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Reopenings Increase Eyewear-Related Purchases, ECP Coronavirus Study Shows

By Staff
Friday, May 29, 2020 12:30 AM Reopenings increase eyewear-related purchases, reopenings increase overall gross revenue, Versant Health announces inaugural Optometric Advisory Council, Prevent Blindness declares June Cataract Awareness Month, and Warby Parker starts gradual reopening of its stores all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Reopenings Increase Overall Gross Revenue, per Jobson COVID-19 Tracker

By Staff
Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The optical business again experienced steady growth in all product/service categories, marking six weeks of increases. On a national level, the growth was again substantial, measuring at a rate of index points in the double digits. Business increases ranged from 10 index points for contact lenses to 12 index points for gross revenue. The three other categories being tracked (exams/refractions, frame units, lens pairs) grew at a rate of 11 index points each.

COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker For the Week Ending 5/24/20

By Staff
Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:10 AM Business Continues Upward 

The optical business again experienced steady growth in all product/service categories, marking six weeks of increases. On a national level, the growth was again substantial, measuring at a rate of index points in the double digits. Business increases ranged from 10 index points for contact lenses to 12 index points for gross revenue. The three other categories being tracked (exams/refractions, frame units, lens pairs) grew at a rate of 11 index points each.

Click to view the COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker for the week ending May 24, 2020.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: ClearVision, Shamir

By Staff
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. ClearVision will begin sending out #EyecareStrong silicone bracelets to customers and friends within the industry.

Warby Parker Starts Gradual Reopening of Its Stores

By Staff
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Warby Parker, one of the first retailers in the country and in the optical market to close down its stores on March 14, as reported by VMAIL, due to the advent of COVID-19, has started to slowly reopen its brick-and-mortar locations.

New Paper in Clinical and Experimental Optometry Summarizes SARS-CoV-2 Interaction With the Ocular Surface

By Staff
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:21 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—An extensive literature review, “The ocular surface, coronaviruses and COVID-19,” has been published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Optometry. The review considers a number of questions regarding SARS-CoV-2 transmission and the ocular surface.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: Fassamano

By Staff
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. Fassamano has introduced face mask compatible reading glasses. The glasses are made without temples and are worn around the neck to create more space between the face and the lens. This added space and the ability to remove the reading glasses when they are not being used means the lenses are less likely to fog up when worn with a face mask. Fassamano said the reading glasses are ideal for pharmacists in particular.

Solving Everyday Problems—What Are Your Solutions?

By Mary Kane
Friday, May 22, 2020 12:56 PM NEW YORK—If nothing else, living through this pandemic has forced all of us to learn how to adapt. Many of us have shifted our habits to bend to the constrictions imposed by COVID-19. But isn’t it amazing how resourceful we’ve become. I guess necessity really is the mother of invention. That’s why we have come up with a new department called Problem:Solved—we want to hear how you are overcoming obstacles and challenges in your business.

Latest Vision Council Research Webinar Explores Evolving Consumer Behavior and Industry Response During COVID-19

By Staff
Friday, May 22, 2020 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—More ECP practices are open as states and local governments are loosening stay-at-home restrictions, acute consumer concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic are lessening in some parts of the country.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: ABB Optical Group, CooperVision, Luxottica

By Staff
Friday, May 22, 2020 12:18 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. As part of ABB Optical Group’s (ABB) continued efforts to assist eyecare professionals (ECPs) as they recover lost business, the company has introduced the ABB Revitalize initiative with services, special offers and other resources to help support ECPs nationwide.

EyeCare Partners Reinstates All Services Along With New Health and Safety Guidelines for Staff and Patients

By Staff
Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:30 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners has resumed all services throughout its network of optometry and ophthalmology practices across the country to offer patients a safe way to receive preventive and routine vision care, according to an announcement this week.

Survey Examines Nationwide Impact and Response of Optometry Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Staff
Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:24 AM ST. LOUIS—At considerable sacrifice, doctors of optometry continued to deliver emergency and urgent care during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, according to a new survey by the American Optometric Association’s Health Policy Institute (HPI).

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: FEA Industries, Quantum Innovations, Zyloware

By Staff
Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. As people adjust to life where face masks are part of everyday attire, anti-fog lenses that are hassle-free are quickly becoming a standard request. Fog-Off from FEA Industries combines both anti-fog and anti-reflective coatings.

Reopen Eyecare Launches Today, New Website Curated by Vision Community Leaders, to Help Eyecare Providers Navigate Reopening Process

By Staff
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:00 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Reopen Eyecare, a new digital website and platform designed to help eyecare providers navigate the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses, launched today.