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To assist you in preparing and planning for the road ahead, we've created this ebook for you. It is our hope that this can be a resource for your business in providing considerations, recommendations, strategies and best practices on how to successfully reopen your doors once again.
As we all try to navigate these uncertain times, we want help our community in any way we can. We’ve put together this resource center to compile latest news updates, industry resources, training materials, mental/physical health tips and more to help you and your practice.
Updated on May 22, 2020
National COVID-19 News/Information
CMS Recommendations for Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-COVID-19 Healthcare
Recommendations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on re-opening facilities to provide routine healthcare consistent with public health information and in collaboration with state public health authorities. (Read More)
AAO Ophthalmic ASC Checklist for Reopening
Administrative, clinical/infection prevention, life safety, sterilization and pharmacy checklists for ophthalmic ambulatory surgery centers from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. (Read More)
American Dental Association COVID-19 Center - JUST ADDED!
Helpful guidance from the ADA, applicable to many within the optical industry, including information on SBA loans, practice resources, safety and clinical considerations, mental health and more. (Read More)
Optical Industry COVID-19 News/Information
Reopen Eyecare from Vision Industry Leaders and The Vision Council - JUST ADDED!
A comprehensive resource to help eyecare providers navigate the complex journey from shutdown back to "new normal" business conditions with practical insights and a collection of best practices, protocols, tools and tips for reopening a practice and maintaining health until conditions improve. (Read More)
FDA Guidelines for Remote Ophthalmic Testing and Monitoring
Temporary guidelines from the FDA for remote ophthalmic assessment and monitoring devices during the coronavirus disease crisis. (Read More)
Eyecare Business News Interview with ITR Economics CEO + Chief Economist Brian Beaulieu
Expert analysis on how COVID-19 will affect the eyecare economy for the remainder of 2020 and when recovery will begin. (Read More)
Review of Myopia Management on Children’s Screen Time During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Tips and at home alternatives to increased screen time many parents are facing during the pandemic. (Read More)
Review of Optometric Business Toolkit for Reopening - JUST ADDED!
Articles and resources that address each of the critical points you need to consider including reopening your practice, staying cash flow positive, telemedicine and increased competition. (Read More)
Other Optical Industry Resources
PECAA COVID-19 Optometry Resources
COVID-19 optometry resources including financing, human resources, telemedicine, communication, vendor support, vendor education and FAQs from the Professional Eye Care Associates of America. (Read More)
American Academy of Ophthalmology COVID-19 Coronavirus and Eyecare
COVID-19 resources for ophthalmologists, practice management, eye health patients and news from the AAO. (Read More)
Walman COVID-19 Help Line and Resources
Complimentary resources and experts available to help navigate reopening, staffing and payroll, payment terms and programs, patient communication and government assistance. (Read More)
General Education/Training Resources
E-Courses About Ocular Nutrition from MacuLearn
Nutrition and visual function certification for technicians as well as macular nutrition for visual function and AMD COPE accredited CE courses. (Learn More)
BluTech - Blue Light Certification - Complimentary blue light certification for your business from our partners at BluTech Eyewear. Use Password: ClearBluTech!
AOA 2020 Virtual Learning Livecast - June 24-27
More than 60 continuing education (CE) and professional development courses specifically designed for doctors of optometry, paraoptometric staff, and students during this four day Livecast. (Learn More)
InsideVision Weekly YouTube Episodes
The New England College of Optometry (NECO) and Sector Media Group have launched a new online YouTube series, "InsideVision”, with content and conversation aimed at supporting ECPs and eyecare related businesses with actionable ideas and concepts for an advantageous return to business. (Listen Here)
ROB and Shamir – The Effects of COVID-19 on Vision - May 28 - JUST ADDED!
Learn how to unveil new opportunities in your practice by building a compelling Rx solutions package that addresses consumer pain points from big-data learning. (Learn More)
Review of Optometric Business Webinar Series
Part I: How to Manage a Slowdown or a Shutdown of Your Practice
Part II: Do You Need a Loan?
Part III: How to Reopen Your Practice
Part IV: Demystifying PPP Forgiveness
Marketing4ECPs Build a Strong Social Media Presence Post COVID-19
Discussions on the strategy of promotions, planning, discounting, partnering with vendors, and marketing your promotions. (Listen Now)
Solutionreach Webinar Series
Part I: Practice Comeback Plan Overview
Part II: Stage 1 "Do This Now" - Deep Dive and FAQs
Part III: Stage 2 "Ready to Reopen" - Deep Dive and FAQs
Part IV: Stage 3 "Thrive Going Forward" - Deep Dive and FAQs
AOA COVID-19 Resources Webinar V: Practice Reopening Guidance
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) update and optometry practice re-activation preparedness. (Listen Here)
National COVID-19 Health News
CDC Recommendations for Cleaning/Disinfecting Your Facility
Everyday tips, steps to take when someone is sick, and considerations for employers upon reopening. (Read More)
CDC Infection Control Guidance for Healthcare Professionals about COVID-19
Guidance from the CDC on infection control, using PPE, hand hygiene, and more for all healthcare facility types. (Read More)
Eyecare Industry COVID-19 News
COVID-19 and Contact Lenses: The Facts You Need to Know
Evidence-based materials to help contact lens wearers, glasses wearers and eye care professionals understand the most important facts. (Read More)
Important Coronavirus Updates for Ophthalmologists
AAO releases information on coronavirus symptoms shown through the eyes. (Read More)
The Vision Council Sanitization Operating Assumptions
Operating assumptions for cleaning frames and handling shipments per the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention and OSHA. (Read More)
eyeTHRIVE Safety Checklist Template for Reopening
Safety policies, appointment procedures, disinfection routines, PPE policies, dispensary procedures, patient communications and frame cleaning guidelines. (Read More)
Headspace - Online Health & Wellness
Headspace, an online health and wellness resource, which focuses on online meditation, is offering US healthcare professionals, who work in public health settings, free access to Headspace Plus through 2020. (Learn More)
Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program
Loan information and lender forms/guidance from the U.S. Small Business Administration. (Read More)
Main Street Lending Program
Details on qualifications for the Main Street Lending Program, part of the broader Exchange Stabilization Fund, providing $600 billion of loans to small and medium-sized businesses. (Learn More)
SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
Coronavirus funding options, guidance for businesses and employers, local assistance and products/resources from the Small Business Administration. (Learn More)
IDOC Business Disruption Calculator
IDOC Practice Finance Consultant, Nathan Hayes, demonstrates how to use the new IDOC Business Disruption Calculator to help you baseline your expenses and forecast your cash reserve and credit line needs. (Watch Here)
Review of Optometric Business PPP Loan Forgiveness Calculator
Excel-based calculator for those who have secured a PPP loan with insight on reducing practice expenses, creating a new financial budget and monthly reviews of profit/loss vs. budgets. (Learn More)
Review of Optometric Business COVID-19 Practice Finances Impact Forecast
Calculate revenue, expenses and net profit with adjustments for COVID-19’s impact on your business from March-April and forecasted impacts for the remainder of 2020. (Learn More)
Invision Magazine: Human Resources During COVID-19 Webinars
Invision Magazine's series of webinars on managing Human Resources during COVID-19. (Learn More)
Paid Sick and Family Leave Legislation in Response to Coronavirus
A breakdown of paid sick leave protections from the U.S. Government. (Read More)
Gallup Reports On What Employees Need from Leadership During COVID-19
Guidance on how to lead and inspire employees amid a global pandemic as well as five survey items to audit your leadership approach. (Read More)
EyeCarePro COVID-19 Practice Recovery Kit
Free campaign download to help your business get the word out that you plan to reopen, that your practice is safe, and what to expect as the “new normal”. (Learn More)
Other Tools & Services
VisionWeb's Online Ordering Service
Create and manage your spectacle lens, contact lens, and frame catalogs using information provided by the industry's largest network of ophthalmic suppliers. (Learn More)
Health and Hygiene Signage from OMG Displays (Special Discount!)
Save 5% on health and hygiene signage, sneeze guards and other COVID-19 graphics from OMG displays by using this link! (Learn More)
Online Optical Selling/Virtual Try-On
Virtual eyewear try-on and online functionality solutions for eyecare providers.
Build an online virtual frame board solution, so your patients can browse frames from anywhere and purchase from your business.
Frame recommendation and virtual try-on solutions for online, in-store and omnichannel eyewear retailers.
Software solution to enable optometrists to set up a digital storefront.
Virtual glasses try-on with a photo or webcam, for online stores.
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