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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...
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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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Ogi Eyewear and Nikon Canada Partner For Ontario Eye See…Eye Learn®

Ogi Eyewear and Nikon Canada Partner For Ontario Eye See…Eye Learn®

Ogi Eyewear, a globally recognized company that creates innovative, affordable luxury eyewear, today announced its partnership with the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) and Nikon Optical Canada, Inc. in supporting the Eye See… Eye Learn® program, an initiative launched in Ontario 2009 by the OAO. Together We Provide a Better Vision for All Ogi Eyewear in conjunction with Nikon Optical Canada, Inc. are the exclusive corporate partners to the Eye See… Eye Learn® program in Ontario. Ogi Eyewear will supply stylish and high-quality children’s frames; Nikon will supply the polycarbonate, scratch-resistant ophthalmic lenses for all eligible children in this program. The Ontario Association of Optometrists is pleased to offer this program in conjunction with Ogi Eyewear and Nikon. Together, Ogi Eyewear and Nikon, along with participating Ontario Doctors of Optometry are providing a free pair of prescription glasses for each qualifying child. This partnership will make a difference in the community through this incredible program. The Ogi Kids Collection by Ogi Eyewear Ogi Eyewear redefines children’s eyewear by developing styles that align with today’s fashion...
HOYA iD Lifestyle & iQ Free-Form™ Now Available At Rochester Optical

HOYA iD Lifestyle & iQ Free-Form™ Now Available At Rochester Optical

Rochester Optical and HOYA Lens of America are proud to announce Rochester Optical now has HOYA iD Lifestyle & iQ Free-Form™ production in their facility. Rochester Optical has been digitally processing lenses in-house since 2008. Now with HOYA’s iD Lifestyle & iQ Free-Form™ technology, they can offer their customers even more options for their patients. HOYA’s iD Lifestyle & iQ series of lenses incorporate advanced mathematical algorithms during the fabrication process of the lenses, which offers enhanced visual acuity, reduced distortion, and wider fields of vision. “As an independently owned lab, we feel it’s important to offer our customers a wide range of quality products,” commented owner Patrick Ho. “We believe in HOYA lens technology. Likewise, we are confident that our in-house processing of the HOYA iD Lifestyle and iQ series of lenses will provide the quality and quick turn-time our eye care professionals need.” Rochester Optical is an independently owned and operated manufacturer and wholesaler of high quality fashion and military eyewear and lenses. For over 80 years, they have proudly served men and women of the armed forces, past and present....
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Patients Tell HOYA, Looking for Relief from Blue Light Fatigue

Patients Tell HOYA, Looking for Relief from Blue Light Fatigue

HOYA Vision Care recently commissioned a consumer research study to test market messaging options with eye care patients. “Strategies for Keeping Purchases at Independent Practices: Prescribing for Blue Light Overexposure” is the title of the study results summary report released today that summarizes the research findings and offers independent ECPs easy to implement tactics. The science behind HOYA’s product development is complex; however the benefits to patients are very concrete. HOYA’s customers, independent ECPs, need tools to simply share the environmental concerns we have in our society today and then prescribe a solution to their patients. People have very real, chronic symptoms brought on by over exposure to blue light and, together with the doctor, we can help them. The study HOYA conducted, results, and tools will help ECPs help their patients as well as build their individual brands. Respondents in the study shared with HOYA: They had either never heard of blue light or only associated it with sleep patterns, rather than eye health Acknowledged that blue light can cause macular degeneration, though such terms were viewed as scare tactics They would listen to their...
Seiko’s 1.67 PolarThin Lenses For Fun In The Sun

Seiko’s 1.67 PolarThin Lenses For Fun In The Sun

Seiko Optical Products of America, the global leader of innovative high-index and free-form lens technologies, introduces PolarThin, the thinnest and lightest polarized sunwear available. Michael J. Rybacki, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, announces the launch of Seiko’s Semi-Finished Spherical 1.67 PolarThin stating, “The 1.67 Semi-Finished PolarThin features Precise Film Positioning, a proprietary process where the film is located 0.4mm from surface center to edge (Patent Pending). The polarizing film is placed closer to the surface of the blank, resulting in lightweight and fashionable lenses that can be surfaced as thin as 1.3 mm center thickness, compared to all other manufacturers 1.8-2.0 mm center thickness.” Seiko’s 1.67 PolarThin offers 11 accurate Base Curves including a 0.50B. The accurate and consistent curvature is ideal for all free-form designs as well as conventional single-vision. PolarThin blanks are made with high index MR-10 resin. MR-10 is less sensitive to heat and does not readily contract or expand- factors that can lead to warping and coating deterioration. PolarThin 1.67 is available in Gray and Brown polarized film colors and features...
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Expand Your Range Of Vision With The Next Generation of Digital Lenses

Expand Your Range Of Vision With The Next Generation of Digital Lenses

Digital Eye Lab (DEL), a division of ABB OPTICAL GROUP is pleased to introduce yet another proprietary spectacle lens product line, the Digital Master Series. While computers, smartphones, tablets, and other digital devices make communications easier and more efficient, they often create significant eye health complications for the user. The new Digital Master Series will include a new group of lens offerings which are fabricated using the most recent enhancements in digital lens design, such as enlarged intermediate segments and wider near zones, making this state–of–the–art designed series the perfect everyday lenses for today’s technology driven patients. Whether they’re performing everyday tasks or staying connected when using their smartphones, tablets and computers, this unique series of lenses will provide the clear vision that they are looking for. The Digital Master Series of lenses will be available in more than 50 materials and coating combinations, including Photochromic and polarized designs. “We have been working with a number of the leading spectacle lens manufacturers to provide this unique, next–generation digital lens technology to our customers,”...
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Hoya Vision Care Puts An End To The “Blue Light” Blues

Hoya Vision Care Puts An End To The “Blue Light” Blues

Data from the Vision Council show patients most desire scratch resistance as the quality they want most in their eye glass lenses. News outlets from USA Today to Popular Mechanics have all run stories on the negative effects of blue light emitted from back lit devices on our eyes, overall heath, and especially on sleep patterns and fatigue. The original launch of Recharge was the first AR treatment to offer blue light filtering. Today, in response to patient demands and environmental need, HOYA Vision Care is announcing the launch of their next generation of blue light filtering AR treatment- Recharge EX3™ AR treatment. “The initial launch of Recharge was a big success” stated Barney Dougher, President of HOYA Vision Care, NA. “We have since been able to further improve the blue light filters in Recharge. In addition we enhanced the scratch resistance properties so now Recharge is at the same level as Super Hi-Vision EX3 AR treatment; which has a Bayer rating higher than glass. If I own an independent practice I’m really excited about Recharge. Everyone who walks into your practice should leave with Recharge EX3. The benefits to your patients will differentiate you from the...
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