Anthem Criticizes Justice Department’s Efforts to Block Its Proposed Merger With Cigna

By Staff
Monday, July 25, 2016 12:24 AM INDIANAPOLIS—Health insurance giant Anthem is strongly criticizing the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for attempting to block Anthem’s proposed acquisition of rival insurer, Cigna.

Second Sight Announces Positive Five-Year Data from Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System

By Staff
Monday, July 25, 2016 12:21 AM SYLMAR, Calif.—Second Sight Medical Products announced that a five-year study of patients who have the Argus II artificial retina implant has yielded positive results.

Valeant’s New Glaucoma Drug Raises No Safety or Efficacy Concerns With FDA

By Staff
Monday, July 25, 2016 12:18 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE: VRX and TSX: VRX) announced that it has received a Complete Response Letter (CRL) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the New Drug Application (NDA) for latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic solution, 0.024 percent, an intraocular pressure lowering single-agent eye drop for patients with open angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.

Gary Gerber, OD, Shares His Practice Advice on July 27 ‘Power Hour’

By Staff
Monday, July 25, 2016 12:15 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—On the July 27 ‘Power Hour,” the weekly broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice, he will share his Power Practice client list of “If I’d only known then what I know now” advice.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Release Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule

By Staff
Friday, July 22, 2016 12:24 AM NEW YORK—A proposed rule for Medicare's 2017 Physician Fee Schedule contains several policies that will impact doctors of optometry participating in postoperative care, diabetes care and Medicare Advantage plans.

Prevent Blindness Holds 5th Annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit

By Staff
Friday, July 22, 2016 12:21 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—On July 13, Prevent Blindness held its 5th annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit at the National Press Club here and featured presentations from a variety of leading experts in vision and public health. The full webcast and copies of the all the presentations can be found here.

Justice Department and State Attorneys General Sue to Block Health Insurers’ Mega-Mergers

By Staff
Friday, July 22, 2016 12:18 AM WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Justice and attorneys general from multiple states and the District of Columbia sued yesterday to block Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana, alleging that the transactions would increase concentration and harm competition across the country, reducing from five to three the number of large, national health insurers in the nation.

World Sight Day Challenge Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

By Staff
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:18 AM DENVER—Optometry Giving Sight has launched its 10th Annual World Sight Day Challenge campaign to help raise funds for people who are needlessly blind or vision impaired.

Orbis Unveils Redesigned Flying Eye Hospital

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:00 AM NEWARK, N.J.—Orbis, the international charity that fights blindness around the world, unveiled its new Flying Eye Hospital last month on a cross country tour that began in Los Angeles and made stops in Newark, N.J., Washington, D.C., Memphis, Tenn., Dallas, Texas and Sacramento, Calif.

National Think About Your Eyes Campaign Reaches New Milestone

By Staff
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The national Think About Your Eyes campaign has built upon its increased industry support and consumer interest to reach a new milestone of 2.5 million visitors to the campaign website since its launch.

IDOC Expands Prima Practice Management Team

By Staff
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:21 AM NORWALK, Conn.— IDOC, the largest privately held alliance of independent optometrists in the U.S., has hired Maddie Langston as Prima practice marketing consultant.

A Nutrition Update Is the Topic of the July 20 ‘Power Hour’

By Staff
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:15 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—How to integrate nutrition into your practice featuring Dr. Edward Paul, OD, is the topic of the July 20 edition of “The Power Hour,” the weekly broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Hundreds Receive Free Glasses After EyeXam Mission Trip

By Staff
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:00 AM SAN JOSE, Calif.—EyeXam—a smartphone and tablet eyecare app—chronicled the success of a mission trip by Valley Christian High School (VCHS) students to Freedom Park, a squatter camp in South Africa with an estimated population of 50,000 people.

American Academy of Optometry Announces 2016 Award Recipients

By Staff
Friday, July 15, 2016 12:15 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—Each year, the American Academy of Optometry honors individuals who have made contributions to advancing the profession of optometry.

2020 On-site Optometry Raises $3 Million, Plans for Rapid Growth

By Staff
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 12:21 AM BOSTON—2020 On-site Optometry raised $3 million in an extension to its Series A-1, bringing total fundraising to $7.9 million.
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