Optometry

Think About Your Eyes Adds New Partners, Names Director of Development

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness initiative in partnership with the American Optometric Association, has added two new partners, VFO Group (Optelec) and Compliancy Group.The two companies join the 21 current partners from across the vision industry in supporting the campaign to promote annual eye exams and grow the industry overall. The addition of the new partners coincides with the hiring of a full-time director of development for Think About Your Eyes, according to an announcement. Ron Sallerson, who joined the team in August, is focused on growing industry support for the campaign as well as researching…


CooperVision Notifies ECPs of Decision to Drop UPP for Biofinity Energys Lenses

PLEASANTON, Calif.—CooperVision, a unit of The Cooper Cos. (NYSE:COO), notified ECPs late last week that it was removing its Biofinity Energys contact lens product line from its Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP) effective immediately. The move is a result of the “well-established [place] in the market” the lenses have achieved, the company said in a letter to eyecare professionals. In March, CooperVision announced that it was removing three other lens products from its UPP program: MyDay, clariti 1-day and Biofinity XR toric brands. It maintained UPP for Biofinity Energys at that time, as VMail reported. In a letter from CooperVision’s president,…


Independent CL Distributor Allied Vision Acquired by Private Equity Group

Harvey Berkowitz.​ FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney Company Inc. (HKW), a private equity firm with offices in Indianapolis and New York, has acquired Allied Vision Group, an independent distributor of contact lenses, optical products and pet medications, according to a joint announcement earlier this week. The transaction enables Allied Vision, which is based here, to “transition its ownership to a new generation of leaders and to fund its growth,” according to the announcement. Financial terms of the deal were not reported. Allied Vision was co-founded in 1989 by Bob Tardell and Jules Saland and is one of the largest independent…


Optical Boutique Embraces Community Culture by Supporting Local Artists

Susie Sykes, owner of Eyes On Main optical boutique, supports local artists by exhibiting their work for free. The gallery lighting at Eyes On Main is perfect for displaying both eyewear and art. Currently, Bob Friday’s photography hangs on the walls. SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Since 1986, eyewear enthusiast Susie Sykes has owned her optical boutique, Eyes On Main, which is just a short walk away from beautiful Venice Beach. Although her main focus is providing fashionable eyewear and specialty lenses for her customers, the blank, white walls of Eyes On Main reveal another one of her interests—art. At any given time,…


Ontario’s Eyes on Market Joins FYidoctors, Marking First Brantford Location

CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors has announced that the Brantford, Ontario, optometry practice Eyes on Market has become part of the FYidoctors organization, marking the latter’s first location in Brantford. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. The new location will “strengthen the company’s position in Ontario and demonstrate its commitment to providing high quality eyecare from coast to coast,” FYidoctors noted in its announcement late last week. Eyes on Market has been in operation since 1950. “I am very excited to welcome Drs. H.C. Schuster, James R. Bechtold and Will Shi and their team from Eyes on Market to the FYidoctors…