12.17.19

1-800 Contacts Enters Agreement to Acquire Vision Start-Up 6over6 Vision

Source: 1-800 Contacts

1-800 Contacts announced that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 6over6 Vision (6over6), a provider of at-home vision tests using a mobile app or computer.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

6over6 currently 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. Their technology is currently in use by numerous vision companies worldwide, with more licensing deals expected in the coming months, according to a company news 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,” John Graham, CEO of 1-800 Contacts, said in the news release. “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.”

1-800 Contacts expects to utilize the technology across a variety of its existing businesses and products, including Express Exam, which currently 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 enable 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 1-800 Contacts.

The acquisition is expected to close this month.

 

 

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