Prevent Blindness and See Now Partner to Ask Congress to Improve Vision for Millions of Americans

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Friday, January 20, 2017 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has formed a partnership with the new global organization See Now that will develop and take a new campaign to end avoidable blindness in the U.S. to congressional leaders.

General Vision Services Partners With RestoringVision

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Friday, January 20, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—General Vision Services (GVS) has announced a new partnership with RestoringVision in an initiative to bring clear vision to people in need.

CareCredit Marks 30 Years, Asks Cardholders to Submit Stories in New Contest

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Friday, January 20, 2017 12:18 AM COSTA MESA, Calif.—CareCredit, which offers a flexible payment option for at more than 200,000 locations across the U.S., is marking its 30th anniversary this year.

Bascom Palmer’s Steven Gedde, MD, Receives Straatsma Award

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Friday, January 20, 2017 12:15 AM MIAMI—Steven J. Gedde, MD, professor of ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami, part of UHealth—the University of Miami Health System, was awarded the 2016 Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education. The award recognizes and celebrates an outstanding residency program director in ophthalmology.

Court Finds Bausch + Lomb Patent to Be Valid, Enforceable and Infringed

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 12:27 AM BRIDGEWATER, N.J.—Bausch + Lomb, said it has won its patent infringement lawsuit with Vitamin Health Inc. in U.S. District Court and will receive an undisclosed sum from Vitamin Health.

Essilor-Luxottica Discussion on the Next ‘Power Hour’

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 12:24 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Howard Purcell, OD, senior vice president of customer development at Essilor will be the guest in today’s episode of “Power Hour,” the weekly broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Kenmark Eyewear Announces License Renewal With Vera Wang

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 12:21 AM LOUISVILLE, K.Y.—Kenmark Eyewear has announced the renewal of an exclusive license agreement for the development, production and worldwide distribution of eyewear for Vera Wang.

Mount Sinai Establishes Eye and Vision Research Institute to Pursue Clinical Research

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The Mount Sinai Health System earlier this week announced plans to develop the Mount Sinai/New York Eye and Ear (NYEE) Eye and Vision Research Institute, a facility that the health system said would be “the first of its kind in the New York City metropolitan region.”

Local Eye Site Announces Ophthalmic Technician Grantees

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 12:15 AM RALEIGH, N.C—For the second consecutive year, Local Eye Site —an online employment site for all eyecare professionals—has funded scholarships for ophthalmic medical technicians seeking certification from the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).

Essilor, Luxottica Merger Will Be Gradual, Essilor’s John Carrier Says

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Monday, January 16, 2017 4:15 PM NEW YORK—Although the news of Essilor’s planned merger with Luxottica Group traveled through the world’s financial markets at cyber speed today, VMail has learned that the complex process of combining the two eyewear industry giants into a behemoth valued at nearly €50 billion will occur gradually over the next three to four years.

Essilor’s Independent Distributor Division Celebrates 2016 Award Winners

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:30 AM COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—At Essilor of America’s national sales meeting, held here last week, the company’s Independent Distribution Division (IDD) recognized selected independent laboratory partners for outstanding achievements.

Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation Announces Six 2017 Scholarship Recipients

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation has announced six recipients of its 2017 scholarships and the recipient of a “one-time Inspiration Award” that was added this year by the family of Dr. Larry J. Alexander.

ForSight VISION4, Inc. Announces Acquisition by Roche

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:24 AM MENLO PARK, Calif.—ForSight VISION4 announced that it has been acquired by Roche Holdings Inc.

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.
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