Essilor Vision Foundation Partners With FoxFire Systems Group to Simplify Charitable Donations for Patients and Practices

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:18 AM DALLAS—Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) announced that it is partnering with FoxFire Systems Group to facilitate charitable donations to EVF’s See Kids Soar program. EVF is FoxFire’s first charitable partner. FoxFire specializes in ophthalmic-specific electronic health records and practice management software, and is known for industry-leading technology that helps eye doctors see more patients per day. The company stated it is proud to support the See Kids Soar program which raises money to help children across America receive vision care. FoxFire’s technology will make it easier for eye doctors to collect funds by allowing patients to add a donation at checkout.

3 Ways the Pandemic Changed Practice Operations

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Monday, July 13, 2020 3:13 PM

Essilor Offers Anti-Fog Solutions

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Monday, July 13, 2020 9:03 AM

Accelmed Partners Closes Acquisition of TearLab, Which Positions Firm to Build Comprehensive Platform for Dry Eye

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Monday, July 13, 2020 12:30 AM ESCONDIDO, Calif.—TearLab Corp., a leader in diagnostics for dry eye disease (DED), said its acquisition by Accelmed Partners II (AP-II) has closed. The tentative deal between the companies and a $25 million investment by the Accelmed was announced in May, as VMAIL reported.

Etnia Barcelona Accelerates the Future With New Projects

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Monday, July 13, 2020 12:25 AM CEO David Pellicer explains to WMIDO the process put in place by the company to deal with the Covid-19 emergency. The pandemic has pushed Etnia Barcelona to give an extra boost to its programs.

Binovi Secures VIMA Rev Strobe Lenses Through Acquisition and Announces Private Placement

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Monday, July 13, 2020 12:24 AM OAKVILLE, Ontario, Canada—Binovi Technologies Corp. announced it has signed a binding share purchase agreement to acquire a private entity which owns VIMA Rev Strobe Lenses, its related patents, associated intellectual property, and available inventory.

Retail Association Exec Calls for Safety Protocls to Include Wearing Masks

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Friday, July 10, 2020 5:46 PM Despite compliance from the majority of Americans, retailers are alarmed with the instances of hostility and violence frontline employees are experiencing by a vocal minority of customers who are under the misguided impression that wearing a mask is a violation of their civil liberties.

Three Generations of Women ODs

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Friday, July 10, 2020 3:49 PM Not many optometric families can boast three generations of ODs—and even fewer can say that they’re three generations of women ODs—but the Montecalvos can. Brenda Montecalvo, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, FCSO, and her daughter Natalie Montecalvo, OD, MS, had the influence and mentorship of Marilyn Brenne Heinke, OD, FAAO, FCOVD. Dr. Heinke is a 1945 graduate of the Northern Illinois College of Optometry. An accomplished optometrist, lobbyist for physicians and single mother of four after her husband passed away while the young couple was still in their 40s, Dr. Heinke took few breaks.

The Science Behind the Mask

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Friday, July 10, 2020 3:07 PM Know someone who still doesn't quite want to wear a mask while outdoors? Or just curious about how, exactly, it helps keep people safe? Head over to Forbes for a look at the science behind wearing a mask, and what it does to lower the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19.

Updated Forecast Shows E-Commerce Sales Climbing 18 Percent in 2020, But Overall Retail Dropping 10.5 Percent

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Friday, July 10, 2020 9:58 AM NEW YORK—It has been a difficult year for brick-and-mortar retail, of course. But, for e-commerce, the year 2020 has been a record-breaker for many firms. This is borne out in a revised forecast by eMarketer for the U.S. retail sector.

The research firm, in its February retail forecast, projected modest growth of 2.8 percent (to $5.62 trillion in total U.S. retail sales), but then the coronavirus pandemic hit hard, leading to “store closures, stay-at-home orders and declined demand for nonessential goods,” according to eMarketer.

As a result, the firm said it now expects there to be a 10.5 percent decline in U.S. retail sales this year, with a 14.0 percent drop in brick-and-mortar sales.

However, eMarketer said it believes the “news isn't dire for all retail channels. E-commerce is poised to grow 18.0 percent following a 14.9 percent gain in 2019, further evidence of the digital shift.”

Reliance Standard Launches RSL Complete Dental+Vision Benefit Plan

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Friday, July 10, 2020 12:24 AM Reliance Standard launches dental and vision benefit plan, NAVCP issues policy statement on ocular telemedicine, ECP revenues, eye exams and sales decline, Michael Hoster succeeds James Henne as publisher of Jobson's Review Group and VSP Global names Chris Enslin president of Eyefinity all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed. 

CooperVision Emphasizes Free Registration for Focus on Eye Health National Summit Sponsored by Prevent Blindness

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Friday, July 10, 2020 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision is encouraging the optometry, ophthalmology, vision science and public health communities to participate in the 9th annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit, presented by Prevent Blindness on Wednesday, July 15. The summit’s online format and no-cost registration will allow broad attendance, helping advance discussions surrounding some of the most important topics in ocular health, including the rising severity and prevalence of myopia, CooperVision said in an announcement. According to a study published in Clinical Ophthalmology in August 2018, 41.9 percent of U.S. children ages 5-19 are myopic. More information and registration details are available at https://eyesummit.vfairs.com/

Maui Jim Launches ‘Back to Retail’ Webinar

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Friday, July 10, 2020 12:09 AM

A Look at Flying Today

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:45 PM What does it look like to fly in the age of COVID-19? Last month, New York Times contributor Moris Moreno took a flight from Seattle to Boston, and documented the whole thing through photographs. Head over to The Times for a visual look at airports, airplanes and travel during COVID-19. 

Organizers of Vision Expo West 2020 Announce Cancellation of September 2020 Event

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:16 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, have announced today the decision to cancel Vision Expo West 2020, scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada from September 23-26. Over the past several months, Reed Exhibitions’ Vision Expo team and The Vision Council worked together to prepare and plan for the highly anticipated event while closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on members of the optical community, the announcement said.