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.

Our Eyes Are Windows to Our Souls and Well-Being

By Mary Kane
Friday, May 6, 2022 8:30 AM They say our eyes are the windows to our soul but apparently our eyes can also provide a pathway to the state of our mental health. Recent research by international development organization Sightsavers, University of Ilorin, and the Kogi State Ministry of Health in Nigeria has revealed links between vision impairment and poor mental health. The study estimates that blind people aged 50 years and over are nearly four times as likely to have self-reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depression than those with no vision impairment. May happens to be Mental Health Awareness Month and this year’s theme in the U.S. will amplify the message “Together for Mental Health.” 

Trends and Takeaways From the 2022 VM Summit

By Mary Kane
Saturday, April 23, 2022 1:40 AM

Opening Session Looks to the Role CEOs Play in a Company’s Success Story

By Mary Kane
Saturday, April 23, 2022 12:59 AM Kicking off the Summit program was a session titled “The CEO Leadership Moment,” featuring Vikram (Vik) Malhotra, a senior partner in McKinsey’s New York office and co-author of a new book, CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest. Malhotra posed the following question: What really makes a good CEO? What separates the best from the rest? And what are the characteristics of a truly successful CEO?

Expo Attendees Were Taking Care of Business… Again

By Mary Kane
Friday, April 8, 2022 2:00 PM As Expo got into full swing on Saturday in NYC, VM’s Andrew Karp, one of Vision Monday’s on-site reporters for our Expo Show Daily wrote, “A feeling of calm and well-being flowed through the Javits Center Saturday morning, as the sun streamed in through glass walls and ceiling of the atrium and Vision Expo attendees filed into the exhibit hall and classrooms. There were few signs of the pandemic and its turbulence that resulted in the show’s cancellation in New York for the last two years, save for the protective masks that some showgoers still wore to protect against COVID. In a sense, it was as if Vision Expo had picked up where it left off. Yet conversations with optical retailers and eyecare professionals attending Expo revealed a strong sense of purpose shaped by their experiences during the pandemic."

The Month of March Is All About Eye Health and Safety

By Mary Kane
Friday, March 4, 2022 9:30 AM Optometrists will be front and center during the month of March as several organizations put the focus on eye health and eye safety as we head into Spring and eventually the Summer seasons. Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest eye health and safety nonprofit, has declared March as Workplace Eye Wellness month and is providing sight-saving resources to employees and employers alike. In addition to Prevent Blindness, other organizations, including the American Optometric Association and the Centers for Disease Control, are focusing on various eye health and safety programs this month.

Rams Linebacker Von Miller Tackles Vision Care for Low Income Children

By Mary Kane
Friday, February 4, 2022 8:30 AM All eyes will be on Los Angeles Ram linebacker Von Miller when he returns to the Super Bowl next Sunday night. Back in 2015, Miller was named Super Bowl MVP after the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. But before he takes the field at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, he will be giving back to his new hometown of L.A. On Saturday, Feb. 12, with the help of eyewear brand Etnia Barcelona, Miller’s foundation, Von’s Vision, will host a one-day vision clinic for Super Bowl LVI to provide vision care and medical advice to low income children in Los Angeles.

Researchers Explore Improvements in Night Vision Technology

By Mary Kane
Friday, January 28, 2022 8:30 AM It’s a well-known fact that both humans and mammals depend upon visible light to see. Many nocturnal animals, including raccoons and opossums, have unusually large eyes to help them see better at night. Back in 2019, Andrew Karp’s feature, Turning Nighttime Into Sight Time explored our ability to see at night. He wrote, “Night vision goggles are a popular option for hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts, as well as the military. Most rely on some type of sensor that can detect heat, also called infrared, or thermal, energy.” Today, it’s looking like night vision technology is about to get a much needed reboot—researchers are developing night-vision devices that are far smaller and lighter in weight than today's night-vision goggles.

VM’s Top 5 Print Cover Stories for 2021

By Mary Kane
Friday, January 7, 2022 8:30 AM We can’t take a look back at Vision Monday’s most read stories of the year without considering VM’s print Cover Stories which are also available to our readers electronically. Even against the backdrop of another year of the COVID pandemic, the optical industry still got down to business despite the personal and business hurdles they faced due to the ongoing and seemingly never-ending pandemic. A perennial VM favorite with readers, VM’s Most Influential Women in Optical, occupies the top spot for 2021 with the Special Report taking up a record 26 edit pages in our July issue. VM’s Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report, How Brick Is Learning to Click, A Look at Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and The Vision Monday Leadership Summit rounded out the list of the Top 5 most read Cover Stories for 2021.

A Q&A With Sandra Block, OD, President-Elect for the World Council of Optometry

By Mary Kane
Friday, December 10, 2021 8:30 AM VMAIL Weekend recently caught up with Sandra Block, OD, for an update on the World Council of Optometry’s efforts to fight myopia. Dr. Block, the WCO’s president-elect, spoke about the organization’s commitment to address the global epidemic of childhood myopia. In April, the WCO board of directors unanimously approved a resolution advising ODs to include a standard of care for myopia management within their practices. Dr. Block also spoke about the dangers of too much screen time for kids and she offered some sound advice to ECPs who are interested in incorporating myopia management into their primary care practices.

How to Rebuild Patient Trust in the Wake of the Pandemic

By Mary Kane
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:59 AM NEW YORK—As the virtual VM Leadership Summit kicked off on the afternoon of Oct. 20, two expert speakers talked about how the pandemic has put patients’ trust to the test, and more importantly, how providers can tackle the issue of misinformation and help counter the formidable challenge of rebuilding that trust. In a session titled “Rebuilding Trust,” Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer for WebMD and Jennifer Hauser, head of Edelman’s Wellness 360 business unit, shared views about how today’s eyecare professionals can build trust with their patients.

Access and Convenience: What Has Healthcare Learned From Retail?

By Mary Kane
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:56 AM NEW YORK—The pandemic accelerated and raised awareness of what’s meant by “access” and “convenience” for patients who need to better manage their health and benefit from new services and technologies in new ways. The rise of “patient-centric” healthcare is taking its inspiration from retail businesses who know how to leverage customer knowledge and preferences to create a more interesting, engaging and dynamic customer-centric experience. In a session titled “What Has Healthcare Learned from Retail?” Nerdery’s senior director of Product Management, Mukesh Pitroda, discussed what healthcare providers and brands are learning and adopting from successful retailers, as new formats emerge.

Staying Safe From COVID While Giving Thanks

By Mary Kane
Friday, November 12, 2021 8:30 AM With the kickoff of the holiday season right around the corner, the picture for this year’s Thanksgiving festivities is beginning to look a lot different from last year’s, when a majority of people opted not to travel or even gather as a family. This time around, Americans' outlook for the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. has improved, as the summer surge brought on by the delta variant has waned in many parts of the country. So while many of us are starting to feel better about a return to normalcy, we are not out of the pandemic woods just yet. As people make plans to travel and gather indoors for Thanksgiving, the threat of COVID is still real. Read on for some advice on how to keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season.

How the Visually Impaired Can Experience the World of Gaming, Sports and Movies Through the Power of Sound

By Mary Kane
Friday, October 29, 2021 8:30 AM Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a blind person to experience a movie, follow sports or play a video game? Thanks to the world of podcasts, specifically a program called Twenty Thousand Hertz which reveals the stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds, you are about to find out. In honor of October’s Blindness Awareness Month, Twenty Thousand Hertz recently released a three-part series celebrating the auditory experience of the blind community. Throughout the month of October, the leading podcast about sound has explored the extraordinary worlds of audio descriptions in film and TV, blind sports and most recently, blind gaming.

Protecting Our Children’s Vision

By Mary Kane
Monday, October 25, 2021 2:01 AM Screen time over the last 18 months has indeed skyrocketed, especially for children, resulting in a concerning uptick in myopia, digital eye strain and screen addiction. Childhood myopia is increasing at a rapid rate, with 1 in 3 children now affected, and the recent shift in lifestyle as a result of COVID-19 has worsened the issue.

VM’s Most Read Weekend Features for 2021

By Mary Kane
Friday, September 24, 2021 8:30 AM Keeping track of “most read” stories is a thing for many people in the publishing world—it gives us a sense of what is resonating with our readers and guides us as to what interests them as consumers of our print and digital products. As journalists, reader preferences also alert us as to what’s top of mind for our readers and what types of business tools they might need to navigate today’s ever-changing business landscape. Today, we take a look back at our most read Today’s Read features for 2021. The subject matter runs the gamut from a couple of lab guys getting into the movie business (seriously) to the far-reaching effects of digital eye strain due to—you guessed it—the pandemic. For a look back, here are our Top 5 most read VMAIL Weekend features so far this year.