Luxottica to Donate Hundreds of Thousands of Medical Masks

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Friday, April 3, 2020 8:12 AM Luxottica to donate hundreds of thousands of medical masks, VSP Global expands access to essential medical eyecare to all insured members, Mido moves 50th anniversary celebration to February 2021, Vision Expo announces Virtual Connections program, and Essilor names new CEO in reorganization all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.   

VSP Global Expands Access to Essential Medical Eyecare to All Insured Members

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Friday, April 3, 2020 8:12 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—To meet the needs of its members during the COVID-19 pandemic, VSP Global has expanded access to essential medical eyecare services to include all VSP Vision Care insured members and their covered dependents. The new policy, which VSP Global announced April 1, will provide access to services for 57 million insured VSP members who do not already have this benefit.

Mido Show Moves 50th Anniversay Celebration to Feb. 6-8, 2021

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Friday, April 3, 2020 8:09 AM MILAN—In an announcement today, the management board of Mido said that they had made the difficult but unavoidable decision to move the 50th edition of the show to Feb. 6-8, 2021. “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Italy and its swift spread to the rest of the world, along with doubts about when the crisis will normalize globally, have forced us to make the painful, but crucial, decision,” said Mido president Giovanni Vitaloni.

Vision Expo Announces Virtual Connections Program to Launch in Mid-April

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Friday, April 3, 2020 8:06 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo is announcing Virtual Connections, a new program designed to encourage and facilitate conversations and virtual meetings for Vision Expo East 2020 exhibitors and attendees who had registered for the event that was postponed as a result of COVID-19.

Essilor Names New CEO in Reorganization to Speed Integration With Luxottica

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Friday, April 3, 2020 8:00 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—Essilor (Reuters: ESLX.PA) announced that it has appointed Paul du Saillant as CEO, effective immediately. The move is part of a reorganization aimed at speeding up Essilor's integration with Luxottica “in order to build a more resilient, flexible and agile combined organization,” the company said in a statement. Du Saillant, who has served as deputy CEO of Essilor since 2019 and before that COO, takes over from Laurent Vacherot, who has decided not to lead this new phase in the company’s future and will retire, Essilor said.

AOA Announces Expansion of COVID-19 Response

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Friday, March 27, 2020 10:15 AM AOA announces expansion of COVID-19 response, CMS postpones MIPS deadline and grant exclusions, Essilor of America takes steps to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus crisis, The Vision Council releases Midpoint March COVID-19 study, and My Eyelab and Stanton Optical to offer only telehealth all topped this week's VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

CMS Postpones MIPS Deadline, Grants Exclusions Due to COVID-19 Crisis

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Friday, March 27, 2020 10:09 AM ST. LOUIS—ODs participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System will get a reprieve from some Quality Payment Program deadlines to help facilitate the health care system's response to COVID-19.

Essilor of America Takes Steps to Mitigate Effects of Coronavirus Crisis

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Friday, March 27, 2020 10:06 AM DALLAS—As strict new rules on social gatherings, work and movement went into effect in Dallas County on Tuesday—an effort by local officials to slow the spread of the coronavirus—Essilor of America, based here, took steps to mitigate the effects of the crisis on employees, customers and business partners, both locally and throughout the country.

The Vision Council Releases Midpoint March COVID-19 Study

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Friday, March 27, 2020 10:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has released the results of the Midpoint March COVID-19 Optical Impact Consumer Study to its members. Conducted by The Vision Council’s research team as part of The Vision Council’s monthly VisionWatch survey, the Midpoint March survey builds upon the study launched in February to measure consumers’ level of concern over exposure to COVID-19 and tracks trends in consumer behavior relating to eye exams and intended eyewear purchases. The report released to members compares the results of the February survey to the Midpoint March survey, which includes consumer responses through March 20. 

My Eyelab and Stanton Optical to Offer Only Telehealth in Response to COVID-19

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Friday, March 27, 2020 9:00 AM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—My Eyelab and Stanton Optical, said that in response to the COVID-19 crisis, they will be offering only telehealth eyecare at 119 participating locations.

Additional Optical Retailers and ECPs to Temporarily Close Locations

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Friday, March 20, 2020 10:16 AM Additional optical retailers and ECPs to temporarily close locations, MyEyeDr. to temporarily close all offices, many ECPs reduce office hours as COVID-19 expands, optical retailers temporarily close locations, and National Vision will temporarily close all of its stores, all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed. 

MyEyeDr. to Temporarily Close All Offices in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

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Friday, March 20, 2020 10:14 AM VIENNA, Va.—Today, MyEyeDr. has informed its associates, doctors and patients that it will be temporarily closing all of its offices effective 5:00 p.m. ET today until April 3 due to the coronavirus pandemic. A note from Sue Downes, CEO, said, "As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, MyEyeDr. is taking proactive steps to protect and support our workforce and the communities where we live and work and position our practice for the long term. Our top priority continues to be your safety and wellness, along with that of your families, and all the patients that depend on our clinical care. We had hoped to remain open and available for any urgent patient needs, but at this time, we are making the right decision when balancing the needs of associates, doctors, patients, and the public. We will continue to re-evaluate the timeline as circumstances change."

More Optical Retailers and ECPs Temporarily Close Locations, Modify Services

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Friday, March 20, 2020 10:09 AM NEW YORK—As the impact and spread of the coronavirus pervades much of the U.S., several more major regional and national optical retailers and eyecare practices have made the difficult decision to close their doors temporarily or modify their hours and services to customers and patients. As the week progressed, VMAIL checked in with several companies who debated the decision, and cited the CDC 's recommendation to focus on emergency and urgent care needs and postpone routine eyecare visits, which were issued earlier this week.

National Vision Will Temporarily Close All of its Stores in Response to COVID-19

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Friday, March 20, 2020 10:06 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, announced late Wednesday afternoon that it will temporarily close all retail locations through Sunday, March 28, in response to national efforts to help stem the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said it will continue to closely monitor this global health crisis with a view of reopening its retail stores as quickly as possible and will provide impacted associates full base pay through March 28.