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): November 5, 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 November 5, 2002, The Cooper Companies, Inc. issued a press release
announcing that its Board of Directors had authorized a two-for-one stock split
effected in the form of a 100% stock dividend on the shares of its common stock.
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
99.1     Press Release dated November 5, 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:  November 6, 2002

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit                                                                                 Sequentially
  No.             Description                                                           Numbered Page
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99.1              Press Release dated November 5, 2002 of The Cooper
                  Companies, Inc.