The Music Keeps Playing at this One of a Kind School

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, February 14, 2019 12:44 PM I had a dentist friend named Elliot who loved jazz and played good jazz piano. When Elliot began losing his sight in his 70s, he worried how it would affect his playing, or if he’d be able to play at all. Elliot lived in New York City, so he turned to a local music school for visually impaired people that was run at the time by Lighthouse International: the Filomen M. D'Agostino Greenberg Music School (FMDG), the only community music school for the blind and visually impaired in the U.S. There he found a caring community of expert teachers and fellow musicians who helped him navigate the unfamiliar terrain of vision loss and gave him the tools and support he needed to continue making the music he loved.

Meet Me in Munich: Opti 2019

By Jamie Wilson
Friday, February 8, 2019 2:04 PM MUNICH, Germany—From Jan. 25 to 27 VM headed to the heart of Bavaria for opti 2019. Walking through the show felt a little different this time around as the eyewear exhibition was featured among six halls of the Fairground Munich for the first time. However, the expansive show floor was no less packed as each section from hall C1 all the way to C6 was buzzing with foot traffic as it hosted around 28,000 visitors and 631 exhibitors.

A Look Back at the Evolution of the Super Bowl

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, February 1, 2019 1:34 PM NEW YORK—It’s pretty hard to miss Super Bowl Sunday. Regardless of whether or not their team makes the big game, millions of Americans and international viewers tune in every year to watch the action. The Super Bowl is, after all, America’s biggest TV event, each and every year. But it hasn’t always been that way—and, by the looks of it, it might not always be that way either.

Plugging Into the Podcast Craze

By Mary Kane
Friday, January 25, 2019 10:38 AM The exploding popularity of podcasts in the past year has made it one of the fastest growing and digestible forms of media to come along in quite some time. According to a recent CBS News poll, most Americans listen to podcasts and the percentage who do listen has seen a big increase over the past year. So what makes these “pseudo” streaming radio programs so appealing? Find out as we dig deep into the podcast craze and offer a few listening suggestions.

Remembering the Wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr.

By Mark Tosh
Friday, January 18, 2019 2:34 PM Today marks the start of the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. For many of us, this simply means we have an extra day to work on things around the house, to spend additional quality time with family or even to start those new projects that keep getting pushed off. But there’s also time this weekend to reflect on the accomplishments of the great Dr. King and the way he managed to take a measured and well-thought out approach to achieving his goals.

Take a Virtual Lab Tour

By Andrew Karp
Friday, January 11, 2019 11:13 AM As Vision Monday’s lenses and technology editor, I visit a lot of optical laboratories. Viewed from outside, most labs are unremarkable. Often located in industrial parks or on side streets, their drab exteriors give little indication of what goes on inside. Step onto the production floor, though, and you’ll see a scene humming with activity. Technicians are loading generators, edgers and coating machines, job trays are moving along conveyors, quality inspectors are checking lenses for flaws and Rx orders are being packed for shipment to customers. It’s an optical ballet in which every movement is carefully choreographed, and it requires skill, energy and careful attention to detail to execute.

Framing a New Year’s Resolution

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, January 4, 2019 3:17 PM NEW YORK—Resolutions are a particularly personal thing—often, we start the New Year off striving to improve our lives or ourselves in ways we might not want to share with others just yet, and it feels better to keep those things private. At the same time, however, some resolutions are better off shared: for example, it might be easier to get fit alongside a gym buddy, while sharing a resolution to read more books could lead to some amazing must-read recommendations. This year, I’m keeping quite a few resolutions close to my chest, but there is one I want to share.

Crazy for Living Coral

By Jamie Wilson
Friday, December 28, 2018 12:46 PM NEW YORK—Move over Ultra Violet, Pantone has announced its new selection for Color of the Year 2019. For 20 years the Pantone Color Institute has been unveiling its Color of the Year and has chosen a vibrant, energizing hue with Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546). This shade, chosen to represent 2019, is an “animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone.”

A Look Back at ‘Today’s Read’ 2018

By Mary Kane
Friday, December 21, 2018 12:01 PM Back in the fall of 2017, when we first considered doing a Weekend edition of VMAIL we knew it was going to be a challenge to add a 6th edition to our VMAIL repertoire. The fact that we were going to take a lighter look at the news and features surrounding the optical industry might seem like an easier task than reporting hard news, but bright and breezy can sometimes feel like a tall order. The VM editorial staff knew that the anchor feature of the Weekend edition, Today’s Read, would always be our greatest challenge each week. And truth be told, in the early days the weight of it was a little scary for all of us on the editorial team. But in looking back on past Today’s Read features I can honestly say we rose to the occasion.

Anyone Can Take a Holiday Picture, But Who Can Shoot a Photo?

By Mark Tosh
Friday, December 14, 2018 2:58 PM It’s that time of the year again when everyone thinks they should be a photographer. So many situations arise that just need to be captured with a digital memory. Smartphones have done nothing if not exacerbate the common misperception that anyone can take a picture.

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.