Dim the Lights, Grab the Popcorn and Prepare for a Possible Blockbuster Summer Movie Season

By Mark Tosh
Friday, May 24, 2019 1:34 PM For many of us, Memorial Day weekend is the curtain raiser for the summer movie season. And this summer’s lineup of new releases looks to be one of the best in some time. Big stars, big budgets and big expectations are all phrases that come to mind when appraising the coming attractions. We have Brad Pitt, Rocketman (Elton John, of course) and Quentin Tarantino, to name just a few of the boldface names the studios are sending our way this summer. Oh, and while “eyewear” may not appear to have a starring role in the upcoming summer releases, there will certainly be plenty of screen time and cameo appearances for cool-looking shades and spectacles.

Add Some Optical Treats to Your Memorial Day Celebration

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, May 17, 2019 3:22 PM NEW YORK—With Memorial Day just around the corner, many of us are thinking about summer parties already. Planning a Memorial Day celebration can be overwhelming. There’s so much to take into account: the guest list, the food, the decorations, the drinks. Thankfully for all us optical-nerds, there’s no shortage of fun ways to inject a little optical joy into our parties alongside the abundance of American flags, and getting the party planning out of the way early means more time to relax and commemorate this Memorial Day Weekend, which is as good a reason as any to get shopping now. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite optical treats to help make your Memorial Day, no matter what you’re planning, stand out.

Here’s to You Mom

By Mary Kane
Friday, May 10, 2019 11:39 AM The joys of motherhood were front and center this past week as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, aka Meghan and Harry, welcomed their own bundle of joy into the world. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor made his entrance into the royal family on Monday amid much fanfare as his arrival lit up the Twitter-verse. But come tomorrow it won’t just be the royals celebrating motherhood as millions of Americans plan to pay homage to their moms on Mother’s Day.

What I Learned From My First Optical Job

By Andrew Karp
Friday, May 3, 2019 11:28 AM Lately, I’ve been thinking about my first year in the optical industry, and what I learned during that formative period that led me to spend the next 30 years writing, researching and analyzing this business. I came to optical from the advertising industry, where I learned the basics of marketing, market research and business strategy. In advertising, we called copywriters, art directors and producers “creatives.” That term stuck in my mind when I arrived in optical.

How Sunwear Became Funwear

By Ted Gioia
Friday, April 26, 2019 11:37 AM In a 1916 article published by American Optical, chemist H.T. Reeve marveled over an exciting new technology: tinted glass lenses. But this scientist, for all his enthusiasm, was forced to admit that few people really wanted to wear sunwear. These lenses would never get dispensed, he explained, “unless those prescribing them were convinced that such glasses were a necessary and beneficial precaution.”

Surviving Festival Season: Eye to Z

By Jamie Wilson
Friday, April 19, 2019 12:24 PM NEW YORK—It’s that time of the year again, festival season! As the second weekend of Coachella kicks off, music festival style has become just as important as the performers. While festival fashion reigns supreme (including sunwear) what often falls to the wayside is eye health and protection. Hours in the sun at various festivals in a range of climates from Coachella and Bonnaroo to Governor’s Ball and Lollapalooza can take its toll on our eye health leaving them dry and irritated. Here are some things to take into consideration before heading out to a weekend of fun, sun, music and a camera roll full of Instagram pics.

April Showers Bring an Important Reminder About UV Protection

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, April 12, 2019 1:01 PM NEW YORK—I recently returned from a week-long vacation to Ireland. When our flight landed in Dublin, I stood up and gathered my things, ready to disembark. I put on my jacket, wrapped up my scarf, and slid my sunglasses onto my face—only for the friendly Irishman seated behind me to laugh and say, “Ah, you won’t be needing those here! It’s always overcast.”

Seeing Is Believing (Or How New Contact Lenses Helped Patrick Reed Win The Masters)

By Mark Tosh
Friday, April 5, 2019 2:52 PM A year ago, 27-year-old Patrick Reed was relatively unknown outside the world of professional golf. But after a drama-filled Sunday—and hearty challenges from some of the biggest names in golf—Reed rolled in a 3-foot putt for par on the 18th hole at Augusta National to win The Masters by one stroke. He picked up his first major championship that Sunday in April a year ago, and all of the notoriety that comes with winning the most prestigious event in golf (if not all of individual sports).

5 Takeaways From Vision Expo East

By Mary Kane
Friday, March 29, 2019 1:50 PM NEW YORK—Think of it, just one week ago today many of us were in the thick of it at Vision Expo East. It was a very busy three days crammed with appointments, show floor events, celebrity sightings and parties that stretched into the night. Going into the final day of Expo, show organizers were very upbeat about the mood and momentum of Expo East. Initial pre-registration figures showed an increase in registration for key categories, including optical buyers, practice managers, optometric technicians and opticianry assistants, Vision Expo reported. And of the 7,000 companies present at this year’s Show, one-third of attendees represented new practices and optical locations. Here’s what co-owners of the Show, The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, told Vision Monday about this year’s Vision Expo.

Return to Expo City

By Andrew Karp
Friday, March 22, 2019 12:28 PM As I walk the aisles of Vision Expo, I find myself reflecting on the show and how it’s changed over the years. Although I missed the very first Vision Expo in New York in 1986, I’ve covered nearly every Expo since then, both East and West. Over the course of some 61 shows I’ve filled dozens of notebooks, taken thousands of photos and written countless stories about the companies, products and people that all make up the Expo experience.

Goodbye Winter, Hello Allergies

By Jamie Wilson
Friday, March 15, 2019 12:26 PM NEW YORK—It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for—spring is officially just a few days away. Everything starts to come back to life: leaves return to the trees, the grass regains its color and as the earth softens, flower come into bloom. But along with enjoying the beauty of springtime, that also means saying hello to an old friend—pesky seasonal allergies! While some stop to smell the roses, others are busy battling red, itchy, swollen eyes, incessant sneezing and general discomfort. Not exactly the ideal way to ring in a new season.

Billie Jean King: A Champion of Vision Care on and off the Court

By Mark Tosh
Friday, March 1, 2019 4:43 PM She’s a winner and an authentic all-around champion. Is there a better way to describe Billie Jean King? Well, add vision care advocate to the long list of King’s achievements over a long and legendary career, both on and off the tennis court. King is recognized for her 39 Grand Slam titles (16 in doubles), including a record 20 titles at Wimbledon, and she undoubtedly is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. But she is perhaps best known for the match in 1973 when 90 million people worldwide watched King soundly defeat Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes,” 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. Many believe that no other sporting event has played a more significant role in raising recognition for women athletes.

Taking the Long Way Home

By Mary Kane
Friday, February 22, 2019 11:41 AM A few months ago, I had an interesting commute home to Connecticut from New York City. If you know anything about commuting in and out of the city, “interesting” does not always translate into a positive experience, but this particular trip home would turn out to be an eye opener for me. As I made my way from the subway to the shuttle which would take me to Grand Central Station, I was struck as I often am at the hordes of people, coming and going in zigzag patterns, usually walking but sometimes running right at me. Actually making it to the platform can make you feel a bit like a running back who’s just completed a long run upfield and when you finally arrive you think, touchdown!

The Music Keeps Playing at this One of a Kind School

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, February 14, 2019 12:44 PM I had a dentist friend named Elliot who loved jazz and played good jazz piano. When Elliot began losing his sight in his 70s, he worried how it would affect his playing, or if he’d be able to play at all. Elliot lived in New York City, so he turned to a local music school for visually impaired people that was run at the time by Lighthouse International: the Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School (FMDG), the only community music school for the blind and visually impaired in the U.S. There he found a caring community of expert teachers and fellow musicians who helped him navigate the unfamiliar terrain of vision loss and gave him the tools and support he needed to continue making the music he loved.