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$11m damages awarded in dispute between VEI and ophthalmologist

Friday, April 24, 2015

An ophthalmologist in Queensland, Dr David Kitchen, has had damages of just under $11 million awarded against him in favour of listed ophthalmology company Vision Eye Institute in the Supreme Court of Queensland.
The court dismissed Dr Kitchen’s multi-million-dollar counter claim against Vision Eye Institute.  ...read more

Independent associates network launched Use logo to fill space in 2nd line of heading

Friday, April 24, 2015

EyeQ Optometrists Ltd has launched an associates network supporting independent optometry practices to compete in Australia’s congested optical retail environment.
EQO is an Australian-owned, optometrist-led company with currently 19 practices across all mainland states. Of the 19 practices, 16 are corporate-owned.
“EyeQ has worked on developing this network concept over a number of years,” a founding director and current executive chairman of the organisation, Sydney optometrist Mr Ray Fortescue, said.
“We needed to create systems and strategies which allowed our practices to be both profitable as well as professionally satisfying for the optometrist and practice staff while providing care to our patients. We also noted that many Generation X, Y and Next optometrists were not sufficiently confident utilising the existing business support options available to commence a new practice or even to take over an existing independent practice on their own.
“Our fees are targeted to appeal to the independent practitioner. We believe we have achieved that goal and are more generous than those currently available in the industry.” ...read more

UPP’s: a CL-industry initiative that has caught the attention of legislators

Friday, April 24, 2015

– By Lewis Williams, PhD

Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP) is an initiative of the United States-based contact lens industry intended to ‘level the playing field’ and to re-motivate disenchanted prescribing professionals who have seen the internet ‘eat their lunch’ to such an extent that some simply do not promote contact lenses proactively to their patients despite the number that might benefit from their advantages. ...read more

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