Bausch + Lomb to Expand Lens Manufacturing and Distribution Facility in Lynchburg, Va., Governor Announces

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Monday, July 13, 2020 12:21 AM RICHMOND—Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced last week that Bausch + Lomb,  a division of Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC), will invest more than $35 million to expand its manufacturing facility in the city of Lynchburg.

CooperVision's Puerto Rico Manufacturing Plant Awarded Prestigious LEED Silver Certification

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Monday, July 13, 2020 12:15 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—A second CooperVision contact lens manufacturing facility has earned prestigious LEED Silver certification for its environmentally conscious design and operation, the company announced recently. Opened in 1999, the 540,000-square-foot site in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, produces the company’s popular silicone hydrogel contact lenses including, MyDay and Biofinity brands. CooperVision’s clariti 1 day production site in Alajuela, Costa Rica, earned its LEED Silver certification in late 2018, as VMAIL reported

Patient Safety Alliance Says FTC's New Contact Lens Rule Is 'Seen as Dangerous by Eye Doctors'

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS) on Tuesday raised concerns about the final Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Contact Lens Rule, which was issued last week, as VMAIL reported. The Alliance, in its statement, said the FTC’s final contact lens rule “fails to adequately address the dangerous practice of utilizing computer-generated voice calls to verify contact lens prescriptions and places significant burdens on doctors,” among other shortcomings cited by the Alliance for Patient Safety.

CooperVision Appoints Justin Kwan, OD, to North America Myopia Management Leadership Role

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Friday, June 26, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has named Justin Kwan, OD, FAAO, as senior manager, myopia management in its professional and academic affairs group. In this newly created role, Dr. Kwan will be responsible for supporting the growth of the company’s myopia management business across North America, according to the company’s announcement on Thursday. This includes its Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program featuring MiSight 1 day, the first and only FDA-approved product clinically proven to slow the progression of myopia when initially prescribed for children 8 to 12 years old in the U.S.

FTC Announces Final Amendments to Controversial Contact Lens Rule

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:30 AM SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Federal Trade Commission voted 5-0 yesterday to approve a Final Rule amending the agency’s Contact Lens Rule, which facilitates shopping for contact lenses by requiring prescribers to automatically provide a copy of a patient’s prescription to the patient and to verify or provide prescriptions to third-party sellers. The Final Rule, known as 16 CFR Part 315, requires prescribers to request that their patients confirm that they have received their prescription, and allows flexibility in the way the prescription and confirmation are provided, the FTC said in a statement.

J&J Vision Presents Findings for Investigational Antihistamine-Releasing Contact Lens at ARVO Meeting

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:24 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla, and SANTA ANA, Calif.—Johnson & Johnson Vision,  a global leader in eye health, presented data on the first-ever antihistamine-releasing contact lens at the recent Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO 2020) annual meeting.

CooperVision Names Simon Seshadri to Lead Global Marketing

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Friday, June 19, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has named Simon Seshadri as senior vice president, global marketing, effective immediately. He is responsible for executive leadership and management for the company’s global marketing organization.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: Q-Vision Optics, US Ophthalmics

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Thursday, June 18, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus.Chicago-based Q-Vision Optics, which produces LouisLuso Eyewear, now offers three-ply face masks, KN-95 face masks, face shields, nitrile gloves, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes on its website.

ABB Optical Group and Paragon Vision Sciences Announce Sixth Annual Optometry Student Challenge With Live Industry Voting

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:15 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group  (ABB), in conjunction with Paragon Vision Sciences, announced that it is accepting abstract submissions for the sixth annual Optometry Student Challenge.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: CooperVision

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. CooperVision has announced the extension of the deadline for its “Essential Hospital Workers Program” until July 3. The program, first announced in early May, provides support for essential hospital workers fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ABB Optical Group Begins Distribution Services in Canada

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020 12:30 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group (ABB), a leading provider of optical products and business solutions, announced Monday that it has commenced distribution of contact lenses to Canadian eyecare professionals.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces the Recipients of J&J Vision Award of Excellence

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Friday, May 29, 2020 12:24 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has announced the 2020 Johnson & Johnson Vision Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care Grant recipients. This award recognizes outstanding fourth-year student clinicians who have demonstrated skillful knowledge of the contact lens field. Each winner will receive a $500 educational award as well as a personalized plaque commemorating their accomplishment, according to the recent announcement. The 2020 recipients and the institutions they attended are:

Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety Asks FTC for ‘Immediate Action’ on Contact Lens Rx Verification Issue

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12:30 AM ARLINGTON, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS) has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for immediate action to protect the eye health and safety of contact lens patients across the country amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to an announcement this week.

ECPs Can Access Online Training to Certify to Prescribe CooperVision’s Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program

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Monday, May 18, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision offers online training so ECPs can prescribe the Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program.

Alcon Reports ‘Solid’ Q1 Sales, But Sees ‘Significant Impact’ from COVID-19 on Q2 Results

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020 12:21 AM GENEVA—Alcon (SIX/NYSE:ALC), a global leader in eyecare, reported Tuesday that its worldwide sales rose 3 percent to $1.8 billion in the first quarter, which ended March 31.