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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.

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.

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.

Eye Designs Group Forms New Division, In Office Sterilization, Via Exclusive Agreements With EMIST and Clean Republic

By Staff
Monday, May 18, 2020 12:27 AM COLLEGEVILLE, Penn.—Eye Designs, LLC, a leader in the manufacturing of custom ophthalmic environments and optical display systems has announced the formation of a new division called In Office Sterilization. The mission of In Office Sterilization is "to deliver the best solutions and products for ECPs."

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: The McGee Group, Wiley X

By Staff
Monday, May 18, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. The McGee Group will begin a phased and safe process to bring its employees back to its corporate offices in Marietta, Georgia on May 18. The company first shifted the majority of its employees to remote work in March and put in place stringent cleaning procedures to ensure customer safety.

Shopko Optical Launches Reopening Plan With Patient and Staff Safety Measures in Place

By Staff
Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:27 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—After temporarily closing its centers to protect patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, Shopko Optical is reopening all of its 80-plus freestanding locations in a phased approach throughout the month of May, according to an announcement this week.

ASCRS to Hold Virtual Annual Meeting May 16-17

By Staff
Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) announced that it will hold its annual meeting virtually on May 16 and 17, 2020.

[Partner Post] Open Strong

By Staff
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 12:00 AM Around the country, governors and local governments are introducing plans to reopen their economies. As independent practices open their doors, doctors are increasingly looking for guidelines and resources to operate safely and stimulate recovery. Here are a few tips to consider as you develop your plans:

VSP Global Makes Workforce Reductions Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

By Staff
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.— VSP Global has reduced some of its workforce throughout the various divisions of the company, VMAIL has learned. The decisions were communicated late last week. The company declined to provide details, but the moves impacted people at the company's VSP Vision Care, VSP Optics, Eyefinity, Marchon and Altair divisions.

New Survey Shows Most ECPs Are Planning to Reopen and Are Booking Appointments in May and June

By Staff
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The number of eyecare practices and stores that are now closed as a result of the pandemic is dropping, according to the latest Coronavirus ECP Survey by Jobson Optical Research. 81.7 percent of respondents said their locality is currently under a stay-at-home order, down from about 90 percent over several previous weeks.

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COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: Essilor Vision Foundation, Eye Designs Group, Shamir

By Staff
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:18 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. Over the last few weeks, Essilor Vision Foundation(EVF) has partnered with Essilor of America to donate nearly 10,000 pieces of protective safety glasses to hospitals and crisis response organizations in Dallas and Ohio.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: Charmant Group, De Rigo REM, Etnia Barcelona, EyeCarePro, Healthy Eyes Advantage, Safilo, Santinelli International

By Staff
Monday, May 4, 2020 12:18 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. Charmant Group is now producing protective face shields that can help reduce the exposure to droplets which may contain COVID-19. The frame is made of injected resin plastic and the shield can easily be removed and replaced with another sterile shield.

Eyemart Express Plans to Reopen 72 Select Stores to Provide Essential Eyecare May 4

By Staff
Friday, May 1, 2020 12:24 AM DALLAS—Eyemart Express, a leading national optical retailer, is announcing today that it will resume operations to serve essential eyecare needs at 72 select stores on May 4.

Second Sight Reduces Overhead, Conserves Liquidity While Assessing Strategic Options

By Staff
Thursday, April 30, 2020 12:27 AM LOS ANGELES—Second Sight Medical Products (NASDAQ: EYES), based here, announced Wednesday that it has taken significant steps to reduce overhead and conserve liquidity as it continues operations while assessing strategic options. These options include securing additional funding and exploring business alternatives that may include partnering, acquiring, investing in or combining with businesses that may or may not be in a related industry, the company said in a statement. VMAIL reported on April 2 that Second Sight had laid off approximately 84 of its 108 employees, effective March 31, 2020.

SECO University Launches Live CE Webinar Series

By Staff
Thursday, April 30, 2020 12:21 AM ATLANTA, Georgia—SECO University, presented by SECO International, has launched SECO Live CE Webinars, which are approved by COPE for live CE. SECO Live has launched with nine for-credit courses, which comes out to 13 hours of CE. In addition, SECO LIVE held two practice management “how-to” sessions on Teleoptometry and setting up an Online E-store, providing relevant content and training for today’s changing profession. COPE has approved live CE online through June 30, 2020.