Santen to Acquire Topical Ophthalmic Products Company Eyevance for $225 Million Under Terms of Share Purchase Agreement

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:24 AM OSAKA, Japan and FORT WORTH, Texas—Santen Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.and Eyevance Holdings have announced that Santen Holdings U.S. Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Santen, and Eyevance Holdings entered into a share purchase agreement where Santen Holdings acquires all of the outstanding shares of Eyevance Pharmaceuticals Holdings.

Sen. Boozman Introduces Contact Lens Rule Modernization Act that Would Eliminate Robocalls for Rx Verification

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Monday, September 21, 2020 12:36 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—In an effort to offset language in the FTC’s updated Contact Lens Rule, Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) last week introduced in the U.S. Senate the Contact Lens Rule Modernization Act,  which would eliminate the use of robocalls to verify contact lens prescriptions, according to a statement by the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS). The bill, which APS endorsed, is co-sponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

Arkansas Supreme Court Denies Ballot Challenge to Scope of Practice Law

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Monday, September 21, 2020 12:30 AM LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Optometrists in Arkansas had won the right to expand their scope of practice under a 2019 law, but these rights had been held in abeyance while an opposition group sought to have the law put to a vote in a state ballot referendum.

Premier Academy360 and the American Diabetes Association Partner to Provide No-Cost Accredited Continuing Education on Diabetes and Eye Health for VSP Network Doctors

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Monday, September 21, 2020 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—As part of a larger initiative announced last November between VSP Global and the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the VSP Global Premier Program announced that it will offer an ADA-accredited virtual continuing education (CE) course to all VSP network doctors at no cost through PremierAcademy360. 

The Jobson Optical Research 2020 U.S. Optical Retailer Report & Directory Is Now Available

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Monday, September 21, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Optical Research’s 2020 Optical Retailer Report & Directory is now available. The directory contains a comprehensive list of the top optical retailers in the U.S., including contact information for the company headquarters, key executives, buyer names for all product categories, and trade names including DBAs. The list includes 72 headquarter locations. In addition, the report and directory includes Vision Monday’s annual “Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers” ranking and analysis, which includes 2019 estimated sales and business unity counts for each retailer.

Salus, Hampton Universities Establish New Partnership to Address Shortage of Black Student Representation in Optometry Schools

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Friday, September 18, 2020 12:30 AM ELKINS PARK, Pa.—Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) recently partnered with Hampton University, one of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) based in Hampton, Va., to offer a new articulation agreement to address the shortage of Black student representation in optometric education and the health care profession.

MetLife to Acquire Versant Health for $1.7 Billion

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 9:22 AM NEW YORK— MetLife Inc. (NYSE: MET) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Versant Health from an investor group led by Centerbridge Partners and including FFL Partners for approximately $1.675 billion in an all-cash transaction, according to an announcement Thursday morning. Versant Health owns the well-established marketplace brands Davis Vision and Superior Vision. Following the acquisition, MetLife will gain access to Versant Health’s roughly 35 million members, and MetLife’s existing customers will gain access to Versant Health’s extensive provider network, which is one of the largest in the industry.

Visible Genomics Launches DNA Age-Related Macular Degeneration Testing

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Visible Genomics, a  genetics testing company has announced the launch of a new non-invasive genetic eye test that determines a patient’s likelihood of contracting age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that causes blindness.

Jobson Honors Three New ODs on its Online Eyecare Heroes Gallery

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—As the COVID-19 virus continues to affect our everyday activities, Jobson continues its salute to the industry's health care workers, especially ECPs, for continuing to provide essential eyecare during the pandemic. This week, we honor three more Eyecare Heroes in our online gallery located at the Eyecare Heroes site. Dr. Gary Chu, New England College of Optometry, Boston, Mass., Dr. Michael McGovern, SUNY College of Optometry, New York, N.Y., and Dr. Eva Yan, Metro Optics, Bronx, N.Y. ECPs in the Gallery were selected from among the nominations submitted by readers of Vision Monday and 20/20.

PECAA and Optometry Practice Valuations Enter Partnership

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:27 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA), a nationwide doctor alliance group serving independent eyecare practitioners, announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Optometry Practice Valuations to offer a personalized and discounted valuation service to its members.

Ocuco Sponsors COPE-Accredited Webinar on Pediatric Optometry

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:15 AM DUBLIN, Ireland—Ocuco supports a COPE-accredited webinar on pediatric optometry on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 18:00 GMT. The webinar will be presented by Tania Constable, a pediatric specialist optometrist at Temple Street Children's University Hospital here. The topic "Talking Unicorns: Why Pediatric Eyecare Is Not That Scary," aims to demystify the assessment and management of children's eyecare. The lecture is COPE approved for one-hour of CE credit and it is free of charge. Registration is open and can be completed here

The 4th World Congress of Optometry Now Postponed Until 2023

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Monday, September 14, 2020 12:21 AM ST. LOUIS—After much consideration, the World Council of Optometry (WCO) said it has decided that the 4th World Congress of Optometry (WCO4) planned for Melbourne, Australia, in 2021, will now be postponed until Sept. 8-10, 2023.

Influential Optometrist, Dr. Irving Bennett, Dies at 97

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Monday, September 14, 2020 12:15 AM SARASOTA, Fla.—Dr. Irving Bennett, a renown optometrist who influenced many in the eyecare field during his long career, passed away on Sept.7 at age 97.

Hundreds of Doctors, Students and Paraoptometrics Participate in AOA’s Virtual Advocacy Event

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Friday, September 11, 2020 12:21 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Optometric Association (AOA) mobilized hundreds of doctors of optometry, students and paraoptometric professionals across the country to participate in a historic, virtual AOA on Capitol Hill. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the single-largest annual advocacy event and the centerpiece of optometry’s national lobbying efforts was moved from early 2020 to Wednesday and Thursday this week. Its goal was to raise awareness around optometry’s policy priorities and reinforce doctors of optometry essential role in health care.

COPE-Approved Myopia Management Webinars Offer Free CE

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Friday, September 11, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—With childhood myopia rising rapidly and the age of onset lowering, it’s no wonder myopia management is the hottest topic in eyecare. Learn the techniques for slowing the progression of myopia in children from this series of three free COPE-approved webinars made possible by an unrestricted grant from CooperVision.  Professor Mark Bullimore, Dr. Maria Walker and Dr. Vishakha Thakrar will present the latest evidence-based myopia knowledge to enhance your clinical and patient communication skills.