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.

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

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.

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.

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.

The ‘Business’ of Halloween

By Mary Kane
Friday, October 27, 2017 12:51 PM

NEW YORK—It’s official. Halloween, once thought of as a day for little kids going door to door and shouting “trick or treat” has morphed into a holiday for the big kids (aka adults) as well, placing it squarely in the realm of big business. Believe it or not, this year, more than 179 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween, up from 171 million in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation.

I am Currently Out of the Office on Vacation…

By Mary Kane
Monday, October 16, 2017 12:00 AM And I am far, far away from my laptop and company email, desperately trying to recharge my batteries.”

Overheard

By Mary Kane
Monday, August 14, 2017 12:00 AM “Gloria Nicola helped shape the modern history of the eyewear business through her dedication, unique eye, great writing and clever wit.”—VM’s Marge Axelrad mkane@jobson.com

Overheard

By Mary Kane
Monday, July 17, 2017 12:00 AM Things are looking up for the vision care market which grew nearly $282 million, in the 12 months ending March, compared to the same period in 2016.” mkane@jobson.com

Desperately Seeking Shade

By Mary Kane
Monday, June 19, 2017 12:00 AM So here we are in mid-June, sandwiched between Memorial Day and July Fourth, eagerly awaiting the official kickoff of summer. While I love the sun, those warm rays do not return the favor. My very fair and freckled Irish skin combined with my early years spent on the Jersey Shore (circa 1965) have caught up with me in my middle age.

Overheard

By Mary Kane
Monday, May 15, 2017 12:00 AM “The 7th Annual Breach Report revealed there was a 320 percent increase in the number of health care providers victimized by hackers in 2016.” mkane@jobson.com

Addicted to (Phone) Love

By Mary Kane
Friday, May 5, 2017 2:50 PM A few weeks ago, my very, very old (2013) iPhone died. On a Saturday morning. Despite being plugged in all night it refused to recharge. It was dead, mort, finis—or so I thought. I must have checked the phone 30 times that morning to see if it had resurrected itself. Panic began to set in. No phone for the weekend? No Google maps? No text messages? No news?!! At that moment, I realized it was official—I was addicted to my phone. Click here to read this week's edition of VMail Weekend.

Overheard

By Mary Kane
Monday, April 24, 2017 12:00 AM “Admitting that the rise of AI is perceived as a threat by some people, he reassured the Summit audience saying, ‘AI comes in peace.’” Or Shani, CEO & founder, Adgorithms mkane@jobson.com

Overheard

By Mary Kane
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:30 AM “Later on this week, Vision Expo East puts the emphasis on fashion, education and the ‘NY experience.’ Read all about it in the Show Dailies on VisionMonday.com.” mkane@jobson.com

Overheard

By Mary Kane
Monday, March 13, 2017 12:00 AM “Put down those devices—Vision Council research is showing that too much exposure to blue light could lead to digital eye strain or retina damage.” mkane@jobson.com

Leaning In With MTM

By Mary Kane
Monday, February 13, 2017 12:00 AM Long before Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg “leaned in” there was Mary Tyler Moore. Moore’s passing at the age of 80 last month brought back a lot of memories for women in business, especially journalists, including this one.