Happy Work Anniversary

By Andrew Karp
Friday, December 7, 2018 10:21 AM It used to be that work anniversaries were typically celebrated on milestone years. After 10 years on the job, a loyal employee might receive a plaque commending them for their years of service. A quarter century’s worth of work might be rewarded with a ceremony at which the boss makes a speech and presents the employee with a gold watch inscribed with their name.

Two Blind Brothers Launch a Viral ‘Trust’ Campaign, Encouraging Visitors to ‘Shop Blind’

By Andrew Arata
Friday, November 30, 2018 12:21 PM The holiday season tends to get tangled with sales and gift-giving rather than giving thanks for what we have that others may not—such as our sight. Two Blind Brothers, a non-profit clothing site, founded by Bradford and Bryan Manning, donates 100 percent of their profits toward research to cure eye disease. The two are generating sales and widening an awareness and fan base recognition this season with their unique and creative take on sharing messages that underscore the experience of visual impairment and blindness while raising money to help 11 million people with vision loss.

When Vision Care Disrupted Hollywood

By Ted Gioia
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 1:08 PM Hollywood needed something exciting in the 1950s to compete with the newfangled home entertainment gadgets, from television to hi-fi record players, keeping people out of movie theaters. In an unprecedented move, studios turned to a vision care company for help—specifically to American Optical (now part of Carl Zeiss Vision). The result of this unusual partnership would change the course of cinema history.

This Thanksgiving, A Feast For Our Eyes

By Gwendolyn Plummer

Friday, November 16, 2018 12:34 PM Thanksgiving is upon us, and there’s a lot to be excited about. From spending time with your loved ones to decorating your home for the holidays to baking, cooking, and indulging in sweet treats, Thanksgiving kicks off the most magical time of the year for many of us. But this year, you can also make Thanksgiving a time to think about our eye health.

Amazing Eyes of the Animal Kingdom

By Jamie Wilson

Friday, November 9, 2018 1:38 PM NEW YORK—While the human eye can do some very impressive things, our eyes are by no means the best of the best or even the most interesting. With phrases like “Birds-Eye View,” “Hawk Eye” and “Eagle Eye” there’s no doubt that some eyes of the animal kingdom are capable of amazing feats. However, while other species like starfish might have less capable sight, their visual capabilities have fascinated scientists for decades. In some of Vision Monday’s past Today’s Reads we’ve covered fascinating animal eyes before whether they’ve been goats or sharks, so why stop a good thing. There are so many species in the world that can do the unthinkable with the help of their vision. Let’s take a look at some of these interesting eyes.

How the Eyecare Profession Saw the Light About UV

By Ted Gioia

Thursday, November 1, 2018 12:26 PM A century ago, many believed UV exposure was good for vision. It took decades of research and investment to raise awareness of the real risks. Today, the hazards of ultraviolet light are well known. Surveys show that 90 percent of respondents take some steps to protect themselves from the dangers of the sun, even if it’s just putting on a hat and rubbing sunscreen on their body. There’s still too much risky behavior—just count the number of tanning salons in your hometown if you doubt it—but UV awareness is one of the success stories in preventive health care.

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.”

Here’s How to One-Up ‘The Best Damn Band in the Land’

By Staff

Friday, October 19, 2018 2:33 PM NEW YORK—We understand that The Ohio State University’s marching band is often referred to by its preferred nickname, The Best Damn Band in the Land (TBDBITL, for short). The band is perhaps best known for Script Ohio, a signature formation involving an integrated series of evolutions and patterns that result in the word “Ohio” being spelled out by the band on a football field.

How Did Vision’s Voices Support This World Sight Day?

By Gwendolyn Plummer

Friday, October 12, 2018 2:52 PM NEW YORK—World Sight Day 2018 is officially behind us, but that doesn’t mean it’s in the rearview; in fact, the money raised, glasses donated, and ECPs trained this World Sight Day will have a long-lasting effect on the world, and the people helped will continue to reap the benefits of the optical industry’s generosity for years to come. That long-lasting magic is, after all, what makes World Sight Day so important.

Can You Stomach Eyeballs?

By Andrew Karp

Friday, October 5, 2018 3:45 PM Anthony Bourdain was famous for eating almost anything put on his plate, as long as someone considered it edible. In one episode of his CNN series, “Parts Unknown,” he ate a seal, including the eyes, which his Inuit hosts consider a delicacy. His verdict: “Not bad.”

Pull Out Your Acid Wash Jeans, We’re Heading Back To 1988

By Gwendolyn Plummer, Assistant Editor


Friday, September 21, 2018 12:26 PM This year, Vision Expo West turns 30. That means that for 30 years, Vision Expo West has been bringing the industry together. From the California coast to fabulous Las Vegas, Vision Expo West has made the West Coast the place to be for the optical community every September. That much hasn’t changed. Just about everything else has, though.

Eye of the Storm

By Jamie Wilson

Friday, September 14, 2018 12:58 PM NEW YORK—After years of relatively quiet hurricane seasons, the catastrophic storms of 2017 unleashed an unexpected amount of devastation across the Caribbean and the U.S. Now, a year later, we’re back at the peak of hurricane season and there is nothing better than being prepared for the many situations that might arise in the wake of such a natural disaster.

It’s Time to Light the Grill, Tee up the Tailgate, and Get Ready for College Football

By Mark Tosh

Thursday, August 30, 2018 2:57 PM The Big House, Camp Randall and Death Valley. For college football fans, the images these names convey is pretty clear. There’s really nothing like a college football Saturday, with the abundance of school colors, getting together with old friends on a crisp fall afternoon, and settling into a stadium with 100,000 other raucous fans to take in an exciting football game. And the optical industry will be well-represented this fall at games from Florida to Oregon and all across the Midwest and Southwest when executives return to their alma maters for a weekend like none other. Even if you’re not a college football fan, the stories we’ve rounded up for this VMail Weekend feature offer a collage of things we in the industry do when we’re kicking back over a weekend.

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.

Reimagining the White Cane

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, August 16, 2018 12:17 PM One of the most enjoyable parts of my job as a tech journalist is reporting about designers who reimagine a familiar object and imbue it with new capabilities. I recently came across such a story involving four engineering students at Texas A&M University who set out to update the white cane. This simple but effective tool has been used since the 1920s by blind and visually impaired people to navigate surroundings and visually notify others of visual impairments.