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O.D. Notebook: Optometric Telehealth Steps for Success

Optometric Teleheath Steps for Success:  
https://www.optometricmanagement.com/news/2020/optometric-telehealth-steps-for-success

Associations
  • AOA has cancelled Optometry’s Meeting 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will reconfigure key elements virtually for members to continue their professional development, the association says. More information will become available at optometrysmeeting.org, and questions can be directed to askAOA@aoa.org
Companies
  • Bio-Tissue, Inc., a TissueTech, Inc. company that makes cryopreserved amniotic membrane products for ocular surface disease and disorders, has announced the first National Mechanical Dry Eye Day, which will occur on May 19 and annually thereafter. To spread the word on National Mechanical Dry Eye Day, Bio-Tissue will feature videos of eye care practitioners sharing their experiences in diagnosing and treating such patients on the company’s Facebook,LinkedIn,and Twitterpages. Additionally, Bio-Tissue will showcase its www.DiscoverMDE.comwebsite to help eye care practitioners learn more about mechanical dry eye, including an outpatient procedure known as reservoir restoration, using Bio-Tissue’s AmnioGraft, and patient education materials. 
  • CooperVision, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, is providing free shipping for direct-to-patient contact lens delivery of any two boxes or more, via FedEx 2-Day Air or USPS on the patient’s O.D.’s behalf; providing reimbursement for Authorized Distributors to participate in the direct-to-patient delivery program; honoring patient rebates for an early annual supply purchase or to extend prescriptions on a case-by-case basis; and extending payment terms on current pending invoices. For additional information, reach out to your sales representative or to CooperVision’s customer service team at (800) 341-2020.
  •  Icare USA Inc. has announced it has completed its merger with CenterVue, Inc., after the acquisition of CenterVue by the Finnish Revenio Group Corporation in April 2019. In March 2020, the two corporations consolidated under a single management team. Coming from Icare, John Floyd is continuing as CEO, and Holly Swain is Vice President of Medical Affairs. From CenterVue, Dave MacLellan now serves as Vice President of Sales, and Luca Zalunardo is Vice President of Marketing. John Hawley joins the new team as Director of National and Government Accounts. The sales forces are remaining independent. For more information, visit www.icare-usa.com, www.centervue.com, or www.reveniogroup.fi/en.
  •  Safilo USA continues to provide uninterrupted service, taking orders 24/7 online via its b2b website, www.mysafilo.com, and via its customer service center, (800) 631-1188. Additionally,the company is continuing to manufacture and assemble Smith goggles in its Clearfield, Utah facility as part of its participation in Goggles for Docs, a grass roots effort to provide ski goggles to healthcare workers who currently have no eyewear protection while treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • VSP Global announced that, effective immediately, practices participating in the company’s Premier Program will keep their current status and benefits through the end of 2020, with the program criteria check-in being waived, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, VSP Global has given all VSP network practices access to Premier Academy360’s library of education and training resources, with new webinars (vspproviderhub.com/premier/academy360) designed to offer strategies and tools to address current challenges to further support private practices, the company says. Further, the Premier Program’s My Marketing Team has launched a COVID-19 resource kit, available at no cost to all VSP network practices. To access the latest news, information and resources available from VSP Global businesses, visit vspproviderhub.com/covid-19.html
Research Notes
  •  Contact Lens & Anterior Eye’s “The COVID-19 Pandemic: Important Considerations for Contact Lens Practitioners” provides five “science-backed truths” that doctors can provide to their contact lens-wearing patients during the COVID-19 pandemic: (1) People can keep wearing contact lenses; (2) good hygiene habits are critical; (3) regular eyeglasses do not provide protection from COVID-19; (4) keep unwashed hands away from the face; and (5) temporarily cease contact lens wear if ill. The paper and related ECP and patient resources can be accessed from COVIDEyeFacts.org.
Schools
  • New England College of Optometry (NECO) has partnered with EyeCareLive, a telehealth system built specifically for eye care, to develop new ways to evaluate patients remotely, the optometry school says. NECO doctors use telephones, video conferencing and the EyeCareLive Platform to conduct urgent evaluations, vision therapy, low vision rehabilitation, and other essential consultations. 
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