- Advancing Eyecare announced the acquisition of Ophthalmic Instruments Inc. (OII). In addition to OII, Advancing Eyecare is comprised of Marco Ophthalmic, Lombart Instrument, Enhanced Medical Services and INNOVA Medical.
- Aerie Pharmaceuticals appointed Luis Vargas, M.D., as medical director, medical affairs.
- Alcon has named Carla Mack, O.D., global head of professional affairs. In this role, Dr. Mack is responsible for coordinating and consolidating Alcon’s Vision Care professional affairs strategy and initiatives, working in partnership with regional professional leaders and teams within the global franchise.
- AOA has created a resource that emphasizes the “teach-back” method. This method is comprised of asking contact lens patients and their families to restate, in their own words, what the O.D. shared with them to ensure patients understand the core takeaways. To access, visit bit.ly/2lDhbvW .
- Compulink Healthcare Solutions acquired My EyeStore, an e-commerce program for practices to offer contact lens re-ordering and sell other recommended products directly to the patient.
- The Cooper Companies Inc. introduced its updated corporate brand name, CooperCompanies, and website, at coopercos.com . The former remains its legal name, and the ticker symbol remains COO.
- MyopiaCare, an online educational platform (www.myopiacare.org , www.myopiacare.com and myopia.care ), has integrated the MyAppia online calculator, which illustrates the impact of myopia and predicted outcomes, based on treatment options.
- Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA) named Dr. Lance Anderson, co-founder and member of the ownership group for the organization, as vice president of strategic initiatives.
- Visibly, formerly Opternative, received an FDA class 2 device recall for its online refractive vision test. The recall lists the “Manufacturer reason for recall” as “Lack of 510K clearance” and the “FDA determined cause” as “No marketing application.”
- VSP Vision Care acquired Community Eye Care, a North Carolina-based vision benefits company that has about 252,000 members.
CORRECTION: In October’s Optometric Management, p.60, the incorrect document used to quantify children’s vision symptoms and discomfort was printed. You can find the correct document on the online version of the “Optical” column at bit.ly/2ZEkB3T .