Ciao, Mido—See You Soon

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, May 13, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—After two years without a show, Mido 2022 kicked off in Milan on April 30 through May 2. The trade show was a celebration in more than one way: a reunion for so many, a marking of Mido’s 50th anniversary and a moment to welcome a new era with new energy. About 22,000 visitors from all around the world packed into the Fiera Milano Rho conference center for the event, coming together to network, collaborate and take stock of new technology and products. 

As Summer Sneaks Up on Us, Indies Show Off Their Sunglasses

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Although there’s still about a month until the official start of summer, there’s no denying that many of us are already thinking about sunny days by the beach or the pool, weekend trips away, ice cream and all of the other unique joys summer has to offer. As we wait for hot weather to fully arrive, there’s no better time than now to remind patients and clients just how important UV protection is—the warm weather and excitement for summer vacations might just make your patients more interested in picking up a new pair of sunglasses in the next few weeks.

Indies Celebrate Sustainability and Recycling Ahead of Earth Day

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Thursday, April 21, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—On Friday, people all around the world celebrated Earth Day differently. For some, the best way to celebrate Earth Day is to spend some time outside in nature, while others like to use the day to clean up a beach or forest, or spread important information about recycling, climate change and sustainability. No matter what you do, setting aside some time to honor our Earth is a great idea for everyone—and independent ECPs are getting involved, too.

This Weekend It’s All About Easter, Inflation and Spring Fever

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, April 15, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Whether you celebrate Easter or not, there always seems to be something lighthearted and sunny in the air this time of year. Spring has fully settled in around most of the country, with flowers beginning to bloom and green grass making a triumphant reappearance. In addition to this Spring-fever optimism, Easter seems to put Americans in a mood to spend money as well. In fact, the National Retail Federation reports that people plan to spend an average $169.79 this year on Easter-related items.

Indies, Students and Designers Return to Vision Expo East

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Monday, April 11, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—From March 31-April 3, Vision Expo East returned to New York City for the first time since 2019—and so did thousands of members of the optical community from all around the world. This year’s show was a much-welcome return to New York, showcasing hours of education, special guests, brand-new tech and countless frames. Here, we’re taking a look at some fun snapshots from Vision Expo East 2022, from ECPs, designers, students and more.

Indies Encourage Workplace Eye Safety

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—This March, several organizations, including Prevent Blindness, are putting the focus on eye safety at work, dubbing the month Workplace Eye Wellness Month. As always, Prevent Blindness is providing a variety of free resources this month, including an overview of proper eye protection and safety glasses for various industries, as well as information on the effects of extended digital screen use.

All Eyes Are on International Women’s Day

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, March 11, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—International Women’s Day came and went this Tuesday, March 8, but with Women’s History Month spanning all of March, there’s still an abundance of time to celebrate and honor women in all walks of life—including in the optical world. Women’s history and optical history have long been intertwined, but the future of the field is also closely intertwined with women’s future. In fact, the number of women in the optical profession has been rising steadily over the past 10 years. Women In Optometry reports that in 2019, 7 out of 10 students entering optometry school were women.

Indies Celebrate the Start of Women’s History Month

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, March 4, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—With March comes the start of spring, longer days, and Women’s History Month. As this month, dedicated to celebrating and honoring women’s history, kicks off, the optical world is celebrating too. In fact, women's history and the optical world are closely intertwined and the number of women ODs in practice has been steadily rising over the past 10 years, according to polls from Women In Optometry. In the fall of 2019, VM reported that 7 out of 10 students entering optometry school were women—making optometry part of women's futures, as well.

How Black History Month and Optical History Intersect

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, February 18, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—When we think about Black history, we probably think about the big names: people like Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. But Black history doesn’t exist exclusively in the political arena—Black history is everywhere, touching every part of our world and our lives, including the optical industry. Some of the most influential and intriguing names in optical history are also influential and intriguing names in Black history: people like Powell Johnson, Kenneth J. Dunkley and Dr. Patricia Bath.

A Sweet Valentine’s Day for Indies

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, February 18, 2022 7:30 AM NEW YORK—No matter how you feel about Valentine’s Day, it’s always good to set aside a moment—or a full day—to celebrate love in all its forms, whether it be romantic love, friendship, family or self-love. One of the great things about Valentine’s Day is that everyone can celebrate in their own way, and this year ECPs and other indies did exactly that, taking to social media to celebrate and share some love. This week, we’re taking a look at some of those sweet, lovely social media moments.

A 'Very Peri' New Year

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Sunday, February 6, 2022 3:30 AM

If The Frame Fits

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Sunday, February 6, 2022 2:00 AM NEW YORK—By its nature, the optical industry has something to offer everyone. More people need corrective eyewear than not, and everyone can benefit from wearing sunglasses or safety goggles in certain scenarios. But while the benefits of eyewear are universal, the way eyewear fits is not. No two people are the same—even identical twins have their own quirks and differences—and eyewear is not a one size fits all scenario.

Indies Celebrate the Lunar New Year, Welcoming the Year of the Tiger

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Thursday, February 3, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Millions of people around the world gathered with loved ones to celebrate Lunar New Year, saying goodbye to the Year of the Ox and welcoming in the Year of the Tiger. According to USA Today, this is the first Year of the Tiger since 2010, and the Tiger is associated with strength and hope. Everyone who celebrates the Lunar New Year has their own, special traditions. Here, we’re taking a look at how indies in the optical community are ringing in the New Year.

How Indies Can Help #FocusOnChildEyeHealth

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—In honor of International Day of Education on Monday, January 24, 2022, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) rolled out its #FocusOnChildEyeHealth campaign, a chance to “champion equitable, accessible and strong education systems that ensure children have every opportunity to thrive,” according to the IAPB. Proper eyecare and eye health are vital components of a child’s educational journey, but often are neglected, the Agency said. With Focus on Child Eye Health, IAPB “will explore solutions and actions to ensure that vision impairment in children is no longer overlooked on the list of public health priorities.” 

The Road to Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, January 14, 2022 8:30 AM NEW YORK—This Monday, Americans across the country will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day—always on the third Monday in January, a day to honor the life of the Civil Rights hero who changed the United States for better. Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, but wasn’t necessarily hailed as a hero by all right away—in fact, it was a long road to celebrating him with an annual federal holiday. History.com reports that Dr. King was “the first modern private citizen to be honored with a federal holiday,” with the first big push to create a holiday in honor of him coming just a few days after his assassination. Today we take a look at how the federal holiday came about.