Show Organizers Announce Innovative New Education Content at Vision Expo East

By Staff
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Numerous innovative programs have been added to the education curriculum at International Vision Expo East 2017, taking place at the Javits Center in New York, according to an announcement from show organizers.

USC’s Roski Eye Institute to Launch Certified Ophthalmic Education Program

By Staff
Monday, December 5, 2016 12:27 AM LOS ANGELES—The University of Southern California (USC) Roski Eye Institute will offer the first educational program in California to train certified ophthalmic technicians beginning January, 2017.

GiveWell Names Sightsavers as New ‘Top Charity’

By Staff
Monday, December 5, 2016 12:21 AM BOSTON—Sightsavers has been named as one of seven “top charities” by charity evaluator GiveWell for its work on treating children for parasitic infections, also called "deworming.” The announcement from GiveWell, a nonprofit that conducts in-depth analysis to find and recommend outstanding charities to donors, comes just in time for the 2016 giving season.

Prevent Blindness Opens Nominations for Second Annual Pomeroy Award

By Staff
Friday, December 2, 2016 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness is issuing a call for nominations for the 2017 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health. The award recognizes an individual, team or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the field of public health and vision and eye health at a community, state, national and/or international level.

Prevent Blindness Declares December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month

By Staff
Monday, November 28, 2016 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month.

Alcon Says Research on Smart Contact Lenses Is ‘Progressing Steadily’

By Staff
Monday, November 21, 2016 12:24 AM FORT WORTH, Texas—Despite news reports that Alcon’s smart contact lens research project with Alphabet Inc.’s Verily unit is behind schedule, the company maintains that it is in fact on track, VMail has learned.

Allergan Founder Gavin Herbert and Wife, Ninetta Herbert, Pledge $5 Million to UC Irvine for Retinal Research

By Staff
Monday, November 21, 2016 12:18 AM IRVINE, Calif.—Allergan founder Gavin Herbert and his wife, Ninetta, have pledged $5 million to advance retinal research at UC Irvine Health’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, the academic eyecare center named in his honor.

FTC Proposes Changes to the 2004 Contact Lens Rule and Sets Deadline for Comments

By Staff
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:30 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Federal Trade Commission proposed changes to the 2004 Contact Lens Rule, and also provided details on how the public can comment on the agency’s proposal by Jan. 30, 2017.

Working the Safety Rx Niche

By Mark Tosh and Stephanie Sengwe
Monday, November 14, 2016 12:20 AM Often viewed by ECPs as an unexceptional or niche category, safety Rx (SRx) eyewear is breaking new ground these days with developments in technology that bring more fashion to the category and also make administration of safety programs less of a headache for employers and retailers.

EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker Awarded CES 2017 Best of Innovation

By Staff
Monday, November 14, 2016 12:18 AM NEW YORK & NEWARK, Calif.—EyeQue, a Silicon Valley start-up that develops affordable consumer vision technologies, has been named a CES 2017 Best of Innovation Awards Honoree for its EyeQue Personal Vision Tracker.

Valeant’s Revenue Drops 11 Percent in Third Quarter 2016

By Staff
Friday, November 11, 2016 12:26 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE: VRX) reported that its total revenues in the third quarter ended September 30, 2016 were $2.48 billion versus $2.79 billion in the third quarter of 2015, a decrease of 11 percent.

Online Retailer Mister Spex Analyzes Status of Global Eyecare System

By Staff
Friday, November 11, 2016 12:18 AM LONDON—Mister Spex, a U.K.-based online retailer Mister Spex released The World Eye Care Coverage Index, an overview of the current status quo of eye health across the world.

Prevent Blindness Names VM’s Marge Axelrad as 2017 ‘Person of Vision’

By Staff
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has chosen Marge Axelrad, SVP, editorial director at Vision Monday/Jobson Optical Group as the recipient of the 2017 Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Award.

Ophthotech Reports Losses for Third Quarter and Year-to-Date

By Staff
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 12:23 AM NEW YORK—Ophthotech Corp. (Nasdaq: OPHT) reported a net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 of $60.9 million compared to a net loss of $39.6 million for the same period in 2015.

University of Missouri-St. Louis Marks Opening of Patient Care Center for College of Optometry

By Staff
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 12:21 AM ST. LOUIS—The University of Missouri-St. Louis marked the debut of its new Patient Care Center for the College of Optometry with a grand opening event, Friday, Nov. 4.
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