Opternative Launches World’s First Online Refractive Eye Exam Service in 27 States

By Staff
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 12:24 AM CHICAGO—After anticipating the launch of the new online refraction service from Opternative for well over a year now, those in the field of optometry must wait no longer to see how the service actually functions.

Cigna to Discontinue VSP Vision Care’s Integrated Primary EyeCare Program in Kentucky

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 12:21 AM FRANKFORT, Ky.—In response to a new Kentucky state law (HB 465), Cigna will discontinue VSP Vision Care’s integrated Primary EyeCare Program (IPEC), effective Sept. 15, 2015.

Teva Pharmaceuticals to Buy Allergan’s Generic Drug Business

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 12:18 AM JERUSALEM—Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE:TEVA) announced earlier this week that it has signed a definitive agreement with Allergan (NYSE:AGN) to acquire Allergan Generics in a transaction valued at $40.5 billion.

Aspex Extends Greg Norman License

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 12:15 AM MONTREAL—Aspex Eyewear Group and Great White Shark Enterprises, a multi-national corporation headed by Greg Norman, have announced the renewal of their worldwide license agreement for Greg Norman Eyewear through 2025.

Influential EyeCare and Vision Research Pioneer, Professor Brien Holden, Passes Away

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015 8:05 AM SYDNEY, Australia – A global leader in eyecare and vision research, internationally renowned and awarded scientist and humanitarian, Professor Brien Holden OAM, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute, a Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Australia, passed away suddenly here on July 27 of a heart attack, at 73.

Bob Ferrigno Named Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for SynergEyes

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Monday, July 27, 2015 12:30 AM CARLSBAD, Calif. –SynergEyes Inc. appointed Bob Ferrigno as senior vice president of global sales and marketing which became effective on July 20, 2015.

Impact Anthem’s Cigna Acquisition to Have on Millions of Vision Plan Members Remains to Be Seen

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Monday, July 27, 2015 12:27 AM INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. And BLOOMFIELD, Conn.—While the full impact of Anthem, Inc.’s (NYSE: ANTM) planned acquisition of Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI) (reported Friday, July 24, 2015) won’t be clear until after its closing, which is expected during the second half of 2016, it will surely have a major impact on managed vision care.

OWA Connection Series at VEW Examines “Getting Four Generations to Work Together,” at Event on Sept. 17

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Monday, July 27, 2015 12:24 AM DALLAS—Generational differences can cause conflict and misunderstandings in the workplace because generations do speak a different language based on when they grew up and the different cultural events and experiences happening at that time.

Accessories Council Announces 2015 ACE Award Honorees

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Monday, July 27, 2015 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council has announced its first round of honorees for the 19th annual Accessories Council Excellence Awards (2015 ACE Awards).

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Top 13 U.S. Ophthalmology Hospitals

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Monday, July 27, 2015 12:18 AM New York—In its listings of the best U.S. hospitals for 2015-2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked the top 13 ophthalmology hospitals.

Autorefractors in SmartPhones: Smart Vision Labs on July 29 ‘Power Hour'

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Monday, July 27, 2015 12:15 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—An autorefractor in a smartphone. What does it mean for your practice? Guests from Smart Vision Labs will discuss it on the July 29 edition of “Power Hour,” the weekly radio broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Anthem to Acquire Cigna Corp., Creating New Health Care Giant

By Staff
Friday, July 24, 2015 9:30 AM INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. and BLOOMFIELD, Conn.—Anthem, Inc. (NYSE: ANTM) and Cigna Corp. (NYSE: CI) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Anthem to acquire Cigna.

Luneau Technologies Chief Marc Abitbol to Replace Matt Cevasco as Head of Briot and Visionix

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Friday, July 24, 2015 12:33 AM CUMMING, Ga.—Briot and Visionix, brands of Luneau Technology announced that Matt Cevasco, who had served as president and general manager since September, 2010, is transitioning to the role of consultant on special projects for the company.

Energeyes Association of Corporate-Affiliated Optometrists Adds Vincent Facchiano, OD

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Friday, July 24, 2015 12:30 AM NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Energeyes Association of corporate-affiliated optometrists added one seat to its board of directors and appointed Vincent Facchiano, OD, FAAO, as it fourteenth board member.

Florida Governor Rick Scott Announces Johnson & Johnson Vision Care $301 Million Expansion

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Friday, July 24, 2015 12:27 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. (JJVC) plans a major expansion to its production and laboratory facilities here with a capital investment of $301 million, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Wed., July 22, 2015.
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