U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Holding Antitrust Hearing Today on Pricing and Competition in CL Industry

By Staff
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:15 PM WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee is holding a hearing this afternoon here on pricing and competition in the contact lens industry. The title of the hearing session, posted on the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee’s website, is “Pricing Policies and Competition in the Contact Lens Industry: Is What You See What You Get?”

Eschenbach Optik of America, Inc. Latest Industry Partner To Join Think About Your Eyes

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Eschenbach Optik of America, Inc., an international manufacturer and distributor of high-quality low vision aids and electronic magnification devices, is the latest industry partner to support Think About Your Eyes (TAYE), a public eye health initiative sponsored by a nonprofit organization under The Vision Council.

Envision Conference 2014 to Take Place in Minneapolis in September

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:18 AM MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.— Envision is inviting optical industry professionals to take part in the organization’s ninth annual Envision Conference, a multidisciplinary low vision rehabilitation and research conference dedicated to improving the quality of low vision care through professional collaboration, advocacy, research and education.

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Announces Special Recognition Awards

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:15 AM ROCKVILLE, Md. – The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) announced the recipients of the 2014 Special Recognition Awards including the Inaugural Rising Star Awardee.

Hymes Named Executive Director, Brauns Named Associate Exec Director of American Optometric Association

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:30 PM WASHINGTON, D.C. and ST. Louis, Mo.—The board of trustees of the American Optometric Association (AOA) has named Jon Hymes as executive director, according to David A. Cockrell, OD, AOA president and member of the special committee that led a nationwide executive search.

Transitions Hosts Roundtable to Improve the Eye Health of Culturally Diverse Populations

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:30 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—To improve eye health awareness and encourage regular eyecare among ethnic populations at greater risk for health problems that can lead to serious vision impairment, Transitions Optical hosted a roundtable discussion exploring a greater need for eyecare professionals to collaborate with other key influencers.

Allergan Sales Rose Nearly 16 Percent in Second Quarter

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:26 AM IRVINE, Calif.— Allergan (NYSE: AGN) reported $1,827.3 million total product net sales for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, a 15.9 percent compared to total product net sales in the second quarter of 2013.

Hoya Vision Care’s U.S. Pilot Program With i-Optics to Target Optometrists

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Monday, July 21, 2014 2:30 PM LEWISVILLE, Texas—Spectacle lens maker Hoya Vision Care, which signed a multi-year contract with eye diagnostics company i-Optics last week, will be piloting a program in the U.S. with a select group of optometric practices, which will offer eyecare professionals EasyScan.

VSP Global Opens Innovation and R&D Lab

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Monday, July 21, 2014 12:33 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The recent collaboration between VSP Global, Google and designer Diane von Furstenberg that produced a fashionable take on Google Glass resulted from a new VSP Global initiative announced last week.

Newton Transfers, Andre Assumes Command of Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity (NOSTRA)

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Monday, July 21, 2014 12:27 AM YORKTOWN, Va. - Naval Ophthalmic Support and Training Activity (NOSTRA), the Department of Defense’s largest and leading optical fabrication laboratory, hosted a change of command ceremony here July 11, where Capt. Paul A. Andre relieved Capt. Matthew E. Newton as commanding officer.

Kids-Only Practice Puts the Focus on Children's Eyecare in Tampa

By Catherine Wolinski
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM When Nate Bonilla-Warford, OD, owner of Bright Eyes Family Vision Care on the west side of Tampa, Fla. set his eyes on a second practice on Tampa’s east side, he had an instinct it would have to convey “no grownups allowed”—or in his words, be a “non-threatening, fun and comfortable” environment for young kids to receive specialized eyecare.

VisionWeb Announces Annual Royalty Payment to the Opticians Association of America

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Friday, July 18, 2014 12:24 AM AUSTIN, Tex.— VisionWeb announced that the Opticians Association of America (OAA) and affiliated State Associations will receive a royalty payment of $7,075.34 earned for eyecare product orders placed by their members on VisionWeb over the last 12 months.

VSP EyeFiles – Protect Your Eyes from UV Damage With Sunglasses

By Catherine Wolinski
Thursday, July 17, 2014 3:30 PM Enter stressed, suburban Mom. Today she will take her daughter on her first driving lesson. Yikes!

Hoya Partners With i-Optics to Distribute Retinal Scanning Technology

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:25 AM UITHOORN, The Netherlands—Spectacle lens maker Hoya Vision Care has signed a multi-year contract with eye diagnostics company i-Optics to offer opticians EasyScan, a fundus camera that can perform a three-minute eyecare test that provides medical-grade images of the retina without the need of pupil dilation. 

Alcon to License Google Technology for Smart Contact Lenses and IOLs

By Staff
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:35 AM BASEL, Switzerland— Alcon, the eyecare division of Novartis, has entered into an agreement with a division of Google Inc.  to license its "smart lens" technology for all ocular medical uses.
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