Mary Kane

Mary Kane, Executive Editor

Mary helps to oversee the editorial coverage of Vision Monday and its print publication, VMail, e-newsletters, VisionMonday.com and the Vision Expo Dailies. She also covers general company news, industry developments and business trends, as well as professional associations news and features. She is also responsible for deadline queries and operational questions for Vision Monday print editions and VMail. Contact Mary at mkane@jobson.com.

VM’s Summit Examines Seismic Changes in Optical Landscape Due to Pandemic

By Mary Kane and Mark Tosh
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:00 AM For the first time since its inception 14 years ago, Vision Monday held the opening session of its Global Leadership Summit on a virtual platform due to the pandemic. So it was only fitting that the theme of the four-part, month-long Summit, titled "AFTERSHOCKS: Remaking Healthcare's Future, Vision Beyond 2020," took “attendees” on a quest for answers to the many business challenges and urgent questions facing ECPs and vision care decision makers in light of the virus. If the first session was any indication, Vision Monday more than delivered on its promise to serve up a thought-provoking program and bring together a wide range of noted experts to address big trends and practical tactics in the face of COVID-19. Here is a top-line look at some of the messages. Read More

VM’s Summit Examines Seismic Changes in Optical Landscape Due to Pandemic

By Mary Kane and Mark Tosh
Monday, October 5, 2020 12:45 AM For the first time since its inception 14 years ago, Vision Monday held the opening session of its Global Leadership Summit on a virtual platform due to the pandemic. So it was only fitting that the theme of the four-part, month-long Summit, titled "AFTERSHOCKS: Remaking Healthcare's Future, Vision Beyond 2020," took “attendees” on a quest for answers to the many business challenges and urgent questions facing ECPs and vision care decision makers in light of the virus. If the first session was any indication, Vision Monday more than delivered on its promise to serve up a thought-provoking program and bring together a wide range of noted experts to address big trends and practical tactics in the face of COVID-19. Here is a top-line look at some of the messages.

Iowa-Based Klauer Optical Meets Business Challenges of COVID-19 Head On

By Mary Kane
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:45 AM NEW YORK—ECPs and eyecare practice managers seem to be exhibiting a more optimistic outlook on circumstances and taking steps to get back to more of a “normal” approach to business, according to the most recent Wave of Jobson's ECP Coronavirus Survey. If you’ve been following along with the Jobson surveys (we are up to Wave 15) you know what a tough journey the past six months have been for most small businesses in optical. Thankfully, it looks like things are finally beginning to look up but the lockdown and ensuing economic woes have exacted a toll on the industry and the road back to “normal” has not been easy. 

The Flu Vaccine—More Important Than Ever Before

By Mary Kane
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 1:35 PM Every year, I use this Today’s Read space to educate and inform our readers about the importance of getting a flu vaccine. But like everything else in 2020, this year’s flu season feels strangely different and its onset this fall and winter could bring with it some new dangers and challenges. Several health officials are predicting that the fall convergence of the flu season and a possible second wave (or in some places, a continuation) of COVID-19 might indeed collide creating a “twindemic” of sorts. Health experts are strongly urging Americans to get the flu shot hoping to ward off possible scenarios where people could potentially contract both the flu virus and the coronavirus at the same time. Read More

How One Harlem Fashion Retailer Is Surviving the Crushing Effects of the Pandemic

By Mary Kane
Monday, September 14, 2020 12:29 PM According to this feature from the National Retail Federation, “Princess Jenkins began her career as a fashion industry intern for Vera Maxwell in New York City’s Garment District in the late 1970s. She went on to sell fashion collections to retailers in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles—at the time one of the few Black women selling top designer fashion. Jenkins now owns The Brownstonein New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, an upscale fashion boutique that calls itself ‘Harlem’s crown jewel.’” Read More

The Flu Vaccine—More Important Than Ever Before

By Mary Kane
Friday, September 11, 2020 1:32 PM Every year, I use this Today’s Read space to educate and inform our readers about the importance of getting a flu vaccine. But like everything else in 2020, this year’s flu season feels strangely different and its onset this fall could bring with it some new dangers and challenges. Health officials are predicting that the fall convergence of the flu season and a possible second wave (or in some places, a continuation) of COVID-19 might indeed collide creating a “twindemic” of sorts.

How One Harlem Fashion Retailer Is Surviving the Crushing Effects of the Pandemic

By Mary Kane
Thursday, September 10, 2020 12:26 PM According to this feature from the National Retail Federation, “Princess Jenkins began her career as a fashion industry intern for Vera Maxwell in New York City’s Garment District in the late 1970s. She went on to sell fashion collections to retailers in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles—at the time one of the few Black women selling top designer fashion. Jenkins now owns The Brownstone in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, an upscale fashion boutique that calls itself ‘Harlem’s crown jewel.’”

A Q&A With Review of Myopia Management’s Chief Medical Editor

By Mary Kane
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 10:33 AM VMAIL Weekend recently sat down with (remotely of course) Dwight Akerman, OD, Review of Myopia Management’s chief medical editor, for an update on what’s happening in the world of myopia. Akerman spoke about the effects of the pandemic on myopia management, the dangers of too much screen time for kids and what’s on the horizon for treating the disease. He also offered some sound advice to ECPs who are interested in incorporating myopia management into their primary care practices. Read More

A Q&A With Review of Myopia Management’s Chief Medical Editor

By Mary Kane
Friday, August 14, 2020 10:30 AM VMAIL Weekend recently sat down with (remotely of course) Dwight Akerman, OD, Review of Myopia Management’s chief medical editor, for an update on what’s happening in the world of myopia. Akerman spoke about the effects of the pandemic on myopia management, the dangers of too much screen time for kids and what’s on the horizon for treating the disease. He also offered some sound advice to ECPs who are interested in incorporating myopia management into their primary care practices.

ReopenEyecare.com Tools Help Optical Owner Reimagine Her Business

By Mary Kane
Thursday, August 13, 2020 1:36 PM SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa—Like a lot of other optical owners, Johnna Dukes, board certified optician and owner of Optique in Spirit Lake, Iowa found herself in a precarious position during the early onset of the pandemic in mid-March. “My office was only open for emergency patients, contact lens curbside delivery, and emergency eyeglass repair."

Taking a Break From Reality

By Mary Kane
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 4:00 PM There’s an old Chinese proverb that says “May you live in Interesting times.” Well as my Mom used to say, “Be careful what you wish for.” These times are indeed interesting and stressful and unprecedented and downright mind blowing. Getting away from it all is not as easy as it used to be. Depending on which part of the country you are in, even hitting the beach for a long weekend is laden with restrictions. And fear of the unknown is prompting a lot of people to just opt for a “staycation.” If you’re one of those people staying put this weekend VM's editors have a few features which will let you “forget about life for awhile” as the Piano Man Billy Joel likes to sing. So sit back, relax and enjoy a few features from our Today's Read vault. Read More

Taking a Break From Reality

By Mary Kane
Friday, July 31, 2020 11:24 AM
There’s an old Chinese proverb that says “May you live in Interesting times.” Well as my Mom used to say, “Be careful what you wish for.” These times are indeed interesting and stressful and unprecedented and downright mind blowing. Getting away from it all is not as easy as it used to be. Depending on which part of the country you are in, even hitting the beach for a long weekend is laden with restrictions.

Myopia Management Consultations Via Telehealth Offer Convenience in a Relaxing Atmosphere

By Mary Kane
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:00 AM SUNNYVALE, Calif.—For years now, the eyecare sector has been experiencing a steady surge of interest in telehealth options, both from patients and ODs. Fast-forward to the onset of the pandemic, the ensuing lockdowns and phased-in reopenings have only speeded up the popularity of telehealth as ODs find new ways to interact and communicate with their patients and provide them with a more meaningful eyecare experience.

Hitting Rewind on Today’s Read 2020

By Mary Kane
Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:00 AM Well, we are about halfway through 2020 and to say the least, it’s been a helluva year so far. The pandemic, which no one saw coming, has truly rocked our world and the challenges it brings just keep on morphing. If the pandemic has taught us nothing else, at least we now know we can adapt and pivot no matter what comes our way. The editors at VMAIL Weekend hope you are settled in for a nice long holiday weekend. And what better way to kick things off than a look back at some of our more popular Today’s Read features. So before you fire up that grill, pour yourself another cup of Joe and read through some stories you might have missed. In these trying times, we hope you’ll be able to find some hope, faith and inspiration in these stories.

Myoptic Optometry + Modern Eyewear Meets Reopening Challenges Head On

By Mary Kane
Thursday, June 18, 2020 10:03 AM Over the past few weeks, as eyecare practices and optical retailers have begun the reopening process, the questions many eyecare patients have been asking include “How safe is it to return to my local optometrist and dispensary? What precautions have been taken and what will my eye exam experience be like in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis?” The owners and staff at Myoptic Optometry + Modern Eyewear have been hard at work reimagining safety protocols at their three locations, adding new measures and improving the flow of care to put patients at ease and jump-start their business once the lockdown ended. Updates to the practice’s website and frequent posts to social media have enabled Myoptic to get the word out that safety precautions are in place and they are open for business once again. Read More