Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

        Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 2, 2002

                           THE COOPER COMPANIES, INC.

             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

         Delaware                             1-8597                                94-2657368
(State or other jurisdiction          (Commission File Number)          (IRS Employer Identification No.)
     of incorporation)

       6140 Stoneridge Mall Road, Suite 590, Pleasanton, California 94588
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

                                 (925) 460-3600
              (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)


ITEM 5. Other Events.

On October 2, 2002, The Cooper Companies, Inc. issued a press release announcing
that CooperVision, Inc., its contact lens business, had been notified by its
marketing partner in Japan, Rohto Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. that the Japanese
Ministry of Health and Welfare has cleared Rohto to market a variety of CVI's
lenses. A copy of this release is attached and incorporated by reference.

Internet addresses in the release are for information purposes only and are not
intended to be hyperlinks to other Cooper Companies information.

ITEM 7. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

        (c) Exhibits.

  No.        Description
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99.1         Press Release dated October 2, 2002 of The Cooper Companies, Inc.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                           THE COOPER COMPANIES, INC.

                                           By   /s/ Stephen C. Whiteford
                                                Stephen C. Whiteford
                                                Vice President and
                                                Corporate Controller
                                                (Principal Accounting Officer)

Dated: October 3, 2002

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit                                                                     Sequentially
  No.             Description                                               Numbered Page
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99.1              Press Release dated October 2, 2002 of The Cooper
                  Companies, Inc.