UPMC Is First in the U.S. to Implant Wireless Retinal Device for Advanced AMD

By Staff
Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:25 AM Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center announced they have implanted the first patient in the U.S. with a new wireless retinal device as part of a clinical trial aimed at restoring partial sight to patients with advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

National Vision Expands Walmart Agreement

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Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:24 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision, Inc. (Nasdaq: EYE) (NVI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Vision Holdings, Inc., has entered into a third amendment to the management and services agreement with Walmart, Inc., which will be effective as of Jan. 23, 2020, per a filing with the SEC yesterday. The amendment updates the terms of the management and services agreement (the MSA) between Walmart and NVI, dated as of May 1, 2012, to add five additional vision centers located in Georgia to the MSA at a mutually agreeable “go-live date” for each new center. It will also extend the current term of the MSA by six months, to Feb. 23, 2021, and provide that the MSA will automatically renew for an additional three-year term unless, no later than July 23, 2020, one party gives the other party written notice of non-renewal. All other terms and conditions of the MSA remain in effect. 

Johnson & Johnson Reports Higher Sales in Q4 and Full Year, Forecasts Continued Growth in 2020

By Staff
Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:21 AM NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) reported Wednesday that its sales rose in the low single digits in both the fourth quarter and full year 2019 as all three of its business segments achieved growth. The U.S. segment of the company’s contact lens business—a small piece of the company’s overall business—achieved mid-single digit growth in both the fourth quarter and full year, driven in part by the results of the Acuvue contact lens franchise, according to the announcement.

The Most Read Wikipedia Articles of 2019

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 3:02 PM On Jan 15, 2001, when Wikipedia was launched, founding member Larry Sanger encouraged editors to participate with the words: “Humor me. Go there and add a little article. It will take all of five or ten minutes." With those words, he set the largest participatory encyclopedia in the world in motion. There are currently 50 million Wikipedia articles maintained by 2.5 million editors.

In 2019, the most read article on the platform, according to Statista, was the one belonging to the movie "Avengers: Endgame," which was clicked 44.2 million times. Movies are frequently featured among Wikipedia’s most read articles of 2019, with the “Joker” movie and lists of Marvel and highest-grossing films also making appearances.

Mido: Sustainability in Progress

By Staff
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:25 AM CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and sustainability have become almost synonymous. Mido, the leading global eyewear show, and its associated services company have begun a journey aimed at sustainability and corporate transparency.

CooperVision Names Agbontaen as Senior Brand Marketing Director for Myopia Management in North America

By Staff
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has named Jane Agbontaen as senior brand director for myopia management–Americas, according to an announcement this week. In this newly created role, Agbontaen will be responsible for the strategic planning and execution of all activities that support the U.S. growth of CooperVision’s myopia management portfolio—specifically the Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program with MiSight 1 day, the first and only FDA-approved product clinically proven to slow the progression of myopia when initially prescribed for children 8-12 years old in the U.S.

Survey Shows Younger Consumers Lead Push for Personalization

By Staff
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 10:26 AM The results of a new survey by the French tech company Dassault Systemes revealed that younger consumers are leading the push for personalization that improves products and services, quality of life and personal safety, and are more willing to pay and share their data to get it. The findings came from a survey of citizens representing the demographics of adults in the U.S., China and France that was conducted in partnership with independent market research firm CITE Research.

For MyEyeDr. The Patient Experience, Boosted by New Tech and Investment, Tops 2020 Plan

By Staff
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Beginning its next chapter, armed with the investment and health care perspectives from its new financial partner at Goldman SachsMyEyeDr. (MED) is viewing the future as one which will amplify its efforts to put the patient experience front and center. Its leadership team is poised to employ technology in a range of ways, from those that streamline and make patient service more actionable, to an approach that further develops professional paths for its optometrists and raises vision care’s profile and awareness among patients and other provider groups in the health care field.

Scientists Develop App for Early Detection of Leukocoria

By Staff
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:25 AM A group of scientists have developed an app that detects abnormal eye reflections from pictures. Dr. Bryan Shaw, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Baylor University, Texas, helped develop an app that can detect disease early in children by scanning their pictures for leukocoria.

De Rigo REM’s National Sales Meeting Emphasizes Unity, Highlights FILA Launch

By Staff
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:21 AM MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.—The theme at De Rigo REM’s 2020 National Sales meeting, which took place at the West Drift Marriott from Jan 9–11, was “One Company, One Team, One Message.”

Mojo Vision Is Developing a New Type of Smart Contact Lens

By Staff
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 12:18 AM SARATOGA, Calif.—Mojo Vision, a Silicon Valley-based startup, announced last week that it is building a new type of smart contact lens called Mojo Lens.

VM's Most Read News Stories of 2019

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VM's Most Read Feature Stories of 2019

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VM’s Trends to Watch in 2020

By Staff
Monday, January 20, 2020 12:45 AM NEW YORK—Let the vision symbolism begin! The year 2020 holds promise and opportunity for those in the eyecare and optical world to share information and ideas to raise the profile of vision care. There is much of the upside to inform patients, caretakers, other health care providers and consumers about the role of comprehensive eye exams and the eye as the window to a range of concerning health care conditions.

MyEyeDr. Widens Paths for Optometrist Training and Leadership Programs

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, January 20, 2020 12:01 AM VIENNA, Va.—While MyEyeDr. has grown and the company’s geographic presence has expanded (and continues to do so), the professional organization has worked to stay ahead of the group’s needs from a leadership and training perspective as well as a philosophy that enables optometrists to pursue specialized areas of interest, share knowledge with peers and elevate their professional capabilities to serve patients. At the start of 2020, there are nearly 990 optometrists within the MyEyeDr. network, spanning 570 offices in 26 states.