News

July 24, 2019

Trivia: Today, July 23, is Amelia Earhart Day! In 2009, a pair of the pilot’s aluminum goggles was auctioned off. Accompanying the goggles was a letter Ms. Earhart wrote to aerial cinematographer Ray Fernstrom, in which she complimented the padded goggles because she said they clung around her unconventional nose.
 
Recalled OTC Eye Care Products Expanded
 
At the beginning of July, Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc. voluntarily recalled various over-the-counter (OTC) eye care products and lots sold at Wal-Mart and Walgreens, due to concerns over the sufficiency of Quality Assurance controls in Altaire’s manufacturing facility. The recall was then expanded this past week to include CVS Health-brand OTC eye drops and ointments. To date, the manufacturer has not received reports of adverse events nor acquired any out-of-specifications results, including sterility testing, for the products. The recall, carried out at the retail level, includes lots that are sold under each company’s private labels. For a full list of products, visit the FDA website, https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts, and search “Altaire Pharmaceuticals.” 
 
Company news
  • EssilorLuxottica has confirmed it is in discussions to purchase the 76.72% ownership interest in GrandVision N.V. of HAL Holding N.V. No agreement has yet been reached, and no assurance can be provided that these discussions will lead to such an agreement, the company says. 
  • Eyepoint Pharmaceuticals Inc. has appointed Wendy DiCicco, CPA, to the company’s board of directors and Audit Committee, where she will serve as chairwoman of the committee. 
  • Notal Vision Inc. has celebrated the completion of six million patient tests performed with ForeseeHome, a home-monitoring device for patients who have intermediate, dry AMD and are at-risk for developing wet AMD.
  • Visioneering Technologies Inc. promoted Cynthia Flynn to senior territory manager in the Austin and San Antonio markets. 
  • Roughly 1,100 Vision Source member practices will be rewarded by the Southern New England Practice Transformation Network (SNE-PTN) for their performance in the transformation toward value-based care, according to the company. Each practice will receive payments of up to $2,500. Vision Source and SNE-PTN have been collaborating to implement skills to guide practitioners in the value-based payment world. 

Nonprofit
  • Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) will launch the third course in its Myopia Education Program: The Business of Myopia on Aug. 20. The course will deliver the business knowledge and expertise to successfully integrate myopia management into a practice, BHVI says. Building upon the foundation of practical skills offered in the first two courses, The Business of Myopia provides guidance in areas such as marketing, communications and education to drive awareness and reverse the trend in the global rise of myopia. For more information or to register, visit https://www.brienholdenvision.org/academy.html. Early bird registration ends July 30. 
  • Centre for Ocular Research & Education’s director Lyndon Jones, Ph.D., D.Sc, FCOptom, F.A.A.O., was recognized by Expertscape as the No. 1 global expert among contact lens authorities. 
  • The Foundation Fighting Blindness has appointed Judy Taylor as vice president, development.
  • Prevent Blindness has teamed up with the National Optometric Association to promote August’s Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month. The shared goal is to educate the public on the importance of healthy vision for kids and its impact in the classroom. In other news, the nonprofit held its Annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit in Washington, D.C. The presentations and discussions related to the theme: A lifetime of vision. At the event, Cynthia Owsley, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., was awarded the 2019 Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of public health related to vision. 

Schools
  • Southern College of Optometry awarded scholarships to four students in recognition of their clinical excellence in contact lenses as demonstrated at the Custom Stable Cup competition, presented by Valley Contax, at Optometry’s meeting in 2019. Each student received $500. These students: Morgan Thorson, Zachary Shriver, Lindsay Estel and Jaelyn DeBerry.