Prevent Blindness Declares August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month to Educate Public on the Importance of Healthy Vision for Kids

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:27 AM CHICAGO—In August, as many children are headed back to school, one of the best ways to help students succeed in the classroom is to make sure they are seeing clearly. Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest eye health and safety nonprofit organization, has declared August as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month to provide the public with helpful information to put kids on the path to a lifetime of healthy vision. According to the recent study, Children’s Vision and Eye Health: A Snapshot of Current National Issues 2nd Edition,” vision has a critical role in children’s physical, cognitive, and social development, and visual functioning is a strong predictor of academic performance in school-age children.

Kings Guard Gaming and VSP Global Innovation Center Establish Partnership With a Focus on Eye Health and Vision Performance

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:24 AM SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Kings Guard Gaming, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, and the VSP Global Innovation Center have announced a multi-year partnership to promote eye health in the gaming community and leverage emerging technology to improve vision performance for the athletes. The partnership also names Dr. Randall Fuerst, a VSP network optometrist, as the official eye doctor of the Kings Guard Gaming team who will work with the esports athletes on personalized vision training regimens to improve player performance in the 2021-2022 NBA 2K League season.

Essilor Vision Foundation Promotes Clear Vision for Schoolchildren

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:21 AM DALLAS, TEXAS—As the new school year approaches, Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) is raising awareness among school nurses, teachers and parents of the need for children to have clear vision through its Champions for Sight and Kids Vision for Life programs. Being able to see clearly is especially critical for school-age children, since 80 percent of what a child learns in their first 12 years is visual. Students with undiagnosed vision impairments are three times more likely to fail a grade than children with 20/20 vision. One in four schoolchildren has a vision impairment significant enough to affect their ability to learn, according to the American Optometric Association.

EyeCare4Kids Reaches '400,000 Kids Helped' Milestone

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Thursday, July 29, 2021 12:15 AM MIDVALE, Utah—EyeCare4Kids has announced it has officially helped 400,000 children access eyecare. Nine-year-old Santi Morales became the nonprofit’s 400,000th child helped when he visited a mobile clinic at a Salt Lake City-area Boys and Girls Club and received free vision care and eyeglasses. Established in 2001, EyeCare4Kids has both stand-alone and mobile clinics in four states. The nonprofit is also just three months away from the grand opening of its main clinic in Midvale, Utah, on October 29. This clinic will provide EyeCare4Kids with sufficient space to care for an additional 20,000 children annually in Utah.

The U.S. States Closest to Full Vaccination

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 3:25 PM The U.S. was quick off the blocks in its vaccination campaign but its pace has now slackened considerably. Earlier in the year, the world looked on with envy as the U.S. got jabs into arms at lighting speed but by late July, it had only managed to fully vaccinate 48.7 percent of its population. Many of the countries that looked on with envy back in February and March have now surpassed the U.S. in terms of full vaccinations and the list includes Canada (54.7 percent), Spain (54.3 percent) and Germany (48.7 percent) according to Our World in Data.

The current level of vaccination in the U.S. is not high enough to stop the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant of Covid-19 and 48 states saw their case count grow by 10 percent over the past week while 34 percent experienced a 50 percent leap. 

Optical Sales Increased for the Week of July 19-25, Jobson’s Latest Weekly Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Optical sales increased slightly last week, July 19-25, with most product/service categories on the upswing, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations increased by 1 index point, bringing it to within 1 index point of the level it reached at this point last year and 3 index points above where it was in 2019. All optical sales categories, except contact lenses, experienced slight upticks last week. Exams/refractions had the largest increase of 3 index points, while contact lenses at the other end of the sales spectrum decreased by 1 index point. Rounding out the increases were lens pairs, which were up 2 index points and frame units, up 1 index point.

California’s Total Vision Adds Camarillo Vision Center to its Network

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 12:24 AM MISSION VIEJO, Calif.—Total Vision this week announced the addition of Camarillo Vision Center in Southern California to its network.

Treehouse Eyes Marks Five-Year Anniversary, Is on Target to Reach 60 Myopia Treatment Locations by End of 2021

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 12:15 AM BOULDER, Colo.—As part of their five year anniversary celebration, Treehouse Eyes is marking its five-year anniversary and the group, which specializes in myopia care and control for children, is on track to reach 60 locations by the end of this year, the company said. Currently consisting of 47 locations in 18 states, Treehouse Eyes, now the largest provider of pediatric myopia treatment in the U.S., reports that it has started treatment with thousands of children since the group's inception. “It is incredibly gratifying to celebrate five years since we saw the first patients in our flagship D.C. area centers,” said Dr. Gary Gerber, co-founder of Treehouse Eyes.

Women In Optometry: Look on the Bright Side

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 5:00 PM When you arrive at Wentz + Woodrich Eyecare in Lubbock, Texas, you can’t miss the floor-to-ceiling moss green wall decked with illuminated script reading: See the Bright Side. It’s the most positive of outlooks after all that Karly Woodrich, OD, and Garrett Wentz, OD, have been through since they opened in March 2020, only to be shut down five days later for emergent care only. “There are things that happen—and there’s been a lot since we opened—but it’s important to try to see the bright side,” Dr. Woodrich said. “It won’t always be this way. We try to live personally by that motto and at our practice, as well.” Read More

Fauci Wants to Start Fighting Next Pandemic Now

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 2:33 PM In an effort to avoid another pandemic in the coming years, Dr. Anthony Fauci wants to launch an ambitious plan to make prototype vaccines that could protect against pathogens from 20 families of viruses that threaten human lives.

Breakthrough Cases Rising With Delta: Here's What That Means

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 2:30 PM At a recent town hall meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, President Joe Biden was asked about COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths rising in response to the Delta variant.

These 20 U.S. Counties Are ‘Delta Danger Zones’

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 9:03 AM A new data analysis of Delta variant coronavirus cases in the U.S. has found that 20 counties are “Delta danger zones.”

Pandemic Takes Heavy Toll on Working Women, Deloitte Global Survey Finds

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 8:35 AM Heightened workloads and household responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic are driving deep dissatisfaction among many women in the workforce, according to a recent Deloitte Global report, “Women @ Work: A global outlook,” released today. The report finds that these increased responsibilities are having devastating effects on working women as 51 percent of those surveyed are less optimistic about their career prospects today. Additionally, women surveyed reported a 35-point drop in mental health.

Transitions Optical Announces 2020 Innovation Awards Finalists

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 12:24 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical announced the finalists for its annual Transitions Innovation Awards program, which recognizes both individuals and companies for their innovative efforts to support the Transitions brand over the past year. The winners will be announced later this year and honored during Transitions Academy 2022, January 16-19. “2020 was a unique year, and it’s now more important than ever to focus on the highlights and celebrate our Innovation Award finalists and their achievements,” said Jose Alves, general manager, Americas, Transitions Optical.

VSP Global Premier Program Expands Offerings to Eligible Practices, Will Launch a National Ad Campaign in August

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—The VSP Global Premier Program announced it will roll out a series of new offerings designed to enhance patient flow, boost profitability, and provide additional practice support.