Article Date: 12/1/2000

A partial settlement to an antitrust case may result in rebates and other benefits to consumers who bought disposable contact lenses at any time since Jan. 1, 1988, from CIBA Vision or two other major contact lens manufacturers.

If the settlement is approved, it would provide discount coupons and a $35 cash rebate on a future purchase of certain CIBA replacement lenses. CIBA would also make a $5 million payment and be removed from ongoing antitrust suits brought by 32 states.

The settlement Web site, www.contactlenssettlement.com, lists the brands. Some of the brands include Acuvue, SeeQuence and Focus. The two other major defendants, Vistakon and Bausch & Lomb, have a trial date in March.



Optometric Management, Issue: December 2000