Kala Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of Dry Eye Drug

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Friday, October 30, 2020 12:27 AM Kala Pharmaceuticals announces FDA approval of dry eye drug, Prevent Blindness declares November as diabetes-related eye disease month, optical sales remain flat, Sterling Vision acquires Cascade Vision Center, and Blanchard and CooperVision Specialty EyeCare support GlobalEyes podcast all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Prevent Blindness Declares November as Diabetes-Related Eye Disease Month

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Thursday, October 29, 2020 12:33 AM CHICAGO—Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020, shows that 34.2 million Americans have diabetes and 88 million American adults have prediabetes. Alarmingly, more people are developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes during their youth, and racial and ethnic minorities continue to develop type 2 diabetes at higher rates. The CDC also states that diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults, according to an announcement from Prevent Blindness.

Optical Sales Remain Flat Despite Upward Trend of COVID-19 Cases

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Optical sales throughout the U.S. continued to remain flat this past week, showing little change from the previous week (Oct. 12 to 18), according to the latest Jobson COVID-19 Performance Tracker for the week ending Oct. 25. Sales showed little change over the course of last week even as COVID-19 cases continue to break records throughout the country, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. All service/product categories were up a slightly by 1 index point except contact lenses which were down by 1 index point.

Continuing its Oregon Expansion, Sterling Vision Acquires Cascade Vision Center

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:24 AM GRESHAM, Ore.—Sterling Vision of Eugene, Ore., announced earlier this month that it has acquired Cascade Vision Center, which is based here, and will add the single-location practice to its growing network across Oregon. This transaction follows Sterling Vision’s announcement earlier in October that it had partnered with Lifetime Eye Care and The Vision Performance Center, also operating in Oregon, effective Oct. 1, as VMAIL reported. The value of the transactions were not disclosed in the announcements.

Blanchard and CooperVision Specialty EyeCare Support GlobalEyes Podcast

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Monday, October 26, 2020 12:24 AM MANCHESTER, N.H.—Blanchard Contact Lenses, a CooperVision Specialty EyeCare company, has announced its sponsorship of GlobalEyes, a podcast hosted by Drs. Melissa Barnett and Tom Arnold, that provides a nexus for eyecare practitioners all around the world.

Myopia Profile and Essilor Unite to Tackle Childhood Myopia

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Friday, October 23, 2020 12:30 AM Myopia Profile and Essilor unite to tackle childhood myopia, Total Vision partners with Foothill Optometric Group, Jobson Tracker: Optical sales remain flat despite uptick in COVID-19 cases, VSP Global intensifies focus on innovation, and the 12th annual EyeVote Reader's Choice Awards all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Vote for VM's and 20/20 Magazine's Annual 2020 EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards

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Friday, October 23, 2020 12:12 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 12th annual EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year. These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 19 distinct categories.

Total Vision Partners With Foothill Optometric Group in Pleasanton, Calif.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020 12:24 AM MISSION VIEJO, Calif.—Total Vision Partners announced this week that it has partnered with Foothill Optometric Group as the Southern California firm moves to expand its team of optometrists offering comprehensive vision care throughout California.

Optical Sales Remain Flat Despite Uptick in COVID-19 Cases in Nearly All States

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—COVID-19 case counts trending upward throughout the U.S. had little impact on the eyecare business, according to the latest Jobson COVID-19 Performance Tracker for the week ending Oct. 18. Following a slight downturn during the previous week, Oct. 5 to 11, optical sales over this past week, Oct. 12 to 18, remained flat across the board, with the only negligible change occurring in contact lens sales, which declined only -1 index point nationally last week.

VSP Global Intensifies Focus on Innovation With ‘Futurist Report’

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:33 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global is intensifying efforts to develop futuristic products and services by transforming its innovation arm into a new business unit with a redefined mission. The new unit, the VSP Global Innovation Center, is both a physical space and corporate division. Formerly known as The Shop, it focuses on “creating innovative products, services, and experiences that respond global market shifts and advance the eyecare and eyewear industries,” VSP Global said in a statement.

Bausch Health, BHVI Enter Licensing Agreement for Myopia Control Contact Lens

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Friday, October 16, 2020 12:33 AM Bausch Health and BHVI enter licensing agreement, Marc Ferrara of Jobson Medical Information to receive 2021 Person of Vision Award, Leonard Green & Partners invests in Eyemart Express, Marchon Eyewear partners with Eastman, and Opti 2021 show to return to Munich in January all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Marc Ferrara of Jobson to Receive 2021 Person of Vision Award

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020 12:30 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight, has chosen Marc Ferrara, CEO of Information Services, Jobson Medical Information, as the recipient of the 2021 Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Award. The award will be presented on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at the Prevent Blindness Person of Vision Dinner at 583 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y., in conjunction with Vision Expo East. All proceeds from the event will go to support the sight-saving programs from Prevent Blindness.

Leonard Green & Partners Invests in Eyemart Express

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 2:00 PM DALLAS—Private equity investment firm Leonard Green & Partners (LGP) has completed a strategic investment in Eyemart Express, a leading national value optical retailer, according to an announcement Tuesday. Los Angeles-based private equity firm LGP joins majority stakeholders FFL Partners (FFL) and the founding Barnes family in the ownership of the retailer, which operates 223 stores in 41 states. The financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed, but the announcement noted that the new LGP investment “will not add any incremental debt to the Eyemart Express balance sheet.”

Marchon Eyewear Partners with Eastman

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK – Marchon Eyewear, Inc. , one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of eyewear and sunwear, has announced an industry-first partnership with Eastman, a global specialty materials company. Marchon will be the first eyewear company to produce and sell frames using Eastman Acetate Renew, a fully sustainable material that will be used in Marchon’s proprietary and licensed brands frames. Eastman announced its initiative in eyewear, which is part of a broader company-wide sustainability program, earlier this year, as VMAIL reported.

Opti 2021 Is Canceled, Show to Return to Munich in January 2022

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Monday, October 12, 2020 11:28 AM STUTTGART, Germany—The organizers of the opti trade show, GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH, announced today that the show’s 2021 installment is canceled. opti 2021 was scheduled to occur in Stuttgart, Germany, Jan. 8-10, 2021, and the decision to cancel the show is a result of rising COVID-19 infection rates, travel restrictions and feedback from the industry as a whole. The next opti show will instead take place in Munich, Germany, from Jan. 14-16, 2022.