MOD in the driver seat

I have been activated by the National Guard and will be leaving 20/20 Glance in the capable hands of the staff at Modern Optometry so that you don’t have to go cold turkey. I’ll be back as soon as I can, but hopefully you won’t even notice I’m gone.

COVID-19 updates.

BVI is donating face shields.

BVI is repurposing its products and is redirecting supplies toward the COVID-19 response. It is also donating PPE to health care facilities in hard hit areas. (via)

Health care workers in need of protective equipment?

MatterHackers wants to help. Fill out this form to apply for things like face shields and door handle covers. (via)

Cancelled state optometric meetings.

National and regional meetings aren’t the only ones affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we head into another month of quarantine, several state optometric associations have also cancelled upcoming meetings. Here’s a list.

•   Indiana Optometry’s Meeting (April 17-19, 2020).
•   The Arizona Optometric Association 2020 Spring Congress (April 24-26, 2020).
•   The Pennsylvania Optometric Association’s 2020 Spring Congress (April 30-May 30, 2020).


Want to hear from COVID-19–positive ODs?

Me too. As part of a special COVID-19 live video series in which Jessilin Quint, OD, MS, MBA, FAAO, and Justin Bazan, FAAO, served as guest hosts of Modern Optometry’s podcast, The MOD Pod, the two interviewed colleagues who tested positive with the virus about their experience in the very first episode. Next week’s episodes will cover PPE and how/why to apply for the new small business loans (on Monday at 1 pm EDT) and telemedicine (on Wednesday, time TBD).

Did you hear about the new Zoom trend?

With everyone in quarantine and meetings taking place virtually, bored hackers have been “Zoom bombing” business and personal video chat rooms. You’ve been warned. (via)


Modern Optometry’s hometown hero: Louie Beardell, a 14-year-old freshman at Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia, is making 3D-printed face shields and donating them to health care workers in area hospitals. (via)


Be well and stay well.