ABB Verify Enhances Its Vision Care Benefits Optimization Platform

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:14 PM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Verify is launching an enhancement to its vision care benefits optimization platform from ABB Optical Group. ABB Verify’s new feature allows ECPs who utilize ABB Verify to retrieve medical plan information in addition to the current vision insurance search offering. This will provide ECPs with a centralized location to review both vision and medical eligibility and benefits information. Part of the ABB Business Solutions suite, ABB Verify provides ECPs with a centralized source for gathering vision care eligibility and connecting with their patients to help them maximize benefits. Read More

Review of Optometry: COVID Encourages Digital Outreach in AMD Management

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:11 PM Many patients with sight-threatening conditions such as AMD and glaucoma lost vision during the COVID-19 pandemic due to missed eye care appointments. In this new era, digital technology is likely to play a major role in patient care. A recent study analyzed the ways COVID-19-related pressures have affected digital technology acceptance in ophthalmology and found that there may be a new precedent for digital innovations in health care. The literature review spanned the use of digital technology during COVID-19 and, in particular, the transformation of medicine, ophthalmology and AMD screening through digitalization. Read More

Lincoln Road Advisors Acquires U.S. Vision Optical Business from ACON Investments

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 4:29 PM GLENDORA, N.J.—Lincoln Road Advisors Inc., an investment company operated by optical industry veteran Eric Bertrand, has acquired the holding company Refac Optical Group, which owns the U.S. Vision optical business, from its majority owner ACON Investments. U.S. Vision operates roughly 375 optical locations in licensed retail spaces at J.C. Penney, Meijer, Boscov’s and Optical Center/AAFES Exchange locations. Bertrand, a former chief executive of OptiCare Health Systems of Connecticut and Vision Center at Meijer, confirmed the acquisition by Lincoln Road to VMAIL earlier today. He is the principal at Lincoln Road, and also manages the digital marketing agency Mod Op. Read More

20/20 Magazine: We Need PRO Opticians

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 4:26 PM What are the most common complaints from consumers about their experiences in optical shops? According to an article in Consumers’ Checkbook in April 2020, “complaints usually relate to second-rate customer service—rude salespeople, long waits, indifferent advice—and high prices.” The article continues, “But many things can go wrong when buying glasses: Lenses can be positioned wrong or be defective. Opticians and optometrists must understand a slew of complex matters including matching your lenses to your eyes, fitting frames to your face (the contour of your nose is critical) and knowing what to recommend for people who need big corrections.” Read More

More Americans Now Say Academic Concerns Should Be a Top Factor in Deciding to Reopen K-12 Schools

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 3:32 PM Amid new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to safely reopen K-12 schools for in-person instruction, Americans are increasingly concerned about the effect of virtual learning on academic progress.

Compared with last summer, a higher share of U.S. adults now say the possibility that students will fall behind academically without in-person instruction should be given a lot of consideration as schools decide whether to reopen. And smaller shares now say the health risk to teachers or students should be given a lot of consideration, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

At the same time, a majority of U.S. adults (59 percent) say K-12 schools that are not currently open for in-person instruction should wait to reopen until all teachers who want the coronavirus vaccine have received it. By comparison, 40 percent say these schools should reopen as soon as possible, even if many teachers who want the vaccine haven’t received it.

Decoding Vaccine Efficacy Numbers

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 11:26 AM What does it really mean when reports say that the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has an efficacy of 72 percent? It's actually not as straightforward as it might sound, and can be a little tricky to calculate, but the bottom line is that all three vaccines authorized in the U.S. greatly reduce the risk of getting COVID-19. Head over to The New York Times for a deeper dive into how efficacy percentages are calculated and what they mean. 

All Optical Sales Categories Recover Following Steep Declines Brought on by Severe Weather, Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Says

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—All optical sales categories recovered last week (Feb. 22-28) following the previous week’s steep declines resulting from historically severe winter weather, according to Jobson’s Practice Performance Tracker. This restores national optical sales to the levels of four weeks ago (Jan. 25-31) when the most recent month-long optical sales declines began. This also coincides with a six-week downward trend in coronavirus cases in the U.S., according to the CDC COVID Data Tracker. Over the course of last week (Feb. 22-28), all regional optical sales regained losses experienced during the past few weeks.

Click here to view the complete Jobson COVID-19 Performance Tracker

Optical Women's Association to Honor l.a.Eyeworks' Gai Gherardi and Visual Inspirations' Deborah Myres With its 2021 Awards

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:21 AM DALLAS—The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) has announced its 2021 OWA Award Honorees. Gai Gherardi, co-founder and co-designer of l.a.Eyeworks, will receive the OWA Pleiades award and Deborah Myres, owner of Visual Inspirations, will receive the OWA's Pyxis award.

De Rigo and Fila Announce Renewal of Licensing Agreement

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:18 AM LONGARONE, Italy—De Rigo and Fila have announced the renewal of their licensing agreement for the design, production and distribution of Fila-branded prescription frames in the EMEA, the Americas, Australia and New Zealand.

Allergan Submits New Drug Application to FDA for Investigational Treatment of Presbyopia

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:15 AM NORTH CHICAGO, Ill.—Allergan, an AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV) company, has announced that it submitted a New Drug Application to the Food and Drug Administration for investigational AGN-190584 (pilocarpine 1.25%) ophthalmic solution for the treatment of presbyopia.

Eyewear Designs Intros New Hello Kitty Styles

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:08 AM

Mita Debuts New Collezione 1 Sun Collection

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:05 AM

Fedon and Colors Form Partnership to Develop Antimicrobial Disinfectant Spray

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:02 AM Fedon has established an exclusive agreement for its eyewear sector with Colors, a company that develops innovative technologies and distributes products worldwide, for the development of an antimicrobial disinfectant spray with ViralOff technology.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Deepens Concerns Over Racial and Geographic Inequities

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:01 AM If we end up with a hierarchy that says all rich White people get Pfizer, and all poor Black people get J&J, that would be a problem.