■ The month of June marks Cataract Awareness Month and National Sunglasses Day on June 27. As research shows UV rays may contribute to the development of cataracts, it seems these awareness events can go hand-in-hand in your marketing. To promote National Sunglasses Day, access NationalSunglassesDay.com for various marketing materials.
■ Aerie Pharmaceuticals has launched Rocklatan (netarsudil and latanoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.02%/0.005% into the glaucoma market. It is now with national and regional U.S. pharmaceutical wholesalers.
■ Allegro Ophthalmics’ announced that ALG-1007, a topical treatment, is in development for potential use in patients who have dry eye disease.
■ The AOA has joined the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic, a public-private partnership of government, healthcare, nonprofit, payers and academic organizations.
■ Bausch + Lomb announced that Yolande Barnard, formerly the vice president, marketing and sales, U.S. Neurology, Bausch Health, will now serve as vice president and general manager, U.S. Pharmaceuticals, Bausch + Lomb. Chris Marschall, most recently vice president, marketing for Bausch + Lomb’s U.S. Consumer Health Care business, has been promoted to vice president and general manager, U.S. Consumer Health Care. In other news, the company announced it has recycled more than 9.2 million units of used contact lenses, blister packs and top foils in less than three years through its ONE by ONE recycling program.
■ Laurie Capogna, O.D., Optometric Management’s “Nutrition” columnist recently released her fourth book on nutrition, “Eyefoods: The Complete Eye Health & Nutrition Guide.” To purchase her latest book, visit https://amzn.to/2VwEbOo . To find her other books, visit https://amzn.to/2JodrZT .
■ Envision, which provides education and research opportunities for low vision rehabilitation professionals, is now accepting clinical education and research presentation submissions for Envision Conference West, held Oct. 5 to Oct. 6 at the College of Optometry at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif. Submissions are accepted at envisionconference.org through June 30.
■ EssilorLuxottica and Deflin S.à.r.l. announced a settlement agreement to overcome governance issues and set the basis for a renewed beginning of collaboration between Essilor and Luxottica. The settlement agreement places Francesco Milleri (Deputy Chairman, CEO of Luxottica Group) and Laurent Vacherot (CEO of Essilor International) in charge of developing and implementing the EssilorLuxottica strategy and integration process within the next 12 months to 24 months. Mr. Vacherot has been named director of EssilorLuxottica, replacing Bernard Hours, and he will become a member of the Board’s Strategy Committee. The Board confirmed the search for a new CEO.
■ The Global Myopia Awareness Coalition, formed in January, is in the midst of message development to “help shape the narrative” of a mass market outreach campaign. For more information, contact the World Council of Optometry at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International (NORA) is offering up to 10 students and residents an opportunity to apply for a grant to attend NORA’s annual General Conference (Sept. 19 to Sept. 22) in Scottsdale, Ariz. Vivid Vision, a virtual reality software manufacturer, has provided a $1,000 donation for the grant program. The application form can be found at bit.ly/2Vr6I7O .
■ VisionSpring founder Jordan Kassolow, O.D., has released a book, “Dare to Matter: Your Path to Making a Difference Now.” Cowritten with Rabbi Jennifer Krause, the book documents Dr. Kassolow’s inspirational journey to create social change. For information, visit visionspring.org . OM