Friday, November 15, 2019 2:25 PM
Where do you turn to for information on protecting your eyesight? That’s an easy question nowadays. Medical information is everywhere. In fact, people are inundated with it on the web and TV. A simple Google search on “eyecare” comes back with more than 30 million results. Health care companies keep adding to this by spending billions on direct-to-consumer advertising each year. But none of this existed a generation ago.
Friday, November 8, 2019 10:37 AM
NEW YORK—From National Grilled Cheese Day (April 12) to International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), there’s no shortage of fun, wacky holidays to celebrate every year. However, the first Wednesday in November marks a slightly heavier holiday: National Stress Awareness Day.
I think most of us can agree that we don’t need a dedicated day to make us “aware” of stress—we’re aware of it all the time. But even though we’re no stranger to stress, there’s still value in setting aside one day a year to really talk about stress—and how to deal with it.
Friday, November 1, 2019 4:00 PM
Halloween may date back almost 2000 years, but as holidays go it certainly has aged well. Indeed, one might say Halloween is looking better than ever. The proof is all over social media. And the optical community – judging by the numerous posts we spotted on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – appeared to have an outrageously good time celebrating Halloween this year. Costumes, cookies and comic images were ubiquitous on social media for many eyecare practices and their staffs, from New York to Los Angeles and just about everywhere in between.
Friday, October 25, 2019 7:00 AM
Eyewear design has always been influenced by popular music and musicians, and that love affair continues to yield fun and exciting results for eyeglass wearers. Take rock ‘n’ roll, for example. Fans can emulate rockers like Buddy Holly and John Lennon who wore now-iconic frames that evoke not only their music, but an entire era. Brands such as John Varvatos and Chrome Hearts offer rock-inspired looks. And Elton John is synonymous with distinctive, and often outrageously styled glasses.
Friday, October 18, 2019 8:00 AM
Halloween is only a few weeks away but there’s another season just around the corner that can be just as scary—the start of the flu season, which officially begins at the end of this month. In addition to causing kids to miss school and adults to call out sick from work, there is no denying that the flu can be deadly for thousands, and in some years, tens of thousands of Americans.
Friday, October 11, 2019 1:42 PM
NEW YORK—Halloween is, as far as I’m concerned, the perfect holiday. There’s no pressure, no big family events, no gifts to buy—nothing to do except wear a fun wig and eat free candy, no matter how old you are. Halloween as we know it today is about pure, unadulterated fun for all. And the best part? You can have that fun at work and at home. I’m not alone in my love for Halloween—according to the National Retail Federation
, Halloween spending in 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion, with shoppers saying they plan to spend an average of $86.27 this year.
Friday, October 4, 2019 8:00 AM
Spoiler alert: at the end of this story, we pick the likely winner of this year’s World Series. Hint, it won’t be the Red Sox. (Or the New York Mets.) But that’s getting ahead of the point here in this Today’s Read feature. Since it is October and World Series season, baseball seems like an appropriate topic to address. Also, it’s a perfect topic because almost everyone loves baseball and its lore, or at least a large group of us over the age of 40 still do.
Friday, September 27, 2019 10:18 AM
Having just returned from last week’s Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, I feel a kinship with legendary New York Yankees slugger Roger Maris. Like Maris, I hit 61 this year. That’s 61 Vision Expos, including both East and West. Granted, there are differences between Roger and me. It took me 32 years to hit my mark and he needed only one season to hit his record-breaking 61 home runs and surpass Babe Ruth ( it took Maris 162 games and Ruth did it in 154, hence the famous asterisk in the record books).
Friday, September 20, 2019 8:00 AM
Every week, the VMail Weekend
editors step beyond their usual roles as news reporters and bring you the Today’s Read, a mix of interesting and sometimes off-beat features that span the far corners of the vision world. Our aim is to inform and entertain by giving our readers a light, sometimes fun, sometimes unusual read to go with your Saturday morning Joe. So today, we present a compilation of some of our most favorite Today’s Reads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”