Rising From the Rubble: Local Virginia Practice Rebounds From Office Fire

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, September 22, 2017 3:47 PM COLLINSVILLE, Va.—Sunday, Sept. 17 was a normal day for Julie Brown, OD, and her husband Frank Manuguerra who were at home when they got the phone call that changed the trajectory of their day and, potentially, their practice’s professional path. “We were just watching some Sunday afternoon football when my husband got a phone call from the emergency phone service we set up for our patients to call in case of emergency and when we are closed,” stated Dr. Brown. “They told my husband that either a patient or local resident saw smoke coming from The Eye Site and had already called the fire department.” The pair took the 20-minute drive to the Collinsville-based practice, to see emergency vehicles and people surrounding the building, with the roof ablaze.

Dr. Arian Fartash, aka Glam Optometrist, Goes From Social Media Debut to Blogging Guru

By Sydney Scott
Friday, September 22, 2017 12:15 PM SAN FRANCISCO—In January 2016, Arian Fartash, OD, started her blog, Glam Optometrist, as a social media amateur, however, she didn’t let her lack of social media marketing skills keep her from success. In just one and a half years, she has transformed from a newbie blogger to an Instagram guru with over 16,000 followers.

What Happens in Vegas ...

By Staff
Friday, September 15, 2017 5:06 PM Since it’s Expo time, we here at VMail Weekend thought it might be fun to see what kind of good/bad/funny/memorable experiences attendees have had while in Vegas for Expo. For a lot of attendees, having contact with their colleagues made the top of the list. But Vegas as a backdrop to Expo sometimes has an air of suspended reality, given the casinos, shows and colorful characters. Here a few stories we thought you might enjoy.

California Practice With an Eye for Art

By Sydney Scott
Friday, September 15, 2017 3:02 PM COOL, Calif.—This summer, the staff at Cool Optometry have found an unlikely yet creative way to get their patients involved with their practice. Rather than tempting customers into the store with trunk shows or sunglasses sales, they have started hosting paint ‘n sip classes as a fun activity for the community and to provide a way for people to get familiar with the staff.

(Finally) Getting My First Pair of Rx Glasses

By Stephanie Sengwe
Monday, September 11, 2017 12:00 AM I like to think that I am not unique in my denial of the fact that I needed glasses, but maybe I took it too far. I spent the past year and a half, if not longer, squinting my way through life. I couldn’t see my co-workers’ computer screen and she sits an arm’s length away from me; I couldn’t read my TV guide as I looked for something to watch; and I couldn’t tell the difference between an E or an F train. When I failed to read a sign while I was on the highway, I finally accepted that I had a problem.

Perspectives, in Life and in Business Shape the Direction Forward

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, September 11, 2017 12:00 AM As we are putting this issue together, we have been focusing on presenting a current take and the latest statistics on the all-important ophthalmic laboratory sector of the business. We’ve brought you exclusive and interesting new info to help shape the view into one of the country’s leading, fastest growing companies in the U.S. in our Newsmaker report. And we are bringing you new info about what events and new products to expect at this month’s Vision Expo in Las Vegas.

Love Symbol #2: The Color Formerly Known as Purple

By Jamie Wilson
Friday, September 8, 2017 1:59 PM NEW YORK—What’s your favorite color? This is a question we’ve all answered at one time or another. And if we’re taking guesses, for New Yorkers it’s most likely 50 shades of black and for me, it’s always been pink. While colors can be a vehicle for self-expression and conveying emotion, how many of us can truly say we have a “signature” color? Click here to read this week's edition of VMail Weekend.

Pa. Ophthalmologist Serves Up Coffee AND Eyecare

By Sydney Scott
Thursday, September 7, 2017 4:03 PM RICHBORO, Pa.—Dr. Scott Zeigen, MD, FAAO, has always been a bit of a self-starter. He’s been running his own ophthalmology practice, Richmond Eye Care, since 1990 and just a few years later, started a company called medDB, LLC to design and sell software to health care professionals, especially those in the optical industry.

Weathering the Storm: ODs Seek Silver Lining in Hurricane Harvey

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, September 1, 2017 3:35 PM

NEW YORK—“The Hurricane was coming right at us before it shifted northeast and hit Rockport,” McAllen, Texas’ Fred Farias, OD, FAAO and current member of the AOA board of trustees told VMail Weekend. “I have two friends whose practices and homes have been affected very badly. Their offices won’t have any electricity because the entire city of Rockport won’t have electricity for the next 4 to 5 weeks.” Click here to read the latest edition of VMail Weekend.

More Than Meets the Eye

By Sydney Scott
Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:00 AM In this new section of VMail Weekend, we’re featuring innovative ECPs, and other influencers, who have taken to telling their own stories and sharing professional perspectives via blogs, vlogs and Instagram accounts, to educate the public and share their love of the optical industry. This week we bring you Christine Morra, OD, creator of Morra Than Meets The Eye.

Fashion Meets Function

By Jamie Wilson
Monday, August 28, 2017 12:00 AM I got my first pair of glasses in the fifth grade, and oddly enough I was initially very excited. At the time, glasses were still more widely viewed as a medical device than a fashion statement. So, by the time I got to sixth grade, the newness wore off and I switched over to contact lenses, wearing my glasses sparingly.


By Staff
Monday, August 28, 2017 12:00 AM “I like the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas more than the actual one.” – David LaChapelle

There’s a Lot To Learn in Vegas

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, August 28, 2017 12:00 AM Yep, we all know—what happens there, stays there, right? But in Las Vegas, next month, I’m thinking that you can learn about more than the dinners, the cocktails, the celebs and and the night life.

Are You Ready for Some (College) Football?

By Mark Tosh
Friday, August 25, 2017 1:01 PM Well, you’re not alone, since so many in the optical business are loyal and proud fans of their college alma maters. Yes, for many of us, the most lasting connection to our college days are those ties to Saturday afternoons at the stadium, and the memorable tailgating before the game, cheering and celebrating every touchdown or big defensive play, and then rehashing it all over again into the wee hours of the morning. Click here to read this week's VMail Weekend.

Dark Side of the Moon: ECPs Talk After Effects of Rare Solar Event

By Staff
Friday, August 25, 2017 12:20 PM NEW YORK—This week’s solar eclipse generated a ton of interest because of its rarity. The last eclipse to hit North America was in 1979 and the last one to cross the country from coast to coast was last seen in 1918. As VMail previously reported, ECPs, organizations and associations were vehement about warning the public of solar retinopathy, also known as eclipse blindness.