NAVCP Releases New Policy Statement on Ocular Telemedicine-Vision Plan Covered Services and Provider Guidelines

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:33 AM TUCKER, Ga.—The National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) board of directors has approved and posted a new "Ocular Telemedicine – Vision Plan Covered Services and Provider Guidelines" policy statement. The statement, approved during the group's June 29 virtual meeting, was compiled with extensive member input and consultation with both the NAVCP Provider Council and Retail Council along with outside industry stakeholders and telemedicine community leaders, the organization said. The NAVCP is a nonprofit association serving as a unified voice for the managed vision care industry.

Updated Contact Lens Rule ‘Missed an Opportunity’ to Modernize the Rx Verification Process, J&J Vision Notes

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:30 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—The Federal Trade Commission’s recently updated Contact Lens Rule has not received much in the way of positive reviews from the optical community, and indeed some opponents have vowed to increase their support for proposed legislation that apparently would reverse sections of the FTC’s ruling. Johnson & Johnson Vision is among the latest to comment on the CL rule, which the FTC announced late last month, as VMAIL reported, and to announce its support of the legislation, known as the Contact Lens Prescription Verification Modernization Act, H.R. 3975. 

VisionCare Names Thomas Ruggia as CEO

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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.

National Vision Supports National Optometric Association Community With Student Grants and Donated Equipment

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:18 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers and parent company of America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses, has put its support for the National Optometric Association (NOA) community into action by recognizing three members of the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) with $7,000 in grants. This is the fifth consecutive year that National Vision has awarded grants to NOSA members. In addition to awarding grants, the company also has donated optometric equipment to assist an NOA member whose practice location was severely damaged during local riots.

University of Houston Student Wins First Place at AOSA Optometry Student Bowl

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Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:15 AM DALLAS—Connor Christensen from the University of Houston College of Optometrytook home top honors at the 29th Annual AOSA Optometry Student Bowl, held here June 25. Originally scheduled for Optometry’s Meeting, which was canceled due to COVID-19, the Student Bowl was turned into a virtual event that was broadcast on June 25, 2020 from the Dallas headquarters of Essilor, its longtime sponsor. More than 1500 attendees tuned in to watch the contestants, students from all 25 schools and colleges of optometry, answer optometry-related questions.

Overall ECP Revenues, Eye Exams and Product Sales Experience Declines for Week Ended July 5, Per the Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—For the second week in a row, optical sales experienced declines. These declines were more significant for the week ending July 5 than during the previous week ending June 28, and they affected all regions and all service/product categories. At least two factors likely caused this overall downturn, a national holiday weekend and a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Click here to view the complete Jobson COVID-19 Performance Tracker. 

AEG Vision Notes Numerous Innovations and Enhancements as Practices Reopen, Remains 'Optimistic' About Expansion Strategy

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:24 AM DALLAS—AEG Vision, an owner and operator of more than 150 leading optometry practices, has successfully reopened all locations after temporarily closing during the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thelios and Rimowa Announce Partnership for Rimowa Eyewear

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:21 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Thelios and luxury luggage brand Rimowa have announced an exclusive partnership for the design, production and distribution of Rimowa Eyewear. This is Rimowa's first full eyewear collection. Rimowa Eyewear's first collection will be the Summer 2020 collection.

VM's News Quiz for the Week of June 28: Fireworks Safety, Sleep Patterns and National Sunglasses Day

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:18 AM Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. This week's quiz takes a look at the impact of fireworks on healthy eyesight, changes in our sleep patterns and celebrating National Sunglasses Day. Click here to take the quiz for the week of June 28. VM's News Quiz is published every Saturday as part of VMAIL Weekend.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: CooperVision, Optometry Giving Sight

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. CooperVision is extending the deadline for its Essential Hospital Workers Complimentary Contact Lens program to Aug. 31, 2020.

Michael Hoster Succeeds James Henne as Publisher of Jobson's Review Group

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:33 AM NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—Jobson Medical Information has announced that Michael Hoster, a 13-year veteran of the company, has been named publisher of the Review Group of publications and services. This includes the titles Review of OptometryReview of OphthalmologyReview of Cornea and Contact Lenses and Retina Specialist, as well as a host of affiliated websites, e-newsletters and other digital products.

Following a Solid 2019, The Global Pandemic Creates a 'Grim' Outlook for 2020, Per a New ANFAO Report

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:27 AM MILAN – After what it describes as a “reassuring 2019” business year, based on exports, production and jobs, the advent of the coronavirus pandemic has created a “grim 2020 outlook” for the Italian eyewear industry, per a new report recently issued by ANFAO the Italian eyewear association. Against the backdrop of a challenging 2019 in the global economy, ranging from Brexit-related concerns and trade tensions with China, the Italian eyewear industry recorded a relatively stable year of increases in value and units, according to ANFAO.

Marcolin and Moncler Announce Early Renewal of Licensing Agreement

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:24 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group and Moncler have announced the early renewal of their worldwide exclusive licensing agreement for the design, production and distribution of sunglasses, eyeglasses and ski masks under the branding of Moncler Lunettes.

Canada’s FYidoctors Opens First Clinic in Northwestern Ontario

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:21 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-owned eyecare company, has announced that Cousineau Eye Centre has joined the FYidoctors brand. The addition of the Cousineau Eye Centre marks the first FYidoctors location in Fort Frances, Ontario, and the northwestern Ontario region, according to an announcement Monday. Dr. Thomas Cousineau, who received his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo in 1987, established the Cousineau Eye Centre more than 30 years ago. The clinic offers a complete range of family eyecare services with a major emphasis in ocular health. The Cousineau Eye Centre also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome using a variety of screening and treatment options.

EVF’s Chairman Kevin Rupp Urges Support for Vote for Vision Campaign

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:18 AM DALLAS—Kevin Rupp, chairman of Essilor Vision Foundation’s (EVF) board of directors, is supporting the foundation’s Vote for Vision awareness and fundraising campaign. “We are fortunate to work in an industry where we can improve a person's life by improving their vision,” Rupp said. “Essilor of America understands the importance of giving back. That is why the company supports EVF by donating all of the lenses, lab services and frames so people in need around the country have access to vision care.