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VM and 20/20 Magazine Announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2020

By StaffL
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are pleased to announce the selections in the 12th annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, a special survey aimed at identifying readers’ favorite products and companies of the year. Optical retailers and ECP readers of the two Jobson Medical Information publications were asked to identify their “favorite” products in 19 distinct categories.

Topology Intros Touchless Optical Platform for Opticians

By Staff
Monday, November 23, 2020 12:09 AM

Review of Ophthalmology: How to Plan Your Exit Strategy

By Staff
Monday, November 16, 2020 2:30 AM Bellwether shifts in procedural volume, practice patterns and profitability brought on by COVID-19 have prompted many ophthalmologists in private practice to rethink when and how they will walk away from their life’s work. Old assumptions have faded in the minds of aging practitioners as they explore future opportunities. Other physicians are exploring mergers with bigger practices and selling to private equity firms. Read More

At Your Service

By Staff
Thursday, November 5, 2020 11:30 AM In the first days of the coronavirus pandemic, as states and municipalities began issuing shutdown orders, optical retailers and optometric practices across the country went into shock. With many offices closed and eyeglass shipments disrupted, the situation was chaotic. “When everyone literally had the rug pulled out from under them, no previous systems you had in place were going to be helpful when you’re winging it,” recalled optician Ruth Domber, who co-owns 10/10 Optics, a popular optical boutique and optometric practice in New York City. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: How to Help Students and Parents With E-Learning

By Staff
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 4:00 AM If your practice is anything like mine, you have seen an increase in patients coming to the office with complaints of visual discomfort, blurry vision and irritated eyes in the past few months. While patients of all ages are experiencing these problems, one group is notable: school-aged children in an online education program. This article will examine this trend, explore the visual issues these children may be at risk for, including myopia, and what actions can help these patients. Read More

Communication and Creativity Keep Patients Coming Back to Boston’s Envision

By Staff
Friday, October 30, 2020 1:00 PM BOSTON—When Jaclyn Garlich, OD, FAAO, purchased her practice, Envision, on Jan. 1, 2020, this was definitely not the year she was expecting. A graduate of the New England College of Optometry, Dr. Garlich had been working at Envision, located in Boston’s Financial District, since 2018, before she purchased the practice. Now, as practice owner and optometrist, she and her team are working their way through a pandemic both in-store and online. Read More

Final VM Summit Session Addresses Elevating the Patient Experience With Tech and Retail Leaders

By Staff
Monday, October 26, 2020 12:45 AM NEW YORK—Wrapping up with the proverbial bang, the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit virtual conference concluded its four-session series last week with its much-anticipated “Stepping Up the Patient Experience” program. The two-hour session took a deep dive into the way digital technologies are bringing doctors, patients and consumers into the healthcare process in exciting new ways. The session was highlighted by an eclectic mix of speakers drawn from the tech, retail and vision care fields who discussed how new tactics are transforming patient engagement by blending physical experiences with virtual ones.

In New Awareness Campaign, Prevent Blindness Encourages Everyone to ‘Take a Screen Time-Out’

By Staff
Friday, October 23, 2020 12:24 AM CHICAGO—In response to increased virtual activity during the coronavirus pandemic, Prevent Blindness, launched Screen Time-Out, an awareness campaign to encourage Americans, especially parents of young children, to introduce regular screen breaks into their daily routines.

Review of Myopia Management: Myopia Progression During COVID-19

By Staff
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 2:00 AM This was supposed to be the year of vision or optometry’s year, but 2020 ended up quite tragically as anything but. There were varying governmental responses to the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, including shelter-in-place (SIP) orders, remote work, school at home, business closures, social distancing, and improved hygiene. Shortly after remote schooling was instituted, concerns were raised about the potential impact of increased usage of computers and other digital devices, along with a likely reduction in outdoor time, on the vision of children, and more particularly on the possible impact on myopia incidence and progression. Read More

Simple Solution for Defogging Eyewear

By Staff
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 12:06 AM

Barbara Wright Design, ETS Displays Offer PPE Products

By Staff
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 7:30 AM

CORE Alerts Practitioners to Mask-Associated Dry Eye Among Patients

By Staff
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:18 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—Widespread use of face masks has been determined essential to combat COVID-19’s spread, yet is giving rise to a new phenomenon: increased reports of dry, uncomfortable eyes. Experts from the Centre for Ocular Research & Education are advising ECPs on how to recognize mask-associated dry eye and methods to mitigate the condition.

ClearVision Intros Kids’ Face Masks

By Staff
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:03 AM

New 20/20 and VM Digital Exclusive PPE Resource Guide Is Now Available

By Staff
Monday, August 31, 2020 12:15 AM NEW YORK—With the continued advance of COVID-19, the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is in high demand among eyecare professionals and their staff. A new and exclusive special digital resource from 20/20 and Vision Monday showcases a variety of product offerings to help ECPs, their associates and patients to stay safe. 

More Foggy Notions About Lenses and Masks

By Staff
Friday, August 28, 2020 5:30 PM Foggy eyeglass lenses have always been annoying, but since most of us have been wearing masks to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19, the problem has become widespread. A growing number of suppliers are now producing special lenses and coatings that fight fog, as VMAIL has previously reported. And some VMailreaders have made suggestions for how to minimize the moisture that collects on our lenses when we breathe. We’ve asked dispensing expert and 20/20 Magazine contributing editor Palmer R. Cook to weigh in on the discussion. Here’s his take on the topic. Read More