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Registration Opens for the Opticians Association of America Leadership Conference Set for Feb. 10-12, 2022 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Monday, December 6, 2021 12:27 AM LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—Registration is now open for the Opticians Association of America (OAA) 2022 Leadership Conference scheduled for Feb. 10-12, 2022 at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort Area. Building on the theme, Dream Into Action, OAA State Leadership Conference will bring together the collective talents and expertise from opticianry leaders and partners as they gather from across the country for practical learning, timely updates and networking opportunities. For three days, attendees will learn about the latest innovations in the industry as they engage in 32 breakout sessions centered on leadership in the following areas: personal growth, leadership in the workplace, guild for the independent optician, state leadership and national impact.

Will Real Estate Ever Be Normal Again?

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021 12:04 AM Before the pandemic, you would see a line of 20 people standing outside a restaurant downtown. Now you drive downtown, there’s nothing happening. But out in the suburbs, you see lines of 20 people waiting to see a house.

On-Demand Telehealth Is Booming

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Monday, November 22, 2021 3:48 PM Telehealth got high marks in a new poll of U.S. adults who rated their experiences with remote forms of care. The study, conducted by Morning Consult, found that 91 percent of respondents described their telehealth experiences as “friendly.” Ninety percent called it “easy,” and 88 percent characterized it was “affordable.”

The survey also found that 72 percent of U.S. adults who have used telehealth said they’ve accessed virtual care through their regular provider or health plan.

Success of COVID Antiviral Pills Hinges on Access to Speedy and Accurate Tests

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Monday, November 22, 2021 8:05 AM Within a few weeks, perhaps before many Americans finish decorating for the holidays, the U.S. could have access to a new antiviral pill from Merck expected to alter the deadly trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic—with a second option from Pfizer to follow shortly after.

LA Has Imposed One of the U.S.’s Strictest Vaccine Mandates. Will It Prevent a COVID Surge?

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Friday, November 19, 2021 12:04 AM The upside of mandates, they definitely work. The downside of the mandates is they can definitely polarize individuals.

Text-Based COVID Monitoring System Could Reduce Deaths, Relieve Emergency Departments in Winter Surge

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Thursday, November 18, 2021 8:02 AM Holiday travel season is right around the corner, but coronavirus cases have already started to climb. But a new automated texting system could relieve pressure on emergency departments and reduce mortality rates if there were an uptick in COVID-19 this winter.

Quarantine and Tracing Rules Are All Over the Map for Students

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:06 AM At this point in the pandemic, most parents are familiar with “COVID notification” letters. But the letters’ instruction on whether your kid must quarantine or not varies wildly from school to school.

FDA to Authorize Pfizer Booster Shots for All Adults This Week

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:03 AM The FDA intends to authorize booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for all adults this week—potentially as early as Thursday.

Austria Starts New COVID-19 Lockdown for Unvaccinated People

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 8:00 AM Austria began a new lockdown on Monday for those who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19. People ages 12 and older, who are eligible to receive the vaccine, must remain in their homes for 10 days if they haven’t yet gotten a shot.

As Workers Struggle With Pandemic’s Impact, Employers Expand Mental Health Benefits

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Friday, November 12, 2021 8:06 AM As the COVID-19 pandemic burns through its second year, the path forward for American workers remains unsettled, with many continuing to work from home while policies for maintaining a safe workplace evolve.

How One Health Center Is Leading Chicago on Kid COVID Shots

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021 8:03 AM As the medical assistant put on rubber gloves and readied the syringe, 5-year-old Victoria Macias, wearing a pink Minnie Mouse mask and white blouse, turned her head away and closed her eyes.

Review of Optometry: CA, NY Win Expanded Scope of Practice Authorities

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Friday, October 29, 2021 2:54 PM Optometrists in California will no longer be hamstrung with limited prescribing and treatment authorities, thanks to a twin set of expanded scope of practice bills that were recently signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. The new law also grants ODs permanent privileges to administer COVID-19 vaccines, effective immediately. On the heels of California’s news, the state of New York recently passed an expanded scope of practice bill that will allow its ODs to prescribe a formulary of oral therapeutic pharmaceutical agents for the treatment of eye diseases. Read More

FDA Authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Ages 5 to 11

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Friday, October 29, 2021 8:03 AM The FDA has authorized Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, which means vaccines could be available to school-aged children starting next week. The move brings families with young children a step closer to resuming their normal activities, and it should help further slow transmission of the coronavirus virus in the U.S.

VM Summit Session Asks "What's A Store For?" and Lion'esque's Melissa Gonzalez Answers With Many Examples and Emerging Trends

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Friday, October 29, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—This week, retail strategist and experiential designer Melissa Gonzalez, founder of the Lion’esque Group and principal at MG2, spoke at the final virtual 2021 session of the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit to discuss the ever-evolving and changing relationship between consumers and the brands and stores they shop. Gonzalez and her firm work in many sectors, from fashion to beauty, to create immersive brand experiences for consumers, driving brand loyalty and interest. All have implications for eyecare and eyewear.

Helping Kids Prepare for Vaccines

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Thursday, October 28, 2021 12:19 PM COVID vaccination for children ages 5-11 is on the horizon, which may be scary news for some kids who are scared of needles and vaccinations. It's normal and understandable to be scared of shots, but parents, caretakers and doctors can help the kids in their lives be brave and get ready for vaccination. Head over to The New York Times for more.