Second Sight to Slash Staff and Wind Down Operations as Pandemic Impacts Financing

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:18 AM LOS ANGELES—Visual prosthesis maker Second Sight Medical Products (NASDAQ: EYES) has laid off approximately 84 of its 108 employees, effective March 31, 2020.

Prevent Blindness Urges Women to Make Their Vision Health a Priority During Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:27 AM CHICAGO—Because women have higher rates of eye diseases and eye conditions than men, Prevent Blindness has designated April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month.

Third Coronavirus ECP Impact Survey Issued Today by Jobson Research

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Building on the strong response to its two outreaches to ECPs across the U.S. seeking their views about the coronavirus' impact on their practices and optical businesses, Jobson Research is continuing to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and is issuing the third wave of its Coronavirus ECP survey today. The survey, which asks eyecare professionals to provide responses on a range of topics connected to the pandemic, is open today at this link.

My Eyelab and Stanton Optical to Offer Only Telehealth in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

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Monday, March 23, 2020 12:24 AM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—My Eyelab and Stanton Optical, said that in response to the COVID-19 crisis, they will be offering only telehealth eyecare at 119 participating locations.

Second Sight President and CEO Will McGuire Departs, Gregg Williams Named Acting CEO

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Thursday, March 19, 2020 12:30 AM LOS ANGELES—Second Sight Medical Products (NASDAQ: EYES) announced March 12 that Will McGuire, president and chief executive officer, is exiting the company, effective March 27, 2020, to pursue “another professional opportunity located closer to his family.” McGuire remains as a director on Second Sight’s board. Effective March 27, 2020, Gregg Williams, the company’s chairman of the board, will assume the role of acting CEO.

Sight Sciences Announces $30 Million Financing Led by D1 Capital Partners

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Thursday, March 19, 2020 12:21 AM MENLO PARK, Calif.—Sight Sciences Inc., a growth-stage medical device company transforming two of the fastest-growing segments in ophthalmology and optometry (glaucoma and dry eye disease), announced the closing of a $30 million-plus Series E preferred stock financing round led by D1 Capital Partners.  The proceeds will be used for continued clinical and operational development and to support commercial expansion for Sight Sciences' OMNI and TearCare products, according to the announcement this week. "We are extremely excited to partner with D1 over the long term,” Sight Sciences founder and chief executive officer Paul Badawi said.

Gary Gerber, OD, and Paul Karpecki, OD, to Discuss Using Telehealth on Special ‘Power Hour’ Episode

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—For ECPs, using telehealth is one way to help your practice get through the business challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to findings from a recent Jobson Research survey 17 percent of respondents said they expect increased interest by patients in accessing telehealth options as a result of the coronavirus. Telehealth options will be the subject of tonight’s “Power Hour” as host Gary Gerber, OD, discusses how using telehealth will help your practice and patients get through the current COVID-19 pandemic. Gerber said, “Tune in tonight at 9:00 p.m. when our guest will be Dr. Paul Karpecki who will discuss the current state of telehealth solutions, best practices to use the technology, how to explain telehealth to patients and staff, and how to bill for it. We will also be opening up the phone lines for your questions.”

ABO and NCLE Document Practice Precautions ECPs Need to Take During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—In light of the developments related to COVID-19 (the Coronavirus), the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) and the National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE)  have composed an in-depth document on the precautions that eyecare professionals should take as they work with patients. The National Academy of Opticianry has shared these guidelines with their members. Here is a summary of those guidelines.

CORE Advises Contact Lens Wearers on Safe Use Amidst COVID-19 Concerns, Reinforces Proper Hand Hygiene

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Monday, March 16, 2020 12:21 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—As containers of soap and hand sanitizer become limited in availability since the global spread of coronavirus, people are paying more attention to handwashing practices. While there is no suggestion of an association between COVID-19 and safe contact lens wear, for the millions of lens wearers worldwide, the increased focus on hand washing is a welcome message, experts have noted. A recent literature review from professor emeritus Desmond Fonn and the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) reports that proper hand hygiene is especially important for people who use contact lenses.

AAO, AOA Offer Members Practical Information and Updates About Coronavirus Pandemic

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Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Now that the World Health Organization has officially declared the widespread outbreaks of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, to be a pandemic, health care organizations around the world are stepping up efforts to inform their members about the rapid spread of the coronavirus while offering advice on how to prevent themselves and their patients from contracting it. Two of the leading professional organizations in the U.S. that represent eye doctors—The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Optometric Association (AOA)—are actively monitoring the situation and providing frequent updates to members via their respective websites.

SECO 20/20 Concludes Five-Day Session in Atlanta With Delegates Meeting and Awards Presentation

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020 12:21 AM ATLANTA—SECO International, a leading annual conference providing ophthalmic professionals with educational opportunities since 1923, has wrapped up its 2020 edition with a delegates meeting, award presentations and leadership transition. At this year’s meeting, which ran from March 4 until March 8, SECO offered more than 400 hours of continuing education, including facilitated workshops, exhibit hall education, lounges for peer-to-peer sharing, hands-on skill training, and a user-group discussion area. The SECO continuing education workshops were especially busy throughout the meeting and several show exhibitors drew ample numbers of ECPs to their demonstrations and product displays. The official attendance numbers were not available at VMAIL's deadline.

Salus University and National Vision Partner on Telemedicine Pilot Program for Student ODs

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020 12:21 AM ELKINS PARK, Pa.—Salus University has partnered with National Vision to create a pilot program focused on training students on conducting remote eye exams utilizing high tech equipment and real-time secure HD video conferencing. The technology enables optometrists to see patients remotely in locations that do not have a doctor or when the doctor is not available. Doctors from the University launched the pilot program in January, conducting remote exams from The Eye Institute, the University’s main clinical optometric facility, for patients within a retail optical location operated by National Vision.

Vision Innovation Partners Adds Baltimore Practice and Surgery Center to its Expanding Mid-Atlantic Ophthalmology Platform

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020 12:24 AM ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Vision Innovation Partners has acquired Baltimore Eye Physicians, a leading ophthalmology practice with two locations (including one surgery center) in Baltimore, Maryland, according to an announcement on Monday. The acquisition further expands Vision Innovation Partners’ growing network of ophthalmology practices in the Mid-Atlantic region. The terms of the transaction—which is the management group's 15th deal in just over two years—were not disclosed.

Vision Expo East Announces Speakers and Experiences Planned for The Bridge and Innovation Stage

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020 12:15 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo has announced the series of events and speakers planned for The Bridge and Innovation Stage at the 2020 event in New York City. In keeping with Vision Expo’s renewed focus on discovery, experience and connection, attendees can expect a robust lineup of industry experts, creative luminaries, and forward-thinking leaders presented in engaging, interactive formats. Following a successful debut year in 2019, The Bridge returns to Vision Expo East with new events designed to inspire learning and facilitate networking and socializing. Linking The Union to the Eyewear + Accessories neighborhoods, The Bridge is a luxurious destination to refresh and recharge with comfortable seating and complimentary refreshments. The Bridge stage will host the educational EYE2EYE Series for the second year in a row. Headlined by fashion innovator and author Dapper Dan, the series includes high-profile speakers providing high-level insights on topics that aim to inform, empower and challenge attendees.

Treehouse Eyes Opens Five Additional Locations, for a Total of 15 Myopia Management Centers in 8 States

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Friday, February 28, 2020 12:24 AM BOULDER, Colo.—Treehouse Eyes, the country’s first and only company dedicated exclusively to myopia management, announced the opening of five new centers. In collaboration with select practices, Treehouse Eyes is bringing their proprietary and proven brand of myopia management directly into select primary care practices across the country. Dr. Gary Gerber, co-founder of Treehouse Eyes, said, “We opened our first two flagship centers about three years ago. Last year, we launched our first eight partner locations and due to their significant success with our proprietary program, we are rapidly and carefully expanding. Our latest group of five practices again represents our unwavering commitment to deliver state of the art myopia care to our patients and a memorable experience to their families."