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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.

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

Review of Optometric Business: Signs Your Staff Needs a Mid-Pandemic Morale Boost–and How to Do It

By Staff
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 4:00 AM We’re nearing the nine-month mark of the pandemic in the U.S., and it’s no wonder many of us have hit what some have called a “pandemic wall.” With crisis fatigue setting in, your staff may need a morale boost. Here are signs morale is flagging, and some of the ways I keep my employees’ spirits up so they are primed to provide the best care possible to our patients. When we first reopened, both doctors and staff were excited to be back, energized that we didn’t have to lay anyone off permanently, and eager to serve patients again. Read More

VM and 20/20 Magazine Announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2020

By StaffL
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are pleased to announce the selections in the 12th annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, a special survey aimed at identifying readers’ favorite products and companies of the year. Optical retailers and ECP readers of the two Jobson Medical Information publications were asked to identify their “favorite” products in 19 distinct categories.

The Second Covid-19 Spike Is Forcing Retailers to Refocus on E-Commerce

By Staff
Monday, November 23, 2020 11:38 AM Looking at all the trends and indicators, we expect that Covid-19 will make this a tough holiday season for retailers’ brick-and-mortar channels, even for those who have seen stronger than expected performance. Shoppers themselves will remain wary of physical commerce touchpoints. This can further depress or stop foot traffic altogether. Instead, companies should be preparing to meet the demands of much higher online sales.

ClearVision Launches Face Mask Design Contest for ECPs

By Staff
Monday, November 23, 2020 10:00 AM HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—By now, many of us have accepted that face masks will likely be around for a while. One good thing that comes out of accepting that fact is embracing the concept of fashionable face masks—ones that can show off your personality and keep you and those around you safe at the same time. There are countless face masks out there now, from over-the-top high fashion to your basic classics, and, now, ECPs have the opportunity to design their very own. Throughout the month of November, ClearVision Optical is hosting a face mask design contest specifically for ECPs. Read More

Pfizer and BioNTech to Submit to FDA for Emergency Authorization for Their Coronavirus Vaccine

By Staff
Friday, November 20, 2020 3:01 PM We have a plan in place that the moment the FDA concludes that the [coronavirus] vaccine is safe and effective, we have a system in place to begin within 24 hours to ship that to hospitals and health care officials and 24 hours after that injecting that vaccine into Americans.