Allergan Teams Up With Von Miller to Raise Awareness of Glaucoma's Impact on Daily Living

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Friday, January 17, 2020 12:18 AM DUBLIN—Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), a global pharmaceutical company with more than 70 years of heritage in eyecare, announced a partnership with Von Miller, a former Super Bowl MVP, Denver Broncos linebacker and advocate for healthy vision, to shine a light on the millions of people living with glaucoma. As an ambassador for the “My Glaucoma” campaign, Miller will address the misunderstandings and impact of glaucoma and encourage those with the disease, and their caregivers, to take early action, according to the announcement this week. This includes going to the doctor regularly and taking medications as prescribed. 

CooperVision Announces ‘Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program' in Advance of U.S. Launch of MiSight 1 Day Contact Lenses

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision, which is preparing for the March 2020 U.S. launch of MiSight 1 day contact lenses, has kicked off the new year by announcing this week the details of its comprehensive myopia management approach. An initial group of eyecare professionals (ECPs) gathered in Miami on Jan. 7-8 to learn about the “Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program” and to prepare to prescribe the MiSight 1 day lens to patients. CooperVision’s MiSight 1 day lens is the first and only product approved by the Food and Drug Administration for slowing the progression of myopia when initially prescribed for children 8-12 years old, as VMAIL reported.

Staar Surgical Gains Supplemental Lens Approval for EVO Visian ICL

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:18 AM LAKE FOREST, Calif.—Staar Surgical has gained CE Mark approval for use of its ICL as a supplemental or “piggyback” lens in post-cataract IOL surgery patients (pseudophakics).

New Chair, Members Named to Eversight Board of Directors

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:15 AM ANN ARBOR, Mich.— Eversight has announced that two new members and a new chair have been named to its board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Eversight is a nonprofit organization with a mission to restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research. Joining the Eversight board of directors are Carolyn Welsh, vice president & chief clinical officer, NJ Sharing Network, and Mahmoud N. Ghazzi, MD, Ph.D, MPH, an experienced researcher and biopharmaceutical consultant.

Entrepreneur Magazine Ranks Pearle Vision as No. 1 Eyecare Franchise on Franchise 500 List

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 12:18 AM MASON, Ohio—Pearle Vision has been ranked as the nation’s top eyecare franchise company on Entrepreneur magazine’s highly competitive Franchise 500 list, according to a Pearle Vision announcement.

AOA Foundation Opens Nominations for the Dr. W. David Sullins Jr. InfantSEE Award

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 12:15 AM ST. LOUIS—Optometry Cares–The AOA Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Dr. W. David Sullins Jr. InfantSEE Award, which recognizes an individual doctor of optometry who has made significant contributions to optometry or his/her community for outstanding public service involving the InfantSEE program, according to an announcement. The award honors the memory of Dr. W. David Sullins Jr., and the late optometrist's inspiring and passionate leadership as a driving force in the profession of optometry. A memorial fund was established after his passing in 2005 and led to the creation of the award.

California Optometric Association Commends Restoration of Eyeglass Benefit in Medi-Cal Program

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:18 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Optometric Association(COA) has noted that as part of the state’s “strong commitment to strengthening the Medi-Cal program” eyeglass benefits for Medi-Cal recipients have been restored, and the association also noted that it will continue in 2020 to advocate for a Medi-Cal reimbursement rate increase for optometrists practicing in the state. “California’s rate is among the lowest in the nation,” a COA official told VMAIL. “We will be advocating for the rate increase again this year.”

Exonate Will Collaborate With Janssen to Develop a New Eye Drop for Treating Retinal Vascular Diseases, Including AMD

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:15 AM CAMBRIDGE, England—Exonate, an early stage biotechnology company based here, said Monday that it has entered into a strategic collaboration agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a unit of Johnson & Johnson, that will work toward developing an eye drop treatment for retinal vascular diseases, such as Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic Macular Oedema (DMO). The effort will focus on using mRNA targeted therapies. The agreement was facilitated by Johnson & Johnson Innovation. Exonate has developed small molecules that inhibit the production of pro-angiogenic vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) through the selective inhibition of serine/threonine-protein kinase (SRPK1)-mediated VEGF splicing, according to the announcement.

Eyevensys Closes $30M Series B Financing, Adds to Board, Opens U.S. Office in Fort Worth, Texas

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Monday, January 13, 2020 12:21 AM PARIS & FORT WORTH, Texas—Eyevensys, a privately held clinical-stage biotechnology company developing non-viral gene therapies for retinal and other ophthalmic diseases, announced that it has completed a $30 million Series B financing. The round was led by Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund and included participation from existing investors Pontifax, Bpifrance, CapDecisif, and Inserm Transfert, as well as new investors, the Global Health Sciences (GHS) Fund (Quark Venture LP and GF Securities) and Pureos Bioventures. The company said it will use the funds to continue the development of its clinical lead candidate EYS606 for the treatment of chronic non-infectious uveitis (NIU), including the launch of its Electro Study. 

Sparking Joy to the World

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Friday, January 10, 2020 3:18 PM Lena Walker, OD, of Family Vision of Oregon in St. Helens, Oregon, first became interested in Marie Kondo’s KonMari method of keeping one’s life tidy when her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up came out. Dr. Walker applied the method of finding the items that spark joy in her own home and purging the excess items accumulated over time. The KonMari website defines the method to help people “keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service—then let them go.” Dr. Walker was so engaged with the method, she became certified in the method. 

PE-Backed Midwest Vision Partners Sets First Partnership in Michigan With Michigan Eye Institute

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Friday, January 10, 2020 12:27 AM CHICAGO and FLINT, Mich.—Midwest Vision Partners, which is backed by Alpine Investors, has announced a partnership with Michigan Eye Institute (MEI), which represents MVP’s first partnership in the state of Michigan. Michigan Eye Institute is led by Dr. Gary Keoleian, Dr. Jeffrey Diskin and Dr. David Diskin and has a network of 12 providers. The practice employs approximately 110 support staff across six clinical locations, according to an announcement earlier this week. The terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

Essilor Vision Foundation to Launch Vote for Vision Campaign

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Friday, January 10, 2020 12:24 AM DALLAS—Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) believes all kids can be winners with clear vision and is kicking off 2020, by launching its Vote for Vision campaign. Vote for Vision encourages people to prioritize their children’s vision and to donate to the foundation so children in underserved communities around the country can receive critical vision care. In its announcement, the foundation noted, "To most people, 2020 is just another year. But for the vision industry, 2020 is the year of vision -- a year when everyone should make their eye health a priority and be advocates for the estimated 12 million kids in America with a vision impairment. It is estimated that half of those 12 million kids are not getting the care they need due to barriers of awareness, access and affordability of vision services. You can help a child receive life-changing vision care by Voting for Vision in 2020."

4th Annual International Sports Vision Association (ISVA) Conference Is Set for Feb. 6 to 8

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Friday, January 10, 2020 12:15 AM NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio—Beyond 20/20, the 4th Annual International Sports Vision Association (ISVA) conference, is scheduled for Feb. 6 to 8 at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, California. “Sports Vision, the science of helping athletes reach peak levels of performance through the enhancement of visual skills, is becoming more and more important in training individuals of many sports,” said ISVA president Alex Andrich, OD, FCOVD. “With this growth, more practitioners are recognizing that Sports Vision is an excellent specialty service that can become a valuable addition to their primary care practice.”

IrisVision and Samsung Announce Partnership to Bring Vision Technologies to 200 Million Low Vision Patients Globally

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020 12:15 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.—Samsung Electronics Co. and IrisVision, a leader in digital vision technologies and maker of the world's first smart, wearable vision-assistive device, announced a strategic partnership to roll out IrisVision's groundbreaking technology worldwide. IrisVision's vision correction software platform utilizes the power of Samsung's industry leading Galaxy smartphones and XR devices and mobile AI platform to enable people with impaired vision to see clearly and live more independent lives, according to the announcement on Tuesday.

Envision Dallas Unveiled As New Name of Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:21 AM DALLAS—On Monday, Envision announced Envision Dallas as the new name for Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind. The rebranding formalizes a relationship initiated in 2018, when the Wichita, Kansas-based Envision added Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind to its growing family. With locations in 11 states, Envision is one of the country’s largest employers of people with visual impairments. Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research.