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

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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 to give wearers the best possible performance. Fog-Off utilizes Schneider Anti Fog technology, which is a long-term coating applied during the coating processes. "When you are wearing a mask and trying not to touch your face, the last thing you want to have to do is clean fog off your lenses, or to re-apply drops or wax," said Bill Heffner, president of FEA Industries, adding that Fog-Off is now being offered to both eyecare professionals as well as other wholesale labs.

"It's always been hard to find anti-fog coatings, even more so with an anti-reflective coating. We want to make sure everyone can have access to this, for the safety of themselves and their patients," said Heffner.

Quantum Innovations reports that it now offers virtually every piece of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) available for the ophthalmic industry, including:

• Hand Sanitizer (FDA recipe)
• Spray Disinfectant (FDA recipe)
• KN95 Masks
• Level 3 Masks
• Face Shields/Visors
• Non-contact Thermometers
• Disposable ISO Gowns
• Nitrile Gloves
• Alcohol Wipes
• Ear Savers

Quantum Innovations has even begun to manufacture FusionUV, a UVGI disinfection unit built specifically for the ophthalmic industry that disinfects a dozen optical frames in under two minutes. Click here to see their full line of PPE.

Zyloware has shared The Future is Bright: Navigating the Optical Industry During COVID-19, an open panel discussion regarding new strategies for operating during and after COVID-19. Moderated by Zyloware's director of professional business development Mary Lanning, panelists include Susan Ludwick, SVP of marketing and optical services at Eyecare Services Partners; Kirk Lauterback, chief operations officer at Shopko Optical; and Jennifer Stewart, OD, Norwalk Eyecare and Performance 2020. The panel is available to watch for free online

In addition, Zyloware launched three resource guides featuring strategies that were discussed during the panel. The three guides are: Communicating with Patients During COVID-19, Communicating with Staff During COVID-19, and 5 Tips for Planning Your Reopening. All three guides are available to download online for free. These guides are in addition to the company's evergreen COVID-19 resource guide, also available online.

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