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Third VM ‘Micro Chat’ Explores Access to Care and Social Determinants of Health

By Andrew Karp
Friday, April 9, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—With millions of Americans facing job losses and other economic hardships resulting from the pandemic, providing access to healthcare for those in need has taken on new urgency. The crisis is prompting healthcare policy makers and researchers to sharpen their focus on the underlying causes that prevent many people from getting the healthcare services they need. In a new video, “Access to Care: The Social Determinants of Health,” VM editorial director Marge Axelrad and lens and technology editor Andrew Karp discuss this timely topic and how it impacts vision care. The video, the third in a series of “Micro Chats on Macro Topics,” can be viewed here.

Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine Kick Off Nominations for Their Readers' Choices of Business Support from 'Ultimate Partners'

By Staff
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 5:47 PM NEW YORK—The readers of Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are being asked to share their choices for great business support partners in a challenging business year, via the new Ultimate Partners program, with nominations opening today. Readers are being asked to recall the time when they were facing a critical challenge, in 2020 and into this year, and to salute the business partner who showed up at the right moment to reshape that problem into an opportunity or name which supplier (or representative) came to the rescue with valuable new solutions. The Ultimate Partners program offers a chance for ECPs and optical retailers to name and describe an individual or a company that stepped up to help them best meet business challenges in the most trying of times. ECPs and optical retailers can submit nominations starting today for their Ultimate Partners here. Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m., ET, April 23. Read More

New Look Vision Reports Strong Results for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2020

By Staff
Monday, April 5, 2021 12:02 AM New Look Vision Group reported financial results for the 13 and 52 week periods ended Dec. 26, 2020 and provided updates on actions in response to COVID-19, store reopenings, on omnichannel and facility consolidation.

Macy’s CEO Says Company Is Already Benefiting From Vaccinations and Stimulus Checks

By Staff
Monday, April 5, 2021 12:01 AM We’re still taking a conservative view to this year. We’re more conservative in the front half than the back half, but it’s positive momentum that we’re bringing into this quarter with us.

Second Video in VM's 'Micro Chats on Macro Trends' Series Considers the Rise of Telehealth and Wellness

By Staff
Friday, April 2, 2021 5:34 PM NEW YORK—The rise of telehealth and a crescendo of patients' interest in staying healthy and learning more about their own wellness are the focus of the second of Vision Monday's new weekly video series, "Micro Chats on Macro Trends," that examines significant trends which are influencing the way healthcare providers and optical retailers are doing business today, while preparing for the “next normal.” The series features VM’s editorial director, Marge Axelrad and Andrew Karp, lens and technology editor. They discuss big ideas and trends from the 2020 VM Leadership Summit that continue to reverberate throughout optical and healthcare in 2021. Read More

Second Video in VM's 'Micro Chats on Macro Trends' Series Considers the Rise of Telehealth and Wellness

By Staff
Friday, April 2, 2021 12:27 AM Second VM video, 'Micro Chats on Macro Trends,' debuts, Zeiss opens tech innovation center, optical sales remain flat, Jobson Tracker says, Retina Consultants of America continues growth, and Prevent Blindness targets April for women's eye health awareness all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Second Video in VM's 'Micro Chats on Macro Trends' Series Considers the Rise of Telehealth and Wellness

By Staff
Friday, April 2, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The rise of telehealth and a crescendo of patients' interest in staying healthy and learning more about their own wellness are the focus of the second of Vision Monday's new weekly video series, "Micro Chats on Macro Trends," that examines significant trends which are influencing the way healthcare providers and optical retailers are doing business today, while preparing for the “next normal.” The series features VM’s editorial director, Marge Axelrad and Andrew Karp, lens and technology editor.

AOA Hosts Emergency Summit on Children’s Eye Health

By Staff
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 5:25 PM ST. LOUIS —On March 24, the American Optometric Association (AOA) hosted a summit on the state of children’s eye health and what ECPs can do to help their young patients. The virtual event was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision, CooperVision, and Essilor, and featured insights from several leaders in the eyecare field. The session was geared toward highlighting how the COVID-19 pandemic has increased digital eye strain among the youngest population, in addition to exploring how the ever-increasing number of childhood myopia cases continues to be a cause for concern among ECPs. Read More

Meet the New Office: Out Go the Desks, In Come the Breakout Spaces and Armchairs

By Staff
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 6:56 PM NEW YORK—Many Americans have been working remotely for much of the past 12 months. But recently there has been much discussion about how and when those who have been out of their offices will begin the process of re-entry and what the office will look like when they arrive. The return to work in New York City took a step forward this week when mayor Bill de Blasio said city employees would begin making a return to their offices beginning May 3. “We’re going to make it safe, but we need our city workers back in their offices where they can do the most to help their fellow New Yorkers,” he said. Read on for a look at how some of the country’s biggest employers hope to get their workers back to life in the office. Read More

New Look Vision Group Inc. Reports Strong Results for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2020

By Staff
Monday, March 29, 2021 12:21 AM MONTREAL, Québec—New Look Vision Group Inc. (TSX: BCI), reported financial results last week for the 13- and 52-week periods ended Dec. 26, 2020, and provided updates on actions in response to COVID-19, store reopenings, on omnichannel and facility consolidation.

Optometry's Meeting 2021 to Now Take Place in Denver, June 24-26

By Staff
Sunday, March 28, 2021 2:10 PM ST. LOUIS—Optometry's Meeting has announced that after further examination, it will hold its 2021 Optometry's Meeting in Denver, Colo. at the Colorado Convention Center. The dates will remain the same, starting June 24 and be held through June 26. Optometry's Meeting had previously been scheduled for the same dates in Anaheim, Calif. In a letter to members, the American Optometric Association (AOA)'s president, William Reynolds, OD, and Alex Bennet, Amercan Optometric Student Association (AOSA) president, wrote, "The optometry community faced the growing challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 through a dedicated approach of adapting, overcoming and advancing, always delivering the highest level of safe care for patients nationwide throughout the crisis. Read More

Optometry's Meeting 2021 to Now Take Place in Denver, June 24-26

By Staff
Friday, March 26, 2021 1:18 PM AOA’s Optometry’s Meeting moves to Denver, VM kicks off trends video series, EssilorLuxottica to acquire Walman, Apax Funds to acquire Rodenstock, and Mido postpones exhibition to 2022 all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Optometry's Meeting 2021 to Now Take Place in Denver, June 24-26

By Staff
Friday, March 26, 2021 1:15 PM ST. LOUIS—Optometry's Meeting has announced that after further examination, it will hold its 2021 Optometry's Meeting in Denver, Colo. at the Colorado Convention Center. The dates will remain the same, starting June 24 and be held through June 26. Optometry's Meeting had previously been scheduled for the same dates in Anaheim, Calif. In a letter to members, the American Optometric Association (AOA)'s president, William Reynolds, OD, and Alex Bennet, Amercan Optometric Student Association (AOSA) president, wrote, "The optometry community faced the growing challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 through a dedicated approach of adapting, overcoming and advancing, always delivering the highest level of safe care for patients nationwide throughout the crisis.

Meet the New Office: Out Go the Desks, In Come the Breakout Spaces and Armchairs

By Mark Tosh
Friday, March 26, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Many Americans have been working remotely for much of the past 12 months. But recently there has been much discussion about how and when those who have been out of their offices will begin the process of re-entry and what the office will look like when they arrive. The return to work in New York City took a step forward this week when mayor Bill de Blasio said city employees would begin making a return to their offices beginning May 3. “We’re going to make it safe, but we need our city workers back in their offices where they can do the most to help their fellow New Yorkers,” he said. Read on for a look at how some of the country’s biggest employers hope to get their workers back to life in the office.

VM Kicks Off Video Series of ‘Micro Chats on Macro Trends’

By Staff
Friday, March 26, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday is launching a weekly video series that examines significant trends that are influencing the way healthcare providers and optical retailers are doing business today, while preparing for the “next normal.” The series, which kicks off March 25, is called Micro Chats on Macro Trends.