Third VM ‘Micro Chat’ Explores Access to Care and Social Determinants of Health

By Andrew Karp
Friday, April 9, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—With millions of Americans facing job losses and other economic hardships resulting from the pandemic, providing access to healthcare for those in need has taken on new urgency. The crisis is prompting healthcare policy makers and researchers to sharpen their focus on the underlying causes that prevent many people from getting the healthcare services they need. In a new video, “Access to Care: The Social Determinants of Health,” VM editorial director Marge Axelrad and lens and technology editor Andrew Karp discuss this timely topic and how it impacts vision care. The video, the third in a series of “Micro Chats on Macro Topics,” can be viewed here.

Sight Growth Partners Expands its Management Services into New Jersey

By Staff
Friday, April 9, 2021 12:21 AM HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—Sight Growth Partners, the administrative services provider for SightMD—a leading multi-specialty ophthalmology platform in New York—said this week that it has expanded into the state of New Jersey as part of a merger involving four leading ophthalmology practices in Ocean County, N.J. The four practices are: Athwal Eye Associates, Lakhani Eye Associates, Shore Eye Associates, and Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates. The terms of the merger transaction were not disclosed. The four practices have merged under the name of SightMD New Jersey, the announcement noted. Sight Growth Partners, which will provide the new group administrative services, will expand its reach to more than 50 locations and more than providers upon the deal’s completion.

A New Report Outlines Current Trends in Telemedicine, Part of an Educational Initiative from Review of Optometric Business

By Staff
Friday, April 9, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Review of Optometric Business has posted a new special report, Telemedicine: Tapping into a Megatrend. The comprehensive 38-page report, a true eResource, guides optometrists through best practices in incorporating and implementing telemedicine in their practices.

The Vision Council's March 2021 Eyecare Provider Insight Survey Reflects Slight Improvements in Exams and Capture Rates Over February

By Staff
Friday, April 9, 2021 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has released the results of the March 2021 Eyecare Provider Insights Survey. The Vision Council fielded the survey to the organization’s panel of more than 1,700 eyecare providers during the last week of March.

Biden Administration Launches $500,000 Contest for Face Mask Innovation

By Staff
Friday, April 9, 2021 12:01 AM With this mask challenge, we want to get people across the country involved in developing new masks that are both effective and comfortable. This will help us control COVID-19 and be better prepared for future public health emergencies.

Men and Women Differ on Masks During, After COVID-19, WebMD Survey Says

By Staff
Thursday, April 8, 2021 8:00 AM More women than men plan to wear a mask due to COVID-19 as long as public health experts like those at the CDC recommend it, according to a survey conducted by WebMD.They survey shows that 73 percent of women will keep wearing masks "while recommended by public health experts," compared with 63 percent of men.

J&J Vision Launches Global Collaboration With Menicon Aimed at Managing Myopia Progression in Children

By Staff
Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:27 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision announced Wednesday a global strategic collaboration with contact lens maker Menicon aimed at creating a portfolio of products and services to manage the progression of myopia in children. "For decades, Johnson & Johnson Vision has invested in research collaborations with academic centers, research institutes and leading global health organizations who share our vision of leading with science to reshape the future of myopia and eye health," said Peter Menziuso, global president, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care.

CooperVision, Optometry Giving Sight, and Special Olympics Partner to Enhance Eyecare for People With Intellectual Disabilities

By Staff
Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:15 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision, Optometry Giving Sight and Special Olympics have come together to support the Special Olympics Lions Clubs International Foundation Opening Eyes program, which aims to strengthen vision care inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The organizations have committed $300,000 through 2023 to provide Special Olympics athletes with high-quality vision and eye health screenings, prescription eyewear and sports goggles, while also providing improved education and training for eyecare professionals (ECPs) and optometry students so they are better able to meet the unique needs of this marginalized group.

Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine Kick Off Nominations for Their Readers' Choices of Business Support from 'Ultimate Partners'

By Staff
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 5:47 PM NEW YORK—The readers of Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are being asked to share their choices for great business support partners in a challenging business year, via the new Ultimate Partners program, with nominations opening today. Readers are being asked to recall the time when they were facing a critical challenge, in 2020 and into this year, and to salute the business partner who showed up at the right moment to reshape that problem into an opportunity or name which supplier (or representative) came to the rescue with valuable new solutions. The Ultimate Partners program offers a chance for ECPs and optical retailers to name and describe an individual or a company that stepped up to help them best meet business challenges in the most trying of times. ECPs and optical retailers can submit nominations starting today for their Ultimate Partners here. Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m., ET, April 23. Read More

Covid-19 Was America's Third Leading Cause of Death in 2020

By Staff
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 4:21 PM The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released provisional mortality data showing that Covid-19 was the third leading cause of death in the U.S. last year, according to Two reports were part of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report which found that there were 3,358,814 deaths in the U.S. in 2020 and that the age-adjusted death rate was 828.7 deaths per 100,000 of the population, a 15.9 percent increase over 2019.

Covid-19 was listed as the underlying cause of 345,323 deaths. That makes it the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer which were associated with 690,882 and 598,932 deaths in 2020, respectively. Further causes of death in the U.S. last year include unintentional injuries (192,176), strokes (159,050) and chronic respiratory diseases (151,637).

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Parents Are Split on Vaccinating Kids, Axios-Ipsos Poll Says

By Staff
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 3:59 PM Just half of U.S. parents plan to get their children vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as they can, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index. High vaccination rates are seen as a key to achieving herd immunity, but many parents don't want their kids to be the first in line once pediatric vaccinations become available.

The Big Picture

As millions of adults get vaccinated and receive new stimulus payments, confidence is rising and pandemic risk perceptions are declining.

• For the first time in a year, the survey showed a net improvement in how people perceive their ability to do their jobs effectively—and a respite from declining ability to afford household goods.

• 37 percent of those surveyed said they felt returning to their normal place of work would be a large or moderate risk—the lowest since Axios began asking the question last May.

• Just 28 percent said they're now working at home or remotely—the lowest share in a year. Education was a major predictor: 43 percent with a bachelor's degree or higher are still working from home, compared to 18 percent with less than a bachelor’s degree.

• 55 percent said it would be very or moderately risky to return to their pre-coronavirus live—the lowest in a year—and 37 percent said airplane or mass transit travel is a large risk, down from 73 percent last April.

• Perceived risks of seeing friends and family outside the home, going to the hairdresser, attending sporting events, retail shopping and taking a vacation also declined.

• Respondents' ability to pay the rent or mortgage continued to improve.

• 63 percent said they've received stimulus money from the government in the last few weeks.

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National Optical Sales Experience Significant Declines for Week of March 29 to April 4, Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Says

By Staff
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Over a holiday weekend during which the U.S. reached a record four million COVID-19 vaccine doses given in 24 hours, according to the CDC, national optical sales experienced significant declines. Over the course of last week (March 29-April 4), optical service/product categories were down on a national basis by -4 index points for frame units and lens pairs and -5 index points for gross revenue, exams/refractions, and contact lenses, according to the latest Jobson Practice Performance Tracker.

Essilor Vision Foundation Announces Jobson's Ferrara and Rosewood Corp's Lynn Fisher to Join its Board

By Staff
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:27 AM DALLAS—Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) has announced that Marc Ferrara, president of the Jobson Optical Group, and Lynn Fisher, director of corporate giving for the Rosewood Corporation, have joined the foundation’s board of directors.

CooperVision Announces Three Recipients of its 2021 Best Practices Student Scholarships

By Staff
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—Following the March announcement of its 2021 Best Practices honorees, CooperVision has revealed the recipients of its second annual Best Practices Scholarship.

Eyenovia Appoints Ophthalmologist Dr. Julia Haller to its Board of Directors

By Staff
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Eyenovia has announced the appointment of renowned ophthalmologist and scientific leader, Julia Haller, MD, to its board of directors. Since 2007, Dr. Haller has served as ophthalmologist-in-chief at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, where she holds the William Tasman, MD Endowed Chair. She also is professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. In addition Dr. Haller has published over 400 scientific articles and book chapters and innovated translational advances against blindness in many areas.