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.

Are We Feeling ‘Blue’?

By Mary Kane
Monday, January 20, 2020 12:00 AM For anyone who’s ever undertaken a home improvement project, the colors you choose can make all the difference. Two years ago, we did a complete renovation of our circa 1970s kitchen. Selecting a new floor, cabinets and countertops was a pleasure but when we got down to choosing a color for the walls we were stumped. After several trips to the Lowe’s paint department and half a dozen tester pints of paint later, we finally hit on a winner—Onion Powder OL689.2 turned out to be the final touch we had been searching for. It literally “finished” the job and completely tied together the look, feel and design of our new space. Who knew color could be so important?

In 2020, I Resolve to…

By Mary Kane
Monday, January 20, 2020 12:00 AM Managing finances better, eating healthier and moving more topped Americans’ New Year’s resolutions list for 2020, according to a recent survey by Ipsos for Urban Plates, a San-Diego-based restaurant chain. In 2020, it seems Americans are intent on tightening their belts (literally) when it comes to the important things in life—money, food and exercise.

The Best of Voices + Views for 2019

By Mary Kane
Thursday, December 26, 2019 3:46 PM Vision Monday started the Voices + Views department in VMAIL Weekend back in January of 2018. Voices + Views was originally conceived as a way for VM to cover ECPs who had a social media presence on blogs, vlogs and Instagram platforms. At the time, most of the V+V features were written by our associate editor Stephanie Sengwe. Stephanie left us in May of 2018 when she returned to graduate school to pursue a film career. However, she continued to write the Voices + Views features for us on a contributing editor basis, and we’re very happy she did. Through the years, Stephanie wrote over 50 ECP profiles for us in the Weekend Edition. Here are a few of her most popular V+V stories.

The New Electronic Babysitter

By Mary Kane
Monday, June 10, 2019 1:00 AM Growing up in the ‘60s, I watched a LOT of television with friends and family. We were riveted by shows like “That Girl,” “Rat Patrol” and “Dark Shadows” and we spent countless hours on the living room floor in front of the TV. My Mom used to refer to it as the “Boob Tube” and she was constantly yelling at us to “go outside and play.”

My Data Is (Not) Your Data

By Mary Kane
Monday, February 11, 2019 12:30 AM During a recent visit to my doctor for a yearly check-up I was handed an iPad at the desk and was asked to review my medical history. Under my current medications, I was a little surprised to see my flu shot listed since I had received it in our N.Y. offices as part of a wellness program at Jobson.

Eyecare Takes Center Stage on World Sight Day

By Mary Kane
Monday, October 22, 2018 12:00 AM As I write this column, people around the world are celebrating World Sight Day—ECPs, optometric companies and sight-related organizations are turning out in impressive numbers to support the 1.2 billion people worldwide who are in need of vision care. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 80 percent of vision impairment globally is avoidable—the leading causes of vision impairment are uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts

The Windows to Your Health

By Mary Kane
Monday, August 13, 2018 12:00 AM It’s been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul but in these tech-driven times, the eyes can also function as a diagnostic tool for our health. Something as simple as an eye exam can detect serious disease, such as high blood pressure, the onset of diabetes or a life-threatening condition.

More Than a Sense of Community

By Mary Kane
Monday, April 16, 2018 12:00 AM It’s hard not to feel a sense of community during Vision Expo. Seeing friends and colleagues from the industry, exchanging ideas at panels and Pop Ups and networking deep into the night brings people together. Although we are all in the “business” of vision care and eyewear, at the end of the day we are all helping people see better.

It’s Beginning to Sound a Lot Like the Holidays

By Mary Kane
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 8:00 AM NEW YORK—The Holiday season seems to start earlier and earlier every year. We could barely get out of our Halloween costumes when Holiday music began to fill the airwaves. VMail Weekend thought it would be fun to present some obscure Holiday tunes. To get into the spirit of the season, we invite you to take a listen. Read the full Weekend edition.

The ‘Business’ of Halloween

By Mary Kane
Friday, October 27, 2017 12:51 PM

NEW YORK—It’s official. Halloween, once thought of as a day for little kids going door to door and shouting “trick or treat” has morphed into a holiday for the big kids (aka adults) as well, placing it squarely in the realm of big business. Believe it or not, this year, more than 179 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween, up from 171 million in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation.

I am Currently Out of the Office on Vacation…

By Mary Kane
Monday, October 16, 2017 12:00 AM And I am far, far away from my laptop and company email, desperately trying to recharge my batteries.”

Overheard

By Mary Kane
Monday, August 14, 2017 12:00 AM “Gloria Nicola helped shape the modern history of the eyewear business through her dedication, unique eye, great writing and clever wit.”—VM’s Marge Axelrad mkane@jobson.com

Overheard

By Mary Kane
Monday, July 17, 2017 12:00 AM Things are looking up for the vision care market which grew nearly $282 million, in the 12 months ending March, compared to the same period in 2016.” mkane@jobson.com

Desperately Seeking Shade

By Mary Kane
Monday, June 19, 2017 12:00 AM So here we are in mid-June, sandwiched between Memorial Day and July Fourth, eagerly awaiting the official kickoff of summer. While I love the sun, those warm rays do not return the favor. My very fair and freckled Irish skin combined with my early years spent on the Jersey Shore (circa 1965) have caught up with me in my middle age.

Overheard

By Mary Kane
Monday, May 15, 2017 12:00 AM “The 7th Annual Breach Report revealed there was a 320 percent increase in the number of health care providers victimized by hackers in 2016.” mkane@jobson.com