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.

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.

When It Comes to Equal Pay When Will Women Catch Up?

By Mary Kane

Friday, July 13, 2018 11:41 AM Right after Mary Tyler Moore died in 2017, I wrote a column about what a role model her character, Mary Richards, was for women in the 1970s business world. Mary’s weekly encounters with her gruff but lovable boss Lou Grant, were emblematic of what a lot of women were experiencing on the job some 45 years ago, especially when it came to equal treatment and equal pay. In one episode, Mary asks why her predecessor earned more money than she does and Lou replies, “Because he was a man.” It was meant to be funny and rang true at the time, but sad to say, times are not changing fast enough when it comes to salary equity between men and women.

Back to the Future

By Mary Kane

Friday, June 8, 2018 12:03 AM It's always exciting to look to the future but, sometimes we need to look back first. The year is 1964, I'm a five-year old at the World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens and the future is all around me. On the 50th anniversary of the Fair, the Daily News wrote about the futuristic aspects of the attractions and pavilions: “Model rockets featured in NASA’s exhibit promised a trip to the moon was just years away. Visitors to the futuristic IBM Pavilion sat on a moveable grandstand that carried them up to a theater. Ford showed off its radical new Mustang.

It’s Springtime. Let’s Get Healthy

By Mary Kane
Friday, May 4, 2018 12:57 PM Let’s face it, winter was a long, sloggy, cold mess this year, especially in the Northeast. Now that spring has sprung, everyone’s thinking about righting some of those wrong winter habits (overeating, binge-watching Netflix) and changing their unhealthy ways. Naturally, spring is when people’s thoughts turn to the outdoors and having a healthy, active lifestyle is top of mind. Spring is also the perfect time for ECPs to educate patients on how to eat healthier and take care of their eyes at the same time.

Flexibility and Access Are Hallmarks of Modern, Agile Companies

By Mary Kane
Monday, April 16, 2018 12:27 AM Flexibility and instant access to information are key for today’s modern companies. As workplaces and organizations become more collaborative, companies need to be transparent and responsive to employees and customers alike.

More Than a Sense of Community

By Mary Kane
Monday, April 16, 2018 12:00 AM It’s hard not to feel a sense of community during Vision Expo. Seeing friends and colleagues from the industry, exchanging ideas at panels and Pop Ups and networking deep into the night brings people together. Although we are all in the “business” of vision care and eyewear, at the end of the day we are all helping people see better.

Our Top 10 Takeaways From Vision Expo

By Mary Kane
Friday, March 30, 2018 12:13 PM Everybody’s got a Top 10 list. David Letterman’s Top 10 followed his monologue every weeknight on his Late Night Show for years. Who could forget Top Ten Signs You’re Not the Coolest Kid. Even though Vision Expo is well in our rear-view mirror, we feel like we are still living it through post-Expo slideshows. So here is a somewhat personal look at some special moments from Expo. We promise our Top 10 takeaways won’t be as ridiculous as some of Dave’s.

Let the Game Show Begin (on Your Smartphone)

By Mary Kane
Friday, February 23, 2018 1:00 PM We’ve all been there. Those afternoon hours sandwiched in between lunch and quitting time, when all you want to do is take a nap. Coffee just won’t do the trick and snacking just leads to more drowsiness. But there’s a new game in town that might help you snap out of your afternoon doldrums. It’s called HQ Live Trivia or HQ Trivia for short.

What to Do About the Flu?

By Mary Kane
Friday, January 19, 2018 12:22 PM This year’s flu season is shaping up to be much more serious than your usual aches and pains. States like Ohio, New Jersey and California have been hit hard. State health officials in Ohio said nearly 2,100 people have been hospitalized because of the flu, which is a dramatic increase from the 369 hospitalizations around this time during the 2016-2017 flu season. Health officials in New Jersey said many residents are dealing with the worst flu outbreak to hit the Garden State in years. And in California, the flu is so widespread that some hospitals have set up triage tents outside their facilities to treat flu sufferers and prevent illnesses from spreading. The effects of the flu are being felt throughout the entire country and it is impacting all types of businesses, large and small.

Get Into the ‘Swing’ of the Holiday Season

By Mary Kane
Friday, December 22, 2017 10:45 AM NEW YORK—With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays almost upon us, we here at VMail Weekend decided to take a more traditional approach to the music of the season. A few weeks ago, we presented an offbeat take on some obscure holiday tunes. For today’s read, we decided to go back to some traditional music roots. To get into the “Swing” of things, we invite you to take a listen to these jazzy renditions in the hopes you’ll find the spirit of the season before Saint Nick makes his appearance.

It’s Beginning to Sound a Lot Like the Holidays

By Mary Kane
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 11:47 AM NEW YORK—The Holiday season seems to start earlier and earlier every year. We could barely get out of our Halloween costumes when Holiday music began to fill the airwaves. VMail Weekend thought it would be fun to present some obscure Holiday tunes. To get into the spirit of the season, we invite you to take a listen. Read More

It’s Beginning to Sound a Lot Like the Holidays

By Mary Kane
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 8:00 AM NEW YORK—The Holiday season seems to start earlier and earlier every year. We could barely get out of our Halloween costumes when Holiday music began to fill the airwaves. VMail Weekend thought it would be fun to present some obscure Holiday tunes. To get into the spirit of the season, we invite you to take a listen. Read the full Weekend edition.