Tuesday, February 19, 2019 12:15 AM
NEW YORK—The results of the second annual Canadian Frame Market internet study, jointly conducted by VuePoint IDS and Jobson Optical Research, are now available. The 2018 study, building upon the inaugural research conducted in 2017, reveals that eyecare professionals are choosing to be more selective and do business with fewer frame suppliers, according to an announcement from VuePoint IDS. The distribution strength of the top players shows signs of weakening compared to the previous year. Only 2 of the top 10 companies showed gains in distribution.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 12:15 AM
RUIDOSO, N.M.—The Society to Advance Opticianry
(SAO) has named Sam Johnson as the 2018 ophthalmic optician of the year. To be considered for this honor an individual must be a member of the Society to Advance Opticianry, cannot be a voting member of the society’s board and must have shown leadership in advancing the scope of practice of opticiary during the prior year. During the past year, Johnson served as the chairman of the SAO’s refraction committee where he brought the certification of opticians as “ophthalmic refractionist” to be a potential future certification through the ABO/NCLE.
Thursday, February 8, 2018 12:15 AM
LONDON—The Federation of Manufacturing Opticians
(FMO), a U.K.-based association, announced the upcoming retirement of Bryony Pawinska, its chief executive, effective at the end of May. Pawinska joined FMO in January 2016 to work as part-time CEO following her retirement from full-time employment as chief executive of the College of Optometrists. Andy Yorke, FMO chair said, “We will be very sorry to see Bryony go although we understand her desire to retire after a long and successful career.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 12:27 AM
TORONTO—A Canadian judge has ruled in favor of two Ontario regulatory colleges that have filed lawsuit seeking to prevent Essilor’s Canadian online retail company, Clearly
, from dispensing prescription eyewear over the internet. The College of Optometrists
and the College of Opticians
, both located here, jointly filed the application in December 2016. A hearing was held on Oct.11, 2017, and Justice Thomas Lederer delivered his decision on Jan. 11, 2018. In a message to its members, The College of Optometrists said, “Although we are still reviewing the decision in detail, we are pleased that the court has agreed with the position of the colleges on the questions we brought forward.
Monday, December 18, 2017 12:10 AM
TORONTO, Ontario—Sister duo Gina Dressler-Kay and Alison Dressler-Adler, co-owners of Cristall Opticians, an independent boutique located here, hosted their first trunk show 30 years ago and are still going strong. With over 60 years of experience in the optical industry between the both of them, Gina and Alison understand the importance of not only providing top quality optics to their customers, but also a personalized experience for their clientele.
Monday, December 18, 2017 12:10 AM
NEW YORK—Vintage Eyewear is certainly nothing new, but there is an undeniable shift with consumers desiring accessories that tap into the vein of vintage. Whether inspired by a specific period in time or a revival of a classic style, the growing passion for vintage is definitely having its moment in the sun again.
Monday, November 27, 2017 12:18 AM
NEW YORK—For a portrait of professional compensation for eyecare professionals, including dispensing staff and office managers, Jobson Research’s 2017 ECP Compensation Study
is now available.
Thursday, October 26, 2017 3:29 PM
The following "thank-you note" came to Vision Monday from Stanley Ehlin, a licensed optician at Island Vision Care in Marathon, Fla. The practice can be reached at email@example.com
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:15 AM
LAKE BUENA, Fla.—"I believe the future visit to the optician might be more like a trip to the Apple Store," declared Ted Gioia during his keynote speech at the annual OptiCon Conference
held here from Oct. 6 to 8.
Friday, October 6, 2017 8:15 AM
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo and OptiCon have formed a partnership to bring what is billed as “the industry’s premier opticianry and contact lens fitters education program” to “the largest gathering of eyewear and eyecare professionals in the Americas.”
Monday, May 29, 2017 12:18 AM
RALEIGH, N.C.—Local Eye Site
, an online employment site for eyecare professionals, recently launched the newest version of their website.
Friday, March 24, 2017 12:21 AM
LAKELAND, Tenn.—The Opticians Association of America
announced that Sue Shire of Michigan has been named the 2017 OAA State Leader of the Year.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:21 AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Separate bills in the state legislature here propose a consolidation of several health-related regulatory boards—including the Ohio Optical Dispensers Board (OODB) and state Board of Optometry—under a new structure.