It’s Fall—Time for Some Fun Facts

By Staff
Friday, September 25, 2020 1:57 PM NEW YORK—For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, fall has officially… fallen. Autumn is usually a pretty exciting season—it means bringing the cozy sweaters out of the back of the closet, breaking out the scented candles, gorgeous foliage, and gearing up for the holiday season. Of course, things are looking a little different this year, and the holiday season we’re all so used to celebrating is shrouded in uncertainty. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate and welcome the start of fall, or enjoy long walks outside in the crisp autumn air. To celebrate safely, we’ve searched high and low for some of the strangest fun facts about the autumnal season.

Falling In Love Amidst A Pandemic

By Staff
Friday, September 25, 2020 10:32 AM Yes, we're in the midst of global pandemic and yes, these are, as they say, unprecedented times—but love doesn't wait for things to calm down. If anything, more time at home means some people are spending more time on dating apps and websites, and maybe even falling in love. But is it safe to meet up with someone right now for a date? And should you even get close enough to kiss? Head over to WebMD to listen to this week's episode of the Health Now podcast to hear what the experts have to say. 

Jobson Tracker: Optical Sales Bounce Back to Pre-Labor Day Holiday Levels

By Staff
Friday, September 25, 2020 10:00 AM NEW YORK—Nationally, optical sales returned to their levels prior to the Labor Day Holiday during the most recent week for which metrics have been tracked (Sept. 14 – Sept. 20). Following substantial decreases resulting from the Labor Day holiday for the previous week tracked (Sept. 7 – Sept. 13), overall optical sales in all categories bounced back to where they had been on a national level during the week of Aug. 31 to Sept. 6. Regionally, although all four Census regions being monitored (Northeast, Midwest, West, South) had states reporting increases in cases of COVID-19 (according to the CDC COVID Data Tracker), this had little to no impact on optical sales, according to the tracker. With every state in the West and nearly every state in the Midwest and South reporting increasing numbers of cases of COVID-19 over the past week, optical sales returned to the same level or within at least 1 or 2 index points of where they had been during the week prior to the Labor Day weekend. Read More

Review of Optometry: Can We Pre-empt Damage from Retinal Detachment?

By Staff
Friday, September 25, 2020 5:00 AM The frequency of retinal detachments (RD) is estimated to be approximately one per 10,000 people per year.1 The most common risk factors include myopia (especially high myopia), aphakia, trauma, retinal detachment in the fellow eye and a family history of retinal detachment. In addition, a variety of peripheral retinal abnormalities are associated with an increased risk of a retinal detachment. While you cannot lower a person’s absolute risk of developing a retinal detachment, by prioritizing patient education on RD signs and symptoms, your patients will know to call your office as soon as symptoms present. Seeing these patients early is imperative, as early intervention has a better chance of limiting visual loss from RD. Read More

Optometry Divas' Tweet for 9-26-20

By Staff
Friday, September 25, 2020 12:39 AM

Vista Eyecare's Tweet for 9-26-20

By Staff
Friday, September 25, 2020 12:36 AM

VM's News Quiz for the Week of Sept. 20: Dogs on the Hunt for COVID, Retail's Ups and Downs and a Major CL Maker Acquisition

By Staff
Friday, September 25, 2020 12:00 AM Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. This week's quiz takes a look at dogs on the hunt for COVID-19, retail's ups and downs and a major CL company is acquired. Click here to take the quiz for the week of September 20. VM's News Quiz is published every Saturday as part of VMAIL Weekend.

VM's News Quiz for the Week of Sept. 13: Facebook and EssilorLuxottica Team Up, VSP Creates New Position and Glasses May Cut COVID-19 Risk

By Staff
Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:00 PM Did you follow the optical news last week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. Last week's quiz takes a look at a product collaboration between Facebook and EssilorLuxottica, VSP creates a new executive slot and why wearing glasses may cut your risk of catching the virus. Click here to take the quiz for the week of September 13. VM's News Quiz is published every Saturday as part of VMAIL WeekendRead More

Review of Optometric Business: 6 Steps to Become a Chief Vision Officer

By Staff
Thursday, September 24, 2020 11:00 AM Being a practice leader means something different to every optometrist. For me, when it came time to launch my sports vision practice, it meant taking the lead, not only in day-to-day operations, but in envisioning the practice’s future. Here is why I am a “chief vision officer,” and not a “president” or “CEO." Sports vision has always been my passion, and bringing this to life was my “vision.” My role is the “ideas” person at Performance 20/20. I am always thinking of ways to improve and adapt! Read More

Can Dogs Sniff Out COVID-19?

By Staff
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:14 AM By now, we're all used to temperature screenings and mask mandates that help keep us and those around us safe from COVID-19. But at Helsinki Airport in Finland, a team of dogs trained to sniff out COVID-19 are screening travelers as well. Head over to Fast Company to learn more about how the dogs can do it, and if it might catch on. 

KKR to Acquire 1-800 Contacts from AEA Investors in Deal Valued at About $3 Billion

By Staff
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 8:05 AM DRAPER, Utah—1-800 Contacts, the largest retailer of contact lenses in the U.S., today announced a definitive agreement under which global investment firm KKR will acquire the company from AEA Investors. The sale follows many years of strong growth and technology innovation for the direct-to-consumer (DTC) brand, which was purchased by AEA Investors in 2016. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. However, sources close to the deal told VMAIL that the deal is valued at roughly $3 billion, about $2 billion more than when it was acquired by AEA.

Review of Myopia Management: How and Why to Co-Manage Children for Myopia Management

By Staff
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:30 AM “Refer your patients to me for specialty care, and I will send them back to you for primary care and glasses,” said almost no optometrist ever. Unlike the symbiotic relationship between dentists and orthodontists, optometrists historically have not developed referral and co-management networks effectively for specialty eye care service. The ‘do-it-all’ approach adopted by most eye care professionals (ECPs) stems from concerns about losing patients or being seen as not clinically adept. In essence, co-management networks in optometry have seldom been used. Read More

First-of-Its-Kind Artificial Vision System Moves to Clinical Trials

By Andrew Karp
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 1:50 PM With millions of people worldwide who are blind or suffering from sight-robbing diseases, and millions more expected to lose their vision over the next few years, a growing number of private companies and research institutes are working to develop bionic eyes, artificial vision systems and advanced visual prostheses. One of the newest projects is being undertaken by Illinois Institute of Technology. Researchers there were recently awarded $2.5 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund the first year of a three-year project which involves clinical trials of a first-of-its-kind wireless visual prosthesis system which aims to provide some limited vision to people with profound blindness. Read More

Women In Optometry: 'The Women Are Finally Home Again!'

By Staff
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:00 AM It is midafternoon sometime in the third week of our office’s quarantine shutdown to lower the curve of coronavirus. By this time, I have lost all track of days and all concepts of time. I am in yoga gear, stretching on my yoga mat while simultaneously watching an ophthalmology/optometry-led videocast on my laptop that one of the doctors in my practice recommended. As I stretch, I watch the intro on and off. There are four men: three ophthalmologists and one optometrist. Some are in scrubs; some are in work attire. They talk about the changes that are happening due to the new virus. They banter back and forth about how no one is getting a haircut or even shaving their beards. Then they proceed to discuss how there is going to be a baby boom from this pandemic. In response to this topic, one of the men says (with the excitement of a small child, no less): “Because the women are finally at home again!” Read More

#VMBrightSpots—Insight Opticians

By Staff
Monday, September 21, 2020 12:51 PM This week's bright spot for the team at Insight Opticians in D.C.? This adorable little girl who wore her sunglasses for school picture day, of course.