Mid-Year 2017 Optical Markets Slowing but Still Growing, VisionWatch Survey Says

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The latest numbers from The Vision Council’s VisionWatch survey reflect that the overall vision care market grew 0.2 percent, or nearly $85.7 million, in the 12 months ending June 2017.

Court Rules That Four of Allergan’s Patents for Dry Eye Treatment Restasis Are Invalid

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:27 AM MARSHALL, Texas—A federal judge here ruled that four Allergan patents related to the dry eye treatment Restasis are invalid.

Essilor Appoints Laura Viscovich Vice President Corporate Communications

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:24 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor has appointed Laura Viscovich as vice president corporate communications.

WestGroupe USA Names Northeast Regional Sales Director

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:21 AM MONTREAL, Quebec—WestGroupe USA has announced the appointment of Heidi Orlando to the position of Northeast regional sales director.

VSP Vision Care and Prevent Blindness Launch Vision to Share: Clicks for Kids Campaign

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:18 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision Care and Prevent Blindness launched Vision to Share: Clicks for Kids, a campaign aimed at bridging the gap in access to care for a population whose need for eyecare is often unmet.

Opticians Ponder the Future of the Profession at OptiCon Conference

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:15 AM LAKE BUENA, Fla.—"I believe the future visit to the optician might be more like a trip to the Apple Store," declared Ted Gioia during his keynote speech at the annual OptiCon Conference held here from Oct. 6 to 8.

Opternative Sues Warby Parker, Claiming Misappropriation of Trade Secrets for Online Eye Tests

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Opternative has filed a suit against Warby Parker here, claiming that Warby Parker has stolen its online eye test.

National Vision Announces Details Related to Planned Initial Public Stock Offering

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Monday, October 16, 2017 11:45 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. announced the launch of its planned initial public offering (IPO), which, if fully subscribed, could raise about $363 million, according to a filing with the SEC.

J&J Vision Execs Provide Details on Sightbox CL Subscription Service

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Monday, October 16, 2017 12:36 AM CHICAGO—Johnson & Johnson Vision’s recent acquisition of the contact lens subscription service Sightbox is viewed as both a way to expand the overall contact lens category and to bring back some of the “respect” that eye health and eye exams should command in their role at the center of the contact lens experience, executives of the companies said at a briefing here Friday.

Jim McGrann Joins Ocuco Board

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Monday, October 16, 2017 12:33 AM DUBLIN, Ireland—Ocuco, the global eyecare software company based here, has announced the appointment of longtime optical industry executive Jim McGrann to its global board.

GSRx Launches ProperOptics.com, Optical E-Commerce Site Exclusively for Independents

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Monday, October 16, 2017 12:30 AM SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—GSRx, Inc., a lens and technology coating supplier, has launched ProperOptics.com, an optical e-commerce site created to provide independent eyecare practices with an online presence to capture more optical sales.

Voting Extended One More Day for 2017 EyeVote Reader’s Choice

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Monday, October 16, 2017 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The final voting deadline has been extended one more day to 11:59 pm tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 17 for the Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine's ninth annual EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year.

l.a. Eyeworks Announces Distribution Partnership With ProOptics for Australia and New Zealand

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Monday, October 16, 2017 12:24 AM LOS ANGELES—l.a. Eyeworks, the Los Angeles-based independent designer and producer of limited edition eyewear has announced a distribution partnership with Sydney, Australia-based ProOptics, effective immediately.

James Chen Celebrates Publication of His New Book, ‘Clearly’

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Monday, October 16, 2017 12:21 AM LONDON—James Chen, the businessman and philanthropist whose efforts to increase access to vision testing and eyeglasses on a global level led him to found the Clearly campaign and the non-profit organization, Vision for a Nation, has just published a book about his ideas and experiences.

Allergan Settles Suit with InnoPharma Over Restasis

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Monday, October 16, 2017 12:18 AM DUBLIN—Allergan (NYSE: AGN) and its subsidiaries announced Thursday that the company has reached an agreement with InnoPharma Inc. resolving patent litigation regarding U.S. patents covering its Restasis dry eye drug, which are Orange book-listed and will expire on August 27, 2024.
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