Friday, June 2, 2023 4:30 PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a bill today that would have prevented optometrists from calling themselves “physicians” or “doctors” in interactions with patients or advertisements. The governor vetoed Senate Bill (SB) 230
. DeSantis’ official veto message
does not explain why he vetoed either bill. The bill first passed in the House with a 111-13 vote on May 3 but was sent back to the Senate after the addition of an amendment that would have allowed optometrists to continue to use the term “physician.” However, the Senate refused to concur on the amendment, and the House passed it with a 79-34 vote
By Daniel Breeman
Friday, June 2, 2023 8:30 AM
Imagine stepping into the batter’s box and attempting to hit a baseball coming at you at 90-plus miles per hour. According to the International Sports Vision Association
(ISVA), the time it takes for a pitched ball to reach the plate is approximately 0.4 seconds. Baseball batters have about 0.17 seconds to decide to hit a pitch and choose where to swing. In that time, the batter needs to spot the pitch, assess the rotation and direction of the ball, and make a decision whether to swing or not. Now imagine attempting this sports scenario without your vision at its best. That’s where sports vision, the science of helping athletes reach peak levels of performance through enhancement of visual skills, is becoming more important in training for all ages and skill levels.
Friday, June 2, 2023 12:30 AM
SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperCompanies
(NYSE: COO) announced late yesterday financial results for its fiscal second quarter ending April 30, 2023. Revenue increased 6 percent year-over-year to $877.4 million. CooperVision (CVI) revenue was up 6 percent to $589.3 million, and CooperSurgical (CSI) revenue increased 4 percent to $288.1 million. Gross margin of 66 percent compared with 64 percent in last year’s second quarter. Operating margin of 11 percent compared with 16 percent in last year’s second quarter.
Friday, June 2, 2023 12:27 AM
VAUGHAN, Ontario—Bausch + Lomb Corporation
(NYSE/TSX: BLCO), a global eye health company, announced a reshaping of its executive leadership team, including the elevation of all business unit heads. Luc Bonnefoy, senior vice president, surgical; John Ferris, SVP, consumer; and Yang Yang, SVP, vision care; will join the executive management team of the company reporting directly to Brent Saunders, chairman and CEO. Concurrent with this change, Joseph Gordon, president, global consumer, surgical and vision care, will transition to the role of strategic advisor to Saunders.
Friday, June 2, 2023 12:24 AM
ZUG, Switzerland and BOSTON—Oculis Holding AG
, a global biopharmaceutical company, announced yesterday the pricing of a follow-on public offering of 3,500,000 ordinary shares at a public offering price of $11.50 per ordinary share.
Friday, June 2, 2023 12:21 AM
MUNICH—After its successful January 2023 show, opti
show organizers have announced that the opti team will spend the rest of 2023 attending numerous customer and industry events in Europe and the U.S.
Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:27 AM
BENTONVILLE, Ark.—As part of what it described as "Our ongoing effort to recognize the great work of our health and wellness associates while investing for the future," Walmart
said it will be investing in the careers, training and in some cases, licensing for 4,000 opticians and 3,700 pharmacists. In an announcement and corresponding corporate Walmart blog post issued late yesterday, co-written by David Reitnauer, vice president, Walmart Health & Wellness, optical, and Kevin Host, senior vice president, Walmart Health & Wellness, pharmacy, the executives noted, "In many communities, Walmart’s pharmacy and vision center associates are the most accessible health care providers for busy families.
Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:24 AM
CHICAGO—Cataract is the leading cause of blindness worldwide, according to The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
. More than half of all Americans will have cataract by the time they are 80 years old. Prevent Blindness
, the nation’s leading nonprofit eye health and safety organization, has once again declared June as Cataract Awareness Month in an effort to provide patients, care partners and professionals with information on topics related to types of cataract, risk factors, symptoms, cataract surgery and available financial assistance resources.
Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:21 AM
NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, May 22–28, when compared with the previous week at a rate of -2 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 7 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 22) when compared with last year (2022), 12 points above the same period in 2021, 38 points above 2020 (when COVID stay-at-home restrictions were in place), and 31 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.
Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:18 AM
, set to take place at Fiera Milano Rho February 3 to 5, 2024, launched its new worldwide communication campaign, “THE EYEWEAR UNIVERSE,” created by combining human creativity with the power of artificial intelligence, the first trade show campaign to be developed with this technology.
Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:15 AM
, a Greek-based pharma company and BioNanoSim
a nanotechnology drug discovery and development company, have entered into an agreement to create a new ophthalmic company called BNS Ophthalmics (BNSO).
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 12:30 AM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Advancing Eyecare
, a family of leading ophthalmic technology and equipment companies, has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Pure&Clean
. Effective immediately, the group will add the Pure&Clean Vision hypochlorous acid product line, including Pure&Clean Vision’s Daily Lid Cleanse, Gel and Drops, Hand Prep, and Equipment & Surface Prep to complement their existing portfolio of ophthalmic solutions. “Pure&Clean Vision products represent a significant leap forward in the way eyecare providers are helping their patients and staff alike," said Trent Freeman, CEO of Pure&Clean.
Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:18 AM
, the nation’s oldest eye health and safety nonprofit organization, will be celebrating its 115th birthday on June 1, 2023. The group is marking the occasion by declaring it as “Prevent Blindness Day.”
Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:15 AM
TORONTO—Tara James, chair of the board of directors of Fighting Blindness Canada
, has announced the appointment of Jennifer Jones as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer, effective May 23, 2023.