Seiko to Sublicense Free-form Progressive Lens Patent to IOT

By Staff
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:30 AM MAHWAH, N.J.— Seiko Optical Products of America announced that it has agreed to sublicense its ’470 patent to Indizen Optical Technologies (IOT), a leading designer of spectacle lenses.

New Varilux Ads Boost Brand Awareness and Increase Traffic to Independent Practices

By Staff
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:18 AM DALLAS— Essilor of America is launching a national advertising campaign to introduce consumers to the benefits of progressive lenses and the technology behind Varilux progressives.

Essilor Launches Varilux Ad Campaign

By Andrew Karp
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 3:05 PM This new Varilux consumer ad campaign, which Essilor of America launched on April 22, shows how blurry vision can interrupt common, everyday activities such as viewing a menu at a restaurant and offers Varilux lenses as the leading progressive lens solution.

Transitions Optical Makes More Changes to Management Team

By Staff
Friday, April 04, 2014 12:30 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.— Transitions Optical has made additional changes to its management team following the completion of the company’s acquisition by Essilor International, announced on Tuesday.

Hoya Avantek Voted Vision Expo East 'Vision Choice' Winner

By Staff
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 12:27 AM NEW YORK – Vision Expo East attendees voted Hoya Avantek first place as the show’s “Vision Choice” best new product.

Transitions Optical Announces Leadership Changes: CEO Elias Retires; Cole Returns to PPG

By Staff
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 10:00 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—After 40 years of service to PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) , including nearly 24 with Transitions Optical, Richard C. Elias, senior vice president, optical and specialty materials, and CEO, Transitions Optical, Inc., will be retiring, effective April 1, 2014.

Essilor Finalizes Acquisition of Transitions Optical

By Staff
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 8:43 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France— Essilor International (Reuters: ESSI.PA) announced today that it has finalized the acquisition of PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) 51 percent ownership stake in Transitions Optical, the leading provider of photochromic lenses to ophthalmic lens manufacturers, and 100 percent of the capital of Intercast, a manufacturer of premium sunlenses.

Essilor to Close Gentex Optics Facility in Pennsylvania

By Staff
Monday, March 10, 2014 12:21 AM CARBONDALE, Pa.— Essilor told employees at its Gentex Optics manufacturing facility in Carbondale last week that it plans to discontinue operations there on or about Oct. 1, 2014.

Younger Optics Releases High Index 1.74 Lenses in Transitions Signature VII

By Andrew Karp
Monday, March 03, 2014 12:00 AM TORRANCE, Calif.—Patients with high prescriptions often want thinner lenses.

Essilor Said Visual Health, Sunlenses and Fast-Growing Markets Drove Growth in 2013

By Staff
Friday, February 28, 2014 12:20 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Along with Essilor International’s (Paris:EI) announcement yesterday that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Coastal Contacts (Nasdaq:COA) for CAD $430 million, the lens maker released consolidated financial results for 2013.

U.S. Patent Office Confirms Seiko Epson Patent 6,019,470, Grants 6 New Claims

By Staff
Monday, February 24, 2014 1:00 PM MAHWAH, N.J.—The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office terminated its re-examination of Seiko Epson patent 6,019,470 on Feb. 19, 2014 after confirming all of the patent’s 20 original claims.

Coburn Expands Lab Works Group, Names Seidel as Director

By Andrew Karp
Monday, February 10, 2014 12:00 AM SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn.—Coburn Technologies announced the expansion of its Lab Works Group and promotion of Charlie Seidel as the Group’s director.

Essilor Partners With Transitions Optical on Seventh Generation Photochromic

By Andrew Karp
Monday, February 10, 2014 12:00 AM DALLAS—Essilor of America is partnering with Transitions Optical to launch Transitions Signature VII lenses, the darkest photochromic lenses with full indoor clarity.

Seiko Intros ‘Ultra Personalized’ Progressive Lens

By Andrew Karp
Monday, February 10, 2014 12:00 AM MAHWAH, N.J.—Seiko Optical Products of America is introducing Superior, an “ultra-personalized” free-form progressive featuring three unique designs
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