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Tennessee COVID-19 Cases Climb to Top in the Country

By Staff
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 8:02 AM Tennessee now ranks first in the country for new COVID-19 cases per capita as the state continues to battle its worst virus surge yet.

9th Edition of DaTE in Florence Closes With 55 Percent Increase in Buyers and 130 Italian and International Brands

By Staff
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 12:18 AM FLORENCE, Italy—The 9th edition of DaTE, an event focused on independent brands and eyewear of the future, closed yesterday at the Stazione Leopolda di Firenze. Held Sept. 11 to 13, almost 1,500 eyewear professionals and select buyers visited the show, organizers reported, exceeding expectations and emphasizing the importance of in-person events for the eyewear industry. With 130 Italian and international brands taking part, they noted, "The event reconfirmed itself as a key resource for the entire eyewear industry which, in Italy, brings in about €4 billion in turnover, and employs a workforce of 18,000."

Look to Ophthalmology for a Glimpse of Telemedicine’s Future

By Staff
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:04 AM We're creating something called hybrid telemedicine, where patients can go into any number of eye exam offices, get their testing or imaging done and go home. The ophthalmologist will review that test, come up with a treatment plan, call the patient either on video or audio, go over those results—even show the patient the results of their testing—and then come up with a plan and a follow-up plan too.

Voting Inaccessible for Electors With Sight Loss, as Canadians Head to Polls

By Staff
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:02 AM Canadians are headed to the polls on September 20 to exercise their democratic right to vote, either at advanced polls, using a mail-in ballot, or on election day. But for Canadians with sight loss, voting isn’t as simple as walking into a voting booth or requesting a mail-in ballot and checking off a name.

Organizers of LOFT San Francisco Making Final Preparations for Sept 18-19 Event

By Staff
Monday, September 13, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Organizers of LOFT SF, to be held in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Center on Sept. 18-19, are putting the final touches on their event plan and program.

See Tomorrow Campaign Reaching Millions, Says Contact Lens Institute

By Staff
Monday, September 13, 2021 12:21 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—One month into the consumer phase of its “See Tomorrow” initiative, the Contact Lens Institute said last week that the campaign has already reached millions of U.S. residents.

Show Organizers Release Details on Opening Night Party and other Special Events Planned for Vision Expo West 2021

By Staff
Thursday, September 9, 2021 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, co-organizers of Vision Expo, today announced details on the opening night party and other special events planned for Vision Expo West 2021.

The Vision Council and RX Share VisionSAFE Guidelines for Vision Expo West 2021

By Staff
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, organizers of Vision Expo, today shared the latest VisionSAFE guidelines that will be in place for Vision Expo West, taking place September 22-25 at The Venetian Convention Center & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

AAA Sees a Rebound in U.S. Automobile Travel for Memorial Day Weekend

By Staff
Friday, September 3, 2021 12:00 PM Having just passed Labor Day, Memorial Day may seem like a distant memory. But the Automobile Club of America, which tracks automobile travel, has produced some statistics that bring into focus a picture of what U.S. travelers were doing at the unofficial start of the summer season. Citing AAA’s stats, eMarketer’s Sarah Lebow noted that after seeing just 23.1 million U.S. travelers in 2020, the Memorial Day weekend rebounded somewhat this year.

The AOA Foundation, Optometry's Fund for Disaster Relief and Eyewear Designs' New Program Are Among Those Offering Hurricane Ida Relief to ECPs

By Staff
Friday, September 3, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—As millions of consumers continue to struggle, so, too, are thousands of eyecare professionals who have been coping with the after effects of the devastation of Hurricane Ida, which knocked out power, and pounded the Gulf Coast, New Orleans and the state of Louisiana, working its way up through the Northeast bringing flooding, tornadoes and lots of rain and severe winds. The American Optometric Association (AOA) reported to its members that doctors of optometry and students have somewhere to turn for financial support in the event of disasters such as Hurricane Ida. In addition, others in the industry, such as eyewear firm Eyewear Designs stepped up to offer its own Hurricane Relief Aid initiative to help its accounts impacted by the storm.

Is Pfizer’s ‘Comirnaty’ Genius Branding or a Major Misstep?

By Staff
Thursday, September 2, 2021 12:04 AM No one with any real knowledge of linguistics would come up with such a convoluted pronunciation. Certainly you would want a recognizable name and it seems what they’re doing is mixing science up with consumer language. … It would help if the name was pronounceable. Pfizer is difficult enough.

It's Almost Flu Shot Season

By Staff
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 12:02 PM September has arrived, and with it comes thoughts of cooler weather, holidays, and, sadly, flu season. As we think about COVID-19 booster shots and variants, you might find yourself wondering when the best time to get your flu shot is this year. Head over to WebMD to learn more about the optimal timing for your annual flu shot.

The Optical Women's Association Announces OWA Connection Series Luncheon at Vision Expo West

By Staff
Monday, August 30, 2021 12:21 AM DALLAS—The Optical Women's Association (OWA) has announced this year's Connection Series event featuring The White House Doctor, with author Dr. Connie Mariano, to be held at Vision Expo West on Sept. 23, from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (PST).

Organizers of Silmo Paris 2021 Are Optimistic for Next Month's In-Person Show, Sept. 24-27

By Staff
Monday, August 30, 2021 12:18 AM PARIS—Organizers of Silmo Paris 2021 report that preparations are intensifying and the 2021 edition of the international rendezvous for optics and eyewear, to be held Sept. 24-27 at the Paris Nord Villepinte, is looking optimistic.

CDC: COVID-19 Vaccines 66 Percent Effective Against Delta Variant

By Staff
Thursday, August 26, 2021 8:03 AM Vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 infection dropped from about 91 percent to 66 percent once the Delta variant became the dominant strain in the U.S., according to a new study published Tuesday by the CDC.