1-800 Contacts Seeks to Delay FTC’s Recent Ruling Affecting Trademark Enforcement

By Staff
Monday, December 17, 2018 12:21 AM WASHINGTON—In a motion filed with the Federal Trade Commission last week, online contact lens retailer 1-800 Contacts has asked to the commission to “stay” part of its recent order that affects the company’s trademark enforcement efforts. In its filing, 1-800 Contacts said the agency’s order “threatens irreparable harm to 1-800’s trademark enforcement efforts and rights, relationships with industry partners, and competitive position generally.” As VMAIL reported earlier this month, the FTC ruled that 1-800 Contacts, through its agreements related to online advertising, “unlawfully entered into a web of anticompetitive agreements with rival online contact lens sellers.”

FDA Clears First CL With Tangible’s Hydra-PEG Coating

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Monday, December 17, 2018 12:18 AM MENLO PARK, Calif.—Contact lens maker Tangible Science announced Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the first daily disposable silicone hydrogel contact lens coated with a modified formula of Tangible Hydra-PEG. Tangible Hydra-PEG is a coating applied to custom contact lenses to improve lens wettability and deposit resistance, and the new lens utilizes a variation designed to enhance the surface of daily wear lenses. The new coated silicone hydrogel lens is designed to retain more water and stay cleaner during daily wear than an uncoated lens. Wetter and cleaner lenses are associated with greater patient comfort during wear, according to Tangible Science.

Essilor Further Strengthens Its Employee Shareholding

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Monday, December 17, 2018 12:15 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor announced Friday that employee shareholding worldwide is expected to reach around 65 percent, a 10 percent increase compared with a year ago. More than 45,000 Essilor employees in 58 countries now hold a financial stake in EssilorLuxottica, born following the successful combination of Essilor and Luxottica on October 1st, 2018. After the success of its employee shareholding plan in 2017, Essilor launched “Boost 2018”, a wider employee share ownership initiative. With a subscription rate at a record level of 66 percent, the company’s latest initiative enabled more than 35,000 Essilor employees in over 40 countries to become shareholders of the Group or to increase their participation.

Alcon Appoints Roger Lopez to Succeed Jim Murphy as Region President of Japan

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Friday, December 14, 2018 12:18 AM FORT WORTH, Texas—Alcon, a global leader in eyecare, has announced the appointment of Roger Lopez as region president Alcon Japan, effective Jan. 1. Lopez succeeds Jim Murphy, who is retiring from the company after a distinguished, nearly 25-year career with Alcon, according to the announcement earlier this week. Lopez is an experienced executive who has worked across multiple geographies, including Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), Asia and the U.S. He will report to Ian Bell, president international, and join the Alcon executive leadership team (ELT), according to the announcement.

Opternative Changes Name to ‘Visibly’ to Better Reflect a Move Toward Partnerships

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 9:45 AM CHICAGO—Opternative, seeking to rebrand and reposition itself as a technology company with an eye on partnerships, announced this morning that it has changed its company name to “Visibly.” The new name “fully embraces the solutions [the company] offers the eyecare industry and appropriately represents the broad scope of who we can serve,” the company said in its announcement. Brent Rasmussen, chief executive officer at Visibly, told VMAIL in a telephone interview that the company’s former name, Opternative, carried “a negative connotation...not only in the industry, but, obviously, with optometrists.”

Services to be Held for Long-Time Contact Lens and Marketing Exec, Thomas Steiner

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 12:21 AM LAKE ZURICH, Ill.—Services are planned for long-time contact lens and marketing executive, Thomas F. Steiner, 73, who passed away on Dec. 6 after a long illness. Steiner spent 35 years as a visionary marketing executive in the optical industry with Wesley Jessen and CIBA Vision, and later started a business as a marketing consultant. Among his many accomplishments was his involvement in the launch of cosmetic color contact lenses, and the creation of several unique strategic programs for educating optometrists about the business aspects of practice. He was a mentor to many in the industry.

Alcon Launches New North American Medical Affairs Site for ECPs and Academic Institutions

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 12:18 AM FORT WORTH, Texas—Alcon has announced the launch of AlconScience.com, a new medical affairs website for ECPs and academic institutions in Canada and the U.S. The new site consolidates information about Alcon’s scientific, academic and related activities into one easy access portal, and allows users to download many Alcon publications, submit grant applications for Investigator-Initiated Trials, and apply for independent medical education evaluation and educational equipment donations. Roee Lazebnik, MD, PhD and head of Alcon Medical Affairs & Clinical Development North America, said, “AlconScience.com brings together key Alcon Medical Affairs and Education information in one convenient place for our customers.

Carl Zeiss Meditec Posts Year-End Revenue Gains

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Monday, December 10, 2018 12:18 AM JENA, Germany—Carl Zeiss Meditec AG (ISIN: DE 0005313704) reported an increase in revenue for all strategic business units and regions after 12 months of fiscal year 2017/18. Revenue increased by 7.6 percent, or 11.1 percent when adjusted for currency effects, to €1,280.9 million, up from €1,189.9 million in the prior year. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) rose to €197.1 million, versus €180.8 million year ago. The EBIT margin remained stable at 15.4 percent compared with prior year.

FTC Settlement Shuts Down Online Seller of Decorative Contact Lenses

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Monday, December 10, 2018 12:15 AM WASHINGTON—A California-based online seller of non-corrective, decorative contact lenses will pay a $60,000 penalty and be banned from all contact lens sales, according to an order issued last week by the Federal Trade Commission that settles FTC allegations that the online retailer has violated the Contact Lens Rule since at least 2014. (Overall, a U.S. District court imposed a $575,000 judgment, but much of it is being suspended.)

The Cooper Companies Report Record Revenues for Fiscal 2018

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Friday, December 7, 2018 12:27 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.—The Cooper Companies (NYSE: COO) on Thursday reported that sales in the fourth quarter rose 16 percent to $651.5 million, while fiscal 2018 sales increased 18 percent to $2.53 billion. The reporting periods ended Oct. 31, according to the announcement. “This was a year of record revenues, non-GAAP [earnings per share] and free cash flow,” Cooper president and chief executive officer Albert White said in the announcement. “I am proud of our team for everything we accomplished and believe our growth strategies are working and our momentum remains strong.”

Notal Vision Receives FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for OCT System

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Friday, December 7, 2018 12:15 AM MANASSAS, Va.— The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted "breakthrough device” designation to Notal Vision’s home-based Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) System, according to an announcement from Notal. The privately-held ophthalmic diagnostic services company focuses on extending ophthalmic disease management from the clinic to the home. The FDA’s device program was established in 2016 to helps patients with diagnosis of life-threatening diseases gain timely access to breakthrough technologies. This designation indicates that the FDA intends to provide interactive communication with the sponsor during device development and throughout the review process for various types of premarket submissions.

Which Online Reviews Actually Count?

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 12:25 PM NEW YORK—Most practices know that reviews are important. But do you know which reviews have the greatest persuasive power to bring new patients through your front door? EyeCarePro put together information to help ECPs understand more about which reviews to prioritize for their practice and offered strategies to help generate more of them.

New Sightbox Site Offers Resources and Education to Support Doctors and Patients

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 12:20 PM PORTLAND, Ore.—Sightbox, a concierge contact lens membership service offering a yearly eye exam, contact lens fitting, and the annual supply of contact lenses for monthly payments throughout the year, has launched a new website with shareable resources specifically for optometrists and eyecare professionals as part of its efforts to keep doctors at the center of patient care.

Shamir Releases Augmented Reality Mobile App on Apple and Google Play Stores

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 12:15 PM SAN DIEGO—Shamir Insight, Inc., an innovative leader of premium Freeform progressive and single vision lenses, has announced the release of its Shamir Augmented Reality mobile application, now available for download on the Apple and Google Play stores. The new app is described by Shamir as “a fun, interactive app which brings 3D animations and optical education to life through the camera lens of a mobile device.”

VM and 20/20 Magazine Announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2018

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Monday, December 3, 2018 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are pleased to announce the selections in the 10th annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, a special survey aimed at identifying readers’ favorite products and companies of the year. Optical retailers and ECP readers of the two Jobson Medical Information publications were asked to identify their “favorite” products in 14 distinct categories.