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Crisis Response Tactics

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: ClearVision, Shamir

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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.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: Fassamano

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: Moscot, Studio Optyx

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12:18 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirusMoscot is beginning to reopen its locations in the coming days and weeks in accordance with local and state guidelines. The company will offer in-person and virtual appointments, along with curbside product pick up at select New York shops.

AAO Deems Virtual Clinical Training Program for Optometry Students a Successful Venture

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 12:21 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) said an online training program that launched in March has helped more than 2,300 optometry students attend sessions and experience case-based education. The online program began as universities and hospitals suspended routine patient care to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to an AAO announcement this week.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: ABB Optical Group, EyecareLive, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Twelve84

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. ABB Optical Group has entered a long-term relationship with EyecareLive to provide more options for eyecare professionals (ECPs) to connect with their patients during the continuing coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic and beyond. 

As ECPs Start to Reopen, Patients’ Safety and Eye Health Is Top of Mind

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Monday, May 18, 2020 1:00 AM Eyecare professionals are reminding folks about healthy vision as optometry practices and eyecare centers reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. For eyecare professionals, every day is an opportunity to spread the word about the importance of eye health, especially during Healthy Vision Month.

Consolidation Impacted 2019's Top 50 Ranking in Mid to Upper Tiers and Growth of Value Sector as Period of Retail Reset Begins

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Monday, May 18, 2020 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The year 2019 seems like a very distant memory right now, but in hindsight it was a fairly strong year for most optical retailers. In the U.S., the optical market rose to about $37.5 billion, according to The Vision Council’s VisionWatch tracking reports, and sales grew at a nice pace compared with the prior year.

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

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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."

National Vision Announces Plans to Move to a Virtual Annual Meeting on June 10

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Monday, May 18, 2020 12:18 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, announced Friday that its 2020 annual meeting of stockholders, which is scheduled for June 10, will be conducted through virtual means only. This is due to the public health and travel concerns in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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

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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.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: GlobeChek, Maui Jim, Transitions Optical

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Friday, May 15, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. GlobeChek, a mobile kiosk that performs 11 eye tests in under 10 minutes, was designed to bring the exam to the patient instead of requiring the patient to come to the doctor.