Bausch + Lomb Receives Health Canada Approval for enVista Envy Full Visual Range Intraocular Lens

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024 12:24 AM VAUGHAN, Ontario—Bausch + Lomb Corporation (NYSE/TSX: BLCO), a leading global eye health company, has announced that Health Canada has approved the enVista Envy full visual range intraocular lens (IOL). This is the first global regulatory approval of the new lens, which offers a full range of vision with strong dysphotopsia tolerance on the enVista IOL platform, according to the company. “enVista Envy is the next step in the dramatic transformation of our IOL portfolio,” said Luc Bonnefoy, president, global surgical, Bausch + Lomb.

IAPB and WHO Event on May 30 at World Health Assembly to Focus on Access to Vision Care

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024 12:21 AM GENEVA, Switzerland—The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) has announced the event, “Universal Access to Glasses: Promoting Multisectoral Action,” which it is coordinating with the World Health Organization (WHO) and is being hosted by the governments of Nepal and Malaysia. Slated to convene tomorrow, May 30, at the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, this high-level event focusing on access to vision care will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (CET) at Four Seasons des Bergues Geneva. The event may also be livestreamed on the IAPB website here.

Alternative & Plan B Eyewear to Support Pediatric Eyewear Specialists With Debut of Indii Kids

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024 12:18 AM AJAX, Ontario—Alternative & Plan B Eyewear has announced that it is continuing to support the pediatric eyewear market with the debut of the Indii Kids line. “It is with great enthusiasm that we introduce Indii Kids, our new pediatric collection,” said Paul Storace, CEO of Alternative & Plan B Eyewear. “The line will feature plastic frames made with Canflex, a memory plastic that provides optimal flexibility and durability. We look forward to delivering the Indii Kids program to you in a meaningful and affordable way just in time for back to school."

Call for Nominations Issued for the 2024 Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024 12:15 AM CHICAGO—The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) has issued a call for nominations for the 10th annual Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award. According to the announcement, the award recognizes significant efforts by an individual or group of individuals to improve public health approaches for children’s vision and eye health. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2024, at noon ET.

Alcon Reports Strong First-Quarter 2024 Results Driven by Robust Sales in Contact Lenses and Ocular Health

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024 2:08 PM Alcon reported its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2024. For the first quarter of 2024, sales were $2.4 billion, an increase of 5 percent on a reported basis and 7 percent on a constant currency basis, as compared to the same quarter of the previous year.

An Increase in Antimicrobial Resistance Deaths Is Predicted By 2050, WEF Says

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024 12:16 PM Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is on the rise according to a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), and inequality is a major contributor to the problem. 

According to the WEF, antimicrobial resistance increases financial pressure on individuals and health systems often leading to hospitalizations, longer stays, more expensive diagnosis and treatment, and there is a reduced ability to safely provide treatments such as chemotherapy and surgical care.

New data shows that AMR was estimated to be directly responsible for 1.27 million deaths in 2019—equivalent to approximately 3,500 people each day. Experts at the WEF believe this number will climb to 10 million per year by 2050 if there is no intervention.

People living in urban and overcrowded environments were at the highest risk of developing AMR. Areas with high levels of conflict are also at greater risk due to lack of adequate care and displacement, according to the data.

The WEF is calling on policymakers to focus on the relationship between the social and economic factors resulting in antimicrobial-resistant infections. Policies that reflect socio-economic drivers and impacts of antimicrobial resistance are central to coordinating action across different sectors, according to the WEF.

The organization noted that the best evidence-informed policies will ensure that biomedical and value research from different disciplines will tackle the socio-economic drivers and impacts of antimicrobial resistance. This includes investment in programs that prevent and control infections in community and health care settings and biosecurity measures in animal health settings.

The Vision Council Releases New inSights Research Spotlighting Q1 Consumer and Market Trends

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council, the leading trade association for the optical industry, has announced the release of two new reports offering a comprehensive view of the optical industry for the first quarter of 2024. The Market inSights Q1 2024 and Consumer inSights Q1 2024 reports feature market data and analysis estimating the performance of the optical industry, and highlight consumer behavior related to managed vision care, eye exams, eyeglasses, frames, lenses, contact lenses, readers and plano sunglasses, according to the announcement.

GVO Announces Exclusive North American Partnership With WestGroupe to Distribute Nano Vista and BFlex Brands in the U.S. and Canada

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024 12:21 AM MADRID—GVO has announced a strategic partnership with WestGroupe for the exclusive distribution of Nano Vista and BFlex across the United States and Canada, starting August 1, 2024. This partnership leverages WestGroupe's distribution capabilities and GVO’s expertise in developing childrens’ eyewear solutions, the announcement stated.

Ottica Veneta to Distribute Dandy’s in United States

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024 12:15 AM SEGUSINO, Italy and DALLAS—Ottica Veneta and Fao Flex S.r.l are partnering to distribute Dandy’s Eyewear in the United States, according to an announcement from Ottica Veneta. Dandy’s is the newest partner of Ottica Veneta, producer of Sospiri luxury eyewear and U.S. distributor of Lamarca and De Lotto eyewear. Dandy’s, which was founded in the Veneto region of Italy, creates an urban, classic appeal with bold shapes, vibrant colors and limited edition frames. Ottica Veneta founder Riccardo Lamon said, “I’m from the Veneto region, and welcoming in a brand that aligns with our vision of quality and style so clearly has been natural.

Rodenstock Announces Continued Solid Financial Performance

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Friday, May 24, 2024 10:39 AM Rodenstock Group has announced its results for the financial year 2023. The group increased consolidated pro-forma net sales to €506.1 million, driven by continued strong sales growth of its B.I.G. VISION product portfolio of biometric progressive lenses and the successful launch of MyCon lenses for children.

Higher Speed Limits on Highways Create Dangerous 'Spillover Effect’ in Communities, AAA Foundation Says

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Friday, May 24, 2024 9:00 AM New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety tells a cautionary tale about raising speed limits on highways. The new data shows that increasing speed limits creates a spillover effect onto nearby streets, creating safety hazards in local communities.

In 2022 there were more than 12,151 speed-related deaths on the nation’s roadways according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The AAA Foundation’s mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by researching their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur.

Researchers examined the impact of increased speed limits and their effect on adopting risky speeding behavior on local streets. The results showed that speed-related crashes increased on nearby roads following the interstate speed limit change, indicating that drivers exiting the highway continued their speeding tendencies.

Researchers believe that public education, along with speed enforcement, is one of the key solutions to reducing the risk of deaths associated with speeding. Improved neighborhood- design schemes with a focus on speed reduction will also decrease risk, according to the AAA Foundation.

Visibly Expands Vision Care Services Through Lensabl Acquisition

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Friday, May 24, 2024 8:05 AM Visibly expands vision care services through Lensabl acquisition; Ronald L. Benner, OD, resigns as AOA president; ECPs’ gross revenue increased, Jobson Tracker says; De Rigo Group reports full-year 2023 financial results; and The Vision Council launches 2024 National Sunglasses Day campaign all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Visibly Expands Vision Care Services Through Lensabl Acquisition

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Friday, May 24, 2024 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Visibly, a health care technology company and developer of the first FDA-cleared online visual acuity test, has announced the acquisition of Lensabl, a technology-enabled vision care platform. Lensabl's expertise in optical e-commerce will help Visibly expand its platform to include new retail offerings, according to the announcement. Lensabl offers direct-to-consumer lens replacement, prescription glasses and contacts. According to the company, its proprietary technology helps brands and partners enable e-commerce through white-labeled experiences. The Lensabl acquisition will allow Visibly's customers access to additional retail resources to reach another segment of the market, the announcement said.

BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal Results for 2024

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Friday, May 24, 2024 12:24 AM MARLBOROUGH, Mass.—BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: BJ) has announced its financial results for the thirteen weeks ended May 4, 2024. Total comparable club sales increased by 1.6 percent in the first quarter of fiscal 2024 compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

Rodenstock Reports Year-End 2023 Financial Results

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Friday, May 24, 2024 12:21 AM MUNICH—Rodenstock Group, a global innovation leader in vision care and manufacturer of biometric lenses, has announced its results for the financial year 2023.