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Overall ECP Revenues, Eye Exams and Product Sales Experience Declines for Week Ended July 5, Per the Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker

By Staff
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—For the second week in a row, optical sales experienced declines. These declines were more significant for the week ending July 5 than during the previous week ending June 28, and they affected all regions and all service/product categories. At least two factors likely caused this overall downturn, a national holiday weekend and a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Click here to view the complete Jobson COVID-19 Performance Tracker. 

AEG Vision Notes Numerous Innovations and Enhancements as Practices Reopen, Remains 'Optimistic' About Expansion Strategy

By Staff
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:24 AM DALLAS—AEG Vision, an owner and operator of more than 150 leading optometry practices, has successfully reopened all locations after temporarily closing during the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: CooperVision, Optometry Giving Sight

By Staff
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. CooperVision is extending the deadline for its Essential Hospital Workers Complimentary Contact Lens program to Aug. 31, 2020.

Heading Back to School

By Staff
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 3:20 PM Life has changed drastically for many of us since March, and college students are no exception. As the summer officially starts, many colleges and universities across the country are beginning to release their plans for the fall. So what will heading back to campus look like this year? That varies. Head over to Forbes for a look. 

About a Fifth of U.S. Adults Moved Due to COVID-19 or Know Someone Who Did

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 2:39 PM Millions of Americans relocated this year because of the COVID-19 outbreak,  moving out of college dorms that abruptly closed, communities they perceive as unsafe or housing they can no longer afford.  Overall, around one-in-five U.S. adults (22 percent) say they either changed their residence due to the pandemic or know someone who did, according to a new Pew Research Center survey

Among those surveyed in early June, 3 percent said they themselves moved permanently or temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic, and 6 percent said someone moved into their household because of it. (Some had more than one of these things happen.) An additional 14 percent of those who did not personally experience relocation say they know someone else who moved.

Experiences with coronavirus-related relocations vary by demographic characteristics. The age group most likely to have had at least one of these things happen to them are the nation’s young adults: Overall, 37 percent of those ages 18 to 29 say they moved, someone moved into their home or they know someone who moved because of the outbreak. By race and ethnicity, 28 percent of Hispanics have had one of these experiences, compared with 20 percent of white adults, 19 percent of Black adults and 24 percent of Asian Americans.

Following a Solid 2019, The Global Pandemic Creates a 'Grim' Outlook for 2020, Per a New ANFAO Report

By Staff
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:27 AM MILAN – After what it describes as a “reassuring 2019” business year, based on exports, production and jobs, the advent of the coronavirus pandemic has created a “grim 2020 outlook” for the Italian eyewear industry, per a new report recently issued by ANFAO the Italian eyewear association. Against the backdrop of a challenging 2019 in the global economy, ranging from Brexit-related concerns and trade tensions with China, the Italian eyewear industry recorded a relatively stable year of increases in value and units, according to ANFAO.

How COVID-19 Has Influenced Eyewear Design

By Staff
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:25 AM Thanks to decades-long technological know-how acquired over the years in technical/sports products, having great affinity with protective devices, Franco Sordelli set up a division dedicated to eye and face protection. The Italian company has been able to apply its innovative vision also to eyewear, rethinking them from a post Covid-19 aspect.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: Santinelli International

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. Santinelli International will be rebroadcasting their recent Zoominar, “In-Office Edging: A Key Strategy in a Post-COVID World.” The simulcast will feature a moderator and company CEO and president Gerard Santinelli live, plus an “after-party” to field questions from the audience. The rebroadcast will take place on Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. ET and will help to answer and provide the guidance on whether in-office finishing is right for a practice. The Zoominar features industry leaders who tackle the concept and questions about in-office finishing and how it can be a key growth strategy for an eyecare practice. The guest speakers are Dr. Paula Koch of Cherry Optometry, Chelsea, Mich.; Dr. Brian Hayes, Saline Optometry, Saline, Mich.; James Lee, ABOC, assistant clinical professor, lab manager, School of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley.

Essilor Offers Anti-Fog Solutions

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:06 AM

#VMBrightSpots—Vision Optique

By Staff
Monday, July 6, 2020 4:38 PM The team at Vision Optique in Houston, Texas, celebrated their first week back at the office, which included treating a patient who was coming in for her third IPL, and a patient finally undergoing a postponed LASIK surgery. 

Hitting Rewind on Today’s Read 2020

By Staff
Monday, July 6, 2020 12:58 PM Well, we are about halfway through 2020 and to say the least, it’s been a helluva year so far. The pandemic, which no one saw coming, has truly rocked our world and the challenges it brings just keep on morphing. If the pandemic has taught us nothing else, at least we now know we can adapt and pivot no matter what comes our way. The editors at VMAIL Weekend hope you are settled in for a nice long holiday weekend. And what better way to kick things off than a look back at some of our more popular Today’s Read features. So before you fire up that grill, pour yourself another cup of Joe and read through some stories you might have missed. In these trying times, we hope you’ll be able to find some hope, faith and inspiration in these stories. Read More

COVID-19: FIA and Essilor Distribute 10,000 Protective Glasses to Hospitals in Need

By Staff
Monday, July 6, 2020 12:25 AM Essilor, through its social impact fund Vision for Life, joined forces and networks with the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) to provide critical equipment to frontline health workers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Do You Know an Eyecare Hero? Nominate Them Today

By Staff
Monday, July 6, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—We could not get through these unprecedented times without our health care workers which is why Jobson is highlighting the work of ECPs for continuing to provide essential eyecare during the Covid-19 pandemic. The #EyecareHeroes initiative enabled participating companies to join with the Jobson Optical Group, including Vision Monday and 20/20, to donate to Project C.U.R.E., a charitable organization that distributes medical supplies, such as PPE, to health care practitioners in the U.S As part of the initiative, Jobson Optical Group, with the support of many industry suppliers, has made a donation to Project C.U.R.E.

Taking To The Skies? Here's What To Know:

By Staff
Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:38 AM As summer fully settles in, so does travel season. This year will look very different from what we're used to, but millions of Americans will likely still take to the skies to travel for work, or to visit family. When it comes to flying, guidelines differ between airlines and airports, but the takeaway remains the same: wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, and wear a mask. Head over to WebMD for a breakdown of the major airlines' guidelines.