Walgreens Find Care Digital Platform Expands Collaboration with Health Care Providers, Including For Eyes for Vision Care

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Friday, March 5, 2021 12:27 AM DEERFIELD, Ill.—In an effort to offer easier access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic, Walgreens said it will expand its digital health platform, Walgreens Find Care, to include 11 new and four expanded collaborations with service providers, including its current vision care partner For Eyes.

Retina Consultants of America Continues Growth with Inaugural Partnership in Kansas and Missouri

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Friday, March 5, 2021 12:21 AM SOUTHLAKE, Texas—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, has announced a new partnership with Retina Associates, P.A. of Kansas City, which operates practice locations in both Kansas and Missouri.

National Vision Reports Double-Digit Sales Gains for Q4 and Significantly Raises ‘Whitespace’ Growth Opportunity to Boost Number of New-Store Openings

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Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:27 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) reported Wednesday that net sales in the fourth quarter increased 23.6 percent to $496.7 million, driven by comparable-store sales growth of 14.3 percent (the adjusted comparable-store sales growth was 10.6 percent). It marked the second consecutive quarter of double-digit comparable-store sales increases after the coronavirus slowed much of the U.S. retail business in the early part of 2020.

Beverly Capital Invests in The Eye Health Group as it Continues Northeast Expansion

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Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:24 AM LOS ANGELES—Beverly Capital, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, has acquired The Eye Health Group, a New Jersey-based medical optometric service provider.

SECO Opens Registration for April 28-May 2 Meeting With Meet Safe Guidelines

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Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:15 AM ATLANTA—SECO International  is open for SECO 2021, SECO's annual conference and marketplace, providing the optometric profession outstanding educational opportunities. This live, in-person event will take place April 28 to May 2 at the Georgia World Congress Center, with a Meet Safe plan to ensure safety measures for all attendees. In addition to live and in-person, there is an option to participate virtually. “SECO 2021 is looking forward to welcoming our attendees and exhibitors back to Atlanta,” said Max Raynor, president of SECO International.

Registration Now Open for Eyes On Dry Eye, Two-Day Virtual Event Scheduled for April 23-24

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021 12:21 AM SAN DIEGO—Eyes On Eyecare has announced that registration is now open for Eyes On Dry Eye. The two-day virtual event is scheduled for April 23-24.

ODs in Four States Receive Authorization to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine, Review of Optometry Reports

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Monday, March 1, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK—The much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine rollout has begun across the U.S., and optometrists in a handful of states have been granted the right to administer shots, while professional groups on the state and federal level continue to push for more to follow suit.

California’s Total Vision Adds New Partnership With Golden Hills Optometry of San Jose Region

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Friday, February 26, 2021 12:24 AM Total Vision forms new partnership, Bausch Health adds directors to board, Alcon reports Q4 sales gain, Jobson Research issues COVID-19 special report and Solstice Sunglasses files for bankruptcy protection all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety Names Teitelbaum as Executive Director

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS), an organization founded in 2018 to advocate for both patient safety and a strong doctor-patient relationship, has named Alison Teitelbaum, MS, MPH, CAE, as its new executive director.

Eyes On Eyecare Releases First Optometry Student Report, Reflecting U.S. Students' Views Toward Clinical Education and Professional Development

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:18 AM SAN DIEGO—Eyes On Eyecare, a digital site and publication offering clinical and career content, events, and career services for eyecare professionals, has released its 2021 Optometry Student Report. The report is based on data collected from 1,476 optometry students in the U.S. and Canada.

California Optometric Association Notes State’s Decision to Allow Optometrists to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:15 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—In a move to address the state’s shortage of health care providers available to administer COVID-19 vaccines, the California Department of Consumer Affairs approved a public health emergency waiver that will allow doctors of optometry to administer COVID-19 vaccines to persons 16 years of age or older, according to the California Optometric Association (COA). Optometrists can immediately help with surge capacity at mass vaccination sites once more vaccine is available, COA noted earlier this month.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Celebrates 20 Years of Helping Cataract Patients With the ‘See More’ Campaign and Global Patient Story Search

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Monday, February 22, 2021 12:15 AM SANTA ANA, Calif.—Johnson & Johnson Vision said it has begun a month-long celebration of the 20th anniversary of the TECNIS platform, the proprietary combination of materials and design on which Johnson & Johnson Vision IOLs (intraocular lenses) are built.

IDOC Connection 2021 Successfully Draws More Than 1,100 Attendees, With 85 Sessions Featured via Interactive Virtual Meeting Platform

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Friday, February 19, 2021 12:18 AM NORWALK Conn.—IDOC's Connection 2021, the alliance’s annual national conference, took place for the first time this year via a virtual platform that featured general sessions, exhibitor booths, nightly entertainment, and networking opportunities for the more than 1,100 attendees.

Neurolens Reports Strong Growth and Demand in 2020, a Year When More People Worked from Home and Increased Their Screen Time

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Friday, February 19, 2021 12:15 AM COSTA MESA, Calif.—Neurolens, an eyeglass lens company dedicated to providing pain-relieving comfort for hardworking eyes, has announced that it experienced “meaningful growth” in 2020 with the onboarding of more than 130 new practices.

The Vision Council Releases Results of January 2021 Eyecare Provider Insights Survey

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Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has released the results of the January 2021 Eyecare Provider Insights Survey. The Vision Council fielded the survey to the organization’s panel of more than 1,700 eyecare providers during the last week of January.