Vision-Ease Lens Receives CEN Award
Vision-Ease Lens was recently honored by the Chief Executive Network (CEN) with the “Best Disruptive Product Innovation” award for the development and successful deployment of its LifeRx photochromic lenses.

At the CEN Innovation Conference in New Orleans, CEN recognized Vision-Ease Lens with the Innovation award for LifeRx’s multi-patented technological achievement and revenue growth in the marketplace.

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technological advances.

Pictured above, l to r, are Derek Harris, vice president of research and development, CEN; Doug Hepper, president and CEO, Vision-Ease Lens; and Bob Grabill, president and CEO, CEN.

Lighthouse Offers ‘Seeing Solutions’
Lighthouse International is introducing a new consumer kit, Living Better at Home: A Guide for People with Vision Loss. The kit offers practical information about eye diseases and treatments as well as tips on eye health, how to cook safely and organize your home and other useful information to make daily living easier and safer for people with vision loss.

The up-to-date, reliable information from the experts at Lighthouse International includes:
• Caring for your Eyes—useful health tips
• Information about Eye Diseases—warning signs, risk factors
• Information about Treatment Options—vitamins, medications
• The Role of Vision Rehabilitation Experts—how various vision
rehabilitation specialists can help you or a loved one
• Solutions to Help Make Your Home Safer and More Comfortable
• Online video—techniques (how to use a knife, the stove, measure ingredients for a recipe) and adaptive devices to make food preparation safe and easier
• Online lessons on how to cook, cut and use appliances and other helpful tips for people with vision loss. Living Better at Home is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Genentech, a leading biotech company.

Free copies can be obtained by contacting Lighthouse International at (212) 821-9567. More information as well as the video and lesson are at:

Hoya Taps ‘Main Man’ for New Training Role
Hoya Vision Care, North America, has named Brad Main manager of training and technical resources. In this new role, main will be responsible for designing, implementing and managing sales development and professional education programs in the U.S.
Main has more than 25 years experience in the optical industry. He started his career with Hoya in 2001 as a territory sales manager. Most recently he served as the Northeast regional training manager.

Main is ABO-certified and is a Fellow in the National Academy of Opticianry. He serves on the advisory board for the opticianry program at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Va.

Transitions Launches Spanish
Version of Healthy Sight for Life Site

Complementing its ongoing efforts to reach Hispanic Americans about the importance of getting regular eye exams and protecting their eyes from ultraviolet (UV) light, Transitions Optical, Inc. has launched a Spanish version of the Transitions Healthy Sight for Life Fund web site.

Found by selecting the “Spanish” language at—or directly at—the Spanish version of the Transitions Healthy Sight for Life Fund web site serves as an educational resource for both consumers and industry professionals. In addition to offering general information about the fund and ways to become more involved, the site encourages consumers to take charge of their eye health by taking preventive steps today that will help optimize their vision and protect it throughout their lifetime.

The Spanish version of the Transitions Healthy Sight for Life Fund web site complements Transitions Optical’s ongoing campaign to help eyecare professionals better communicate with their Hispanic patients through a number of educational tools and resources. Eyecare professionals can access a variety of customizable marketing tools in Spanish through the Transitions Online Marketing (TOM) tool, found at Additionally, eyecare professionals can take advantage of a new a bilingual education course, “Dispensing to Your Hispanic Patients,” and sign up for the new Hispanic roundtable consensus paper, “Factors Impacting the Vision Care and Vision Wear of Culturally Diverse Groups: Focus on Hispanics.”

To visit the site, go to and select the “Spanish” language on the scroll-down menu to access the site, or go directly to