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.

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.

Bausch + Lomb to Expand Lens Manufacturing and Distribution Facility in Lynchburg, Va., Governor Announces

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Monday, July 13, 2020 12:21 AM RICHMOND—Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced last week that Bausch + Lomb,  a division of Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC), will invest more than $35 million to expand its manufacturing facility in the city of Lynchburg.

CooperVision's Puerto Rico Manufacturing Plant Awarded Prestigious LEED Silver Certification

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Monday, July 13, 2020 12:15 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—A second CooperVision contact lens manufacturing facility has earned prestigious LEED Silver certification for its environmentally conscious design and operation, the company announced recently. Opened in 1999, the 540,000-square-foot site in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, produces the company’s popular silicone hydrogel contact lenses including, MyDay and Biofinity brands. CooperVision’s clariti 1 day production site in Alajuela, Costa Rica, earned its LEED Silver certification in late 2018, as VMAIL reported

Patient Safety Alliance Says FTC's New Contact Lens Rule Is 'Seen as Dangerous by Eye Doctors'

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS) on Tuesday raised concerns about the final Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Contact Lens Rule, which was issued last week, as VMAIL reported. The Alliance, in its statement, said the FTC’s final contact lens rule “fails to adequately address the dangerous practice of utilizing computer-generated voice calls to verify contact lens prescriptions and places significant burdens on doctors,” among other shortcomings cited by the Alliance for Patient Safety.

First Person: What’s Next for the OmniChannel Approach in Eyecare During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:24 AM Andy Chance-Hill, Ocuco’s OmniChannel director, has spent the past 20 years working in the optics industry globally. In his work over the past three months, it has become evident to him that the shift in the optical sector, in particular, toward online sales and telehealth is here to stay. Observing this strong trend, Chance-Hill believes it is important to respond to a Vision Monday feature article – “The Patient Journey: An Ongoing Evolution” – that was published in VM’s April issue.

Versant Health Debuts New Eyecare Resource Center for Healthy Vision Month

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Monday, June 29, 2020 12:24 AM BALTIMORE—In celebration of Healthy Vision Month in July, Versant Health has launched a new resource center providing tools that enable people to take command of their vision health. This is an important, “but often overlooked, indicator of overall health and wellness,” Versant Health said.

CooperVision Appoints Justin Kwan, OD, to North America Myopia Management Leadership Role

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Friday, June 26, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has named Justin Kwan, OD, FAAO, as senior manager, myopia management in its professional and academic affairs group. In this newly created role, Dr. Kwan will be responsible for supporting the growth of the company’s myopia management business across North America, according to the company’s announcement on Thursday. This includes its Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program featuring MiSight 1 day, the first and only FDA-approved product clinically proven to slow the progression of myopia when initially prescribed for children 8 to 12 years old in the U.S.

The Vision Council Provides an Update on China 301 Refund Process for Spectacle Frames

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Friday, June 26, 2020 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has been closely monitoring the refund process for spectacle frames from China that were subject to China 301 duties, as reported by VMAIL, and is encouraging all members to contact their Customs broker as soon as possible to coordinate refund efforts. On June 18, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection updated its Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system, allowing for new frame shipments to be processed without the additional China duties. Therefore, China duty should not be assessed on plastic spectacle frames of HTS 9003.11.0000 or non-plastic frames of HTS 9003.19.0000 on shipments entered on or after that day.

FTC Announces Final Amendments to Controversial Contact Lens Rule

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:30 AM SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Federal Trade Commission voted 5-0 yesterday to approve a Final Rule amending the agency’s Contact Lens Rule, which facilitates shopping for contact lenses by requiring prescribers to automatically provide a copy of a patient’s prescription to the patient and to verify or provide prescriptions to third-party sellers. The Final Rule, known as 16 CFR Part 315, requires prescribers to request that their patients confirm that they have received their prescription, and allows flexibility in the way the prescription and confirmation are provided, the FTC said in a statement.

HEA and Abyde Partner to Deliver HIPAA Compliance to Independent ECPs

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:24 AM TAMPA and BOCA RATON, Fla.— Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA) and leading HIPAA compliance solution provider Abyde have announced a partnership that will provide access for HEA’s 10,000-plus independent ECP members to Abyde’s complete HIPAA program.

J&J Vision Presents Findings for Investigational Antihistamine-Releasing Contact Lens at ARVO Meeting

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:24 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla, and SANTA ANA, Calif.—Johnson & Johnson Vision,  a global leader in eye health, presented data on the first-ever antihistamine-releasing contact lens at the recent Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO 2020) annual meeting.

For Eyes and Walgreens Enhance Optical Partnership With New e-Commerce Website

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Friday, June 19, 2020 12:30 AM DEERFIELD, Ill. and MIRAMAR, Fla.—For Eyes, which initiated an optical partnership with Walgreens earlier this year, has expanded the arrangement with a new co-branded website featuring a wide assortment of eyewear available for purchase. The new website is accessible at walgreens.foreyes.com.

CooperVision Names Simon Seshadri to Lead Global Marketing

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Friday, June 19, 2020 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has named Simon Seshadri as senior vice president, global marketing, effective immediately. He is responsible for executive leadership and management for the company’s global marketing organization.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: Q-Vision Optics, US Ophthalmics

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Thursday, June 18, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus.Chicago-based Q-Vision Optics, which produces LouisLuso Eyewear, now offers three-ply face masks, KN-95 face masks, face shields, nitrile gloves, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes on its website.