KINGWOOD, TEXAS—Vision Source, the nation’s largest network of independent optometrists, is facing an imposing task: keeping its 4,500-plus members—many of whom have shut down their practice or are operating with reduced office hours—informed and prepared to handle the daily trials and uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although Vision Source executives said they are unable […]
CHICAGO—Because women have higher rates of eye diseases and eye conditions than men, Prevent Blindness has designated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. The group provides free information to the public on various eye health topics, including vision issues, possible changes in vision during pregnancy, cosmetic safety and more. Women have a higher prevalence of many of […]
VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus pandemic. ICU Eyewear, in partnership with Contour Optik, has begun producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 test kits. ICU is able to produce and ship N95 face masks, KN95 (Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA for the KN95 is underway), ASTM […]
NEW YORK—The SUNY College of Optometry University Eye Center (UEC) has moved quickly to cope with the coronavirus crisis by connecting their providers with patients via telehealth as of March 30. A smartphone, computer, or any device with a camera is all that is required for a virtual visit with a UEC doctor. “We are responding to […]
NEW YORK—Two leading optical retailers announced late last week that they are extending the time period in which their stores will be closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. National Vision said in a statement that it will extend the temporary closure of its retail locations beyond March 28 as part of its COVID-19 response, and […]
CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica (Reuters: ESLX.PA) announced that in light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the company's outlook for 2020 published on March 6, 2020 is no longer valid. In a statement issued on March 27, EssilorLuxottica noted that in January and February, it delivered solid growth, in line with its full year targets.
NEW YORK—Recognizing the extreme business and personal stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the spirit of providing guidance to ECPs from some of the industry's leading companies, a second roster of senior executives took part in Part 2 of a #Save2020Eyecare Town Hall podcast hosted last Thursday night by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The […]
VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus pandemic. New York Eye has been granted an essential business waiver by the State of New York and is open and operational with a skeleton staff.
NEW YORK—Amid the backdrop of the passing of the $2 trillion stimulus bill to shore up small businesses and provide economic relief to the unemployed, The Vision Council is offering its members details of the new programs. The new legislation will support business and individuals in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus […]
ST. LOUIS—Recognizing the uncertainty facing many doctors of optometry amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Optometric Association (AOA) announced that it is expanding its all-out mobilization on behalf of the profession by launching a multifaceted crisis relief and recovery assistance package.