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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…


Vision Care Specialists Adds an Independent OD Office to Growing Denver Presence

DENVER—Vision Care Specialists reported Wednesday that it has acquired Accent Optics, a longtime private optometry practice operating here. The addition of Accent Optics gives Vision Care Specialists (VCS) a total of six offices in the Denver area under its management. Frederick “Rick” Hurlbut Jr., OD, a leading Denver optometrist who’s been in private practice for more than 25 years, is the founder of Accent Optics, according to the announcement. “This is an exciting time for everyone in the VCS family,” Vision Care Specialists chief executive officer Jeff Poe said in the statement. “Dr. Hurlbut’s vision is to merge the best…


Essilor Adds No-Interest Financing to Popular Power of Vision Program

DALLAS—Essilor of America announced earlier this month that, for the first time, it will sponsor no-interest financing for up to six months for qualified patients who purchase any of Essilor’s premium lenses, which are Varilux, Crizal, Transitions, Xperio UV and Eyezen. The offer, a key part of the Power of Vision promotion, is offered exclusively to independent eyecare professionals, Essilor noted. And it demonstrates the “company’s commitment to drive more patients to independent eyecare professionals’ practices,” according to the announcement. According to Essilor, a recent study found that 55 percent of ECPs and 43 percent of patients are interested in…


Canada’s FYidoctors Adds Ontario and British Columbia Optical Practices

CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, one of Canada’s largest and fastest-growing eyecare companies, has added two locations in a further expansion of its footprint in the Canadian market where it has more than 260 locations under its corporate umbrella. In mid-December, FYidoctors announced that Sight for Sore Eyes Optical in White Rock, British Columbia, had joined the FYidoctors team. The acquisition added to FYi’s growing presence in British Columbia, the company said in a statement. “We are pleased to continue the FYidoctors growth story with our first location in White Rock,” said FYidoctors chairman and chief executive officer Dr. Alan Ulsifer. In a…


OWL: Advancing Diversity in Leadership Adds Four Members to Its Board of Directors

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—OWL: Advancing Diversity in Leadership, an association of interdisciplinary ophthalmic professionals dedicated to driving innovation and patient care announced that Michael Ackermann, PhD, Taryn Conway, Candace Simerson, and John Vukich, MD, have joined OWL’s board of directors. Michael Ackermann, PhD, is VP, Neurostimulation at Allergan, Plc., and oversees all operations at the company’s San Francisco location. Dr. Ackermann is also co-founder of Oyster Point Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which is focused on developing novel assets for the treatment of ophthalmic disease. Taryn Conway, director of marketing, Dry Eye Franchise Eye Care Marketing, Allergan, leads the strategic development of dry eye…