The Vision Council Succeeds in Efforts to Win an Issuance of a Proposition 65 Safe Use Determination (SUD) for Exposures to BPA from Certain Polycarbonate Eyewear Products

By Staff
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 12:31 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council announced that the State of California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is issuing a Proposition 65 Safe Use Determination (SUD) for exposure to Bisphenol A (BpA) from polycarbonate prescription glasses, non-prescription sunglasses, over-the-counter reading glasses and safety glasses manufactured, distributed or sold by members of The Vision Council.

To Address COVID-19: A Helpful Tool to Use in the Pandemic and Beyond

By Mark Wright, OD and Bob Schulz, CEO, VisionOne Credit Union
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 8:15 AM NEW YORK—If the pandemic has not impacted your practice yet, it’s just a matter of time until it does. One of your goals in a time of decreased revenue collected is to downsize expenses to avoid going negative on your practice cash flow. This specially designed spreadsheet is designed to help you achieve that goal. This article will show you how to use the spreadsheet to guide your practice not only in these difficult times but also as we climb back out of this problem.

COVID-19 and Practice Planning Advice and Tools Are Focus of EyeCarePro Facebook LIVE Event

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 8:10 AM NEW YORK—Even in some areas where ECPs are still seeing patients or providing emergency or urgent care, eye clinics are experiencing unwanted and nerve-wracking downtime in the current coronavirus crisis, the team at EyeCarePro.net  points out. To help ODs learn ways they can use the downtime to help them effectively plan for the future, EyeCarePro's team hosted a Facebook LIVE event last week. 

Zeiss Launches Webinar Series to Focus on High-Impact Topics

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 8:05 AM NEW YORK—Zeiss has launched a series of webinars to provide customers with easy access to information about high-impact topics and ideas. The webinars are scheduled three times a week at multiple times per day to accommodate customers’ schedules in various time zones. “These webinars are designed to educate our customers while they have additional time,” explained Matt Woelbern, head of U.S. ECP marketing for Zeiss Vision Care’s business group. 

CORE Advises Contact Lens Wearers on Safe Use Amidst COVID-19 Concerns, Reinforces Proper Hand Hygiene

By Staff
Monday, March 16, 2020 12:21 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—As containers of soap and hand sanitizer become limited in availability since the global spread of coronavirus, people are paying more attention to handwashing practices. While there is no suggestion of an association between COVID-19 and safe contact lens wear, for the millions of lens wearers worldwide, the increased focus on hand washing is a welcome message, experts have noted. A recent literature review from professor emeritus Desmond Fonn and the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) reports that proper hand hygiene is especially important for people who use contact lenses.

First 20 ECPs Certified for CooperVision’s Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program

By Staff
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—Twenty eyecare professionals (ECPs) from across the U.S. are the first certified ODs to prescribe under CooperVision’s new Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program, which features the MiSight 1 day contact lens as its cornerstone, according to an announcement. Following an in-person educational workshop covering clinical, technological, and child-parent interaction content, each of the 20 ODs then successfully completed an online exam. The CooperVision MiSight 1 day lens is the first and only product approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for slowing the progression of myopia in children, who at initiation of treatment are 8-12 years of age, as VMAIL reported.

IOT Expands Production Capacity at Calif. Lens Plant

By Staff
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 12:15 AM TORRANCE, Calif.—Indizen Optical Technologies (IOT) is expanding the production capacity in its manufacturing and technology center here. The company released a statement saying it is boosting the output at the 20,000 square foot facility in Torrance because sales of its IOT Neochromes light-activated lenses, which launched in Q4 2019, have exceeded initial forecasts. “We have had great success with the launch of new IOT Neochromes light activated lenses,” said IOT founder and CEO, Daniel Crespo. “Customers tell us they appreciate the exceptional performance of IOT Neochromes lenses, and that they are offered by an independent supplier.”

For March Save Your Vision Month, The American Optometric Association Partners With Lyft to Offer Free Rides to Get a Comprehensive Eye Exam

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 8:15 AM NEW YORK—The American Optometric Association (AOA), representing more than 30,000 doctors of optometry, announced that it is working with Lyft, the transportation network, to offer free rides to people in select cities in an effort to make it easier to get their #2020EyeExam with a doctor of optometry. For a limited time only, the AOA is offering a free roundtrip ride (up to $25) with rideshare partner Lyft to anyone traveling to the optometrist beginning March 2, while supplies last.

Eyefinity, Kno2 Team Up to Streamline Health Care Experience

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 8:10 AM NEW YORK—Kno2 a company that provides interoperability as a service to health care providers, and Eyefinity, a VSP Global company and industry leader in practice management and electronic health record software, announced they have developed a “seamless integration experience between vision care practices and electronic health record platforms in the larger medical ecosystem.” 

Month of March Is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

By CLICK Staff
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 8:05 AM In addition to ushering in Spring, March is also Workplace Eye Wellness month. Regardless of one’s occupation, whether it’s in construction or an office job that requires extended use of computers, taking care of the eyes should always be a priority.

Alcon's Endicott Seeks to Build on First-Year Progress, Invest in ECP Relationships and 'Complete the Swing' to a Standalone Company

By Staff
Monday, March 2, 2020 12:24 AM GENEVA—With its first year of operating as a standalone independent company just about wrapped up, Alcon (SIX/NYSE:ALC) is pleased with its progress but expects to build upon this initial success as it unlocks the company’s full potential in the eyecare sector. This was the message from chief executive officer David Endicott, who has been leading Alcon since last April.

RightEye Reveals Finalists of its 2020 Impact Awards

By Staff
Monday, March 2, 2020 12:21 AM BETHESDA, Md.—RightEye announced the six finalists of its 2020 RightEye Impact Awards. This program was created to “recognize, honor and celebrate the many unsung accomplishments of health care providers worldwide who are transforming peoples’ lives.”

Alcon Reports 'Strong Growth' in Sales for Full Year 2019 as Core Operating Profits Improve

By Staff
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:24 AM
GENEVA—Alcon (SIX/NYSE:ALC) reported Tuesday financial results for the full year 2019 that showed worldwide net sales of $7.4 billion, an increase of 3 percent (5 percent on a constant currency) basis), as core operating income grew 4 percent (11 percent at constant currency). This marked the third consecutive year of top-line growth on a constant currency basis, Alcon said in its announcement. The eyecare company noted that its business has benefited “from steady improvements in innovation, new product flow and strong commercial execution.”

CORE Offers Insights on Contact Lens Industry Growth, Safety, Wearer Satisfaction at NCC 2020

By Staff
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:15 AM WATERLOO, Ontario—Scientists from the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) will have their largest-ever presence at the 8th Dutch Contact Lens Congress (Nederlands Contactlens Congress/NCC), which runs March 15-16 in Veldhoven, The Netherlands. CORE researchers are scheduled to present multiple papers, posters and education sessions on some of the most critical issues in contact lens prescribing and development, including industry growth, contact lens safety, wearer satisfaction and pediatric use. “The theme of the conference is ‘Beyond 2020’ and we consider this an apt description of what we have in store for NCC this year,” CORE head of clinical research Jill Woods, MSc, MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, said in an announcement.

Eyefinity, Kno2 Team Up to Streamline Health Care Experience

By Staff
Friday, February 21, 2020 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., and BOISE, Idaho—Kno2, a company that provides interoperability as a service to health care providers, and Eyefinity, a VSP Global company and industry leader in practice management and electronic health record software, announced they have developed a “seamless integration experience between vision care practices and electronic health record platforms in the larger medical ecosystem.” The integration will help bridge the gap between eyecare and primary care for thousands of practices across the country.