Smart Vision Labs Partners with a Top German Online Retailer

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Smart Vision Labs has formed a partnership with Brille24, a leading German online optical retailer.

Unum Launches Vision Coverage Benefit Nationally as Follow-up to Starmount Deal

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:18 AM CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—Unum (NYSE:UNM), a leader in employee benefits, earlier this week said it is entering a new market with the launch of Unum Vision and Unum Dental, a move that was planned as a follow-up to its April 2016 acquisition of the parent company of Starmount Life Insurance Company and Always Care Benefits, an independent vision and dental benefits provider.

Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. Announces Rights Offering

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:23 AM SYLMAR, Calif.—Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:EYES) a developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable visual prosthetics to provide some useful vision to blind patients, has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a rights offering to its existing stockholders.

Paragon CRT Contact Lenses Approved by China Food & Drug Administration

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:18 AM MESA, Ariz.—Paragon Vision Sciences, a leader in orthokeratology, today announced approval from the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) and commercial availability of its corneal reshaping/orthokeratology brand, Paragon CRT Contact Lenses in China.

Prevent Blindness Opens Applications for 2017 Joanne Angle Investigator Award

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Monday, January 9, 2017 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness announced the call for applications for its 2017 Joanne Angle Investigator Award. The award is a grant provided annually to a public health research project that seeks to put an end to unnecessary vision loss.

The Vision Council Releases Results of Nationwide Digital Eye Strain, Blue Light Survey

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Friday, January 6, 2017 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced the results of a nationwide survey detailing the effects and implications of blue light—and available eyewear treatment options—as more than 165,000 attendees gather with the latest in technology at the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show.

Vision Expo East Announces Partnership With Google for 2017 Education

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017 12:18 AM Alexandria, Va.—Show organizers for Vision Expo East have announced exclusive events for ECPs including a presentation from Google agency developer Liz Austin, a dynamic VIP networking reception, and sessions focused on utilizing Google’s digital products to grow their eyecare businesses.

Study Projects Significant Rise in Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia

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Monday, January 2, 2017 12:18 AM NEW YORK—A group of medical researchers expect that more than one-half of the world’s population will have myopia or high myopia by 2050. The projection is based on a meta-analysis of data from 145 studies (dating back to 1995) and covering 2.1 million participants.

U.K. Government to Fund Second Sight’s Argus II ‘Bionic Eye’

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016 12:23 AM SYLMAR, Calif. & LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:EYES), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable visual prosthetics for blind patients suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), announced it has received a positive recommendation from advisors to the U.K. Government’s health care funding authority for specialized services in England. For the first time in the U.K., the publicly-funded NHS system will fund blind patients with RP to receive treatment with the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System (Argus II) “bionic eye.”

Prevent Blindness Declares January as National Glaucoma Awareness Month

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Monday, December 26, 2016 12:21 PM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has declared January as National Glaucoma Awareness Month in an effort to help educate the public on the disease, including risk factors and treatment options.

MacuLogix Appoints McPhee to Succeed Edwards as Chief Executive Officer

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Monday, December 26, 2016 12:15 PM MIDDLETOWN, Pa.—MacuLogix Inc., a pioneer in the early detection and tracking of retinal diseases, has appointed William McPhee as chief executive officer, effective Dec. 19. According to a company statement, McPhee continues as director of the company, a role he has held since 2012.

Novartis to Acquire Encore Vision, Developer of Eye Drop for Treating Presbyopia

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016 12:33 AM BASEL, Switzerland—Novartis announced yesterday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Encore Vision, a privately-held company in Fort Worth, Texas, that has developed eye drops for treating presbyopia.

Microsoft India, L V Prasad Eye Institute Launch Global Consortium to Tap Artificial Intelligence’s Power for Eyecare

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016 12:30 AM HYDERABAD, India—Microsoft India and the L V Prasad Eye Institute have teamed up to launch the Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE), which they describe as “a global consortium of commercial, research and academic institutions who have joined to apply artificial intelligence to help in the elimination of avoidable blindness and scale delivery of eyecare services worldwide.”

Sun Pharma Completes Acquisition of Ocular Technologies Sarl

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016 12:15 AM NEW DELHI—Sun Pharmaceutical Industries announced that it has completed the acquisition of U.S.-based eyecare specialist Ocular Technologies Sarl, a portfolio company of Auven Therapeutics.

Christie Markowitz Named Senior Director and ECP Marketing Lead for Shire Ophthalmics

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Monday, December 19, 2016 12:21 AM LEXINGTON, Mass.—Christie Markowitz has been appointed senior director and ECP marketing lead for the Shire Ophthalmics team. Markowitz will report to Vic Noble, vice president and head of marketing for ophthalmics.
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