Allergan and NFL’s Von Miller Encourage People With Glaucoma to Design Their Disease Management Plan

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:18 AM NORTH CHICAGO, Ill.—Von Miller, a standout Denver Broncos linebacker and advocate for healthy vision, is once again partnering with Allergan, an AbbVie company, for “My Glaucoma, My Design,” an awareness campaign that asks people living with glaucoma, and their loved ones, to share photos and stories on social media that show how they are managing their disease. This initiative ultimately encourages people with glaucoma and their caregivers to design an effective disease management plan with their doctors, according to a recent AbbVie announcement.

BVI, an Ophthalmic Device Manufacturer, Acquires IOL and Contact Lens Material Maker, Benz

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:24 AM WALTHAM, Mass.—BVI, an ophthalmic medical device maker based here, has completed its acquisition of Benz Research & Development and its customized contact lens subsidiary, SpecialEyes, both based in Sarasota, Fla.

Bausch Health and BHVI Announce Exclusive Global Licensing Agreement for Myopia Control Contact Lens

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Friday, October 16, 2020 12:30 AM SYDNEY and LAVAL, Quebec—Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) and Bausch + Lomb, its leading global eye health business, along with BHVI, an Australian not-for-profit organization with an international focus on vision research, announced Thursday that an affiliate of Bausch Health has acquired an exclusive license for a myopia control contact lens design developed by BHVI.

Bausch Health Licenses Eyenovia's Investigational Treatment for Pediatric Myopia

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 12:18 AM LAVAL, Quebec and NEW YORK—Bausch Health CompaniesBausch + Lomb and Eyenovia, a clinical stage ophthalmic biopharmaceutical company, announced that an affiliate of Bausch Health has acquired an exclusive license in the U.S. and Canada to develop and bring to market an investigational microdose formulation of atropine ophthalmic solution.

Vision Companies, Organizations Use World Sight Day as a Springboard for Broad Range of New Initiatives

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Friday, October 9, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Companies and organizations throughout the world that are dedicated to promoting vision and eye health showed their commitment to these causes with an outpouring of support on World Sight Day yesterday. World Sight Day served as a springboard for a wide range of initiatives, as VMAIL reported on Oct. 6 and Oct. 8. To mark the 20th anniversary of World Sight Day, EssilorLuxottica deployed numerous initiatives across the world, including awareness campaigns, art collaborations, vision screenings and donations of glasses, accelerating the company’s efforts to raise awareness around the importance of eyecare.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces the 2020-2021 Allergan Foundation Research Grant Recipients

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Thursday, October 8, 2020 12:15 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), in partnership with the Allergan Foundation, has announced two grant recipients this year in the areas of the anterior segment and glaucoma. The recipient of the Allergan Foundation Grant in the area of the anterior segment is Suzanne MJ Fleiszig, OD, PhD, FAAO. Dr. Fleiszig is a professor of optometry and vision science, microbiology, and infectious disease and immunity at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry.

Contact Lens Institute Launches The EASY Way Program to Simplify Contact Lens Wear and Care

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 12:15 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—To generate greater consumer familiarity with contact lens health and safety year-round in the U.S. and Canada, the Contact Lens Institute (CLI) has launched The EASY Way (Eyes, Awareness, Safety and You). The program includes simplified wear and care tips, attention-grabbing infographics, and companion digital resources for eyecare professionals and staff to use in their practices, all available from EASYWayProgram.org. At the center of the program are three easy steps to healthy, comfortable contact lens wear:

Centricity Vision Appoints Jim Mazzo to its Board of Directors

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Monday, October 5, 2020 12:15 AM CARLSBAD, Calif.—Centricity Vision, a global ophthalmic technology company, announced that Jim Mazzo has been appointed to the company’s board of directors. Mazzo is one of the ophthalmic industry’s best known and most well respected business leaders with over 40 years of experience. His global reputation for building and running world-class organizations is based on 22 years leading Allergan’s North American and European eyecare organizations; seven years as Chairman, president and CEO of Advanced Medical Optics (AMO); four years as executive vice president of Abbott’s global ophthalmology business; three years as executive chair and CEO of AcuFocus and nearly four years as global president of ophthalmic devices for Carl Zeiss Meditec.

FDA Approves Bausch + Lomb’s Alaway, the First OTC Preservative-Free Eye Drop Approved for Treating Itchy Eyes Associated With Allergies

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:18 AM LAVAL, Quebec and DEER PARK, Ill.—Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC), Bausch + Lomb and Eton Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ETON) jointly announced that the FDA has approved Alaway Preservative Free (ketotifen fumarate) ophthalmic solution, 0.035%, antihistamine eye drops (EM-100). The new drops will be “the first over-the-counter (OTC) preservative-free formulation eye drop approved to temporarily relieve itchy eyes due to pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair and dander,” according to the announcement. These are the the eye symptoms that affect approximately 80 percent of people with allergies, the statement noted.

iViews and Oculo Partner to Enhance Clinical Collaboration and Improve Eyecare Models

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:15 AM DUNEDIN, Fla.—iViews Imaging System and Oculo recently announced a North American partnership to bring an integrated solution to enhance clinical collaboration and improve models of eyecare. “We are delighted to work with the iViews team, who so clearly share Oculo’s passion to improve eyecare for patients by providing superior solutions for clinicians. Oculo will bring comprehensive teleophthalmology tools that enhance both the clinical practice and business performance for our optometry and ophthalmology customers,” said Dr. Kate Taylor, CEO and founder of Oculo.

Essilor Spectacle Lens Shown to Slow Myopia Progression in Children by More Than 60 Percent After One-Year in Interim Trial

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:27 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor said Monday that it launched a trial of its Stellest lens, a new generation of spectacle lens solutions in the fight against myopia, in July at the Wenzhou Medical University Eye Hospital in China.

Prevent Blindness Declares October as Contact Lens Safety Month

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Monday, September 28, 2020 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer non-profit eye health organization, has declared October as Contact Lens Safety Month.

Versant Health Releases New White Paper About Telemedicine in Eyecare

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Monday, September 28, 2020 12:18 AM BALTIMORE— While many medical specialties have heavily relied upon telehealth as a means to observe, interact with and evaluate patients, “ocular telemedicine requires a slightly different approach when it comes to managing eye health,” according to a new white paper issued by Versant Health.

NovaBay Expands Avenova Consumer Marketing Programs

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Monday, September 28, 2020 12:15 AM EMERYVILLE, Calif.—NovaBay Pharmaceuticals is expanding its Avenova consumer marketing programs designed to generate greater awareness of its antimicrobial lid and lash spray and promote online sales.

UnitedHealthcare Selected to Provide Vision and Dental Benefits for Federal Government Employees

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Friday, September 25, 2020 12:36 AM MINNETONKA, Minn.—UnitedHealthcare has been awarded a seven-year contract to provide dental and vision benefits through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).