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Essilor Awarded Good Housekeeping Seal for Second Year

Essilor Awarded Good Housekeeping Seal for Second Year

For the second year in a row, Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, has earned the esteemed Good Housekeeping Seal for the entire Crizal® No-Glare lens product portfolio. Evaluated by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, the Seal emblem offers additional credibility to the performance of the Crizal brand. “Receiving the Good Housekeeping Seal for a second year in a row is a testament to Essilor’s ambition to excel as an industry innovator, providing products that meet and exceed patients’ visual needs,” said Lauri Crawford, senior vice president of marketing, Essilor of America. “We’re proud to be recognized with such an honor that brings patients an even greater awareness of the high quality of Crizal lenses and provides eyecare professionals with confidence that they are recommending the best products for their patients’ vision.” The Good Housekeeping Seal has been reassuring consumers about their product-purchasing decisions for more than 100 years, and research has shown an impact of the Seal on consumer buying behaviors: 9 out of 10 consumers are aware of the Seal 89% would feel more comfortable buying a product they are...
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Essilor Celebrates 23rd Anniversary of the Varilux Optometry Student Bowl

Essilor Celebrates 23rd Anniversary of the Varilux Optometry Student Bowl

Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, once again pulled out all of the stops to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the ever-popular Varilux Optometry Student Bowl™, held at this year’s Optometry’s Meeting in Philadelphia, Penn. Contestants, students from all schools and colleges of optometry, answered optometry-related questions while their fellow classmates energetically cheered them on wearing war paint, school colors and displaying brightly-colored banners. The stakes were high. In addition to bragging rights, the winning school, Southern California College of Optometry, took home $1,000 and the coveted crystal trophy. Second and third place winners, Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris University and Indiana University, received $750 and $500, respectively. The winning question, What is the amount and direction of prism induced when looking through a point 7 mm below the optical center of -6.50 -1.00 x 180? A. 5.25 Δ base down, was correctly answered by David Nguyen. This year’s competition drew well over 1,500 students, practitioners and staff. Last year’s Spirit Award winner, State University of New York College of Optometry,...
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Varilux Progressive Lens Inventor Honored for his Contribution to Vision Health

Varilux Progressive Lens Inventor Honored for his Contribution to Vision Health

Bernard Maitenaz, inventor of the progressive lens and Chairman and CEO of Essilor from 1980-1991, was presented with the prestigious Apollo Award at this year’s 117th Annual American Optometric Association (AOA) Congress. The Apollo Award honors individuals or organizations for distinguished service to the visual welfare of the public. This year’s award not only pays tribute to Maitenaz but also to the groundbreaking nature of the innovation behind progressive lenses – both today and in the past. In 1959, following eight years of research, Maitenaz, a young mechanical engineer at Essilor in France, created Varilux®, the world’s first progressive lens. Since then Varilux lenses have gone on to set the standard of visual comfort for people with presbyopia by providing seamless vision at all distances. Presbyopia is the most widespread vision problem in the world – affecting everyone over the age of 45 regardless of location, health or economic circumstance; yet more than 50 percent of people with presbyopia across the world do not benefit from glasses or adequate correction. By 2020, it’s estimated that 2.3 billion people will have presbyopia. In 2012, in its continued mission...
HOYA Sponsors “First 100 Days” Event with AOA on Capitol Hill

HOYA Sponsors “First 100 Days” Event with AOA on Capitol Hill

Ophthalmic lens technology leader, HOYA Vision Care continues to empower Independent Eye Care Providers through science, technology and innovation by having sponsored the “Healthy Vision 2014” forum to ensure your voice is heard at the highest levels. “HOYA is proud to sponsor the AOA’s efforts on behalf of our kids,” said Barney Dougher, President and CEO of HOYA Vision Care, North America, he continued, “Families can now visit their local independent eye care provider, receive the best services, and if necessary, eyewear materials available.” The Healthy Vision 2014: The First 100 Days of Essential Pediatric Eye Health Coverage forum elaborated on how expanded coverage for eye health and vision care for children had made an impact in the first 100 days of the Affordable Care Act. Attendees also discussed how concerned organizations and community leaders can do even more to inform families and educators about this crucial new benefit. The “Healthy Vision 2014” forum was held in the Grand Ballroom at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C., on April 28th. The AOA Congressional Advocacy Conference took place at the same location from April 27 through April 29. Presentations...
MBKU Dedicates Essilor Student Center

MBKU Dedicates Essilor Student Center

A dedication ceremony for the Essilor Student Center at Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU) was held on Thursday, June 5, on the university’s Fullerton campus. The naming of the on-campus Student Center, along with the Essilor Conference Center at MBKU’s University Eye Center at Los Angeles, recognizes the corporation’s history of support to the institution. “Essilor has a long-standing record of social and financial support to the Southern California College of Optometry at MBKU,” said University President Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D. “Their recent pledge of $250,000 to the University’s ACHIEVING 20|20 Campaign boldly endorses our vision to reimagine the future of health care through the expansion of educational programs and strengthens our partnership.” Participating in the dedication ceremony from Essilor of America, Inc., were: President, Independent Distribution Division and Chairman, Essilor Vision Foundation Bob Colucci; and Rod Tahran, O.D., Vice President, Professional Relations and Clinical Affairs, and Trustee, MBKU Board of Trustees, and SCCO Alumnus, Class of 1980. University representatives included: Dr. Kevin Alexander;...
HOYA Expands Back Side PAL Offerings Sun Wear Wraps and Computer Lenses to Benefit

HOYA Expands Back Side PAL Offerings Sun Wear Wraps and Computer Lenses to Benefit

Ophthalmic lens technology leader, HOYA Vision Care, continues to empower Independent Eye Care Providers through science, technology and innovation by announcing today back side progressive lens technology that will be used in the production of additional lens designs. “Many conventional designs in recent years have been digitally surfaced and for some labs that was an improvement.” said Barney Dougher, President and CEO of HOYA Vision Care, North America, he continued, “With our free-form technology, the most advanced in use today, we have taken our back side PAL designs and completely changed the way prescriptions are optimized. No one else is doing what we do the way we do it, and that is maximizing the science and technology that free-form offers and bringing it to independent practices.” Backside PALs are exactly what the name implies. The appropriate semi-finished single vision lens selected and the PAL Rx is added to the back surface. Two of the primary advantages are greater availability in materials and larger cut outs to accommodate wrap sun wear. The combination of back side designs with free-form technology has opened up new levels of product availability and improved...
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HOYA Distortion-Free Optics Voted “Best New Product” at International Vision Expo East

HOYA Distortion-Free Optics Voted “Best New Product” at International Vision Expo East

HOYA’s Distortion Free Optics™ with the Avantek Mounting System® was voted “Best New Product” at International Vision Expo East. The unique system allows ECP’s to demonstrate the finest optical lens technology available today while at the same time getting the patient to immediately relate to the visual experience. This is the product’s second generation and its second win of this award. Research from independent eye care providers lead to the style innovations showcased with plans to bring them to market later this year. “Designed and styled to compete with high-end rimless lines of eyewear, the HOYA DF complete Vision System gives ECPs an opportunity for the first time to show the impact on lens design, based on the materials, AR treatment and mounting approach,” said Barney Dougher, President and CEO of HOYA Vision Care, North America, “It is not often ECPs can naturally steer the conversation to all of those factors and now they can. Annual consumer studies from The Vision Council consistently tell us that “scratch resistance” and “lightweight” are two of the top three attributes patients want in their eye wear – HOYA DF delivers on both counts.” Every...
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First Lens with Benefits Available to Those in Need of Vision Correction

First Lens with Benefits Available to Those in Need of Vision Correction

SPY® (OTCBB: XSPY) is happy to announce the release of its groundbreaking proprietary Happy Lens™ technology in Rx form to eye care providers for 2014. The first-ever Rx lens with benefits, Happy Lens Rx will be available through www.spydigitalrx.com—SPY’s B2B online ordering system that enables accounts to order the SPY Happy Lens™ with a patient prescription directly. “We’re proud to announce that the innovative SPY Happy Lens™ is now available in prescription form,” says Jim Sepanek, SPY executive vice president. “The inclusion of our proprietary Happy Lens™ technology will allow those who need vision correction to not only see better, but also feel better and perform better. It’s another great technological advancement in eyewear that’s only available from SPY.” The biggest breakthrough in sun lens technology in decades, Happy Lens™ is the first and only lens technology specifically designed to maximize the transmission of the sun’s “good” rays. Developed in collaboration with leading eyewear industry veteran Jim Pritts, the Happy Lens™ patent-pending technology blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays and short-wave blue light (“bad” rays), while...
SEIKO Optical Products Introduces Super Atoric Single Vision Free-Form Lenses in All Materials

SEIKO Optical Products Introduces Super Atoric Single Vision Free-Form Lenses in All Materials

Seiko Optical Products of America, the global leader of innovative high-index and free-form lens technologies, introduces Super Atoric Single Vision Free-Form lenses. SEIKO’s Super Atoric SVFF are digitally surfaced single-vision lenses providing precision and superior optics unmatched by traditionally surfaced lenses. Michael J. Rybacki, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, states “SEIKO’s Super Atoric Single Vision free-form lenses combine free-form back surface aspheric/atoric design with a spherical front surface to provide single vision wearers with optimized optical corrections.” The Super Atoric SVFF design minimizes optical aberrations in the as worn position and is optimized in both the spherical and cylindrical power. They are available in all of the same materials and coatings as SEIKO’s free form PALs including Transitions and polarized. For further information about SEIKO Super Atoric Single Vision Free-Form lenses, please visit the website at www.seikoeyewear.com or call 800-235-5367.
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Local Independent Optometrists to be Serviced by New Laboratory HOYA Vision Care Opens near Jackson, Mississippi

Local Independent Optometrists to be Serviced by New Laboratory HOYA Vision Care Opens near Jackson, Mississippi

The free form revolution has come to Mississippi! HOYA Vision Care announced today the grand opening of their newest laboratory in Jackson, Mississippi. “The opportunity to locally service independent ECPs in another market is exciting for us. The Jackson area is growing and we want to grow with it,” said Michael Dougher, Chief Operating Officer for HOYA Vision Care. The new laboratory is located at 289 Commerce Park Drive in Ridgeland, MS. “We are excited to bring HOYA’s leading edge lens designs, materials and treatments to local independent practitioners as well as provide additional training, customized reporting that helps uncover growth opportunities, in-office-ABO seminars and other tools to help advance practice profitability and provide the best vision solutions for patients” said Ahab Haddad, Regional Manager for Hoya Vision Care, he continued, “It is no different in Mississippi than it is in the rest of the country, the lens and lab business is about people and relationships.” HOYA territory managers Bob Aguiar and John DeHaven will be the primary local representatives. HOYA’s support of independent practices rings loud and clear with our commitment to service...
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Local Independent Optometrists to be Serviced by New Laboratory HOYA Vision Care Opens near Phoenix, AZ

Local Independent Optometrists to be Serviced by New Laboratory HOYA Vision Care Opens near Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, Arizona has joined the free form revolution! HOYA Vision Care announced today the grand opening of their newest laboratory in Phoenix, Arizona. “The Phoenix market is big and getting bigger,” said Carson Utech, Area Sales Director for HOYA Vision Care, he continued, “We need to have a local presence and the opportunity to service independent ECPs here is going to be exciting.” The new lab is located at 1635 West University Drive, Tempe AZ. “This is a market that will truly benefit from the differentiating qualities of HOYA’s leading edge lens designs, materials and treatments,” said Michael DeAngelo, Regional Manager for Hoya Vision Care, he continued, “Local independent practitioners will also receive additional training, customized reporting that helps uncover growth opportunities, in-office-ABO seminars and other tools to help advance practice profitability and provide the best vision solutions for patients.” HOYA territory managers Juliann Olson and Darren Rosenthal will be the primary local representatives for the new lab. A ribbon cutting ceremony and reception are planned for in late March. Current and prospective customers are invited to partake in...
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SEIKO Optical Products Introduces Super 16 DA (Dual Aspheric) Finished Single Vision Lens

SEIKO Optical Products Introduces Super 16 DA (Dual Aspheric) Finished Single Vision Lens

Seiko Optical Products of America, the global leader of innovative high-index and free-form lens technologies, introduces Super 16 DA, the world’s first and most advanced dual aspheric finished single vision 1.60 lens. Seiko Super 16 DA lenses utilize the latest in free-form technology to create the highest standard in terms of optical performance, thickness, lightness, and comfort. They are the perfect blend for high index cosmetics and value. Super 16 DA lenses are as thin as a comparable 1.67 lens because of the aspheric design being incorporated on both sides. Michael J. Rybacki, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, states “SEIKO’s dual aspheric low base curve compensates for distortion, peripheral power error and astigmatic aberration in a balanced manner at all viewing angles. This results in exceptional clarity of vision throughout the entire lens, with a significant improvement in all viewing areas, especially in high minus powers.” Rybacki added, “the free-form designed back surface provides precise secondary aspheric/atoric compensation for each individual prescription, providing exceptionally clear and wide peripheral vision. The Super 16 DA design includes...
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Smith Optics Joins Vision Web for Convenient, Efficient Lens Ordering

Smith Optics Joins Vision Web for Convenient, Efficient Lens Ordering

Smith Optics launched into the optical market in 2009 with fashion-forward frames for men and women, and today, the brand is pleased to announce its recent partnership with VisionWeb, an online system providing eyecare professionals a convenient and efficient platform for ordering spectacle lenses. After registering for a free account at visionweb.com and adding Smith Optics as a supplier, ECP’s can place their orders through an integrated practice management system or online at their convenience (online system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). The platform also provides order accuracy based on a customized product catalog, access up-to-date order status information, and the ability to attach trace files to any spectacle lens order. Smith Optics has the most comprehensive and eco-friendly plano and corrective eyewear program. Each frame is constructed of premium materials and designed with forward thinking shapes with an authentic style and performance-level functionality. Smith’s program covers a broad range of applications including a full line of ophthalmic frames, 8-base, high-index sport styles in both plano and prescription sunwear transferable optical inserts for...
Essilor International Finalizes Acquisition of Costa Inc

Essilor International Finalizes Acquisition of Costa Inc

Costa Inc. and Essilor International recently completed its previously announced merger agreement, bringing together two technology-minded partners committed to building and defining the next generation of sun lens technology. As a premiere manufacturer of superior polarized performance sunglasses, Costa is best known for its patented 580® lens technology, which offers razor sharp color enhancement and increased visual acuity. Through this agreement, Costa will serve as a proving ground for sun lens technology developments, allowing the brand to continue bringing the finest sun lenses to the fishing and outdoor market, while taking eye protection, visual experience and lens durability to new levels. “This is a positive development for Costa, Inc. and for fans of the Costa brand,” said Chas MacDonald, President of Costa Sunglasses. “As a member of the Essilor family, we’ll maximize their world class resources and technology to develop the next several generations of lens technology, while continuing our growth in the U.S. and internationally, especially within the Rx realm. We remain committed to building the best performance sunglasses for outdoor enthusiasts everywhere, and...
Essilor’s Annual Laboratory Awards Recognize Top Distributors

Essilor’s Annual Laboratory Awards Recognize Top Distributors

Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, today announced the winners of its Independent Distribution Division (IDD) Annual Laboratory Awards. The awards recognize independent distributors who have achieved top sales performance in a combination of both sales and unit growth in specific Essilor product categories. Essilor’s IDD group is dedicated to growing the market by offering technologically-advanced products and services through its independent distributor partners. In addition, IDD is committed to providing industry-leading programs, initiatives and services that increase customer sales revenue and margins. The goal of IDD is to partner with independent labs to leverage their unique and individual strengths in order to elevate Essilor’s premium brands such as Varilux®, Crizal® and Xperio UV™ lenses, thereby creating continued growth in the premium lens categories in the marketplace. “Essilor IDD continues to be dedicated to providing our independent laboratory partners with the very best sales, marketing tools and support to help grow their businesses,” said Bob Colucci, president, IDD, Essilor of America. “We look forward to another...
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