SUNY Optometry Opens State-of-the-Art Barbara Saltzman Center for Pediatric Eyecare

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK —The State University of New York College of Optometry announced the official opening of the Barbara Saltzman Center for Pediatric Eye Care which resides in the University Eye Center.

CovalentCareers to Launch Virtual Career Fair This Month

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Monday, April 6, 2020 12:21 AM SAN DIEGO—CovalentCareers, a career development company for new health care professionals, is hosting its inaugural Virtual Career Fair, with free registration.

In Response to Pandemic, VSP Global Expands Access to Essential Medical Eyecare to All Insured Members

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—To meet the needs of its members during the COVID-19 pandemic, VSP Global has expanded access to essential medical eyecare services to include all VSP Vision Care insured members and their covered dependents. The new policy, which VSP Global announced April 1, will provide access to services for 57 million insured VSP members who do not already have this benefit.

The Vision Council’s Ongoing COVID-19 Provider Study Finds All Areas of Practice Operations Negatively Impacted

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Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has released results from the third round of its ongoing COVID-19 Eyecare Provider Study, and the most recent responses indicate several negative effects across all areas of practice operations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The ongoing research project is designed to gain a broad understanding of how the market is reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drawing on Deep Resources, Vision Source Helps Its Doctors Cope With Crisis

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:30 AM KINGWOOD, TEXAS—Vision Source, the nation’s largest network of independent optometrists, is facing an imposing task: keeping its 4,500-plus members—many of whom have shut down their practice or are operating with reduced office hours—informed and prepared to handle the daily trials and uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

CMS Postpones MIPS Deadline, Grants Exclusions Due to COVID-19 Crisis

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Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:30 AM ST. LOUIS—ODs participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System will get a reprieve from some Quality Payment Program deadlines to help facilitate the health care system's response to COVID-19.

Waterford Institute and Salus University Develop Online Learning Resource for ECPs

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Thursday, March 26, 2020 12:21 AM WATERFORD, Ireland—A transatlantic partnership between Waterford Institute of TechnologyIreland, and Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry has created a new online learning resource allowing optometrists and eyecare technicians to complete certified training about the importance of nutrition to eye health at their desk or using a mobile device. The new resource, MacuLearn.com, was developed by professor John Nolan of the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (a unit of the School of Health Science, Waterford Institute) and Dr. James Stringham of the Visual Performance Laboratory at Duke University’s medical school.

CooperVision Announces 2020 Best Practices Honorees as it Marks Fifth Year of ECP Recognition Program

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12:27 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—Amid significant change in the industry, eyecare practices of every size and geography have founds ways to forge pathways to success. Recognizing some of these innovative practices, CooperVision on Tuesday unveiled its 2020 Best Practices honorees. These practices serve “as models for their peers in succeeding in fast-changing clinical and business environments,” CooperVision said in its announcement. The company is celebrating a milestone fifth year of the program, which highlights optometric practices that advance the profession through innovation, industry leadership and exceptional patient experience.

Eye Health America Acquires Two Medical Optometric Practices in Pee Dee Region of South Carolina

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12:21 AM ATLANTA—Eye Health America (EHA), a leading eyecare practice management services organization in the Southeast, has acquired Dillon Eyecare Associates (DEA) and Pee Dee Eye Associates (PDEA), two “fabric of the community” optometry practices located in the Pee Dee region (between Columbia and Myrtle Beach) of South Carolina, according to an announcement this week. With locations in Dillon, Hartsville and Sumter, S.C., the DEA and PDEA practices are both “the go-to primary eyecare providers in their communities,” according to the announcement.

OneSight Looks to Technology and New Partners to Continue to Bring Clear Sight in Trying Times

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12:15 AM CINCINNATI—With some vision centers closed and programming temporarily halted for OneSight as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nonprofit organization is working to make sure there are still ways to care for patients in need, while ensuring safety for all. This effort will require some innovation and help, according to a OneSight announcement this week. OneSight is working to identify alternatives to its standard programs. This includes looking at quickly putting into use technologies that will allow the organization to continue to screen vulnerable individuals who need vision care support or bringing services to families and people in new environments.

AEG Vision Announces Temporary Closing of All Practice Locations in Response to COVID-19 Situation

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:21 AM DALLAS—AEG Vision (AEG), an owner and operator of leading North American optometry practices, announced that it has temporarily closed all locations for a period of two weeks as of 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. AEG has about 150 locations across the U.S., an executive told VMAIL, and is making the decision to temporarily close its offices in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. “We hold the health and safety of our patients, doctors and staff above all other considerations,” chief executive officer Eric Anderson said in the announcement.

Additional Optical Retailers and ECPs Make the Difficult Decision to Temporarily Close Locations or Modify Services

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Friday, March 20, 2020 2:45 PM NEW YORK—Several additional major national optical retailers and eyecare practices have made the decision to close temporarily or modify their operating hours and services as a result of the impact and spread of the coronavirus across the U.S. These retailers and practice groups include EyeCare Partners (ECP) of St. Louis, Eyemart Express and Visionworks. Canada’s New Look Vision also has made the decision to initiate partial or full-store closures across its network in response to COVID-19.

National Vision Will Temporarily Close All of its Stores in Response to COVID-19

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Thursday, March 19, 2020 12:33 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, announced late Wednesday afternoon that it will temporarily close all retail locations through Sunday, March 28, in response to national efforts to help stem the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said it will continue to closely monitor this global health crisis with a view of reopening its retail stores as quickly as possible and will provide impacted associates full base pay through March 28.

Alcon Moves to a 'Virtual Approach' for its U.S. Field Sales Force

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Thursday, March 19, 2020 12:27 AM FORT WORTH, Texas—Alcon informed eyecare professionals on Wednesday that it is modifying the manner in which it engages with U.S. customers and shifting to a “full-time virtual approach” for its field sales force.” The move is effective immediately, the company noted, adding that the transition to remote account management will remain in effect until further notice. In a note to ECPs, Alcon cited the ongoing coronavirus outbreak across the nation and said it will remain vigilant in monitoring this evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.