Registration Is Now Open for Vision Expo West 2021

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Friday, July 23, 2021 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Registration is now open for Vision Expo West 2021, taking place September 22-25 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. With Las Vegas fully reopened, the Show organizers, The Vision Council and RX, are planning a robust Show experience featuring several new neighborhoods, in addition to the return of The Suites, as well as extensive education opportunities and the return of the OptiCon @ Vision Expo program and hub.

French Competition Authority Sanctions Luxottica, LVMH and Other Brands for Online Sales Restrictions; Luxottica Will Appeal the Decision

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Friday, July 23, 2021 12:27 AM PARIS—The French Competition Authority (FCA) issued a statement yesterday stating that it sanctioned Luxottica, LVMH and other brands for having imposed retail prices on opticians and forbidding product sales online.

Nova Southeastern University Names Linda S. Rouse as Dean of College of Optometry

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Friday, July 23, 2021 12:24 AM FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—Nova Southeastern University (NSU) has announced that Linda S. Rouse, OD, MBA, will become the permanent dean of NSU’s College of Optometry.

National Optometric Association, Dr. Marvin R. Poston Foundation and VSP Global Announce Recipients of Visioning the Future Mentorship Program

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Friday, July 23, 2021 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—In continuing a commitment to increasing awareness about the optometric profession to minority communities, the National Optometric Association (NOA), the Dr. Marvin R. Poston Foundation and VSP Global, announced the recipients of Visioning the Future mentorship program.

Bausch + Lomb to Invest €90 Million in Waterford, Ireland, Facility to Expand Capacity for Biotrue ONEday Lenses

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Friday, July 23, 2021 12:18 AM WATERFORD, Ireland—Bausch + Lomb this week announced plans to invest €90 million to expand manufacturing operations at its Waterford facility in Ireland. The investment is expected to generate 130 additional jobs when production commences in 2023 and will provide the Waterford facility with additional capacity to meet expected demand for its Biotrue ONEday range of contact lenses, B+L said in the announcement. The investment will further strengthen the Waterford plant’s position in supporting Bausch + Lomb’s efforts to increase market share in the contact lens market.

Clarification Regarding Zeiss DuraVision AntiVirus Platinum UV Availability

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Friday, July 23, 2021 12:15 AM HEBRON, Ky.—VMAIL recently reported in the International News section on the release of Zeiss DuraVision AntiVirus Platinum UV. However, the product is only available in certain markets. Zeiss Vision Care U.S. issued the following clarification: “Zeiss DuraVision AntiVirus Platinum UV, an anti-reflective coating with antibacterial and antiviral properties, is now available on Zeiss plastic lenses in several countries. The product is being reviewed for further release by local, country specific, regulatory agencies and is not yet available in North America.”

Johnson & Johnson Reports Rebound in Sales and Earnings, With Vision Care Segment Also Bouncing Back from 2020’s Dropoff

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Thursday, July 22, 2021 12:24 AM NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) reported Wednesday that its second-quarter sales increased 27.1 percent to $23.3 billion, with operational sales growth of 23 percent and adjusted operational growth of 23.8 percent. Net earnings increased 73.1 percent, totaling $6.3 billion in the recent quarter compared with $3.6 billion in the year-ago period, according to the announcement.

NECO Announces $100,000 Diversity Scholarship Donation from National Vision

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Thursday, July 22, 2021 12:21 AM BOSTON—The New England College of Optometry (NECO) has announced that National Vision, Inc. donated $100,000 to establish a new scholarship geared toward first-generation students from under-represented backgrounds.

Oculus Joins International Myopia Institute as a Sponsor

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Thursday, July 22, 2021 12:18 AM SYDNEY, Australia—The International Myopia Institute (IMI) announced that German ophthalmic medical device maker, Oculus has agreed to support IMI activities to advance the research and awareness of myopia to prevent future vision impairment and blindness.

Surface Ophthalmics Announces $25 Million Private Round of Fundraising

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Thursday, July 22, 2021 12:15 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.—Surface Ophthalmics, a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics for ocular diseases, announced it has secured gross proceeds of approximately $25 million in a private placement of preferred stock, at a purchase price of $4.50 per share.

Following Downturns from July Fourth Holiday, Optical Sales Make a Quick Recovery for Week of July 12-18, Jobson’s Latest Weekly Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Optical sales quickly recovered last week, July 12-18, following the previous week’s downturns due to the Independence Day holiday. In fact, the national average for gross revenue at ECP locations not only regained the -16 index points it lost the previous week (July 5-11) but also added an additional 2 index points last week for a total increase of 18 index points, according to the latest Practice Performance Tracker from Jobson. Last week, all optical sales categories not only regained the losses they experienced the previous week but also surpassed their prior levels.

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Optometrists Named as 'See Tomorrow' Visionaries Ahead of July 22 Kick-Off, to Help Peers and Inform Consumers as Part of CLI Initiative

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 12:27 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—A group of leading optometrists from across the U.S. has been named as See Tomorrow Visionaries by the Contact Lens Institute (CLI).

Eyenuk Announces $6.2 Million Financing to Accelerate Adoption of FDA-Cleared AI Technology for Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 12:24 AM LOS ANGELES—Eyenuk Inc., a global artificial intelligence (AI) medical technology and services company and a leader in real-world applications for AI Eye Screening, announced Tuesday that it has completed a financing round of $6.2 million led by AXA IM.

Safilo to Exhibit Ocean Cleanup Recycled Sunglasses at Casa Italia, Tokyo 2020

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 12:21 AM PADUA, Italy and TOKYO—On the occasion of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, due to take place from July 23 through Aug. 8, Safilo has announced it will exhibit its recycled plastic sunglasses made exclusively for The Ocean Cleanup at Casa Italia, the headquarters of the Italian National Olympic Committee.

SEE Eyewear Partners With Comedian and Actor Howie Mandel on New Collection

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 12:18 AM SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—SEE Eyewear has partnered with comedian, actor and host Howie Mandel on a new capsule collection of handmade, Italian eyewear. The SEE x Howie Mandel collection officially launched in all 44 SEE stores and on the SEE website on July 20, with the tagline “This is Howie SEE.” This is SEE and Mandel’s second collaboration; the first collection launched in November 2020, as reported by VMAIL. Made up of both acetate, metal and combination styles, the collection features eight optical styles priced from $339 to $399.