Doctors of Optometry Embrace Myopia Management, AOA Study Says

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—According to an American Optometric Association (AOA) Research & Information Committee (RIC) survey, 69 percent of doctors of optometry report providing myopia management services in their practices and three out of four responding doctors consider myopia to be a disease in need of treatment. Nearly all responding doctors who provide myopia management services (93 percent) are practicing in metropolitan areas and 71 percent of these doctors report working in an independent practice not affiliated with private equity or corporate optometry.

The Vision Council Releases Consumer inSights Q3 2022 Report

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has released the Consumer inSights Q3 2022 Report, which includes a summary of an ongoing consumer survey about vision correction, eye exams, eyeglasses, contact lenses, readers, and plano sunglasses.

Ophthalmologists Stress Cooperation Between Treating Physicians and Referrers for Geographic Atrophy

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:15 AM EXTON, Pa.—Ophthalmologists in the U.S. called for education and increased cooperation between treating physicians and referrers in the treatment of geographic atrophy (GA), according to a survey conducted by Spherix Global Insights.

VM Explores How Optical Companies Align Values With Social Causes in November/December Cover Story

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:13 AM NEW YORK—It likely comes as no surprise that a consumer’s personal values influence how they shop—in fact, a recent Forrester Research study found that almost half of U.S. online adults report that they regularly purchase from companies that align with their personal values.

Long COVID and the Healthcare System

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Monday, December 5, 2022 9:03 AM Long COVID can be a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but getting approved for disability insurance is challenging.

Giving for Good

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Monday, December 5, 2022 1:00 AM NEW YORK—The crescendo of a global pandemic’s impact on health care, geopolitical upheaval, rising racial, diversity and inclusion awareness, climate change and fundamental economic challenges have escalated many things, one of which is a mindset among many that a company, large and global or small and independent, can and needs to more clearly spell out its values, priorities and support on a range of issues and worthy causes.

Prevent Blindness Declares 2nd Annual Geographic Atrophy Awareness Week for Dec. 5-11, 2022 and Range of Resources for Patients and Health Care Professionals

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Monday, December 5, 2022 12:24 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness is announcing the second annual Geographic Atrophy (GA) Awareness Week this week, Dec. 5-11, 2022. GA is an advanced form of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which affects central vision. GA can lead to progressive and permanent vision loss. According to a new study "The Prevalence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in the United States in 2019," published in JAMA Ophthalmology, an estimated 19.83 million Americans were living with AMD in 2019. Of those, 18.34 million Americans had early AMD and 1.49 million had late-stage, vision-threatening forms of AMD—“late-stage AMD” included choroidal neovascularization and geographic atrophy.

Bausch + Lomb’s Biotrue Hydration Plus Multi-Purpose Solution Receives Business Intelligent Group’s 2022 BIG Awards for Business

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Monday, December 5, 2022 12:18 AM VAUGHAN, Ontario—Bausch + Lomb Corporation announced its latest contact lens solution, Biotrue Hydration Plus, has received Business Intelligence Group's (BIG) 2022 BIG Awards for Business Product of the Year award.

Researchers Find Symptoms of Stress-Induced Retinal Aging and Natural Aging Are Similar

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Monday, December 5, 2022 12:15 AM IRVINE, Calif.—New research from the University of California, Irvine, suggests aging is an important component of retinal ganglion cell death in glaucoma, and that novel pathways can be targeted when designing new treatments for glaucoma patients.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Nov. 21–27, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Friday, December 2, 2022 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Due to the Thanksgiving long weekend, the national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased significantly last week, Nov. 21–27,  when compared with the previous week at a rate of -42 index points. Despite the decrease, that places gross revenue at a level 4 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 48) when compared with last year, 2 points above the same period in 2020, and 5 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker.

My Eyelab and Stanton Optical Open Three New Stores

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Friday, December 2, 2022 12:21 AM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—My Eyelab and Stanton Optical, retail brands of Now Optics, opened three stores in three states during the months of October and November.

Harrow and iOR Partners Expand National Product Supply Agreement

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Friday, December 2, 2022 12:18 AM NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Harrow, an eyecare pharmaceutical company exclusively focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative ophthalmic prescription therapies, and iOR Partners, a pioneer in office-based surgery in the field of ophthalmology, jointly announced the expansion of their national product supply agreement to provide Harrow’s entire formulary compounded ophthalmic products to iOR Partners’ expanding office-based surgery locations across the U.S. “We are thrilled to be working alongside iOR Partners as they mobilize an increasing number of cataract surgeons to perform surgery in an office-based environment, offering more personalized care in a patient-friendly setting,” said Mark L. Baum, chairman and CEO of Harrow.

Optometry Giving Sight Encourages Donations to ‘Light Up Their Eyes This Holiday Season’

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Friday, December 2, 2022 12:15 AM GOLDEN, COLO.—To raise awareness of its global impact and encourage fundraising through the end of the year, Optometry Giving Sight (OGS) has kicked off its “Light Up Their Eyes This Holiday Season” campaign. The appeal features stories of how the organization—through the generosity of individual and corporate donors—has provided the gift of sight to people around the world.

Telehealth Earns its Spot in Health Care Delivery

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Thursday, December 1, 2022 11:16 AM Telehealth usage stabilizing around 10 percent indicates that providers have found real value in the modality and are actively choosing to utilize it more than before the pandemic.