Positively Pink: Industry Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Staff
Friday, October 20, 2017 2:39 PM

NEW YORK—The month of October officially means we have to slowly but surely pull out those tucked away sweaters and brace ourselves for the return of the pumpkin spice latte. As we lament over minor things like the weather changing and the early sunsets, it’s also important to remember that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM).

Benjamin Yerxa Named CEO for Foundation Fighting Blindness

By Staff
Friday, October 20, 2017 12:27 AM COLUMBIA, Md.—The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) has selected Benjamin Yerxa, a biotechnology and drug development executive, as its CEO, effective immediately.

ABB Optical Group’s ‘Insights’ Indicate Solid Growth for Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

By Staff
Friday, October 20, 2017 12:21 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, a leading optical products distributor and resource for identifying market trends, reported earlier this month that its data indicates that daily disposable contact lenses “dominated market share from January through September 2017.”

VSP Global and AAOF Announce 2017 Practice Excellence Scholarship Recipients

By Staff
Friday, October 20, 2017 12:18 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. — VSP Global and the American Academy Optometric Foundation (AAOF), an affiliate of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), has announced the 2017 Practice Excellence Scholarship recipients.

Opternative Sues Warby Parker, Claiming Misappropriation of Trade Secrets for Online Eye Tests

By Staff
Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Opternative has filed a suit against Warby Parker here, claiming that Warby Parker has stolen its online eye test.

Mid-Year 2017 Optical Markets Slowing but Still Growing, VisionWatch Says

By Staff
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The latest numbers from The Vision Council’s VisionWatch survey reflect that the overall vision care market grew 0.2 percent, or nearly $85.7 million, in the 12 months ending June 2017.

Court Rules That Four of Allergan’s Patents for Dry Eye Treatment Restasis Are Invalid

By Staff
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:27 AM MARSHALL, Texas—A federal judge here ruled that four Allergan patents related to the dry eye treatment Restasis are invalid.

VSP Vision Care and Prevent Blindness Launch Vision to Share: Clicks for Kids Campaign

By Staff
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:18 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision Care and Prevent Blindness launched Vision to Share: Clicks for Kids, a campaign aimed at bridging the gap in access to care for a population whose need for eyecare is often unmet.

Opticians Ponder the Future of the Profession at OptiCon Conference

By Staff
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:15 AM LAKE BUENA, Fla.—"I believe the future visit to the optician might be more like a trip to the Apple Store," declared Ted Gioia during his keynote speech at the annual OptiCon Conference held here from Oct. 6 to 8.

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.

Jim McGrann Joins Ocuco Board

By Staff
Monday, October 16, 2017 12:33 AM DUBLIN, Ireland—Ocuco, the global eyecare software company based here, has announced the appointment of longtime optical industry executive Jim McGrann to its global board.

Voting Extended One More Day for 2017 EyeVote Reader’s Choice

By Staff
Monday, October 16, 2017 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The final voting deadline has been extended one more day to 11:59 pm tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 17 for the Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine's ninth annual EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year.

Firms Help Tackle Complexities of Managed Vision Care

By Mark Tosh
Monday, October 16, 2017 12:25 AM Health care can be a fast-paced, highly regulated marketplace, which requires companies in this business segment to be nimble, innovative and strategic. This also holds true for the companies—both longtime players and innovative startups—in the narrower business of managed vision care.

James Chen Celebrates Publication of His New Book, ‘Clearly’

By Staff
Monday, October 16, 2017 12:21 AM LONDON—James Chen, the businessman and philanthropist whose efforts to increase access to vision testing and eyeglasses on a global level led him to found the Clearly campaign and the non-profit organization, Vision for a Nation, has just published a book about his ideas and experiences.

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.