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Travelers Are Choosing Staycations Over Global Traffic

By Staff
Thursday, June 30, 2022 10:00 AM Despite long lines at airports and rising inflation, travelers are ready to hit the road this summer. A report by Deloitte Insights found that 46 percent of Americans are planning to take a trip this year that involves staying in a hotel or other paid lodging. The Summer Travel Survey found that travelers have emerged from two years of travel restrictions ready to get back to their regular vacation plans.

Travelers are also ready to go further for travel than in previous years, with 15 percent of Americans planning on taking international flights. The report found that 54 percent of Americans feel air travel is safe once again. However, ongoing testing and travel restrictions have left many travelers hesitant to make international journeys. 

Demographics are also changing as a new type of post COVID-19 traveler emerges. Today’s travelers have more money, according to the report and are planning to combine work and travel. They are also more willing to take longer vacations than the traditional long weekend or two weeks vacation of past generations.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of June 20-26, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

By Staff
Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, June 20-26, at a rate of 3 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 7 index points above where it was at this point in time, Week 26, when compared with last year, 3 points above Week 26 of 2020, and 9 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories increased last week when compared with the previous week, ranging from 3 index points for gross revenue, exams/refractions and lens pairs to 1 index point for contact lenses.

Expert Answers to Key Questions About COVID Vaccines for Kids

By Staff
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 7:58 AM Some important questions remain after the recent authorizations of two COVID-19 vaccines for infants, toddlers and young children through 5 years of age. If you're a parent or health care provider perplexed by all the nuances, you're not alone.

COVID Subvariants Could Cause ‘Substantial’ Summer Cases

By Staff
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 7:53 AM As the coronavirus continues to evolve, Omicron subvariants such as BA.4 and BA.5 are expected to lead to many COVID-19 cases this summer. Researchers reported last week that the subvariants have mutated for better “immune escape,” or the ability to avoid antibodies from vaccination or previous infection.

New Jobson Quarterly ECPulse Survey Monitors Wide Range of Influences on ECPs' Businesses

By Staff
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—A new ECPulse Survey of eyecare professionals across the country is being started by Jobson Research this month, a new quarterly research series which will monitor a range of factors influencing ECPs' business. The first Q2 2022 ECPulse report, conducted in June 2022, surveyed 403 ECPs. It examines general business trends, practice profitability comparability by month and quarter, a closer look at business trends, such as interest in specialization, the impact of supply chain issues and more.

FDA Panel to Weigh Improved Booster Shots From Moderna, Pfizer

By Staff
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:58 AM A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel was scheduled to vote on Tuesday whether to recommend that updated COVID-19 booster shots be used this fall to protect against Omicron and its highly contagious subvariants.

After COVID-19, Kids Have More Symptoms but Less Anxiety

By Staff
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:53 AM Persistent health problems were only slightly more common in children after COVID-19 than in similarly-aged kids who avoided the virus, researchers from Denmark reported in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. Anxiety levels, however, were higher in children who never had COVID-19, the researchers also found.

Pandemic Increased Burnout Among Academic Medical Faculty

By Staff
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:53 AM Already high levels of physician burnout climbed even higher during the COVID-19 pandemic as academic medical faculty faced increased demands on their time, both at work and at home, according to a new report.

Industry and Global Leaders React to the Passing of Leonardo Del Vecchio, 87

By Staff
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK and MILAN—Salutes and commentary from dignitaries, designers, colleagues, clients and competitors started to come through on Monday around the world on international media and social media as hundreds shared condolences and observations about the passing of Luxottica founder and EssilorLuxottica chairman, Leonardo Del Vecchio, who was 87. The news which broke Monday morning in Europe, was shared in a brief message by the company, as VMAIL reported.

Publix Not Offering COVID Vaccine to Children Under 5

By Staff
Monday, June 27, 2022 7:58 AM Though the federal government recently authorized the COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5, Publix supermarkets will not offer the vaccine to children in that age group.

The Power Practice to Host Live Webinar to Help Optometrists Understand How the Current Economy Will Affect Their Business

By Staff
Monday, June 27, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—"Independent Optometry in the Post-Covid Economy" will be an exclusive live webinar to be hosted by Dr. Bethany Fishbein, CEO of The Power Practice, later this week. The goal of the discussion, to be held Wednesday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m. EST,  is to help optometrists understand how the current economy will affect their businesses and their finances in this post-COVID era and to know what they can be doing now to ensure future success. The Power Practice is a leading optometric consulting company that has been empowering optometry practice owners for over 20 years.

COVID Tests for Blind and Low Vision Americans

By Staff
Friday, June 24, 2022 11:20 AM Last week, the Biden administration announced a series of new at-home COVID tests with more accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired. These tests will be available through covidtests.gov, and require access to a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone and an iOS or Android app. Head over to CNN to learn more. 

Vaccines Prevented Nearly 20 Million COVID Deaths in First Year

By Staff
Friday, June 24, 2022 7:58 AM Vaccinations prevented nearly 20 million deaths from COVID-19 in 185 countries and territories in the first 12 months the shots were available, a mathematical modeling study calculates.

The Retail Industry Is Facing a Potential Wave of Bankruptcies—Here’s Why

By Staff
Thursday, June 23, 2022 7:00 AM Consumers aren’t just buying less stuff, they are shopping less, which means a loss of the impulse-shopping moments that are critical to retail growth.

Money, Not COVID, Is the Biggest Travel Hurdle This Summer

By Staff
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 2:39 PM After two years of COVID-related restrictions and inhibitions, travelers are ready to hit the beaches in masses this summer—that is if they can still afford it. With everyday purchases like food, gas and utilities having become much more expensive over the past few months, many families are forced to reconsider their holiday plans, if not to scrap them altogether, according to a recent feature from Statista.com

According to an international survey conducted by Ipsos for Europ Assistance’s 2022 Holiday Barometer, money is by far the biggest hurdle for potential holiday goers this summer. About 45 percent of Americans who have no summer travel plans this year said that they couldn’t afford it, while 33 percent said they’ll refrain from traveling to save money. Meanwhile just 15 percent of U.S. non-travelers said that COVID-19 was the reason for them staying at home this summer.

The trend is similar across Europe where travel enthusiasm is generally higher this year. Just 29 percent of European respondents have no travel plans for the summer, with 41 percent of them not being able to afford it and 26 percent trying to save money.