Barcelona Specs Launching Is Postponed to April 2021

By Staff
Thursday, April 9, 2020 12:25 AM Though the hope is that the COVID-19 crisis will be over in a few months, May 2020 is not the right time to launch Barcelona Specs, where the independent eyewear business is celebrated and supported. Therefore, in agreement with partner Silmo, Barcelona Specs has decided to postpone the launching of Barcelona Specs by one year. 

Safilo USA to Implement Salary Reductions, Furloughs Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

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Thursday, April 9, 2020 12:24 AM SECAUCUS, New Jersey—In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Safilo USA employees who can conduct business remotely, including customer care representatives, are working from home in accordance with COVID-19 business guidelines set for the State of New Jersey. The company's North American distribution center in Denver, Colorado remains open with reduced operations, following all safety protocols and in compliance with the CDC’s recommendations. The company also continues to manufacture and assemble Smith goggles at a reduced capacity from its Clearfield, Utah facility. These Smith goggles are part of Goggles for Docs, an effort to provide ski goggles to health care workers who have no eyewear protection while treating patients in the wake of COVID-19.

CooperVision, Americas President Jerry Warner Provides Update on Firm’s Response to Coronavirus

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Thursday, April 9, 2020 12:22 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.— Company teams at CooperVision are “examining every area of our business to identify opportunities” to support ECPs in these difficult times, a letter this week from CooperVision, Americas president Jerry Warner noted. The company also is “mindful that many of you as small business owners are seeking additional resources to support your practices and your contact lens-wearing patients,” the letter to eyecare professionals noted. Warner said that at this time it is “especially important to keep the lines of communication open,’ which, he noted, has prompted him to share an update on what CooperVision is doing as the optical sector contends with coronavirus.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: ADO Practice Solutions, Euclid Systems Corp.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. In response to COVID-19, ADO Practice Solutions, a Walman Company, is providing financial assistance to their members. This financial assistance will be in the form of flexible payment terms for those that need it during this time of uncertainty. As a doctor alliance, ADO offers consolidated billing to their members which means that while they collect millions of dollars in payments each month those payments are to cover what they have already paid their vendors.

Most Americans Say Coronavirus Outbreak Has Impacted Their Lives, Pew Survey Reports

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 2:06 PM As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise and schools, workplaces and public gathering spaces across the U.S. remain closed, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that the coronavirus outbreak is having profound impacts on the personal lives of Americans in a variety of ways. Nearly nine-in-ten U.S. adults say their life has changed at least a little as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, including 44 percent who say their life has changed in a major way.

Amid widespread calls from experts for Americans to socially distance from one another to avoid spreading the virus, what recently seemed like mundane daily activities now elicit concerns from large swaths of the population. About nine-in-ten U.S. adults (91 percent say that, given the current situation, they would feel uncomfortable attending a crowded party. Roughly three-quarters (77 percent) would not want to eat out at a restaurant. 

In the midst of a presidential election year, about two-thirds (66 percent) say they wouldn’t feel comfortable going to a polling place to vote. And smaller but still substantial shares express discomfort even with going to the grocery store (42 percent) or visiting with a close friend or family member in their home (38 percent).

How are people adapting their behavior in light of the outbreak? Four-in-ten working-age adults ages 18 to 64 report having worked from home because of coronavirus concerns—a figure that rises to a majority among working-age adults with college degrees and upper-income earners.

Click here to read the full story from Pew Research Center. 

7 of CooperVision’s Best Practice ODs Discuss The Pandemic, Loans, Helping the Community, and Our Future

By Staff
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 11:52 AM NEW YORK—The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a change in all of our lives, both on a business and personal level. Although everyone is experiencing this change and uncertainty together, navigating this new situation can still feel scary and uncertain. It might feel like no one knows for sure what the best thing to do right now actually is—but it’s always helpful to hear from those in similar situations. As many practices decide to temporarily close, move online or only take emergency patients, knowing what steps to take and what situation everyone else is in can be overwhelming.

The Vision Council Succeeds in Efforts to Win an Issuance of a Proposition 65 Safe Use Determination (SUD) for Exposures to BPA from Certain Polycarbonate Eyewear Products

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:31 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council announced that the State of California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is issuing a Proposition 65 Safe Use Determination (SUD) for exposure to Bisphenol A (BpA) from polycarbonate prescription glasses, non-prescription sunglasses, over-the-counter reading glasses and safety glasses manufactured, distributed or sold by members of The Vision Council.

Keeping Remote Associates Engaged and Motivated

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:25 AM Nava Sarooshi, president of MDP Corporation, lays out a prescription for keeping practice associates engaged and motivated under the constraining circumstances of COVID-19 closures and stay-at-home directives. 

National Vision Provides Update on Additional COVID-19 Related Business Measures

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:25 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE) one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, announced additional COVID-19 related business measures on Tuesday. In addition to the previously noted organization-wide initiatives to reduce expenses and capital expenditures, as VMAIL reported here, National Vision on Tuesday said it has temporarily furloughed a significant portion of its associates.

Alcon Issues Updated COVID-19 Response, Withdraws Full Year 2020 Guidance

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:24 AM GENEVA, Switzerland—Alcon (SIX/NYSE: ALC) announced a series of updates yesterday stemming from the impact of COVID-19, among them the withdrawal of its full year 2020 guidance previously disclosed on Feb. 25.

CTA Tracks COVID-19’s Impact on Tech Use and Purchase

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:56 PM The Consumer Technology Association (www.cta.tech) (CTA) has begun tracking consumer usage and purchases across technology categories, including online services and devices, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization’s new weekly tracker monitors U.S. household use and purchases of tech including online services and devices, during COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the first week of the CTA survey, which was fielded from March 27 to 29:

Two-thirds of U.S. households (66 percent) used a streaming/download service—such as video, gaming or music services—to stay entertained.

Gogosha Optique Announced as Winner of Vision Expo’s Third Annual OPTImum Retail Award

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo today announced Gogosha Optique, located in Los Angeles, Calif., as the winner of the third OPTImum Retail Award, an annual award created in 2016 to celebrate independent retailers and showcase their products, stores, visions and stories. Past winners include Edward Beiner in South Miami, Fla. and Todd Rogers Eyewear in Andover, Mass. Gogosha Optique and the other 2020 finalists—Black Optical (Dallas, Tulsa, Oklahoma City); G is for Glasses (Winnipeg); Globe Specs (Kyoto); and The Eye Place (London)—received awards to recognize their accomplishments and will also be honored at a cocktail party during Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. Additionally, Gogosha Optique will be featured in 20/20 Magazine this Spring.

MEI Donates 500 Thousand Euros for the Covid-19 Emergency

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:25 AM To face the Coronavirus emergency MEI wanted to manifest its solidarity by contributing to the fundraising initiatives launched in the area of its Italian headquarters. Bergamo, Italy is one of the cities most affected by the Covid-19 outbreak in the world.

Safilo Group Updates Business Outlook Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:24 AM PADUA, Italy—In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Safilo Group has issued a statement saying that the 2020 outlook provided by the Company on Dec. 10, 2019, in relation to the release of its Group Business Plan for 2020-2024, is no longer valid. Due to the pandemic, Safilo’s net sales are now expected to decline by 11 percent to 13 percent at constant exchange rates compared to the same quarter in 2019.

SUNY Optometry Opens State-of-the-Art Barbara Saltzman Center for Pediatric Eyecare

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK —The State University of New York College of Optometry announced the official opening of the Barbara Saltzman Center for Pediatric Eye Care which resides in the University Eye Center.