Advantica Names Edward Pattarozzi Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

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Friday, August 22, 2014 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Vision and dental benefits provider, Advantica has named Edward Pattarozzi as the new chief sales and marketing officer. The company is also currently conducting a search for a new chief operating officer.

Luxottica Retail’s Licensed Brands Group to Close 50 U.S. Sears Optical Locations

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Friday, August 22, 2014 12:21 AM MASON, Ohio–Luxottica Retail’s Licensed Brands division will close 50 Sears Optical locations in the U.S., VMail has learned.

CEA Foundation Extends Grant to Lighthouse Guild’s Technology Center

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Friday, August 22, 2014 12:18 AM ARLINGTON, Va.— The CEA Foundation, a charitable organization affiliated with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), announced it will continue to support Lighthouse Guild with a second annual grant for The Henry A. Grunwald Technology Center.

Warning Signs and 3D Lines on VisionMonday.com

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Friday, August 22, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—What do eye problems look like? The "three O's" know, but your patients are likely not as savvy when it comes to detecting the subtle but tell-tale signs of certain eye conditions that may be affecting their sight or that of their loved ones. This Slideshow: What Eye Problems Look Like from the WebMD Eye Health Center, reviewed by Alan Kozarsky, MD and now featured in VM Multimedia, is a simple and shareable way to clue your patients in on important eye disease warning signs.

Speaking of warnings, we never saw it coming that people would someday print their own specs, but there is something to be said about the modern marvel of 3D printing and its introduction into the eyewear realm. In a recent video now spotlighted in VM Video, Studio Optyx gave us a glimpse into the making of its new Monoqool 3D Printed Glasses that looks truly space-age. The minute-and-a-half short makes us think these frames might actually be made on the moon.

Luxottica Declines Comment on Italian News Reports of Guerra's Potential Departure

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:27 AM MILAN, Italy—News stories in the Italian business press earlier today and expanded upon via other international financial media, have speculated that Andrea Guerra, CEO of Luxottica Group (NYSE: LUX) could possibly be leaving the company sometime soon.

Valeant Extends Expiration of Offer to Acquire Allergan

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:24 AM LAVAL, Quebec and IRVINE, Calif.— Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE/TSX: VRX) has extended the expiration of its exchange offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Allergan, Inc. (NYSE: AGN) to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Dec. 31, 2014.

New Look Eyewear Inc. Closes $10 Million Private Placement

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:23 AM MONTREAL— New Look Eyewear Inc. (BCI) said yesterday that it has completed its previously announced "bought deal" private placement subscription receipt financing for aggregate gross proceeds of $10 million, in connection with the offering to fund the recently-announced acquisition of certain assets and business of the Grieche & Scaff banner here, as reported earlier this month by VMail.

WellPoint to Change Its Corporate Name to Anthem

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:21 AM INDIANAPOLIS—Health insurance company, WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE:WLP) announced plans last week to change its corporate name to Anthem, Inc. WellPoint serves more than 37 million people in its affiliated health plans, and nearly 67 million people through its subsidiaries, some of which already carry the Anthem brand, such as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Anthem Blue Cross.

Appeals Court Eliminates Walmart’s $1.4 Million Penalty in Case Brought by Texas Optometrists

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:18 AM NEW ORLEANS—In a case that goes back to 1992, when Walmart first began leasing space to Texas optometrists, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decided Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, to eliminate a $1.4 million penalty that had been levied against the retailing giant for encouraging optometrists to extend their business hours.

Unilens Expands Distribution of All C-Vue Brands With Diversified Ophthalmics

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:15 AM LARGO, Fla. and CINCINNATI— Unilens Vision Inc. (OTCQB: UVIC), which develops, licenses, manufactures, distributes and markets specialty contact lenses, and Diversified Ophthalmics, Inc. announced yesterday that Diversified has been named an authorized distributor throughout the U.S. for Unilens' entire C-Vue family of disposable and C-Vue Advanced Custom contact lens brands.

Jobson’s Optical Business Barometer Report Shows Increase in Ratings for July 2014

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Monday, August 18, 2014 12:30 AM NEW YORK—According to Jobson Optical Research's latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report, the overall optical business rating in July 2014 rose to 3.77, a very slight increase from the June 2014 rating of 3.76. The July 2014 rating also shows an increase from the July 2013 rating of 3.63, the July 2012 and 2011 ratings of 3.66 and the July 2010 of 3.55.

The Vision Council Presents ‘Sunglasses for UV Protection’ on Capitol Hill

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Monday, August 18, 2014 12:27 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Vision Council held a briefing on Capitol Hill last week about the impact of UV exposure on vision health. The presentation on “Sunglasses, UV Protection and What You Need to Know to Protect Your Vision” covered both long-term and short-term concerns related to exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

Eyecare Industry Veteran, Richard Sanchez Forms Consulting Firm, Visibility Management

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Monday, August 18, 2014 12:24 AM CLEARWATER, Fla.—After leaving the managed vision care company he founded in 2001, Advantica, earlier this year, eyecare industry veteran, Richard Sanchez has launched Visibility Management, a consulting firm consisting of a coalition of long-term professionals from the eyecare industry.

VSP’s ‘Vision to Share’ Partnership with America’s VetDogs Funds Service Dogs for Veterans

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Monday, August 18, 2014 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—With 1.5 million U.S. veterans affected by vision problems, VSP Vision Care launched the Vision to Share campaign in partnership with America’s VetDogs to provide up to $50,000 to raise, train and place a guide dog with a veteran who is blind or has low vision.

CooperVision to Launch E-commerce Service for Contact Lens Ordering

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Monday, August 18, 2014 12:18 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.— CooperVision is unveiling an e-commerce service designed to help independent eyecare practitioners build their contact lens business and provide patients with an online method of purchasing their lenses from the ECP’s practice.
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