||Transitions Names Third Grand Prize Winners — Transitions Optical has announced the third grand prize winners in the Transitions Optical Present & Earn Every Day promotion. Katie Sweeten, optometric assistant, Grove Eye Center, Grove, Okla.; her Transitions Optical Platinum Elite STAR Lab representative, Chip Lindsey, lens consultant, RX Optical, Broken Arrow, Okla., and their patient Mike Bridges, Grove, Okla. each won a $2,000 American Express “Your Choice” cash card. Eyecare professionals still have more chances to win with biweekly drawings leading up to the fourth and final grand prize drawing in January 2004.|
Pictured left to right are Jennifer Knox, lens consultant, Transitions; Katie Sweeten, Buddy Yandell, OD, Grove Eye Center, Mike Bridges and Chip Lindsey.
Beginning January 28, Transitions Optical Solutions Team members, manufacturer partners and Transitions Platinum Elite STAR Labs will begin to offer training to eyecare professionals interested in participating in the all-new Transitions Healthy Change Sweepstakes. This new, larger-scale promotion will continue to focus on eye health education while promoting everyday vision protection as part of overall health and wellness.
The promotion will be supported for the first time by national print and television advertising.
||National Vision Names AO•SOLA Lens Vendor of the Year — Optical retailer National Vision recently named AO•SOLA as its lens vendor of the year. The primary reasons cited for the award were AO•SOLA’s service and high fill rates.|
|Pictured at the awards ceremony in Atlanta are, from left, Bill Kopenen, director of lens buying, National Vision; Doug Crickey, national accounts manager, AO•SOLA; Jim Bunnelle, vice president of national accounts, AO•SOLA; Reade Fahs, president and CEO, National Vision.|
|Pentax Named Exclusive Distributor of Gia Polycarb Lenses — Pentax Vision recently reached an agreement with Cobra Vision to become the exclusive distributor of Gia polycarbonate lenses. The company is now accepting orders for the entire Gia product line. For additional information, contact Pentax Vision's customer service department at (800) 401-9101.|
||U.S. Army SSG Erica Stokes, head of the optical lab, curing OptiCast lenses in Camp Doha, Kuwait.|
|U.S. Army Labs Choose OptiCast — The U.S. Army has begun purchasing OptiCast lenscasting systems from OptiCast, Inc. According to the Findlay, Ohio-based company, its systems reduce the load of the Army's mobile optical labs by nearly 17,000 pounds. With OptiCast, the Army is able to produce progressive, bifocal and aspheric single-vision lenses in the field in such places as Iraq and Kuwait.|
In a separate development, Ohio Governor Bob Taft recently presented Opticast with an $859,691 award to commercialize cheaper eyeglasses and create 50 new jobs within five years. The award will be used to add new, commercially attractive features to Opticast's existing system such as scratch resistance, AR coatings and greater durability. In addition, the company is working on lenses for the military and laboratory applications that contain dyes for blocking laser light. The project is in collaboration with Spectra Group Limited of Toledo, Ohio and the Photoinstrumentation and Photopolymerization Laboratory at Bowling Green State University.
||Interstate Optical Hosts Russian Colleagues — Interstate Optical recently hosted a group of visiting Russians who are owners, directors and operators of private optometry offices. The group traveled to the U.S. to learn how optometry and ophthalmology practices are managed here.|
|Ted Mabry, Interstate’s vice president of production, led the visitors on a tour of the Mansfield, Ohio lab. The visit was arranged through the Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP), whose purpose is to provide Russian citizens with practical training in business management and free-market principles to encourage a stable economy and civil society in Russia.|
|V-E Relocates Sales and Marketing — Vision-Ease Lens’ sales and marketing department recently moved to new headquarters at 8200 Normandale Boulevard, Suite 323, Bloomington, Minn., 55437. V-E’s general phone number remains (952) 851-6000.|