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Eye Health Firm to Expand in 5 US Regions

The areas have a ‘strong base of forward-looking doctors,’ says the president of Paragon Vision Sciences.

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PHOENIX — Paragon Vision Sciences, part of the CooperVision Specialty EyeCare division, is targeting five U.S. regions for expansion, citing rising eyecare-professional demand for myopia education and support.

By mid-year, the company anticipates placing teams in Northern CaliforniaSouthern CaliforniaNew York/New JerseyHouston/Dallas and Phoenix, according to a press release. Each will consist of an account manager and practice management consultant, who will support ECPs in integrating Paragon CRT and other contact lenses into their practices. This includes customized clinical educational experiences for individual practitioners and staff.

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The Cooper Cos. acquired Paragon Vision Sciences in 2017 for $80 million. The company is described as “a leading provider of orthokeratology (ortho-k), specialty contact lenses and oxygen permeable rigid contact lens materials.”

“Eye care professionals worldwide are concentrating on myopia more than ever, given the ever-growing prevalence among patients. In particular, we’re experiencing tremendous interest in China and the U.S. for enhanced education,” said Rich Jeffries, president of Paragon.

“For the first phase of our build out, we considered regions that not only had a strong base of forward-looking doctors, but also proximity to highly respected academic centers. We believe this approach will result in better treatment and outcomes for patients – one step among many that CooperVision is taking to address the myopia epidemic.”

Leading the effort is Anita Greggs Perez, who has been hired as Paragon’s U.S. commercial director. She has more than two decades of experience in launching and growing initiatives in medical device and healthcare channels, most recently serving as director, U.S. sales and marketing, for diagnostics manufacturer ACON Laboratories.

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Previously she founded and managed National Launch Group, spearheading market introductions for multiple pharmaceutical, medical device, food and mass market brands.

Paragon expects to be fully deployed in the five chosen markets by mid-2019.

The CooperVision Specialty EyeCare division “accelerates eye care professionals’ access to innovative products that help improve the way people see each day, with a focus on the development of myopia management approaches and visual correction of irregular corneas,” according to the release. It includes Paragon Vision Sciences, Blanchard Contact Lenses, Soflex, and Procornea.

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Meditation Might Help Treat a Common Eye Disease, Study Suggests

It could serve as an adjunct to medications.

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Meditation may be helpful in treating glaucoma, a new study suggests.

The research found that a short course of mindfulness-based stress reduction by meditation reduced intraocular pressure, normalized stress biomarkers and positively modified gene expression in patients with primary-open angle glaucoma, the American Optometric Association reports.

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The research was published in the Journal of Glaucoma. It suggests a possible role for meditation as an adjunctive clinical therapy.

The findings “provide tantalizing insight about a therapeutic option that may accompany tried-and-true pharmaceuticals, as well as hint at the role stress may play in glaucoma,” according to AOA.

Researchers “hope this latest study can validate another option for helping prevent irreversible optic nerve head damage.”

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For the study, researchers enrolled 90 primary-open angle glaucoma patients and directed a study group to 21 days of daily, hour-long mindfulness meditation under the supervision of a certified meditation teacher.

The researchers said future studies should address how long the changes last and whether mindfulness meditation helps visual field function over time.

Read more at the AOA

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Lens and Frame Maker Names CEO

He began the role on Feb. 1.

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MUNICH – The Rodenstock Group, a manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses and frames, has named Anders Hedegaard as its CEO.

The appointment was effective Feb. 1. He follows Oliver Kastalio, who has led the company since 2010 and will take on a new professional challenge.

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Hedegaard joins from the GN Store Nord A/S in Denmark, where he was CEO of GN Hearing, a producer of hearing aid technologies. Hedegaard has a broad background in the global life science and healthcare sector.

“I’m delighted to join Rodenstock as CEO,” Hedegaard said. “The company has a long tradition and strong reputation. It manufactures and distributes world-class products, utilizing most innovative technologies and has a huge growth potential.”

Kastalio stated: “I have successfully managed Rodenstock’s turnaround over the past years and set the course for further growth in the eye health sector through the introduction of leading technologies like DNEye. Now is the time to hand over management with a clear conscience.”

Founded in 1877 with its headquarters in Munich, Rodenstock employs around 4,900 people worldwide and is represented with sales offices and distribution partners in more than 85 countries. It maintains production plants at 15 locations in 13 countries.

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Burglar Steals $8K in Eyewear

He broke through a window to enter the business.

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Someone smashed through the window at an eyecare business in Boynton Beach, FL, and made off with $8,000 worth of designer frames.

A man was caught on surveillance camera committing the crime at Palm Beach Eyes, WSVN-TV reports.

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Police believe the culprit is in his early 60s.

He used a blunt instrument to shatter the window, police say. It took him several tries to break through.

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He targeted Tom Ford brand frames.

Police believe the culprit cased the store for four days before burglarizing it. He remains at large.

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