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CooperVision Notifies ECPs of Decision to Drop UPP for Biofinity Energys Lenses

PLEASANTON, Calif.—CooperVision, a unit of The Cooper Cos. (NYSE:COO), notified ECPs late last week that it was removing its Biofinity Energys contact lens product line from its Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP) effective immediately. The move is a result of the “well-established [place] in the market” the lenses have achieved, the company said in a letter to eyecare professionals. In March, CooperVision announced that it was removing three other lens products from its UPP program: MyDay, clariti 1-day and Biofinity XR toric brands. It maintained UPP for Biofinity Energys at that time, as VMail reported. In a letter from CooperVision’s president,…



AOA Tips for ECPs to Help Swimmers Make a Safe Splash for Summer

NEW YORK—Although Memorial Day is the unofficial start to the summer season, it’s never too early for optometrists to help protect swimmers’ eyes by alerting them that what they can’t see in the water is what they should look out for. Last week marked National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and doctors can leverage the campaign and resources to start a conversation with patients about safe swimming by alerting patients about unseen microscopic organisms that can accumulate in a pool and potentially lead to an eye infection. “Swimming is good for…


New Essilor Lens for Indy ECPs Combats Digital Eye Strain

DALLAS—Essilor of America is expanding its Eyezen brand portfolio with the addition of Eyezen+, an enhanced, everyday single vision lens with embedded protection from harmful blue light. Eyezen+ lenses are designed to provide patients with a small amount of accommodative relief to alleviate eye strain caused by today’s heavy use of digital devices such as tablets and smartphones. Eyezen+ are the only lenses in the Eyezen brand portfolio to contain the Smart Blue Filter feature, which is embedded into an aesthetically clear lens and designed to block 20 percent of Harmful Blue Light. They are offered in a wide range…


UPDATED: 1-800 Contacts Accuses ECPs of Violations to FCLCA Act, Notifies Federal Trade Commission

DRAPER, Utah—1-800 Contacts notified the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday of alleged violations by “nearly 28,000 optometrists and other eyecare providers of the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act of 2004 (FCLCA).” The Act requires ECPs to provide patients with a copy of their contact lens prescription. According to 1-800 Contacts, “These violations reveal a pattern of improper and illegal behavior by many optometrists who consistently put their own profits ahead of patient choice.” Steven A. Loomis, OD, president of the American Optometric Association responded by saying, “This is another frivolous and unsupported attack on doctors, patients and quality eyecare…