Luxottica Declines Comment on Italian News Reports of Guerra's Potential Departure

By Staff
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 10:27 AM MILAN, Italy—News stories in the Italian business press earlier today and expanded upon via other international financial media, have speculated that Andrea Guerra, CEO of Luxottica Group (NYSE: LUX) could possibly be leaving the company sometime soon.

Valeant Extends Expiration of Offer to Acquire Allergan

By Staff
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:24 AM LAVAL, Quebec and IRVINE, Calif.— Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE/TSX: VRX) has extended the expiration of its exchange offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Allergan, Inc. (NYSE: AGN) to 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Dec. 31, 2014.

WellPoint to Change Its Corporate Name to Anthem

By Staff
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:21 AM INDIANAPOLIS—Health insurance company, WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE:WLP) announced plans last week to change its corporate name to Anthem, Inc. WellPoint serves more than 37 million people in its affiliated health plans, and nearly 67 million people through its subsidiaries, some of which already carry the Anthem brand, such as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Anthem Blue Cross.

Appeals Court Eliminates Walmart’s $1.4 Million Penalty in Case Brought by Texas Optometrists

By Staff
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:18 AM NEW ORLEANS—In a case that goes back to 1992, when Walmart first began leasing space to Texas optometrists, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decided Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, to eliminate a $1.4 million penalty that had been levied against the retailing giant for encouraging optometrists to extend their business hours.

Unilens Expands Distribution of All C-Vue Brands With Diversified Ophthalmics

By Staff
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:15 AM LARGO, Fla. and CINCINNATI— Unilens Vision Inc. (OTCQB: UVIC), which develops, licenses, manufactures, distributes and markets specialty contact lenses, and Diversified Ophthalmics, Inc. announced yesterday that Diversified has been named an authorized distributor throughout the U.S. for Unilens' entire C-Vue family of disposable and C-Vue Advanced Custom contact lens brands.

Jobson’s Optical Business Barometer Report Shows Increase in Ratings for July 2014

By Staff
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:30 AM NEW YORK—According to Jobson Optical Research's latest Optical Business Barometer (OBB) report, the overall optical business rating in July 2014 rose to 3.77, a very slight increase from the June 2014 rating of 3.76. The July 2014 rating also shows an increase from the July 2013 rating of 3.63, the July 2012 and 2011 ratings of 3.66 and the July 2010 of 3.55.

The Vision Council Presents ‘Sunglasses for UV Protection’ on Capitol Hill

By Staff
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:27 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Vision Council held a briefing on Capitol Hill last week about the impact of UV exposure on vision health. The presentation on “Sunglasses, UV Protection and What You Need to Know to Protect Your Vision” covered both long-term and short-term concerns related to exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

Eyecare Industry Veteran, Richard Sanchez Forms Consulting Firm, Visibility Management

By Staff
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:24 AM CLEARWATER, Fla.—After leaving the managed vision care company he founded in 2001, Advantica, earlier this year, eyecare industry veteran, Richard Sanchez has launched Visibility Management, a consulting firm consisting of a coalition of long-term professionals from the eyecare industry.

VSP’s ‘Vision to Share’ Partnership with America’s VetDogs Funds Service Dogs for Veterans

By Staff
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—With 1.5 million U.S. veterans affected by vision problems, VSP Vision Care launched the Vision to Share campaign in partnership with America’s VetDogs to provide up to $50,000 to raise, train and place a guide dog with a veteran who is blind or has low vision.

CooperVision to Launch E-commerce Service for Contact Lens Ordering

By Staff
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:18 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.— CooperVision is unveiling an e-commerce service designed to help independent eyecare practitioners build their contact lens business and provide patients with an online method of purchasing their lenses from the ECP’s practice.

VisionWeb’s Ian Lane, OD, Is Guest on Aug. 20 ‘Power Hour’

By Staff
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:17 AM FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.— What is change management and how it affects you, featuring Ian Lane, OD, vice president of customer development and professional relations for VisionWeb, is the topic of the Aug. 20 edition of “The Power Hour,” the weekly radio broadcast hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice.

Life on the Street on VisionMonday.com

By Staff
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Some famous people are not unfamiliar with time spent behind bars. Be it part of a role or consequences of real bad behavior, the three stars in this week’s edition of Bold Face: Locked Up are familiar with time spent in the “big house.” Luckily, life back on the street has been made easier with stylish eyewear from Marchon, Marcolin and Sama.

You know what also makes life easier? Apps. Mobile apps are changing the way eyecare practices function by connecting patients, doctors, staff and suppliers in new ways. Our August 18 cover story examines this exciting trend and profiles 22 different mobile apps. Visit the “Apps of My Eye” to see additional app profiles, plus comments from the practitioners and retailers.

Registration Opens for the Optical Lab Division Meeting

By Staff
Friday, August 15, 2014 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The annual event will once again be held in conjunction with the continuing education and exhibits at International Vision Expo West, Sept. 17 to 20.

Henne Named Group Publisher for The Review Group

By Staff
Friday, August 15, 2014 12:21 AM NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA—Jobson Medical Information has announced that James Henne, a nearly 16-year veteran of the company, has been named group publisher for the Review Group of publications and services.

Optomap Eye-Q Quiz Invites Everyone to Test Their Eye Health for a Good Cause

By Staff
Friday, August 15, 2014 12:18 AM LONDON—The optomap Eye-Q Quiz sponsored by Optos PLC (LSE:OPTS) invites everyone to test their knowledge of eye health while supporting a good cause.
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