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

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

By Staff
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.

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.

Sadly, Coronavirus Is Almost Everywhere

By Staff
Thursday, April 2, 2020 1:17 PM According to tracking by the Johns Hopkins University, the total number of people infected with the coronavirus currently stands at just under 963,000. The cumulative number of cases in the U.S. has reached nearly 217,000—making the country the number one coronavirus hot spot. In contrast to China and South Korea which have had a lot of success in reducing their new case counts. Outbreaks in Europe are proving extremely worrying and Italy and Spain have passed 100,000 confirmed cases each. Germany’s outbreak has now reached approximately 81,000 cases.

This chart from Statista.com reflects figures as of April 2, 2020 at 7:40 a.m. EST.

New Mido Dates, Feb. 6-8, 2021, Will Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the International Eyewear Show

By Staff
Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:15 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.

Webinar Series Provides Expert Advice to Practices

By Staff
Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:25 AM Eye Care Business Canada has announced a collaboration with BMO Bank of Montreal and ROI Corporation to bring expert advice to eyecare practices experiencing difficulties created as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and related shut-down orders.

The Vision Council’s Ongoing COVID-19 Provider Study Finds All Areas of Practice Operations Negatively Impacted

By Staff
Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has released results from the third round of its ongoing COVID-19 Eyecare Provider Study, and the most recent responses indicate several negative effects across all areas of practice operations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The ongoing research project is designed to gain a broad understanding of how the market is reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Accenture Survey Examines Consumer ‘Tech-Clash’

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 9:55 AM According to the 2020 Technology Vision Consumer Survey conducted by Accenture, 52 percent of consumers say that technology plays a prominent role or is ingrained into almost all aspects of their day-to-day lives. In fact, 19 percent report that technology is so intertwined with their lives that they view it as an extension of themselves. Accenture found that globally, people spend an average of 6.4 hours online daily. They are post-digital.

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

By Staff
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:27 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.

Komono Launches ‘A Moment With’

By Staff
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:25 AM Komono launches ‘’A Moment With,’’ a digital curation of commissioned work by young artists. Every day a new creative will be showcased and his work presented on all of Komono’s digital channels.