Sunvera Group Announces New Partnership With Kellis Eye & Laser Center as its Expands into Ohio

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Friday, February 26, 2021 12:21 AM BINGHAM FARMS, Mich.—Sunvera Group, a management services organization providing services to ophthalmology practices across multiple subspecialties, announced the addition of Kellis Eye & Laser Center to its platform.

Kristen Dalli Joins Jobson as Managing Editor of Review of Myopia Management

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Friday, February 26, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Medical Information announced that Kristen Dalli will be joining Review of Myopia Management (RMM) as the managing editor. In her new role, Dalli will be working directly with John Sailer, editor-in-chief.

CloudMD to Acquire VisionPros Digital Eyecare Platform

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Friday, February 26, 2021 12:15 AM VANCOUVER, British Columbia—CloudMD Software & Services Inc. (OTCQB: DOCRF), a telehealth software company, announced last week that it has agreed to acquire VisionPros, a vertically integrated digital eyewear platform and e-tailer, based here.

Bausch Health Adds Two Icahn-Designated Directors to its Board, as Company Outperforms 2020 Revenue Guidance

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:27 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) will expand its board of directors with the addition of two designees from the Carl Icahn Group as part of an agreement with the investor's group, which said earlier this month that it has increased its ownership stake in the health care company to almost 8 percent. In a separate announcement Wednesday, Bausch reported that “despite unprecedented business challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic … Bausch Health finished the year strong and outperformed the high end of [its] latest revenue guidance range.”

Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety Names Teitelbaum as Executive Director

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS), an organization founded in 2018 to advocate for both patient safety and a strong doctor-patient relationship, has named Alison Teitelbaum, MS, MPH, CAE, as its new executive director.

My Vision Show to Host 'Share Your Vision' March 25-28, and New My Vision Show Galleria, an Ongoing Virtual Conference Platform

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK—My Vision Show, the ever-growing virtual showcase, is back with a brand new event and an updated platform. Share Your Vision will be held on March 25-28, 2021 although the platform is open for registration on an invited, membership basis, to enable attendees to customize their own experience and interaction.

EssilorLuxottica Board of Directors Proposes Nominees to the New Board

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:18 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—During a meeting of the EssilorLuxottica board of directors on Wednesday, it was decided to propose the nomination of 12 individuals to compose its future board of directors, including Leonardo Del Vecchio, as a non-independent director.

Silmo Salutes the Late Bernard Maitenaz for His Contributions

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:15 AM PARIS—The chairwoman of Silmo Paris, Amélie Morel, and the Silmo executive board were sad to learn of the passing of Bernard Maitenaz. Calling him "the clairvoyant," they noted, "he was an extraordinary figure whose contributions to eye health are acclaimed by the entire profession."They issued a salute yesterday to Maitenaz, the inventor of the Varilux progressive lens that improved the lives of millions of presbyopes globally and redefined an entire industry, as VMAIL reported earlier this week.

The Vision Council Encourages Members to Take Advantage of Government and Regulatory Affairs “Office Hours”

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:11 AM The Vision Council encourages members to maximize their membership by taking advantage of exclusive access to the organization’s government relations and regulatory affairs (GR) team. The GR team is actively monitoring and proactively engaging key lawmakers and regulators on issues of the highest priority to the industry and is available to assist members with company-specific issues. To submit an inquiry, click here.

All Optical Sales Categories Suffer Substantial Declines Due to Severe Winter Weather, Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Says

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—All optical sales categories suffered substantial declines nationally over the course of last week (Feb. 15-21) due to historically severe winter weather, according to Jobson’s Practice Performance Tracker. Declines in optical sales ranged from -14 index points for contact lenses to -16 index points for gross revenue and lens pairs. These numbers are likely to rebound when the impact from severe winter weather has passed. Also this past week, the U.S. approached an unfortunate milestone, half a million dead due to COVID-19, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

Alcon Reports Fourth-Quarter Sales Gain and Notes That New Product Launches Drove Market-Share Gains in 2020

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:24 AM GENEVA, Switzerland—Alcon (SIX/NYSE:ALC), a global leader in eyecare, reported Tuesday that its worldwide sales for the fourth quarter rose 2 percent on a reported basis to $1.9 billion. The increase was 1 percent on a constant currency basis.

International Agency for Prevention of Blindness Launches Its Vision Atlas at UN Friends of Vision Group Meeting Today

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) will officially launch its Vision Atlas at a meeting today of the United Nations Friends of Vision Group organized by the UN Ambassadors from Antigua & Barbuda, Bangladesh and Ireland and addressed by H.E. Volkan Bozkir, president of the UN General Assembly.

Eyes On Eyecare Releases First Optometry Student Report, Reflecting U.S. Students' Views Toward Clinical Education and Professional Development

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:18 AM SAN DIEGO—Eyes On Eyecare, a digital site and publication offering clinical and career content, events, and career services for eyecare professionals, has released its 2021 Optometry Student Report. The report is based on data collected from 1,476 optometry students in the U.S. and Canada.

Midwest Best Set for Chicago to Showcase Indie Brands, March 25-27

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:15 AM CHICAGO—Coming together with a common goal and a shared desire to re-establish a more personal exchange between brand and customers possibly within a safe and relaxed environment, leading independent eyewear brands are joining forces again to hold Midwest Best, a cooperative kick-off to the spring/summer order season which will be held here March 25-27. Organized in collaboration with Marriott Suites-O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill., each brand will have its own suite, enabling the showing of collections in a safe environment, organizers said. The group, held a similar show last October, as VMAIL reported and this is its third event in Chicago.

COVID's Impact on Optical, Examines the Year of 2020 Numbers in Review in a Special Report from Jobson Research

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Having conducted a series of exclusive surveys and studies throughout the course of 2020 and continuing into this year, Jobson Research's ongoing research with U.S. eyecare professionals and optical retailers provided regular and consistent perspectives on the dramatic and pervasive impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the optical business and the vision care space. A new special report, "COVID's Impact on Optical: The Year of 2020 Numbers in Review," takes a broader view of the industry's performance since March through December of 2020, offering a unique portrait of the pandemic's consequences.