Ad Industry Monitor Asks B+L to Back Off Some Claims for PeroxiClear, But OKs Others

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Monday, December 5, 2016 12:24 AM NEW YORK—An advertising industry trade group that monitors advertising claims has recommended that Bausch + Lomb modify or discontinue certain advertising claims about its PeroxiClear Contact Lens Peroxide Solution, including claims of superior comfort over Clear Care, a competing product manufactured by Alcon Laboratories.

Online Contact Lens Startup Sightbox Raises $1.8 Million

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:18 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—The startup company Sightbox, which offers a membership-based supply service for contact lens wearers, has raised $1.8 million in a seed-round of funding.

CooperVision President Jerry Warner Is Guest on Tonight’s ‘Power Hour’

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:15 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—CooperVision president, Jerry Warner, is the guest on tonight’s episode of “Power Hour,” the weekly broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Alcon to Host Local Multifocal Contact Lens Fitting Event Today in Memphis

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Monday, November 28, 2016 12:11 AM MEMPHIS—Alcon is hosting a training event today at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis to help eyecare professionals become more successful in fitting multifocal contact lenses.

Start-up Simple Contacts Raises $2 Million in Seed-Funding Round

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The start-up company Simple Contacts, which offers an app-based eye test and refill service for contact lens wearers, has raised $2 million in seed funding that it will use to fund further development, an executive of the company confirmed to VMail this week.

FTC Proposes Changes to the 2004 Contact Lens Rule and Sets Deadline for Comments

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:30 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Federal Trade Commission proposed changes to the 2004 Contact Lens Rule, and also provided details on how the public can comment on the agency’s proposal by Jan. 30, 2017.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals to Settle FTC Charges Related to Paragon Acquisition

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Friday, November 11, 2016 12:27 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, parent of Bausch + Lomb, has agreed to divest Paragon Holdings to settle charges that its May 2015 acquisition of Paragon violated both Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations and a section of the Clayton Act, according to a FTC news release earlier this week.

J. Keith Lomas to Step Down in Early 2017 at UK’s UltraVision

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 12:18 AM BEDFORDSHIRE, U.K.—UltraVision CLPL, a leading international contact lens manufacturer, reported Tuesday that group chief executive officer J. Keith Lomas will step down in early 2017 and will turn over day-to-day management responsibilities to an executive management team led by John Clamp, a partner with Lomas in building the company.

1-800 Contacts Testing Lumen Optical, a Boutique-Like Optometry Retail Center

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Friday, November 4, 2016 12:24 AM DRAPER, Utah—1-800 Contacts Inc.,the leading online contact lens retailer in the U.S., is testing the brick-and-mortar retail space with the opening of two “high-service, boutique environment” Lumen Optical stores outside of Chicago.

Yen’s Appreciation Lowers Hoya’s 2Q Revenue, But U.S. Eyeglass Sales Grew

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Monday, October 31, 2016 12:23 AM TOKYO—Hoya Corp. (TOKYO: 7741) reported that the Hoya Group’s revenue decreased 11.8 percent year on year, to 114,865 million yen, for the second quarter ended Sept. 30, 2016.

ABB Optical Group Acquires Diversified Ophthalmics and MidSouth Premier Ophthalmics

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Friday, October 21, 2016 5:10 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group, a leading distributor of optical products, is acquiring Diversified Ophthalmics, Inc., a privately held company based in Cincinnati, Ohio and its partner company MidSouth Premier Ophthalmics, based in Brentwood, Tenn. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Sensimed Reports Financing Deal With Japanese Contact Lens Manufacturer SEED

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Friday, October 21, 2016 12:23 AM LAUSSANE, Switzerland—The Swiss company Sensimed has expanded its collaboration in Japan with SEED, a Japanese contact lens manufacturer.

Group Says 135,000 People Sign Contact Lens Consumer Rights Petition

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 12:21 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The latest round in the industry battle over contact lens legislation is bringing in more of the consumer perspective.

B+L Voluntarily Recalls PeroxiClear Solution in the U.S. and Canada

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Monday, October 3, 2016 12:30 AM BRIDGEWATER, N.J.—Bausch + Lomb is conducting a voluntary recall, proposed Class II, of PeroxiClear 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning & Disinfecting Solution in the U.S. and Canada.

Vision Monday, 20/20 Magazine Host Eighth Annual EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards

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Friday, September 30, 2016 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the eighth annual EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year.
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