FFL Private Equity Firm to Make Growth Investment in Eyemart Express

By Staff
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:27 AM SAN FRANCISCO— FFL Partners, a private equity firm focused on growth investments in middle market companies, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to make a growth investment in Eyemart Express a leading independent, value-focused U.S. optical retailer.

Registration Now Open for Vision Expo East 2015

By Staff
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:24 AM NORWALK, Conn.—Registration is now open for International Vision Expo & Conference East 2015, scheduled to be held at the Javits Center in New York March 19 to 22 (Education: March 19 to 22, Exhibition: March 20 to 22).

Warby Parker Continues its Brick-and-Mortar Expansion With New Locations in San Francisco and Chicago

By Staff
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:21 AM NEW YORK— Warby Parker, the eyewear e-tailing brand based here with a growing brick-and-mortar presence in select markets throughout the country, has launched two more physical locations within one week, one in San Francisco and the other in Chicago.

FinalEyesCE Partners With Energyes For February 2015 Event

By Staff
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:18 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Organizers of FinalEyesCE, a collaborative training effort focused on co-management opportunities for optometrists and ophthalmologists, announced today the return of the three day conference for OD’s and MD’s alike to be held on Feb. 20 through, Feb. 22, 2015 at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.

Ten Eye-Healthy Cities for Kids and Nine Obscure Facts About John Lennon’s Glasses

By Staff
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—As the end of the year approaches, numbered lists of the Top Ten this or the Top Five that rise in popularity. In keeping with that trend, Vision Monday’s latest multimedia and video posts found the Top Ten Eye-Healthy Cities for Kids and Nine Things You Didn’t Know about John Lennon’s Glasses. Take a look at this week’s picks to find out the Number One eye-healthy city for kids in the U.S. (plus the other top 9) and learn about John Lennon’s connection to the Number 9 along with nine other facts you didn’t know about his iconic round eyeglasses.

Online Optical Retailing Certification Program in the Works

By Staff
Monday, November 24, 2014 12:24 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—Members of several U.S. vision-related associations and retailers and suppliers are spearheading a project to develop standardized voluntary certification of online optical retailers with LegitScript.

WestGroupe U.S.A. Names Dennis Davis Vice President of Sales

By Staff
Monday, November 24, 2014 12:23 AM PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.— WestGroupe has announced the appointment of Dennis Davis as the new vice president of sales for WestGroupe U.S.A., effective Dec. 1, 2014. Davis will report directly to Mike Debono, vice president of North American sales.

Essilor to Close Lens Plant in Ponce, Puerto Rico

By Staff
Monday, November 24, 2014 12:21 AM PONCE, Puerto Rico— Essilor has announced that it will discontinue operations at its Ponce, Puerto Rico lens manufacturing facility effective on or about June 30, 2015. The closure will affect 180 workers, according to Essilor, which notified plant employees of the closing on Nov. 11.

The Latest in Clinical Treatments With Jim Thimons, OD on Nov. 26 ‘Power Hour’

By Staff
Monday, November 24, 2014 12:18 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—The latest in clinical treatments, technologies and studies from the perspective of Jim Thimons, OD will be the topic on the Nov. 26 edition of “Power Hour.” The weekly radio show is broadcast at 9:00 p.m. ET, hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Ginger Love and Building Business Knowledge on VisionMonday.com

By Staff
Monday, November 24, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Bold Face has an affinity for red-haired ladies. In this edition, Bold Face: Ladies in Red, we highlight three talented actresses with glorious ginger tresses and amazing sunglass style from Marchon, Safilo and Oliver Peoples.

PECAA, the nationwide independent doctor alliance, held a gathering for 170 of its member docs and 130 staff members against the backdrop of scenic Bellevue, Wash earlier this month. VM was on the scene for the three-day event, which provided business-focused education and learning options for members. See a recap and a slideshow from the event in the latest installment of Scene & Heard.

Newly Formed Mitsui Subsidiary to Revive PixelOptics Electronic Eyewear

By Staff
Friday, November 21, 2014 12:24 AM SAN JOSE, Calif.—When the PixelOptics company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in November, 2013, the future of the company’s pioneering electronic, autofocusing eyewear technology was uncertain. Now, a year later, a newly formed Mitsui subsidiary called Whole You, Inc., led by CEO Yasunori Nishiyama  is preparing to reintroduce and reposition an improved version of PixelOptics eyewear.

DITTO.com Partners With America's Best, Gets Additional $5M Funding

By Staff
Friday, November 21, 2014 12:21 AM SAN FRANCISCO—E-commerce eyewear site DITTO has announced $5.0 million in additional funding from August Capital and strategic partner, National Vision, Inc. An earlier seed round led by August Capital brings the total funding raised by Ditto to $8 million.

UnitedHealthcare’s Vision Plan Ranks Highest in J.D. Power 2014 Vision Plan Member Satisfaction Reports

By Staff
Friday, November 21, 2014 12:18 AM WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.— UnitedHealthcare ranked highest in customer satisfaction with managed vision care plan providers, according to the J.D. Power 2014 Vision Plan Satisfaction Report released yesterday.

Charmant USA Names Jean Simone Vice President of Sales

By Staff
Friday, November 21, 2014 12:15 AM MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.— Charmant USA has just named Jean Simone the new vice president of sales. She had been the director of special sales at the company and will report directly to Harry Aida, president of Charmant USA, in her new role.

October 2014 Optical Business Barometer Rating Shows Increase From September, Increase From Previous Years

By Staff
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report from Jobson Optical Research shows that the overall optical business rating for October 2014 increased to 3.77 from a September 2014 rating of 3.71 and showed an increase from all previous ratings for the month of October over time.
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