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Industry News with Vision Monday

19 Practice Performance Tracker Monitors ECP Business Metrics Across the U.S.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

NEW YORK—During the COVID-19 pandemic, many eyecare practices across the country have temporarily shut down and business has dropped off. Jobson Optical Research is tracking optical business metrics for the U.S. to determine the trajectory of the downturn, monitor its duration, and uncover which regions are heading in a positive direction.

Leo Lens Pharma Appoints Accomplished Ophthalmic Executive Dan Myers to Lead Company in Next Phase

Thursday, April 16, 2020

SAN DIEGO—Leo Lens Pharma, an emerging pharmaceutical company focused on helping protect sight, has named Dan Myers CEO.

19 Crisis Response Tactics: JINS, Shamir, VSP Global

Thursday, April 16, 2020

VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. JINS Eyewear is donating free glasses to nurses, doctors and other health care workers. The company invites people to email them at together@us.jins.com to tell them about someone they know or themselves to get a free pair of glasses, while supplies last.

19 Practice Performance Tracker for April 14, 2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Optical practices across the United States have shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19, and their latest sales statistics show a continued steep decline in overall business. Nearly all (89.9 percent) of the 1,306 eyecare professional respondents in the fifth wave of Jobson Optical Research’s Coronavirus ECP survey conducted April 7-9 are in locations currently operating under stay-at-home orders. Click to view the COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker for April 14, 2020.

19 Practice Performance Tracker for April 10, 2020

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The decline in U.S. optical business has affected most product and service categories starting with the week of March 9-15. Based on the year-to-date data, the only product category to increase prior to joining in the overall decline was contact lenses. All of the other categories (gross revenue, exams/refractions, frame units, and lens pairs) began their steep decline at the same time and remain headed down based on the latest metrics gathered. Click to view the COVID-19 Practice Performance Tracker for April 10, 2020.

Versant Health Names Kristyn Parzynski as Vice President of Labor Sales

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

BALTIMORE—Versant Health, a leading national managed eye health and vision plan company, has named Kristyn Parzynski as its new vice president, labor sales.

NAEVR/AEVR Push for Supplemental Eye Research Funding in 2021

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

ROCKVILLE, Md.—The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research  and the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research are continuing to lobby legislators for supplemental funding for science-related federal agencies that support their work.

19 Crisis Response Tactics: Eyewear by R.O.I., Fatheadz Eyewear, IOT, STAAR Surgical Company

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

VM brings you the latest information from optical companies and organizations responding to the coronavirus. Eyewear by R.O.I. based in Phoenix Arizona reported that the majority of its associates are working from home. Those whose job responsibilities cannot be conducted while at home are being paid their full salaries to stay at home.

Healthy Eyes Advantage (HEA) Increases Support of Independent Optometry, Finalizing Agreements With Nine State Associations

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

BOCA RATON, Fla.—HEA has completed the second phase of its initiative to increase support of independent ODs through partnerships with nine state associations.

Vision Expo to Launch Virtual EYE2EYE Series on April 15

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Vision Expo is launching the Virtual EYE2EYE Series, a series of virtual panels and interactive conversations inspired by Vision Expo’s EYE2EYE educational series. Launching on Wednesday, April 15, the Virtual EYE2EYE Series will take place on a weekly basis with a new topic every Wednesday and Friday.