VM Summit Session Examines How to Rebuild Patient Trust in the Wake of the Pandemic

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Friday, October 22, 2021 2:30 PM NEW YORK—As the Oct. 20 virtual VM Leadership Summit kicked off on Wednesday afternoon, two expert speakers talked about how the pandemic has put patients' trust to the test, and more importantly, how providers can tackle the issue of misinformation and help counter the formidable challenge of rebuilding that trust. In a session titled Rebuilding Trust, Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer for WebMD and Jennifer Hauser, head of Edelman’s Wellness 360 business unit, shared views about how today’s eyecare professionals can build trust with their patients. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: Parents Increasingly Seek Myopia Management, Says GMAC’s Two-Year Study

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Friday, October 22, 2021 2:26 PM The Global Myopia Awareness Coalition (GMAC) conducted a study between 2019 and 2021 to get a better idea of parents’ awareness and perceptions about myopia. The organization analyzed two main sources of data: an online survey that was sent to parents of children under 18 years old, and Google trends that tracked the ongoing searches related to myopia. Now, GMAC has released the results from this two-year study, and there were several key takeaways. Read More

Predicting This Year's Most Popular Costumes

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Friday, October 22, 2021 12:54 PM With Halloween just around the corner, you may be finding yourself in one of two scenarios: stuck for costume ideas, or worried everyone will be wearing the same thing as you this October 31. Thankfully, Google's annual Frightgeist feature, which complies Google searches and data to determine the most popular Halloween costimes each year, is here to help. Head over to Patch to learn more about the feature, or head straight to Frightgeist to try it out for yourself. You can search locally or nationwide. 

Pandemics ‘Change the Shape of Economies,’ According to New KPMG Report

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Friday, October 22, 2021 12:23 PM NEW YORK—A comprehensive report issued this month by the accounting and management services firm KPMG takes a closer look at how the current pandemic has impacted the U.S. and global economic landscape. As the firm notes in its report, “Pandemics of the length and scope of the current COVID-19 pandemic can change the economic and geopolitical landscape, literally shape shifting economies in their wake. Data on the shape of economies after pandemics shows higher savings rates, a smaller labor force, lower real interest rates, higher wages, wealth destruction, and lower capital expenditures.”

In addition the report, “Shape Shifting: How the pandemic is changing the contours of the economy,” finds that in many cases the rate of interest was below the rate of growth after past pandemics.

In addition to population growth patterns, wages and working remotely, KPMG looks into retirement trends and finds some interesting trends that likely will play out for employers for several more years. As the report notes, “In addition to a falling population, retirement rose during the pandemic.” The implications and trends, according to KPMG, are:

• Labor force participation among those over the age of 65 was one of the fastest growing cohorts over the past two decades. The pandemic appears to have reversed this.

• For the approximately 1 million workers below the age of 65 who retired during the pandemic, it is very possible they will return to the labor force if the economic recovery is long and/or strong enough. This would be good news for employers and the outlook for economic growth.

• For around 2.5 million people over the age of 68 who retired during the pandemic, their return is unlikely. This poses a structural drag on consumption and in turn inflation in the years ahead.

Insta-Pick for 10-23-21

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Friday, October 22, 2021 8:25 AM

VM's News Quiz for the Week of October 17: A New Program for Eyemart Express, Breakthrough Infections and Virtual Try-On Tech

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Friday, October 22, 2021 8:20 AM 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 a new program for Eyemart Express, breakthrough COVID-19 infections and virtual try-on tech.

Allentown Optical's Tweet for 10-23-21

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Friday, October 22, 2021 8:15 AM

InVision Eye Care's Tweet for 10-23-21

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Friday, October 22, 2021 8:14 AM

WeShareIt 10-23-21

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Friday, October 22, 2021 8:10 AM These vintage-inspired prints are a unique, interesting way to change up your office wall décor. You can pick them up on Amazon here. #WeShareIt

VM Summit Session Examines How to Rebuild Patient Trust in the Wake of the Pandemic

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Friday, October 22, 2021 12:36 AM VM Summit session examines rebuilding patient trust, Retina Consultants of America adds Colorado Retina Associates, ECPs are hopeful about business but concerned about staffing, Jobson’s ECP Survey says, Eyemart Express rolls out ‘Buy-Online, Pick-Up in Store’ and Optical Academy launches mobile vision lab fleet all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

VM Summit Session Examines How to Rebuild Patient Trust in the Wake of the Pandemic

By Staff
Friday, October 22, 2021 12:33 AM NEW YORK—As the Oct. 20 virtual VM Leadership Summit kicked off on Wednesday afternoon, two expert speakers talked about how the pandemic has put patients' trust to the test, and more importantly, how providers can tackle the issue of misinformation and help counter the formidable challenge of rebuilding that trust. In a session titled Rebuilding Trust, Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer for WebMD and Jennifer Hauser, head of Edelman’s Wellness 360 business unit, shared views about how today’s eyecare professionals can build trust with their patients.

Registration is Now Open for IDOC’s The Connection 2022 Event to Feature IDOC’s New Practice Management Services

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Friday, October 22, 2021 12:30 AM NORWALK, Conn.—Returning to a live, in-person format for 2022, IDOC’s annual national conference, The Connection, is scheduled for Feb. 24-26 in Orlando, Fla.

New Essilor Vision Care Center to Host First Virtual Global Varilux Summit

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Friday, October 22, 2021 12:27 AM DALLAS—Essilor announces the creation of a state-of-the-art digital event platform, the Essilor Vision Care Center, and opens registration for the center’s inaugural event: the Global Varilux Summit.

National Vision Issues First Corporate Responsibility Report, 'A World Worth Seeing'

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Friday, October 22, 2021 12:24 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) released its first Corporate Responsibility Report, titled A World Worth Seeing as part of its ongoing efforts to increase transparency in its environmental, social and governance (ESG) activities.

Aurion Forms Medical Advisory Board With Eminent Ophthalmologists

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Friday, October 22, 2021 12:21 AM SEATTLE, BOSTON and TOKYO—Aurion Biotech, which is developing novel treatments for preventing blindness, has formed a medical advisory board composed of eminent ophthalmologists. The board will collaborate with the company’s executive team in clinical development, and is chaired by Edward Holland, MD, who was recently appointed as Aurion Biotech's chief medical advisor. “The doctors on this board are among the best in our field,” said Dr. Holland. “Their expertise, commitment to, and enthusiasm for Aurion Biotech’s cell therapy speak volumes about the transformational potential of this treatment to cure blindness resulting from corneal endothelial disease. I welcome their contributions. It’s a privilege to work closely with each of them.”