Alliance for Patient Safety Says U.S. House Committee Initiates Effort to Delay New Contact Lens Rule

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:33 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS) said Wednesday the U.S. House's Committee on Appropriations is moving to delay the effective date and enforcement of the amendments in the recently finalized Contact Lens Rule. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its updated CL rule late last month, as VMAIL reported. A number of other companies and optical organizations, including the American Optometric Association, also have publicly declared their opposition to the FTC's updated CL rule, as VMAIL reported.

Virtual Vision Grows Up: A VM Conversation with Dr. Jacqueline Evans and Andrew Karp

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:30 AM Jacqueline Evans, OD, has skillfully integrated telehealth into her independent optometric practice in Denver. Colo. In a wide-ranging video interview with VM's Andrew Karp, Dr. Evans explains how she utilizes ocular telehealth technology to provide comprehensive eye exams remotely, what types of patients are best suited for telehealth and what the learning curve is like for optometrists who want to add virtual vision care to their practice.

Virtual EYE2EYE Series Continues on July 22, 'Open Your Eyes! What Allyship of Diversity & Inclusion Looks Like,' With Various Optical Industry Leaders

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Vision Expo will host "Open Your Eyes! What Allyship of Diversity & Inclusion Looks Like" as part of the Virtual EYE2EYE Series, a weekly series of virtual panels and interactive conversations inspired by Vision Expo’s EYE2EYE educational series. This Coffee Talk session will be hosted on Wednesday, July 22 at 12:15 p.m. EDT. The session will be moderated by Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO, president of New England College of Optometry.

Shopko Optical Names Richard Chapman as Vice President of Sales

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:24 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical, the 80-location optical retailer based here, has named Richard Chapman to its leadership team as vice president of sales. Chapman joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in both multi-store retail leadership and optical retail. As vice president of sales, Chapman will lead the retail sales efforts of Shopko Optical’s centers to deliver excellent customer service and patient care, according to an announcement this week from the company.

NECO Adds Five New Members to Board of Trustees

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:21 AM BOSTON, Mass.—The New England College of Optometry has announced five additions to its Board of Trustees. The board is responsible for NECO’s educational mission and fiscal oversight. The new trustees are: Linda Bennett, OD, founder of Bennett Family Eye and former president of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists; Katherine Coffey, OD, founder of Coffey Eye Care and former president of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists; Alan Glazier, OD, founder of ODs on Facebook; Janet LaBreck, former Obama White House commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration and first Black commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind; and Valarie Ricciardi, OD, practitioner with and administrator of Central Massachusetts Vision Source as well as Vision Source regional administrator.

NovaSight Closes $8 Million Series A Financing

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:18 AM AIRPORT CITY, Israel—NovaSight, an Israeli start-up specializing in vision care solutions based on AI and eye tracking technology, announced Tuesday that it has finalized its round A financing totaling $8 million. The round was led by Rimonci Capital and joined by strategic investors from both pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Prior to this round the company raised $8 million for a total of $16 million. NovaSight said the funds will be used to advance research in a large multi-center randomized pivotal study that will support FDA 510(k) clearance for its lazy eye treatment device and for the development of future eyecare products such as eye-tracking based active glasses for myopia control.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: LensCrafters and OneSight

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. LensCrafters has launched LensCrafters Cares, an eight-week dedicated initiative in partnership with OneSight. The program officially began on July 13, and is designed to directly support communities affected by COVID-19 by providing complimentary comprehensive eye exams and glasses to recipients with limited means. The exams will take place at LensCrafters core stores across the U.S. and Canada. Through the program, OneSight will partner with local non-profits, including Prevent Blindness, to identify people in need of vision care.

U.S. Optical Revenues Increase Across All Regions and Categories for Week Ending July 12, Per Jobson's Practice Performance Tracker

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:33 AM NEW YORK—The index numbers rose for optical revenues for the week ending July 12, according to the most recent Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker. After two weeks of declining sales, the U.S. optical business experienced substantial growth in that period. This sales increase occurred across the board for all service/product categories and all census regions of the country.

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FDA Approves OTC Switch of Alcon’s Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength, Online Availability Begins in September

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:30 AM GENEVA—Alcon (SIX/NYSE: ALC), a global leader in eyecare, announced that Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength (olopatadine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution 0.7%), formerly prescribed as Pazeo, has been approved by the FDA for sale over-the-counter.

Academy of Ophthalmology Announces 2020 Meeting Will Be Virtual-Only

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:27 AM SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—The American Academy of Ophthalmology has announced that its annual meeting will be a virtual-only event in 2020. Those who have already registered for the meeting will receive additional information by Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Inspecs Group Acquires Norville Group’s Manufacturing Operations

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:24 AM BATH, England—Inspecs Group plc (LSE: SPEC), a designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear frames to independent and global retail chains, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the manufacturing operations of The Norville Group Ltd from the administrator, BDO LLP, for £2.4 million in cash.

CORE’s Comprehensive Searchable Contact Lens Database Launched in the U.S.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:21 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—For the first time, the premier searchable contact lens database for eyecare practitioners (ECPs)—the Contact Lens Compendium—is accessible in the U.S. With the launch of the U.S. version, ECPs now have free access to the most up-to-date listing of contact lens products.

Business Council of Westchester Awards Zyloware 2020 Hall of Fame Small Business Success Award

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:18 AM PORT CHESTER, N.Y.—The Business Council of Westchester honored Zyloware Eyewearwith the Small Business Success Award at the 2020 Hall of Fame Awards, on Tuesday, July 14. The Small Business Success Award celebrates the extraordinary achievements of local small business leaders in Westchester County. This year, the Hall of Fame Awards focused on “2020 Vision: Seeing the Future of Business.” Since its inception, the Business Council of Westchester’s Hall of Fame Awards has inducted over 95 business leaders. The BCW is honoring Zyloware’s accomplishments as a small business, as well as its commitment to the future success of the company, industry and local economy.

Jobson Launches Its Online Eyecare Heroes Gallery

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—We could not get through these unprecedented times without our health care workers which is why Jobson is highlighting the work of ECPs for continuing to provide essential eyecare during the Covid-19 pandemic. Starting today, Jobson will begin featuring some of these special heroes in an online gallery located on our Eyecare Heroes site.

FMO and Media 10 Join Forces to Deliver One Major UK Industry Show in January 2021, Following Cancellation of September Optrafair

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:33 AM LONDON— Media 10, the organizers of 100% Optical, and the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians (FMO), the organizers of Optrafair, announced they have reached an agreement that brings the main optical bodies and industry together into one major event for 2021 onwards. In addition to this agreement, the FMO, together with show organiser MA Exhibitions, a member of the Mark Allen Group, said they have made the difficult decision to cancel Optrafair 2020, which was due to take place at the NEC on September 19-21 2020. This action was taken due to the continued uncertainty surrounding delivery of events as a result of Covid-19.