Italia Independent Group names new CEO
April 2019
Announced on a press release on April 8, 2019, Italia Independent Group, eyewear and lifestyle company headed by Board of Directors Chair, Lapo Edovard Elkann
 
Maui Jim named as one of the healthiest companies in America
April 2019
Maui Jim won its 6th consecutive award as one of the healthiest companies in the USA. The annual award, which is orchestrated by Interactive Health,
 
Alcon appoints new Chief Financial Officer
April 2019
Alcon, a global leader in eye care and a division of Novartis, reports on a press release published on April 2, 2019 that Timothy C. Stonesifer
 
World Optometry Day exhibition sheds light on eye disease awareness
April 2019
In light of the World Optometry Day, the Optometry Department of An-Najah National University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in Palestine
 
Alcon to drive innovations in cataract surgery
March 2019
Alcon, a global leader in eye care and a division of Novartis, announced on March 18 its acquisition of PowerVision, Inc, a privately-held, US-based medical device development company
 
Marcolin Group and Max Mara Fashion Group seal exclusive license for Sportmax brand
March 2019
Marcolin Group, a leading company in the eyewear industry, and Max Mara Fashion Group, an internationally-recognised Italian fashion company
 
MUFC signs Maui Jim global deal
February 2019
Manchester United sealed a multi-year partnership with Hawaii-based sunglasses and eyewear brand Maui Jim
 
Julbo Eyewear welcomes new US Marketing Manager
February 2019
The premium French eyewear brand based in France’s Jura Mountains, Julbo Eyewear, welcomed Jayleen Troutwin to the Julbo family as the new US Marketing Manager.
 
The Vision Council 2018 Annual Report highlights industry and organizational successes
February 2019
In 2018, The Vision Council welcomed 54 new member companies and saw the success of the first year of the Optical Retail Division (ORD).
 
Morel launches its first 3D printed Lightec collection
February 2019
The French eyewear company MOREL has launched its first 3D printed Lightec collection, designed to offer the ultimate experience in comfort.
 
Mondottica International Announces License Agreement with Sergio Tacchini
February 2019
Mondottica International and Sergio Tacchini have announced the signing of Mondottica's license agreement to develop Sergio Tacchini branded eyewear collections
 
Coopervision’s Costa Rica Facility Certified for its Environmentally Conscious Design
February 2019
The CooperVision contact lens manufacturing facility in Alajuela, Costa Rica has been awarded prestigious LEED® Silver certification
 
Korean optical industry seeks expansion
January 2019
Korea Optical Industry Agency (KOIA) held export consultation meeting on January 29 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, to support the diversification
 
Safilo Appoints Andrea Zaffin New Commercial Head IMEA
January 2019
Safilo, a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of eyewear, appoints Andrea Zaffin as Commercial Head IMEA, effective January 2019.
 
Safilo and Levi Strauss & Co. Announce their Global Multi-Year Eyewear Licensing Agreement
January 2019
Safilo, a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of eyewear, and Levi Strauss & Co, one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear
 
Safilo and Missoni Announce their New Multi Year Licensing Agreement
January 2019
Safilo, a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of eyewear, and Missoni, one of the best known and loved Italian fashion and design brands,
 
Matteo Gaeta Appointed as Managing Director of Marchon Asia Pacific
January 2019
Marchon Eyewear, Inc. announced the appointment of Matteo Gaeta as managing director of Asia Pacific, effective January 2019.
 
Safilo and Alpargatas Renew Havaianas Eyewear License Early
January 2019
Safilo Group and Alpargatas announced the early renewal for their global havaianas eyewear license which will now run until the end of December 2024.
 
Julbo Eyewear names new US CEO
January 2019
Julbo Eyewear, the premium French eyewear brand based in the Jura Mountains, welcomes David Crothers as the new CEO of US operations.
 
UN declares January 4 as World Braille Day
January 2019
The World Blind Union, an internationally recognized organisation speaking on behalf of blind and partially sighted persons in 177 member countries, celebrated the World Braille Day on January 4, 2019.
 
EssilorLuxottica holds 2018 combined shareholders' meeting
December 2018
EssilorLuxottica, a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of ophthalmic lenses, frames and sunglasses, held on November 29, 2018
 
Optometry Giving Sight launches World Sight Day Challenge
August 2018
In observance of World Sight Day, an annual day of awareness and action happening on October 11, 2018, Optometry Giving Sight has launched the World Sight Day Challenge
 
Montblanc and Kering Eyewear Partner for the Product Development, Manufacturing and Distribution of Montblanc Eyewear
July 2018
Montblanc and Kering Eyewear have announced their partnership for the development, production and worldwide distribution of Montblanc sunglasses
 
Brien Holden Vision Institute names new CEO
July 2018
Brien Holden Vision Institute, a non-profit, translational research, education and public health organization, has announced hat Professor Kovin Naidoo has stepped down.
 
VISION 2020 Australia names new CEO
July 2018
Judith Abbott, the newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vision 2020 Australia, joined the organisation after an extensive career in government.
 
Maui Jim unveils fully-digitised facility in Germany
July 2018
Maui Jim, one of the leading international manufacturers of sunglasses and corrective lenses from Hawaii is investing more than ten million euros.
 
Stephen Wright appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Safilo North America
June 2018
Safilo, the fully integrated Italian eyewear creator, manufacturer, and worldwide distributor, appoints Stephen Wright as new Chief Commercial Officer of Safilo North America.
 
Brien Holden Vision Institute CEO receives honorary doctorate award
June 2018
Professor Kovin Naidoo, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the State University of New York (SUNY).
 
European Commission clears merger between Essilor and Luxottica
May 2018
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed merger between Essilor and Luxottica, two leaders in the optical industry.
 
The Vision Council names Optical Retail Division Chair
May 2018
The Vision Council announced on May 14, 2018 that James Rosin of Rosin Eyecare will serve as the inaugural Chair of the recently formed Optical Retail Division.
 
Marcolin Group and Moendi sign a joint venture in Mexico
April 2018
Marcolin Group, one of the leading companies in the eyewear industry, announced on April 5, 2018 the signing of a joint venture agreement with Moendi.
 
Luxottica Group candidate list for the company's board of directors and board of statutory auditors
March 2018
Luxottica Group S.p.A. (MTA: LUX), a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and sale of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear, announced its majority stockholder and holder of 62.44% of the issued share capital
 
Vision Expo Best Booth Contest Winners Announced
March 2018
Vision Expo, the worldwide conferences and exhibitions for eyecare and eyewear, has announced the winners of the 2018 Best Booth Contest. Winning booths were voted on by the show’s attendees.
 
Ellex to host the inaugural European Laser Innovations Forum in Nice, France
March 2018
Ellex Medical Lasers Limited, a global leader in medical devices for the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease, announced on March 15, 2018.
 


The Ogi 9121 & 3134
March 2018
Ogi continues its rich tradition of statement making styles and bold color options with additions from its latest release.
 
De Rigo turns 40 – grows from a small family business to a global eyewear giant
February 2018
2018 is set to be an important year for De Rigo, the prestigious Italian family business which, after 40 years in the industry, has succeeded in becoming a leading force
 
Westgroupe names Michael DeBono as Chief Operating Officer
February 2018
WestGroupe has announced the promotion of Michael DeBono to the position of Chief Operating Officer
 
Safilo Group CEO Luisa Delgado to retire; Angela Trochhia of Unilever to take reins
February 2018
The Board of Directors of Safilo informs that Ms. Delgado, its CEO, has decided, for personal reasons, to retire starting from February 28, 2018
 
Changes in management at De Rigo US, Middle East and UK branches
January 2018
De Rigo has announced an internal reorganisation aimed at boosting distribution of the Group’s brands and permitting faster, more thorough penetration of local markets
 
De Rigo becomes the distributor of Converse Eyewear for EMEA
January 2018
De Rigo, one of the world leaders in the design, production and distribution of top quality prescription eyewear frames and sunglasses enhances its portfolio in EMEA
 
Kefan Optics completes 40 years of its towering presence in Middle East optical industry
January 2018
Over the course of 40 years, Kefan Optics has grown from being a single optical shop n Kefan co-operative to over 35 branches all over Kuwait
 
New Managing Director and new Head of Sales for Area98
January 2018
Area98, an Italian company that has excelled in the eyewear market for over twenty years,s preparing to face 2018 with two new appointments
 
Marcolin group announces the early renewal of the eyewear license agreement with Guess
January 2018
Marcolin Group, one of the worldwide leading eyewear companies, and GUESS, a global lifestyle brand, announced today the early renewal of the license
 
Abu Dhabi gets a world class vision care facility with Yateem Eye Center
January 2018
Yateem Eye Care Center & Day Care Surgery, a highly specialized health care center was launched by His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
 
Safilo grows in Colombia with exclusive partnership with Kronotime
January 2018
Safilo, the fully integrated Italian eyewear creator, manufacturer and worldwide distributor of quality and trust has announced an exclusive distribution partnership for the Colombian market with Kronotime
 
Swarovski renews global eyewear licensing agreement with Marcolin
December 2017
Austrian crystal producer Swarovski has renewed its global eyewear license with Marcolin, which will continue to design, produce and distribute Swarovski.
 
CooperVision Acquires Paragon Vision Sciences
December 2017
CooperVision, Inc. has acquired Paragon Vision Sciences, a leader in premium orthokeratology (ortho-k), specialty contact lenses and oxygen permeable rigid contact lens
 


Johnson & Johnson Vision to Acquire TearScience
August 2017
Johnson & Johnson Vision announced it will acquire TearScience through Abbott Medical Optics, its surgical vision operating company, according to a company press release.
 
Safilo announces a new exclusive partnership for Saudi Arabia
August 2017
Safilo Group, the fully integrated Italian eyewear creator, manufacturer and worldwide distributor of quality and trust, announces an exclusive distribution agreement with Dr. Mazen Fakeeh C.
 
Longchamp Selects Marchon for Global Eyewear Venture
July 2017
Longchamp and Marchon Eyewear, Inc. have announced the signing of a new global licensing agreement for the development, production, and distribution of Longchamp Eyewear collections.
 
Kering Eyewear on growth effort with Centric
July 2017
Trendsetting designers at Maui Jim have spent years collaborating with Vinylize to create a unique line utilizing the brand's PolarizedPlus2® technology that blocks harmful UVA and UVB rays..
 
Perry Ellis International enters new eyewear license for Rafaella
July 2017
Perry Ellis International, Inc., designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of recognized brands, has entered into a license agreement with i-deal Optics Holding, Inc.