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Vision Expo 2019 OPTImum Retail Award Finalists Announced; Voting Now Open

The program celebrates independent boutique retailers.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ALEXANDRIA, VA – Vision Expo announces the finalists for the second annual OPTImum Retail Award. This award celebrates independent boutique retailers by allowing them to showcase their products, stores, visions and stories to the optical industry.

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The finalists are:

  • Art of Optiks – Wayzata, Minnesota
  • Black Optical – Dallas, Texas, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Edward Beiner – South Miami, Florida
  • Focus Optical – The Woodlands, Texas
  • Le Lunetier – Milan, Italy

From Feb. 6 to Feb. 25, Vision Expo is encouraging the vision community to share their input and vote to help select the winner. To vote, as well as see the photos and stories of the finalists, click here. The results of the social media vote will factor into the judges’ scores.

The winner will be announced during the exclusive Boutique Buyer Panel on Saturday, March 23, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the new Exhibit Hall destination the BRIDGE.

“We were extremely inspired by all the stories we received for the second annual OPTImum Retail Award,” said Joanne Mohr, event director for Reed Exhibitions. “This is an outstanding group of retailers and the judges had a tough decision to make. We look forward to celebrating the winner at Vision Expo East next month.”

To determine the finalists, a committee of the industry’s top leaders deliberated and voted on which stories they feel are most deserving of the award. This year’s committee members include Dr. Arian Fartash, optometrist and influencer of @glamoptometrist; Christian Roth, eyewear designer and the first Council of Fashion Designers of America member in the eyewear category since 1990; and James Spina, 20/20 Magazine editor-in-chief and senior vice president.

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To register for Vision Expo East 2019, visit VisionExpoNY.com and be sure to follow along on all of Vision Expo’s social media channels, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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Morel’s Wins the 25th Annual Communicator Award of Excellence

It wins the award in the B2B category.

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(PRESS RELEASE) WYCKOFF, NJ — Morel, the French reference in eyewear, established in 1880, is very excited to receive a Communicator Award for the 2018 B2B campaign, See More, See Morel.

This international award was granted in recognition of Morel’s 360° communication campaign, launched at Silmo 2018. The new campaign features circles that are multicolor and fun, leaving an everlasting footprint. More than just an image, the circles blend Morel’s rich heritage and expertise in designs.

The Morel team is honored to accept the award and be on the lookout for the See More, See Morel campaign on Morel’s advertisements.

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Marcolin Group Announces Operational Changes

This is part of an agreed-upon plan between the parties involved.

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Giovanni Zoppas

(PRESS RELEASE) LONGARONE, BL — Marcolin Group, one of the worldwide leading eyewear companies, announces that Giovanni Zoppas is leaving his responsibilities in the group, while still remaining as a director of the board.

Giovanni Zoppas moves on to Thélios in the role of CEO and general manager of the joint venture established by Marcolin with the LVMH Group.

This is part of an agreed-upon plan between the parties, aimed at maximizing the overall value of Marcolin Group.

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House Subcommittee Urges FTC to Modernize Contact Lens Verification Process

Patient safety advocates have repeatedly called attention to flaws in current rules related to prescription verification.

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(PRESS RELEASE) WASHINGTON – The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (Alliance) this week expressed its support of the House Committee on Appropriations for urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to update the process by which contact lens prescriptions are verified.

The Committee report, which accompanies the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) funding bill, comes as the FTC is accepting additional public comments on the proposed Contact Lens Rule. Patient safety advocates have repeatedly called attention to flaws in current rules related to prescription verification.

The FSGG report, which can be read here, states:

Contact Lenses. — In May, the FTC released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking detailing potential adjustments to its proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule. This ensures that the FTC will receive additional input from the public and stakeholders on potential improvements to the rule to address patient safety and enforcement mechanisms, among other issues. The Committee urges the FTC to address the need for the prescription verification process to be modernized to provide for adequate enforcement of the law.

Thomas Swinnen, North America President of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and member of the Alliance, stated, “This report language reflects the importance of amplifying patient eye health and safety issues with policymakers. We’re pleased that the Committee recognizes the need to modernize the prescription verification process—a critical step in maintaining the doctor-patient relationship at the center of patient care.”

For several years, Alliance members and patient safety advocates have called for updated verification methods that would ensure patients receive the proper medical devices they were prescribed by their eye care professional.

In 2018, the Alliance submitted comments to the FTC that highlighted the problems with the current prescription verification system. The comments read, in part, “FTC action to modernize its guidance around passive-verification communication while excluding antiquated technology (e.g. robocalls) would provide greater documentation and the possibility of greater oversight in the [prescription] verification process. Greater oversight, understanding and documentation will ultimately create a safer and more efficient environment for contact lens wearers and the verification of their prescriptions through clearer, concise and accurate communication between the prescriber and the seller.”

“The doctor-patient relationship is central to the widespread enjoyment of contact lenses. A key part of that equation is ensuring what was prescribed is ultimately provided, as each contact lens is precisely selected for a patient’s specific vision and health needs,” said Michele Andrews, OD, Senior Director, North American Professional & Academic Affairs, CooperVision. “We are committed to advancing healthy contact lens wear for millions of consumers and encourage the FTC to share in this responsibility by addressing and fixing outmoded verification techniques.”

The Alliance encourages patients to share their stories of how antiquated technology in the prescription verification process has been detrimental to their vision health. To share your story and tell the FTC to protect patient safety, visit www.PatientSafetyToday.com/Share_Your_Story.

Deanna Alexander, OD, chairwoman of the Alliance, concluded, “For a significant period of time, patient safety advocates, like the members of the Alliance, have shared the potential dangers that could stem from the FTC’s current rules related to contact lens prescription verification. Now, as Congress makes it clear that they believe it’s time for a verification system that protects patients’ vision health, the Alliance is hopeful that the FTC will carefully consider adjustments to the Contact Lens Rule to better safeguard patients.”

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