Insights for 4-6-20

By Staff
Friday, April 3, 2020 12:57 PM That would essentially be saying that retailers, with a few exceptions like Walmart, are no longer big-cap companies.

To Address COVID-19: A Helpful Tool for ECPs to Use in the Pandemic and Beyond

By Staff
Friday, April 3, 2020 12:26 PM NEW YORK—If the pandemic has not impacted your practice yet, it’s just a matter of time until it does. One of your goals in a time of decreased revenue collected is to downsize expenses to avoid going negative on your practice cash flow. This specially designed spreadsheet is designed to help you achieve that goal. This article will show you how to use the spreadsheet to guide your practice not only in these difficult times but also as we climb back out of this problem. There are four pieces of background information important for you to know.

Survey Finds That One in Five Americans Won’t Travel Until 2021

By Staff
Friday, April 3, 2020 11:55 AM NEW YORK—New research suggests that airline travel could be slow to recover from the coronavirus outbreak. A targeted study by Upgraded Points, a travel points and rewards firm, asked questions to airline travelers about the recent global pandemic and their travel plans.

“The airline industry is in a great deal of trouble again,” Upgraded Points founder Alex Miller said in a statement. “They’ve certainly seen their share of difficulty over the years; after 9/11, during the 2008 economic downturn, [and others]. But this is probably the worst crisis the industry has ever faced.”

Overall, the majority of Americans who responded to the survey said their biggest traveling concern was the COVID-19 virus. But the study broke that question down into a variety of other specific concerns to help reveal the nuanced complexities around the topic. When asked what worried them most—contracting the virus personally or passing it on to others—the majority of Americans responded they were most concerned about contracting the virus themselves.

But 32 percent of those asked did express concerns about passing the disease on to others, while still others expressed concern about becoming part of overall community spread.

Read the results of the full survey here

How That Coronavirus Image Came To Be

By Staff
Friday, April 3, 2020 11:33 AM You've probably seen this image more times than you can count by now, but where did it come from, and how did it end up as the de facto COVID-19 image? Head over to the New York Times to learn more about how the CDC's medical illustrators created the now famous image. 

COVID-19 and Practice Planning Advice and Tools Are Focus of EyeCarePro Facebook LIVE Event

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Friday, April 3, 2020 10:03 AM NEW YORK—Even in some areas where ECPs are still seeing patients or providing emergency or urgent care, eye clinics are experiencing unwanted and nerve-wracking downtime in the current coronavirus crisis, the team at EyeCarePro.net points out. To help ODs learn ways they can use the downtime to help them effectively plan for the future, EyeCarePro's team hosted a Facebook LIVE event last week. The video session is now archived on the EyeCarePro website here. EyeCarePro covered such topics as using time to make great videos, develop your social media skills and strategy, plan new approaches for optical campaigns and build up referrals networks. Read More 

20/20 Europe: Desio Donating to Lombardy in COVID-19 Crisis

By Staff
Friday, April 3, 2020 10:00 AM Italian colored contact lenses brand Desio is supporting the Lombardy Region of Italy in the fight against Coronavirus with a significant donation of €100.000. “Many say that we are at war against an invisible enemy and although I have fortunately not experienced any conflict up close, this is the feeling that takes me every time I learn the numbers of this terrible epidemic from TV or social media,” said CEO Tereza Uhrova. “Giving help to those most in need has always been an integral part of our philosophy and in the face of this emergency which is hitting our country so hard, we cannot stand still and watch. We wanted to do what our hearts told us: to give.” Read More

Luxottica to Donate Hundreds of Thousands of Medical Masks

By Staff
Friday, April 3, 2020 8:12 AM Luxottica to donate hundreds of thousands of medical masks, VSP Global expands access to essential medical eyecare to all insured members, Mido moves 50th anniversary celebration to February 2021, Vision Expo announces Virtual Connections program, and Essilor names new CEO in reorganization all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.   

VSP Global Expands Access to Essential Medical Eyecare to All Insured Members

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Friday, April 3, 2020 8:12 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—To meet the needs of its members during the COVID-19 pandemic, VSP Global has expanded access to essential medical eyecare services to include all VSP Vision Care insured members and their covered dependents. The new policy, which VSP Global announced April 1, will provide access to services for 57 million insured VSP members who do not already have this benefit.

Mido Show Moves 50th Anniversay Celebration to Feb. 6-8, 2021

By Staff
Friday, April 3, 2020 8:09 AM MILAN—In an announcement today, the management board of Mido said that they had made the difficult but unavoidable decision to move the 50th edition of the show to Feb. 6-8, 2021. “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Italy and its swift spread to the rest of the world, along with doubts about when the crisis will normalize globally, have forced us to make the painful, but crucial, decision,” said Mido president Giovanni Vitaloni.

Vision Expo Announces Virtual Connections Program to Launch in Mid-April

By Staff
Friday, April 3, 2020 8:06 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo is announcing Virtual Connections, a new program designed to encourage and facilitate conversations and virtual meetings for Vision Expo East 2020 exhibitors and attendees who had registered for the event that was postponed as a result of COVID-19.

Closings Increase in More Parts of U.S., Use of Telehealth Communication Grows

By Staff
Friday, April 3, 2020 8:03 AM NEW YORK—ECPs are reporting more office closures in more parts of the U.S. as the coronavirus pandemic grows in more regions, and their response to the Jobson Optical Research 4th Wave of its ECP Coronavirus Survey, conducted March 28-30, reflects their growing business concerns, especially as it impacts their employees, learning how to navigate state and federal stimulus resources. For those that are focusing on offering urgent and emergent care, they continue to reconfirm the importance of being available to patients by providing remote or mobile telehealth consults.

Essilor Names New CEO in Reorganization to Speed Integration With Luxottica

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Friday, April 3, 2020 8:00 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor (Reuters: ESLX.PA) announced that it has appointed Paul du Saillant as CEO, effective immediately. The move is part of a reorganization aimed at speeding up Essilor's integration with Luxottica “in order to build a more resilient, flexible and agile combined organization,” the company said in a statement. Du Saillant, who has served as deputy CEO of Essilor since 2019 and before that COO, takes over from Laurent Vacherot, who has decided not to lead this new phase in the company’s future and will retire, Essilor said.

Luxottica to Donate Hundreds of Thousands of Medical Masks, Outlines COVID-19 Safety and Relief Efforts

By Staff
Friday, April 3, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Luxottica Group has taken a number of steps, both in North America and Italy, to protect customers, employees, partners and medical workers. In the U.S., Luxottica is donating 8,000 pairs of protective eyewear and 100,000 medical masks to hospitals in New York, California, Atlanta and Cincinnati.

New Mido Dates: Feb. 6-8, 2021

By Staff
Friday, April 3, 2020 12:25 AM Difficult but unavoidable, the decision to move the 50th edition of Mido to 2021 was made by the Management Board of the leading global eyewear trade show.

Prevent Blindness Issues Important Message to Eyecare Patients Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Friday, April 3, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—For everyone’s health and safety, ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other doctors are being urged to see only patients for urgent or emergent problems during the coronavirus pandemic. According to an announcement from Prevent Blindness, this is important for two reasons.