More Free COVID Tests

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022 10:52 AM The federal government has opened up a third round of free COVID-19 tests for American households. Head over to WebMD for more, including how to place your order.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of May 9-15, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022 10:05 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, May 9-15, at a rate of -2 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 7 index points above where it was at this point in time (week 20) when compared with last year and 12 points above 2019. Gross revenue during Week 20 of 2020 was 42 index points below Week 20 of this year at a level of 68 index points, as it continued to gradually emerge from the pandemic-related low of 14 index points it had reached during Week 15 of 2020, according to Jobson’s most recent Practice Performance Tracker. Read More

Review of Optometry: How to Use Dry Eye Questionnaires in Your Practice

By Staff
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 9:52 AM Busy doctors and distracted patients don’t exactly relish the thought of adding one more step to an optometric visit, but the notion of screening patients for dry eye with a survey tool has merit, experts say. Asking patients to devote a bit of forethought to the state of their ocular surface comfort before their exam can elicit conversations that might not otherwise occur, allowing you to identify some cases that would have gone unaddressed. And when managing a condition as multifactorial as dry eye, keeping a record of when patients feel better or worse helps to identify possible triggers, narrow down the list of potential diagnoses and evaluate response to treatment. Read More

Warby Parker Reports 10 Percent Increase in Q1 Sales as ‘Active’ Customer Count Climbs 18 Percent, But Net Loss Also Widens

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022 1:02 PM NEW YORK—Against a backdrop of disruption due to the Omicron variant that was first felt in the last weeks of December and continuing through the first quarter, Warby Parker Inc. (NYSE: WRBY) on Monday reported that its Q1 revenue rose 10.3 percent to $153.2 million as both active customer count and average revenue per customer increased also in the quarter ended March 31. However, the retailer's net loss totaled $34.1 million in the quarter, primarily as a result of an increase in SG&A (selling, general and administrative) expenses, according to its announcement. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: Is Myopia Management Right for My Practice?

By Staff
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 12:50 PM About 41.6 percent of Americans are nearsighted, up from 25 percent in 1971, according to the National Eye Institute. Projections suggest that almost 50 percent of the world will be myopic by 2050. As myopia comes with an increased risk of retinal detachment, myopic macular degeneration, glaucoma and the early development of cataracts, treatments that can limit myopia progression are well worth it. The question is whether a myopia management niche is right for you and your practice. Here are 5 good questions to ask yourself before deciding to launch these specialized services. Read More

Ciao, Mido—See You Soon

By Staff
Monday, May 16, 2022 1:40 PM NEW YORK—After two years without a show, Mido 2022 kicked off in Milan on April 30 through May 2. The trade show was a celebration in more than one way: a reunion for so many, a marking of Mido’s 50th anniversary and a moment to welcome a new era with new energy. About 22,000 visitors from all around the world packed into the Fiera Milano Rho conference center for the event, coming together to network, collaborate and take stock of new technology and products. Read More

Women In Optometry: Do First-generation ODs Tend to Gravitate Toward Corporate Settings?

By Staff
Monday, May 16, 2022 1:24 PM First-generation professionals are people who are the first of their families to enter a professional setting. These professionals hold an OD degree and are ready to climb up the ladder in optometry. These first-gen ODs are hungry for success. First-generation ODs are open-minded and looking to get their name out there. Employers ensure these professionals grow and succeed throughout their time at the organization. Corporate optometry offers professional development programs that many young ODs take advantage of. First-generations often took advantage of mentoring and professional networking opportunities. First-generation ODs bring more diverse backgrounds and ideas to the profession. Read More

A Lunar Eclipse to Remember

By Staff
Monday, May 16, 2022 10:55 AM On Sunday night, people around the world were treated to a special lunar eclipse: the longest in 33 years, according to Space.com. Head over to Space.com to learn more about the "Super Flower Blood Moon," and see some stunning pictures from around the world.

Prevent Blindness Declares Third Annual Inherited Retinal Disease (IRD) Genetic Testing Week as May 16-22

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Friday, May 13, 2022 5:13 PM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness has declared May 16-22, 2022 as the third annual “Inherited Retinal Disease (IRD) Genetic Testing Week.” Educational materials, such as a fact sheet, social media graphics, and a dedicated webpage, preventblindness.org/inherited-retinal-diseases/ are available. New this year to IRD Genetic Testing Week are two informational videos. Alina V. Dumitrescu, MD, clinical associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, inherited eye disease at the University of Iowa hospitals and clinics, is featured in a new “IRD and Genetic Testing” episode in the Focus on Eye Health Expert Series. Read More

20/20 Magazine: Be a Good Sport

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Friday, May 13, 2022 5:02 PM Every independent retailer can be a good sport and an advocate for sport eyewear. 20/20 presents our annual Sport Eyewear MarketPulse Survey. Eighty-five percent of independent optical locations dispensing eyeglasses report dispensing some type of sport or protective eyewear, including ski and swim goggles. This is a decline from 93 percent in 2021—perhaps focus shifted during the pandemic to other specialty eyewear. However, for those 85 percent selling sport eyewear, it still makes up 10 percent of their revenues. Read on for more data on this category, and continue to recommend sport eyewear for your patients’ active and athleisure needs. Read More

How Air Traffic Control Helped a Passenger Land a Plane

By Staff
Friday, May 13, 2022 1:10 PM Last week, a 39-year-old Floridian man named Darren Harrison made headlines when he landed a private single-engine airplane after the pilot had a medical emergency and was incapacitated. Harrison, who had no flight experience, landed with the calm, detailed help of air traffic controller Robert Morgan. Head over to HuffPost to learn how Morgan coached Harrison through the ordeal.

Ciao, Mido—See You Soon

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, May 13, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—After two years without a show, Mido 2022 kicked off in Milan on April 30 through May 2. The trade show was a celebration in more than one way: a reunion for so many, a marking of Mido’s 50th anniversary and a moment to welcome a new era with new energy. About 22,000 visitors from all around the world packed into the Fiera Milano Rho conference center for the event, coming together to network, collaborate and take stock of new technology and products. 

Insta-Pick for 5-14-22

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Friday, May 13, 2022 8:25 AM

VM's News Quiz for the Week of May 8: A Milestone for VM’s Most Influential Women Report, Eyecare During the Pandemic and the Power of Houseplants

By Staff
Friday, May 13, 2022 8:20 AM Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. This week's quiz takes a look at a milestone for VM’s Most Influential Women Report, eyecare during the pandemic and the power of houseplants.

The Eye Place's Tweet for 5-14-22

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Friday, May 13, 2022 8:15 AM