FYidoctors Names Verret as VP of Digital and Brand as it Moves to Provide a ‘Superior Digital Experience to Consumers’

By Staff
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:24 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-controlled eyecare company, said it has named Elara Verret to its leadership team in the role of vice president, digital and brand. Verret is an award-winning marketing and e-commerce leader with more than 15 years of progressively responsible experience in notable Canadian and international multi-brand platforms, according to a recent announcement.

Frames Data and OptiStore ONE Launch New Canadian Integration

By Staff
Monday, November 30, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Deen & Associates Software Architects, based in Toronto, Ontario, has announced a new integration with Frames Data Immediate, Frames Data's Canadian database of eyewear.

FYidoctors Expands Further in Alberta With Addition of Vision Care Plus

By Staff
Monday, November 30, 2020 12:21 AM CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a leading optometrist-controlled eyecare company, said it has completed a merger deal with Vision Care Plus, based in Alberta.

Prevent Blindness Declares December as 'Give the Gift of Sight Month'

By Staff
Monday, November 30, 2020 12:18 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has continued its mission to advocate, educate and empower people to make healthy vision a priority. The group is declaring December as “Give the Gift of Sight Month,” asking the public to reflect on the joys of healthy vision, and donate to Prevent Blindness. 

RestoringVision Is Fundraising on Giving Tuesday to Help 50,000 People See Clearly During the Pandemic

By Staff
Monday, November 30, 2020 12:15 AM SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—RestoringVision, the largest nonprofit provider of new reading glasses to people living in impoverished communities around the world, is seeking to help 50,000 people see clearly again by raising $50,000 on Giving Tuesday. Each year, RestoringVision works to turn Giving Tuesday into Giving Sight Day by bringing together like-minded people and companies to create access to glasses for people in need around the world. This year, RestoringVision’s Giving Sight Day theme is "Vision Brings Us Together."

Doctors Say CDC Should Warn People the Side Effects from COVID Vaccine Shots Won’t Be ‘A Walk in the Park’

By Staff
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 2:59 PM We really need to make patients aware that this is not going to be a walk in the park. They are going to know they had a vaccine. They are probably not going to feel wonderful. But they’ve got to come back for that second dose.

Digital Adoption Has Taken a ‘Quantum Leap’ Across Organizations and Industries, According to McKinsey

By Staff
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 1:58 PM NEW YORK—During the second and third quarters of 2020, the COVID-19 crisis has brought about “years of change in the way companies in all sectors and regions do business,” according to a recent McKinsey report and analysis. Citing its new McKinsey Global Survey of executives, the consulting firm noted that the companies surveyed have accelerated the digitization of their customer and supply-chain interactions and of their internal operations by three to four years.

In addition, the share of digital or digitally enabled products in their portfolios has accelerated by “a shocking seven years,” McKinsey said in a post on its website.

“Nearly all respondents say that their companies have stood up at least temporary solutions to meet many of the new demands on them, and much more quickly than they had thought possible before the crisis,” according to the consulting firm. “What’s more, respondents expect most of these changes to be long lasting and are already making the kinds of investments that all but ensure they will stick.”

McKinsey noted that when it asked executives about the impact of the crisis on a range of measures, the executives noted that funding for digital initiatives has increased more than anything else—more than increases in costs, the number of people in technology roles, and the number of customers.

“To stay competitive in this new business and economic environment requires new strategies and practices,” McKinsey said. “Our findings suggest that executives are taking note: most respondents recognize technology’s strategic importance as a critical component of the business, not just a source of cost efficiencies.”

What May Have Made COVID-19 So Hard to Contain

By Staff
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 11:23 AM According to The New York Times, new research has uncovered just what might have made COVID-19 so contagious and so hard to contain: an early mutation, which gave the virus an edge when it comes to infecting hosts. Head over to The New York Times for an explaination on how it all might have gone down.

As Daily Cases of the Virus Consistently Top 100,000 Per Day, Optical Sales Remain Flat, Jobson Tracker Says

By Staff
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—With 20 days in a row of more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day throughout the U.S., according to The COVID Tracking Project, optical sales nationwide remained flat over the past week. For the week of Nov. 16-22, only two categories—gross revenue and lens pairs—showed an uptick of 1 index point, according to the Jobson COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker. Regionally, optical sales were either flat or changed by only 1 index point up or down.

Eyes On 2021 Concludes as One of the Largest Virtual Optometry Events of 2020

By Staff
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:24 AM SAN DIEGO—CovalentCareers wrapped up its Eyes On 2021 on Sunday, Nov. 22. The three-day virtual event was one of the largest virtual optometry events of 2020 with over 6,000 eyecare registrants, 4,500+ attendees and more than one million minutes of content watched across three days, the organization said.

American Public Health Association Honors Five Ocular Scientists for COVID-19 Papers

By Staff
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:21 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—The American Public Health Association has recognized the work of five of the world’s most prominent ocular scientists with its 2020 Vision Care Section Outstanding Scientific Paper Award. Two papers published by the group as the COVID-19 pandemic took root provided timely, evidence-based guidance to address and correct misinformation regarding safe contact lens wear.

141 Years of History, and a New Location to Boot: St. Louis Icon Erkers Eyewear

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 3:18 PM ST. LOUIS—It was over 100 years ago, in 1879, when A.P. Erker arrived in the U.S. from Germany and founded Erkers in St. Louis, Missouri. Within a few years, A.P.’s brother August joined the business, and the rest, as they say, is history. Erkers is officially the first optical laboratory west of the Mississippi River, and also served as the official photographer for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. The company is a steadfast and integral part of both St. Louis’ history and American optical history—and that stands true to today. 

The Crucial Role of Data Sharing in Optimizing Patient Care

By Staff
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 1:10 PM A new report from Optum, the pharmacy benefit manager and care services unit of UnitedHealth Group, that examines the crucial role of data sharing in optimizing patient care. As Optum observed, “The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced the idea that optimized care for patients can be achieved through communication, collaboration, and data sharing across health care organizations. But this linkage has been otherwise difficult to accomplish.

Embracing a Very Different Thanksgiving

By Staff
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:30 PM NEW YORK—Like almost everything else that’s happened in 2020, this year’s Thanksgiving celebrations are going to be very different from what we’re used to. Although we’ve been battling COVID-19 for months now, the passage of time hasn’t actually made missing out on events and gatherings with our loved ones much easier, and Thanksgiving is no exception. This time of year is associated with spending time with loved ones who we might not get to see otherwise—but this year, experts including the CDC have heavily discouraged travel and gathering with people outside our immediate households. While these sacrifices are imperative for protecting physical health, there’s no question they have an effect on our mental health—positive in some ways, and negative in others. Read More

1 in 3 Parents Say Holiday Gathering Worth COVID Risk

By Staff
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 10:06 AM