FORM 4
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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES
                                                                                  
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Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
                      
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person * MCGRAW BENJAMIN F III 2. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS INC [ AERI ] 5. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer (Check all applicable)__X__ Director                    _____ 10% Owner
_____ Officer (give title below)    _____ Other (specify below)
(Last)          (First)          (Middle)
C/O AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC., 4301 EMPEROR BLVD., SUITE 400
3. Date of Earliest Transaction (MM/DD/YYYY)
11/21/2022
(Street)
DURHAM, NC 27703
(City)        (State)        (Zip)
4. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (MM/DD/YYYY)
 
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line) _X _ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person

Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Acquired, Disposed of, or Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Trans. Date 2A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 3. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
4. Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
5. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s)
(Instr. 3 and 4)
6. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 7. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V Amount (A) or (D) Price
Common Stock  11/21/2022    D(1)    41984  D $15.25  0  D   

Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivate Security
(Instr. 3)
2. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 3. Trans. Date 3A. Deemed Execution Date, if any 4. Trans. Code
(Instr. 8)
5. Number of Derivative Securities Acquired (A) or Disposed of (D)
(Instr. 3, 4 and 5)
6. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date 7. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 3 and 4)
8. Price of Derivative Security
(Instr. 5)
9. Number of derivative Securities Beneficially Owned Following Reported Transaction(s) (Instr. 4) 10. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I) (Instr. 4) 11. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership (Instr. 4)
Code V (A) (D) Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Stock Option (right to buy)  $13.27  11/21/2022    D (2)       7800    (2) 6/11/2030  Common Stock  7800  $1.98  0  D   
Stock Option (right to buy)  $11.59  11/21/2022    D (2)       102412    (2) 9/20/2031  Common Stock  102412  $3.66  0  D   
Stock Option (right to buy)  $6.11  11/21/2022    D (2)       16854    (2) 6/9/2032  Common Stock  16854  $9.14  0  D   

Explanation of Responses:
(1)  Each of the reported shares of common stock of the Company (each a "Share" or, collectively, the "Shares"), including any Shares of restricted stock, was, at the Effective Time (defined below), cancelled and converted into the right to receive $15.25 in cash (the "Merger Consideration") without interest and subject to any applicable withholding taxes.
(2)  Each stock option with a per Share exercise price that is less than the Merger Consideration was, at the Effective Time, cancelled in exchange for a cash payment equal to, for each Share underlying the stock option (without regard to vesting), the excess of the Merger Consideration over the exercise price payable per Share underlying such stock option. Any stock options with a per Share exercise price that was more than the Merger Consideration were cancelled for no consideration.

Remarks:
This Form 4 reports securities disposed of pursuant to the terms of the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of August 22, 2022, by and among Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (the "Company"), Alcon Research, LLC (the "Parent"), and Lyon Merger Sub, Inc., a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 2.1 to the Company's Form 8-K filed with the SEC on August 23, 2022, pursuant to which the Company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Parent on November 21, 2022 (the "Effective Time").

Reporting Owners
Reporting Owner Name / Address
Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
MCGRAW BENJAMIN F III
C/O AERIE PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
4301 EMPEROR BLVD., SUITE 400
DURHAM, NC 27703
X



Signatures
/s/ John W. LaRocca, Attorney-in-Fact for Benjamin F. McGraw III 11/21/2022
**Signature of Reporting Person Date

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