Ampleye Scleral Now FDA Approved for Ocular Surface & Dry Eye Disease Management

By Staff
Monday, September 25, 2017 12:30 AM GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Art Optical Contact Lens, a leading independent custom lens manufacturer, has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on their Ampleye scleral lens for the therapeutic management of ocular surface disease from dry eye.

New CooperVision Study Reveals New Ways for ECPs to Engage Patients on Critical Digital Eye Strain Topics

By Staff
Monday, September 25, 2017 12:24 AM LAS VEGAS—A new study commissioned by CooperVision Inc. reveals that while the explosive use of digital device screens may pose vision challenges, only a fraction of U.S. eyecare professionals (ECP) are talking about these issues.

Leica Camera Enters Ophthalmic Lens Market in Collaboration With Novacel

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Friday, September 22, 2017 12:33 AM WETZLAR, Germany—Leica Camera AG plans to launch a line of ophthalmic lenses, beginning Oct. 1. The company will be adding ophthalmic lenses to its existing portfolio of cameras, lenses and sport optics products.

Amazon.com Eyes Smart Glasses Market

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Friday, September 22, 2017 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Amazon.com is eyeing a move into the smart glasses market. The online retail and tech giant is developing its first wearable device, a pair of “smart glasses.”

Luxottica, Essilor Offer No Merger Concessions to EU Regulators

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Friday, September 22, 2017 12:24 AM BRUSSELS—Luxottica and Essilor have not offered any concessions to allay EU antitrust authorities’ concerns over their proposed €47 billion ($56 billion) merger, which could increase the likelihood that EU investigators will take a deeper look at the deal, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Hoya and NOA Name Dr. Charles Comer Community Service Award Winner

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Friday, September 22, 2017 12:21 AM LEWISVILLE, TEXAS—Hoya Vision Care and the National Optometric Association have selected Marquavia Stinson of the Kentucky College of Optometry as the winner of the 5th Annual Dr. Charles Comer Community Service Award.

J&J Vision Announces Acquisition of Sightbox, an Online CL Subscription Service

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:36 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision has acquired Sightbox Inc., an online, membership-based subscription service for contact lens wearers in the U.S., according to a J&J Vision announcement earlier this week. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Clearly Appoints Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:30 AM VANCOUVER—Online eyewear retailer Clearly has named Arnaud Bussieres as managing director and Alex Buhler as chief technology officer.

Vote Now for Vision Monday's and 20/20 Magazine's 2017 EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards

By Staff
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the ninth annual EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year.

USC and VSP Global Release New Study on Fitness Tracker Wearables

By Staff
Friday, September 15, 2017 12:27 AM LOS ANGELES—People who use fitness tracker wearables increased their activity level when prompted by a digital coach, according to the results of a newly released study conducted by the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Body Computing (CBC) and VSP Global’s innovation lab, The Shop.

Visioneering Technologies Appoints Benoit as Executive Director of Professional Affairs

By Staff
Friday, September 15, 2017 12:18 AM ATLANTA—Visioneering Technologies Inc. (VTI), a global company dedicated to improving vision care, has named Douglas P. Benoit, OD, FAAO, executive director, professional affairs, a new position at the company.

CooperVision Notifies ECPs of Decision to Drop UPP for Biofinity Energys Lenses

By Staff
Monday, September 11, 2017 12:36 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.—CooperVision, a unit of The Cooper Cos. (NYSE:COO), notified ECPs late last week that it was removing its Biofinity Energys contact lens product line from its Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP) effective immediately.

IFB Solutions Will Be First to 3D-Print Lenses, Using Luxexcel’s Platform

By Staff
Friday, September 8, 2017 12:30 AM TURNHOUT, Belgium—Luxexcel and IFB Solutions are preparing to commercialize the 3D printing of ophthalmic lenses, a technological feat that is an industry first.

VSP Global Acquires Stake in Eye-Tracking Tech Leader RightEye

By Staff
Friday, September 8, 2017 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. and BETHESDA, Md.—VSP Global has made an investment in RightEye LLC, an innovative company that is pioneering the use of eye-tracking technology to improve patient care and vision performance. A VSP spokesperson declined to say how large the company’s stake in RightEye is.

Independent CL Distributor Allied Vision Acquired by Private Equity Group

By Staff
Friday, September 8, 2017 12:21 AM FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company Inc. (HKW), a private equity firm with offices in Indianapolis and New York, has acquired Allied Vision Group, an independent distributor of contact lenses, optical products and pet medications, according to a joint announcement earlier this week.
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