Prevent Blindness Declares August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month to Educate Public on the Importance of Healthy Vision for Kids

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:27 AM CHICAGO—In August, as many children are headed back to school, one of the best ways to help students succeed in the classroom is to make sure they are seeing clearly. Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest eye health and safety nonprofit organization, has declared August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month to provide the public with helpful information to put kids on the path to a lifetime of healthy vision. According to the recent study, Children’s Vision and Eye Health: A Snapshot of Current National Issues 2nd Edition,” vision has a critical role in children’s physical, cognitive, and social development, and visual functioning is a strong predictor of academic performance in school-age children.

Kings Guard Gaming and VSP Global Innovation Center Establish Partnership With a Focus on Eye Health and Vision Performance

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:24 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Kings Guard Gaming, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, and the VSP Global Innovation Center have announced a multi-year partnership to promote eye health in the gaming community and leverage emerging technology to improve vision performance for the athletes. The partnership also names Dr. Randall Fuerst, a VSP network optometrist, as the official eye doctor of the Kings Guard Gaming team who will work with the esports athletes on personalized vision training regimens to improve player performance in the 2021-2022 NBA 2K League season.

Essilor Vision Foundation Promotes Clear Vision for Schoolchildren

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:21 AM DALLAS, TEXAS—As the new school year approaches, Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) is raising awareness among school nurses, teachers and parents of the need for children to have clear vision through its Champions for Sight and Kids Vision for Life programs. Being able to see clearly is especially critical for school-age children, since 80 percent of what a child learns in their first 12 years is visual. Students with undiagnosed vision impairments are three times more likely to fail a grade than children with 20/20 vision. One in four schoolchildren has a vision impairment significant enough to affect their ability to learn, according to the American Optometric Association.

Safilo’s Blenders Eyewear Expands E-Commerce to U.K. and Ireland After Successful Launches in Canada and Australia

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:18 AM PADUA, Italy and SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Blenders Eyewear, part of Safilo Group, is taking a further step in its international growth and development projects. Following the launch of the brand’s e-commerce platform in Canada and Australia in the first quarter of 2021, Blenders will now enter the United Kingdom and Ireland, targeting Europe’s largest e-commerce audiences. Shoppers across both regions will now have full access to Blenders, which is inspired by the California active lifestyle and focuses on Millennial and Gen Z shoppers.

EyeCare4Kids Reaches '400,000 Kids Helped' Milestone

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:15 AM MIDVALE, Utah—EyeCare4Kids has announced it has officially helped 400,000 children access eyecare. Nine-year-old Santi Morales became the nonprofit’s 400,000th child helped when he visited a mobile clinic at a Salt Lake City-area Boys and Girls Club and received free vision care and eyeglasses. Established in 2001, EyeCare4Kids has both stand-alone and mobile clinics in four states. The nonprofit is also just three months away from the grand opening of its main clinic in Midvale, Utah, on October 29. This clinic will provide EyeCare4Kids with sufficient space to care for an additional 20,000 children annually in Utah.

The Washington Post Will Require Employees to Be Vaccinated

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:04 AM Even though the overwhelming majority of Post employees have already provided proof of vaccination, I do not take this decision lightly. However, in considering the serious health issues and genuine safety concerns of so many Post employees, I believe the plan is the right one.

Canadian ECP Myopia Survey Is Now Available

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:02 AM The 2021 Canadian ECP survey on the usage of and attitudes toward myopia control therapies is now available. Results of the myopia survey will help organizations with competitive positioning, identify required adjustments in priorities and determining opportunities to better serve the needs of clients in this important new category.

The U.S. States Closest to Full Vaccination

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 3:25 PM The U.S. was quick off the blocks in its vaccination campaign but its pace has now slackened considerably. Earlier in the year, the world looked on with envy as the U.S. got jabs into arms at lighting speed but by late July, it had only managed to fully vaccinate 48.7 percent of its population. Many of the countries that looked on with envy back in February and March have now surpassed the U.S. in terms of full vaccinations and the list includes Canada (54.7 percent), Spain (54.3 percent) and Germany (48.7 percent) according to Our World in Data.

The current level of vaccination in the U.S. is not high enough to stop the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant of Covid-19 and 48 states saw their case count grow by 10 percent over the past week while 34 percent experienced a 50 percent leap. 

Olympians Outside the Olympics

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 12:16 PM For some Olympians, training and competing in their sport is a full time job—for others, it's something akin to a side hustle. Many Olympians around the world have full time jobs outside their sport, including priests, teachers, doctors, lawyers, business owners and more. Head over to BuzzFeed to learn more about Olympic athletes and their day jobs. 

Optical Sales Increased for the Week of July 19-25, Jobson’s Latest Weekly Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 9:03 AM NEW YORK—Optical sales increased slightly last week, July 19-25, with most product/service categories on the upswing, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased by 1 index point, bringing it to within 1 index point of the level it reached at this point last year and 3 index points above where it was in 2019. All optical sales categories, except contact lenses, experienced slight upticks last week. Exams/refractions had the largest increase of 3 index points, while contact lenses at the other end of the sales spectrum decreased by 1 index point. Rounding out the increases were lens pairs, which were up 2 index points and frame units, up 1 index point. Read More

20/20 Europe: Luxottica Frames Spotted at the 74th Cannes Film Festival

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 9:00 AM Luxottica has issued a raft of new images of celebrities wearing their brands, including the iconic collection Ray-Ban, at the Cannes Film Festival this summer. Among the famous faces wearing the sunglasses were icons of the cinema: Sean Penn, Owen Wilson, Wes Anderson, Pedro Almodovar, Benicio del Toro and Sophie Marceau. Sean Penn and Owen Wilson wore the iconic Ray-Ban Aviator 3025, and Izabel Goulart—the Brazilian fashion model—was seen wearing Ray-Ban State Street, a larger sized frame for women offering a hot retro look. This style will be featured in the new You Are On campaign. Read More

[Partner Post] Introducing the Varilux® Challenge

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 8:29 AM You’re faced with a variety of progressive lenses to recommend to your patients, but they are not created equal. When Eyecare Professionals insisted on Varilux lenses with every presbyopic patient for 30 days, not only did they provide sharp, seamless vision so that their patients could truly see no limits, but they also created trust, loyalty and increased profitability for their eyecare practices. See for yourself and take the Varilux Challenge today by going to VariluxChallenge.com.