Federal Trade Commission Seeks Comments About Eyeglass and Contact Lens Rule

By Staff
Friday, September 4, 2015 12:24 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking comments on the efficiency, costs, benefits and impact of the Ophthalmic Practice Rule (Eyeglass Rule) and the Contact Lens Rule, both of which require prescribing eyecare professionals to provide prescriptions to patients. The request for comment is part of the FTC’s systematic review of all current FTC rules and regulations, according to the agency.

Allergan to Acquire Glaucoma Treatment Company AqueSys

By Staff
Friday, September 4, 2015 12:23 AM DUBLIN and ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—Allergan (NYSE: AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, and AqueSys, Inc. a private clinical stage medical device company focused on developing ocular implants that reduce intraocular pressure associated with glaucoma, announced yesterday that they have entered into an agreement under which Allergan will acquire AqueSys in an all-cash transaction.

Nepal’s First Eyewear Brand Helps in the Fight Against Cataract

By Jamie Wilson
Thursday, September 3, 2015 1:47 PM NEW YORK—For more than 62 percent of sight-impaired people in this remote Nepal village, blindness caused by cataract is avoidable and correctable. Through a need to solve this growing issue affecting so much of the population, Nepal’s first eyewear brand was created.

Vision Source Partners With UnityPoint Health to Provide Eyecare in Iowa, Illinois, S. Dakota and Wisconsin

By Staff
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 12:18 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source, the largest independent optometric alliance in North America, has entered into a relationship with UnityPoint Health, an integrated health system which provides care to 4.5 million patients annually.

ODs Meet at First World Congress of Optometry in Columbia

By Staff
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 9:00 AM MEDELLIN, Colombia—Thousands of optometric professionals from around the globe converged here in mid-August at the first World Congress of Optometry. It was a meeting described by organizers as “the first global event to encompass all aspects of optometry in order to share knowledge, explore clinical and technological innovation and establish an agreed holistic policy for the sector and for the future of accessible eyecare.”

What Are You Wearing? / Brooklyn Spectacles

By Staff
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 9:00 AM Jenny’s family has been in the optical business for as long as she can remember, so she fell in love with the industry at a young age. She wanted to learn the ins and outs from the people she trusted most and knew she wanted to create an element that would connect the customer more directly with brands. That led to the opening of Luxeye stores and the recent launch of Brooklyn Spectacles.

InSite Vision and QLT Amend Merger Agreement

By Staff
Monday, August 31, 2015 12:27 AM ALAMEDA, Calif.—InSite Vision Inc. (OTCBB: INSV) announced on Aug. 28 that InSite and QLT Inc. (NASDAQ: QLTI) (TSX: QLT) entered into a revised merger agreement under which QLT will acquire InSite Vision.

American Eyewear Brands Give Back to Animals

By Alexandrea Mobijohn
Monday, August 31, 2015 12:00 AM They are more than just a bunch of animal lovers. The featured companies in the latest installation of our series go above and beyond your typical over-zealous pet owner. They are contributing to the #SocialPurpose movement by building American eyewear brands that have ingrained the responsibility of giving back to animal-centric organizations into their corporate values.

Embarking on the Adventure With Staff: Getting Started With EHR

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, August 31, 2015 12:00 AM AUSTIN, Texas—Certified electronic health records (EHR) helps improve patient care, by significantly reducing the risk of medical efforts and increasing the accuracy of the diagnosis with the help of clinical decision support in the system.

Prevent Blindness Names September Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month

By Staff
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has declared September to be Sports Eye Safety Awareness to encourage the use of proper eye protection while playing sports.

Optometry Cares Offers Scholarships for Third- and Fourth-Year Optometry Students

By Staff
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:21 AM ST. LOUIS—Optometry Cares—The AOA Foundation, the charitable foundation of the American Optometric Association (AOA), is accepting applications for four scholarship opportunities offered to optometry student members of the AOA and the American Optometric Student Association.

Clarkson Eyecare Makes Investment in Eyecarecenter of the Carolinas

By Staff
Monday, August 24, 2015 2:15 PM ST. LOUIS—Clarkson Eyecare, one of the largest eyecare groups in the Midwest, announced a strategic investment in Eyecarecenter (ECC), a 61-office optometry practice across North Carolina and South Carolina.

New CDC Report Shows Almost All Contact Lens Wearers May Be Engaging in Risky Behavior

By Staff
Monday, August 24, 2015 12:27 AM ATLANTA—According to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost all of the 41 million estimated contact lens wearers in the U.S. may be engaging in at least one risky behavior that could increase their chances of eye infections.

Windsor Vision Centre and Tecumseh Vision Centre Join FYidoctors

By Staff
Monday, August 24, 2015 12:24 AM CALGARY, ALBERTA, Canada—Windsor Vision Centre of Windsor, Nova Scotia, and Tecumseh Vision Centre of Tecumseh, Ontario, have joined FYidoctors, a private, optometry-owned eyecare provider.

Lasik and Cataract Surgery Provider, NVision Eye Centers Acquires Walman Eye Centers

By Staff
Monday, August 24, 2015 12:21 AM ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—NVision Eye Centers has acquired Walman Eye Centers of Central and West Phoenix, Ariz.