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Couple in South Carolina Files Lawsuit Against Amazon Over Defective Eclipse Glasses

CHARLESTON, S.C.—A South Carolina couple filed a lawsuit against Amazon Inc. last week in federal district court here, claiming that the online retailer sold faulty glasses that were marketed as being safe for viewing the solar eclipse in mid-August. The couple is seeking to have the lawsuit become a class action. They claim in the lawsuit that their vision was affected after viewing the Aug. 21 solar eclipse with the viewing glasses they purchased via Amazon.com. Amazon, as early as Aug. 10, began to notify customers that it was recalling potentially hazardous solar eclipse glasses that it could not verify…


Eyecare Experts and Organizations Warn Against Faulty Eclipse Glasses

NEW YORK—The Great American Solar Eclipse is only two weeks away and with Aug. 21 fast approaching, many vendors and ECPs are beginning to sell solar eclipse viewing glasses. As VMWeekend previously reported, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) warned against purchasing eclipse glasses from Amazon because they are not guaranteed to be safe. The organization also issued a flyer that indicates ways to know that your glasses meet the safety standards. Despite NASA’s efforts, however, counterfeit viewing glasses are still making their way to consumers. To try and combat this problem, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) issued a…


Pennsylvania Optometrist Files Complaint Against Davis Vision, HVHC and Highmark

PHILADELPHIA— Alan Frank, OD, a Pennsylvania independent optometrist has filed a class action complaint “on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated” against Davis Vision Inc.,/ HVHC Inc. and their parent company Highmark Health in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. The complaint alleges that the defendants’ conduct “had and continues to have an anticompetitive purpose and effect on competition.” Further, according to the complaint, “Davis Vision uses unlawful, unfair, and anticompetitive contractual and related restrictions to prohibit [independent ECPs] from steering patients to eyeglass frames and lenses that are less expensive, more convenient to obtain, or better quality than…


Allergan Launches ‘See America’ to Further the Fight Against Preventable Blindness

DUBLIN—Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) this week announced the launch of its “See America” campaign, a new U.S.-focused initiative to fight preventable blindness and to advocate for making vision health “a priority for all Americans.” The campaign also is designed to increase awareness of the diseases that can cause preventable blindness and to help improve access to vision care for those who need it most, according to Allergan’s announcement. There are currently an estimated 61 million Americans at risk for severe vision loss, according to the announcement. “Vision loss from diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy is affecting and destroying…