VisionCare Names Thomas Ruggia as CEO

By Staff
Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:21 AM SARATOGA, Calif.—VisionCare, a developer of advanced visual prosthetic devices for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), announced that Thomas Ruggia has been appointed as the company’s new chief executive officer, effective July 6, 2020. Wolfgang Tolle, who most recently served as CEO and executive chairman of the board, has left VisionCare to focus on new opportunities. Before joining VisionCare, Ruggia spent five years at Johnson & Johnson, working at Johnson & Johnson Vision and The Janssen Pharma Co, respectively.

EnChroma Appoints Mark Mattison-Shupnick COO

By Staff
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:21 AM BERKELEY, Calif—EnChroma, based here, has appointed vision industry veteran Mark Mattison-Shupnick as chief operating officer. Mattison-Shupnick, who previously served as EnChroma’s vice president of business development, will lead functions related to corporate operations, supply chain, technology, research and human resources. “Mark is a fantastic, proven team leader and a domain expert in the field of lens manufacturing, which makes him the perfect fit for this role,” said Andrew Schmeder, CEO and co-founder of EnChroma, which develops and markets lens technology and eyewear for color blindness and other color vision solutions.

In Anticipation of July 4th Celebrations, Prevent Blindness Warns About the Impact of Fireworks on Eye Health

By Staff
Monday, June 29, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The 4th of July is right around the corner and as an influx of people have been setting off fireworks, Prevent Blindnessis warning people about the impact of fireworks on healthy eyesight.

FTC Announces Final Amendments to Controversial Contact Lens Rule

By Staff
Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:30 AM SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Federal Trade Commission voted 5-0 yesterday to approve a Final Rule amending the agency’s Contact Lens Rule, which facilitates shopping for contact lenses by requiring prescribers to automatically provide a copy of a patient’s prescription to the patient and to verify or provide prescriptions to third-party sellers. The Final Rule, known as 16 CFR Part 315, requires prescribers to request that their patients confirm that they have received their prescription, and allows flexibility in the way the prescription and confirmation are provided, the FTC said in a statement.

NYSSO to Host ABO Basic Exam Review Course July 26

By Staff
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:21 AM JAMAICA, N.Y.—New York optician apprentices and students can enhance their knowledge of the field and improve their preparation for the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) written exam with the ABO review course, Sunday, July 26, at the JFK Airport Crowne Plaza Hotel in Jamaica, N.Y. 

Special Report on Telemedicine: The Time for Optometry is Now

By Staff
Monday, June 22, 2020 12:41 AM Optometrists had already begun exploring telemedicine when a pandemic and stay-at-home orders resulted in an explosion in its use. Download this Special Report from Review of Optometric Business to find out what platforms and technologies are available to start telemedicine in your optometry practice now and keep it going not just to meet safe distancing guidelines but also to improve patient service while adding a new revenue stream going forward.

Making the Leap into Telehealth

By Andrew Karp and Mark Tosh
Monday, June 22, 2020 12:40 AM Many optometrists began using ocular telehealth this spring, when the spread of COVID-19 and subsequent shutdowns of optometric practices and optical retail stores cut them off from seeing patients in person. We spoke with several optometrists who are new to telehealth about what their experience has been like. They report that remote consultations via a mobile app have proved to be an effective means of providing at least a basic level of care.

ECP Groups Support Members’ Access to Telehealth Solutions

By Andrew Karp and Mark Tosh
Monday, June 22, 2020 12:39 AM NEW YORK—With interest in telehealth on the rise across eyecare, several ECP alliances and buying groups have taken steps to help their independent OD members gain access to telehealth technologies and/or training resources. Among the groups providing such services to members are Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA), Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA), ABB Optical Group and the California Optometric Association (COA), among others.

Retailers Find Telehealth Options Improve the Patient Experience

By Andrew Karp and Mark Tosh
Monday, June 22, 2020 12:38 AM NEW YORK—With the spread of COVID-19, just about every aspect of life has been affected for U.S. consumers and patients, and health care ranks high among the part of life under transformation. One significant change is that today both patients and providers are asking themselves what “services” need to be in the office and what services can absolutely be done outside the office via video conference or other means of interacting with the patient.

Mapping Ocular Telehealth’s Multifaceted Ecosystem

By Staff
Monday, June 22, 2020 12:37 AM Navigating the ocular telehealth-scape can be confusing. An increasing number of companies offering a growing array of services are courting consumers or eyecare professionals, and in some cases, both. To help sort it out, we’ve turned to Brian Chou, OD, FAAO, owner of ReVision Optometry in San Diego, Calif. and a longtime observer of the ocular telehealth field.

Adjusting to the New Normal: How Ocular Telehealth Can Help

By Andrew Karp and Mark Tosh
Monday, June 22, 2020 12:36 AM As eyecare practices and optical retail stores across the country cautiously reopen and in-person appointments slowly resume, ECPs and their staffs are adjusting to new routines. Among the challenges they face are implementing procedures for social distancing, maintaining sanitary conditions and creating a more efficient workflow that accommodates the changing needs of both doctors and patients. We spoke with executives at some of the leading telehealth companies to find out how their systems and products can help practitioners and patients navigate the new normal.

Payers See Longer-Term Role for Telehealth in Eyecare

By Andrew Karp and Mark Tosh
Monday, June 22, 2020 12:35 AM NEW YORK—Managed vision care plans, across the board, are reporting greater interest and demand for telehealth options from both patients and providers. As ODs began using ocular telehealth more frequently in March as COVID-19 spread, there were also mounting questions and concerns among ECPs about how these new telehealth technologies would fit in with the policies of managed vision plans.

Coming Soon: NAVCP’s Telehealth Statement

By Staff
Monday, June 22, 2020 12:34 AM TUCKER, Ga.—As interest in telehealth and telemedicine has soared across the eyecare landscape, the National Association of Vision Care Plans has taken note and moved to address what has become an important issue for eyecare professionals.

Direct-To-Consumers: DIY Eye Tests

By Andrew Karp and Mark Tosh
Monday, June 22, 2020 12:33 AM The boom in online retail sales and other direct to consumer services that began in mid-March has been one of many business success stories to result from COVID-19, and online vision testing is no exception. D2C vision care companies, including those offering online vision testing and personal vision tracking devices report that they have been doing brisk business lately, although actual sales figures can’t be confirmed. But even before COVID-19, D2C vision care companies say business was thriving.

Envisioning the Future of Ocular Telehealth

By Andrew Karp and Mark Tosh
Monday, June 22, 2020 12:32 AM Now that ocular telehealth’s long-term viability has been established, the question becomes: how can it continue to elevate the patient experience? The wide range of responses from optometrists and ocular telehealth executives points to a future in which virtual vision will integrate with conventional eyecare to satisfy patient needs and create new opportunities for practice and business growth.