Drawing on Deep Resources, Vision Source Helps Its Doctors Cope With Crisis

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 7:00 AM 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.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: ICU Eyewear, Contour Optik, Walman Optical

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:55 AM 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 Levels 1, 2, and 3 face masks, and goggles, face shields, gloves and other protective equipment in mass quantities.

Drawing on Deep Resources, Vision Source Helps Its Doctors Cope With Crisis

By Staff
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:30 AM 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.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: ICU Eyewear, Contour Optik, Walman Optical

By Staff
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:21 AM 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 Levels 1, 2, and 3 face masks, and goggles, face shields, gloves and other protective equipment in mass quantities.

SUNY Optometry's University Eye Center Launches Telehealth Platform in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak in New York City

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:15 AM 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.

Responding to COVID-19, National Vision and Warby Parker Extend Store Closures, National Vision Moves to Trim Expenses

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Monday, March 30, 2020 12:33 AM 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 also will take other steps to reduce operating expenses.

EssilorLuxottica Withdraws 2020 Outlook and Stops Share Buyback Program, Citing Pandemic

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Monday, March 30, 2020 12:30 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica said that in light of the pandemic, the company's outlook for 2020 is no longer valid.

More Industry Execs Offer Advice to ECPs Coping With COVID-19 in Part 2 Power Hour Podcast

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Monday, March 30, 2020 12:27 AM 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 Power Practice and host of The Power Hour.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: New York Eye, SynergEyes, Zeiss Meditec

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Monday, March 30, 2020 12:21 AM 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.

As $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill to Support Businesses Is Signed by the President, The Vision Council Outlines Details of the Bill's New Programs

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Monday, March 30, 2020 12:18 AM 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 Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act” or “Phase 3”) will provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses. The text of the legislation can be found here

AOA Announces Expansion of COVID-19 Response on Behalf of the Optometry Profession

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Friday, March 27, 2020 12:24 AM 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.

Top Industry Executives Take to 'The Power Hour' to Discuss Industry Response to COVID-19

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Friday, March 27, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—In the first of two special online sessions hosted by “The Power Hour,”optical industry executives provided their recommendations on how to manage through these difficult times and how to plan for a recovery from the economic difficulties tied to the coronavirus outbreak.

Insights for Eyes Analyzes COVID-19 Impact on National Spectacle Lens Sales

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Friday, March 27, 2020 12:18 AM CINCINNATI, Ohio—Insights for Eyes (I4E), a new independent data analytics company, based here, has established a weekly index to track spectacle lens sales in the U.S.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: ClearVision Optical, Hilco Vision, Neurolens

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Friday, March 27, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus pandemic. ClearVision Optical's customer service team, based in New York, is working remotely, but remains fully operational. The team will continue to process orders and assist customers by phone (1-800-645-3733) or via email (cservice@cvoptical.com).

U.S. ECPs' Business Concerns and Stress Levels Grow, as Coronavirus Pandemic Impact Widens

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Thursday, March 26, 2020 6:30 AM NEW YORK—As the number of COVID-19 cases grow and more parts of the U.S. put "shelter-in-place" requests and mandates into place due to the coronavirus pandemic, the impact is growing more pronounced in the provider sector of business. Accompanied by many practice and retail location closings, the escalation of business concerns—and accompanying stress levels—are evident among the responses of eyecare professionals taking part in the third wave of the ECP Coronavirus Impact Study, conducted by Jobson Optical Research.