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CooperVision and Ocular Sciences has merge in partnership
01-12-2005--
LAKE FOREST, Calif.-- The merge of CooperVision and the fellow contact-lens manufacturer Ocular Sciences has created the world's third-largest CL company
  Bausch & Lomb has received FDA approval for an enhanced fitting guide
01-10-2005
--ROCHESTER, N.Y.--Bausch & Lomb has received FDA approval for an enhanced fitting guide for its Vision Shaping Treatment , a temporarily reshape the cornea to correct up to -5.00D of myopia and low amounts of astigmatism.
  CooperVision/Ocular Sciences merge for a New Contact-Lens Power
08-16-2004
-- CONCORD, CA. -- When the Cooper Companies, parent of contact-lens manufacturer CooperVision, completes its acquisition of CL competitor Ocular Sciences late this year or early in 2005 CooperVision will immediately take over third position in the global contact-lens business
Bausch & Lomb and CIBA Vision Corporation have reached a final settlement
08-01-2004 --ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Bausch & Lomb and CIBA Vision, the eye care unit of Novartis , have reached a
final settlement resolving disputes between the two companies in patent-infringement lawsuits related to silicone
 Hydrogel contact-lens materials.
ARBO Study Reveals Contact Lens Complications
04-13-2004
-- WASHINGTON, DC -- The Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) has released
 initial results of its initiative to document complications caused by contact lenses dispensed without a valid prescription. 
1-800 Contacts Files Legal Action Against Coastal Contacts
03-22-2004
-- DRAPER, Utah -- 1-800 CONTACTS  filed legal action today in the United States Federal Court
 for the District of Utah against Coastal Contacts.
Focus on Eye Style' to Debut at Vision Expo East
02-25-2004 -- NORWALK, Conn. -- International Vision Expo has announced it will be co-hosting the first
"Focus on Eye Style," a panel that will discuss how fashion, media, and celebrities influence current eyewear trends.
A new case of counterfeit contact lenses
02-25-2004
-- FRANCE -- The second case of counterfeit contact lenses in France within two weeks
 

Record seizures of counterfeit Oakley products in 2003
02-18-2004
-- WASHINGTON, DC -- In its ongoing campaign to identify and aggressively pursue violators
 of  its protected designs and trademarks, Oakley has highlighted the results of its 2003 anti-counterfeiting efforts.

Contact lenses counterfeited in France
02-13-2004 --ROCHESTER, NY -- CooperVision has reported to the Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des
 Produits de Santé that there are counterfeit Proclear Compatible contact lenses on the market.
  CooperVision Launches Enhanced E-Commerce On The All-New coopervision.com
Aug. 19, 2003--
ROCHESTER, NY--CooperVision, Inc., is announcing the launch of the all-new, Web site,
 coopervision.com for practitioners.
  Vistakon Files Against CIBA for New Technology
Sep. 20, 2003
--JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--Vistakon has filed for a declaratory judgment against CIBA Vision regarding Acuvue Advance which is currently waiting for final U.S. F.D.A. clearance.
  B&L Wins European Patent Dispute
Sep. 17, 2003
--ROCHESTER, N.Y.--Bausch & Lomb has prevailed in a European patent infringement suit against Novartis AG (CIBA Vision).
  Vision Canada 2004 Changes Show Dates
Aug. 28, 2003
--TORONTO--Vision Canada , along with its partner Silmo, has moved the dates of its 2004 trade show one week ahead to September 18 and 19.
  A.A.O. Issues New Warning on Black-Market Contact Lenses
Aug. 10, 2003--SAN FRANCISCO, CA.--The American Academy of Ophthalmology issued a new warning for parents this week about teenagers wearing cosmetic contact lenses purchased without prescriptions.
  B&L Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against CIBA
Aug. 02, 2003--
ROCHESTER, N.Y. Bausch & Lomb has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the Federal District Court here against CIBA Vision, the eyecare unit of Novartis. 
  Florida's Governor Signs Bill Requiring Vision Tests for Older Drivers
Jun 01,-2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--Florida governor Jeb Bush has signed a bill mandating vision checks for elderly drivers who want to renew their drivers licenses.
  Bills Introduced to Amend FDA Regulation of Non-Corrective CLs, CL Rx Release
May 28-2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. -Representative John Boozman, OD (R-Ark.) and seven other members of the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced HR2218
  FDA Approves CIBA Focus Night & Day CLs for Therapeutic Use
May 8, 2003
ATLANTA, GA. -The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved CIBA Vision's Focus Night & Day silicone-hydrogel soft contact lenses for therapeutic use
  CIBA Vision Recalls Glitter Eye Contact Lenses
April 1, 2003
ATLANTA, GA.  - CIBA Vision, the eyecare unit of Novartis is voluntarily recalling its Glitter Eyes soft contact lenses, spurred by recent lens-care compatibility studies showing that layers of the lens can partially delaminate.
  AARP Finally Supports Mandatory Vision Testing for Florida Seniors
Mar. 25,2003
TALLAHASSEE, FL.  - For the first time, the American Association of Retired Persons is backing a perennial bill in the Florida legislature that would require state residents aged 80 or older to take new vision tests every time they renew their driving licenses.
  CIBA Parent Files CL Patent-Infringement Suit against B&L in Ireland
Mar. 25, 2003
DUBLIN, Ireland  - Novartis AG,  parent company of CIBA Vision, has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit in the High Court here against Bausch & Lomb on CIBA's behalf.
  Court Upholds Ruling Preventing U.S. Sale of B&L's Purevision CLs in U.S.
Feb.13, 2003
ATLANTA, GA.--Yesterday the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a U.S. district court ruling that Bausch & Lomb's Purevision contact lenses cannot resume manufacture or sale  in the U.S.
  B&L Purevision CLs Available to U.S. Investigators
Dec.  22, 2002 - ROCHESTER, N.Y.--A court ruling ordering Bausch & Lomb to stop PureVision contact-lens production and sales in the U.S. was amended last week to allow B&L to provide the CLs to clinical investigators.
  1-800 Contacts to Acquire Lens Express, Lens 1st
Dec.  7, 2002 -
DRAPER, Utah--Internet/telephone contact-lens retailer 1-800 Contacts has signed a letter of intent with Southfield, Mich.-based Camelot Ventures to acquire Lens Express and Lens 1st
  VISTAKON® Announced an Agreement with 1-800 CONTACTS
Dec.  2, 2002 - JACKSONVILLE-- VISTAKON®, Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., today announced an exclusive agreement with 1-800 CONTACTS that requires prescription verification with prescribing Eye Care Professionals.
  CIBA Sues Ocular Sciences for CL-Patent Infringement
Nov 06, 2002 -ATLANTA--CIBA Vision, the eyecare unit of Novartis, filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Ocular Sciences in the Federal district court.
  FDA Issues Consumer Warning on Cosmetic CLs
Oct. 22, 2002 -The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer warning about the potential for serious eye injury or blindness from improper wear of "decorative contact lenses distributed without a prescription and without proper fitting by an eyecare professional.
  CIBA Vision, CooperVision Settle Contact-Lens Patent Lawsuit
Oct. 20, 2002 -Vision and CooperVision reached a settlement last week in a patent-infringement lawsuit involving two of CIBA subsidiary Wesley Jessen's color-contact-lens technology patents.
CooperVision Disposable CLs Cleared for Marketing in Japan
Oct. 02, 2002 -
CooperVision contact-lens operation  has been notified by its marketing partner in Japan that the Ministry of Health and Welfare has cleared Rohto to market CooperVision's disposables.
CIBA Vision Files Suit Against Georgia CL Sellers
Sep. 13, 2002 - Atlanta--Ciba Vision has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against two Georgia-based companies
The Lifestyles Company Acquires PuriLens CL-Care System
Sep. 10, 2002 - The Lifestyles Company has acquired the assets of PuriLens, manufacturer of the PuriLens contact-lens-care system.
Nat'l Vision Adds Charge for One-Hour Service in Wal-Mart Opticals
Aug. 29, 2002 - Implemented a $10 additional charge for one-hour eyeglass service in the chain's 400 domestic Wal-Mart Vision Centers.
  Court Ruling Favors CIBA in CL Patent Suit
Aug. 26, 2002 -
The U.S. District Court for the central district of California has granted CIBA Vision a judgment of infringement in a patent suit against CooperVision filed in April 2001.
  FDA May Reclassify Plano Color CLs as 'Cosmetics'
Aug. 24, 2002 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reportedly considering reclassifying non-Rx tinted contact lenses as "cosmetics" rather than medical devices for which a prescription is require.
  B&L PureVision Production Shut Down as CIBA Prevails in Federal Court
Aug. 8, 2002
.- Bausch & Lomb has again been forced to shut down manufacture and sale of its PureVision contact lenses in the U.S.
  B&L to Trim Product Line, Consolidate Manufacturing/Distributing
Jul. 29, 2002 -
As part of a continuing plan to increase operating profitability, Bausch & Lomb will consolidate its warehousing and distribution operations, resulting in a loss of 450 jobs worldwide.
  CIBA Court Victory Temporarily Halts B&L PureVision CL Production.
Jun. 30, 2002 -
A court ruling last week in favor of CIBA Vision is temporarily making Bausch & Lomb to stop manufacturing and selling its PureVision contact lens
  Three Internet CL Retailers Settle in Ocular Suit
April 22, 2002 --Three Internet contact-lens retailers have agreed to a court order prohibiting them from purchasing, distributing, marketing, advertising, or selling any of Ocular Sciences' products.
  Parents "Strike Out" When Protecting Little Leaguers' Eyes
Feb. 25, 2002-- 89% Know Kids Should Wear Protective Sports Eyewear; Only 36% Say Their Kids Do. Protective Eyewear Saved 9-Year-Old's Sight. Others Won't Be So Lucky
  Ocular Sciences Files Suit Against Three Internet-based Contact Lens Retailers
Jan. 31, 2002--
Ocular Sciences, Inc., announced today it filed an action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against 1-0-IContacts.com, iwearcontacts.com, and contactlenses4u.com.
Court Denies Defendant JG Optical's Attempt to Dismiss and Rules in Favor of Ocular Sciences
Jan. 25, 2002--Ocular Sciences, Inc. announced today that the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has denied JG Optical's motion to dismiss the complaint Ocular Sciences filed against the New York-based distributor in August, 2001.
  Ocular Sciences Files Third Lawsuit Against Unauthorized CL Distribution
Sept. 06, 2001
--Ocular Sciences has filed its third lawsuit this year against what it says are unauthorized distribution practices.
  Vistakon Reaches Settlement in Class-Action Suit
Jul. 28, 2001.--
A state judge here has given preliminary approval to settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed in 1996 against Johnson & Johnson’s Vistakon unit.
Summit and VISX Settle Class-Action Lawsuits
Jul. 16, 2001.—Summit Autonomous, a unit of Alcon, and VISX have both agreed to settle two antitrust class-action suits brought against the two companies.
Weblens.net Accepts Court Order in Ocular Sciences Suit
Jun. 30, 2001
.--Ocular Sciences  has settled its lawsuit with Internet contact-lens retailer Weblens.net, resolving a suit filed by Ocular in February in United States District Court for the southern district of New York.
Ocular Sciences Sues Another Internet CL Firm
Jun. 20, 2001
--Contact lens maker Ocular Sciences has filed suit against Go2Contacts.com, a Canadian Internet retailer, for alleged "bait-and-switch" activities.

A.O.A. Settles in Contact Lens Antitrust Suit
Apr. 30, 2001 --
The American Optometric Association has agreed to a settlement with the attorneys general of 32 states and contact-lens wearers in the six-year-old contact-lens antitrust suit.

Oakley Cracks Down on sunglass Counterfeiters Again
Mar. 30, 2001--
Oakley continues its war on sunglass counterfeiters: in the first quarter of this year alone, the company's enforcement efforts resulted in 60 arrests worldwide and confiscation of more than 178,930 pairs of fake sunglasses.

Ocular Sciences Files Suit Against Internet Contact Lens Distributor
Feb. 9, 2001--Ocular Sciences, Inc. announced today it filed an action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on February 6, 2001, against Weblens.net, a retailer of contact lenses over the internet.

CIBA Vision take final acquisition  of Wesley Jessen company
Nov. 9, 2000--CIBA Vision, the eyecare unit of Novartis, completed its acquisition of Wesley Jessen Vision Care on October 3,2000
Johnson & Johnson Sued by Excalibur Owners.
Sep. 19, 2000--Nine practitioners have filed lawsuits against J&J Vision Care on September 11, 2000 claiming the Excalibur systems they purchased from Innotech-owned by J&J -are now useless because essential parts are unavailable.
B&L Files Suit Against WJ, its Board, and Ocular Sciences
Sep. 20, 2000--Bausch & Lomb has filed a lawsuit in the Court of Chancery of Delaware against Wesley Jessen, its board ( Kevin Ryan, Michael D’Amato, Edward Kelley, Adam Kirsch, Sol Levine, John Maki, John O’Malley, and Stephen Pagliuca ) and Ocular Sciences Inc.
Wesley Jessen merging with Ocular Sciences, Inc.
Mar. 20, 2000--Wesley Jessen Vision Care, Inc. and Ocular Sciences, Inc. are announcing a definitive merger agreement between the two companies.
B&L and Alcon Reach Settlement
Feb. 02,2000--Bausch & Lomb and Alcon Laboratories, Inc. settled lawsuit involving a Bausch & Lomb patent that related to the enzymatic cleaning of contact lenses.
Opticianry A. S. Degree Programs Move Forward
Feb. 02,2000--
The National Academy of Opticianry, National Federation of Opticianry Schools, and Opticians Association of America are offering associate degree programs for opticians.
WJ to Convert Certain Lenses from In-Stock to Made-to-Order
Jan. 22, 2000--
Wesley Jessen's less frequently ordered powers of its clear spheres, clear torics, and colored spheres will be made-to-order products, rather than inventoried.
FDA Public Health Notification
Jan. 12, 2000--Illegal Promotion of Contact Lenses. Notification about tinted contact lenses and orthokeratology contact lenses. 
All contact lens wearers might suffer from corneal damage
Mar. 12,1998--A new study reports that all eyecare consumers can suffer from damaged corneas with the use of contact lenses, specially soft contact lenses. 
Bacteria and extended wear contact lenses back in the news
Feb. 24, 1998--Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, report that pseudomonas seruginosa can damage healthy eyes if it maintains contact with them long enough 
Glasses made by big optical outlets are faulty
Oct. 29, 1997. New York, NY (Reuters) - Eyeglasses failed to meet basic standards.
The Johnson & Johnson pulls ACUVUE ads after warning
Oct.14, 1997--Rockville, MD (Reuters). J&J pulled print and broadcast ads for special contact lenses made by its Vistakon subsidiary after the Food and Drug Administration said the company was improperly promoting the products.

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