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Hilco Vision Issues Proprietary Study of Frame Materials Compatibility With Sanitization and Cleaning Protocols

By Staff
Monday, January 25, 2021 12:24 AM PLAINVILLE, Mass.—Hilco Vision is releasing today the results of a proprietary and first-of-its-kind study of frame material compatibility with surface cleaners that have environmentally friendly active ingredients. The frame material compatibility study was commissioned by Hilco Vision and conducted at COLTS Laboratories. The work summarizes short- and long-term exposure to five natural active ingredients on more than 30 common frame materials. Representative frames were utilized to cover each major material and supporting frame components, like screws and nose pads, found in frame board frames. The overall outcome highlights that there are options among natural cleaning agents that can be integrated into cleaning and sanitization protocols while using these products as directed, Hilco said.

Transitions Premieres ‘The Pulse,’ a Virtual Event for Eyecare Professionals

By Staff
Thursday, January 21, 2021 11:03 AM Transitions Optical is redefining what it means for eyecare industry professionals to gather online through a first of its kind, global virtual event—Transitions The Pulse.

MyEyeDr. Expands the MyEyeDr. OneFamily Community Fund as a New Charitable Organization

By Staff
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 12:24 AM VIENNA, Va.—MyEyeDr. (MED) has announced this month that it has formed The MyEyeDr. OneFamily Community Fund.

With COVID-19 Surge, Optical ECPs Assess Impact on Staff, Year-End 2020 Sales and Importance of the Vaccine, per 18th Jobson ECP Coronavirus Survey

By Staff
Thursday, January 7, 2021 12:30 AM NEW YORK—ECPs corroborated the national statistics showing a sharp uptick in the incidence of COVID-19 cases in their communities across the country, noting the impact of the pandemic on their own staffing situations, as more of those associates have been personally affected, examined their end-of year sales and underscored their belief that the availability of vaccines will be key to a recovery. Their views were shared in the 18th Wave of the Coronavirus ECP Survey conducted Dec. 21-31, 2020, by Jobson Research, which has been surveying ECP and optical retailers since the crisis and shutdowns happened in mid-March.

Review of Myopia Management: Looking Backward, Looking Forward

By Staff
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 2:50 PM The year 2020 was like no other. While many aspects of myopia, such as clinical trials, were severely affected by COVID-19, publications were mostly unaffected. The global myopia pandemic has gained the scientific community’s attention, and 2020 was a stellar year for myopia publications. Reading the peer-reviewed literature is one way to ensure that you are providing the highest level of care and prescribing the most appropriate evidence-based treatments to children at risk of progressive myopia. Let’s get proactive about myopia management in 2021! Read More

An Independent OD Takes a Proactive Stance on E-Comm With Ocuco to Better Connect to Patients

By Staff
Monday, January 4, 2021 12:08 PM NEW YORK—The year's pandemic has accelerated some eyecare professionals’ interest in finding ways to get credit for their professional expertise in vision care and its solutions while still competing in modern ways with those online players who have been experiencing rapid sales gains in 2020 as many consumers do more shopping online from home. In fact, encouraging eyecare professionals to cultivate their digital savvy and take a more ‘omnichannel’ or brick-and-click approach has been a major focus for Ocuco which offers an extensive range of enterprise software solutions for ECPs, retailers and optical labs around the world, including a growing business in North America. Read More

ClearVision Adds EZ Ware Masks to PPE Catalogue

By Staff
Monday, January 4, 2021 12:06 AM

Optical Retailers Realize Higher Ticket Sales With Buy Now, Pay Later Options for Patients from Sunbit

By Staff
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 10:00 AM NEW YORK—This year, COVID-19 stay-at-home and work-from-home policies and the impact of the pandemic on many people’s financial health and spending habits have prompted many consumers to shop more online or at least become more familiar with many online shopping options and technologies. Similarly, independent ECPs and optical retailers have looked to escalate their adoption of digital technologies to better serve their patients and create more efficiencies. Read More

Sios Debuts New Packaging for No Fog Cloth

By Staff
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 8:20 AM

During a Pandemic, Data and Analytics Rise to the Occasion

By Mark Tosh
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 11:30 AM NEW YORK—Battling the coronavirus pandemic throughout 2020, ECPs and optical professionals have tried to pull out all the stops to manage their businesses effectively and to operate under some of the new restrictions related to social distancing and capacity limits. During this time, most professionals have turned to data and analytics as a way to tackle these new business challenges and look for ways to guide their decision-making. Read More

Sios Launches New Packaging for No Fog Cloth

By Staff
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 12:09 AM

The Promise of the Vaccine

By Mary Kane
Friday, December 4, 2020 1:14 PM This past Wednesday, there were 3,157 COVID-19 deaths reported across the U.S.—an all-time high since the pandemic began. Wednesday’s death toll surpassed the number of people killed in the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), said the next few months of the COVID-19 pandemic will be among “the most difficult in the public health history of this nation.” A very sobering milestone and a dire prediction from one of the country’s leading health care officials. But the past few weeks have also brought us some very positive news. It seems there is a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and unlike a lot of things in 2020, it’s not a train heading our way. That bright and very hopeful light is the long-awaited vaccine for COVID-19.

The Big Week for Small Business Offers Insights, Tactics and Stories From a Range of Indie Businesses

By Staff
Monday, November 30, 2020 10:00 AM NEW YORK—CO, the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s special online virtual resource center, which helps businesses “Start, Run and Grow” their operations, is offering a great recap of its recent Big Week for Small Business, a special virtual event marked by interesting speakers, presentations and insights, which brought together successful entrepreneurs and small business experts for advice, networking and practical strategies for business owners. Sponsored by CHASE for Business, the sessions were designed to help small business owners navigate challenging times. Read More