FDA Grants Clearance to Bausch + Lomb’s Boston Xo and Boston XO2 Materials

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Monday, August 14, 2017 12:18 AM BRIDGEWATER, N.J.—Bausch + Lomb reported that the FDA has granted 510(k) clearance for the therapeutic use of its Boston XO and Boston XO2 materials in treating several ocular surface diseases.

Eyecare Experts and Organizations Warn Against Faulty Eclipse Glasses

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The Great American Solar Eclipse is only two weeks away and with Aug. 21 fast approaching, many vendors and ECPs are beginning to sell solar eclipse viewing glasses.

Half of U.S. Parents Skip Back-To-School Eye Exams for Their Children, Survey Finds

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—A new survey by VSP Vision Care and You.gov finds that just over one-half (50.1 percent) of parents in the U.S. overlook a back-to-school eye exam for their school-age children.

Fourth Annual Contact Lens Health Week to Kick Off Aug 21

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Monday, August 7, 2017 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The fourth annual Contact Lens Health Week, a campaign created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase public awareness and promote healthy contact lens wear and care, will kick off Monday, Aug 21.

Johnson & Johnson Vision to Acquire TearScience

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Friday, August 4, 2017 9:45 AM SANTA ANA, Calif.—Johnson & Johnson Vision announced it will acquire TearScience through Abbott Medical Optics, its surgical vision operating company.

Second Sight Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results and Highlights

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 12:23 AM SYLMAR, Calif.—Second Sight Medical Products Inc. (NASDAQ: EYES), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable visual prosthetics to provide useful vision to blind patients, reported Tuesday that it generated net sales of $2.2 million in the second quarter ended June 30. This compared with $1.0 million in the second quarter of 2016, the company said.

Prevent Blindness Declares August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has declared August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month in an effort to educate the public on the importance of healthy vision for kids. The organization is asking all parents and caregivers to set their children on a path to success in the classroom by taking them for a certified vision screening or eye exam.

Transitions Partners With New Consumer Influencers for the Good Light Project

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017 12:15 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—To continue illustrating the role changing light plays in shaping our days and nights through its online and social media initiative, the Good Light Project, Transitions Optical is partnering with influential Transitions lens wearers.

Southern College of Optometry Opens Hybrid Clinic Featuring Telemedicine

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Friday, July 28, 2017 12:18 AM MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Southern College of Optometry is opening FocalPoint, the first facility of its kind in the U.S. to offer completely paperless telemedicine via EyecareLive.

Private-Equity Backed Eyeconic Vision Partners Acquires Phoenix Eyecare Group

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Monday, July 24, 2017 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Cortec Group, a private equity firm said that its portfolio company Eye Academy Holdings Inc. acquired Swagel-Wootton Hiatt Eye Center of Phoenix.

LSGPA Invests an Additional $500,000 in MacuLogix

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Friday, July 21, 2017 12:23 AM HARRISBURG, Pa.—The Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania (LSGPA) has invested an additional $500,000 in MacuLogix, a company that equips eyecare professionals with the instruments, tools and education needed to effectively manage patients with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Experts Give Safety Tips on Proper Way to View Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 12:18 AM NEW YORK—On Aug. 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be coming to North America for the first time since 1979 and for the first time since 1918, the eclipse will be crossing the country from coast to coast.

Second Sight Announces Expansion of Medicare Coverage for Argus II

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Monday, July 17, 2017 12:24 AM SYLMAR, Calif.—Second Sight Medical Products (NASDAQ:EYES) recently announced that its Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System can now be covered by Medicare in seven of the 12 Medicare Administrative Contractor (“MAC”) jurisdictions nationwide, representing a total of 28 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia.

NAVCP Advocates for Allowing Stand-Alone Vision Plans to Participate in ACA Exchanges

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Monday, July 17, 2017 12:21 AM TUCKER, Ga.—Even with the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) still unresolved, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) set out recently to obtain public input on ways to empower patients by improving their choices for care.

California Budget Legislation Signed by Gov. Brown Calls for Reinstating Some Vision Benefits

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017 12:21 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—State budget legislation in California, which was recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, will restore some vision care benefits to the state’s Medi-Cal program.
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