André Balbi, the owner of 18 optical shops in Corsica, has been named Optician of the Year by Sidol, the industry trade group of importers and distributors of optical eyewear. The 44-year-old's purview includes 12 independent shops as well as four under the Alain Afflelou banner and two Claro Afflelou, one of which is opening this September. His father founded Optique Balbi in 1986 in Ajaccio, and Balbi helped expand it to new locations.