U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Holding Antitrust Hearing Today on Pricing and Competition in CL Industry

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:15 PM WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee is holding a hearing this afternoon here on pricing and competition in the contact lens industry. The title of the hearing session, posted on the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee’s website, is “Pricing Policies and Competition in the Contact Lens Industry: Is What You See What You Get?”

New Online Eyewear Startup, Frameri, Launches Offering Interchangeable Rx and Sun Lens Options for Frames

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:27 AM CINCINNATTI, Ohio—A new online eyewear site, Frameri, launched yesterday, featuring a unique approach in selling glasses online that offers the consumer the choice of interchangeable prescription and sunwear spectacle lens options which fit into one of three specific series’ of frame shapes in a range of color options.

Eschenbach Optik of America, Inc. Latest Industry Partner To Join Think About Your Eyes

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Eschenbach Optik of America, Inc., an international manufacturer and distributor of high-quality low vision aids and electronic magnification devices, is the latest industry partner to support Think About Your Eyes (TAYE), a public eye health initiative sponsored by a nonprofit organization under The Vision Council.

Eyenavision Names Joseph Farina As New Executive Director

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:21 AM PITTSBURGH, Pa.— Eyenavision, Inc., maker of the patented Chemistrie magnetic lens layering technology, has announced that Joseph Farina has joined the company as executive director.

Envision Conference 2014 to Take Place in Minneapolis in September

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:18 AM MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.— Envision is inviting optical industry professionals to take part in the organization’s ninth annual Envision Conference, a multidisciplinary low vision rehabilitation and research conference dedicated to improving the quality of low vision care through professional collaboration, advocacy, research and education.

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Announces Special Recognition Awards

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:15 AM ROCKVILLE, Md. – The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) announced the recipients of the 2014 Special Recognition Awards including the Inaugural Rising Star Awardee.

Hymes Named Executive Director, Brauns Named Associate Exec Director of American Optometric Association

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:30 PM WASHINGTON, D.C. and ST. Louis, Mo.—The board of trustees of the American Optometric Association (AOA) has named Jon Hymes as executive director, according to David A. Cockrell, OD, AOA president and member of the special committee that led a nationwide executive search.

Recipients Announced for American Academy of Optometry 2014 Awards

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Monday, July 28, 2014 12:30 AM DENVER—The American Academy of Optometry has announced the recipients of the various awards for distinguished individuals in optometry for 2014.

AOAExcel Launches Enhanced Partnership With AXA Equitable

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Monday, July 28, 2014 12:27 AM NEW YORK and ST. LOUIS— AOAExcel has expanded its relationship with AXA Equitable, one of the largest insurance and retirement planning companies in the U.S., to offer an enhanced suite of retirement planning solutions to members of the American Optometric Association.

Optometry Giving Sight Appoints Chief Development Officer for North America

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Monday, July 28, 2014 12:24 AM DENVER— Optometry Giving Sight has appointed Eric Anderson as chief development officer for North America to help increase fundraising capacity in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Leading Optical Speakers Will Talk About 'Digitizing The Store' at VM LIVE Sept. 17 Event in Las Vegas

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Monday, July 28, 2014 12:21 AM NEW YORK—How is technology changing the eyewear retail and patient experience? Optical speakers, leaders from various segments of the regional and national retail and eyecare professional sectors, will explain how they’re “Digitizing The Store,” at a special VM LIVE two-hour program, examining how new technologies are transforming the patient experience and doctor/retailer/patient dynamics.

The VM LIVE event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17 just prior to the start of Vision Expo West. Seating is limited but registration is still open for the event, which will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., followed by a one-hour cocktail reception at The Venetian Hotel.

Featuring expert speakers from outside the industry as well, who will be announced soon, industry leaders will be discussing some of the technology tools they use and share their views about how technology is modernizing the eyewear retail environment. Among those optical industry speakers are: Richard Edlow, OD, president, Katzen Eye Group; Eric Anderson, president and general manager, LensCrafters; and Jonathan Rosin, MD, co-owner, Rosin Eyecare.

“All retailers and ECPs are asking: does my operation’s brand experience meet the expectations of today’s omni-channel shoppers and discriminating patients?,” said Marge Axelrad, SVP and editorial director of VM. “ VM LIVE will illustrate some current approaches being used and update executive decisionmakers about this important change.”

Premier sponsors for “Digitizing The Store” include ABS-SmartMirror and Adlens.

Registration and fee details for VM LIVE are posted here.

What Do Patients Think? Research Trends Reveal Opinions on July 30 ‘Power Hour’

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Monday, July 28, 2014 12:18 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—How do today’s patients view their experience at independent ODs vs chains? Research on those views and other patient expectations will be the topic of the July 30 edition of ‘The Power Hour,” the weekly radio broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Movie Men on VisionMonday.com

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Monday, July 28, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Starlets often get all the hype but here at Bold Face we’re a big fan of movie men too. In our latest edition, Bold Face: Movie Men, we feature three super talented actors, some of their most recent projects and of course their current eyewear faves thanks to Marchon, Mykita Mylon and Barton Perreira.

Optical Lab Division Announces Directors' Choice Award Recipient and 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

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Friday, July 25, 2014 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Optical Lab Division of The Vision Council has revealed the names of 10 industry veterans who will be recognized during the Directors’ Choice Award and 15th Annual Optical Pioneers Hall of Fame banquet on Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Luxottica Renews License Agreement With Chanel

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Friday, July 25, 2014 12:24 AM MILAN— Luxottica Group S.p.A. (NYSE: LUX) and Chanel have announced the signing of a new license agreement for the exclusive development, manufacture and worldwide distribution of Chanel prescription frames and sunglasses through Dec.31, 2018.