Heading Back To School

By Staff
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 3:20 PM Life has changed drastically for many of us since March, and college students are no exception. As the summer officially starts, many colleges and universities across the country are beginning to release their plans for the fall. So what will heading back to campus look like this year? That varies. Head over to Forbes for a look. 

The Vision Council Raises $38,000 Through 'Open Your Eyes' Frame Vendue Auction

By Staff
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 11:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is pleased to announce that the organization’s Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue auction has raised $38,100 for the Equal Justice Initiative and My Brother's Keeper Alliance The week-long virtual auction featured frames with special significance, including one-of-a-kind or never released designs; high demand but discontinued designs; and iconic frames that speak to a moment in eyewear history, designed by leading independent designers. Additionally, several of the participating designers have pledged their intent to match the winning bids with their own donation. Read More

Review of Optometry: Why Dry Eye Hangs in the Balance

By Staff
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:30 AM The past 10,000 years have given rise to many changes in our nutritional environment, with enormous implications. A less varied diet and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle has led to an increased risk of chronic conditions such as atherosclerosis, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and many cancers.1 Today’s Western diet includes too many dietary grains and fatty foods and not enough fruits, vegetables and proteins. As a result, the number of omega-6 fatty acids in our diet are significantly higher while the amount of omega-3 fatty acids continues to decrease. Read More

Taking To The Skies? Here's What To Know:

By Staff
Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:38 AM As summer fully settles in, so does travel season. This year will look very different from what we're used to, but millions of Americans will likely still take to the skies to travel for work, or to visit family. When it comes to flying, guidelines differ between airlines and airports, but the takeaway remains the same: wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, and wear a mask. Head over to WebMD for a breakdown of the major airlines' guidelines. 

VM's News Quiz for Week of July 2

By Staff
Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:03 AM Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s news quiz to see how much you know. VM's News Quiz is published every Saturday as part of VMAIL Weekend

#WeShareIt for 7-4-20

By Staff
Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:00 AM Heading back to the office is the perfect excuse to redecorate—and this personalized opti-themed wall clock is the best place to start. You can pick it up on Etsy.

Hitting Rewind on Today’s Read 2020

By Mary Kane
Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:00 AM Well, we are about halfway through 2020 and to say the least, it’s been a helluva year so far. The pandemic, which no one saw coming, has truly rocked our world and the challenges it brings just keep on morphing. If the pandemic has taught us nothing else, at least we now know we can adapt and pivot no matter what comes our way. The editors at VMAIL Weekend hope you are settled in for a nice long holiday weekend. And what better way to kick things off than a look back at some of our more popular Today’s Read features. So before you fire up that grill, pour yourself another cup of Joe and read through some stories you might have missed. In these trying times, we hope you’ll be able to find some hope, faith and inspiration in these stories.

Insta-Pick for 7-4-20

By Staff
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Prevent Blindness's Tweet for 7-4-20

By Staff
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Protect Vision Hawaii's Tweet for 7-4-20

By Staff
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VM's News Quiz for the Week of June 28: Fireworks Safety, Sleep Patterns and National Sunglasses Day

By Staff
Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:00 AM Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. This week's quiz takes a look at the impact of fireworks on healthy eyesight, changes in our sleep patterns and celebrating National Sunglasses Day. Click here to take the quiz for the week of June 28. VM's News Quiz is published every Saturday as part of VMAIL Weekend.

Review of Optometric Business: Rule Changes for PPP Loan Forgiveness

By Staff
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 4:00 PM The Small Business Administration (SBA) updated its forgiveness guidelines for small business owners who received loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). There are great financial rewards to obtaining full forgiveness of the PPP loans that sustained your practice during the lockdown.

What to Try Instead of Happy Hour

By Staff
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.

Say 'Cheese' for Your #SunglassesSelfie—It’s National Sunglasses Day

By Staff
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 6:00 PM NEW YORK—Happy National Sunglasses Day! Every year on June 27, the optical community comes together to celebrate National Sunglasses Day, a day meant to promote the importance of UV protective eyewear for overall health. The holiday, promoted by The Vision Council, is a reminder that sunglasses are both a fashion statement and a health necessity—especially this year, as millions of people across the country spend more time outside in parks, beaches, and backyards due to COVID-19Read More

Indie OD’s Clever Face Mask Solution Sparks New Designer Fashion

By Staff
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:00 PM NORWALK, Conn.—As independents across the country head back to work under new rules and regulations, masks are becoming a familiar, and somewhat comforting, sight. Although it felt a little unusual and perhaps post-apocalyptic to see everyone wearing masks at first, it has now become clear that wearing a face covering is a necessary act of kindness toward others—a way to let the people you interact with know that you care about keeping them safe and healthy. Read More