More than 240 Exhibitors Commit to Vision Expo East 2022, Taking Place In-Person from March 31-April 3 at NYC's Javits Center

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and RX, today announced that more than 240 exhibitors have committed to Vision Expo East to-date.  Vision Expo East 2022 will take place from March 31-April 3 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. “We are looking forward to hosting a dynamic Show. With more than 240 exhibitors already committed and more than 75 additional exhibitors expected to join, representing a diverse range of companies across the vision care landscape, the momentum is strong and reflects industry-wide excitement to be back in-person in New York City for the first time since 2019,” said Mitch Barkley, vice president of Trade Shows and Events at The Vision Council.

Allergan Announces Leadership Changes Within its Eyecare Group, as Jag Dosanjh Takes on New Senior Position

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:24 AM NORTH CHICAGO, Ill.—Allergan, an AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) company, announced this week a series of executive changes within the leadership of its eyecare group that the company said will “continue to bolster its long-standing service and commitment to the eyecare community, [and] which will position Allergan for continued innovation to help address unmet patient need.” Among the changes, Allergan said that Jag Dosanjh, formerly senior vice president, medical therapeutics, has been appointed to a newly created role of president, U.S. Neuroscience and Eyecare.

Williams Group Announces CEO Retirement and Succession Plan

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:21 AM LINCOLN, Neb.—Williams Group, a leading practice management consulting firm, has announced that Gilan L. Cockrell, OD, CEO, plans to retire at the end of January, 2022. The board of directors has appointed William (Bill) Nolan to succeed Dr. Cockrell as chief executive officer, effective Feb. 1. “On behalf of the board of directors, the management team, and Williams Group’s employees, we want to thank Dr. Cockrell for his leadership and impact of the past five years.” said Erwin Braun, Williams Group's chairperson.

Registration Opens for Eyes On Dry Eye 2022, a Virtual Education Event to be Held March 4-6, 2022

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:18 AM SAN DIEGO—Eyes On Eyecare has announced that registration is officially open for Eyes On Dry Eye 2022. The three-day virtual educational summit is scheduled for March 4-6, 2022. Eyes On Dry Eye 2022 will provide eyecare professionals with the latest research and education, live sessions and interactive Q&As with renowned specialists, leading innovations in a virtual exhibit hall, industry-wide networking and an opportunity to earn up to 9 hours of free CE on topics directly related to patient care.

Christopher Cloos Announces Partnership With Elsa Hosk, Company’s First Female Global Ambassador

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Christopher Cloos has announced a partnership with supermodel and former Victoria’s Secret Angel, Elsa Hosk. Hosk will become the company’s first female global ambassador and her exclusive Cloos x Elsa eyewear collection is the brand’s first line designed specifically for women. She joins seven-time Super Bowl Champion and NFL quarterback, Tom Brady as brand ambassadors for Christopher Cloos. VM reported that Brady partnered with Cloos, and launched an exclusive eyewear collection of his own in Fall 2020.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of Jan. 10-16, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, Jan. 10-16, at a rate of 5 index points. That places gross revenue at a level well below (-13 index points) where it was at this point in time (Week 3) last year, slightly below (-4 index points) where it was in 2020, and slightly above (2 index points) where it was in 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

Specsavers Announces Plan to Invest $100 Million in Independent Optometrists and Opticians in Canada

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:21 AM VANCOUVER—Specsavers, a leading international optometrist-owned and led business that recently entered Canada, said this week that it plans to continue this expansion effort by investing in independent optometrists and opticians by covering 100 percent of their start-up costs as new Specsavers locations across the country.

Safilo Group Increases its Stake in Privé Revaux

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:18 AM PADOVA, Italy—Safilo Group S.p.A (Borsa Italiana SIN code IT0004604762) has said that in light of David Schottenstein’s resignation as board member and CEO of Privé Goods LLC, the equity interest held by Schottenstein has been transferred to Safilo pursuant to the original contractual terms of the acquisition.

Envision Conference Announces 2022 In-Person Date, Calls for Submissions

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:15 AM WICHITA, Kan.—Organizers of the Envision Conference through Envision University are excited to return to an in-person conference experience in 2022 with outstanding programs and opportunities for professionals in the vision rehabilitation field.

VSP Ventures Moves Into Texas With Acquisition of Six-Location Eye Trends of North Houston

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Ventures announced late last week that Eye Trends, a six-location practice spread across North Houston, Texas, has chosen VSP Ventures as its acquisition partner. Co-owners Dr. Douglas Inns and Dr. Michael Toups lead the practice and have provided health-focused vision care to generations of Texas families for more than 30 years, the announcement noted. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The new partnership marks a significant milestone as it signals the entry of VSP Ventures into “a new state via a practice respected within its community and throughout the optometric industry, alike,” the announcement noted.

AOA's Eye Deserve More Campaign Reinforces Essential Care of Optometrists and Will Expand in 2022

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association’s (AOA) nationwide public awareness campaign is making waves and reinforcing the essential care doctors of optometry deliver.

UnitedHealthcare Enhances Eyecare Program by Helping Reduce People’s Exposure to Blue Light

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:21 AM MINNETONKA, Minn.—UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, said it will invest in new ways to help children and adults across the country reduce their exposure to blue light and support their overall eye health, amid ongoing use of screens during COVID-19 and the greater reliance on remote school and work.

Digital Diagnostics, Formerly IDx, Provides New Designation to Two Top Executives

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:18 AM CORALVILLE, Iowa—Digital Diagnostics recently announced the designation of co-founder has been given to the company’s CEO and president/COO, John Bertrand and Seth Rainford, respectively after a board vote. The new designations follow the company name change from IDx to Digital Diagnostics. These C-suite updates recognize the growth plans and innovation as the company seeks to advance the use of artificial intelligence (AI) across additional clinical applications.

opti Announces its Return to Munich, January 27 to 29, 2023

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:15 AM MUNICH, Germany—European trade show opti has announced the plans for its 2023 show, which will take place from January 27 through 29, 2023 in Munich, Germany. VM reported in November that opti’s 2022 show has been postponed to May 13 through 15, 2022, also in Munich. opti also announced that its earlier plan to alternate the location of the trade show between Munich in even years and Stuttgart in odd years will no longer apply. From 2022 on, Munich will be the show’s permanent home.

Bausch + Lomb Corp. Files Registration Statement and Preliminary Prospectus for Proposed Initial Public Offering

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Friday, January 14, 2022 8:45 AM LAVAL, Quebec and VAUGHAN, Ontario—Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) said late Thursday that it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) its plans for spinning off the wholly owned subsidiary Bausch + Lomb Corp. This filing is in connection with the company’s previously announced intention to separate the vision care business, Bausch + Lomb Corp. and the plan now moves ahead with the public filing of a registration statement on Form S-1 with the SEC and a preliminary base post-receipt pricing procedure (PREP) prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada (other than Quebec) relating to this proposed initial public offering (IPO) of Bausch + Lomb's common shares.