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.

What's Online: Screen Time for Kids—How Much Is Too Much?

By Mary Kane
Monday, June 17, 2019 12:15 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 lolling 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.” Well, as usual, it seems like my Mom was on to something. Today’s electronic babysitter of choice is the iPhone and iPad. But the audience has changed a bit—it’s not just teens and tweens glued to the screens but toddlers and babies, some less than a year-old.

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.”

Screen Time for Kids—How Much Is Too Much?

By Mary Kane
Friday, June 7, 2019 11:20 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 lolling 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.” Well, as usual, it seems like my Mom was on to something. Today’s electronic babysitter of choice is the iPhone and iPad. But the audience has changed a bit—it’s not just teens and tweens glued to the screens but toddlers and babies, some less than a year-old.

Here’s to You Mom

By Mary Kane
Friday, May 10, 2019 11:39 AM The joys of motherhood were front and center this past week as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, aka Meghan and Harry, welcomed their own bundle of joy into the world. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor made his entrance into the royal family on Monday amid much fanfare as his arrival lit up the Twitter-verse. But come tomorrow it won’t just be the royals celebrating motherhood as millions of Americans plan to pay homage to their moms on Mother’s Day.

Consumers at the Crossroads of Retail and Tech: The Big Picture

By Mary Kane, Executive Editor and Andrew Karp, Lens & Tech Editor
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 2:59 PM In an informative keynote presentation, global retail expert Deborah Weinswig, CEO and founder of Coresight Research, offered a detailed look at how the cross-currents of retail and technology are shaping the customer experience, and what that means for retailers, suppliers and health care companies.

Arming Consumers With More Tools to Drive the Health Care Conversation

By Mary Kane, Executive Editor
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 2:53 PM In an afternoon session, titled Empowering Millions of Health Conscious Consumers, the top doctor at WebMD, the widely recognized health care information company, guided attendees on how to drive today’s health care conversation. It seems WebMD, the leading health and wellness site, knows a thing or two about today’s health conscious consumer, according to John Whyte, MD, MPH, and chief medical officer for WebMD.

5 Takeaways From Vision Expo East

By Mary Kane
Friday, March 29, 2019 1:50 PM NEW YORK—Think of it, just one week ago today many of us were in the thick of it at Vision Expo East. It was a very busy three days crammed with appointments, show floor events, celebrity sightings and parties that stretched into the night. Going into the final day of Expo, show organizers were very upbeat about the mood and momentum of Expo East. Initial pre-registration figures showed an increase in registration for key categories, including optical buyers, practice managers, optometric technicians and opticianry assistants, Vision Expo reported. And of the 7,000 companies present at this year’s Show, one-third of attendees represented new practices and optical locations. Here’s what co-owners of the Show, The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, told Vision Monday about this year’s Vision Expo.

Taking the Long Way Home

By Mary Kane
Friday, February 22, 2019 11:41 AM A few months ago, I had an interesting commute home to Connecticut from New York City. If you know anything about commuting in and out of the city, “interesting” does not always translate into a positive experience, but this particular trip home would turn out to be an eye opener for me. As I made my way from the subway to the shuttle which would take me to Grand Central Station, I was struck as I often am at the hordes of people, coming and going in zigzag patterns, usually walking but sometimes running right at me. Actually making it to the platform can make you feel a bit like a running back who’s just completed a long run upfield and when you finally arrive you think, touchdown!

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.

Plugging Into the Podcast Craze

By Mary Kane
Friday, January 25, 2019 10:38 AM The exploding popularity of podcasts in the past year has made it one of the fastest growing and digestible forms of media to come along in quite some time. According to a recent CBS News poll, most Americans listen to podcasts and the percentage who do listen has seen a big increase over the past year. So what makes these “pseudo” streaming radio programs so appealing? Find out as we dig deep into the podcast craze and offer a few listening suggestions.

A Look Back at ‘Today’s Read’ 2018

By Mary Kane
Friday, December 21, 2018 12:01 PM Back in the fall of 2017, when we first considered doing a Weekend edition of VMAIL we knew it was going to be a challenge to add a 6th edition to our VMAIL repertoire. The fact that we were going to take a lighter look at the news and features surrounding the optical industry might seem like an easier task than reporting hard news, but bright and breezy can sometimes feel like a tall order. The VM editorial staff knew that the anchor feature of the Weekend edition, Today’s Read, would always be our greatest challenge each week. And truth be told, in the early days the weight of it was a little scary for all of us on the editorial team. But in looking back on past Today’s Read features I can honestly say we rose to the occasion.

Why the Flu Can Be Such a Killer

By Mary Kane

Friday, October 26, 2018 1:44 PM One-hundred years ago this month, the influenza epidemic of 1918 was in full swing, killing about 195,000 Americans in the month of October. The New York Times took a look back at the pandemic with a story by Perri Klass, MD, a pediatrician and medical writer. She implored readers “to pay proper respect to the influenza of 100 years ago, get this year’s flu shot and make sure your children do, too.”

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

Happy Birthday! Vision Expo West Turns 30

By Mary Kane

Friday, August 24, 2018 11:22 AM NEW YORK—It’s been 30 years since Vision Expo West made its splashy debut at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. THere are some vital stats from VM’s archives, the April 1988 issue to be exact, about the debut of Vision Expo West back in 1988: attendance was 6,199 with 287 exhibitors in 67,600 square feet of space with the educational program totaling 200 hours. Oh my, how things have changed.

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.