30 Jul What Does Essilor/Vision Source Deal Mean To You?

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In the wake of news that Essilor intends to buy Vision Source (see the joint announcement here), independent eyecare professionals — especially the nearly 4,000 members of the fast-growing Vision Source alliance — are asking, “What does this mean for my practice and my patients?”

We posed that question on a conference call announcing the acquisition, and Vision Source founder Dr. Glenn Ellisor said it’ll be “business as usual” in the near future as the companies study ways to add value through the new partnership. Vision Source has been making big pushes lately both into collaborations with primary care networks and into omnichannel retail experiences through such technology as the FittingBox virtual try-on tool.

Executives from both companies affirmed a commitment to — and continued autonomy for — independent ECPs, with Dr. Howard Purcell of Essilor calling the alliance “a 1 +1 = 3 opportunity.” Purcell also shared an email address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for Vision Source members to offer feedback and ask questions. Vision Source exec Bryan Pinciaro says people can also call his company's member support center at (888) 558-2020 and ask their member services manager for more information. And here's a video of Vision Source execs talking about the deal.

Last modified on Thursday, 30 July 2015 13:30
Julie Fanselow

Julie Fanselow is INVISION editor-in-chief. She has been wearing glasses since the fourth grade -- right about the same time she decided she wanted to be a journalist. Coincidence?