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Safilo Announces The 2015 Launch Of Its Product School, An Industry Leading Eyewear Apprenticeship Program

Safilo Announces The 2015 Launch Of Its Product School, An Industry Leading Eyewear Apprenticeship Program

Safilo Group, the fully integrated Italian eyewear creator and worldwide distributor of quality and trust, is proud to announce the launch of its Product School offering 3 year Apprenticeships to up to 10 young professionals every year, starting from 2015. On the occasion of its institutional 80th anniversary, Safilo recalls the importance of its product creation, design, development, and manufacturing capabilities, and its historical reputation of offering the very best of Italian tradition through eyewear apprenticeships dating back as far as 1878. High quality eyewear craftsmanship at the heart of modern globally integrated quality business management is core to Safilo’s strategy aimed at long term sustainable profitable growth. Safilo announces, therefore, the establishment of the “Safilo Product School” to give young apprentices starting their professional lives the opportunity to build foundational mastery across all Product functions, and then begin Safilo’s career path to form the new generations of Eyewear Product Directors. Entry into the program based on selection is open to talents coming from technical institutes or universities, and builds on international apprenticeship...
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Essilor & Essilor Vision Foundation Launch Campaigns To Promote Upcoming World Sight Day

Essilor & Essilor Vision Foundation Launch Campaigns To Promote Upcoming World Sight Day

Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, and Essilor Vision Foundation will join Essilor Group subsidiaries and partners from around the world in a digital campaign—#bettersightbetterlife— to raise awareness of the importance of vision care for World Sight Day on Oct. 9. The #bettersightbetterlife campaign is being launched by Essilor and Essilor Vision Foundation to build awareness of the significant socioeconomic costs resulting from poor vision, compared with the relative ease of correcting and preventing vision problems. World Sight Day, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), is an annual day that draws global attention to blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired. The event serves as a significant opportunity to raise public awareness about the importance of good vision through regular eye exams and effective vision equipment. Through #bettersightbetterlife, Essilor and Essilor Vision Foundation are urging social media users around the world to sponsor World Sight Day by pledging support through their Twitter and Facebook profiles. The #bettersightbetterlife video is available here. To pledge support...
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Wearing the Proper Eye Protection While Playing Sports Today Can Help Prevent Injury, Save Sight for Years to Come

Wearing the Proper Eye Protection While Playing Sports Today Can Help Prevent Injury, Save Sight for Years to Come

Every year, thousands of Americans suffer an eye injury related to playing sports according to new data from Prevent Blindness. To help educate the public on the importance of proper eye protection while playing sports, Prevent Blindness has declared September as Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month. Eye injuries can range from corneal abrasions, inflamed iris, fracture of the eye socket, swollen or detached retinas or even a traumatic cataract. And in some cases, a significant eye injury can cause permanent vision loss. For individuals with vision issues, especially those who can only see clearly or have limited vision through one eye, proper eye protection is even more essential. When Ari Rosenthal was five years old, he was diagnosed with amblyopia, or more commonly known as lazy eye. In Ari’s case his right eye was significantly farsighted. The imbalance led his brain to significantly favor the stronger, left eye. If left untreated, the result would have been permanent vision loss in the right eye. Unfortunately, one day while playing dodge ball, a ball accidentally struck Ari directly on his stronger left eye, causing multiple corneal abrasions. “When the ball hit me I opened...
Filed in: Eyewear, Industry Info
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Silhouette Optical Ltd. Names Jan Cory As New U.S. President

Silhouette Optical Ltd. Names Jan Cory As New U.S. President

Jan Cory, an experienced eyewear executive, has joined the Silhouette family as President U.S., reporting to Daniel Rogger, CEO of Silhouette International based in Austria, and succeeding Chris Juergens, who will be retiring after 14 years of leadership, serving the U.S. subsidiary. Cory joined the optical world in 1998 as VP of Department Stores for Bausch & Lomb, who was later acquired by Luxottica. Cory increased market share and overall achieved extraordinary growth for her division. She was promoted in 2008 to VP of Optical Independents and Sun Specialty. Most recently, Cory was part of the Senior Leadership Team for HVHC Inc., serving as the SVP of Domestic Sales, U.S. and Canada, for Viva International Group, directing all channels of trade. Jan Cory is a graduate of Miami University with a B.A. in Public Administration and Political Science. She is on the Board of the Accessories Council, and a member of the Optical Woman’s Association. “I am honored to work together with the Silhouette U.S. Team to build on the rich Silhouette history and to continue the strong path that Chris has established”, says Cory. ”We wish to thank Chris Juergens for his outstanding achievements....
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Changing times ~ The New Convertor Models From Adidas Eyewear

Changing times ~ The New Convertor Models From Adidas Eyewear

With its new convertor models, adidas eyewear allows wearers to express their creative side with a single frame that hosts a variety of options. The convertor blades™ on the temples feature a discreet single color on one side, contrasting with a bright and striking shade on the other. They can be rotated on the same temple and clicked into place again or switched to the opposite temple. The convertor blades™ also have a narrow side and a wide side, opening up a choice of four different looks. This allows you to quickly and easily adapt your eyewear to your chosen look. When it comes to functionality, the eyewear also meets every conceivable need: both the frames and temples of the optical full rim models are made from extremely light, highly durable and hypoallergenic SPX® material, to create eyewear that is extremely flexible and at the same time shatterproof. The SPX® temples and a Performance Steel™ inlay allow opticians to adapt the temples to suit the shape of the wearer’s head. Adjustable nose pads also ensure a personalized and comfortable fit. The flexible temple ends keep the eyewear perfectly positioned at all times without slipping. The convertor – cutting-edge...
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Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation and Essilor of America Announce the Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship

Optometry Cares®-The AOA Foundation and Essilor of America Announce the Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship

A new scholarship is now available for third-year optometry students: the Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship, sponsored by Essilor and administered by Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation, the charitable organization of the American Optometric Association (AOA). One winner will be selected annually for the $10,000 scholarship. “The Bernard Maitenaz Scholarship is an exciting and much-appreciated opportunity for countless students of optometry who are striving to reach their maximum potential as eye care providers,” said T. Joel Byars, O.D., Optometry Cares president. “I offer my sincere gratitude to Essilor for helping to make this scholarship possible for our soon-to-be ODs who are determined to make a difference in the lives of patients.” The scholarship honors Bernard Maitenaz, one of the foremost authorities in optical science and engineering. Maitenaz is the inventor of the Varilux lens. In 2012 alone, 50 million progressive addition lenses were prescribed and dispensed in the United States. Maitenaz also worked at Essilor for 43 years and served as chief operating officer, chief executive officer and chairman of the company. “We are excited to have this opportunity to...
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C&E Vision Helps Members Save Money with Show Specials At Vision Expo West in Las Vegas

C&E Vision Helps Members Save Money with Show Specials At Vision Expo West in Las Vegas

C&E Vision, one of the industry’s largest optical buying groups, will be introducing Show Specials at Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. C&E Vision is excited to offer attendees a chance to enhance their savings while purchasing new frames for their eye care practices. The Show Specials will provide opportunities for members to receive additional terms, cash back and a chance to win a 40” television. “C&E members have come to anticipate our Show Specials to help them make the most of their Vision Expo experience. This year is no exception,” said David Carneal, Director of Buying Group Relations. He continues with, “We are thrilled to be able to offer our members exclusive terms & cash back for their purchases during the show.” By offering terms & cash back, C & E’s Show Specials will also help drive traffic to its vendors thereby affording them an opportunity to showcase their frames while providing additional savings for their customers above and beyond the average sale. Diane Tiberio, Marketing Director of International Vision Expo & Conferences, commented, “We have always appreciated C&E’s efforts to continually support Vision Expo events...
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Safilo Announces A Strategic Product Partnership Agreement With Kering Until 2020

Safilo Announces A Strategic Product Partnership Agreement With Kering Until 2020

Safilo, in coordination with Kering, announces their agreement to evolve their longstanding successful Eyewear partnership of 20 years, in the context of Kering’s decision to internalize most of its Eyewear business, leveraging Safilo’s unique craftsmanship capabilities in Eyewear product development, high quality Italian manufacturing and supply. Safilo Group, the fully integrated Italian Eyewear creator and worldwide distributor of quality and trust, has decided with Kering to anticipate the conclusion of its current Gucci license agreement by two years to December 2016, to develop a strategic product partnership agreement for four years until December 2020, and award to Safilo a compensation of 90MM Euros, to be paid in three installments over the next four years starting at closing. Signing of long-form agreements is expected by the end of the year. This new partnership includes product development, manufacturing and supply, and may be renewed by mutual consent at terms to be agreed. “We are satisfied with furthering our partnership in a way that leverages the heart of Safilo’s strengths in Eyewear product excellence”, commented Luisa Delgado, CEO of Safilo Group. “We...
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Wiley X®-Sponsored Joey Logano Drives #22 Team Penske Ford To Nascar Sprint Cup Victory At Bristol Motor Speedway

Wiley X®-Sponsored Joey Logano Drives #22 Team Penske Ford To Nascar Sprint Cup Victory At Bristol Motor Speedway

Wiley X® sponsored racer Joey Logano put another notch on what has been undoubtedly his strongest NASCAR season, driving his #22 Team Penske Ford to the checkered flag at Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a challenging track that bills itself as the “world’s fastest half-mile.” Logano surged past Matt Kenseth (also a Team Wiley X driver) with 44 laps to go and held off challenges from second-place finisher (and Penske teammate) Brad Keselowski and Kenseth, who eventually finished third. The 24-year-old budding superstar earned a slew of significant milestones on this night. The win marked Logano’s first victory at Bristol Motor Speedway, his third victory of the 2014 season, and the first time he has won more than one race in a season. The 2014 campaign has been so successful for Logano; he has already doubled his career victory total this year. Here’s another impressive statistic for the youngster’s meteoric rise — he is currently tied for the season lead in wins and has as many victories in 24 races as he had in 183 prior races entering 2014. Perhaps even more importantly, Logano has served notice to competitors and racing fans worldwide that he will...
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C&E Vision to Hold Members Only Brunch at Vision Expo West 2014 in Las Vegas

C&E Vision to Hold Members Only Brunch at Vision Expo West 2014 in Las Vegas

C&E Vision Buying Group is holding its first “Members Only Brunch” at the Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas Nevada during International Vision Expo West 2014. The Members Only brunch will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 9am to 11am PST at the Club Vision lounge provided by the International Vision Expo Team. Members of C&E Vision, Arizona Optometric Association, Maryland Optometric Association, New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians and Pennsylvania Optometric Association will enjoy a variety of complimentary food and beverages to help start their day while learning about the exciting Show Specials offered by C&E Vision during the show. David Carneal, Director of Buying Group Relations for C&E Vision stated “For years we have been attending the International Vision Expo events as an exhibitor but in recent years we have wanted to do more for our membership base. We want to show our members our appreciation for their years of loyalty and business by giving them a bit more while at the show.” C&E Vision also provides its members free exhibit hall passes, discounts on continuing education courses, and access to Club Vision during show hours in addition...
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C&E Vision Releases myCloud – Web Based Transaction Archive

C&E Vision Releases myCloud – Web Based Transaction Archive

C&E Vision, one of the industry’s largest optical buying groups, has just released a new service called myCloud™ to its members. myCloud is a cloud based transaction archive that holds 6 years of member monthly statements, vendor invoices and product purchasing reports. Although C&E Vision has been providing monthly statements and vendor invoices online for some time, this new service allows members the ability to gain access to 6 years’ worth of data as well as analyze purchase data by vendor sku with a breakdown that shows tax, freight and number of products ordered over an extended period of time. “We all know how important statement and invoice data is for record keeping but sometimes life gets in the way.” says Steve Wagner, Principal of C&E Vision. He continues with “With unforeseen issues such as fires, floods, or simply misfiling our members need access to their information within minutes when researching is necessary.” In today’s age it is crucial to have needed information at your fingertips and C&E Vision is there to help. With over 6 million invoices and 300 thousand statements members will be able to access what they need when they need it....
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GP Specialists Becomes Authorized Menicon Z Manufacturing Lab

GP Specialists Becomes Authorized Menicon Z Manufacturing Lab

GP Specialists, a world leader in orthokeratology and keratoconus lenses, announces that they have received authorization to be a Menicon Z gas permeable manufacturing lab. Menicon Z is a hyper-oxygen permeable GP lens that offers comfort, wettability, long term eye health and clear crisp vision. Mark Cosgrove, Director of Operations for GP Specialists stated, “We look forward to offering the Menicon Z material on our list of leading GP manufacturing materials which include Paragon and Boston materials. GP Specialists manufacturers a number of advanced orthokeratology designs in addition to distributing Paragon CRT lenses to our accounts.” The Menicon Z material offers the highest level of oxygen permeability in the industry available today. Although it is most often worn on a Daily Wear (DW) basis, Menicon Z is approved for extended wear up to 7 days and up to 30 days continuous wear. Steve Wagner, President of GP Specialists states, “Menicon Z has a strong reputation in the United States and abroad, we look forward to supporting the independent eye care professional with this quality GP lens material.” GP Specialists currently manufactures a wide range of custom contact lenses...
A Legacy Tribute:  Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile

A Legacy Tribute: Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile

At the Minneapolis Convention Center on July 11th, Ogi Eyewear witnessed first hand the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile. On that day, The Phillips Eye Institute and Major League Baseball and the Minnesota Twins proudly introduced the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile, the first ever eye clinic on wheels in the Twin Cities region. This will provide follow-up eye care for children referred through the Phillips Eye Institute’s Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E.) Program and will also provide free vision screening for children and adults around the state. With two fully equipped exam rooms provided, it truly is like an eye doctor’s office on wheels. This vehicle is operated and staffed by Phillip’s Eye Institute, part of Allina Health. Last year Ogi Eyewear donated over 500 frames to the Phillips Eye Institute’s E.Y.E. program. Children in the Minneapolis Public Schools were screened and many had the opportunity to receive a free pair of prescription eyeglasses through this program. Now, with the introduction of the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile, Ogi Eyewear will once again donate frames to this new philanthropic effort to provide the local community with eyeglasses. Learn more...
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What’s an ECPInteract Engagement?

What’s an ECPInteract Engagement?

ECPInteract, a new offering created exclusively for members of C & E Vision and Vision West, has been studying new methods of training and educating optometrists, respecting the unique demands made on their group for time. We posed the question of how to be most effective in our delivery of important information, knowledge and skills. What emerged is something we call an Engagement. For most people simply looking through our website, you may turn to a colleague and say, “ECPInteract has a bunch of nice courses by well-known trainers and experts in our industry.” That is only partly true. The real secret, and the reason we don’t refer to our offerings as courses, is the unique and powerful methodology we designed to ensure that what is taught is learned, what is learned is used and what is used is meaningful to your practice. The model starts with some of the basic tenets you would expect in the word “Engagement”. A decision has been made (a big one!) on the part of participants to invest time and money to improve who they are and how they practice. A commitment has been made with expectations to be met by both parties. In our case, your expectations...
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C&E Vision Launches New Website

C&E Vision Launches New Website

C&E Vision Buying Group has launched a new website at www.cevision.com. The simplified format enables Independent Eye Care Professionals to readily see the benefits of C&E membership. The new website highlights the theme of “Save More Time & Money”. The many web and cloud based services, along with it’s ECP peer learning community are easily discovered within the website. With over 4,000 practices, C&E Vision is proud to be the only optical buying group in the nation to offer personalized membership solutions to help maximize their member savings through discounts, exclusive incentives and web based practice management services such as IEP Benchmark™, myCloud®, BeyeRight® and others. Along with information about C&E’s various services offered, www.cevision.com also offers current industry news, over 2,000 industry links and access to eyesurf.info™, an optical based search engine. David Carneal, Director of Buying Group Relations stated, “We are happy to release this new site in hopes of helping eye care professionals learn more about C&E Vision and how we can save them more money than any other group.” A great new feature of www.cevision.com...
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