FDA Issues Guidelines for Remote Ophthalmic Testing and Monitoring During COVID-19 Crisis

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:33 AM SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued new, temporary guidelines for remote ophthalmic assessment and monitoring devices during the coronavirus disease crisis. The guidelines, which are voluntary and non-binding, cover diagnostic devices such as visual acuity charts, visual field devices and general-use ophthalmic cameras and tonometers.

With COVID-19 Crisis, AAO and ASCO Establishes Unprecedented Virtual Clinical Training Program to Keep Optometry Students on Graduation Track

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:30 AM ROCKVILLE, Fla.—With COVID-19 leaving students unable to see patients in person, the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) is establishing an unprecedented virtual clinical training program to help the nation’s 1,800 fourth-year prospective Doctors of Optometry accumulate the 350 clinical observation hours they need to graduate.

Marcolin USA Enacts Reduced Workweek, Temporary Furlough for Some Employees

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Marcolin Eyewear corporate and field employees are working from home, including the company’s customer service team. Marcolin USA said its distribution center is fully operative with a reduced staff who are following enhanced health and safety measures. In addition, the company said in a letter to customers, a portion of its employees and sales force is temporarily on furlough. The balance of the workforce is experiencing a reduced workweek, and the sales team will remain on payroll and have access to their health benefits from Marcolin. Marcolin USA said its leadership team will also forgo part of its salaries. These temporary actions are in effect from April 6 to the foreseeable future.

National Vision Provides Update on Additional COVID-19 Related Business Measures

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:25 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, announced additional COVID-19 related business measures on Tuesday. In addition to the previously noted organization-wide initiatives to reduce expenses and capital expenditures, as VMAIL reported here, National Vision on Tuesday said it has temporarily furloughed a significant portion of its associates.

Alcon Issues Updated COVID-19 Response, Withdraws Full Year 2020 Guidance

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:24 AM GENEVA, Switzerland—Alcon (SIX/NYSE: ALC) announced a series of updates yesterday stemming from the impact of COVID-19, among them the withdrawal of its full year 2020 guidance previously disclosed on Feb. 25.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: L’Amy America, The Vision Council

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. L'Amy America's Norwalk, Connecticut-based customer service team is working remotely and remains available to take orders online, via email at support@lamyamerica.com or via phone at 800/USA-LAMY. The company's distribution center is shipping orders twice a week with a skeleton staff while following strict social distancing, protection, and sanitation protocols. In a statement, the company said, "Our priority is the safety and health of our L'Amy family and of our customers and together we will get through this difficult period. We wish everyone and their loved ones in our wonderful industry good health and please, stay safe."

Safilo Group Updates Business Outlook Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:24 AM PADUA, Italy—In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Safilo Group has issued a statement saying that the 2020 outlook provided by the Company on Dec. 10, 2019, in relation to the release of its Group Business Plan for 2020-2024, is no longer valid. Due to the pandemic, Safilo’s net sales are now expected to decline by 11 percent to 13 percent at constant exchange rates compared to the same quarter in 2019.

SUNY Optometry Opens State-of-the-Art Barbara Saltzman Center for Pediatric Eyecare

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK —The State University of New York College of Optometry announced the official opening of the Barbara Saltzman Center for Pediatric Eye Care which resides in the University Eye Center.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: 100%, ClearVision, Hoya Vision Care, Inspecs Group, Sama Optical, Schneider

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus pandemic. 100%, the San Diego-based sports performance company, reported that they sent a shipment of performance protective eyewear to the United FireFighters of Los Angeles City, an organization of the proud men and women that serve as firefighters and emergency medical personnel protecting the City of Los Angeles.

Visionworks to Begin Reopening Locations This Week With Enhanced Safety Protocols to Serve Essential and Emergency Eyecare Needs

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Monday, April 6, 2020 12:27 AM SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Visionworks, a VSP Global company, will begin reopening locations starting today, April 6, to better serve increased needs for essential and emergency eyecare. The company emphasized it will not be doing routine eyecare. Up to 60 percent of Visionworks locations could reopen in the coming weeks, the company announced last Friday, noting that all will reopen with enhanced safety protocols, including personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees. “Our top priority is the health and safety of our associates, doctors, and the patients we serve, and we have taken all necessary measures to ensure their well-being,” said Pete Bridgman, president of Visionworks. “We continue to see rising needs for essential eyecare, and by reopening we can ensure those needs are safely met and optometrists can help reduce the number of patients seeking eyecare from overwhelmed emergency rooms and hospitals during COVID-19.” 

Bausch Health Companies Shifts to ‘Virtual’ Format for its Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on April 28

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Monday, April 6, 2020 12:24 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Bausch Health Companies Inc. announced that due to the health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic the location of the company's 2020 annual meeting of shareholders will be held in a virtual meeting format.

CovalentCareers to Launch Virtual Career Fair This Month

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Monday, April 6, 2020 12:21 AM SAN DIEGO—CovalentCareers, a career development company for new health care professionals, is hosting its inaugural Virtual Career Fair, with free registration.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: ABB Optical Group, Anagram, Zyloware

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Monday, April 6, 2020 12:18 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of ABB Optical Group’s (ABB) continued efforts to assist eyecare professionals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the company has introduced an online Virtual Resource Center with tools, services and initiatives to help support ECPs nationwide.

To Address COVID-19: A Helpful Tool for ECPs to Use in the Pandemic and Beyond

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Friday, April 3, 2020 12:26 PM NEW YORK—If the pandemic has not impacted your practice yet, it’s just a matter of time until it does. One of your goals in a time of decreased revenue collected is to downsize expenses to avoid going negative on your practice cash flow. This specially designed spreadsheet is designed to help you achieve that goal. This article will show you how to use the spreadsheet to guide your practice not only in these difficult times but also as we climb back out of this problem. There are four pieces of background information important for you to know.

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.