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What’s Next? Third Summit Session Features Pandemic Leadership Lessons from Healthcare’s Front Lines

By Staff
Monday, October 19, 2020 12:45 AM NEW YORK—Top executives from regional and national healthcare systems joined the third Virtual VM Summit broadcast on October 14 to share how administrators, clinicians and support staff have responded to the global coronavirus pandemic, which has stressed hospital and provider systems in unprecedented ways. Citing resilience, adaptation and teamwork as key ingredients to meet the challenge, speakers discussed how they see insurance coverage and patient access to care evolving with these shifts.

U.S. Tops 60,000 Daily Coronavirus Infections for First Time Since Early August

By Staff
Friday, October 16, 2020 4:21 PM It is unfortunate because [this is] such a sacred part of American tradition, the family gathering around Thanksgiving. You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering.

Retail Rent Collections Continue to Increase in September

By Staff
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 3:46 PM Many of the rent relief agreements negotiated between landlords and tenants in Q2, which are mostly rent deferrals and not abatements, are coming due in Q4 and Q1, 2021. This represents overhang that could create rent collections pressure at end of the year.

Healthcare's New ‘Gatekeepers’ Star in Second VM Summit Session

By Staff
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 11:30 AM NEW YORK—Leading experts from innovative medical, retail and eyecare companies described how new healthcare business models are delivering convenience, greater access and more affordable and personalized medicine during a wide-ranging program at the latest session of the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit. The speakers offered diverse points of view on the program’s theme, “Who Are the New Gatekeepers? What’s Vision’s Role?” Collectively, they exemplified a new approach to vision care that is wider in scope, more accessible and more fully integrated into the broader healthcare matrix. The Summit program, held October 7, was the second in the four-part virtual series "AFTERSHOCKS: Remaking Healthcare's Future, Vision Beyond 2020," the VM Summit's major theme. Read More

Tributes to Zyloware's Henry Shyer Pour in From Friends Throughout the Industry

By Staff
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Memories of a "larger than life" personality, an industry leader, mentor and friend to so many poured in earlier this week about the late Henry Shyer, vice-chairman of Zyloware, who passed away last weekend on Oct. 10, as VMAIL reported. Services were held by the Shyer family (and live streamed via Zoom and Facebook) for Shyer, who was recognized by suppliers, laboratory executives, his company team and associates, retailers and distributors for his contributions to the modern eyewear industry and his funny and fierce sense of humor and friendship. 

How AR Is Redefining Retail in the Pandemic

By Staff
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:26 AM The old rulebook of how we understand and interact within the real world no longer applies, and in many mays the pandemic has been a catalyst for this digital transformation. Physical retail must evolve in response, and AR has proven that it can add enormous value for consumers in the shopping journey. Now is the time for business leaders and brands to not only reimagine retail, but to catapult these immersive shopping experiences into the future.

World Sight Day Brings Optical Community Together, Even When We’re Apart

By Staff
Friday, October 9, 2020 2:50 PM NEW YORK—On Thursday, members of the optical community from all around the world came together for one purpose: World Sight Day. The annual holiday is one of the most important days for fundraising and education regarding eye health and advocacy, and this year was no exception. Even with COVID-10 putting a hold on large gatherings and social events, the optical community was able to adapt and change for a safe—and mostly virtual—World Sight Day, taking the message online as well as into our own communities. 

So, You Can Get Paid to See SNL Now

By Staff
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 2:07 PM In the mood for some good news? You can now get paid to see SNL live—if you get in, that is. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in New York State, you can't see a show live unless you're a paid employee. So, the team over at SNL is handing out $150 to the lucky few who get in to see the show. Head over to Vulture for the full story. 

So Long Big City! Handling a Pandemic Often Means Calling the Movers

By Staff
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:08 AM I'm getting people in their 20s who've lost their jobs and are moving back to their parents. I'm getting families with small children who are tired of California's high cost of living. They can work from home now—which means anywhere. And I'm getting people in their 40s, especially if they have elderly parents back East who need help.

Blink Now: Increased Screen Time During the Pandemic Sends More People to the Eye Doctor

By Staff
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:14 PM We were already a computer-savvy society but the pandemic just took it to the next level.

You're Facing a Lot of Choices Amid the Pandemic. Cut Yourself Slack: It's Called Decision Fatigue

By Staff
Friday, October 2, 2020 4:43 PM Six months since the United States declared the coronavirus pandemic a state of emergency, millions of isolated Americans are at their wits' end, exhausted from making a seemingly endless series of health and safety decisions for themselves and their loved ones. There's a name for this phenomenon, and researchers call it decision fatigue.

Jobson Honors Five New ECPs on its Online Eyecare Heroes Gallery

By Staff
Friday, October 2, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—As the COVID-19 virus continues to affect our everyday activities, Jobson continues its salute to the industry's health care workers, especially ECPs, for continuing to provide essential eyecare during the pandemic. This week, we honor five more Eyecare Heroes in our online gallery located at the Eyecare Heroes site.  Dr. Mark Keyes and Dr. Kaitlin Keyes, Accomac Optometric, Accomac, Va.; Dr. Terry Null, VisionQuest EyeCare, McCordsville, Ind.; Dr. Trent McKinney, Oasis Eye Care, Venice Fla.; and Shawne Gillies, director of Facilities & Campus Planning, New England College of Optometry, Boston, Mass.

How Teladoc’s Takeover of Livongo May Hasten the Era of Virtual Care

By Staff
Thursday, October 1, 2020 12:20 PM The ideal mix of in-person and virtual care will evolve. That may be very specific to different therapeutic areas.

Iowa-Based Klauer Optical Meets Business Challenges of COVID-19 Head On

By Mary Kane
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:45 AM NEW YORK—ECPs and eyecare practice managers seem to be exhibiting a more optimistic outlook on circumstances and taking steps to get back to more of a “normal” approach to business, according to the most recent Wave of Jobson's ECP Coronavirus Survey. If you’ve been following along with the Jobson surveys (we are up to Wave 15) you know what a tough journey the past six months have been for most small businesses in optical. Thankfully, it looks like things are finally beginning to look up but the lockdown and ensuing economic woes have exacted a toll on the industry and the road back to “normal” has not been easy. 

So How Long Does This Year Feel? Like a Lifetime? Sometimes, it Seems That Way

By Marge Axelrad
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:30 PM After the shock of the pandemic in February and mid-March, the closures, the quarantine, the gradual reopenings, we’ve now arrived at what’s “normally” the “start” of a new season—back-to-schools, cultural events, new movies and TV, autumn sports, travel.  This September, however, feels simultaneously like the prolonging of an even longer spring and summer. However, making it to this milestone time of year, it’s important to recognize that both the practical and the critical need to work together as we look to both make it through—and to value the reasons to plan ahead. Read More