Super Optical Receives 2020 Best of Cincinnati Award

By Staff
Friday, July 24, 2020 12:15 AM CINCINNATI—Super Optical has been selected for the 2020 Best of Cincinnati Award in the Optical Goods category by the Cincinnati Award Program. Each year, the Cincinnati Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Cincinnati area a great place to live, work and play.

The Vision Council Provides an Update on China 301 Refund Process for Spectacle Frames

By Staff
Friday, June 26, 2020 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has been closely monitoring the refund process for spectacle frames from China that were subject to China 301 duties, as reported by VMAIL, and is encouraging all members to contact their Customs broker as soon as possible to coordinate refund efforts. On June 18, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection updated its Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system, allowing for new frame shipments to be processed without the additional China duties. Therefore, China duty should not be assessed on plastic spectacle frames of HTS 9003.11.0000 or non-plastic frames of HTS 9003.19.0000 on shipments entered on or after that day.

Zenni Expands E-Sports Partnerships to Promote Eye Health Within the Gaming Community

By Staff
Thursday, April 16, 2020 12:21 AM NOVATO, Calif.—Zenni will expand its presence within e-sports to continue its commitment toward eye health education for gamers.

IOT Expands Production Capacity at Calif. Lens Plant

By Staff
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 12:15 AM TORRANCE, Calif.—Indizen Optical Technologies (IOT) is expanding the production capacity in its manufacturing and technology center here. The company released a statement saying it is boosting the output at the 20,000 square foot facility in Torrance because sales of its IOT Neochromes light-activated lenses, which launched in Q4 2019, have exceeded initial forecasts. “We have had great success with the launch of new IOT Neochromes light activated lenses,” said IOT founder and CEO, Daniel Crespo. “Customers tell us they appreciate the exceptional performance of IOT Neochromes lenses, and that they are offered by an independent supplier.”

Transitions Optical Announces GEN 8 Education Tour

By Staff
Monday, July 8, 2019 12:21 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical is hosting an education tour for eyecare professionals in conjunction with the launch of Transitions Signature GEN 8 lenses. The tour, billed as “Lunch. Learn. Explore,” will visit Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and Washington D.C. It coincides with the 29Rooms city tour, an annual immersive festival of style, culture and creativity sponsored by Transitions Optical and other corporate partners. The Transitions educational events includes an ABO technical credit and admission to a 29Rooms event.

Rx for Success

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:31 AM NEW YORK—A number of eyecare retailers, both national chains and independents, along with several major lens, laboratory and frame companies are continuing to bring new ideas to product innovation, diverse lens choices and more streamlined delivery systems to the category of prescription safety eyewear (SRx) to serve the needs of manufacturing and industrial workers and to bring attention to good eye-care and effective vision correction products to themselves and their families

High Tech Driving Vision: Then and Now

By Ted Giola, Contributing Editor
Monday, November 12, 2018 12:30 AM Ask someone today about high tech eyewear, and they will probably mention Google Glass. But do they know that 100 years ago, the most high tech eyewear was goggle glasses? Or that the emergence of the auto had as much impact on eyewear as the invention of the computer—and is still changing it today?

Hoya Offers Drivers Two New Photochromics

By Staff
Monday, July 9, 2018 12:00 AM LEWISVILLE, Texas—Hoya Vision Care is launching Sensity Dark and Sensity Shine, extending the Sensity line of brand-differentiating photochromic lens technology. Sensity Dark activates behind the windshield of the car and fades back to full clarity. The lenses are also priced the same as original Sensity.

Transitions Taps Designer Christian Siriano as Brand Ambassador

By Staff
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 12:15 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical has named fashion designer Christian Siriano as ambassador for its new brand campaign, Light Under Control. The move comes as the brand aims to modernize itself, focusing more on style and fashion, and addressing consumers’ desires to personalize their eyewear, Transitions Optical said.

Essilor Debuts Essential Blue Series Lenses

By Staff
Monday, June 11, 2018 12:00 AM DALLAS—Essilor of America is launching the Essential Blue Series brand of blue light filtering lenses which provide a combination of Harmful Blue Light protection and clarity all in one lens. The lenses deliver up to three times more protection from harmful blue light than standard clear lenses, according to Essilor.

Transitions Optical Launches Snapchat ‘Try-on Experience’ in Combination With Consumer Campaign

By Staff
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 12:18 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical has partnered with Snapchat to create an interactive augmented reality try-on experience, according to an announcement earlier this week.

Eyeglass Lens Sales Help Boost Hoya’s 4Q 2017 Revenue

By Staff
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 12:24 AM TOKYO—Hoya Corp. (TOKYO: 7741) reported that sales for the Hoya Group during the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2018 rose 7.6 year on year, reaching 135,923 million yen.

Essilor Cites Currency Impact on First Quarter 2018 Revenues

By Staff
Monday, April 30, 2018 12:24 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor (Reuters: ESSI.PA) reported Friday that consolidated revenue for the first quarter ending March 31, 2018 fell 5.8 percent from year ago to €1,825 million. The company, which is awaiting approval from regulatory authorities in China for its merger with Luxottica, attributed the decrease to a negative currency effect that primarily reflects the euro’s appreciation against the U.S. dollar as well as against the Brazilian real, Canadian dollar and Chinese yuan. Essilor’s revenue rose 3.8 percent in constant currency, or 3.2 percent on a like-for-like basis. 

Stanton Optical Expands Further into Texas With Two New Locations This Month

By Staff
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:15 AM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—Stanton Optical, a unit of Vision Precision Holdings, continues its expansion in Texas with the opening of two new locations this month, according to a company announcement. One of the new stores is opening in the Sunland area of El Paso, and another new optical store is opening in Killeen, Texas. Both stores are set to open in April, according to the announcement. The new locations are Stanton’s 11th and 12th optical units in Texas, and raise the Stanton Optical total location count to 73 across the nation as of this month. Both new Texas stores will include an on-site lab that offers customers an opportunity to receive their prescription glasses within 15 minutes, the announcement noted.

Essilor Offers Lenses, Vision Expertise to Aid Needy in the Commonwealth

By Staff
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 12:21 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor has pledged to provide eyeglass lenses to 200 million people in the Commonwealth who are living below the poverty line, while continuing to increase the number of eyecare providers there and improve access to them. Comprising 53 countries, the Commonwealth has a population of 2.4 billion. It is estimated that 900 million people suffer from uncorrected refractive errors; approximately two-thirds of them live below the poverty line. Essilor’s commitment will be made in partnership through the $1 billion Vision Catalyst Fund. The Fund is a new initiative under development by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, civil society and public-private stakeholders, to provide sustainable solutions for eye health to entire populations in Commonwealth countries and around the world.