8 Things (Some Free) to Keep You Distracted From Thinking About That Other Thing

By Mark Tosh
Friday, April 3, 2020 2:58 PM NEW YORK—Good morning. It’s Saturday, in case you’ve lost track. The start of the weekend and time to take a break and relax. Yes, in fact, it might be a good day to get out and ….. oh, wait. We’re not doing that now. If you’re in New York, New Jersey, New Orleans or many other places around the nation, what you need is a distraction—a fun and tranquil diversion—to get you through the weekend. So here are eight things that we believe will carry you through the weekend and take your mind off that other stuff going on out there. At least it’s a start on what to talk about on your next Zoom happy hour.

There are Doctors in the House, and Eye Doctors in the Senate

By Andrew Karp
Friday, March 27, 2020 5:45 PM Medical doctors have always been part of American political life, from the founding of our nation to the present day. Many physicians have held public office throughout the years on the local, state and national level. A total of 52 physicians have served in the U.S. Senate to date, according to the official Senate website, Senate.gov. Many others have served in the House of Representatives. Currently, there are 18 doctors serving in the 116th Congress, including four who are Senators. This is significant since doctors, particularly those who become lawmakers, can be influential voices in battles over federal health care legislation, one of the most urgent and contentious topics of debate in this election year. Among the 18 doctors who are presently serving in Congress, two of them are eye doctors.

Saving Your Sanity During a Crisis

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, March 20, 2020 2:38 PM NEW YORK—For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic means we’re spending more time at home than we’re probably used to. We all know that this, fundamentally, is an act of love—we’re staying home so that hospitals don’t get overwhelmed, so that we don’t accidentally get our friends, family, and strangers sick, and so healthcare professionals can do their jobs with as little interference as possible. We all know we’re making a sacrifice to do a good thing—but, honestly, that doesn’t really make it any less of a difficult, unhappy situation. 

‘I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar’

By Mary Kane
Friday, March 13, 2020 1:17 PM Did you know that today is National Pi Day? Why? Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi, a mathematical concept and a number that never ends. Oh and by the way, it’s also International Fanny Pack Day and National Potato Chip Day. I’m not really sure who makes up these sometimes bizarre honorary days but let’s face it, now more than ever we need a little break from what’s happening in the world. And if like me you’re hungry for some positive news with a dose of inspiration mixed in look no further than last Sunday's International Women’s Day

Ben Franklin, World Wars and Farmers: What You May Not Know About Spring-Ahead Time

By Mark Tosh
Friday, March 6, 2020 11:57 AM NEW YORK—For many of us, this weekend is either the best of times or the worst of times. Or even a combination of the two. Why, you ask. It’s the weekend that we “spring ahead,” which means pushing the clock forward one hour and losing that hour of sleep from Saturday night into Sunday morning. Yes, on Sunday, March 8, most Americans will turn their clocks forward one hour (does anyone still have an analog clock?) as Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins in the U.S. Here's some trivia on the DST tradition.

Rockin’ for New Eyes Stalwarts Keep Rollin’

By Andrew Karp
Friday, February 28, 2020 3:48 PM “It was 20 years ago today,” The Beatles sang, recalling the mythic origins of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Rockin’ for New Eyes Band doesn’t have much in common with Pepper’s outfit. But like that storied aggregation, we did, in fact, start playing together about 20 years ago. I remember it clearly. A few of my optical rock ‘n’ roll buddies came to my house for a loose jam. We had a blast, literally and figuratively. Several months later we got together again, this time at a NYC rehearsal studio. These informal music sessions became a regular event after hours at Vision Expos. After 20 years, what is it that keeps the band going? I asked some of the core members of the RFNE Band to answer this question, and here’s what they told me.

Five Questions for Kerry Gelb, OD Star of ‘Open Your Eyes’ Documentary

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, February 21, 2020 12:38 PM NEW YORK—On March 27, Vision Expo East will host the world premiere of “Open Your Eyes,” a documentary that aims to highlight the importance of optometric testing in preventive medicine. Created by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Wayne Chester and the ALLDocs Association, (the Association of Leaseholding LensCrafters Doctors) the documentary follows Kerry Gelb, OD, a practicing optometrist and president of ALLDocs, and podcast host Chris Maraboli as they travel across North America, Europe and Costa Rica to show how eye tests can tip doctors off to other diseases. VMail Weekend caught up with Dr. Gelb to ask him a few questions about the documentary, his experience making it, and what message he hopes his work will convey.

I’ll Think About That Tomorrow

By Mary Kane
Friday, February 14, 2020 10:43 AM We all know one—somebody who puts things off to the last possible moment—The Procrastinator. Some people put off little things, like organizing a closet or tidying up the garage. Then there are those who put off the big stuff—filing taxes in August instead of April, not paying bills on time, or postponing yearly medical check-ups—and that’s when serious consequences can ensue. As a writer and editor for Vision Monday, I am all too familiar with co-workers (including myself) pushing the deadline.

Costa Rica Visit Inspires More Than a ‘Pura Vida’ Perspective

By Mark Tosh
Friday, February 7, 2020 1:45 PM MIDLOTHIAN, Va.—Who knows when, or why, inspiration will strike? Dr. Brian Spittle and his wife, Dr. Norma Spittle, found this out while visiting Costa Rica in June of last year. The Spittles, and about 20 other ECPs, traveled to a CooperVision manufacturing facility in Alajuela, where the lens company produces its clariti 1 day contact lenses. The couple returned home from the short trip with much more information and inspiration than they had signed up for. Indeed, the CooperVision facility manufacturing facility in Alajuela is one of the most environmentally friendly production sites in the industry. Find out how the visit inspired the Spittles to become more earth friendly at their practice in Midlothian.

Creatures Teach Scientists About Depth Perception

By Andrew Karp
Friday, January 31, 2020 11:05 AM It’s been 66 years since the Creature from the Black Lagoon emerged from its swampy lair and crawled onto big screens of cinemas across the country. Horror movie fans who saw the 3D version of the movie enjoyed the thrilling special effect by looking through anaglyph glasses with one red and one cyan lens that the theater provided. Now, in a sort of role reversal, scientists are outfitting some real creatures—praying mantises and cuttlefish—with tiny 3D glasses. They then showed them images in specially designed “cinemas” and observed their reactions.

A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody: #NationalFunAtWorkDay Is Jan. 28

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, January 24, 2020 11:13 AM NEW YORK—Unofficial holidays can be quite the divider. While some people love an excuse to celebrate National Wear Your Shirt Inside Out Day (the first Tuesday of August), others might find it a bit annoying to have to dodge flying objects on National Paper Airplane Day (May 26), for example. But with next week comes an unofficial holiday that we might all be able to get behind: National Fun at Work Day.

On the Horizon—What’s Trending in 2020

By Mary Kane
Friday, January 17, 2020 10:00 AM A new year. A new decade. There’s so much to look forward to—the Summer Olympics, the presidential election, design trends and yes, alcohol abstinence, are all trending as we begin 2020. Here’s a short list of some of the major trends and events in store for us this year. For a look at business trends in the eyewear and eyecare world, check out VM’s January Cover Story, #PERSPECTIVES 2020.

Time to Pick a Side: Are You a ‘Go Tigers,’ or a 'Geaux Tigahs’ Fan on Monday?

By Mark Tosh
Friday, January 10, 2020 11:00 AM NEW YORK—Are you ready for the college football season to end? Well, Monday night is your night. That’s the day of the much-anticipated championship game showdown between this season’s two college football heavyweights. The undefeated Tigers of LSU (14-0) take on the undefeated and defending champion Tigers of Clemson (14-0). It’s going to be a cat fight, no doubt, once the game gets started shortly after 8 p.m. (ET) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Let’s Sing a Song of 20/20… in 2020

By Andrew Karp
Friday, January 3, 2020 12:33 PM Welcome to 2020, The Year of Vision. We’re only four days in, and already countless companies and organizations, both optical and non-optical, have used the happy coincidence between the calendar year and 20/20, the standard measure of visual acuity in the U.S., as a messaging platform. Seeing clearly is clearly a priority for everyone, everywhere. Yet there’s another dimension to 20/20 vision that seems to be overlooked: the connection between visual acuity and lost love.

Today’s Read Highlights from 2019

By Mary Kane
Friday, December 27, 2019 12:55 PM The fun thing about coming up with a story idea for the Today’s Read feature is you just never know where it’s going to take you. Reminiscing about how you got your start in optical or connecting the dots between the environment and contact lens disposal can take VM’s writers and readers in some pretty interesting directions. As 2019 winds down, here’s a small sample of some of our most popular Today’s Read features.