VM Summit Session Examines How to Rebuild Patient Trust in the Wake of the Pandemic

By Staff
Friday, October 22, 2021 2:30 PM NEW YORK—As the Oct. 20 virtual VM Leadership Summit kicked off on Wednesday afternoon, two expert speakers talked about how the pandemic has put patients' trust to the test, and more importantly, how providers can tackle the issue of misinformation and help counter the formidable challenge of rebuilding that trust. In a session titled Rebuilding Trust, Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer for WebMD and Jennifer Hauser, head of Edelman’s Wellness 360 business unit, shared views about how today’s eyecare professionals can build trust with their patients. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: Parents Increasingly Seek Myopia Management, Says GMAC’s Two-Year Study

By Staff
Friday, October 22, 2021 2:26 PM The Global Myopia Awareness Coalition (GMAC) conducted a study between 2019 and 2021 to get a better idea of parents’ awareness and perceptions about myopia. The organization analyzed two main sources of data: an online survey that was sent to parents of children under 18 years old, and Google trends that tracked the ongoing searches related to myopia. Now, GMAC has released the results from this two-year study, and there were several key takeaways. Read More

Predicting This Year's Most Popular Costumes

By Staff
Friday, October 22, 2021 12:54 PM With Halloween just around the corner, you may be finding yourself in one of two scenarios: stuck for costume ideas, or worried everyone will be wearing the same thing as you this October 31. Thankfully, Google's annual Frightgeist feature, which complies Google searches and data to determine the most popular Halloween costimes each year, is here to help. Head over to Patch to learn more about the feature, or head straight to Frightgeist to try it out for yourself. You can search locally or nationwide. 

CooperVision’s Michele Andrews Talks About the Evolution of the ‘Best Practices’ Recognition Program

By Mark Tosh
Friday, October 22, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—CooperVision opened the application process for its Best Practices program in mid-September, and in doing so provided some updates that are designed to make it easier for eyecare practices to enter the program and for the judges to evaluate the diverse group of entries and focus areas the competition has come to attract. With the changes, in 2022 Best Practices will be recognized specifically for the areas of optometry in which they truly shine, CooperVision noted. VMAIL Weekend recently sat down with Michele Andrews, OD, CooperVision’s vice president, professional & government affairs, to get a better understanding of what’s new in the Best Practices program.

Insta-Pick for 10-23-21

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Friday, October 22, 2021 8:25 AM

VM's News Quiz for the Week of October 17: A New Program for Eyemart Express, Breakthrough Infections and Virtual Try-On Tech

By Staff
Friday, October 22, 2021 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 new program for Eyemart Express, breakthrough COVID-19 infections and virtual try-on tech.

Allentown Optical's Tweet for 10-23-21

By Staff
Friday, October 22, 2021 8:15 AM

InVision Eye Care's Tweet for 10-23-21

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Friday, October 22, 2021 8:14 AM

WeShareIt 10-23-21

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Friday, October 22, 2021 8:10 AM These vintage-inspired prints are a unique, interesting way to change up your office wall décor. You can pick them up on Amazon here. #WeShareIt

Registration is Now Open for IDOC’s The Connection 2022 Event to Feature IDOC’s New Practice Management Services

By Staff
Friday, October 22, 2021 12:30 AM NORWALK, Conn.—Returning to a live, in-person format for 2022, IDOC’s annual national conference, The Connection, is scheduled for Feb. 24-26 in Orlando, Fla.

New Essilor Vision Care Center to Host First Virtual Global Varilux Summit

By Staff
Friday, October 22, 2021 12:27 AM DALLAS—Essilor announces the creation of a state-of-the-art digital event platform, the Essilor Vision Care Center, and opens registration for the center’s inaugural event: the Global Varilux Summit.

Cast Your Votes for Jobson's 2021 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards—Nominations Close on Nov. 1

By Staff
Friday, October 22, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 13th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year. These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 20 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, online and social media marketing services, PPE, contactless dispensing devices, virtual try-on tools, telehealth solution and Social Purpose missions.

Retina Consultants of America Announces Addition of Colorado Retina Associates

By Staff
Thursday, October 21, 2021 2:14 PM SOUTHLAKE, Texas—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, has added Colorado Retina Associates (CRA) to its national consortium. With the addition of Colorado Retina, RCA adds a key partner in the Rocky Mountain Region and expands its footprint into a new territory, according to an announcement Wednesday.  CRA was founded in 2006 through the merger of three independent practices and has grown to include 13 board-certified and fellowship-trained ophthalmologists in the greater Denver-Boulder metropolitan area. Read More

20/20 Europe: Hoya Vision Care—Certified ECP Training Courses Part of Shared Global Mission to Address Myopia in Children

By Staff
Thursday, October 21, 2021 2:02 PM This summer, Hoya Vision Care announced the rollout of a suite of co-created certified training courses to educate, inform and empower eyecare professionals (ECPs) to prescribe spectacle lenses for children in the global fight to address and manage myopia. The bespoke program developed together includes certified courses on general knowledge about myopia, the myopia management landscape and training on the MiYOSMART spectacle lens. The content is housed on Hoya’s global training platform, available in more than 20 countries. Read More

Online Holiday Spending Expected to Soar

By Staff
Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:44 PM According to data from Adobe Analytics, reported by Inc., online holiday shopping is expected to reach a record $910 billion this year globally. Head over to Inc. to read some more about what this prediction means for retailers, and what to focus on to ensure happy, repeat customers.