Vision Monday VMail Weekend

April 11, 2020|


#WFH Is Our New Normal: Views From the Home Office

A mere month ago, the idea of working from home seemed like a sought after luxury—no commute to deal with, 7 to 8 hours of golden silence to write, edit, or brainstorm in the comfort of my sunny kitchen, happily work away. The old adage, be careful what you wish for, is now front and center in my newfound world. And in an eerie way, the concept of working remotely is no longer something that is looked upon as an option—it’s a directive that’s been thrust upon us. Today, a large swath of the U.S. population is working from home (WFH) and have been doing so for a month or more. The pandemic has changed everything, even the way we work. I have been wondering how other people are faring with being at home so I reached out to a few optical industry folks to get their take on WFH. Here’s what they had to say.
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In Case you Missed It - VMail's Top Stories of the Week

AOA announces cancellation of "live" portion of Optometry's Meeting, Icare USA finalizes merger with CenterVue, FDA issues guidelines for remote ophthalmic testing, Gogosha Optique wins Vision Expo's annual OPTImum Retail Award and Essilor reorganizes North America management all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.  

AOA Announces Cancellation of ‘Live’ Portion of Optometry’s Meeting

Icare USA Finalizes Merger With CenterVue

FDA Issues Guidelines for Remote Ophthalmic Testing and Monitoring

Gogosha Optique Wins Vision Expo’s Third Annual OPTImum Retail Award

Essilor Reorganizes North America Management Under Rick Gadd

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5th Wave of Jobson ECP Coronavirus Study Looks at Communication and Finances

NEW YORK—ECPs are focused on communicating with patients while they work remotely, coping with the human and business impact of having furloughed much of their staff and concentrating on applying for CARES Act assistance as they look for help and advice about how best to tackle reopening their practices when the crisis abates. These are among the learnings from ECPs illustrated by the fifth wave of the Jobson Research ECP Coronavirus Study, completed this week, April 7-9. Nearly 90 percent (89.9 percent) of the respondents are in localities with stay-at-home orders. Of the practices, 73 percent said they have remained in touch with patients via phone calls, 51.6 percent by sending emails, 38.4 percent by sending text messages and 51.7 percent by updating social media. 
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Tweet of the Week

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#EyewearChallenge Brings Fun to Instagram

NEW YORK—Many of us are spending more time on social media these days, which has a fair amount of both upsides and downsides. Social media can be a negative place even at the best of times, so it’s no surprise that there are some corners of the internet that naturally feel pretty doom and gloom right now—but it doesn’t all have to be that way. In tough times, social media can also allow us to connect with one another, reminisce about good times, plan for the future and bond over the things we love. That’s exactly what Silmo Paris is doing with the #EyewearChallenge, which the show started as a way to spread some fun and bonding while many of us are online. Here’s a look at how it’s been taking over the industry on Instagram.
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