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

By Staff
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?”

PSA's for ECPs—And Parents

By Marge Axelrad
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:30 AM Trying to convey how comprehensive eye exams and vision therapy can help children learn and read?

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

By Staff
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.

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.

VSP Global Opens Innovation and R&D Lab

By Staff
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.

Essilor Launches New Generation of Optifog Lenses

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM DALLAS—Essilor is launching a new and improved version of its Optifog lenses. Patients no longer need a special liquid to activate the anti-fog property on the lenses weekly. Instead, patients will be able to clean and activate Optifog lenses at the same time with the Optifog Activator Cloth.

Shamir Release Shamir Duo, a New Generation of Bifocal Lenses

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM SAN DIEGO—Shamir Insight is launching its first bifocal, Shamir Duo. The lens features a patent-pending Freeform design that offers surface continuity, eliminating the visible line that is associated with flat-top bifocals, providing the patient with improved optics.

Transitions Photochromic Lenses Available in New Graphite Green

By Andrew Karp
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM DALLAS—Essilor and Transitions Optical have partnered to develop and launch Transitions Signature VII lenses in a graphite green color.

US Optical Launches New Technologies and Products

By Staff
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM SYRACUSE, N.Y.— US Optical recently installed a 1200-DLX AR coater and a VFT-Orbit lens generator, both manufactured by Satisloh.

You and YouTube: Optical Owners Opt for Video Channels From Block BG

By Catherine Wolinski
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM Video is one of the most desired—and most difficult—types of content to attain for brands and businesses looking to serve up some creativity to their customers online. 

NewGradOptometry.com's Scope of Practice Map

By Catherine Wolinski
Friday, July 18, 2014 10:30 AM Now that graduation season is over, new graduate optometrists are stepping onto the OD scene across the country. Many of these eager eye docs are soon to encounter unforeseen limitations to their practice.

1-800 CONTACTS Breaks Ground on New Corporate HQ

By Staff
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.

Hoya Partners With i-Optics to Distribute Retinal Scanning Technology

By Staff
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. 

Alcon to License Google Technology for Smart Contact Lenses and IOLs

By Staff
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:35 AM BASEL, Switzerland— Alcon, the eyecare division of Novartis, has entered into an agreement with a division of Google Inc.  to license its "smart lens" technology for all ocular medical uses.

'Rocky' Rules in SUNY Student Bowl Rules Video

By John Sailer
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 4:00 PM With the 23rd Varilux Student Bowl held in Philadelphia in conjunction with the recent Optometry’s Meeting, it was fitting that last year’s Spirit Award winners, SUNY School of Optometry, chose a “Rocky” theme for this year’s rules video.