Luxottica to Donate Hundreds of Thousands of Medical Masks, Outlines COVID-19 Safety and Relief Efforts

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Friday, April 3, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Luxottica Group has taken a number of steps, both in North America and Italy, to protect customers, employees, partners and medical workers. In the U.S., Luxottica is donating 8,000 pairs of protective eyewear and 100,000 medical masks to hospitals in New York, California, Atlanta and Cincinnati.

Prevent Blindness Issues Important Message to Eyecare Patients Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Friday, April 3, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—For everyone’s health and safety, ophthalmologists, optometrists, and other doctors are being urged to see only patients for urgent or emergent problems during the coronavirus pandemic. According to an announcement from Prevent Blindness, this is important for two reasons.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: Blenders Eyewear, ClearVision, Moscot, National Vision Holdings, OptiSource, Rochester Optical Manufacturing, Smith, TSO, VHT

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Friday, April 3, 2020 12:21 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus pandemic. California lifestyle brand Blenders Eyewear has repurposed a portion of its manufacturing to make safety goggles for health workers in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Vision Council's Greg Chavez to Leave the Organization, Will Move to Dental Group

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Friday, April 3, 2020 12:15 AM ALEXANDRA, Va.—Greg Chavez, The Vision Council’s executive vice president of operations and membership, is moving on from the organization to assume a new position as CEO of The Dental Trade Alliance (DTA). Chavez has been with The Vision Council for 17 years.

New Mido Dates, Feb. 6-8, 2021, Will Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the International Eyewear Show

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:15 AM MILAN—In an announcement today, the management board of Mido said that they had made the difficult but unavoidable decision to move the 50th edition of the show to Feb. 6-8, 2021. “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Italy and its swift spread to the rest of the world, along with doubts about when the crisis will normalize globally, have forced us to make the painful, but crucial, decision,” said Mido president Giovanni Vitaloni.

In Response to Pandemic, VSP Global Expands Access to Essential Medical Eyecare to All Insured Members

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—To meet the needs of its members during the COVID-19 pandemic, VSP Global has expanded access to essential medical eyecare services to include all VSP Vision Care insured members and their covered dependents. The new policy, which VSP Global announced April 1, will provide access to services for 57 million insured VSP members who do not already have this benefit.

MyEyeDr. Extends Closings, Compensates and Maintains All Doctors, Furloughs Some Associates, Implements Other Cost Cuts

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:24 AM VIENNA, Va.—As part of its ongoing community response to prevent the spread of COVID-19, MyEyeDr., (MED) which operates approximately 600 offices around the U.S. has extended the temporary closure of its offices, furloughed some associates and staff and implemented other cost-cutting measures due to the crisis.

The Vision Council’s Ongoing COVID-19 Provider Study Finds All Areas of Practice Operations Negatively Impacted

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has released results from the third round of its ongoing COVID-19 Eyecare Provider Study, and the most recent responses indicate several negative effects across all areas of practice operations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The ongoing research project is designed to gain a broad understanding of how the market is reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Second Sight to Slash Staff and Wind Down Operations as Pandemic Impacts Financing

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:18 AM LOS ANGELES—Visual prosthesis maker Second Sight Medical Products (NASDAQ: EYES) has laid off approximately 84 of its 108 employees, effective March 31, 2020.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: Allergan, Blue Sky Vision, The McGee Group, Shamir, WestGroupe USA

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Allergan announced several new program enhancements designed to assist ECPs and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Lowering copay savings card offerings for Restasis, Restasis Multidose, Lumigan, Combigan, and Alphagan P

Vision Expo Announces Virtual Connections Program to Launch in Mid-April

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo is announcing Virtual Connections, a new program designed to encourage and facilitate conversations and virtual meetings for Vision Expo East 2020 exhibitors and attendees who had registered for the event that was postponed as a result of COVID-19.

UPDATED: AOA Petitions NAVCP for Temporary Relief During COVID-19 Emergency, NAVCP Responds on Behalf of Member Vision Plans

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—With federal guidance advising only essential procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Optometric Association (AOA) said it had petitioned the National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) for practical, temporary relief throughout the national coronavrus emergency.

Elaine Gold Launch Pad and the Accessories Council Give $250,000 to A Common Thread for COVID-19 Assistance

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The Elaine Gold Launch Pad program, created in a partnership of the Accessories Council and the Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA), is making a $250,000 donation to A Common Thread, the new CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund initiative that supports those in fashion impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tom Coburn, U.S. Senator and Optical Industry Veteran, Dies at 72

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Tom Coburn, an optical industry veteran who later gained prominence as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, died at his home here on March 28.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: Allergan, MEI, Brooks Brothers

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) said its Allergan Foundation has awarded approximately $13 million in charitable grants in 2020 as part of its commitment to providing a lasting and positive impact in the communities in which Allergan employees live and work.