Hoya Vision Care’s U.S. Pilot Program With i-Optics to Target Optometrists

By Staff
Monday, July 21, 2014 2:30 PM LEWISVILLE, Texas—Spectacle lens maker Hoya Vision Care, which signed a multi-year contract with eye diagnostics company i-Optics last week, will be piloting a program in the U.S. with a select group of optometric practices, which will offer eyecare professionals EasyScan, a fundus camera that can perform a three-minute eyecare test that provides medical-grade images of the retina without the need for pupil dilation.

MacKeyser/American Optical Services Makes Second Bankruptcy Court Appearance, Schedules Auction of Certain Assets

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Monday, July 21, 2014 12:36 AM WILMINGTON, Del.—The Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings for MacKeyser Holdings, LLC and its subsidiaries, which include American Optical Services (AOS) and a number of other optical businesses the company had acquired prior to its bankruptcy, proceeded last week with the company’s second court appearance on July 16.

VSP Global Opens Innovation and R&D Lab

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Monday, July 21, 2014 12:33 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The recent collaboration between VSP Global, Google and designer Diane von Furstenberg that produced a fashionable take on Google Glass resulted from a new VSP Global initiative announced last week.

Services To Be Held Soon for Dr. Francis Jean, Founder and President of IRIS The Visual Group

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Monday, July 21, 2014 12:30 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Dr. Francis Jean, 56, founder and president of Canada’s IRIS The Visual Group, passed away suddenly last week.

Newton Transfers, Andre Assumes Command of Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity (NOSTRA)

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Monday, July 21, 2014 12:27 AM YORKTOWN, Va. - Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity (NOSTRA), the Department of Defense’s largest and leading optical fabrication laboratory, hosted a change of command ceremony here July 11, where Capt. Paul A. Andre relieved Capt. Matthew E. Newton as commanding officer.

Safilo Group Will Not Renew Solidarity Contract, Cites 'Constructive Discussions' With Unions and Employees

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Monday, July 21, 2014 12:24 AM PADUA, Italy— Safilo Group (SFL:MI) announced that it will not renew its solidarity contract for Longarone and Santa Maria di Sala facilities and that it has signed approximately 100 voluntary exit agreements.

'Union of Eyecare Providers' is Topic of July 23rd 'Power Hour'

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Monday, July 21, 2014 12:21 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Craig Steinberg, OD, JD and David Balto, Esq., representing the American Association of Doctors of Optometry (AADO) and the “Union of American Eyecare Providers,” will be the guests on the July 23rd edition of ‘The Power Hour,” the weekly radio broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Limits of State and Keeping Eyes Safe on VisionMonday.com

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Monday, July 21, 2014 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Graduation season is over and it’s time for new optometrists to step onto the OD scene. For many of them, unforeseen issues await across state lines—scope of practice laws. As detailed in a recent blog post from NewGradOptometry.com (NGO), authority to administer certain treatments varies state by state and many new docs are unaware of these legalities.
 

June 2014 Optical Business Barometer Shows Rise in Overall Ratings

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Friday, July 18, 2014 12:30 AM NEW YORK—According to Jobson Optical Research’s latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report, the overall optical business rating rose in June 2014 to 3.76 from a May 2014 rating of 3.73.

1-800 CONTACTS Breaks Ground on New Corporate HQ

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Friday, July 18, 2014 12:27 AM DRAPER, Utah—At a groundbreaking ceremony this week, 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc. announced it will be constructing a new corporate headquarters facility here.

VisionWeb Announces Annual Royalty Payment to the Opticians Association of America

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Friday, July 18, 2014 12:24 AM AUSTIN, Tex.— VisionWeb announced that the Opticians Association of America (OAA) and affiliated State Associations will receive a royalty payment of $7,075.34 earned for eyecare product orders placed by their members on VisionWeb over the last 12 months.

What Are ECPs Earning? New 2014 ECP Compensation Study Highlights Trends

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Friday, July 18, 2014 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The 2014 ECP Compensation Study, a project of Jobson Research and Local Eye Site is now available, a special report which details what eyecare professionals are earning on a national and regional basis.

Allergan Files Investor Presentation Claiming Valeant’s Business Model is 'Unsustainable'

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:27 AM IRVINE, Calif.— Allergan, Inc. (NYSE: AGN) has filed an investor presentation with the Securities and Exchange Commission that raises further concerns about what it characterizes as “potential business risks and issues” related to a proposed purchase by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE/TSX: VRX).

Hoya Partners With i-Optics to Distribute Retinal Scanning Technology

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:25 AM UITHOORN, The Netherlands—Spectacle lens maker Hoya Vision Care has signed a multi-year contract with eye diagnostics company i-Optics to offer opticians EasyScan, a fundus camera that can perform a three-minute eyecare test that provides medical-grade images of the retina without the need of pupil dilation. 

Int’l Vision Expo and Ritz-Carlton Partner on Customer Service CE Course at Vision Expo West

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:24 AM NORWALK, Conn.—For the first time at International Vision Expo & Conference West, The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center will share its customer service philosophy and delivery expertise with attendees in a two-hour continuing education course, “ Radar On-Antenna Up: The Ritz-Carlton Method of Fulfilling Unexpressed Wishes and Needs,” to be held Saturday, Sept. 20 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the EYEMAX Theater at the upcoming show/conference in Las Vegas.
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