Press ReleasesRon Walker Joins Innovega He was the former AllAboutVision.com publisher. Published 1 week agoon January 9, 2019By INVISION Staff Share Tweet (PRESS RELEASE) BELLEVUE, WA — Innovega Inc. announced the addition of longtime eye care publisher Ron Walker to its team. He joins the many ophthalmic and consumer electronics industry veterans who serve on the Innovega team and its Scientific and Business Advisory Boards.“Ron brings much needed experience and talent to Innovega,” said Steve Willey, Innovega co-founder, president and CEO. “His expertise in publishing, social media management, digital media and public relations outreach to consumers and eye care practitioners will strengthen our ability to communicate our value in the emerging field of extended reality.”In 1999, Mr. Walker co-founded AllAboutVision.com, a website educating consumers about eye health and vision correction, and served as its publisher for 18 years. From 1985 to 1992, he was publisher of the clinical magazine Contact Lens Spectrum and a partner in Viscom Publications, which also published Eyecare Business. In 1997, Mr. Walker co-founded Contact Lenses Today, the first email newsletter for eye care professionals, in partnership with Dr. Joseph Barr and Contact Lens Spectrum. He began his career in 1977 with an advertising and PR firm specializing in retail optical, and also held editorial and sales positions with Optometric Management, Ophthalmology Management and Contact Lens Forum magazines.Mr. Walker serves on the U.S. Advisory Committee of Optometry Giving Sight and assists the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association with various online educational efforts.Mr. Willey added, “Ron joins us at an important time in our company history as we launch our SeedInvest crowdfunding campaign to raise the funding needed to complete the required FDA clinical investigations for our eMaculaTM and iOptik contact lenses.” Advertisement Related Topics:Innovega Up NextTransitions Optical Announces the Launch of Transitions Signature Gen 8 Coming Soon Don't MissMEI Unveils US Repair Facility Advertisement SPONSORED VIDEO SPONSORED BY WALMAN OPTICALProfitability with Managed Care: It’s RealIn the first of this three-part series, Dr. Eric White, Complete Family Vision Care, talks about managed care, and how to put your practice on the path to profitability. 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Try Not to BlinkPodcast: Try Not to Blink Talks About the Business of Cannabis, and Its Role in Modern Healthcare Try Not to BlinkPodcast: 10 Reasons Eyecare Doctors Get Sued, and How to Avoid Being One of Them Pearle Vision was ranked No. 75, placing the brand in the top 15 percent of all franchises ranked. This is the 11th consecutive year that Pearle Vision has been ranked among the Franchise 500, and the 35th year out of 40. Entrepreneur’s 40th annual list was culled from more than 1,000 applications, making this year’s edition one of the most competitive rankings in its history. The annual list is recognized as an invaluable tool for potential franchisees.“Pearle Vision’s position on the Franchise 500 list exemplifies its strength as a franchise opportunity and as an industry leader,” said Alex Wilkes, general manager of Pearle Vision.“Our company is committed to providing genuine eye care to our patients, embracing innovation and staying on top of trends. We are proud to lead the way in the optical industry and look forward to welcoming more licensed owners who share our passion for eye care.”Pearle Vision’s ranking comes during a period of robust growth. In 2018, new franchise locations opened across the U.S., including multiple locations in Florida and California’s booming markets. In early 2019, Pearle Vision is positioned to open franchises in cities across Pennsylvania, Illinois, Florida and Ohio, and the brand will continue an aggressive push into Canada, as well.“We look forward to bringing genuine eye care to more communities in the U.S. and Canada by partnering with entrepreneurs across various backgrounds,” Wilkes said. “We are especially excited about our Ignite program, which allows independent optometry practice owners to take their business to the next level by converting their practice to a Pearle Vision franchise location. Ignite allows owners to do what they love while reaping the benefits of partnering with a national, legacy brand in Pearle Vision.”The key factors considered in the Franchise 500 are costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500 in ranking order. Details on the Franchise 500 will be available at entrepreneur.com/franchise500 on Jan. 15; the rankings also will be featured in the January/February issue of Entrepreneur, available on newsstands Jan. 15. Continue ReadingPress ReleasesSafilo and Levi Strauss Sign Licensing Deal It takes effect in January 2020. Published 4 days agoon January 14, 2019By INVISION Staff (PRESS RELEASE) PADUA/SAN FRANCISCO – Safilo and Levi Strauss & Co. announce their multi-year global licensing agreement for the design, manufacture and distribution of Levi’s branded eyewear.The agreement takes effect in January 2020, with collections hitting the market for the 2020 spring/summer season, and it will run until November 2024, renewable for an additional five years up to 2029.“This new partnership is particularly significant for our brand portfolio, the Levi’s brand being the number one denim brand globally which genuinely appeals to Millennial and Gen-Zers all over the world,” said Angelo Trocchia, CEO of Safilo Group. Advertisement “With the Levi’s brand, we add an important opportunity to grow in the contemporary market segment, which is the largest for size and development potential and especially appealing for further development in key emerging markets, such as China.”“Eyewear is an important product category for the Levis brand,” said Karyn Hillman, chief product officer for Levi Strauss & Co. “Our partnership with Safilo will allow us to further strengthen our position as a true lifestyle brand by offering amazing eyewear to consumers around the world.” Continue ReadingPress ReleasesInnovega Patent Allowance Advances Smart Contact Lens Technology The company also has a financing round underway. Published 1 week agoon January 10, 2019By INVISION Staff (PRESS RELEASE) BELLEVUE, WA — The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a notice of allowance to complement the 12 patents already issued to Innovega Inc., a company whose stated goal is “to deliver stylish, lightweight, wearable display technology with high resolution and a panoramic field of view.”The recently allowed patent, titled “Contact Lens and Method and Systems for Constructing a Contact Lens,” claims the ability to supply the required oxygen to the cornea when the lens contains components that are not oxygen permeable.“Our team continues to advance our intellectual property, refine our display eyewear reference designs, sponsor clinical testing and conduct discussions about our technology with potential contact lens and display eyewear partners,” said Steve Willey, Innovega co-founder, president and CEO.Innovega is currently conducting a round of financing with New York-based SeedInvest for the purpose of completing its Phase III FDA clinical investigations for the iOptik and eMacula contact lenses.The family of Innovega patents claim systems and methods for coupling eyeborne optics with display eyewear in pursuit of two goals: eliminating the need to wear a heavy, cumbersome apparatus; and delivering a panoramic field of view instead of the narrow field that’s inherent with conventional waveguide optics. Innovega’s latest patent allowance adds to one allowed in mid-2018 that claimed methods for regulating water vapor transmissibility while maintaining oxygen transmissibility in ultra-high oxygen permeable lens materials.Both patents were filed by inventors and scientists Jerome Legerton, William Meyers and Jay Marsh. Continue ReadingAdvertisementLatestTrendingVideos Sponsored Content6 hours agoProfitability with Managed Care: It’s Real Headlines2 days agoUK Gets Nationwide Contact Lens Recycling Program Buzz Session2 days agoFrom Travel to Exercise to Alcohol, ECPs Recharge in Diverse Ways True Tales2 days agoLuckily Surrogacy is Not a Job Requirement Columns2 days agoCelebrity Clients Are Cool, but Never Forget Who the Real Stars Are Headlines2 weeks agoDiet Soda May Contribute to This Vision Problem, Study Finds Real Deal4 weeks agoA Patient Pushes an Optician to Bend the Rules. Is This A Gray Area Or Are They Committing Fraud? 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