EssilorLuxottica cooperates with Facebook for smart glasses

EssilorLuxottica cooperates with Facebook for smart glasses

EssilorLuxottica and Facebook announced a multi-year collaboration to develop the next generation of smart glasses. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared the news during Facebook Connect, an annual conference held virtually from California.

The partnership aims to combine Facebook apps and technologies, Luxottica’s market power and iconic brands, and Essilor’s advanced lens technology to “help people stay better connected with their friends and families.” The first product will be the world’s most popular eyewear brand, Ray-Ban, and should be launched in 2021.

“We’re passionate about researching devices that help people better connect with those who are closest to them. Wearables have the potential to do this. With EssilorLuxottica we have an equally ambitious partner who brings their expertise and their first-class brand catalog to the first truly fashionable smart glasses, ”said Andrew Bosworth, Vice President of Facebook Reality Labs.

“We are particularly proud of our collaboration with Facebook, which projects a cult brand like Ray-Ban into an increasingly digital and social future. By combining a brand that is loved and worn by millions of consumers around the world with technology that has brought the world closer together, we can redefine expectations for wearables. We are paving the way for a new generation of products designed to change the way we see the world, ”said Rocco Basilico, Chief Wearables Officer, Luxottica.

Product name, specifications, software capabilities, pricing, and other details will be announced prior to launch in 2021.

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The Vision Council launches diversity, equity and inclusion task force

The Vision Council launches diversity, equity and inclusion task force

The Vision Council announced the launch of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. The task force launch is part of the organization’s larger brand reimagination focused on community-building and industry growth and follows The Vision Council’s recent unveiling of a redesigned logo and new website designed to better serve and accommodate the needs of members and the vision care community at large. Comprised of 13 vision care community leaders, the task force’s mission is to amplify and embrace everyone’s voice within all segments of the vision industry in order to push forward a more equitable agenda for the eyewear and eyecare industry and to build a more diverse and inclusive community.

“In 2019, The Vision Council conducted one of the first studies of diversity in leadership for the optical industry. The results were intended to benchmark the optical leadership landscape and illuminate the opportunities companies have to promote diversity, cultivate talent and improve their performance,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. “We shared these results at The Vision Council’s annual Executive Summit in January 2020, during which we also announced a five-year plan reflecting a renewed focus on community-building and promoting industry growth. The survey was an important starting point in gathering information and data that would allow us to foster a more inclusive vision care community, while the creation of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force demonstrates our commitment to following through on this goal. The task force will be charged with developing dynamic programming and community initiatives and also identifying milestones and goals for the industry in order to provide tangible, actionable pathways for our members to access.”

“I am honored to lead this effort to create more opportunities for courageous and impactful engagements within the communities we serve,” said Tarrence Lackran, Director of Programming and Partnerships at The Vision Council. “Launching the task force now, on the heels of the debut of The Vision Council’s new brand identity, is a testament to the concrete steps The Vision Council is taking to advocate for all members of the vision care industry and promote industry growth in an inclusive way. Given the challenges the community is grappling with, fostering an industry culture that is welcoming and inclusive is of the utmost importance.”

Task force members include:
• Dr. Derrick Artis – Management Consultant at Artis Consulting
• Lanard Atkins – Opticianry Program Director at Georgia Piedmont Technical College
• Dr. Diana Canto-Sims – Co-Founder at Buena Vista Optical and Designer at La Vida Eyewear
• Gai Gherardi – Co-Founder at l.a.Eyeworks
• Rebecca Giefer – CEO, Americas at MODO Eyewear
• Dr. Millicent Knight – SVP, Customer Development Group at Essilor
• Blake Kuwahara – President/CEO, Focus Group West and Creative Director, Blake Kuwahara Eyewear
• Dr. Howard Purcell – President and CEO at New England College of Optometry
• Dr. Danielle Richardson – Independent Optometrist at Optometrix
• Tiffany Smith – Regional Director of Doctor Recruitment at National Vision
• Phernell Walker – Director of Optometric Relations at VSP Ventures
• Kyly Zak Rabin – Co-Founder at Zak.
• Christine Yeh – Executive Editor at 20/20 Magazine

The Vision Council launches new brand identity and website

The Vision Council launches new brand identity and website

The Vision Council

The Vision Council has announced the launch of a new brand identity, including a reimagined logo and a new website designed to better serve and accommodate the needs of members and the vision care community at large. The rebrand and website launch represent the initial phase of the plan The Vision Council announced in January 2020 when it set a new direction for the organization based on community-building and industry growth. The branding roll-out follows months of collaboration with members, during which The Vision Council’s leadership team held regular industry taskforce calls with optical community leaders to understand the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the vision care industry and to determine what kinds of tools and resources would best serve members in a rapidly changing marketplace.

The new brand identity is anchored by a new logo. “The Vision Council’s new brand identity is forward-thinking, vibrant, and confident,” said Maureen Beddis, Vice President of Marketing and Membership at The Vision Council. “The dynamic “V” shape in the logo represents an uplifting trajectory and reflects how The Vision Council brings together diverse segments of the industry through the shared goal of advancing the industry. It boldly illustrates our steadfast commitment to delivering on the promise we made to bring the vision care community together and drive industry growth.”

The new website,, has been reimagined based on the results of a recent member needs and program awareness survey informing the website’s design and content. The homepage has been redesigned to offer more immediate access to member programs. New features also include a research download center, registration for virtual and in-person events and an area for members only that contains links to agendas and meeting minutes from past Vision Expo, division, committee and executive summit meetings as well as pertinent guidelines and reports.





Changes at Board of Directors of Bühler Group

Changes at Board of Directors of Bühler Group

Stefan Scheiber, CEO of Bühler Group, was elected as a new Member of the Board of Directors of Bühler Holding AG at an extraordinary general shareholders’ meeting on August 28, 2020.

The shareholders elected him unanimously as a new member of the Board of Directors of Bühler Holding AG with immediate effect. Scheiber (54) is a Swiss national, married, and lives with his family in Wil SG, Switzerland.

Ruth Metzler-Arnold announced she will resign from her assignments as a Member of the Board of Directors and Chairwoman of the Audit Committee of Bühler Group with effect by the ordinary general shareholders’ meeting on February 11, 2021. She has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Bühler since 2011 and Chairwoman of the Audit Committee for the last six and a half years. Rainer E. Schulz, Member of the Board of Directors, shall succeed Ruth Metzler-Arnold as the new Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Read more here.





New OptoTech furnace series

New OptoTech furnace series

OCF Premium Plus 3 by Optotech

OptoTech has announced the release of their new OCF furnace series for curing hardcoatings on ophthalmic lenses as well as curing blanks. The 2 available versions (OCF Premium 2 and OCF Premium Plus 3) have individually controlled modules and adjustable feedrate for running different temperature profiles. At 50mm/min conveyor speed they are able to cure 450 lenses/h at full capacity (up to 3 stacked lens trays).

The OCF Premium Plus 3 has built-in HEPA circulating air filters to meet the requirements according to class ISO 6. The temperature stays consistent at +/- 3K. No heat up or cool down cycles are needed due to the closed system and the cleanroom condition in the Plus 3 model lowers the reject rate and increases yield.





Vision Expo to host virtual career event

Vision Expo has announced plans to host the Virtual Career Zone, a virtual networking event designed to connect young professionals and students with optical companies. Set to take place on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 11-11:55 a.m. EDT, the virtual event is inspired by Vision Expo’s on-site Career Zone and will include a panel discussion moderated by Matt Geller, OD, Co-Founder and CEO of CovalentCareers, followed by opportunities for virtual networking with individual company leaders from National Vision, Shopko Optical, MyEyeDr., and Luxottica.

The event will begin with a 30-minute panel discussion – “Getting hired! How to be desirable in this market, how to stay relevant, and how to virtually network effectively” – moderated by Dr. Matt Geller. The panel aims at providing insight into the new challenges associated with searching for a job during a pandemic, with panelists offering actionable tips and career resources designed to help young professionals adapt to the current demands of the job market.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Bill Werner, National Vision
  • Tracey M. Glendenning, O.D., FCOVD, and Director of Residencies and Externships at MyEyeDr.
  • Dr. Thomas Bobka, Shopko Optical
  • Paul Case, Senior Manager, OD Recruiting at Luxottica
  • Dr. Scott Seaburg, Clinical Director, Luxottica Eye Care

Following the panel, attendees will have the opportunity to join five-minute conversations with the participating companies of interest to them. This will provide opportunities to ask questions and learn more about specific companies and career paths.

Additionally, the Virtual Career Zone’s Passport Incentive Program will provide attendees with the chance to win prizes. To be eligible to win, participants must attend the entire 55-minute program.

The Virtual Career Zone is part of a series of virtual programming that Vision Expo is offering to bring the optical community together in between in-person events.

To register for the free event, click here.