USC and VSP Global Release New Study on Fitness Tracker Wearables

LOS ANGELES—People who use fitness tracker wearables increased their activity level when prompted by a digital coach, according to the results of a newly released study conducted by the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) and VSP Global’s innovation lab, The Shop. The study, published yesterday in the NEJM Catalyst (New England Journal of Medicine Group), is the first to look at motivators for consistent or increased activity engagement among fitness tracker wearable users. Using a prototype of VSP’s unique Level smart glasses, the researchers found interaction with social networks and use of digital coaches via…


Imperial’s Total Eye Care Partners Joins With Gaddie Eye Centers; New GPN Tech Names Buffington CEO

Ben Gaddie,OD.​ LAS VEGAS—Imperial Capital Group, a Toronto-based private equity fund manager, has announced the formation of Total Eye Care Partners (Total ECP). To launch its new platform, which will seek to partner with optometrists and assist in the management of medically focused optometry practices across the U.S., Total ECP recently completed its first business partnership with Gaddie Eye Centers of Louisville, Ky., and also closed on the acquisition of Gateway Professional Network’s Coaching and Dispensing Management Program. Members of the Total ECP executive team will include Bob Barton, president and CEO, Ben Gaddie, OD, chief medical officer, Paul Karpecki,…


Visioneering Technologies Appoints Benoit as Executive Director of Professional Affairs

ATLANTA—Visioneering Technologies Inc. (VTI), a global company dedicated to improving vision care, has named Douglas P. Benoit, OD, FAAO, executive director, professional affairs, a new position at the company. Dr. Benoit will be responsible for working with eyecare professionals to increase awareness and use of the NaturalVue 1 Day Contact Lenses product line and its advanced-technology designs. He also will work with professional organizations and educational institutions to raise awareness of VTI and its NaturalVue products. “The appointment of Dr. Benoit comes at an important time for VTI, as we expand our sales force nationwide to better meet the needs…


Local Eye Site Opens Scholarship Application Period for Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

RALEIGH, N.C. — Local Eye Site, a leader in eyecare hiring across ophthalmology, optometry and optical, is funding grants for the third consecutive year for ophthalmic medical technicians seeking certification from The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). The application period is now open for these certification grants, and the deadline to apply is Nov. 30. Persons seeking scholarships may apply by completing an application form and submitting a brief essay or digital video. Grants are awarded as vouchers to be used toward discounts for the JCAHPO certification examination fee. Awards range from $50 to $340 and…


Services to Be Held for H.W. Bennett, OD, "Dr. B," Luxury Eyewear Pioneer

Dr. H.W. Bennett.​ SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Word started to circulate last Friday about the passing of an industry visionary, Dr. H.W. Bennett, 91, who passed away here on Sept. 8 after a brief illness. Services are planned for today here for “Dr. B.” as he was fondly known by colleagues, suppliers, executives, sales reps and many friends throughout the U.S. and international eyewear business. Dr. Bennett founded Au Courant opticians, one of the first high-end luxury eyewear retailers and was a pioneer in the fashion sector of the industry. Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) acquired Au Courant in 2008. At the time, Au…