J&J Vision Launches Global Collaboration With Menicon Aimed at Managing Myopia Progression in Children

By Staff
Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:27 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision announced Wednesday a global strategic collaboration with contact lens maker Menicon aimed at creating a portfolio of products and services to manage the progression of myopia in children. "For decades, Johnson & Johnson Vision has invested in research collaborations with academic centers, research institutes and leading global health organizations who share our vision of leading with science to reshape the future of myopia and eye health," said Peter Menziuso, global president, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care.

ISVA and Zyloware Offer Educational Resource on Eye Protection in Sports/Recreational Activities

By Staff
Monday, April 5, 2021 12:21 AM MONROE, N.J.—The International Sports Vision Association (ISVA) and Zyloware Eyewear today announced the launch of Protect. Prevent. Play., a new educational resource designed to help ECPs educate parents, coaches, teachers, athletic trainers and athletes about the importance of wearing appropriate protective eyewear to help reduce the chance of eye injury.

Second Sight Names Scott Dunbar Acting CEO

By Staff
Monday, April 5, 2021 12:15 AM LOS ANGELES—Second Sight Medical Products (NASDAQ: EYES), a leading developer and marketer of implantable visual prosthetics for blind individuals, announced that the company’s board of directors has named Scott Dunbar to replace Matthew Pfeffer as acting chief executive officer. Under Nasdaq rules, an independent director may temporarily be named acting CEO, but such service cannot continue for more than one year. Accordingly, Pfeffer has relinquished the role of acting CEO but will remain on the board as an independent director.

Using Eye Tracking Technology to Understand Human Behavior, Ocular and Neurological Health

By Andrew Karp
Friday, April 2, 2021 8:30 AM As a journalist who covers vision technology, I’ve become fascinated with eye tracking and its many uses, which range from health care to virtual and augmented reality, sports training, gaming, retail, marketing, education and military applications. Eye tracking uses motion-detecting sensors embedded in special eyeglasses or behind a computer screen to detect and measure eye movement. As many VMAIL readers know, it’s used for diagnosing and treating vision problems related to the eye-brain connection. “We use eye tracking on virtually every single one of our patients who are coming in with a visual processing issue,” said Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD, a vision development and vision rehabilitation specialist whose practice, Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas, is in Plano, Texas.

Surface Ophthalmics Names Preeya K. Gupta, MD, as Chief Medical Advisor

By Staff
Thursday, April 1, 2021 12:15 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.—Surface Ophthalmics Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on innovative therapeutics for ocular diseases, has appointed Preeya K. Gupta, MD, as chief medical advisor (CMA).

Special Report on Advancing Treatments for Myopia in Children Published for Health Care Professionals

By Staff
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—A new special report is helping draw awareness to the increasing severity and prevalence of myopia in children among non-ophthalmic health care providers. The report, “Advancing the Treatment of Myopia in Children,” is published by Global Business Media.

J&J Vision Receives Approval of First Drug-Releasing Combination Contact Lens for Vision Correction and Allergic Eye Itch

By Staff
Friday, March 26, 2021 12:21 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision said this week that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) gave its approval to the company’s Acuvue Theravision with Ketotifen for allergic eye itch.

Visionary Ventures Closes Fund II with $114 Million in Committed Capital

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021 12:15 AM ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—Visionary Ventures, an Orange County California based venture capital firm, yesterday announced the closing of Visionary Venture Fund II with $114 million in committed capital.

CooperVision Joins American Academy of Ophthalmology Initiative to Address Worldwide Myopia Epidemic

By Staff
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 12:24 AM SAN FRANCISCO—A recently announced initiative from the American Academy of Ophthalmology to protect children from the vision-threatening consequences of high myopia (nearsightedness) has attracted major financial support from CooperVision. The company will make a five-year commitment to help underwrite the program, part of its global leadership in developing evidence-based clinical and educational approaches that advance myopia management as standard of care.

IMI and The European Society of Ophthalmology Release New Guidance on Myopia Management

By Staff
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 12:21 AM BUDAPEST—The European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE), in collaboration with specialist experts in myopia management, the International Myopia Institute (IMI), has released updated guidance on myopia management to drive European awareness of the debilitating ocular condition.

OCLI Vision Enters Clinical Affiliation for Care Coordination With Independent Optometrists Supported by LION Eye Group

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Monday, March 22, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK, N.Y.—OCLI Vision, an internationally recognized, multi-specialty ophthalmology group in four Northeast states, announced a non-exclusive affiliation agreement with a network of New York-based optometry practices supported by the LION Eye Group management services organization.

Revenio Group Acquires Oculo, a Teleophthalmology Platform Company

By Staff
Monday, March 22, 2021 12:18 AM MELBOURNE, Australia—Revenio Group, a Finland-based health tech group that is a global leader in ophthalmological devices, signed an agreement on Friday to purchase Oculo, an Australian teleophthalmology and clinical communication platform company focusing on telehealth, remote monitoring, and clinical communications.

Digital Eye Strain—Another Pandemic Pain Point

By Mary Kane
Friday, March 19, 2021 8:30 AM We’ve all seen those notifications and displays on our phones tallying up our average screen time for the week. Ever since we went into lockdown last March, we’ve all been spending way too much time not just on our phones, but on electronic devices in general—including laptops, ipads and TVs. And once you add in children learning remotely on screens, you have a recipe for digital overload throughout the entire family. Here are some eye opening statistics about the rise of Digital Eye Strain (DES) and some advice from several eye doctors on how to combat the problem.

Mississippi Set to Expand the Scope of Optometric Care as Governor Signs New Legislation

By Staff
Friday, March 19, 2021 12:24 AM MADISON, Miss.—Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed legislation on Wednesday, House Bill 1302, that expands the scope of optometry in the state. The state’s senate had passed the bill earlier, and it was originally introduced early this year in the state’s House of Representatives. The legislation expands the scope of practice for optometrists, including the ability to prescribe certain medications and perform specific procedures. The new rules are set to take effect July 1, 2021, Ryan Wally, OD, legislative chair for the Mississippi Optometric Association (MOA), told VMAIL on Thursday.

EyeYon Medical Raises $25 million in Series C Funding for Synthetic Corneal Implant

By Staff
Friday, March 19, 2021 12:15 AM TEL AVIV, Israel—EyeYon Medical, a start-up developing ophthalmic products for vision-threatening conditions, announced the completion of $25 million in a Series C funding.