Allergan Receives Unsolicited Merger Proposal From Valeant Pharmaceuticals International

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:33 AM IRVINE, Calif.— Allergan (NYSE: AGN) confirmed yesterday that it has received an unsolicited proposal from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE/TSX: VRX) to acquire all of Allergan’s outstanding shares for a combination of 0.83 of Valeant common shares and $48.30 in cash per share of Allergan’s common stock.

Seiko to Sublicense Free-form Progressive Lens Patent to IOT

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:30 AM MAHWAH, N.J.— Seiko Optical Products of America announced that it has agreed to sublicense its ’470 patent to Indizen Optical Technologies (IOT), a leading designer of spectacle lenses.

Services to Be Held Today for Thomas Maskery, Jr.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Services will be held today for Thomas R. Maskery, Jr., 52, who passed away on April 18, after a long illness.

Kenmark Renews Original Penguin Eyewear License

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:24 AM LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Kenmark, along with Perry Ellis International, have announced the renewal of their Original Penguin eyewear license. The renewal will span five years and includes optical eyewear, optical sunwear and retail sunwear.

International Ophthalmic Industry Executive Paul Smith Joins TearLab

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:21 AM SAN DIEGO— TearLab Corporation (Nasdaq:TEAR) announced the appointment of Paul Smith to its senior management team in the newly created position of vice president, International.

New Varilux Ads Boost Brand Awareness and Increase Traffic to Independent Practices

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:18 AM DALLAS— Essilor of America is launching a national advertising campaign to introduce consumers to the benefits of progressive lenses and the technology behind Varilux progressives.

Great Glasses Play Day Seeks Participants for Third Annual Initiative May 3 to 4, 2014

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:15 AM MADISON, Wis.—The Great Glasses Play Day, a volunteer event intended to celebrate and unite children who are glasses-wearers or are otherwise visually impaired, is calling on ECPs and the public to join in commemorating the third annual initiative Saturday, May 3 through Sunday, May 4, 2014.

National Association of Vision Care Plans Finalizes Speaker Lineup for Specialty Health Summit Vision Track

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Monday, April 21, 2014 12:30 AM NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The third annual Specialty Health Summit held jointly by the National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) and the National Association of Specialty Health Organizations has finalized its vision track lineup of speakers who will present.

Optometry Giving Sight Establishes ‘Circle Of Sight’

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Monday, April 21, 2014 12:27 AM DENVER— Optometry Giving Sight welcomed members to its newly established “Circle of Sight” at a special function sponsored by Hoya Vision Care at the Vision Source Exchange meeting in Boston on April 11, 2014.

Visionworks ‘Give Kids Sight Day’ Provides Free Eyecare to 1,100 Children

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Monday, April 21, 2014 12:24 AM PHILADELPHIA— Visionworks provided free eyecare to 1,100 uninsured and underinsured children during “Give Kids Sight Day” on April 12.

BrightFocus Foundation to Fund Research for Brain and Eye Disease with $8.7 Million in Grants

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Monday, April 21, 2014 12:21 AM CLARKSBURG, Md.— BrightFocus Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting research and providing public education to help eradicate brain and eye diseases, announced yesterday that it will be distributing more than $8.7 million in grants to 59 research projects in six countries, 19 states and the District of Columbia to aid in the efforts to cure Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Employee Theft Is Topic of April 23 ‘Power Hour'

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Monday, April 21, 2014 12:18 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Issues surrounding employee theft are the topic to be addressed by forensic accountant Joel Charkatz on the April 23 edition of the “Power Hour,” the weekly radio broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Music in the Desert on VisionMonday.com

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Monday, April 21, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Palms Springs, Calif. not only brings all the hottest music acts to the desert but also brought out all the hot young things in this week’s Bold Face: Desert Beauties in sunglasses from Marchon, Baumvision, Safilo and Marcolin.

March 2014 Optical Business Barometer Shows Increase Overall, Decrease From Previous Years

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Friday, April 18, 2014 12:27 AM NEW YORK—According to the Jobson Optical Research Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report, the overall optical business rating among independent ECPs rose in March 2014 to a rating of 3.72 from a February rating of 3.65.

American Optometric Association Search Committee Seeks New Executive Director

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Friday, April 18, 2014 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association (AOA) has begun its search for a new executive director following the departure of Barry Barresi, OD, PhD, as reported by VMail Dec. 11, 2013.
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