VM LIVE Event, ‘TECH’S APPEAL’ To Examine Digital Tools To Seduce the Savvy Retail Customer

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Monday, August 03, 2015 12:33 AM NEW YORK—How to captivate today’s customer and implement new ways to change the traditional retail experience is the focus of “Tech’s Appeal: Digital Tools To Seduce the Savvy Retail Customer,” a VM LIVE event to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at The Venetian Hotel, just prior to the start of International Vision Expo West, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Vision Council Leadership Holds Annual Capitol Hill Fly-In

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Monday, August 03, 2015 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Joined by representatives from various member companies, The Vision Council held its annual Government and Regulatory Affairs Capitol Hill Fly-In highlighting its ongoing efforts to bridge relationships between member companies and their elected officials.

Morgenthal Frederics’ Jeff Press Admitted to CFDA

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Monday, August 03, 2015 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Morgenthal Frederics’ designer Jeff Press has been named among the 40 new designers to be admitted to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

Envision to Award $10,000 Following Research Proposal Workshop at Annual Conference

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Monday, August 03, 2015 12:24 AM DENVER—Envision, a low-vision advocacy organization, will hold a competition at its upcoming 2015 Conference, to be held here Sept. 9 to 12, 2015, in which participants will vie for a grant of up to $10,000.

Neil Draisin, OD on Aug. 5 ‘Power Hour’

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Monday, August 03, 2015 12:21 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.— Neil Draisin, OD will be the guest on the Aug. 5 edition of the “Power Hour,” the weekly radio broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Services Set for Eyecare and Vision Research Pioneer, Professor Brien Holden, OAM

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Monday, August 03, 2015 12:18 AM SYDNEY, Australia—Services have been set for Brien Holden, OAM, a global leader in eyecare and vision research, who passed away here on July 27 of a heart attack, at 73, as reported by VMail.

The AOA’s Incoming and Outgoing Presidents Discuss Optometry’s Challenges

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Monday, August 03, 2015 12:15 AM SEATTLE—Health care reform, third party payers and regulatory requirements are among the many challenges facing optometrists today. In an exclusive interview with VMail during the recent Optometry’s Meeting, outgoing American Optometric Association president David Cockrell, OD, and incoming president Steven Loomis, OD, discussed how the AOA is working to address these and many more issues for the organization’s members. Read the interview here to also learn about the AOA’s $10 million headquarters renovation and which optometry associations will be moving into the facility.

Canada to Regulate Cosmetic and Prescription Contact Lenses With the Same Medical-Device Safety Standards

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Friday, July 31, 2015 12:30 AM OTTAWA—Canada has passed a regulation that will require the same medical-device safety standards for cosmetic contact lenses as are already required for prescription contact lenses.

Bausch + Lomb Appoints Brian Rosenblatt, OD to Professional Strategy, U.S. Vision Care Business

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Friday, July 31, 2015 12:27 AM BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Bausch + Lomb has appointed Brian Rosenblatt, OD as director, professional strategy for its U.S. Vision Care business.

Visibility Management Appoints Michael Monaco to Its Consulting Team as Senior Partner

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Friday, July 31, 2015 12:21 AM CLEARWATER, Fla.—Visibility Management has appointed optical industry veteran Michael Monaco to its consulting team as a senior partner.

More Than 80% of ECPs ‘Very Concerned’ About Remote Refraction Services: Jobson Research ‘QUICK POLL’

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Friday, July 31, 2015 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The launch of new remote refraction technologies is a major topic of concern among eyecare professionals, particularly optometrists.

Essilor to Acquire Vision Source

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Thursday, July 30, 2015 7:16 AM KINGWOOD, Texas—Vision Source announced that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Essilor of America, a division of Essilor International (Reuters: ESSI.PA).

Opternative Launches World’s First Online Refractive Eye Exam Service in 27 States

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 12:24 AM CHICAGO—After anticipating the launch of the new online refraction service from Opternative for well over a year now, those in the field of optometry must wait no longer to see how the service actually functions.

Cigna to Discontinue VSP Vision Care’s Integrated Primary EyeCare Program in Kentucky

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 12:21 AM FRANKFORT, Ky.—In response to a new Kentucky state law (HB 465), Cigna will discontinue VSP Vision Care’s Integrated Primary EyeCare Program (IPEC), effective Sept. 15, 2015.

Teva Pharmaceuticals to Buy Allergan’s Generic Drug Business

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015 12:18 AM JERUSALEM—Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE:TEVA) announced earlier this week that it has signed a definitive agreement with Allergan (NYSE:AGN) to acquire Allergan Generics in a transaction valued at $40.5 billion.
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