HAL in Talks With EssilorLuxottica About Possible Sale of GrandVision

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Friday, July 19, 2019 11:25 AM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—HAL Holding (Euronext: HAL) confirmed today that they are having discussions to sell HAL’s 76.72 percent ownership interest in GrandVision (Euronext: GVNV) to EssilorLuxottica (Euronext: EL). “No agreement has yet been reached and no assurance can be provided that these discussions will lead to such an agreement,” HAL said in a statement posted on its website. The price per share being discussed is approximately €28.00, according to a statement on GrandVision’s website. GrandVision is a global optical retailer that operates over 7,200 stores and has more 37,000 employees.

National Sunglasses Day 2019 Garnered Over 1.2 Billion Impressions

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Friday, July 19, 2019 10:12 AM National Sunglasses Day tops 1 billion impressions, another partnership for Eyecare Services Partners, J&J reports solid 2Q, Vision Monday issues Most Influential Women report and Expo West to offer diverse CE program all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Eyecare Services Partners Agrees to ‘Partnership’ With Eye Surgery Associates

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Friday, July 19, 2019 10:09 AM DALLAS—Eyecare Services Partners Management has entered into a “strategic partnership” with Eye Surgery Associates (ESA), one of the leading comprehensive eyecare providers in South Florida.

Johnson & Johnson Reports Solid 2Q 2019 Results

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Friday, July 19, 2019 10:06 AM NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) posted solid results for the period ending June 30, 2019. The health care giant reported net earnings of $5,607 million for the second quarter versus $3,954 million in the year-ago period, a 41.8 percent increase. Sales totaled $20,562 million compared with $20,830 year ago, a 1.3 percent dip. However, adjusted operational sales, excluding the net impact of acquisitions and divestitures, rose 3.7 percent. "We delivered solid second-quarter underlying sales growth and strong earnings growth that enables us to make investments in innovation to accelerate performance in each of our businesses," said Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO.

Meet the #Achievers—VM's Most Influential Women in Optical 2019

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Friday, July 19, 2019 10:03 AM NEW YORK—This week, Vision Monday announced its roster of #Achievers, women from throughout the business and profession who were nominated and selected by VM's editors as 2019’s "Most Influential Women in Optical." This special program, now in its 17th year, is eagerly awaited by VM readers. This diverse group consists of executives, sales and marketing professionals, ECPs, administrators, researchers and teachers. This eclectic mix is emblematic of the broad reach of women in our industry and indicative of how deeply they are embedded in its fabric.

Instagram Begins Hiding Likes in Select Countries

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Friday, July 19, 2019 10:00 AM NEW YORK—Instagram is officially starting tests to hide the number of likes on users' images in select countries including Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. Instagram first began testing this new feature in Canada in May. According to CNN, an Instagram spokesperson said, "We are testing this because we want your followers to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get." Likes can be closely tied to self esteem issues for many younger people who use Instagram, and they can also impact the businesses of Instagram influencers and celebrities who sell ads on the platform. Instagram says users will still be able to see likes on their own posts, but the number will be hidden from everyone else. Head over to CNN for the full story.

Vision Expo West Offers Diversified Education Content at 2019 Show

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Friday, July 19, 2019 10:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—New education at Vision Expo West 2019 will offer attendees a wide range of tracks, courses, workshops and competitions featuring the latest in leadership, marketing, patient care and more with real-time planning and interactive demonstrations. With over 300 hours of educational content available at the upcoming Las Vegas conference and exhibition, attendees will have the opportunity to fulfill multiple aspects of their professional aspirations.

Charlene Trinidad, OD, Is Not Afraid of the Unknown and it Really Shows

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Friday, July 19, 2019 8:30 AM When people think about jobs in the medical field, they are often hampered by the fact that it takes years to attain what turns out to be a difficult profession. Often times, the message being sent out is mostly about the intensity of the job and the long hours. For Charlene Trinidad, OD, this is all true of course, but more than that, being an optometrist is just as much about having a good time as it is about helping and healing people. Her dedication is evident in the fact that the she moved her entire life to Henderson, Nevada after she graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2014.

The Trail Running Tailor Made Sunglasses

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Friday, July 19, 2019 12:25 AM Rudy Project is proud to exclusively unveil at the La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail Rydon Running, the all new sunglasses developed for the running disciplines.

National Sunglasses Day 2019 Garnered Over 1.2 Billion Impressions

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Friday, July 19, 2019 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The Vision Council has released its final numbers for National Sunglasses Day 2019. This year, National Sunglasses Day achieved more than 1.2 bullion online, social media and broadcast consumer media impressions. In addition, #NationalSunglassesDay trended on Twitter throughout the day on June 27, 2019. According to The Vision Council, online placements garnered more than 223 million impressions, with top placements coming from websites such as businessinsider.com, yahoo.com, marketwatch.com, parade.com and golfdigest.com.

Silmo Names Designer Christophe Pillet the Chair of Silmo D'Or 2019 Awards Jury

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Friday, July 19, 2019 12:21 AM PARIS—A French designer and interior architect, Christophe Pillet, has been named chairman of the Silmo D'Or 2019 jury, the Silmo organization announced. Silmo will be held Sept. 27 to 29 at the Paris Nord Villepinte. Pillet graduated from l'École nationale supérieure d'art of Nice in 1985, and then joined the Domus Academy in Milan to study with the greatest talents in the field. He received his degree there in 1986. While living in the capital of Lombardy, for four years he collaborated with Michele De Lucchi, Carlotta de Bevilacqua and Martine Bedin.

Nicox Reports Rise in Net Revenue for 2Q 2019

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Friday, July 19, 2019 12:18 AM SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France—International ophthalmology company Nicox (Euronext Paris: FR0013018124, COX) reported net revenue of €5.2 million in the second quarter ending June 30, 2019 versus €0.2 million in the second quarter of 2018. The Nicox Group had cash and cash equivalents of €17.3 million as compared with €23.5 million at March 31, 2019 and €22.1 million as of Dec. 31, 2018. These cash and cash equivalents do not include the €2 million upfront payment from Ocumension nor the $3 million milestone payment from Eyevance received in July, the company said.

Vision Source Wins $2 Million Contract for Achievements in Value-Based Care

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Friday, July 19, 2019 12:15 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Southern New England Practice Transformation Network (SNE-PTN) will be awarding over 1,100 select Vision Source member practices achievement payments of up to $2,500 per practice, for their performance in the transformation towards value-based care, in 2019. Vision Source member practices constitute greater than 99 percent of the total award recipients. Practices currently enrolled in SNE-PTN will be eligible to receive achievement payments for having completed activities that prepare their practices for success in value-based care and alternative payment models.