#ShopSmall and Small Business Saturday Take on More Meaning in 2020

By Mark Tosh
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:00 AM NEW YORK—This has been a difficult year for many businesses, but perhaps small businesses have been hurt more than most. This is one reason many small-business owners are looking forward to the annual Small Business Saturday event that takes place today, Nov. 28, sandwiched in between Black Friday (which won’t look the same this year) and Cyber Monday, which is projected to be another boon for retailers with an online presence.

Embracing a Very Different Thanksgiving

By Staff
Friday, November 20, 2020 1:53 PM NEW YORK—Like almost everything else that’s happened in 2020, this year’s Thanksgiving celebrations are going to be very different from what we’re used to. Although we’ve been battling COVID-19 for months now, the passage of time hasn’t actually made missing out on events and gatherings with our loved ones much easier, and Thanksgiving is no exception. This time of year is associated with spending time with loved ones who we might not get to see otherwise—but this year, experts including the CDC have heavily discouraged travel and gathering with people outside our immediate households. While these sacrifices are imperative for protecting physical health, there’s no question they have an effect on our mental health—positive in some ways, and negative in others.

The Birth of a Bifocal Lament

By Andrew Karp
Friday, November 13, 2020 1:19 PM Writing parody songs is a tricky business. Lots of folks try their hand at it, but it’s harder than it seems. Unless you’re Weird Al Yankovic, who has made a career of taking hit songs and transforming them into something totally different, with often hilarious results, you’d better be darn clever and have a deft way with a rhyme if you’re going to mess with someone’s perfectly good song in the hopes of making them laugh. Otherwise, the result can be laughable for all the wrong reasons. Writing an optical parody song is even trickier. The subject matter is much more limited, and so is the audience that can appreciate such esoterica.

The Big Picture: Trends and Takeaways From VM’s Global Leadership Summit

By Staff
Monday, November 9, 2020 11:30 PM For the first time since its inception 14 years ago, Vision Monday held its Global Leadership Summit on a virtual platform due to the pandemic. So it was only fitting that the theme of the four-part, month-long Summit, titled "AFTERSHOCKS: Remaking Healthcare's Future, Vision Beyond 2020," took “attendees” on a quest for answers to the many business challenges and urgent questions facing ECPs and vision care decision makers in light of the virus. The sessions examined a variety of topics giving attendees an overview of the trends and business tools they will need to take their businesses through the pandemic and beyond. Here is a top-line look at some of the messages and themes that emerged from the virtual event through the words of the Summit speakers and presenters.

Final VM Summit Session Addresses Elevating the Patient Experience With Tech and Retail Leaders

By Staff
Monday, October 26, 2020 12:45 AM NEW YORK—Wrapping up with the proverbial bang, the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit virtual conference concluded its four-session series last week with its much-anticipated “Stepping Up the Patient Experience” program. The two-hour session took a deep dive into the way digital technologies are bringing doctors, patients and consumers into the healthcare process in exciting new ways. The session was highlighted by an eclectic mix of speakers drawn from the tech, retail and vision care fields who discussed how new tactics are transforming patient engagement by blending physical experiences with virtual ones.

What’s Next? Third Summit Session Features Pandemic Leadership Lessons from Healthcare’s Front Lines

By Staff
Monday, October 19, 2020 12:45 AM NEW YORK—Top executives from regional and national healthcare systems joined the third Virtual VM Summit broadcast on October 14 to share how administrators, clinicians and support staff have responded to the global coronavirus pandemic, which has stressed hospital and provider systems in unprecedented ways. Citing resilience, adaptation and teamwork as key ingredients to meet the challenge, these business leaders discussed how they see insurance coverage and patient access to care evolving with these shifts, and how systemic changes in healthcare will provide an opportunity for vision care providers to chart a new direction and play a wider role.

Healthcare's New ‘Gatekeepers’ Star in Second VM Summit Session

By Staff
Monday, October 12, 2020 12:45 AM NEW YORK—Leading experts from innovative medical, retail and eyecare companies described how new healthcare business models are delivering convenience, greater access and more affordable and personalized medicine during a wide-ranging program at the latest session of the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit. The speakers offered diverse points of view on the program’s theme, “Who Are the New Gatekeepers? What’s Vision’s Role?” Collectively, they exemplified a new approach to vision care that is wider in scope, more accessible and more fully integrated into the broader healthcare matrix.

VM’s Summit Examines Seismic Changes in Optical Landscape Due to Pandemic

By Mary Kane and Mark Tosh
Monday, October 5, 2020 12:45 AM For the first time since its inception 14 years ago, Vision Monday held the opening session of its Global Leadership Summit on a virtual platform due to the pandemic. So it was only fitting that the theme of the four-part, month-long Summit, titled "AFTERSHOCKS: Remaking Healthcare's Future, Vision Beyond 2020," took “attendees” on a quest for answers to the many business challenges and urgent questions facing ECPs and vision care decision makers in light of the virus. If the first session was any indication, Vision Monday more than delivered on its promise to serve up a thought-provoking program and bring together a wide range of noted experts to address big trends and practical tactics in the face of COVID-19. Here is a top-line look at some of the messages.

Billie Jean King’s 50 Years of Leadership, Activism and Style. From the ‘Original 9’ to Advocating for ‘Seeing Clearly’

By Mark Tosh
Friday, October 2, 2020 11:40 AM NEW YORK—We’re not one to throw in the towel on a regular basis, but there’s just no topping this recent Glamour headline: “No One Plays the Game Like Billie Jean King.” So true, as anyone who remembers the legendary tennis star’s career—or even follows her very active and outspoken Twitter account—can attest. King, and several of her women’s tennis contemporaries, have been in the news recently because it’s the 50th anniversary of the “Original 9.”

It’s Fall—Time for Some Fun Facts

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, September 25, 2020 1:57 PM NEW YORK—For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, fall has officially… fallen. Autumn is usually a pretty exciting season—it means bringing the cozy sweaters out of the back of the closet, breaking out the scented candles, gorgeous foliage, and gearing up for the holiday season. Of course, things are looking a little different this year, and the holiday season we’re all so used to celebrating is shrouded in uncertainty. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate and welcome the start of fall, or enjoy long walks outside in the crisp autumn air. To celebrate safely, we’ve searched high and low for some of the strangest fun facts about the autumnal season.

First-of-Its-Kind Artificial Vision System Moves to Clinical Trials

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:47 PM With millions of people worldwide who are blind or suffering from sight-robbing diseases, and millions more expected to lose their vision over the next few years, a growing number of private companies and research institutes are working to develop bionic eyes, artificial vision systems and advanced visual prostheses. One of the newest projects is being undertaken by Illinois Institute of Technology. Researchers there were recently awarded $2.5 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund the first year of a three-year project which involves clinical trials of a first-of-its-kind wireless visual prosthesis system which aims to provide some limited vision to people with profound blindness.

The Flu Vaccine—More Important Than Ever Before

By Mary Kane
Friday, September 11, 2020 1:32 PM Every year, I use this Today’s Read space to educate and inform our readers about the importance of getting a flu vaccine. But like everything else in 2020, this year’s flu season feels strangely different and its onset this fall could bring with it some new dangers and challenges. Health officials are predicting that the fall convergence of the flu season and a possible second wave (or in some places, a continuation) of COVID-19 might indeed collide creating a “twindemic” of sorts.

A Search for the ‘Silver Lining’ Uncovers Surprise Parties, Fish Stories and Long Runs

By Mark Tosh
Friday, September 4, 2020 1:47 PM NEW YORK—One of life’s adages is that if you look hard enough there’s always a silver lining inside the black cloud. Such a cliché, right? So, to put this theory to the test, Vmail Weekend asked an array of people within the optical sector if, indeed, they could identify any silver linings that they have experienced over the past six months during this coronavirus pandemic dark storm.

See the World Like Your Dog

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, August 28, 2020 1:54 PM NEW YORK—It’s normal that every week has its ups and downs, its good days and its bad days. But this past week, there was one clear day that blew every other day out of the water: Wednesday, August 26, National Dog Day. According to the official National Dog Day website, animal welfare advocate and pet lifestyle expert Colleen Paige founded the day in 2004 as a day to raise awareness of the number of dogs who need to be adopted each year. It is a day to celebrate all dogs, all breeds, and all variations of man’s best friend. And, boy, is it a great day to be on Instagram

Celebrating a Pioneering Black Physician and His Remarkable Journey

By Andrew Karp
Friday, August 21, 2020 11:07 AM New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) held a socially distant dedication ceremony on August 13 for Dr. David Kearny McDonogh, a pioneering Black physician who fought racial injustice in the 19th century to become the country’s first Black ophthalmology and otolaryngology specialist. Dr. McDonogh practiced at NYEE for more than a decade.