Coronavirus BRIEFING
Supported by Essilor

ECP Resources

Study Reveals How Coronavirus Travels Indoors

By Staff
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 10:00 AM

Birx Says Midwest Coronavirus Surge is Developing

By Staff
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 9:30 AM

A New Use for Eyewear Retainers

By Staff
Thursday, July 30, 2020 10:36 AM Have a few sets of eyewear retainers hanging around, unused? Fashion devotees have thought up a clever new use for eyeglass chains: face mask chains, of course. Your mask should absolutely remain on your face at all times in public, but if you need to take it off while driving or to take a sip of water, repurposing an eyewear retainer might just be the perfect way to keep the mask on your person at all times. Head over to Fashionista to take a look at how eyewear retainers have become the newest mask fashion trend.

Review of Myopia Management: The Myopia Pandemic

By Staff
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 7:00 AM Riddle me this, what do COVID-19 and myopia have in common? According to The Conversation journal, the prevalence of myopia is increasing nationwide. As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise and fall, studies already show that more time is spent at computers now than before the onset of the coronavirus. As if the time we spend on digital devices was not high enough already, reports are showing most children ages 6 to 12 are spending 50 percent more time in front of a screen daily. Kids are spending more time at a desktop, on their tablets, on their phones or connected to TV monitors playing games. Traffic to kids’ apps and websites has increased by 70 percent in the U.S. Adults are doing much of the same. Parents struggle to limit their child’s time on these activities because they are working from home and do not have time to supervise their child’s screen time or TV and gaming time. Read More

The CO Blueprint: A National Discussion With a Regional Spotlight, Helps Small Businesses Chart a New Path, Rebuild Your Business

By Staff
Friday, July 24, 2020 1:43 PM NEW YORK—CO is the digital information and resource platform for small and local businesses, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In the challenging environment of the coronavirus pandemic, CO has been offering much guidance and help from experts and peers. On Wednesday, July 29 at 2:00 p.m. CO will be offering a virtual event, the fifth in a series of the CO Virtual community for Rebuilding America’s “Blueprint: Growing an Inclusive Team,” an audience-driven discussion that combines expert advice with practical strategies from business owners. Read More 

20/20 Magazine: Coronavirus and Contact Lenses

By Staff
Friday, July 24, 2020 5:30 AM When the CDC recommendations for health care professionals include, “Vigilance and proper hygiene - thorough handwashing, PPE use, disinfecting equipment in the office when in contact with bodily fluids, such as tears, can help prevent infection,” contact lens wear immediately comes to mind. Here is what other experts are saying about COVID-19 and contact lenses. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: Teach Your Patients Well

By Staff
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 5:30 AM It seems that no industry has escaped the far-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the vision industry is certainly no exception. While many countries focused on measures of containment, social distancing, and prevention, practice owners had little choice in whether their business would be closed. At best, during the height of containment measures, practices remained open with greatly reduced hours to address purely urgent cases. Despite these challenging circumstances, eyecare is still critical for a person’s daily living, and eyecare professionals have been resilient and innovative in adopting strategies that allow patient care to continue. Read More

Renowned Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Anthony Fauci Joins WebMD's Dr. John Whyte for an Update on the Pandemic

By Staff
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—WebMD's chief medical officer, Dr. John Whyte recently sat down with Dr. Anthony Fauci, infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for an in-depth conversation about the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic.

New 20/20 and VM Digital Exclusive PPE Resource Guide Is Now Available

By Staff
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—With the continued advance of COVID-19, the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is in high demand among eyecare professionals and their staff. In addition to masks, gloves, shields and other protective gear, supplies of office and dispensary cleaners, sanitizers and antibacterial agents are required every day. A new and exclusive special digital resource from 20/20 and Vision Monday showcases a variety of product offerings to help ECPs, their associates and patients to stay safe. 

What Do We Know About Children and COVID-19?

By Staff
Monday, July 20, 2020 3:00 PM

Virtual Vision Care Grows Up: A VM Conversation With Dr. Jacqueline Evans and Andrew Karp

By Staff
Monday, July 20, 2020 11:00 AM Jacqueline Evans, OD, has skillfully integrated telehealth into her independent optometric practice in Denver. Colo. In a wide-ranging video interview with VM's Andrew Karp, Dr. Evans explains how she utilizes ocular telehealth technology to provide comprehensive eye exams remotely, what types of patients are best suited for telehealth and what the learning curve is like for optometrists who want to add virtual vision care to their practice. To learn more about the different ocular telehealth options available today, and how more optometrists and patients are learning how to take advantage of them, read VM's June cover story, "Virtual Vision Care Grows Up." Read More Introduces New Features to Further Customize the Website User Experience

By Staff
Monday, July 20, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—, the recently launched digital platform designed to help eyecare providers navigate the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses, today introduces several new website capabilities intended to further customize the user experience and maximize the functionality of the website.

Prevent Blindness Holds Successful 9th Annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit

By Staff
Friday, July 17, 2020 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization, held the 9th annual Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit as a virtual event on July 15, 2020. This year’s Summit included a variety of presentations and discussions related to the theme, "An Eye to the Future” with more than 1,000 registered attendees.

'Building an Adaptable Practice' Compiles ODs' Advice in a New E-Book

By Marjorie Axelrad
Thursday, July 16, 2020 3:00 PM NEW YORK—Uprise by VisionWeb continues to offer a range of different resources for ECPs to access to help make their practices more efficient and streamlined. The company has just released a new, free e-book, "Building an Adaptable Practice — How to Reset, Fortify and Grow in Any Environment," certainly a topic that resonates with so many independents right now. The new e-book offers advice and stories from ODs with experience handling abrupt change, practice closures, lease changes and demotivated staff, among others. VisionWeb compiled this useful advice for fortifying your practice with communication plans, interviews, and possible growth opportunities into one resource. Read More