Successful Bids Entered at Auction of Optical Practices in Bankruptcy of MacKeyser Holdings/American Optical Services

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Friday, August 29, 2014 12:33 AM WILMINGTON, Del.—All but three of the 21 locations up for auction during the bankruptcy proceedings of MacKeyser Holdings and its subsidiaries (which include American Optical Services) were successfully bid on during the auction held earlier this week on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. All successful bids are pending approval by the bankruptcy judge.

Allergan Requests Calif. Court Block Valeant/Pershing Square From Voting Shares; Sets New Dec. 18 Date for Special Meeting

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Friday, August 29, 2014 12:30 AM IRVINE, Calif.— Allergan, Inc. (NYSE: AGN) has asked the United States District Court for the Central District of California to set an expedited schedule for discovery and a motion for a preliminary injunction against Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: VRX), Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. and its principal, William A. Ackman, for violations of the federal securities laws, according to an announcement from Allergan.

New Speaker on Millennials + Technology Added to 'Digitizing The Store' VM LIVE Program

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Friday, August 29, 2014 12:27 AM NEW YORK – Millennials expert and author Jeff Fromm has joined the upcoming program, “Digitizing The Store,” a special VM VM LIVE two-hour program, examining how new technologies are transforming the patient experience and doctor/retailer/patient dynamics.

Alcon to Acquire WaveTec Vision, Developer of Intra-Operative Measurements for Cataract Surgery

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Friday, August 29, 2014 12:24 AM FORT WORTH, Texas – Alcon, division of Novartis Group (NYSE: NVS), announced this week that the company has entered into an agreement to acquire Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based WaveTec Vision, a privately-held company that developed the ORA System, the first commercialized intra-operative guidance system for cataract surgeons implanting intra-ocular lenses (IOLs).

Advantica Names James Scheib Vice President of Sales

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Friday, August 29, 2014 12:21 AM ST. LOUIS, Mo.—Vision and dental benefits provider, Advantica has named James W. Scheib, Jr., vice president of sales. He will oversee the sales and account management of the company’s vision and dental commercial products.

Inspecs USA Names Matt Dorling VP of Business Development

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Friday, August 29, 2014 12:18 AM CLEARWATER, Fl.— Inspecs USA has named Matt Dorling vice president of business development. In his new role, Dorling will support and grow the company’s partnerships within the independent ECP sector across North America and Canada.

Science and Sight on VisionMonday.com

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Friday, August 29, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK–This week, VisionMonday.com offers two Multimedia features.
The first is a video about scientists at the University of California Berkeley who have developed a vision-correcting display that would enable viewers to see it clearly without eyeglasses.

The second feature is a video produced by BusinessInsider.com that shows how Second Sight’s groundbreaking Argus II artificial retina is making a difference in the life of Lisa Kulik, one of the first patients to receive the transplant. View them both in VM Multimedia.

Carrier Appointed COO Essilor Int'l, Leonard Named President, EOA

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 6:15 AM PARIS— Essilor International announced today that John Carrier, president and CEO of Essilor of America, has been appointed COO of Essilor International, alongside Paul du Saillant and Laurent Vacherot who are long-time co-COOs.

Leadership Changes at Refac Optical Group, ACON Exec Named Interim CEO

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:29 AM GLENDORA, N.J. and WASH D.C.–VMail has learned that several top management changes have taken place at Refac Optical Group, one of the leading optical retailers in the U.S. 

California Legislators Approve Bill to Allow Sale of Stand-Alone Adult Vision Coverage Via Link from State Insurance Exchange

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:28 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Assembly Bill No. 1877 (AB 1877) requiring the Covered California state health insurance exchange to link buyers to a separate website selling adult vision coverage passed the California Assembly unanimously (73-0) earlier this week on Monday Aug. 25, 2014, following its unanimous approval in the California State Senate (36-0) last week on Thursday Aug. 21, 2014.

Kathleen McMinn Named Vice President of Marketing for Company Formed by Merger of Superior Vision and Block Vision

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., and LINTHICUM, Md.—Kathleen McMinn has been named vice president of marketing for the company formed by the merger of Superior Vision and Block Vision in December 2013.

Register Now for 'Digitizing The Store' at VM LIVE Sept. 17 Event in Las Vegas

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—How is technology changing the eyewear retail and patient experience? Optical speakers, leaders from various segments of the regional and national retail and eyecare professional sectors, will explain how they’re “Digitizing The Store,” at a special VM LIVE two-hour program.


Luxottica to Hold Board Meeting Sept. 1 to Consider Management Changes

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Monday, August 25, 2014 1:15 PM MILAN, Italy— Luxottica Group S.p.A. (NYSE: LUX; MTA: LUX),  has called a meeting of its board for Monday, Sept. 1, “to consider its management structure and the position of Andrea Guerra.”

Jan Cory Named New U.S. President of Silhouette Optical Ltd.

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Monday, August 25, 2014 12:30 AM ALBANY, N.Y.—Jan Cory, an experienced eyewear executive, has been named the new U.S. president of Silhouette Optical, Ltd.

Allergan Confirms Requests From Pershing/Valeant for Special Meeting

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Monday, August 25, 2014 12:27 AM IRVINE, Calif.— Allergan, Inc. (NYSE: AGN) confirmed that Pershing Square Capital has delivered written requests from Allergan stockholders in connection with Pershing’s request to call a Special Meeting.
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