October 27, 2018|www.visionmonday.com


Why the Flu Can Be Such a Killer

One-hundred years ago this month, the influenza epidemic of 1918 was in full swing, killing about 195,000 Americans in the month of October. The New York Times took a look back at the pandemic with a story by Perri Klass, MD, a pediatrician and medical writer. She implored readers “to pay proper respect to the influenza of 100 years ago, get this year’s flu shot and make sure your children do, too.” Klass interviewed David M. Morens, a scientist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, who said, “The 1918 influenza pandemic was the deadliest event in all of human history. It killed more people than any war, any pandemic, the Black Death, AIDS—you can pick your terrible event.” Although last year’s flu season was severe, the outlook for this year is looking better.
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Rev360 names president/CEO, EyeCare partners acquires OD/MD practices, J&J launches CL subscription plan, Essilor sees healthy 3Q, and Prevent Blindness launches Hidden Gems initiative all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Rev360 Names Health Care Tech Exec Scott Filion as President and COO

EyeCare Partners Acquires 3 Ohio Optometry and 3 Kentucky MD Practices

Johnson & Johnson Vision Launches MyACUVUE Subscription Program

Essilor Posts 4.4 Percent Rise in Third Quarter Revenue

Prevent Blindness Initiative Sets Its Sights on Hidden Gems Across America

Time Is Running Out—Vote Now for EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards

NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 10th annual EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year, but with less than two weeks before the survey closes, time is running out to vote. These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 14 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment, optical supplies, diagnostic equipment, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems and Social Purpose missions. Voting for EyeVote will take place through Nov. 7.
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Today’s #WeShareIt will definitely help you get in the Halloween spirit. This ‘Boo’ wall décor adds a little opti flair to all of those Halloween decorations.

Dr. Samantha Rao’s EyeDocTravels Is all About Eyecare and Traveling

NEW YORK—Since Samantha Rao, OD, started her Instagram page, EyeDocTravels, in April of this year, the page has really taken off. Created out of her love for eyecare and traveling, EyeDocTravels chronicles Rao’s different adventures around the globe as well as some unique eye conditions she encounters in her daily life as a practitioner at an eye surgery center in New York City. EyeDocTravels has garnered over 1,000 followers since its inception six months ago.
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