March 2015 Optical Business Barometer Rating Shows Slight Increase From February 2015

By Staff
Friday, April 17, 2015 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report from Jobson Research shows that the overall optical business rating for March 2015 increased slightly to 3.84 from a February 2015 rating of 3.81.

Medicare’s $145B Reform Bill Passes, 21 Percent Cut Eliminated

By Staff
Friday, April 17, 2015 12:27 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate approved a $145 billion health care reform bill (H.R.2) on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, that includes a permanent repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).

See Extraordinary Eyewear, Specs on Show to the Public

By Staff
Friday, April 17, 2015 12:25 AM For the third year in a row, eyewear will star at the Fuorisalone in Milan from April 14 through 19 during Milan’s Design Week. The new SEE with Mido – See Extraordinary Eyewear format is at Showroom 31 in the courtyard of Opificio 31 in Via Tortona, the throbbing heart of Tortona Design Week. More

Ogi Eyewear Promotes Nides to Vice President of Sales

By Staff
Friday, April 17, 2015 12:18 AM MINNEAPOLIS—Ogi Eyewear has announced the promotion of John Nides to vice president of sales. Nides, who was previously vice president of sales, North America, of their Scojo New York brand, took on this expanded role effective March 1, 2015.

March 2015 Optical Business Barometer Rating Shows Slight Increase From February 2015

By Jamie Wilson
Thursday, April 16, 2015 2:00 PM NEW YORK—The latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report from Jobson Optical Research shows that the overall optical business rating for March 2015 increased slightly to 3.84 from a February 2015 rating of 3.81.

Three Major Contact Lens Manufacturers Sue Utah Attorney General Over New Anti-UPP Law

By Staff
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:40 PM SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—In response to last month’s passage of the “Contact Lens Consumer Protection Act” in Utah, three leading contact lens manufacturers (Alcon, Bausch + Lomb, and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care) have filed lawsuits to stop that state’s attorney general from enforcing the new law.

The Vintage Spirit of Hairstyles

By Staff
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:25 AM What do hairstyles and eyeglasses have in common? A lot, because a frame must not only suit the shape of the face but also the hairstyle. The protagonists of S/S will be different lengths emphasized by irregular stripes highlighting the encounter between Victorian grunge and “animalistic disco.” More

NAVCP/NASHO Specialty Health Summit Announces Speakers, Agenda

By Staff
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:24 AM LAS VEGAS—The 2015 Specialty Health Summit, held jointly by the National Association of Vision Care Plans and the National Association of Specialty Health Organizations, has announced its agenda and speaker roster for the event to be held May 4 to 6 at The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas.

Johnson & Johnson’s 1Q Sales Drop 4.1 Percent

By Staff
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:23 AM NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) announced sales of $17.4 billion for the first quarter of 2015, a decrease of 4.1 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014.

The American Academy of Optometry Announces its 2015 Student Travel Fellowship Winners

By Staff
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:18 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The American Academy of Optometry announced the recipients of their 2015 Student Travel Fellowship Awards.

Lozza Capsule Collection by Pininfarina

By Staff
Monday, April 13, 2015 12:25 AM Pininfarina has entered the eyewear sector with De Rigo Vision and together they have launched Lozza by Pininfarina, a 100 percent Made In Italy capsule collection dedicated to design, exclusiveness, beauty and innovation that respects traditional craftsmanship. More

Tokyo-Based Retailer Jins Opens First U.S. Flagship Store in San Francisco, Launches E-Commerce Site

By Staff
Monday, April 13, 2015 12:24 AM SAN FRANCISCO—Tokyo-based Jins opened its first U.S. flagship store here on Friday. The 4,900-square-foot retail space will display 1,200 different styles of Jins exclusive eyewear, priced from $60 to $120. Known for its hip, affordable eyewear, Jins will offer four featured frame styles in the U.S.

Leidmann’s View

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Friday, April 10, 2015 12:25 AM As mentioned in previous editions, the prestigious Bestore Award has gone to the German firm Leidmann. Philipp Foret explains the group’s philosophy to WMIDO. More

Allergan Drops Lawsuit Against Valeant and Pershing Square

By Staff
Friday, April 10, 2015 12:18 AM IRVINE, Calif.—Allergan has dropped its lawsuit against Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and Pershing Square Management that was filed in response to Pershing Square’s purchase of Allergan stock just prior to Valeant’s unsuccessful bid for Allergan last year.

Oscar de la Renta Renews Agreement With Allure

By Staff
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Allure Eyewear and parent company, Marchon Eyewear, Inc., have announced an expanded partnership with Oscar de la Renta, LLC
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