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20/20 Europe: Blackfin Exclusive

By Staff
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:00 AM As Italy emerges from lockdown and optical companies return to work in the “new normal,” Blackfin’s Nicola del Din shares a message of hope, strength and new beginnings, building on the foundations of the company and its most relevant core values. Del Din talks about his personal experience dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and how he and his close-knit team are adapting as things start to change to a new normal. "It’s very difficult for me to slow down and during these two months I dedicated myself very much to the future, imagining it, dreaming it and preparing the business for the restart," del Din said. Read More

Lensbox Partners With Key Stakeholders to Launch COVID-19 Initiative

By Staff
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 12:25 AM Lensbox, a Canadian-owned technology and health care company, announced that it is working with key stakeholders across vision health care in Canada and the U.S., to ensure telehealth and e-commerce delivery is available with low barriers, as a first line of defense, to mitigate the impact and further spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: Marcolin Eyewear

By Staff
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. In April, Marcolin Eyewear debuted a 360-degree training and resource initiative to help its customers adapt to the current environment, navigate industry and economic developments, and plan for recovery.

Optical Retailers, ECPs Assess the Damage as Some Protests Spur Vandalism

By Staff
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 12:36 AM NEW YORK —As protests emerged across the U.S. over the past weekend and continue into this week, as thousands sought to express anger and outrage over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and also to support the rights of African Americans and people of color, many demonstrations were peaceful but several transformed into dangerous riots and looting in many cities and towns. Optical retailers, both large chains and small eyecare professionals, found themselves in the middle of explosive violence.

Warby Parker Starts Gradual Reopening of Its Stores

By Staff
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Warby Parker, one of the first retailers in the country and in the optical market to close down its stores on March 14, as reported by VMAIL, due to the advent of COVID-19, has started to slowly reopen its brick-and-mortar locations.

EyeCare Partners Reinstates All Services Along With New Health and Safety Guidelines for Staff and Patients

By Staff
Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:30 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners has resumed all services throughout its network of optometry and ophthalmology practices across the country to offer patients a safe way to receive preventive and routine vision care, according to an announcement this week.

Reopen Eyecare Launches Today, New Website Curated by Vision Community Leaders, to Help Eyecare Providers Navigate Reopening Process

By Staff
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:00 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Reopen Eyecare, a new digital website and platform designed to help eyecare providers navigate the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses, launched today.

Eye Designs Group Forms New Division, In Office Sterilization, Via Exclusive Agreements With EMIST and Clean Republic

By Staff
Monday, May 18, 2020 12:27 AM COLLEGEVILLE, Penn.—Eye Designs, LLC, a leader in the manufacturing of custom ophthalmic environments and optical display systems has announced the formation of a new division called In Office Sterilization. The mission of In Office Sterilization is "to deliver the best solutions and products for ECPs."

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: The McGee Group, Wiley X

By Staff
Monday, May 18, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. The McGee Group will begin a phased and safe process to bring its employees back to its corporate offices in Marietta, Georgia on May 18. The company first shifted the majority of its employees to remote work in March and put in place stringent cleaning procedures to ensure customer safety.

Shopko Optical Launches Reopening Plan With Patient and Staff Safety Measures in Place

By Staff
Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:27 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—After temporarily closing its centers to protect patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, Shopko Optical is reopening all of its 80-plus freestanding locations in a phased approach throughout the month of May, according to an announcement this week.

ASCRS to Hold Virtual Annual Meeting May 16-17

By Staff
Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) announced that it will hold its annual meeting virtually on May 16 and 17, 2020.

[Partner Post] Open Strong

By Staff
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 12:00 AM Around the country, governors and local governments have reopened their economies. As independent practices open their doors, doctors are increasingly looking for guidelines and resources to operate safely and stimulate recovery. Here are a few tips to consider for your reopened practice:

VSP Global Makes Workforce Reductions Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

By Staff
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.— VSP Global has reduced some of its workforce throughout the various divisions of the company, VMAIL has learned. The decisions were communicated late last week. The company declined to provide details, but the moves impacted people at the company's VSP Vision Care, VSP Optics, Eyefinity, Marchon and Altair divisions.

New Survey Shows Most ECPs Are Planning to Reopen and Are Booking Appointments in May and June

By Staff
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The number of eyecare practices and stores that are now closed as a result of the pandemic is dropping, according to the latest Coronavirus ECP Survey by Jobson Optical Research. 81.7 percent of respondents said their locality is currently under a stay-at-home order, down from about 90 percent over several previous weeks.

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COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: Essilor Vision Foundation, Eye Designs Group, Shamir

By Staff
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 12:18 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. Over the last few weeks, Essilor Vision Foundation(EVF) has partnered with Essilor of America to donate nearly 10,000 pieces of protective safety glasses to hospitals and crisis response organizations in Dallas and Ohio.