Vision Monday VMail Weekend

June 13, 2020|


The Dad Factor

I’m a writer and magazine editor, as VMAIL Weekend regulars know. My father, Marvin Karp, was a writer and magazine editor, too. Yet I’ve never thought of myself as being “a chip off the old block” or “following in his footsteps.” Those outdated phrases don’t capture the essence of our relationship as writers. We had different interests, and took very different paths in our careers. But if it hadn’t been for Dad, I might not have considered trying to make a living slinging words on a page, or screen. With Father’s Day coming up next week, the Weekend team thought it would be interesting to ask some fathers, sons and daughters who work in optical to tell us about their experiences working together. Here’s what we learned.
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In Case you Missed It - VMail's Top Stories of the Week

Optometry Cares—The AOA Foundation to help practices damaged from civil unrest, registration for Vision Expo West opens, ECPs' revenues pick up across the country, National Vision provides update on store reopenings, and introduces "Roadmap to Reopening" all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

OFDR to Help Practices Damaged from Civil Unrest or Natural Disasters

Registration Now Open for Vision Expo West 2020

ECPs' Revenues Pick Up Across Country, Per COVID-19 Performance Tracker

National Vision Provides Update on Store Reopenings, April and May Sales Introduces New ‘Roadmap to Reopening’ Content

Insta Pick - Noteworthy Posts From the People We Follow

Editor's Pick

Most ECPs' Businesses Reopen and Their Business Improved During June 5 to 9 Period, Per 11th Wave of Jobson's ECP Coronavirus Survey

NEW YORK—Ninety percent of eyecare professionals, primarily independent optometrists and opticians, are now reporting that their practices have reopened as of the June 5 to 9 period, according to the 11th Wave of Jobson Research's ECP Coronavirus Survey. Of those, 42 percent of those have been opened for a month, 34 percent for three to four weeks now, 18 percent for one to two weeks, and six percent for just a week or less. Among them, despite more limited hours and seeing fewer patients per day compared to the levels of the pre COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing recommendations of the CDC, their state associations and their counties and local governments, sales are slowly improving overall compared to prior Waves.
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VM's News Quiz

VM's New Quiz for Week of June 7: Bouncing Back, Who Said It and Dear Old Dad

Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s news quiz to see how much you know. This week's News Quiz takes a look at how ECPs get back to business, looting woes for an optical retailer and celebrating Father's Day during a pandemic. Click here to take VM's News Quiz for the week of June 7. VM's News Quiz is published every Saturday as part of VMAIL Weekend.
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Tweet of the Week

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Community Voices

Strength and Spirit: A First Person Account of Rebuilding From a Shocking Night

“We had been open throughout COVID as an essential business. We had furloughed our entire staff (admittedly they were always a phone call away), adjusted the working hours for Dr. Stephen Rozenberg and myself so that we could man the shop, and we applied for the PPP money and government assistance. We were practically the only brick-and-mortar optical open in New York City. But on Sunday night, May 31 at 11:00 p.m. the alarm went off in our shop. The security camera links to my iPhone. I could see hordes of vandals and thieves flooding into 10/10 Optics, destroying our place. By the time we got there 20 minutes later, the looters were gone and the police were there. NYC sounded like a bad movie." Read Ruth Domber's first-person account about 10/10 Optics.
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