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‘The Year Has Been Sort of Canceled’

By Staff
Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:09 PM

20/20 Europe: Emerging Strong

By Staff
Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:27 PM The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns has been far-reaching and continues to affect people’s daily lives and alter how businesses operate. Joining a company appointment on Zoom, 2020 Europe asked Maui Jim’s international management team about the changes and protocols in place as they returned to daily international business and plan for the future amidst new and unchartered economic scenarios and times of change. The interview took place at the end of May 2020. Read More

ReopenEyecare.com Tools Help Optical Owner Reimagine Her Business

By Mary Kane
Thursday, August 13, 2020 1:36 PM SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa—Like a lot of other optical owners, Johnna Dukes, board certified optician and owner of Optique in Spirit Lake, Iowa found herself in a precarious position during the early onset of the pandemic in mid-March. “My office was only open for emergency patients, contact lens curbside delivery, and emergency eyeglass repair."

Retail Chains Abandon Manhattan: ‘It’s Unsustainable

By Staff
Thursday, August 13, 2020 9:26 AM There’s no reason to do business in New York. I can do the same volume in Florida in the same square feet as I would have in New York, with my expenses being much less. The idea was that branding and locations were important, but the expense of being in this city has overtaken the marketing group that says you have to be there.

Academy 2020 Moves Online to Create an Innovative Virtual Meeting Experience

By Staff
Thursday, August 13, 2020 12:30 AM ORLANDO—As a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the American Academy of Optometry’s (AAO) “continued focus on the health and well-being of its constituents,” the organization on Wednesday announced that Academy 2020 Nashville will be held entirely as a virtual meeting renamed Academy 2020 At Home. Academy Nashville becomes the latest of several industry meetings—including Expo West and Optometry’s Meeting—that have either canceled the 2020 session or moved to a virtual format, as VMAIL reported here and here.

Contact Tracing Not A 'Witch Hunt' Gov. Murphy Says

By Staff
Thursday, August 13, 2020 12:00 AM Let's be perfectly clear: contact tracing is about public health. Period. No one is out on a witch hunt. No one is asking questions that have any focus other than trying to stop the spread of this virus.

A Third of Americans Unwilling to Get Covid-19 Vaccine

By Staff
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:33 PM The U.S. has passed yet another grim milestone in its battle to contain Covid-19 with the number of cases now above the five million mark. While some countries, such as New Zealand, have successfully suppressed the pandemic, a vaccine now appears to be the only hope for much of humanity in breaking chains of infection and restoring some semblance of normality. When he was testifying before Congress, Dr. Fauci, America's top expert on infectious diseases, said he was optimistic a vaccine would be ready by early 2021.

Even if that happens, a large swathe of the American population would be unwilling to take it, according to a new Gallup poll. Conducted between July 20 and August 2, it found that more than a third of U.S. adults would be unwilling to take an FDA approved Covid-19 vaccine at no cost. It also recorded a considerable partisan divide in attitudes with 81 percent of Democrats indicating they would be willing to get vaccinated while 53 percent of Republicans said they would be unwilling.

Click here to read the full story from Statista.com.

New News on Masks

By Staff
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 11:53 AM As time passes we learn more and more about how to best protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. We already know wearing masks is essential, but thanks to new research we're getting a better handle on what masks work best—and why neck garters might actually be a worst-case scenario. Head over to Twitter to learn some more. 

Tom Davies Offers Advice on Wearing Eyeglasses With a Mask

By Staff
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:25 AM Many people have been asking me for my solution to eyewear fogging up when wearing a face mask. There are reasons you should avoid water and sprays on some frames. If you have a horn frame, then moisture can critically damage the material. Some soaps and hot water can also damage the coatings on your lenses. But if you follow these two steps, your specs will be fog free.

ECP Revenue, Exam Levels Differ Across 4 U.S. Regions, Per COVID-19 Tracker

By Staff
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Regional differences, in both ECP gross revenues and the number of exams/refractions, showed dips in the Northeast and West Coast regions, business flat in the Midwest and a slight uptick in the South, reflected in the latest Jobson COVID-19 Performance Tracker for the week ending Aug. 9.

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

COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker For the Week Ending 8/9/20

By Staff
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:10 AM NEW YORK—Regional differences, in both ECP gross revenues and the number of exams/refractions, showed dips in the Northeast and West Coast regions, business flat in the Midwest and a slight uptick in the South, reflected in the latest Jobson COVID-19 Performance Tracker for the week ending Aug. 9. However, across the board, the U.S. optical business changed little on a national level over the previous week, even as the country surpassed more than 5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 160,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Nationwide, gross revenue remained flat, while three service/product categories dropped by only 1 index point (exams/refractions, frame units, lens pairs), and contact lenses increased by 3 index points.

Click to view the COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker for the week ending August 9, 2020.