Jobson’s Wave 4 ECP Survey: Closings Increase Across U.S., ECPs Worry About Staff, Use of Telehealth Grows

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Friday, March 20, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—ECPs are reporting more office closures in more parts of the U.S. as the coronavirus pandemic grows in more regions, and their response to the Jobson Optical Research 4th Wave of its ECP Coronavirus Survey, conducted March 28-30, reflects their growing business concerns, especially as it impacts their employees, learning how to navigate state and federal stimulus resources. For those that are focusing on offering urgent and emergent care, they continue to reconfirm the importance of being available to patients by providing remote or mobile telehealth consults. Given the reduced hours and closings, the majority of 4th wave ECP respondents said they were using phone calls, emails, texts and social media to reach patients. 

Third Wave of Jobson’s ECP Coronavirus Impact Study Reveals Business and Personal Impact from COVID-19 Is Widening

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Friday, March 20, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—As the number of COVID-19 cases grow and more parts of the U.S. put "shelter-in-place" requests and mandates into place due to the coronavirus pandemic, the impact is growing more pronounced in the provider sector of business. Accompanied by many practice and retail location closings, the escalation of business concerns—and accompanying stress levels—are evident among the responses of eyecare professionals taking part in the third wave of the ECP Coronavirus Impact Study, conducted by Jobson Optical Research. For example, the latest survey queried ECPs about what they need most right now to help them get through the situation. The highest response of 56.7 percent was "to understand unemployment resources."

Vision Monday Houses COVID-19 News, Resources, Coverage in New VM Coronavirus BRIEFING Digital Section

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Friday, March 20, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—As the uncertainty and spread of the coronavirus pandemic continues, impacting, like never before, our daily lives and those of eyecare patients, providers, suppliers, retailers and all aspects of the vision care profession and optical industry, Vision Monday and VMAIL are committed to supporting our readers during this unprecedented crisis. VM has established a dedicated space for our continued business news and coverage of its impact. The new VisionMonday.com section, called the VM Coronavirus BRIEFING, is now housing all of the news we've issued since the COVID-19 escalation began.

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

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Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:30 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.

Organizers of Vision Expo Plan to Consolidate Vision Expo East With Vision Expo West in Las Vegas

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Friday, March 6, 2020 3:45 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Yesterday, The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, announced plans to consolidate Vision Expo East, due to be held March 26-29 in New York City, with Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, Sept. 23-26. The decision, according to an announcement sent Friday afternoon, "is based on active and close monitoring of ongoing developments related to the COVID-19 virus; recent reports from public health officials and in line with national and regional authorities and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, together with extensive consultation with Vision Expo’s partners at The Vision Council and in the global vision care and services community."

Social Media Influencer ‘Doctor Mike’ to Discuss Consumerization of Healthcare at VM Summit

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Friday, February 28, 2020 2:38 PM NEW YORK—Dr. Mikhail Varshavski, the social media influencer known to his millions of followers as “Doctor Mike,” will share insights about today’s digitally-connected consumers/patients and their need for accurate, up to date healthcare information with attendees of the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit. He will open the first Summit session, which will look at consumerization of healthcare as a major trend that is upending delivery of service, distribution of information and patient-doctor relationships. The Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit will be held March 25 at The Times Center here. Register today at www.visionmonday.com/Summit. To learn more about the VM Summit, watch this video featuring VM editors Marge Axelrad and Andrew Karp.

Stay Ahead of the Healthcare Landscape Curve—Register Today for VM’s Global Leadership Summit

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Friday, February 21, 2020 1:58 PM The healthcare landscape is shifting quickly. Technology is changing what's possible. Doctor-patient relationships are being redefined. How will vision care providers, payors, suppliers and patients adapt? Find out the answers to these questions and more at VM’s Global Leadership Summit—this one-of-a-kind live networking NYC event will offer actionable ideas and practical strategies for growth. Don’t miss out. Register today www.visionmonday.com/summit for “The Future of Healthcare: Beyond 2020 and stay ahead of the healthcare landscape curve.

Myopia Management: Developing Myopia as a Practice Specialty

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Friday, February 14, 2020 11:20 AM Myopia is not a new vision condition, but the growing awareness of the eye health risks associated with this common ophthalmic disorder, especially among eye-care professionals, is a somewhat contemporary phenomenon. Indeed, myopia is the most common ophthalmic condition in the world, with an estimated 34 percent of the world’s population, or roughly 2.62 billion people, affected by this condition, according to recent research. This increasing awareness, while beneficial to global eye health and vision, of course, also has begun to open up fresh practice-building opportunities for ODs. 

Register Now for VM’s Leadership Summit—'The Future of Healthcare: Beyond 2020'

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Friday, February 7, 2020 11:17 AM NEW YORK—Maxwell Kahn, an expert in retail technology and customer experience and Northwell Health's CEO Michael Dowling, the leader of one of the nation’s largest private health systems will share their views on today’s fast changing healthcare landscape when they speak at the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit next month. They will join a diverse roster of healthcare experts who will address the Summit’s theme, “The Future of Healthcare: Beyond 2020,” at the daylong conference on March 25. Kahn is president of Coresight Research, a leading research and advisory firm specializing in disruptive technologies reshaping today’s retail landscape. Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health is one of healthcare’s most influential voices. Register now at www.visionmonday.com/Summit.

Two Consumer Health Experts Join VM’s Summit Program

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Friday, January 31, 2020 12:47 PM NEW YORK—Two experts in consumer health have joined the growing roster of speakers at the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit, the theme of which is “The Future of Healthcare: Beyond 2020.” Kip Webb, MD, MPH has been successful in leading healthcare reform as a pediatrician, a professor, and a business leader. He is an advocate for healthcare that is patient-centric, affordable, reliable, and transparent. Dr. Webb worked with Accenture for 12 years, most recently serving as managing director, chief clinical innovation officer. Also joining the Summit program is Stu MacFarlane, chief marketing officer for Internet Brands Health, which includes WebMD, Demandforce, Officite, iMatrix and Vitals. MacFarlane is also responsible for launching new consumer health businesses, including the recent launches of WebMD CareWebMDRx and WebMD Labs.

VM’s Trends to Watch for in 2020

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Friday, January 24, 2020 12:00 AM NEW YORK—Let the vision symbolism begin! The year 2020 holds promise and opportunity for those in the eyecare and optical world to share information and ideas to raise the profile of vision care. There is much of the upside to inform patients, caretakers, other health care providers and consumers about the role of comprehensive eye exams and the eye as the window to a range of concerning health care conditions. 2020 promises the dynamic of a new business atmosphere. Creating positive experiences—for the customer and the patient—remains a paramount goal for all businesses and professions. VM’s editorial team pooled our ideas about which #Perspectives2020 we should all watch for as we begin a new year and a new decade.

opti 2020 Goes for the Bold

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 3:50 PM MUNICH, Germany—The first trade show of the year, opti is always a fantastic place to get a feel for what might be trending in eyewear over the course of the next 12 months, and this year’s show was no exception. Packed with 28,000 visitors and 605 exhibitors, opti 2020 offered a landscape of trends, from new and exciting eyewear shapes to celebrity-inspired designs. While the trend forecast for 2020 is as expansive and varied as always, one particular trend seemed to stand out across the board: color. The halls of opti 2020 were bursting with color. Minimalism will always be in—but bright and bold is having a moment.

Early Bird Registration for the VM Summit Is Extended Through Jan. 14

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Friday, January 10, 2020 8:00 AM NEW YORK—Insights into Walmart's groundbreaking Health Centers initiative. A lightweight, wearable computer that brings together the physical and digital worlds to expand the possibilities for healthcare. Keen observations about where and how major investors are viewing the future of healthcare. These are just three of the highlights to be presented by the first announced speakers at the upcoming Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit, the exclusive live event to be held here March 25 at The Times Center. Early bird registration for the VM Summit has been extended through January 14 at 11:59 p.m. and is available at www.visionmonday.com/Summit

Social Purpose: How Optical Is Working for the ‘Greater Good of the World’

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Friday, January 3, 2020 11:05 AM It’s been 50 years since the renowned economist Milton Friedman published his signature 1970 essay, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase its Profits,” in The New York Times. The world has certainly changed over the past five decades, as has the view of the role business should play in a more socially conscious, consumer-empowered world. But one thing has remained fairly consistent: businesses are powerful. For optical companies, demonstrating commitment to programs that extend access to eyecare and eyewear to the areas of the world where they are in need is more the rule than the exception. This feature highlights some of the companies taking the lead in these programs and the ways in which the optical community has united to work toward a greater good. 

Researchers Shed New Light on Blue’s Effect on Sleep

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Friday, December 27, 2019 8:30 AM MANCHESTER, U.K.—Contrary to common belief, blue light may not be as disruptive to our sleep patterns as originally thought, according to University of Manchester scientists. According to the team, using dim, cooler, lights in the evening and bright warmer lights in the day may be more beneficial to our health. Twilight is both dimmer and bluer than daylight, they say, and the body clock uses both of those features to determine the appropriate times to be asleep and awake. Current technologies designed to limit our evening exposure to blue light, for example by changing the screen color on mobile devices, may therefore send us mixed messages, they argue. This is because the small changes in brightness they produce are accompanied by colors that more resemble day.