The Vision Council Concludes Successful 2022 National Sunglasses Day Campaign

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Friday, July 1, 2022 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—On June 27, The Vision Council brought the importance of ultraviolet (UV)-protective eyewear to life through a successful National Sunglasses Day campaign. The Vision Council encouraged members and the industry at large to participate by posting on their social media channels using the official hashtags, #NationalSunglassesDay and #SunglassSelfie, and tagging @TheVisionCouncil, @opticalindustry and @VisionOptionsbyTVC. The social media campaign, including the #NationalSunglassesDay hashtag, garnered more than 137 million impressions and more than 146,900 engagements, including posts from Pitbull, Iris Apfel, Paris Hilton, Green Bay Packers, NASA, the US Secret Service, and more.

VSP Vision Names First-Ever Winner of VSP Premier Program Student Business Challenge

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Friday, July 1, 2022 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Vision named optometry student Makayla Warden from Kentucky College of Optometry as the winner of the first-ever VSP Premier Program Student Business Challenge.

UMass Chan Graduates Two ACGME Approved Ophthalmology Residents, the First in 20 Years

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Friday, July 1, 2022 12:15 AM WORCESTER, Mass.—On Friday, June 24, the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at UMass held the first Inaugural Residents' Graduation Day. Speakers included Dr. Ajoy Vincent, Dr. Michael Gustafson, and Dr. Terrence Flutte.

Travelers Are Choosing Staycations Over Global Traffic

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 10:00 AM Despite long lines at airports and rising inflation, travelers are ready to hit the road this summer. A report by Deloitte Insights found that 46 percent of Americans are planning to take a trip this year that involves staying in a hotel or other paid lodging. The Summer Travel Survey found that travelers have emerged from two years of travel restrictions ready to get back to their regular vacation plans.

Travelers are also ready to go further for travel than in previous years, with 15 percent of Americans planning on taking international flights. The report found that 54 percent of Americans feel air travel is safe once again. However, ongoing testing and travel restrictions have left many travelers hesitant to make international journeys. 

Demographics are also changing as a new type of post COVID-19 traveler emerges. Today’s travelers have more money, according to the report and are planning to combine work and travel. They are also more willing to take longer vacations than the traditional long weekend or two weeks vacation of past generations.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Increased for the Week of June 20-26, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased last week, June 20-26, at a rate of 3 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 7 index points above where it was at this point in time, Week 26, when compared with last year, 3 points above Week 26 of 2020, and 9 points above 2019, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. All optical sales categories increased last week when compared with the previous week, ranging from 3 index points for gross revenue, exams/refractions and lens pairs to 1 index point for contact lenses.

EssilorLuxottica, Michelin and UN Executives Gather to Support Action for Good Vision on the Road

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Executives from EssilorLuxottica and Michelin North America gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City yesterday, June 29, 2022, to discuss the “Action for Good Vision on the Road. Together for Safer Roads” campaign. The conference was opened by Jean Todt, United Nations Secretary General’s special envoy for road safety. Rick Gadd, president of wholesale for EssilorLuxottica Canada; Dave Reaves, vice president of operations for LensCrafters; and Alexis Garcin, president and CEO of Michelin North America also spoke. David Navarro, vice president, vision on the road group plan, EssilorLuxottica, moderated the talk.

GlassesUSA.com Partners With Bringing Life to the World to Provide Sight to Hundreds of People in Nepal

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—GlassesUSA.com, the online eyeglass retailer, has partnered with Bringing Life to the World, a delegation of top physicians, as part of a new humanitarian effort, to bring both sight and medical assistance to developing countries all around the world. This pioneering medical effort kicked off in Nepal, where doctors from world renowned global medical centers were aimed at providing high quality lifesaving medical care, including vision care, to people who need it the most.

Researchers Link Vision Loss to Mental Health Problems

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 12:27 PM The impact of vision loss appears to extend beyond being able to see the world around you. Scientists have found there is also a direct correlation between vision loss and poor mental health. A study, led by Sightsavers, recently published in the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s International Health found that blind people over the age of 50 were four times more likely to have symptoms of anxiety and depression than those without vision impairment. 

People with severe vision impairment were three times as likely to report mental health concerns as those with moderate vision loss. 

The study also reviewed how age and gender determined the likely look of developing mental health issues in tandem with vision loss. The results found that self-reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depression are more than four times higher among men with severe visual impairment or blindness and more likely as men age, compared to women with the same levels of vision loss. 

The chart above shows statistically significant gender differences between blindness and symptoms of anxiety and/or depression, which increased with age. In other words, older men who were blind were more likely to experience moderate to severe symptoms compared with blind women of a similar age.

Expert Answers to Key Questions About COVID Vaccines for Kids

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 7:58 AM Some important questions remain after the recent authorizations of two COVID-19 vaccines for infants, toddlers and young children through 5 years of age. If you're a parent or health care provider perplexed by all the nuances, you're not alone.

COVID Subvariants Could Cause ‘Substantial’ Summer Cases

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 7:53 AM As the coronavirus continues to evolve, Omicron subvariants such as BA.4 and BA.5 are expected to lead to many COVID-19 cases this summer. Researchers reported last week that the subvariants have mutated for better “immune escape,” or the ability to avoid antibodies from vaccination or previous infection.

New Jobson Quarterly ECPulse Survey Monitors Wide Range of Influences on ECPs' Businesses

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—A new ECPulse Survey of eyecare professionals across the country is being started by Jobson Research this month, a new quarterly research series which will monitor a range of factors influencing ECPs' business. The first Q2 2022 ECPulse report, conducted in June 2022, surveyed 403 ECPs. It examines general business trends, practice profitability comparability by month and quarter, a closer look at business trends, such as interest in specialization, the impact of supply chain issues and more.

OcuDoc Announces Appointment of Dr. Richard Lindstrom as Chief Medical Advisor, Ophthalmology

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022 12:15 AM COLUMBUS, Ohio—Columbus-based ophthalmic MedTech start-up OcuDoc has announced the appointment of Dr. Richard Lindstrom as its new chief medical advisor, ophthalmology.

FDA Panel to Weigh Improved Booster Shots From Moderna, Pfizer

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:58 AM A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel was scheduled to vote on Tuesday whether to recommend that updated COVID-19 booster shots be used this fall to protect against Omicron and its highly contagious subvariants.

After COVID-19, Kids Have More Symptoms but Less Anxiety

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:53 AM Persistent health problems were only slightly more common in children after COVID-19 than in similarly-aged kids who avoided the virus, researchers from Denmark reported in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. Anxiety levels, however, were higher in children who never had COVID-19, the researchers also found.

Pandemic Increased Burnout Among Academic Medical Faculty

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022 7:53 AM Already high levels of physician burnout climbed even higher during the COVID-19 pandemic as academic medical faculty faced increased demands on their time, both at work and at home, according to a new report.