Noha Abdalla Joins MyEyeDr. Leadership Team as Chief Marketing Officer

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:27 AM VIENNA, Va.—MyEyeDr. has announced the newest member of its leadership team, Noha Abdalla, who joined the company as chief marketing officer on Nov. 30. Sue Downes, MyEyeDr. CEO, said, “I am excited to have Noha’s talents on our team and the opportunity to work closely with her to lead our marketing innovation and digitization efforts. We know that her skills and talents will accelerate our efforts in creating the next generation patient experience.” Downes added, “Noha brings to MyEyeDr. strong functional leadership, a focus on service experiences, significant experience building teams and running marketing efforts at scale in ways that will most certainly have a positive impact on our brand, her team and the associate and patient experience over time.”

FYidoctors Names Verret as VP of Digital and Brand as it Moves to Provide a ‘Superior Digital Experience to Consumers’

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:24 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-controlled eyecare company, said it has named Elara Verret to its leadership team in the role of vice president, digital and brand. Verret is an award-winning marketing and e-commerce leader with more than 15 years of progressively responsible experience in notable Canadian and international multi-brand platforms, according to a recent announcement.

Bode Miller Named Global Brand Ambassador of Winter Sports at Revo

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Revo has announced that Bode Miller is the brand’s new global brand ambassador of winter sports. Miller is the most decorated American skier in history, with two overall World Cup champions and six Olympic medals. This long-term partnership between Revo and Miller aims to help the brand expand into the winter sports market at a global scale, with the first collaboration taking the form of a goggle capsule collection, which debuts this week.

HAL Holding Reaffirms its Commitment to Supporting Sale of its GrandVision Ownership Stake to EssilorLuxottica

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:15 AM AMSTERDAM—International holding company HAL Holding NV said last week that it is working to fulfill “all relevant requirements under the transaction documentation” related to the proposed acquisition of retailer GrandVision (Euronext: GVNV) by EssilorLuxottica (Euronext: EL). HAL noted that it is working “together with” GrandVision / and EssilorLuxottica to move the deal forward, including obtaining all requisite regulatory approvals. The holding company, which owns 76.7 percent of GrandVision – provided comments on the proposed deal in its announcement of third-quarter and nine-month results.

CooperVision Reveals Major Investments in MyDay Daily Disposable Contact Lens Production

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:12 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—In light of unprecedented global demand for its MyDay daily disposable contact lenses, CooperVision said Monday that it has initiated a series of major investments that scale up manufacturing capacity, logistics performance and sustainability measures. As part of the company’s most aggressive expansion plan in the last decade, it has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to increase MyDay sphere and toric production capacity by more than 300 percent since 2018, the company said in an announcement about the investment.

Sustainability Gains Traction in Optical Industry: VM's Cover Topic

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Monday, November 30, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—In this year like no other, the topic of sustainability is gaining ground in the optical industry. As individuals, families, companies and businesses large and small start to reprioritize as a result of new examples of climate change, economic challenges, social causes and the pandemic, there is more concern about companies' and brands' approach to the matter. In VM's November issue, the cover topic explores some of the latest findings about consumers' changing attitudes towards the subject.

Frames Data and OptiStore ONE Launch New Canadian Integration

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Monday, November 30, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Deen & Associates Software Architects, based in Toronto, Ontario, has announced a new integration with Frames Data Immediate, Frames Data's Canadian database of eyewear.

FYidoctors Expands Further in Alberta With Addition of Vision Care Plus

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Monday, November 30, 2020 12:21 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-controlled eyecare company, said it has completed a merger deal with Vision Care Plus, based in Alberta.

Prevent Blindness Declares December as 'Give the Gift of Sight Month'

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Monday, November 30, 2020 12:18 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has continued its mission to advocate, educate and empower people to make healthy vision a priority. The group is declaring December as “Give the Gift of Sight Month,” asking the public to reflect on the joys of healthy vision, and donate to Prevent Blindness. 

RestoringVision Is Fundraising on Giving Tuesday to Help 50,000 People See Clearly During the Pandemic

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Monday, November 30, 2020 12:15 AM SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—RestoringVision, the largest nonprofit provider of new reading glasses to people living in impoverished communities around the world, is seeking to help 50,000 people see clearly again by raising $50,000 on Giving Tuesday. Each year, RestoringVision works to turn Giving Tuesday into Giving Sight Day by bringing together like-minded people and companies to create access to glasses for people in need around the world. This year, RestoringVision’s Giving Sight Day theme is "Vision Brings Us Together."

As Daily Cases of the Virus Consistently Top 100,000 Per Day, Optical Sales Remain Flat, Jobson Tracker Says

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—With 20 days in a row of more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day throughout the U.S., according to The COVID Tracking Project, optical sales nationwide remained flat over the past week. For the week of Nov. 16-22, only two categories—gross revenue and lens pairs—showed an uptick of 1 index point, according to the Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker. Regionally, optical sales were either flat or changed by only 1 index point up or down.

Eyes On 2021 Concludes as One of the Largest Virtual Optometry Events of 2020

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:24 AM SAN DIEGO—CovalentCareers wrapped up its Eyes On 2021 on Sunday, Nov. 22. The three-day virtual event was one of the largest virtual optometry events of 2020 with over 6,000 eyecare registrants, 4,500+ attendees and more than one million minutes of content watched across three days, the organization said.

American Public Health Association Honors Five Ocular Scientists for COVID-19 Papers

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:21 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—The American Public Health Association has recognized the work of five of the world’s most prominent ocular scientists with its 2020 Vision Care Section Outstanding Scientific Paper Award. Two papers published by the group as the COVID-19 pandemic took root provided timely, evidence-based guidance to address and correct misinformation regarding safe contact lens wear.

VMAIL Scheduling Note for the Thanksgiving Holiday 2020

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 10:00 AM NEW YORK—Due to the Thanksgiving holiday this week, there will be no VMAIL issued on Thursday, Nov. 26 or Friday, November 27. VMAIL is scheduled to resume its regular schedule on Monday, Nov. 30.

VM and 20/20 Magazine Announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2020

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are pleased to announce the selections in the 12th annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, a special survey aimed at identifying readers’ favorite products and companies of the year. Optical retailers and ECP readers of the two Jobson Medical Information publications were asked to identify their “favorite” products in 19 distinct categories.