FORT WORTH, Texas—Alcon, a global leader in eyecare, said Monday it has acquired PowerVision Inc., a privately-held, U.S.-based medical device development company focused on creating fluid-based intraocular lens implants. Alcon said the acquisition furthers its commitment to drive growth and innovation in advanced technology intraocular lenses (AT-IOLS) to meet the needs of cataract surgery patients […]
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—For Tom Burke, who joined ABB Optical as chief executive officer last year, running an organization successfully comes down to two things: strategy and structure. This is the formula he has relied upon in running various businesses over a 40-year career (mostly under the Cardinal Health corporate umbrella) and it underpins the plan […]
NEW YORK—Dwight Akerman, OD, MBA, FAAO, has been named chief medical editor of Review of Myopia Management a multichannel website that has just made its debut. Dr. Akerman is a health care leader with extensive experience in myopia management, peer education and communications, medical marketing, innovation, financial management, and M&A/business development and licensing. Prior to […]
TOLEDO, Ohio—Two former executives of The Lens Butler, Beth Samenuk and Allison Granger, have established a new company and brand, Boxsee, which they say “represents a new vision for the future of their partnered contact lens subscription service.” In addition, the executives said they believe Boxsee “reflects the evolution of the company and the partnerships […]
LOS ANGELES—Second Sight Medical Products (NASDAQ: EYES), developers of the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Systems, reported a net loss of $35.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 compared with a net loss of $28.5 million in 2017. The company, which also developed the Orion Visual Cortical Prosthesis System that is currently in clinical […]
EMERYVILLE, Calif.—NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, suppliers of prescription Avenova for the domestic eyecare, market, announced Wednesday that it is slashing its U.S. commercial salesforce and reorganizing its management team. The moves are part of a “strategic shift” in its U.S. commercialization strategy for Avenova, NovaBay said in a statement issued Wednesday.
ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is launching a national public awareness campaign, “Optometry Gives Me Life,” to address concerns among ASCO and its optometric institutions about “a troubling decline, in recent years, of qualified applicants to each institution’s first-year class,” according to an announcement this week.
NEW YORK—Launching at Vision Expo East 2019, the new Career Zone will connect top optical retailers with eyecare providers and host some of the industry’s top thought leaders in this year’s Pathways to Leadership in Corporate Optometry Panel. The Career Zone will offer vast opportunities for networking through panel discussions, receptions and the new Passport […]
NEW YORK—Warby Parker is announcing a milestone today for its "Buy a Pair, Give a Pair" program. The company reports it has officially distributed five million pairs of glasses to those in need in more than 50 countries around the world. The company noted, "This means five million more people now have the glasses they […]
DUBLIN, Calif.—Zeiss Medical Technology Segment has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for the Cirrus HD-OCT platform, expanding the capabilities of its Anterior Segment Premier Module to include Epithelial Thickness Mapping (ETM). The technology helps eye doctors better identify eligible patients for refractive surgery as well as monitor the cornea’s post-surgical healing response, according to […]