three-day event, which provided business-focused education and learning options for members. See a recap and a slideshow from the event in the latest installment of Scene & Heard.

Newly Formed Mitsui Subsidiary to Revive PixelOptics Electronic Eyewear

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Friday, November 21, 2014 12:24 AM SAN JOSE, Calif.—When the PixelOptics company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in November, 2013, the future of the company’s pioneering electronic, autofocusing eyewear technology was uncertain. Now, a year later, a newly formed Mitsui subsidiary called Whole You, Inc., led by CEO Yasunori Nishiyama  is preparing to reintroduce and reposition an improved version of PixelOptics eyewear.

DITTO.com Partners With America's Best, Gets Additional $5M Funding

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Friday, November 21, 2014 12:21 AM SAN FRANCISCO—E-commerce eyewear site DITTO has announced $5.0 million in additional funding from August Capital and strategic partner, National Vision, Inc. An earlier seed round led by August Capital brings the total funding raised by Ditto to $8 million.

UnitedHealthcare’s Vision Plan Ranks Highest in J.D. Power 2014 Vision Plan Member Satisfaction Reports

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Friday, November 21, 2014 12:18 AM WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.— UnitedHealthcare ranked highest in customer satisfaction with managed vision care plan providers, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Vision Plan Satisfaction Report released yesterday.

Charmant USA Names Jean Simone Vice President of Sales

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Friday, November 21, 2014 12:15 AM MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.— Charmant USA has just named Jean Simone the new vice president of sales. She had been the director of special sales at the company and will report directly to Harry Aida, president of Charmant USA, in her new role.

October 2014 Optical Business Barometer Rating Shows Increase From September, Increase From Previous Years

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report from Jobson Optical Research shows that the overall optical business rating for October 2014 increased to 3.77 from a September 2014 rating of 3.71 and showed an increase from all previous ratings for the month of October over time.

Visionworks Warns 75,000 Customers of Lost Database Server

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:21 AM ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Visionworks is notifying as many as 75,000 of the national retail chain’s customers that it has learned of an incident that may involve personal information of individuals who received services at its Jennifer Square, Annapolis, Md., location.

Karlsrud Contact Center Solutions Relaunches Telecare Support Services

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:18 AM MINNEAPOLIS— Karlsrud Contact Center Solutions (KCCS), formerly 6 Calls, the first telephone support company owned, operated and staffed by veterans of the optical industry, has announced the official relaunch of their Telecare service.

Education and Nutrition, Putting Them Into Practice

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Proper nutrition can greatly influence everyone’s eye health just as corrected vision can have a huge impact on a child’s education. Both topics are covered in VisionMonday.com’s latest Multimedia and Featured Video picks.

To show how to put “Nutrition for Vision” into practice, ophthalmology professor, Bala Ambati, MD, PhD, hosts a cooking class to cook up recipes that support eye health with foods rich in lutein, zeaxanthin, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.

This week’s Featured Video shows how the non-profit organization Education in Sight is helping the over 30 million rural students in China and 3.5 million students in the U.S. who suffer from uncorrected poor vision put education into practice by performing eye exams and providing free eyeglasses.

Valeant Acquires Nicox's U.S. Ophthalmic Subsidiary

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Monday, November 17, 2014 11:10 AM SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France— Nicox S.A., the ophthalmic company, announced that Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. has acquired Nicox's U.S. diagnostics subsidiary Nicox Inc..

Actavis to Acquire Allergan to Create Top 10 Global Growth Pharma Company With $23 Billion in Revenue

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Monday, November 17, 2014 9:30 AM DUBLIN, Ireland and IRVINE, Calif.— Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT) and Allergan, Inc. (NYSE: AGN) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Actavis will acquire Allergan for a combination of $129.22 in cash and 0.3683 Actavis shares for each share of Allergan common stock.
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