Alliance for Patient Safety Says U.S. House Committee Initiates Effort to Delay New Contact Lens Rule

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:33 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS) said Wednesday the U.S. House's Committee on Appropriations is moving to delay the effective date and enforcement of the amendments in the recently finalized Contact Lens Rule. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its updated CL rule late last month, as VMAIL reported. A number of other companies and optical organizations, including the American Optometric Association, also have publicly declared their opposition to the FTC's updated CL rule, as VMAIL reported.

Virtual Vision Grows Up: A VM Conversation with Dr. Jacqueline Evans and Andrew Karp

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:30 AM Jacqueline Evans, OD, has skillfully integrated telehealth into her independent optometric practice in Denver. Colo. In a wide-ranging video interview with VM's Andrew Karp, Dr. Evans explains how she utilizes ocular telehealth technology to provide comprehensive eye exams remotely, what types of patients are best suited for telehealth and what the learning curve is like for optometrists who want to add virtual vision care to their practice.

Virtual EYE2EYE Series Continues on July 22, 'Open Your Eyes! What Allyship of Diversity & Inclusion Looks Like,' With Various Optical Industry Leaders

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and Vision Expo will host "Open Your Eyes! What Allyship of Diversity & Inclusion Looks Like" as part of the Virtual EYE2EYE Series, a weekly series of virtual panels and interactive conversations inspired by Vision Expo’s EYE2EYE educational series. This Coffee Talk session will be hosted on Wednesday, July 22 at 12:15 p.m. EDT. The session will be moderated by Howard Purcell, OD, FAAO, president of New England College of Optometry.

Vision for Life Announces Financial Support to Help Primary Vision Care Providers During COVID-19

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:25 AM Essilor’s social impact fund, Vision for Life, announced a €300,000 financial support scheme to help over 1,800 vulnerable primary vision care providers, whose livelihoods are at risk due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Shopko Optical Names Richard Chapman as Vice President of Sales

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:24 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Shopko Optical, the 80-location optical retailer based here, has named Richard Chapman to its leadership team as vice president of sales. Chapman joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in both multi-store retail leadership and optical retail. As vice president of sales, Chapman will lead the retail sales efforts of Shopko Optical’s centers to deliver excellent customer service and patient care, according to an announcement this week from the company.

NECO Adds Five New Members to Board of Trustees

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:21 AM BOSTON, Mass.—The New England College of Optometry has announced five additions to its Board of Trustees. The board is responsible for NECO’s educational mission and fiscal oversight. The new trustees are: Linda Bennett, OD, founder of Bennett Family Eye and former president of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists; Katherine Coffey, OD, founder of Coffey Eye Care and former president of the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists; Alan Glazier, OD, founder of ODs on Facebook; Janet LaBreck, former Obama White House commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration and first Black commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind; and Valarie Ricciardi, OD, practitioner with and administrator of Central Massachusetts Vision Source as well as Vision Source regional administrator.

NovaSight Closes $8 Million Series A Financing

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:18 AM AIRPORT CITY, Israel—NovaSight, an Israeli start-up specializing in vision care solutions based on AI and eye tracking technology, announced Tuesday that it has finalized its round A financing totaling $8 million. The round was led by Rimonci Capital and joined by strategic investors from both pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Prior to this round the company raised $8 million for a total of $16 million. NovaSight said the funds will be used to advance research in a large multi-center randomized pivotal study that will support FDA 510(k) clearance for its lazy eye treatment device and for the development of future eyecare products such as eye-tracking based active glasses for myopia control.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: LensCrafters and OneSight

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. LensCrafters has launched LensCrafters Cares, an eight-week dedicated initiative in partnership with OneSight. The program officially began on July 13, and is designed to directly support communities affected by COVID-19 by providing complimentary comprehensive eye exams and glasses to recipients with limited means. The exams will take place at LensCrafters core stores across the U.S. and Canada. Through the program, OneSight will partner with local non-profits, including Prevent Blindness, to identify people in need of vision care.

Good’s Launches First Collection

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:09 AM

Kenmark’s Original Penguin Intros New Sun Styles

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:06 AM

Gunnar Optiks Debuts Cruz Kids Blue Light Collection

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:03 AM

Tom Hanks Talks COVID

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:45 PM Back in March, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were two of the first big-name celebrities to be diagnosed with COVID-19. Thankfully, Hanks and Wilson recovered, and have been donating plasma to help doctors learn more about the virus. Still, there's much about COVID-19 that is unknown, and testimony from those who have recovered can be invaluable. This week, Hanks appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and spent some time discussing his experience, including how his symptoms differed from his wife's. Head over to Mashable to learn more.

Coronavirus Could Push Back-To-School Spending to Record Level as Uncertain Families Gear Up for At-Home Learning

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:54 PM WASHINGTON—Consumers tentatively plan to spend a record amount to prepare students for school and college this year as they buy more laptops and computer accessories in anticipation that at least some classes will take place online because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the annual survey released this week by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

“By any measure, this is an unprecedented year with great uncertainty, including how students will get their education this fall whether they are in kindergarten or college,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Most parents don’t know whether their children will be sitting in a classroom or in front of a computer in the dining room, or a combination of the two. But they do know the value of an education and are navigating uncertainty and unknowns so that students are prepared.”

Parents with children in elementary school through high school say they plan to spend an average $789.49 per family, topping the previous record of $696.70 they said they would spend last year. Spending is expected to total $33.9 billion, up from $26.2 billion last year and breaking the record of $30.3 billion set in 2012.

College students and their families expect to spend an average $1,059.20 per family, which would top last year’s record of $976.78. College spending is expected to total $67.7 billion, up from $54.5 billion last year and breaking the record of $55.3 billion set in 2018.

Insights for 7-16-20

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:24 AM We know some people have differing opinions on [wearing face masks]. We also recognize the role we can play to help protect the health and well-being of the communities we serve by following the evolving guidance of health officials like the CDC. We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of our customers and members in wearing face coverings to protect their safety and the safety of our associates.

Review of Optometry: He Kept His Eye on the Ball

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020 6:30 AM A 44-year-old male presented to the office for a routine eye exam. He reported that his vision was fine at distance but that he now needed reading glasses. He denied previous surgery or any history of glaucoma, but he did say he incurred a blunt trauma—hit in the face with a football—to his right eye three years earlier. He denied systemic diseases and allergies of any kind. His best-corrected entering visual acuities were 20/20 OD and 20/20 OS at distance and near. Refraction uncovered mild hyperopia with presbyopia measuring +0.50/+1.75 OU. His external examination was unremarkable with no evidence of afferent pupillary defect. Read More