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In Israel, business continues amid conflict

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CorNeat Vision is among the many companies working to try to maintain operations amid the conflict.

(Image Credit: AdobeStock/SeanPavonePhoto)

(Image Credit: AdobeStock/SeanPavonePhoto)

During periods of war or conflict, medical professionals are often the front-line workers whose impact can save lives.

Amid the fighting, business is also impacted by the conflict. Gilad Litvin, MD, an ophthalmologist, founder and chief medical officer of Ra'anana, Israel-based CorNeat Vision, noted that in the initial days of the war, all non-essential medical activities were halted.

“There were so many injured civilians in the hospital system that these activities did not take place,” he explained in an email interview with Ophthalmology Times. “Since then, the activities slowly returned to normal. No lack of products was encountered.”

Prior to the cease-fire, fighting created myriad problems for companies, and Litvin noted that Israeli citizens are accustomed to war and continue work activities as well as they can.

“At CorNeat Vision we have a crucial employee missing since the initiation of war due to reserve military service,” he said. “We are brainstorming ways to overcome. Current concerns mainly arise from the growing anti-Israeli and antisemitic sentiment which impacts activities from fundraising all the way to distribution and sales.”

Companies, including CorNeat Vision also are looking for ways to ensure business can continue amid the conflict.

We at CorNeat Vision try to share in the activities of our missing head of engineering,” Litvin said. “We amended our fundraising activities appropriately and are actively pushing our planned activities forward despite a growing risk profile.”

Amid conflict, Litvin noted that an atmosphere of war is not conducive to work in general and specifically kills creativity.

“This has had a minor impact on us until now, but we will be impacted as all of us at CorNeat Vision are going through a traumatic event,” he concluded. “We pray for peaceful times to come soon, and bring renewed prosperity, growth and all the boring stuff of ordinary life.”

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