J&J Vision Execs Provide Details on Sightbox CL Subscription Service

By Staff
Monday, October 16, 2017 12:36 AM CHICAGO—Johnson & Johnson Vision’s recent acquisition of the contact lens subscription service Sightbox is viewed as both a way to expand the overall contact lens category and to bring back some of the “respect” that eye health and eye exams should command in their role at the center of the contact lens experience, executives of the companies said at a briefing here Friday.

GSRx Launches ProperOptics.com, Optical E-Commerce Site Exclusively for Independents

By Staff
Monday, October 16, 2017 12:30 AM SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—GSRx, Inc., a lens and technology coating supplier, has launched ProperOptics.com, an optical e-commerce site created to provide independent eyecare practices with an online presence to capture more optical sales.

l.a. Eyeworks Announces Distribution Partnership With ProOptics for Australia and New Zealand

By Staff
Monday, October 16, 2017 12:24 AM LOS ANGELES—l.a. Eyeworks, the Los Angeles-based independent designer and producer of limited edition eyewear has announced a distribution partnership with Sydney, Australia-based ProOptics, effective immediately.

Allergan Settles Suit with InnoPharma Over Restasis

By Staff
Monday, October 16, 2017 12:18 AM DUBLIN—Allergan (NYSE: AGN) and its subsidiaries announced Thursday that the company has reached an agreement with InnoPharma Inc. resolving patent litigation regarding U.S. patents covering its Restasis dry eye drug, which are Orange book-listed and will expire on August 27, 2024.

Altair at 25: The Quiet Growth of a Leading U.S. Eyewear Player

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, October 16, 2017 12:00 AM NEW YORK—From its beginnings as a frame company launched by VSP in 1992, Altair Eyewear took an approach unlike all other U.S. frame companies in the category.

Essilor Says Its Hive-Down, a Next Step Toward Merger With Luxottica, Will Occur by Year’s End

By Staff
Friday, October 13, 2017 12:36 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor International (Reuters: ESSI.PA) reported that on Oct. 3, 2017, its board of directors confirmed that the hive-down of Essilor’s activities is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Optical Women’s Association Hosts Regional Networking Events to Connect and Invite New Members

By Staff
Friday, October 13, 2017 12:30 AM DALLAS—The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) has been on the road hosting regional networking events and their the latest stop on Oct. 5 was at THALĒ BLANC on Melrose Place in West Hollywood, Calif. Sponsored by VSP, Deborah Sawaf, president and creative director of THALĒ BLANC hosted the event for the OWA and The Accessories Council.

Hilary Halper Appointed CFO at Essilor

By Staff
Friday, October 13, 2017 12:24 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor has appointed Hilary Halper as chief financial officer.

Essilor Sun Solution and Istituto Europeo Di Design Announce Contest Winners

By Staff
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 12:21 AM PARIS—A number of design students were honored at an award ceremony last week at Silmo for their winning proposals in the E-Sun Kolor Up Project.

Cooper Companies Reports That Puerto Rican Manufacturing Facilities Returning to Near Capacity

By Staff
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 12:18 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.—The Cooper Companies Inc. (NYSE:COO) said Tuesday that, following a comprehensive onsite assessment of its CooperVision manufacturing facility in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, it was determined the facility “sustained relatively minor damage” and that operations have been restored to approximately 90 percent of previous levels.

ANFAO Reports ‘Ordinary Growth’ in First Half of 2017

By Staff
Monday, October 9, 2017 12:24 AM MILAN—ANFAO, the Italian Association of Eyewear Manufacturers of Confindustria was cautiously optimistic in its assessment of the optical industry’s performance in the first half of 2017. In its mid-year report, the organization observed that “in general, the economy is continuing to expand and its pace is the strongest since the start of the [financial] crisis; the dynamic of the Euro area is also strong.”

House’s Oversight Committee Set to Investigate Allergan Patent Transfer to Native American Tribe

By Staff
Friday, October 6, 2017 12:27 AM DUBLIN—The move by Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) to transfer patents for the dry eye treatment Restasis to New York’s Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is going to be investigated by the House’s Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

After a Decade of Giving, Essilor Vision Foundation Reaches a Milestone

By Staff
Friday, October 6, 2017 12:24 AM DALLAS—Last month, Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) reached a milestone, having provided 500,000 pairs of glasses to those in need since 2007. The non-profit organization, based here, noted that the number of people who have benefited from its work is equivalent to filling AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, five times.

Shire Hits Allergan With a Lawsuit in U.S. District Court Over Marketing of Dry Eye Drugs

By Staff
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 12:27 AM DUBLIN—Two major pharma companies—Allergan plc and Shire plc—are now involved in a lawsuit related to the marketing of their drugs, Restasis and Xiidra.

Transitions Optical Now Accepting Transitions Innovation Awards Nominations

By Staff
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 12:24 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—On Oct. 1, Transitions Optical began accepting nominations from industry professionals for the 2017 Transitions Innovation Awards Program at TransitionsPRO.com/Awards.
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