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5 Reasons to Wear a Mask Even After You’re Vaccinated

By Staff
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 10:15 AM Masks and social distancing will need to continue into the foreseeable future—until we have some level of herd immunity. Masks and distancing are here to stay.

9 Retail Trends to Watch in 2021

By Staff
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 10:15 AM It's an open question whether downtown shopping corridors will recover, considering that working from home could remain an option for many workers even after the pandemic subsides. What's more certain is that yet more malls are destined to falter, even some at the high end … The troubles have ushered in an unprecedented level of cooperation between landlords and their retail tenants, which could provide retailers with flexibility to serve customers in their ideal locations, wherever those may be.

U.S. Retail Sales Post Surprise Monthly Drop to Cap Dismal Year

By Staff
Friday, January 15, 2021 10:15 AM The December retail results were an absolute disaster. Clearly, consumer spending slowed down sharply in November and December as the virus gained ground and forced closures of stores and restaurants in many key states.

20/20 Magazine: Post Pandemic—2021, the Year of Recovery

By Staff
Friday, January 15, 2021 8:00 AM With the New Year upon us, we find ourselves once again facing the challenge of lost business with fearful patients cancelling appointments to avoid close contact, in both medical and retail environments. Lockdown and restrictions loom large. However, with all of the doom and gloom, it is a new and hope filled year. It is now time to stand together so that we can once again enjoy the freedom of movement to conduct business, socialize, attend trade shows and shop. I look forward to interacting with people and the simple pleasures of entertainment, travel and dining. I will never again take for granted the freedom to walk museum galleries, sit in crowded theaters, restaurants, pubs and sports arenas. Read More

Covid Vaccinations Offer CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid a Chance to Showcase How Drugstores Have Changed

By Staff
Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:12 AM [Drugstores], as an industry, have all been trying to figure out ‘What do we need to do to pivot our strategy, so that we don’t become the next Radio Shack?’

Jobs Recovery Goes Into Reverse as Pandemic Takes a New Toll

By Staff
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:12 AM There are a lot of rich people who’ve saved a lot of money and really want to spend it. Is that going to be enough to make up for all the business that has been lost? No, but it’s going to look like a faster recovery.

At Elite Medical Centers, Even Workers Who Don’t Qualify Are Vaccinated

By Staff
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:09 AM Cronyism and connections have no place in the rollout of this vaccine. If we don’t do this right, the consequences could be quite catastrophic, so it’s really critical that people be hypersensitive to the rules of the game.

Our Best With Best Wishes

By Staff
Friday, January 8, 2021 2:54 PM With the December issue of 20/20, I always enjoy looking back at the most popular articles of the year. For example, Tina Lahti of IOT gave us a “Secret Weapon for Emmetropic Presbyopes.” We learned that degressive lenses enable those patients to experience more natural vision with a range of near and mid-range focal distances. Johnna Dukes shared how after having to shutter then reopen her practice during the pandemic, she made some changes to the way she does business. In “Things I’ll Take with Me,” she gave us her strategies for communication, debt assessment, inventory and marketing. Read More

Some Good News From 2020

By Staff
Friday, January 8, 2021 2:27 PM We could all use some good news. Head over to Wired for a list of 20 things in 2020 that made the world a better place. 

Review of Myopia Management: Looking Backward, Looking Forward

By Staff
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 2:50 PM The year 2020 was like no other. While many aspects of myopia, such as clinical trials, were severely affected by COVID-19, publications were mostly unaffected. The global myopia pandemic has gained the scientific community’s attention, and 2020 was a stellar year for myopia publications. Reading the peer-reviewed literature is one way to ensure that you are providing the highest level of care and prescribing the most appropriate evidence-based treatments to children at risk of progressive myopia. Let’s get proactive about myopia management in 2021! Read More

Women In Optometry: All Hands on Deck

By Staff
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 2:00 PM The year “20/20” was supposed to be optometry’s year to educate the public on the importance of eye care. Our message was to be dispersed toward the objective of preventing vision loss and preserving the quality of life of patients. This mission is very important, but our call to duty certainly took a different turn as the COVID-19 global pandemic permeated our existence and took the lives of thousands of the most vulnerable in society. Doctors of optometry across the country immediately took action on the health care frontline by diverting ocular triage from emergency rooms, keeping in touch with critical patient needs through telehealth and supporting respective local communities and businesses in countless ways. We can impact the massive vaccination effort positively, and all hands must be on deck to make this happen. Read More

Corporate Social Responsibility in Optical: VM Takes a Closer Look in December Feature, ‘Making a Difference Matters’

By Staff
Monday, January 4, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The concept of Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR, has been a part of the business landscape for quite some time. But like any good social purpose movement, CSR continues to grow, evolve and, at times, even reinvent itself as current events and societal changes take hold. The term CSR is all about businesses and, in turn, employees, being good “corporate citizens.” Supporting a common social good allows companies to contribute to their community, locally or elsewhere in the world, connect with customers, establish positive employee participation, and ultimately expand awareness of their brand.

Retail Pharmacies Say Americans Will Look to Them for COVID-19 Vaccines

By Staff
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 1:07 PM We have the best chance to reach the public, and the public likes that approach because it is convenient, and they do trust us. We’ve earned that trust.

Doctors’ Funniest Zoom Mishaps From Medscape

By Staff
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 11:36 AM As Zoom meetings have become the norm over the past year, these virtual calls have fueled countless mishaps, laughs and embarrassing moments for practitioners. While the number one mistake may be thinking you are muted when you are not, read on for some other funny video faux pas, which include surprise video bombs from pets and unexpected appearances from family members. This story originally appeared on Medscape’s website.  

20/20 Magazine: Be of Good Cheer

By Staff
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 12:30 AM On a recent phone call, a friend said, “Living with COVID in 2020 was like looking both ways before crossing the street, then getting hit by an airplane.” It suddenly tested our innovation, resiliency, patience, and stamina in ways we never imagined possible just a year ago. But we survived because we found ways to work around and through the difficulties, and we helped each other. Read More