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1-800 Contacts to Acquire Vision Technology Firm

The deal is expected to close this month.

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DRAPER, UT – Online contact lens retailer 1-800 Contacts announced that it will acquire 6over6 Vision Ltd.

The transaction is expected to close before the end of December 2019. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed

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6over6 “has created some of the most advanced consumer vision technology available, enabling customers to perform the most accurate at-home vision tests using a mobile app or computer, alongside the development of future solutions that will transform the global vision care market,” according to a press release.

6over6 offers a variety of vision test technologies, including retrieving optical parameters from existing lenses and measuring pupillary distance, enabling consumers to renew their prescriptions from anywhere. Its technology is in use by numerous vision companies across the globe, with more licensing deals expected in the coming months, according to the release.

“We have long admired the innovations 6over6 has built and have been using their technologies to serve our customers. This expected acquisition allows us to continue our 25-year commitment to pursuing a better way in vision care,” said John Graham, CEO of 1-800 Contacts. “People deserve simple and affordable eye care solutions and acquiring 6over6 will allow us to deliver this for our customers on an even larger scale.”

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1-800 Contacts expects to use the technology across a variety of its existing businesses and products, including Express Exam, which enables consumers to confirm their prescriptions for contacts with a computer or smartphone.

In the future, 1-800 Contacts and 6over6 “expect to work together to revolutionize telemedicine offerings within the vision industry, such as enabling consumers to obtain a new prescription for eyeglasses and contact lenses from anywhere without an office visit.”

“This innovation is not yet available on the market and will make vision correction easier and more accessible for everyone, including the 2.5 billion people worldwide with poor vision who have no access to treatment,” according to the release.

“It has been our life’s mission to create ground-breaking technology that would allow consumers the ability to take control of their own vision care and reach communities around the globe without access,” said Dr. Ofer Limon, co-founder of 6over6 Vision. “1-800 Contacts shares our drive to change what is broken in this industry, and we know that this acquisition will bring our vision to life on a global scale that can make real change.”

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