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Halloween Safety

By Staff
Friday, October 23, 2020 12:17 PM Understandably, there are lots of questions about Halloween 2020. Whether you have little ones who you're planning to take socially distant Trick-or-Treating or if you're staying home to watch scary movies on the couch in your witch costume, it's important to keep some Halloween safety in mind. Most importantly, remember that a costume mask doesn't suffice as a replacement for a protective face mask. Head over to Mayo Clinic to learn more.

Vote for VM's and 20/20 Magazine's Annual 2020 EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards

By Staff
Friday, October 23, 2020 12:12 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 12th annual EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year. These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 19 distinct categories.

Blue Light Summit Addresses Effects of More Screen Time and HEV Light Exposure

By Staff
Thursday, October 22, 2020 12:21 AM MINNEAPOLIS—EyesafeUnitedHealthcare Vision and TUV Rheinland Group presented the Blue Light Summit 2020 on October 15, bringing together world leaders from consumer electronics and health care for a first of its kind cross-industry event.

Did COVID-19 Create a False Telehealth Market?

By Staff
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:42 PM Of course, there’s one big determining factor in all of this and that’s reimbursement. If telehealth reimbursement doesn’t figure out the payments so that the same service provided through telehealth is reimbursed at the same rate as in-person, then we could see an even bigger falloff of telehealth. If reimbursement is wrong, I could see us falling into the low single-digit office visits. That would be sad to see and would no doubt anger many patients who grew fond of telehealth during COVID.

Elevating the Patient Experience Is the Focus of This Week's VM Summit Session

By Staff
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Today’s Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit virtual session, Stepping Up the Patient Experience, will examine how digital technologies are bringing doctors, patients and consumers into the healthcare process in exciting new ways. An eclectic mix of speakers drawn from the technology, retail and vision care fields will discuss how new tactics and technologies are transforming patient engagement by blending physical experiences with online, virtual ones. This last session of the four-part series of "AFTERSHOCKS: Remaking Healthcare's Future, Vision Beyond 2020," the VM Global Leadership Summit's major theme will be broadcast today from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m EST.

Lots to Learn from Others: At CO's 'The Big Week for Small Business'

By Staff
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 4:09 PM NEW YORK—For readers of VM's The Independent Eye, every day is a day to focus on small, independent eyewear businesses. But at CO, the special resource created for small businesses in all sectors by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, last week was special—it was The Big Week for Small Business, a series of videos, speakers and special programs that was designed to inspire and help small businesses "navigate uncertain times." CO, which always has as its mission a range of services, tips, inspiration and help to encourage local business and independent initiatives, offers a range of webinars, e-news updates and programs designed to help people find the resources they need to start or expand their own initiatives.

The Kids Are Alright

By Staff
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 9:38 AM 14-year-old Anika Chebrolu might just help us cure COVID-19. The teenager recently discovered "a lead molecule that can selectively bind to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus," CNN reports. This discovery could lead to an effective treatment for the virus. Head over to CNN to learn more about Chebrolu's research and what it means for the medical field moving forward. 

The Vision Council Announces Dates for the 2021 Virtual Executive Summit: January 26-28, 2021

By Staff
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council today announced that the 2021 Executive Summit will take place from January 26-28, 2021. Presented under the banner of “An OPTImistic View of the Future,” the 2021 Executive Summit will be conducted in an all-new, virtual format designed to accommodate the needs of attendees from around the globe. “While we would typically be looking forward to gathering in person for this important annual event, The Vision Council is committed to offering the same unparalleled opportunities for meaningful networking and leadership development to the leaders of our community,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. 

What’s Next? Third Summit Session Features Pandemic Leadership Lessons from Healthcare’s Front Lines

By Staff
Monday, October 19, 2020 12:45 AM NEW YORK—Top executives from regional and national healthcare systems joined the third Virtual VM Summit broadcast on October 14 to share how administrators, clinicians and support staff have responded to the global coronavirus pandemic, which has stressed hospital and provider systems in unprecedented ways. Citing resilience, adaptation and teamwork as key ingredients to meet the challenge, these business leaders discussed how they see insurance coverage and patient access to care evolving with these shifts, and how systemic changes in healthcare will provide an opportunity for vision care providers to chart a new direction and play a wider role.

Luxottica and Versace to Tackle COVID-19 Among Employees in Italy

By Staff
Monday, October 19, 2020 12:25 AM Luxottica and Versace announced that Luxottica will share part of its robust COVID-19 prevention, detection and research program in Italy with Versace in the country. A successful element of the program revolves around active surveillance and risk management.

ClearVision Debuts Fabric Masks With Optical Designs

By Staff
Monday, October 19, 2020 12:03 AM

UPDATED: Eyewear ArtWalk Postpones New England Dates and Sets November Dates for Tour in Florida

By Staff
Friday, October 16, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Organizers of the new Eyewear ArtWalk, a series of collective exhibits planned for independent eyewear brands in different parts of the country, have postponed their planned New England dates for this month due to new COVID-19 protocols in the state of Massachusetts. However, they have expanded list of participating companies/collections for the concept and plan additional tours in Florida in November.

Searching for Clues to COVID-19 Immunity

By Staff
Thursday, October 15, 2020 11:52 AM

Small Household Gatherings Driving COVID Increase

By Staff
Thursday, October 15, 2020 11:52 AM