- American Academy of Optometry and ASCO have established the virtual clinical training program "Student Online Clinical Case Education Program" to help the nation’s 1,800 fourth-year prospective Doctors of Optometry accumulate the 350 clinical observation hours they need to graduate. For additional information, visit www.aaopt.org/soccep or the ASCO website at https://optometriceducation.org/compiled-clinical-education-resources/.
- AOA and Optometry Cares — The AOA Foundation announced the optometrists chosen for induction into the National Optometry Hall of Fame for 2020: Tony Chan, OD; Robert Koetting, OD; and Satya Verman, OD. For more information, visit https://www.aoa.org/news/inside-optometry/2020-hall-of-fame-inductees-.
- Prevent Blindness is offering free curriculum for educators to help children learn about eyes and how to keep them healthy. The curriculum may be downloaded from website: https://www.preventblindness.org/star-pupils-eye-health-and-safety-curriculum.
- ABB Optical Group has introduced an online Virtual Resource Center that contains
a patient outreach toolkit designed for ECPs to connect with patients and inform them of direct doctor-to-patient shipping options; assistance with setting up an online ordering platform through Yourlens, information on how to set up ABB AutoShip, the company’s contact lens subscription service, an educational webinar series, the practice performance dashboard software, ABB Analyze available at no cost, and more. For more information on ABB’s ECP Virtual Resource Center visit https://www.abboptical.com. ABB customers can also reach out to their account manager directly to learn more.
- Abbott has announced that the FDA issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its molecular point-of-care test for the identification of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that delivers positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes. The test, which is portable and 6.6. pounds, will run on the company’s ID Now platform, providing rapid results in a wide range of healthcare settings, such as physicians’ offices, urgent care clinics and hospital emergency departments.
- EyeCarePro has announced the release of its telehealth platform, GetSetCare, a fully HIPAA compliant solution that is iOS, Android and desktop compatible. The platform allows users to set a telehealth schedule, book though the practice website and produce marketing campaigns to alert patients. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3c4B4AG.
- MatterHackers, a supplier of 3D printing materials and tools, has created the Maker Response Hub in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to connect volunteers who have 3D printers to medical facilities across the United States that are in need of critical equipment. The Maker Response Hub includes forms for individual makers, print labs, and engineers with 3D printers or other digital fabrication tools to register their machines and start making crucial supplies. Healthcare professionals and medical facilities can also use the Response Hub to register for assistance and to be connected to local manufacturing sources.
- National Vision Holdings, Inc. (America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, Eyeglass World, etc.) announced it has donated 40,000 masks to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. The company says it also plans to donate a portion to its team members across the country to enable the safe re-opening of its stores. National Vision temporarily closed all of its retail locations and hopes to begin selectively re-opening stores in the coming weeks with enhanced safety protocols and a focus on serving patients and customers with urgent and emergency eye care needs.
- SightGlass Vision, Inc., a clinical-stage life sciences company focused on ending nearsightedness (myopia), announced topline results from its planned 12-month interim analysis of the Company’s trial evaluating its eyeglasses designed to slow the myopia progression in children. Specifically, data from the Control of Myopia Using Peripheral Diffusion Lenses: Efficacy and Safety Study (CYPRESS, NCT03623074) shows both test arms experienced a reduction in myopia progression as assessed by the co-primary outcome measures of axial length and cycloplegic spherical equivalent refraction (SER) change at 12 months. Data from this trial will be used to support registration and the market launch of the company’s novel spectacle lenses. A 24-month interim data analysis is planned for next year. Visit www.clinicaltrials.gov for more information about CYPRESS. For more information about SightGlass Vision, visit www.sightglassvision.com.
- Visionworks, a VSP Global company, announced it started reopening locations Monday, April 6, to better meet the increased need for essential and emergency eye care, though it will not provide routine eye care. Additionally, the company says all locations will reopen with enhanced safety protocols, such as personal protective equipment for employees.
- Your Brand Eyewear, a private-label frame manufacturer, announced its factory-direct purchasing program created exclusively for independent eye care professionals. According to the company, this factory-direct distribution network greatly reduces the cost for premium quality frames that can be private branded for independent practitioners. For details, visit https://yourbrandeyewear.com/.
- The SUNY College of Optometry has announced the official opening of the Barbara Saltzman Center for Pediatric Eye Care, located in the University Eye Center. It is now open for urgent vision needs and will also see patients through the newly launched University Eye Center’s telehealth platform. The Center features eight new exam rooms, a room for sensory-sensitive children (Chill Room), the ability to examine special needs children, a child-friendly waiting area with interactive activities and a dedicated area for optical dispensing.