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ABB CONCISE and ODG Announce Merger

ABB CONCISE and ODG Announce Merger

ABB CONCISE and Optical Distributor Group (ODG) are excited to announce a merger effective December 28, 2012. By consolidating the efforts and strengths of these two companies, ABB CONCISE and ODG will be able to deliver more services and programs to help the Eye Care Professional better compete in this competitive marketplace. Angel Alvarez, CEO of ABB CONCISE states “We are very excited about the opportunities that this merger will create to help us achieve our common vision of helping Eye Care Professionals compete. This merger is an investment in the future for our customers because it combines the strengths of our two companies as we continue to focus on our core strategy of bringing new products, services and practice building tools to our combined customer base. Our leadership teams are enthusiastic about building a platform that our customers can trust and will be an overall win for them and our industry.” Jeff Rems, President and COO of ODG elaborates, “ODG has always prided itself on providing the highest level of service in the industry by offering innovative programs to help the Eyecare Professional successfully compete, retain patients and improve profitability. This...
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ABB CONCISE Learns How to Apply Some “Disney Magic”

ABB CONCISE Learns How to Apply Some “Disney Magic”

CORAL SPRINGS, FL – May 26, 2011 – The ABB CONCISE management and sales teams recently returned from a three-and-a-half day program facilitated by the Disney Institute concentrating on quality service and brand loyalty. The theme of the National Conference was “Spot the Magic,” with a focus on applying successful business practices to create extraordinary value and exceed customer service expectations. The Disney Institute was created to showcase Disney’s best practices that easily adapt to other organizations. As one of the most recognized names in professional development, the Disney Institute teaches their brand of business excellence at locations across the U.S. and, to date, in more than 45 countries around the world. Vice President of Sales Tim Aiken said that the sales team benefited most from “learning the importance of understanding the needs, perceptions and expectations of our customers to recognize how we can deliver appropriate benefits and deliver the most value. Disney builds trust and relationships with their guests by consistently exceeding service expectations, and ABB CONCISE can apply many of those same principles...
ABB/CONCISE Announces Pending COPE Accreditation

ABB/CONCISE Announces Pending COPE Accreditation

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB CONCISE has announced the 2011 schedule of the free webinar series it co-sponsors with Paragon Vision Sciences and Primary Eyecare Network (PEN), with pending COPE accreditation. The companies’ Practice Partnership Education Series, which began in the fall of 2009 with monthly seminars through 2010, focuses on topics that support successful treatment options and outcomes with gas permeable lens fitting. Patrick Caroline, FAAO, of Pacific University, leads the webinars, the organization said. Webinars are scheduled monthly on Wednesdays throughout 2011 and will be held 6:00 p.m. PST (9:00 p.m. EST). ABB CONCISE continued: “New in 2011, [our] practice management division, PEN, will be administering the webinars in order to provide the interested attendees the opportunity to receive CE credits after passing a 10-question exam. Currently, the February webinar has received COPE approval and the remaining classes have COPE accreditation pending. The webinars are free for all that are interested in attending. Those looking for the CE credits will need to pay a nominal fee of $35 and pass a 10-question online exam.” For a full list of webinars...
ABB CONCISE Announces the Retirement of Contact Lens Pioneer Dr. Robert Mandell

ABB CONCISE Announces the Retirement of Contact Lens Pioneer Dr. Robert Mandell

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—Robert B. Mandell, OD, PhD, retired in January after a 37-year career as a consultant to ABB CONCISE. Mandell retired from his 32-year career as a member of the University of California, Berkeley faculty in 1998, but continued to work on research and development by providing consultative services to ABB CONCISE. At one time or another, he taught over half of the courses in the Berkeley Optometry program curriculum. Mandell, a prolific lecturer, educator and writer particularly well-known for authoring the ubiquitous textbook Contact Lens Practice, is also a pioneer in contact lens design and manufacturing. He developed the first one-piece bifocal contact lens without image jump for ABB CONCISE more than 30 years ago. His innovations include R&D on standards for contact lens edges, minus lenticular designs, prism principles, toric designs and many other aspects of contact lens manufacturing. Lynda Baker, executive vice president, ABB CONCISE, said, “Dr. Mandell’s breadth of knowledge was unique. He understands every phase of contact lenses—from theory to clinical experience to manufacturing. Dr. Mandell’s expertise cannot be replaced,...
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ABB CONCISE Acquires Soft Contact Lens Distribution Business of X-Cel Contacts

ABB CONCISE Acquires Soft Contact Lens Distribution Business of X-Cel Contacts

Coral Springs, FL (October 27, 2010) — ABB CONCISE has acquired the soft contact lens distribution business of X-Cel Contacts, a Walman Company. In so doing, ABB CONCISE now offers X-Cel customers access to ABB CONCISE’s $38 million inventory of soft contact lenses. This means that X-Cel customers will experience an increased fill rate of products and receive their soft contact lenses faster. “ABB CONCISE offers X-Cel customers an array of other services, including all manufacturers’ inventory, bank and patient direct discounts, on-line ordering for practices, competitive promotions and on-line ordering for patients to re-order lenses through ABB CONCISE’s Yourlens.com website tool,” said Lynda Baker, executive vice president of ABB CONCISE. X-Cel soft contact lens customers will also have access to ABB CONCISE’s quarterly Soft Lens Retail Price Monitor to help them effectively price their entire soft contact lens product line, and ABB CONCISE’s quarterly magazine, Contact Lens Profit Advisor, which reports what independent eye care practitioners have done to increase their profits. X-Cel will continue to service its customers with its manufacturing of custom soft and...
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ABB CONCISE’s Price Monitor Helps Practices Price Their Contact Lenses

ABB CONCISE’s Price Monitor Helps Practices Price Their Contact Lenses

Coral Springs, FL (September 30, 2010) — ABB CONCISE’s quarterly Contact Lens Price Monitor, now in its fifth year, has become the industry standard to help eye care practitioners understand the dynamics of pricing soft contact lenses using annual supply discounts. Every quarter ABB CONICSE surveys 200 randomly selected offices from its account base of over 15,000 to get average pricing of all major brands of soft contact lenses. With that information, it suggests prices for single-box, semi-annual supply and annual-supply of contact lenses. It also monitors the pricing of mass merchandisers and online merchants. “It’s nice to know what the competition is doing. We want to be able to tell our patients honestly that our prices are competitive with the alternatives,” said Mark Boas, O.D., Exton, PA. Mark Gendal, O.D., Coral Springs, FL, commented: “Pricing contact lenses is a complicated business. The practice purchases between $10,000 and $12,000 in contact lenses each month. Once prices were set, they tended to stay there.” Dr. Gendal found he often based his pricing on the low per-box prices he achieved through banks and other ABB CONCISE promotions. When he saw the average retail...
ABB Conicise Inks Distribution Agreement with PolyVue

ABB Conicise Inks Distribution Agreement with PolyVue

Coral Springs, FL (August 10, 2010) — ABB CONCISE has begun distributing PolyVue’s High Definition Multifocal Progressive and High Definition Aspheric soft contact lenses. “Every day we hear more success stories, get more thank-you calls and rave reviews from offices who have tried our lenses,” said Courtney McMillon, PolyVue’s vice president of operations. “Partnering with ABB CONCISE will increase awareness of these incredible lenses and make them available in more offices.“ PolyVue HD lenses feature patented spherical aberration control optics for enhanced visual acuity at all distances, improved depth of field and reduced refractive astigmatism. The Comfort Perfected™ lens edge design and Hypathin™ cast-mold manufacturing make PolyVue lenses exceptionally comfortable to wear. PolyVue High Definition Progressive lenses incorporate additional patented optics providing comfortable simultaneous correction for near, intermediate and distance vision while simulating natural stereo accommodation equally in both eyes. This is possible because the lens eliminates the spherical aberration associated with most contact lens designs. Because of this, most PolyVue Progressive...
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PIO 2010 Preserving Independent Optometry Highly Successful PIO Program Offered in Florida

PIO 2010 Preserving Independent Optometry Highly Successful PIO Program Offered in Florida

San Ramon, CA (August 3, 2010) – Primary Eyecare Network (PEN), the practice development division of ABB CONCISE, will present one of its highly acclaimed Preserving Independent Optometry (PIO) programs outside of California for the first time. Focused on achieving practice excellence by improving financials, staffing and marketing, PIO 2010 will take place at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on October 23-24, 2010. PIO 2010, an MBA™ Program sponsored by CIBA Vision and Essilor Laboratories, will present proven strategies and tactics designed to improve the financial success of the optometric practice and at the same time enhance patient satisfaction. The Management & Business Academy (MBA™) for Eye Care Professionals is a specialized education program designed to teach private practice ODs advanced business strategies and techniques to improve practice performance. Now in its sixth year, MBA has won the endorsement of the American Optometric Association. The highly praised MBA seminar, featuring prominent practice management experts, is being conducted in partnership with PEN and ABB CONCISE, with support from the MBA sponsors. The seminar...
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ABB CONCISE Announces Webinar Schedule

ABB CONCISE Announces Webinar Schedule

Coral Springs, FL (June 30, 2010) — ABB CONCISE has announced the schedule for the second half of 2010 of the free webinar series it cosponsors with Paragon Vision Sciences. The companies’ Practice Partnership Education Series, begun in January, focuses on topics that support successful treatment options and outcomes. Patrick Caroline, FAAAO, of Pacific University, leads the webinars. The webinars are scheduled for the third Wednesday of every month and will be held twice on those days at 6 p.m. Eastern standard time and Pacific standard time. To register, send an email to practicepartnership@abbconcise.com. Topics for the remaining 2010 webinars are: July 21 Management of the Astigmatic Patient with GP Lenses Aug. 18 Patient Instruction and Contemporary GP Lens Care Sept. 15 GP Problem Solving [Lens Design and Fitting] Oct. 20 GP Problem Solving [Ocular Complications] Nov. 17 Management of the Presbyope with GP Lenses Dec. 15 Management of the Irregular Cornea with GP Lenses “ABB CONCISE has manufactured contact lenses for 50 years and has always helped practitioners in the successful fitting of difficult GP prescriptions. Our webinars are just one more way to help with the fitting...
ABB CONCISE Announces New ‘No Slip’ UltraClear AR Polycarbonate Aspheric Lens

ABB CONCISE Announces New ‘No Slip’ UltraClear AR Polycarbonate Aspheric Lens

Coral Springs, FL (July 20, 2010) — ABB CONCISE has introduced the new UltraClear AR Polycarbonate Aspheric with Nano no-slip. It features no-slip coating for slip-free edging. The nano no-slip layer provides easy handling. After edging with a normal blocking pad, the lens can be cleaned with warm soapy water. With the UltraClear AR Polycarbonate Aspheric with Nano no-slip, practices will save time and money by eliminating problems that come with slips during the edging process. The new lens, which can be used in any type of edging equipment, is available in an expanded range up to +6.00D to -8.00D and minus cylinders to -3.00D. These parameters cover virtually 95 percent of all single vision prescriptions. The UltraClear AR Polycarbonate Aspheric with Nano no-slip lens features an aspheric design, making it the thinnest and most attractive polycarbonate lens with high-performance vision. “The ABB CONCISE sales team has been trained and is prepared with promotions and savings to help practices remain competitive and able to offer their patients this high-quality aspheric AR lenses at an affordable price,” said Mike Abbruzzese, ABB CONCISE’s senior vice president of marketing. Exclusive...
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ABB CONCISE Announces Its Signature Line of GP Lenses

ABB CONCISE Announces Its Signature Line of GP Lenses

Coral Springs, FL (May 28, 2010) — ABB CONCISE has released a new sales brochure for its Signature GP Lenses, including those with standard, multifocal and irregular corneal lens designs. With more than 50 years of experience in manufacturing GP lenses and servicing GP eye care professionals, ABB CONCISE also announced that it has again received the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association “Seal of Excellence” Award. The company’s standard lens designs include the OxyFlow®, EdgeLift®, Pliaflex® and VerAconAspheric® designs. The new lens guide describes which design is most appropriate for individual patient characteristics. Likewise, the guide does the same for ABB CONCISE’s multifocal lens designs, which include the Mandell Seamless™ multifocal, XRiVision™, Natural Vision™ bifocal and Versare™. All of these lenses can be made with Paragon materials. The company’s irregular cornea lens designs include the cCone™, eCone™, Xcone™ and SurgilLens™. ABB CONCISE offers its Guarantee Fit Program for exchanges and cancellation privileges. ABB CONCISE is the largest U.S. contact lens distributor, serving over 15,000 eye care practitioners throughout the U.S. and...
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