As Daily Cases of the Virus Consistently Top 100,000 Per Day, Optical Sales Remain Flat, Jobson Tracker Says

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—With 20 days in a row of more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day throughout the U.S., according to The COVID Tracking Project, optical sales nationwide remained flat over the past week. For the week of Nov. 16-22, only two categories—gross revenue and lens pairs—showed an uptick of 1 index point, according to the Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker. Regionally, optical sales were either flat or changed by only 1 index point up or down.

Eyes On 2021 Concludes as One of the Largest Virtual Optometry Events of 2020

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:24 AM SAN DIEGO—CovalentCareers wrapped up its Eyes On 2021 on Sunday, Nov. 22. The three-day virtual event was one of the largest virtual optometry events of 2020 with over 6,000 eyecare registrants, 4,500+ attendees and more than one million minutes of content watched across three days, the organization said.

American Public Health Association Honors Five Ocular Scientists for COVID-19 Papers

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:21 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—The American Public Health Association has recognized the work of five of the world’s most prominent ocular scientists with its 2020 Vision Care Section Outstanding Scientific Paper Award. Two papers published by the group as the COVID-19 pandemic took root provided timely, evidence-based guidance to address and correct misinformation regarding safe contact lens wear.

VMAIL Scheduling Note for the Thanksgiving Holiday 2020

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 10:00 AM NEW YORK—Due to the Thanksgiving holiday this week, there will be no VMAIL issued on Thursday, Nov. 26 or Friday, November 27. VMAIL is scheduled to resume its regular schedule on Monday, Nov. 30.

VM and 20/20 Magazine Announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2020

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are pleased to announce the selections in the 12th annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, a special survey aimed at identifying readers’ favorite products and companies of the year. Optical retailers and ECP readers of the two Jobson Medical Information publications were asked to identify their “favorite” products in 19 distinct categories.

Satisloh Announces Formation of Specialized STEP Team

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:24 AM GERMANTOWN, Wis.—For more than 15 years Satisloh customers have had the opportunity to choose from the company’s tiered coverage plan, STEP (Satisloh Total Equipment Protection), designed to help labs keep their equipment running at maximum efficiency with minimum down time.

Point of Care Imaging Can Speed Sight Saving Treatments for Patients

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:21 AM SOUTHAMPTON, U.K.—A new study led by the University of Southampton in the U.K. showed how simple, non-invasive imaging at the point of care can aid the diagnosis of corneal infections, reducing the risk of sight loss and helping a patient’s vision return to its pre-infection level.

Leading Global Vision Nonprofit OneSight Teams Up With Aetna to Provide Vision Care to North Atlanta Residents

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:15 AM ATLANTA—OneSight, a leading global vision care nonprofit, and North Fulton Community Charities, an organization that empowers North Atlanta residents through emergency assistance, partnered to offer free eye exams and glasses to more than 275 children and adults from Nov. 17 through Nov. 19.

Premier Academy360 Offers Specialized Badges on VSP’s Find a Doctor Directory

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Monday, November 23, 2020 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—In time for Diabetes Awareness Month this month, VSP Global is deploying a new program for doctors as part of an ongoing commitment to support and reinvest in private practice optometrists. Doctors and staff who complete Premier Academy360 education courses, such as those offered in the Diabetes Education Track, can now attain and display the badges they earn on the VSP Find a Doctor Directory, which receives over three-million-member visits per month. The badging program is intended to highlight the unique strengths and abilities of practices to enhance the patient experience, the company said.

CooperVision Announces 2021 Best Practices Scholarship Program

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Monday, November 23, 2020 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—In support of the education of future eyecare professionals, CooperVision, Inc. announced its 2021 Best Practices Student Scholarship Program.

Randolph USA Partners With Non-Profit Angel Flight NE for the Holidays

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Monday, November 23, 2020 12:18 AM RANDOLPH, Mass.—This holiday season, Randolph, the U.S.-based manufacturer of sunglasses and eyewear based here, is proud to be supporting Angel Flight NE, a non-profit organization providing free air transportation to patients in need of lifesaving medical care outside of their geographic area. For each sunglass purchase made via the Randolph USA site or from ECPs or optical retailers, from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020, Randolph is making a donation to Angel Flight NE to help support their life-saving missions.

The Vision Council’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey Is Extended to Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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Monday, November 23, 2020 12:15 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Vision Council is extending the deadline to participate in the 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey until Tuesday, November 24 at midnight.

Eversight-Led Research Confirms Presence of SARS-Cov-2 in Postmortem Ocular Tissue

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Friday, November 20, 2020 12:21 AM CLEVELAND—Eversight, a non-profit organization that facilitates the donation of eye tissue for transplantation, announced research findings showing a small but noteworthy prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in ocular tissues from individuals who died from COVID-19. The findings were presented Nov. 7 at the 2020 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum and Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in human post-mortem ocular tissuesand published in The Ocular Surface.

CooperVision Extends Deadline for 2021 Best Practices Initiative

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Friday, November 20, 2020 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision has announced the extension of the application deadline for its 2021 Best Practices initiative. The deadline is now Monday, November 30, 2020.

Lighthouse Guild Podcast ‘On Tech & Vision With Dr. Cal Roberts’ Hits 1,000 Downloads

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Friday, November 20, 2020 12:12 AM NEW YORK—“On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts,” a podcast from Lighthouse Guild providing information and insights about technological innovations that are tearing down barriers for people who are blind or visually impaired, has reached 1,000 downloads. Launched in September 2020, the podcast is hosted by Calvin W. Roberts, MD, president and CEO of Lighthouse Guild, and features discussions with experts in vision technology about options that can help restore lost vision, enhance existing vision, and improve function.