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FDA Warns On Dangers and Limited Use of Ultraviolet UVC Sanitizers (August 25, 2020)
Lamps that use ultraviolet light to kill germs are not always safe and it's unclear how good a job they do at killing the virus, the FDA says on a newly posted advisory. (Read More)

Washington Post – How To Care For Your Face Mask (August 25, 2020)
Medical experts weigh in on what the general public should and should not do when it comes to wearing and disinfecting masks. (Read More)

Asymptomatic Kids May Be More Contagious Than Severely Ill Adults, New Study Finds (August 25, 2020)
The Massachusetts General Hospital finds that asymptomatic kids may be more contagious than severely ill adults. (Read More)


Guidebook on Stabilizing and Returning to Profitability

As you look ahead for the remainder of 2020, we know that the path may look a bit unclear. It is our hope that the contents within this Guidebook will help provide your business with a framework for stabilization, a roadmap for recovery, and a resource to turn to as you navigate new ways of conducting business. A new normal.

We're Here to Help

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 August 25, 2020


National COVID-19 News/Information

CDC Strategies for Optimizing PPE Supply
Optimization strategies for personal protective equipment from the CDC when supplies are stressed, running low, or absent(Read More)

CDC Information on Counterfeit Respirators
How to identify and determine counterfeit and non-NIOSH approved respirators circulating on the market. (Read More)

FDA List of Toxic Hand Sanitizers
Food and Drug Administration list of hand sanitizers that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or digested. (Read More) 

Forbes Outlines The Science Behind Wearing A Mask
Demonstrative science that wearing mask reduces the total mass and volume of discharged droplets, the distance that droplets travel, and the total droplet mass due to a combination of mask filtration and droplet evaporation. (Read More)

Dr. Fauci: Wear Goggles of Eye Shields to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases now recommends protecting all mucosal surfaces on the face by using a facial shield, or goggles in conjunction with a mask. (Read More)

WebMD - Face Masks Reduce COVID Infection Risk by 65%
Wearing a facial covering not only curbs the spread of the coronavirus, but reduces a mask wearer's risk of catching the virus by 65% according to the latest science. (Read More)

CNN – Fauci’s Advice on Reopening Schools and How Those That Have Opened are Faring
Schools and colleges are given the go-ahead to reopen, but advised that safety must come first, however as schools reopen, many students and teachers are testing positive leading to challenges with contact-tracing. (Read More)


Optical Industry COVID-19 News/Information

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Reopen Eyecare from Vision Industry Leaders and The Vision Council
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)

American Optometric Association COVID-19 Updates

American Academy of Ophthalmology COVID-19 Coronavirus and Eyecare

American Academy of Optometry COVID-19 Hub

The Vision Council COVID-19 Resources

AOA – School’s Not Out Forever: Why Back-To-School Exams Are Crucial This Year


Other Optical Industry Resources

Jobson Coronavirus ECP Studies

Invision Magazine COVID-19 Resource Center

Vision Monday Coronavirus Briefing

Eyecare Business COVID-19 Resources

IDOC Resource Center

PECAA COVID-19 Optometry Resources

ROB COVID-19 Practice Survival Center

Walman COVID-19 Help Line and Resources




General Education/Training Resources

ODs on Facebook Online CE Program
Online CE courses for you and your staff, and web-based ABO and NCLE exam preparation modules. (Learn More)

Online CE Training for ECPs from OptiCampus
Free online education and resources for optometrists, opticians, lab technicians, and ophthalmic personnel from OptiCampus. (Learn More)

SECO University COPE Trainings
Online learning for the optometric community at your convenience from SECO University. (Learn More)

BluTech - Blue Light Certification - Complimentary blue light certification for your business from our partners at BluTech Eyewear. Use Password: ClearBluTech!

ClearVision Training Videos
A roundup of the most important training videos from ClearVision and our Dilli Dalli, BluTech Eyewear, Aspire Eyewear and Revo brands. (Watch Here)

Invision Magazine and Clinical & Refractive Optometry Online CE Learning Platform
Continuing education learning site with COPE CE accredited courses, instant online grading and certification. (Learn More)

Upcoming Webinars

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)

Vision Expo Virtual EYE2EYE Series
Virtual panels and interactive conversations addressing current challenges in the vision community related to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Read More)

2020 Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit September 30 – October 21
Four part virtual event exploring big themes and urgent questions facing ECPs and vision care decision makers. (Learn More)

AAO - Academy 2020 At Home October 7-22
Virtually view up to 300 hours of continuing education and earn up to 80 hours of CE credits. (Read More)

Previous Webinars

eyeTHRIVE/GPN Webinar Series
eyeTHRIVE and a panel of experienced, active practitioners develop an early, actionable consideration checklist to prepare next steps for the road ahead. (Listen Here)




National COVID-19 Health News

WebMD Face Shields May Be The Next Step to Prevent COVID
Advantages to wearing face shields in different settings as the country reopens. (Read More)

SELF Are Face Shields Even Better Than Masks at Preventing Coronavirus
Promising research illustrating the effectiveness of shields in protecting against droplets. (Read More)

Wall Street Journal What We Know About Face Shields and Coronavirus
How shields provide protection from COVID-19 that differs from what face masks offer. (Read More)

CDC Coronavirus Disease Hub
Up-to-date information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Read More)

Wall Street Journal – Face Masks Really Do Matter, The Scientific Evidence is Growing
New research suggests that face coverings help reduce the transmission of droplets, though some masks are more protective than others. (Read More)

AARP – Experts Say Face Shields Better Than Masks
New evidence that face shields might be more effective than masks at preventing infection due to added eye coverage, decreased touching and adjusting, reusability, and increased comfort during hot summer months. (Read More)

CNN – Are You Wearing The Right Mask?
Research data from Duke University on the effectiveness of 12 types of masks in blocking dispelled droplets while talking. (Read More)

National Institutes of Health Phase 3 Clinical Trials of COVID-19 Vaccine
Details on the Phase 3 multi-site clinical trial designed to evaluate the investigational vaccine to prevent symptomatic coronavirus disease in adults. (Read More)

Eyecare Industry COVID-19 News

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)

Primary Care Optometry News - Optometrists Shift To Digital Pharmacy Services
Wearing a facial covering not only curbs the spread of the coronavirus, but reduces a mask wearer's risk of catching the virus by 65% according to the latest science. (Read More)

Wellness Resources

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)

National EAP COVID-19 Resources
Virtual support groups and mental health tools to utilize during COVID-19. (Learn More)

NY Magazine – How To Clean A Cloth Mask According to Doctors
The best detergents, water temperature, and how to dry. (Read More)

WebMD - Study: Sterilize N95 Masks With a Microwave
With shortages on N95 masks in some areas, the American Society for Microbiology has released a new study that a microwave can effectively serve as a decontamination tool. (Read More)

USA Today – Does UV Light Kill The Coronavirus on Surfaces?
Everything you need to know about UV light and its use to disinfect surfaces and kill viruses. (Read More)




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Financial Information

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)

Review of Optometric Business PPP Loan Forgiveness Update
Updated forgiveness guidelines from the SBA with guidance on rules you need to follow to increase the likelihood of loan forgiveness. (Read More)

Financial Tools

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 Strategies for Recouping Lost Revenues
Gauging the shutdown’s impact, forecasting new expenses, investing in staff training for long-term positive ROI, creating a virtual storefront, and using telemedicine to triage. (Learn More)

Review of Optometric Business How To Revise Your Practice Budget To Accommodate COVID-19 Impact
Establishing your practice budget, right-sizing that budget, and partnering with staff to accommodate new financial circumstances. (Read More)

HR Information

CDC Re-Opening Decision Tree
Online tool to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Read More)

ClearVision Talent Tidbits Videos
CVO’s talent management team with advice and tips on navigating change, business disruptions and more. (View Here)




Telehealth Resources

EyeCarePro - GetSetCare

EyeCareLive - Telehealth Services - Telemedicine Options

Review of Optometric Business FAQs for Telemedicine
Diagnosis, treatment, regulations, billing and other most-asked questions. (Read More)

20/20 Magazine – Teleoptometry What Do Patients Think?
Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science releases teleoptometric survey results citing 97% participant satisfaction. (Read More)


Marketing Tools


Facebook Shops

EyeCare Pro

Other Tools & Services

VisionWeb's Online Ordering Service



Online Optical Selling/Virtual Try-On


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Marketing Assets

We are here to help you communicate your business status and available services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The imagery below can be easily saved to your desktop or mobile device, and then used on your own social media pages, in email, newsletters, or printed on posters/flyers for your business.



BluTech Assets

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Zoom Meeting Backgrounds


In-Store Graphics


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