Friday, October 23, 2020 12:24 AM
CHICAGO—In response to increased virtual activity during the coronavirus pandemic, Prevent Blindness
, launched Screen Time-Out
, an awareness campaign to encourage Americans, especially parents of young children, to introduce regular screen breaks into their daily routines.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 2:00 AM
This was supposed to be the year of vision or optometry’s year, but 2020 ended up quite tragically as anything but. There were varying governmental responses to the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, including shelter-in-place (SIP) orders, remote work, school at home, business closures, social distancing, and improved hygiene. Shortly after remote schooling was instituted, concerns were raised about the potential impact of increased usage of computers and other digital devices, along with a likely reduction in outdoor time, on the vision of children, and more particularly on the possible impact on myopia incidence and progression. Read More
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:18 AM
WATERLOO, Ontario—Widespread use of face masks has been determined essential to combat COVID-19’s spread, yet is giving rise to a new phenomenon: increased reports of dry, uncomfortable eyes. Experts from the Centre for Ocular Research & Education
are advising ECPs on how to recognize mask-associated dry eye and methods to mitigate the condition.
Monday, August 31, 2020 12:15 AM
NEW YORK—With the continued advance of COVID-19, the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is in high demand among eyecare professionals and their staff. A new and exclusive special digital resource from 20/20
and Vision Monday
showcases a variety of product offerings to help ECPs, their associates and patients to stay safe.
Friday, August 28, 2020 5:30 PM
Foggy eyeglass lenses have always been annoying, but since most of us have been wearing masks to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19, the problem has become widespread. A growing number of suppliers are now producing special lenses and coatings that fight fog, as VMAIL
has previously reported
. And some VMail
readers have made suggestions for how to minimize the moisture that collects on our lenses when we breathe. We’ve asked dispensing expert and 20/20 Magazine contributing editor Palmer R. Cook to weigh in on the discussion. Here’s his take on the topic. Read More
Friday, August 28, 2020 10:29 AM
There has been a rise in scam callers who pretend to be COVID-19 contact tracers
. Be aware that a legitimate contact tracer will never ask you for payment, or for your social security, bank account information, salary, immigration status, or health insurance information. Head over to WebMD
to learn more about what contact tracers will ask for, and how you can stay vigilant.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 12:24 AM
RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—In response to the continuing extraordinary impacts of COVID-19, VSP Global
announced it will delay its ophthalmic formulary changes originally set to start Sept. 1 of this year until Jan. 1, 2021.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 2:05 PM
SAN DIEGO—Call it “pandemic fatigue.” Or, better yet, as San Diego-based eyecare professional Michael Kling, OD, sees it people have begun hitting the “pandemic wall.” This is the feeling many of us have as we near the six-month mark of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. It’s particularly true for those who work in a retail or customer/patient-service type of environment where patience often is running at very low levels. “With crisis fatigue setting in, your staff may need a morale boost,” Kling wrote recently on the Review of Optometric Business
website in his essay titled, “Signs Your Staff Needs a Mid-Pandemic Morale Boost–and How to Do It.”