Wednesday, March 24, 2021 6:27 PM
We’re dealing with a global pandemic that has disrupted almost every aspect of our daily lives, and if 2020 taught us anything, it was that the only thing that remained constant was change. Congress recently passed another giant piece of legislation, the American Rescue Plan Act, to aid our country as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are key sections of the legislation that optometric practice owners should understand and plan for in 2021. Read More
Monday, March 22, 2021 3:00 PM
We’ve all seen those notifications and displays on our phones tallying up our average screen time for the week. I don’t know about you, but I find it a bit jarring some weeks to see how much time I am spending on my phone. And I’m sure I’m not alone. Ever since we went into lockdown last March, we’ve all been spending way too much time not just on phones, but on electronic devices in general—including laptops, ipads and TVs. And once you add in children learning remotely on screens, you have a recipe for digital overload throughout the entire family. Here are some eye opening statistics about the rise of Digital Eye Strain (DES) and some advice from several eye doctors on how to combat the problem. Read More
Friday, March 12, 2021 12:15 AM
WASHINGTON D.C.—The FTC’s Contact Lens Rule amendments will become effective on April 1, 2021 and the American Optometric Association
is reminding doctors that they must ensure their adherence to FCLCA requirements to provide patients with a copy of their contact lens prescription upon completion of a contact lens fitting.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 5:50 PM
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a major shift from the physical to the virtual world as we spend more time in front of screens for work, shopping and keeping in touch. This has led to a rise in complaints of digital eye strain from patients caused by prolonged exposure to blue light. According to a July 2020 survey by global market research company Ipsos, a quarter of the respondents reported an increase in digital device usage during the pandemic, with the highest reported levels among those under 35 years of age. Children are also dealing with higher levels of digital eye strain and suffering long-term effects from increased exposure to digital devices. Research shows that low blue light levels may increase the chances of children developing myopia and nearsightedness. Read More
Monday, March 8, 2021 12:21 AM
NEW YORK—The American Optometric Association
(AOA) will host an Emergency Children's Vision Summit, a virtual event, on March 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET, with the goal of raising the alarm about children's eye health.
Friday, March 5, 2021 3:50 PM
The first thing an OD can do is get the vaccine yourself. As I know from my experiences working in the refractive surgery world, you need to walk the walk. I got the Pfizer vaccinations; I had minimal reactivity from the first dose, and the second dose reactivity lasted 24 hours. The faculty at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health recently stated, “Based on the performance of similar vaccines, the fact that asymptomatic people may be less likely to transmit the coronavirus, and a quickly-growing body of direct evidence from trials and campaigns, we are confident vaccination against COVID-19 reduces the chances of transmitting the virus.” Join the movement in getting the vaccine and show that we are health care workers standing with Dr. Fauci and science. Read More
Friday, March 5, 2021 8:15 AM
NEW YORK—CO— by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce continues to add to its series, “Roadmap for Rebuilding,” webinars which can be viewed live or on demand and are geared to the challenges being faced by small business owners. The next event will be held March 25 at 12:00 pm. ET. Called “Roadmap for Rebuilding: Managing Your Team,” the event was pulled together with event partner, ADP. The discussion will give business owners strategies and insights to effectively build a cohesive and productive team, even in this new normal of remote work.
Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:15 AM
is open for SECO 2021, SECO's annual conference and marketplace, providing the optometric profession outstanding educational opportunities. This live, in-person event will take place April 28 to May 2 at the Georgia World Congress Center, with a Meet Safe
plan to ensure safety measures for all attendees. In addition to live and in-person, there is an option to participate virtually. “SECO 2021 is looking forward to welcoming our attendees and exhibitors back to Atlanta,” said Max Raynor, president of SECO International.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:11 PM
Many patients with sight-threatening conditions such as AMD and glaucoma lost vision during the COVID-19 pandemic due to missed eye care appointments. In this new era, digital technology is likely to play a major role in patient care. A recent study analyzed the ways COVID-19-related pressures have affected digital technology acceptance in ophthalmology and found that there may be a new precedent for digital innovations in health care. The literature review spanned the use of digital technology during COVID-19 and, in particular, the transformation of medicine, ophthalmology and AMD screening through digitalization. Read More
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 11:26 AM
What does it really mean when reports say that the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has an efficacy of 72 percent
? It's actually not as straightforward as it might sound, and can be a little tricky to calculate, but the bottom line is that all three vaccines authorized in the U.S. greatly reduce the risk of getting COVID-19. Head over to The New York Times
for a deeper dive into how efficacy percentages are calculated and what they mean.