Federal Trade Commission Seeks Comments About Eyeglass and Contact Lens Rule

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Friday, September 4, 2015 12:24 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking comments on the efficiency, costs, benefits and impact of the Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule) and the Contact Lens Rule, both of which require prescribing eyecare professionals to provide prescriptions to patients. The request for comment is part of the FTC’s systematic review of all current FTC rules and regulations, according to the agency.

Allergan to Acquire Glaucoma Treatment Company AqueSys

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Friday, September 4, 2015 12:23 AM DUBLIN and ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—Allergan (NYSE: AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, and AqueSys, Inc. a private clinical stage medical device company focused on developing ocular implants that reduce intraocular pressure associated with glaucoma, announced yesterday that they have entered into an agreement under which Allergan will acquire AqueSys in an all-cash transaction.

Coburn Technologies and Kowa American Announce Distribution Agreement

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Friday, September 4, 2015 12:21 AM SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn.—Coburn Technologies and Kowa American Corp. have entered into agreement that allows Coburn to distribute Kowa’s complete line diagnostic products in the U.S., beginning Sept. 1, 2015.

Eyelation Appoints Redbox Co-founder Brian Rady as CFO

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Friday, September 4, 2015 12:18 AM TINLEY PARK, Ill.—Eyelation, a prescription eyewear kiosk company specializing in safety glasses, has appointed Brian Rady as chief financial officer.

Former Zimco Exec Launches New Eyewear Company, Chlogän Eyewear Group

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Friday, September 4, 2015 12:15 AM HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—Started in May of 2015, Mitchell Zimberg, formerly of Zimco, has founded The Chlogän Eyewear Group, based here.

Main Street Capital Partners With I-deal Optics

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 12:27 AM TROY, Mich.—I-deal Optics, a leading wholesale distributor of high margin eyewear and sunwear, has announced that Main Street Capital Holdings, LLC has partnered with the company. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Safilo Signs License for Elie Saab Eyewear Collection

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 12:24 AM PADUA, Italy/PARIS—Safilo Group (SFLG.MI) has signed a licensing agreement with Elie Saab, the Lebanese fashion designer, for an eponymous eyewear collection. The licensing agreement will run until 2025.

The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology Names Eydie Miller-Ellis President

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 12:21 AM ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) named ophthalmologist Eydie Miller-Ellis president of the organization on Aug. 1, 2015.

Vision Source Partners With UnityPoint Health to Provide Eyecare in Iowa, Illinois, S. Dakota and Wisconsin

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 12:18 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source, the largest independent optometric alliance in North America, has entered into a relationship with UnityPoint Health, an integrated health system which provides care to 4.5 million patients annually.

Gramercy Eyewear to Distribute Jacques Durand Occhiali in Canada

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015 12:15 AM LOS ANGELES—As part of the company’s continued growth in North America, Jacques Durand Occhiali  has awarded distribution of its brands throughout Canada to Gramercy Eyewear, based here, starting Sept. 1, 2015. Gramercy Eyewear is already the brands’ distributor in the U.S. market.

Luneau Technology Announces Merger With AIT Industries

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 10:00 AM CUMMING, Ga.—The Luneau Technology Group, which develops, manufactures, and markets Briot and Weco edgers and Visionix wavefront-based  diagnostic instruments, said its Briot USA subsidiary is merging with AIT Industries.

Davis Vision Names Danny Bentley President

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 9:30 AM SAN ANTONIO—Danny Bentley has been named president of vision insurance benefit provider, Davis Vision, a division of HVHC Inc. and part of the Diversified Business unit of Highmark Health

InSite Vision and QLT Amend Merger Agreement

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Monday, August 31, 2015 12:27 AM ALAMEDA, Calif.—InSite Vision Inc. (OTCBB: INSV) announced on Aug. 28 that InSite and QLT Inc. (NASDAQ: QLTI) (TSX: QLT) entered into a revised merger agreement under which QLT will acquire InSite Vision.

The Vision Council Announces 2016 Executive Summit Agenda and Keynote Speakers

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Monday, August 31, 2015 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced the agenda, slate of keynote speakers and the opening of registration for the 2016 Executive Summit—an exclusive annual event filled with executive-level networking, leadership development, economic trend reporting, and the latest business strategies.

VSP Global’s Innovation Lab, The Shop, Inks Wearable Tech Research Partnership With USC

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Monday, August 31, 2015 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—Through the company’s innovation lab, The Shop, VSP Global is announcing today a major collaboration with the University of Southern California (CBC), an interdisciplinary think tank specializing in research related to mobile health, wearable technology and the growing intersection of personalized, empowered health care.
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