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.

Second Sight Appoints Will McGuire as President and CEO

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Monday, June 29, 2015 12:27 AM SYLMAR, Calif.—Second Sight Medical Products (NASDAQ:EYES) has appointed Will McGuire, a 20-year veteran of the life sciences industry, as president and chief executive officer, effective Aug. 18, 2015.

Altair and Cole Haan Sign Exclusive Worldwide License Agreement

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Monday, June 29, 2015 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Cole Haan has announced a multiyear global license agreement with Altair, a division of Marchon Eyewear, Inc., for the design, manufacture and distribution of sunglasses and ophthalmic eyewear collections under the Cole Haan brand. The license agreement was effective June 1, 2015.

Adlens to Develop Electronically Adjustable Prescription Eyewear

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Monday, June 29, 2015 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Adlens has announced that it is developing electronically adjustable prescription eyewear. Speaking at a press conference last week during the CE Week technology exhibition here, Dr. Graeme Mackenzie, research optometrist and director of industry and regulatory affairs at Adlens, said the company’s next step is “a fully automated pair of glasses, with integrated electronics.”

Robert M. Sinskey, MD, Ophthalmic Pioneer Passes Away

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Monday, June 29, 2015 12:18 AM FAIRFAX, Va.—Robert M. Sinskey, MD, a renowned ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2015. Funeral services for him were held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 in California.

ClearVision’s David Friedfeld on July 1 ‘Power Hour’

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Monday, June 29, 2015 12:15 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—ClearVision Optical’s president, David Friedfeld, will be the guest on the July 1 edition of the “Power Hour,” the weekly radio broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

PECAA Sponsors Open House for New HQ That Doubles the Alliance’s Space

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Friday, June 26, 2015 12:24 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—Professional Eye Care Associates of America held an open house on June 23,  to welcome its members, vendors and staff to the independent optometrist alliance’s new offices here. (L to R) PECAA’s Jamie Hughes, Chris Millet, Lance Anderson, OD, Gunnar Bjorklund, and Scott Walters hosted optical industry partners at an open house to celebrate the move.

Vision Source and Arkansas Health Group Announce New Relationship

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Friday, June 26, 2015 12:21 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source has entered into a relationship with Arkansas Health Group,  to provide eye health and vision services to their patient base.
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