ABB Verify Enhances Its Vision Care Benefits Optimization Platform

By Click Staff
Friday, February 26, 2021 8:10 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Verify is launching an enhancement to its vision care benefits optimization platform from ABB Optical Group. ABB Verify’s new feature allows ECPs who utilize ABB Verify to retrieve medical plan information in addition to the current vision insurance search offering. This will provide ECPs with a centralized location to review both vision and medical eligibility and benefits information.

California’s Total Vision Adds New Partnership With Golden Hills Optometry of San Jose Region

By Staff
Friday, February 26, 2021 12:24 AM Total Vision forms new partnership, Bausch Health adds directors to board, Alcon reports Q4 sales gain, Jobson Research issues COVID-19 special report and Solstice Sunglasses files for bankruptcy protection all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Sunvera Group Announces New Partnership With Kellis Eye & Laser Center as its Expands into Ohio

By Staff
Friday, February 26, 2021 12:21 AM BINGHAM FARMS, Mich.—Sunvera Group, a management services organization providing services to ophthalmology practices across multiple subspecialties, announced the addition of Kellis Eye & Laser Center to its platform.

Kristen Dalli Joins Jobson as Managing Editor of Review of Myopia Management

By Staff
Friday, February 26, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Medical Information announced that Kristen Dalli will be joining Review of Myopia Management (RMM) as the managing editor. In her new role, Dalli will be working directly with John Sailer, editor-in-chief.

CloudMD to Acquire VisionPros Digital Eyecare Platform

By Staff
Friday, February 26, 2021 12:15 AM VANCOUVER, British Columbia—CloudMD Software & Services Inc. (OTCQB: DOCRF), a telehealth software company, announced last week that it has agreed to acquire VisionPros, a vertically integrated digital eyewear platform and e-tailer, based here.

Hilco Vision’s SeeGreen Microfiber Terry Towels

By Staff
Friday, February 26, 2021 12:11 AM

‘Value and Values’: Unilever’s Top Marketer on the Key to Marketing Through a Recession

By Staff
Friday, February 26, 2021 12:01 AM [What a brand stands for] is about value, but it is also about ‘values.’ Because what we have also seen during Covid is people are becoming more conscious in their consumption. Conscious in knowing that we live on one planet and that everything interacts, and that they themselves can play a role in making this a more sustainable place to live.

January Retail Sales Show Strong Increase Boosted By Stimulus Funds and Momentum From Record Holidays

By Staff
Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:14 PM WASHINGTON—Retail sales grew sharply in January as government stimulus checks provided a boost and momentum from 2020’s record holiday season carried over into the new year, according to a recent feature from the the National Retail Federation.

The U.S. Census Bureau said overall retail sales in January were up 5.3 percent seasonally adjusted from December and up 7.4 percent year-over-year. That compares with a monthly drop of 1 percent but a yearly gain of 2.5 percent in December. Despite month-over-month declines in the last quarter of 2020, sales have grown year-over-year every month since June, according to Census data.

“January’s retail sales numbers reflect a very strong start for consumers and retailers as we look ahead to a critical year curbing the global pandemic and strengthening our economic recovery,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Consumers and the economy as a whole remain in good shape despite unprecedented adversity over the past year, and congressional action has been a lifeline for households and businesses disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Empty Tourist Destinations Around the World

By Staff
Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:29 PM With travel mostly at a standstill, many of the world's most famous sights and tourist destinations have been deserted for the first time ever. Head over to the Telegraph's Twitter account to take a look at the world's most famous destinations in a way you've never seen them before, or to the Telegraph's website for more. 

COVID-19: Is It Time for Optimism?

By Staff
Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:32 AM When the first COVID vaccines arrived, people started talking about the “light at the end of the tunnel.” Then the post-holidays surge hit with record numbers of cases and deaths, virus variants emerged, and that light was feeling pretty dim. But now as cases and hospitalizations have dramatically dropped, are we finally getting close to the end of the tunnel?

COVID-19: Is It Time for Optimism?

By Staff
Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:29 AM When the first COVID vaccines arrived, people started talking about the “light at the end of the tunnel.” Then the post-holidays surge hit with record numbers of cases and deaths, virus variants emerged, and that light was feeling pretty dim. But now as cases and hospitalizations have dramatically dropped, are we finally getting close to the end of the tunnel?

Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety Names Teitelbaum as Executive Director

By Staff
Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS), an organization founded in 2018 to advocate for both patient safety and a strong doctor-patient relationship, has named Alison Teitelbaum, MS, MPH, CAE, as its new executive director.

My Vision Show to Host 'Share Your Vision' March 25-28, and New My Vision Show Galleria, an Ongoing Virtual Conference Platform

By Staff
Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK—My Vision Show, the ever-growing virtual showcase, is back with a brand new event and an updated platform. Share Your Vision will be held on March 25-28, 2021 although the platform is open for registration on an invited, membership basis, to enable attendees to customize their own experience and interaction.

Frame Sterilization Technology Tops List of Office Enhancements as a Result of COVID-19

By Staff
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 4:56 PM The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked the need for many changes in the office, and ODs have had to make adjustments to keep the office and exam experience safe and comfortable for patients. Respondents shared that they made new technology purchases for the optical (52 percent), the exam room and pretesting area (52 percent) and for billing or the front office area (32 percent), according to a recent Women In Optometry Pop-Up Poll.

Technology for sterilizing frames topped the new purchase list, with 75 percent of respondents saying that they added a new way of cleaning frames between patients. Other common responses included:

• Diagnostic instruments that allow for social distancing: 50 percent
• Kiosks for taking patients’ temperature: 40 percent
• Telemedicine applications: 35 percent
• EMR to enable work-at-home options: 20 percent

Click here to read the full story from Women In Optometry.

All Optical Sales Categories Suffer Substantial Declines Due to Severe Winter Weather, Jobson Practice Performance Tracker Says

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—All optical sales categories suffered substantial declines nationally over the course of last week (Feb. 15-21) due to historically severe winter weather, according to Jobson’s Practice Performance Tracker. Declines in optical sales ranged from -14 index points for contact lenses to -16 index points for gross revenue and lens pairs. These numbers are likely to rebound when the impact from severe winter weather has passed. Also this past week, the U.S. approached an unfortunate milestone, half a million dead due to COVID-19, according to the COVID Tracking Project.