ECPs, Educators, Influencers and Brands Get Excited for Vision Expo West

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, September 13, 2019 10:00 AM Twice a year, Vision Expo takes over our Instagram feeds. During and after the show, attendees and exhibitors alike take to social media to share their experiences—and this year, many attendees are sharing their excitement for the show beforehand. There’s a lot to share in anticipation of Expo—Vision Monday will host VM LIVE: Smart Solutions at the Speed of Sight on September 18, and The Modern Lab on September 19, an event in collaboration with LabTalk. So, as we start packing our suitcases and figure out how many pairs of glasses it’s socially acceptable to wear over the course of three days, here's a look at how some in the optical community are gearing up for Expo West.

Looking to the Future of Contact Lens Development With BCLA Medal Winner Lyndon Jones

By Mark Tosh
Friday, September 6, 2019 8:00 AM It’s been a busy 2019 for the contact lens sector of eyecare. Alcon once again became an independent company (following its spinoff from Novartis) and Johnson and Johnson debuted Acuvue Oasys with Transitions lenses, a first-of-its-kind contact lens that can sense lighting conditions. 

Just in Time for Labor Day: The Outlook for Optical’s Union Workers

By Andrew Karp
Friday, August 30, 2019 8:00 AM Like many of you, I’m kicking back and enjoying some downtime on this Labor Day weekend. We can thank labor unions for creating this annual three-day holiday, which pays tribute to the contributions and accomplishments of American workers and has been a federal holiday since 1894. Organized labor in the U.S. has suffered major setbacks over the past few decades, but unions still remain a powerful force in many industries, as well as in the public sector. Yet among the millions of people employed in the optical industry, relatively few are union members. 

How to Dispose of Your Contacts and Still Stay Friendly to the Environment

By Mary Kane
Friday, August 23, 2019 2:49 PM I’ve been a contact lens wearer for over 40 years. I started out wearing contacts that lasted several months and eventually graduated to daily disposable lenses. I cringe to think of how many lenses and blister packs I’ve thrown away over the years. So I have to ask myself—is there something more I could be doing when it comes to disposing of those used CLs. In a word, the answer is yes.

Back to School Lessons on Children's Eye Health

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 4:01 PM NEW YORK—Remember the feeling of starting a new school year? Kissing summer goodbye was always a bit of a drag, but there’s something about the crisp, fresh start of a brand new school year that still makes me excited. There’s so much potential in a new year—so many classes to enroll in, friends to make, lockers to decorate, stuff to learn—that it feels impossible not to associate the start of the semester with a bright, lively future. As parents, kids and teachersgear up for school, the optical community is getting involved as well.

Read Any Good Books Lately? Asking for a Friend

By Mark Tosh
Friday, August 9, 2019 8:00 AM What are you reading this summer? Well, in some circumstances, this can be a loaded question. If a work colleague or even your boss asks you about your beach reading list, it’s probably best to avoid talking up anything from the science fiction, romance or sports categories on Amazon. Better to choose one of The New York Times’ bestsellers in the business category, something like “Dare to Lead” or even Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers.”

Thinking of Dive Masks… and Diver Dan

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 6:00 AM I went scuba diving once. It was a free lesson. In a pool. I guess that doesn’t really count. But it was fun strapping on the air tank and diving mask and submerging myself for five minutes without having to come up for air. I wished I could have seen a bit better, though. Anyone who has ever gone scuba diving or snorkeling knows that being able to see clearly underwater is essential, especially in the ocean.

The Open Office Experiment—Driven to Distraction or Creating Collaboration?

By Mary Kane
Friday, July 26, 2019 5:00 AM If you were to Google "open office spaces" you’d be bombarded by articles declaring the concept is basically the worst thing ever to happen to corporate America. The biggest knock on open office designs is distracted workers. Apparently, employees are so worked up about open office settings their stress levels go up, their productivity goes down and collaboration with co-workers (the one thing the open design promised to foster) goes out the window. And apparently, the top workplace distractions involve not just where you work, but who you work with, according to a recent feature from Statista.com.

When Optical Went to the Moon

By Ted Gioia
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 7:00 AM Fifty years ago, the Apollo 11 mission brought the first astronauts to the Moon—and it’s surprising how many optical innovations were involved in that historic expedition. In fact, the whole space race relied on ongoing support from some of the leading eyewear companies in the world. This anniversary is now being celebrated by the Optical Heritage Museum in Southbridge, Massachusetts. The Museum draws on the archives of American Optical, now part of Carl Zeiss Vision.

Social Media Helps #NationalSunglassesDay Become Worldwide Sensation

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, July 12, 2019 10:00 AM NEW YORK—Every year, at the tail end of June, sunglasses take over social media. In 2018, The Vision Council’s National Sunglasses Day was a social media sensation, amassing over 1 billion online, social media, and broadcast media impressions across the board. According to The Vision Council, #NationalSunglassesDay was a trending topic on Twitter throughout the day on June 27, 2019.

With Women’s Soccer in the Spotlight, It’s a Good Time to Consider Eye Safety in All Sports

By Mark Tosh
Friday, July 5, 2019 1:08 PM NEW YORK—With a second straight World Cup soccer championship in plain sight, the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) will be the center of attention for many tomorrow as they take on The Netherlands in the 2019 World Cup final. The game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. (EDT). The U.S. advanced to the final with a 2-1 victory over England on Tuesday, while the Dutch defeated Sweden, 1-0, in extra time the following day. The Netherlands, seen as a team on the rise and playing well in this World Cup, are playing in the women’s final for the first time in the team’s history.

Turning Nighttime into Sight Time

By Andrew Karp
Friday, June 28, 2019 12:44 PM I live in a wooded area. There are no streetlights nearby, and after the sun sets it gets pitch black, especially on moonless nights. Sometimes I take the garbage out before going to bed. The garbage can is in a locked bin that sits in a remote corner of the driveway where the houselights don’t reach. Feeling my way in the darkness, I hear the night sounds in the woods. A mockingbird’s song. A rustle in the bushes. Could it be a raccoon? A fox? A bear? That’s when I wish I had night vision.

Turning Nighttime into Sight Time

By Andrew Karp
Friday, June 28, 2019 12:41 PM I live in a wooded area. There are no streetlights nearby, and after the sun sets it gets pitch black, especially on moonless nights. Sometimes I take the garbage out before going to bed. The garbage can is in a locked bin that sits in a remote corner of the driveway where the houselights don’t reach. Feeling my way in the darkness, I hear the night sounds in the woods. A mockingbird’s song. A rustle in the bushes. Could it be a raccoon? A fox? A bear? That’s when I wish I had night vision.

Here’s How a Few Optical Industry Colleagues Are Spending Their Summer Vacation

By Mark Tosh
Friday, June 21, 2019 1:46 PM As of about midday on June 21, we officially began the summer season of 2019. So, basically, what this means is that if you haven’t already scheduled an amazing summer adventure, then you’ve missed out on the best beach rentals, the hot summer shows and much of the off-peak visiting times for just about every national park.

Framing the Father’s Day Retail Landscape

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, June 14, 2019 12:32 PM NEW YORK—According to the National Retail Federation, this year’s Father’s Day is slated to be bigger than ever before. The NRF reports that Father’s Day spending in 2019 is expected to reach an all-time high of $16 billion, with an average planned spending of about $139 per person. In the same vein, this year, the optical community is getting online and getting involved with Father’s Day in a major way.