Many Corporate ODs are working through the COVID-19 pandemic. Optometry offices are not considered essential services. Many state organizations have recommended optometrists to shut down their offices for 2 weeks. The CDC recommends no gatherings larger than 10+. With some offices seeing 4-6 patients an hour the office can exceed the CDC’s recommendation. Corporate OD lanes being small areas was a major concern for many ODs.
Many Corporate ODs voiced their concerns about working during the pandemic without the proper resources provided to them. Many ODs don’t have face masks, gloves and have low supplies of Lysol wipes. Corporate ODs were concerned about working in a retail environment where there are a lot of people entering the building to purchase food and other supplies.
97% of ODs don’t have the resources to protect themselves and avoid the spread of the virus.
As of 3/17/2020
Warby Parker was the first to come out and close all their stores and paying their staff including their ODs during this difficult period.
Luxottica announced changes in store hours to 12-6 in their Lenscafters locations and closed the LC Macys for 2 weeks. Some LC sublease owners have closed their locations.
For Eyes reduced store hours and sublease ODs were make a business decision if they were to close their books.
Costco optical will close of 30 days according to resources in the Corporate Optometry Facebook group.
Sams Club followed by closing for the next 2 weeks.
Stay Healthy, hopefully together we can get more store closures and resources to the stores that will stay open.
Update 3/23 For Eyes closed, VisionWorks closed, TLC closed National Vision closed and all paid their employed ODs. Shopko closed and Stanton Optical. If we missed your company please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org