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

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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.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Release Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule

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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

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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.

National Think About Your Eyes Campaign Reaches New Milestone

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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.

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

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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.

Prevent Blindness Launches The Focus Initiative, a Virtual Forum for Vision And Public Health Workers

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Friday, July 8, 2016 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness is launching The Focus Initiative, a virtual forum for those working in the vision and public health sector.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Backs Think About Your Eyes Campaign

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Friday, July 1, 2016 12:30 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision Care announced yesterday that it has committed $1.8 million in support of the Think About Your Eyes public awareness campaign.

FDA Approves Raindrop Near Vision Inlay for Presbyopia Correction

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Friday, July 1, 2016 12:24 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Raindrop Near Vision Inlay, a device implanted in the cornea of one eye to improve near vision in certain patients with presbyopia.

Registration Opens for Vision Expo West 2016

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 12:21 AM NORWALK, Conn.—Registration has opened for Vision Expo West 2016 in September at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada (Education: Sept. 14 to 17; Exhibition: Sept. 15 to 17).

Two Optical Tech Companies Are Finalists for AAL Smart Ageing Challenge Prize

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 12:18 AM BRUSSELS—Two optical technology companies are among the 15 finalists that have been shortlisted for the AAL Smart Ageing Challenge prize, which is offering €50,000 for the best innovation that uses the Internet of Things to empower older adults to achieve the quality of life they aspire to, socially and independently.

Prevent Blindness Urges Public to Leave Fireworks to Competent, Licensed Operators to Avoid Eye Injury

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 12:18 AM CHICAGO—An estimated 7,000 Americans spent part of their Fourth of July holiday in the emergency room in 2014 due to fireworks injuries, according to data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Out of that number, 19 percent of the injuries were to the eyes.

Prevent Blindness Honors Rajeev S. Ramchandran, MD, With Joanne Angle Investigator Award

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Monday, June 27, 2016 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, has selected Rajeev S. Ramchandran, MD, MBA, associate professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, as the honoree of the 13th annual 2016 Joanne Angle Investigator Award.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology Shares Firework Eye Safety Tips

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Friday, June 24, 2016 2:32 PM SAN FRANCISCO—The American Academy of Ophthalmology is highlighting the fact that “the number of eye injuries caused by fireworks has more than doubled in recent years” and providing tips on how to help prevent these injuries.

Congressman Introduces Bill to Expand Medicare Benefits for Vision

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Monday, June 20, 2016 12:24 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—A veteran Democratic congressman wants to expand Medicare's benefits to provide vision, hearing and dental care to seniors.

Don’t Forget to Participate in National Sunglasses Day on June 27

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Monday, June 20, 2016 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is encouraging ECPs and optical retailers to help promote the importance of wearing UV-protective sunwear as a part of National Sunglasses Day, held annually on June 27.
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