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Crisis Response Tactics

Vision Expo Announces Topics for New Virtual EYE2EYE Series

By Staff
Thursday, June 4, 2020 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Today, Vision Expo released the expanded schedule of upcoming Virtual EYE2EYE Series topics. The series, which launched in mid-April and is inspired by Vision Expo’s EYE2EYE educational series, will continue into July with weekly “Coffee Talk” sessions on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. EST.

Face Masks and Distancing Reduce COVID-19 Risk

By Staff
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 3:57 PM A new study published in The Lancet medical journal has found that measures such as physical distancing and wearing face masks are effective at reducing COVID-19 transmission. The systematic review and meta-analysis of 172 observational studies found that there is a 12.8 percent chance of contracting COVID-19 with physical distancing measures of less than 1 meter but this falls to just 2.6 percent with a distance of 1 meter or more. 

Masks have become a hugely controversial topic but they are being credited with helping halt the spread of the disease in many countries across Asia as well as some in Europe such as the Czech Republic. According to The Lancet, the chance of transmission without masks and respirators is 17.4 percent and this falls to just 3.1 percent when they are worn. Eye protection can also reduce the chance of infection from 16 percent to 5.5 percent. The authors of the study caution that even when all these measures are combined, they fail to offer complete protection and that others are necessary, especially hand washing/good hand hygiene

Dealing With Your Mental Health as the U.S. Opens Up

By Staff
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 3:09 PM As the U.S. slowly opens back up after lockdown, many of us may find ourselves less excited than we thought, and more anxious overall. These feelings make sense, and we can deal with them, too. Head over to WebMD for a therapist's tips on how to deal with this specific anxiety. 

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.

How Telehealth’s Surge Is Impacting Health Care Providers

By Staff
Monday, June 1, 2020 9:56 AM The MedData Group recently published an infographic that illustrated how telehealth has surged during the pandemic, and why it is rapidly becoming a central component in health care systems nationwide.

As MedData points out, “The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has left the nation’s healthcare system grappling with a widespread public health crisis on a scale not seen since the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918. The highly contagious nature of the coronavirus has made frontline healthcare workers dangerously vulnerable to contracting the virus.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: DAC Technologies, Kasperek USA Optical

By Staff
Monday, June 1, 2020 12:18 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. DAC Technologies is joining the fight against COVID-19 with the release of the DAC UV-Sanitizer, a tabletop unit that uses UV-C technology to kill more than 99.9 percent of viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores in 55 seconds.

Nearly Half of the Public Say They or a Family Member Skipped or Delayed Care Due to Coronavirus, KFF Poll Says

By Staff
Thursday, May 28, 2020 3:21 PM Amid the threat of coronavirus, nearly half (48 percent) of Americans say someone in their family has skipped or delayed getting some type of medical care due to the pandemic, the latest Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) Health Tracking Poll finds. This includes 11 percent who said the person’s condition worsened due to the missed care.

The findings come as many states move to relax some restrictions on businesses, including health care providers, aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, which has already caused about 100,000 deaths nationwide.

Among those who say they or a family member skipped care, most say they expect to get the care within the next three months (68 percent of the group, or 32 percent of all adults). Few say they do not expect to get the care for at least a year or at all.

“Most of those who have put off care due to coronavirus expect to get it soon,” KFF president and CEO Drew Altman said. “If they do, health care utilization may bounce back more quickly than the rest of the economy.”

Is Working From Home Here to Stay?

By Staff
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 5:29 PM After working from home has become the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many experts think that this extraordinary situation could have a profound impact on the way we work in the long run, according to a recent feature from Statista.com. Despite the unfortunate circumstances keeping them at home, many workers have grown fond of the added flexibility and time gained by not having to commute to work every day. Some employers, on the other hand, fear that Pandora’s box has been opened and that they’re going to have a hard time denying their staff the option to work remotely once the pandemic has been contained. 

No Mask, No Service: Indies Get Creative With Mask Required Signage

By Staff
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 2:13 PM For ECPs around the country, heading back into the office means spending a lot of time thinking about masks. From wearing your own mask to making sure your staff and patients are covered as well, thinking and talking about face masks has become a part of our daily routines. Most practices require that both staff and patients wear masks at all times—and many are making this requirement abundantly clear through signage and social media posts. 

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: ClearVision, Shamir

By Staff
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. ClearVision will begin sending out #EyecareStrong silicone bracelets to customers and friends within the industry.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: Fassamano

By Staff
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:15 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. Fassamano has introduced face mask compatible reading glasses. The glasses are made without temples and are worn around the neck to create more space between the face and the lens. This added space and the ability to remove the reading glasses when they are not being used means the lenses are less likely to fog up when worn with a face mask. Fassamano said the reading glasses are ideal for pharmacists in particular.

COVID-19 Crisis Response Tactics: ABB Optical Group, CooperVision, Luxottica

By Staff
Friday, May 22, 2020 12:18 AM VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. As part of ABB Optical Group’s (ABB) continued efforts to assist eyecare professionals (ECPs) as they recover lost business, the company has introduced the ABB Revitalize initiative with services, special offers and other resources to help support ECPs nationwide.