#VMBrightSpots—Vision Optique

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Monday, July 6, 2020 4:38 PM The team at Vision Optique in Houston, Texas, celebrated their first week back at the office, which included treating a patient who was coming in for her third IPL, and a patient finally undergoing a postponed LASIK surgery. 

What to Try Instead of Happy Hour

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:30 PM Happy hours seem pretty out of the question this summer, but that doesn't mean all bonding is canceled. Instead, you and your friends, family or work team can try a variety of different activities, from virtual cooking classes to, yes, a virtual petting zoo. Head over to Fast Company to learn some more.

What's the Deal With Going Out to Eat?

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 12:12 PM Across the country, many restaurants and bars are reopening—but as cases continue to rise in some states, is it actually safe to go out to eat? The short answer is: it depends. Head over to WebMD for an in-depth look at the risks involved in eating out, and what you can do to minimize that risk, if you do decide to go out.

What's Happening to Your Sleep?

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020 11:26 AM Have you noticed your sleep patterns changing over the past few months? It might be that you're reverting back to the primordial sleep state. Head over to TIME to learn some more about what lockdown is doing to our sleeping patterns. .

#VMBrightSpots—Optician Now

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Monday, June 22, 2020 11:55 AM Carissa Dunphy's mom made face masks with this fun, opti-themed print. Dunphy, who runs Optician Now, hopped over to Instagram to share some selfies from her mom's customers, who all look happy, safe, and very trendy in their masks. 

Discussing Racism At Work

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Monday, June 22, 2020 11:16 AM Many of us may find that we are having more open and honest coversations about race and racism both at home and at work right now. It is important to have these conversations, but it's also important to make sure we're doing it thoughtfully and respectfully. Head over to Fast Company for a look at some ways you can make sure you're doing exactly that.

Making Employees Feel Safe

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Friday, June 19, 2020 2:20 PM Being physically ready to reopen is one thing, but making sure you and your employees feel psychologically safe coming back to work is a different challenge. What can you do to ensure everyone in your office both is safe and feels safe? Head over to Inc. for some ideas. 

The Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue

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Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:56 PM Today at 6:00 p.m., The Vision Council is hosting the Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue, an online frame auction with funds supporting the Equal Justice Initiative and the MBK Alliance. Tarrence Lackran, director of partnerships and programming for The Vision Council, will host the auction, which will include frames from over a dozen designers. Head over to Facebook to learn more, and join the event on Zoom

Learning About Juneteenth

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020 1:30 PM Yesterday, New York State governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order making Juneteenth an official holiday for state employees. Other countries and states are also following suit. But what is Juneteenth (which falls this Friday, June 19), and why is it important for us to recognize and celebrate? In short, it marks the day that the last groups of enslaved people in the U.S. were informed of their freedom, two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Head over to Vox to learn more about Juneteenth through an interview with Karlos Hill, a professor of African and African-American studies at the University of Oklahoma and the author of Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory.

The Deal With Face Masks

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Monday, June 15, 2020 9:26 AM At first, the information about if we should be wearing face masks or not was pretty unclear. Now that we're four months into this battle against COVID-19, though, it's becoming increasingly more apparent that face masks can make a pretty big difference when worn properly. So how do they help, exactly? And why is it so important to wear them? Head over to WebMD for a look at a new study that explains everything. 

Congrats, Grads

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Friday, June 12, 2020 1:00 PM The American Printing House for the Blind put together a special congratulatory video for the Class of 2020, most of whom had their graduation celebrations canceled or postponed. Head over to YouTube to watch the video, which is chock-full of special guests. 

Optometrists on the Front Lines

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 1:11 PM Yesterday, the Minnesota Optometric Association shared an image of three Minnestoa-based optometrists who have been helping battle COVID-19 on the front lines. Dr. Matt Bauer, Dr. Kate Hollenbach and Dr. Jessica Schara, all ODs, are helping to provide testing in St. Paul.

A Virtual VisionWalk

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 12:59 PM Last week, Foundation Fighting Blindness hosted a virtual VisionWalk to raise awarness for blinding diseases. When all walks were said and done, the Foundation raised over $1 million for sight-saving research. Head over to the Foundation Fighting Blindness Facebook page to see some of these virutal walks, donate and learn more about how the funds will help.

New Zealand Eliminates Coronavirus

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020 11:15 AM New Zealand has officially "beat" COVID-19. With no new cases in 17 days, the country's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated that the country has eliminated the virus, and all domestic travel restrictions are now lifted. Head over to WebMD for a look at how New Zealand is different, and what's next for them.

#VMBrightSpots—Shelby Brogdon, OD

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Monday, June 8, 2020 1:30 PM While we need it to keep us safe, wearing PPE is not always an enjoyable experience. While doctors might find PPE to be restrictive or irritating, patients might find it a little frightening or upsetting—but it still remains something we need to do in order to keep safe. But in Benton, Arkansas, Shelby Brogdon, OD found a way to turn wearing PPE into a fun, special Bright Spot: unique Storm Trooper face shields that bring a little laughter and nerdy joy into the exam room. Take a look at Dr. Brogdon's Instagram for more information on the face shields, which were just one way to make PPE a little less impersonal.