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Vision Expo has announced Virtual Connections, a new program designed to facilitate conversations and virtual meetings for Vision Expo East 2020 exhibitors and registered attendees for the event that was postponed as a result of COVID-19. Launching in mid-April, Virtual Connections will offer several different options for connecting in a flexible... Read More »
Dear Member, I am writing today to announce the departure of Greg Chavez, The Vision Council's executive vice president of operations and membership, and to celebrate his new and exciting role as the CEO for the Dental Trade Alliance (DTA). Greg has spent 17 years with The Vision Council and has become part of the DNA of the organization as he's... Read More »
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued its first guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program in order to help small businesses determine eligibility and obtain loans. The program is designed to encourage small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing loans up to $10 million for payroll as well as other expenses.... Read More »
Consumer Reports recently published an article highlighting what consumers should know about lens coatings when buying glasses, providing detailed information about the benefits of different types of lens coatings, what questions consumers should ask regarding each type of coating, and other practical tips to help consumers when making a purchase... Read More »
Congress Passes Third Stimulus Bill to Support Businesses The Vision Council members have new programs available now that the President is expected to sign new legislation to support business and individuals in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act" or "Phase 3") will... Read More »
Analysis of U.S Legislative Response to COVID-19 Available to Members In the midst of the global pandemic, U.S. lawmakers have worked to provide emergency relief for individuals, families and businesses throughout the country. To help members in understanding the current three-phase legislation, The Vision Council has created a general analysis... Read More »
The Washington Post recently published an article about how to buy reading glasses, detailing important information and actionable, practical tips to help consumers when making a purchase. The article supports many of The Vision Council's key messages, including: the importance of an annual eye exam; recent innovations in eyecare and eyewear; the... Read More »
Given the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, The Vision Council is conducting ongoing research among members and eyecare providers to get a broad understanding of how the market is reacting to tightening restrictions, consumer sentiment and government guidance. As a part of this effort, we fielded two studies asking 100 members of... Read More »
The federal government has issued guidelines specifying what is classified as essential and non-essential businesses; however, the decision regarding which businesses can remain open and which must be closed during times of crises is ultimately made by each state government. These requirements are subject to change as the status of the COVID-19... Read More »
The Vision Council and VisionWatch are continuing to track the evolving eyewear and eyecare behavior of American consumers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the COVID-19 situation continues to change every day, and throughout the day, U.S. consumers are changing their behavior to avoid contracting the virus. The Midpoint March COVID-19... Read More »