FDA Approves OTC Switch of Alcon’s Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength, Online Availability Begins in September

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:30 AM GENEVA—Alcon (SIX/NYSE: ALC), a global leader in eyecare, announced that Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength (olopatadine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution 0.7%), formerly prescribed as Pazeo, has been approved by the FDA for sale over-the-counter.

Academy of Ophthalmology Announces 2020 Meeting Will Be Virtual-Only

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:27 AM SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—The American Academy of Ophthalmology has announced that its annual meeting will be a virtual-only event in 2020. Those who have already registered for the meeting will receive additional information by Wednesday, Aug. 12.

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.

Gatto USA, Part of Italy's Gatto Group, Expands Its U.S. Presence

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Monday, July 13, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Gatto USA, part of the Italy-based Gatto Group is expanding its presence in the U.S. market to offer its services to American-based eyewear and accessories companies. Headed by Francesco de Grossi, Gatto USA has a showroom here in Manhattan as well as a service facility in Boonton, N.J. to support customers who are looking to collaborate on packaging and paper products, displays, product cases and visual merchandising for their collections, according to the company.

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

Thelios and Rimowa Announce Partnership for Rimowa Eyewear

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:21 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Thelios and luxury luggage brand Rimowa have announced an exclusive partnership for the design, production and distribution of Rimowa Eyewear. This is Rimowa's first full eyewear collection. Rimowa Eyewear's first collection will be the Summer 2020 collection.

Marcolin and Moncler Announce Early Renewal of Licensing Agreement

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:24 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group and Moncler have announced the early renewal of their worldwide exclusive licensing agreement for the design, production and distribution of sunglasses, eyeglasses and ski masks under the branding of Moncler Lunettes.

The Vision Council’s Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue Auction Accepting Bids Until Friday, June 26, Website Now Live

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue, an auction presented by The Vision Council and featuring frames with special significance designed by leading independent designers to support the Equal Justice Initiative and My Brother's Keeper Alliance, is accepting bids until Friday, June 26 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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.

Hilco Vision Has Acquired Ophthalmic Supplies Company, Suppleyes

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:24 AM PLAINVILLE, Mass.—Hilco Vision announced it has acquired the Mississippi based ophthalmic supplies company, Suppleyes. The acquisition became effective June 1, 2020. Ross Brownlee, CEO of Hilco Vision, noted, “Over several decades Suppleyes has developed a high value relationship with eyecare professionals."

Eyes of Faith Announces Health Care Partnership With Medi-Share

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020 12:18 AM SHARON, Penn.—Eyes of Faith and Christian Care Ministry (CCM), which offers the Medi-Share health care sharing program, have announced a partnership to offer savings to the Christian community.

The Vision Council Secures China 301 Exclusions for Spectacle Frames

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published notice yesterday that it is granting exclusions from the China 301 duties for spectacle frames classifiable in subheadings 9003.11.0000 or 9003.19.0000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Devlyn Optical Partners With Eyenuk to Offer Diabetic Retinopathy Screening With Pilot Set for Los Angeles Locations

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020 12:21 AM LOS ANGELES—Eyenuk Inc. and Devlyn Optical, a spin-off of Grupo Devlyn, are planning to collaborate to pilot diabetic retinopathy (DR) screening services at Devlyn’s convenient optical retail locations by leveraging Eyenuk’s AI-enabled DR screening and telemedicine technologies.
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CooperCompanies Cites ‘Unprecedented Challenges’ of COVID-19 in Second-Quarter Results Announcement

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Friday, June 5, 2020 12:27 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperCompanies (NYSE: COO) said Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic “created unprecedented challenges” in the second quarter for the company, which saw sales decline in the double-digit range during the period ended April 30.