Attendance Trending Up as Expo Maintains an Energetic Pace

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:36 AM LAS VEGAS—As the show entered its second day, new products, show specials and discounts took center stage, allowing attendees and exhibitors alike to benefit from business opportunities. Traffic in The Galleria, The Suites and various pavilions kept a steady pace and overall attendance was trending up 1.8 percent as compared to last year, according to show organizers.

Essilor to Launch a Mobile App to Inform Consumers About Eye Health and Encourage Eye Exams

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:34 AM LAS VEGAS— Essilor of America announced yesterday that it is launching a mobile application that addresses what the company sees as a rising demand by consumers for timely, reliable eyecare information online.

Rochester Optical Expands Footprint in Fast-growing Wearables Market

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:33 AM ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Eyewear manufacturer, wholesaler and optical lab operator Rochester Optical is significantly expanding its presence in the fast-growing wearable technology market with two new partnerships announced this week.

Robert Sypniewski Named President of Opticote

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:27 AM FRANKLIN PARK, Ill.—The board of directors of Opticote recently announced that Robert Sypniewski will be taking over the role of president.

Ørgreen and Claire Goldsmith and Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses Form Business Partnership

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:25 AM LONDON—British eyewear brands, Claire Goldsmith and Oliver Goldsmith Sunglasses, and Danish eyewear brand Ørgreen Optics have entered into a new partnership arrangement.

Eyeking and Under Armour Renew Licensing Agreement

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:24 AM PLAINVIEW, N.Y.— Eyeking, LLC and Under Armour (NYSE: UA) have announced the renewal of their license agreement for the exclusive development, manufacture and sale of Under Armour eyewear through Dec. 31, 2019.

International Vision Expo & Conference OPTImum Program Under New Direction

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:18 AM NORWALK, Conn.—International Vision Expo & Conference has named Cheri Guy director of Professional Relations, tasked with overseeing the development and growth of the event’s prestigious OPTImum Program.

Emerging Vision Inc. Acquires Eye Gallery Locations in AOS Bankruptcy Court Proceedings

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Friday, September 19, 2014 10:30 AM WILMINGTON, Del.— Emerging Vision Inc. (OTC BB: ISEE.OB) has emerged as the successful buyer of the eight The Eye Gallery locations and two The Artful Eye locations in the bankruptcy proceedings here for MacKeyser Holdings/American Optical Services, according to an order filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on Sept. 18.

Expo Provides a Great Backdrop for New CE, Product Launches

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Friday, September 19, 2014 12:33 AM LAS VEGAS—Expo opened its doors to exhibitors and attendees yesterday and the mood was decidedly upbeat as the CE program got into full swing and new show features debuted.  "The Vision Expo community is brewing with excitement on every level,” according to Deborah Castor, vice president, Shows & Meetings, The Vision Council. “This morning's continuing education program opened with the State of the Industry Address which was standing room only, proving a healthy introduction to the days ahead.”

CooperVision Introduces UPP for Clariti Contact Lenses

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Friday, September 19, 2014 12:32 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.—CooperVision, a division of The Cooper Companies (NYSE:COO) has adopted Unilateral Product Pricing (UPP) for its Clariti line of contact lenses, effective today, according to Bob Ferrigno, CooperVision president, North America.

Leaders of U.S. Opticianry Groups Discuss Aligning to Advance the Profession

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Friday, September 19, 2014 12:30 AM NASHVILLE, Tenn.—A group of 27 opticianry leaders representing 11 different organizations gathered here for a recent Opticians Collaboration Summit to discuss how to advance the profession of opticianry.

NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Creates Optometry Advisory Board

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Friday, September 19, 2014 12:28 AM EMERYVILLE, Calif.— NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: NBY), a biopharmaceutical company focusing on the development and commercialization of its non-antibiotic anti-infective products,announced that it has created an Optometry Advisory Board to help oversee the development, marketing and medical use of NovaBay’s i-Lid Cleanser and other eyecare products.

LBI Signs License for Maui and Sons Premium Eyewear

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Friday, September 19, 2014 12:27 AM NEW YORK— LBI Eyewear has entered into an exclusive, license arrangement with Maui and Sons for the design, manufacturer, imports and marketing of a premium line of sport eyewear and premium sunwear under the Maui and Sons brand label.

Safilo to Launch Product School Apprenticeship Program in 2015

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Friday, September 19, 2014 12:21 AM PADUA— Safilo Group (SFL.IM, SFLG.MI) has announced the launch of its Product School offering three year apprenticeships to up to 10 young professionals every year, starting in 2015.

SUNY Optometry Appoints Soden to New Director of Health Care Development Position

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Friday, September 19, 2014 12:20 AM NEW YORK—According to a recent announcement, SUNY College of Optometry has created a new position to expand the institution’s reach and relationships within the broader healthcare community: director of health care development. Richard Soden, OD will take on the role effective July 1, 2015.
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