Vision Monday VMail Weekend

August 21, 2021|


Novel Visual Prosthesis Brain Implant Moves to Clinical Trial

Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology are launching clinical trials of an artificial vision system that has the potential to restore partial vision to people who have lost their sight. The first-of-its-kind system, known as the Intracortical Visual Prosthesis (ICVP), is an implant that connects directly to the brain’s visual cortex, bypassing the retina and optic nerves. The National Institutes of Health has awarded Illinois Tech researchers $2.5 million for the first year of a three-year project that includes implanting their new type of wireless visual prosthesis system in volunteers. 
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In Case you Missed It - VMail's Top Stories of the Week

Momentum builds for Vision Expo West, ECPs express pandemic concerns in Jobson survey, Alcon reports strong 2Q sales, CLI opens See Tomorrow sweepstakes and VM Summit session explores changes in retail landscape all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Show Organizers Report Momentum Builds for Vision Expo West 2021 as They Reaffirm Commitment to Safe, In-Person Show

ECPs Express Increased Concerns About Patient Traffic, Professional Staffing Issues and More Hesitancy About Travel in Jobson Research Aug. 13-16 ECP Coronavirus Survey

Alcon Cites ‘Strong Commercial Execution’ of New Product Launches for Driving Second-Quarter Sales, Income Growth

Contact Lens Institute Research Uncovers Changes in Spending Habits and Future Plans and Opens ‘See Tomorrow’ Sweepstakes

VM Summit Session Explores Changes in Retail Landscape and Shopper Trends, Online and In-Person

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Editor's Pick

VM Summit’s ECP Panelists Share How They Adapted to New Patient Experiences and Mindset Amid COVID Pandemic

NEW YORK—Adapting and pivoting were two of the key actions eyecare professionals said they took over the past 18 months as they looked for ways to respond effectively to the ongoing COVID pandemic. These comments were expressed during the latest Vision Monday Leadership Summit session, held virtually on Aug. 11. The session, titled “Capturing the Imagination and Loyalty of Today’s Patients,” was moderated by Matt Alpert, OD, owner of Alpert Vision Care in Los Angeles. Alpert led four panelists in an in-depth discussion covering the different approaches  the four distinct practices took, and are still taking, to manage their business and adapt to changing consumer and patient priorities.
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VM's News Quiz

VM's News Quiz for the Week of August 15: Getting the Booster Shot, Consumer Technology Sales and Staying Afloat in a Pandemic

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 getting the booster shot, consumer technology sales and staying afloat in a pandemic.
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Tweet of the Week

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Optical on Main Street

A Special Spot to Show Off New Frames

NEW YORK—A visit to the optometrist’s office is a unique experience in the health care world, because it often means that patients get to come away with something exciting—new glasses. While many patients dread all forms of doctors’ appointments, there’s no denying that the new frame feeling makes any and all time spent in the optometrist’s chair worth it, and, for many ECPs, it’s also part of their job that they want to share with all.
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