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.

The Dangers of Diabetes to Our Vision

By Mary Kane
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 9:30 AM According to the 2022 National Diabetes Statistics Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 11 percent of the U.S. population (approximately 37.3 million people) have diabetes. Alarmingly, 96 million people aged 18 years or older have prediabetes, which is 38 percent of the adult U.S. population. And, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 18–64 years. VMAIL Weekend sat down with Kristen Nwanyanwu, MD, MBA, MHS, associate professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale School of Medicine. Here’s what she had to say about how ECPs can improve the lines of communication with Primary Care Physicians and why it’s so important for diabetes patients to have a care plan.

New Study Shows AMD Can Be a Signal of Cardiovascular Disease

By Mary Kane
Friday, November 18, 2022 8:30 AM It is said that the eyes are a window to the soul, but in some instances the eyes are also a window to the heart. According to a new study from New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, patients with a specific form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), are also highly likely to have either underlying heart damage from heart failure and heart attacks, or advanced heart valve disease, or carotid artery disease associated with certain types of strokes. The research, published this month, is the first to identify which types of high-risk cardiovascular and carotid artery disease are linked to the eye disorder.

With Halloween Approaching, Contact Lens Safety Is Top of Mind

By Mary Kane
Friday, October 14, 2022 8:30 AM With Halloween just two weeks away, it’s a good time for ECPs to talk with patients about contact lens safety and the dangers of wearing lenses that are dispensed without an eye exam or a prescription. According to the Food and Drug Administration, wearing decorative contact lenses can be risky and wearing any kind of contact lenses, including decorative ones, can cause serious damage to your eyes if the lenses are obtained without a prescription or are not used correctly. Here are some of the things that can go terribly wrong with your eyes when wearing decorative or cosmetic contact lenses sold in stores or online.

Amid a Renewed Sense of Normalcy, the Industry Gathers as Vision Expo West Returns to Las Vegas

By Mary Kane
Monday, September 26, 2022 12:00 AM LAS VEGAS—It was a wrap for Vision Expo West 2022 in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 17, as the four-day event concluded at The Venetian Convention Center & Expo. The Conference and Exhibiton, brought thousands of members of the optical industry together from Sept. 14-17 for four days of trailblazing trends, education and plenty of networking opportunities. “It was amazing to see the full scope of the vision care industry come together in Las Vegas last week, both on and off the Show Floor,” said Fran Pennella, vice president, Vision Expo, at RX, co-organizer of Vision Expo.

Optical Gets Behind Sports Eye Safety Month, With an Emphasis on Proper Eye Protection

By Mary Kane
Friday, September 9, 2022 8:30 AM With Labor Day in the rear view mirror, the back-to-school season is upon us, which means kids’ after school sports activities are in full swing. Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading volunteer nonprofit eye health organization, has declared September as Sports Eye Safety Month to help educate the public on the importance of wearing the proper eye protection while playing sports. Annual data from Prevent Blindness shows that there were more than 26,000 sports-related eye injuries treated in the U.S. last year. The new data also showed that the category of “non-powder guns, darts, arrows and slingshots” had the overall highest rate of eye injuries for the previous year.

Myopia Awareness Campaign Urges Families to Take a ‘Screen Staycation’

By Mary Kane
Friday, August 12, 2022 8:30 AM All summer long, the Global Myopia Awareness Coalition (GMAC) has been joining forces with children’s optometrist Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford in a myopia awareness campaign known as a Screen Staycation. Did you know that just 76 extra minutes outside a day can reduce the risk of myopia by 50 percent? That’s why Dr. Nate and GMAC are encouraging families to spend more time outdoors this summer and take a Screen Staycation—a challenge to go 24 hours without any screens. To help families get started with their outdoor activities, GMAC has been offering Screen Staycation kits which include, a Frisbee, a kite, sunscreen, and of course, sunglasses. Weekend caught up with Dr. Nate to talk about how the campaign is going and what’s on the horizon for families dealing with myopia.

Keeping Our Children’s Eyes Safe and Healthy This Back-to-School Season

By Mary Kane
Friday, August 5, 2022 8:30 AM With only a few weeks left in the month of August, summer will be winding down soon which means parents and kids alike are gearing up for the back-to-school season, or as some parents like to call it, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” For the national non-profit Prevent Blindness, August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, which fits nicely into the organization’s theme—2022 is the “Year of Children’s Vision.” Without early detection and treatment, uncorrected vision disorders can impair child development, interfere with learning, and even lead to permanent vision loss.

How the Pandemic Has Affected Our Vision

By Mary Kane
Friday, July 8, 2022 8:30 AM For many of us, technology has become more of a necessity than a luxury, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic began. While our various electronic devices do help connect us and has allowed many people to work remotely, excessive screen time can also lead to problems like eye strain. Because of this, MyVision.org was curious to see if the pandemic has led to more eye issues over the last two years. The organization surveyed more than 1,000 people who wear glasses and/or contacts to get feedback on their eye health and eye habits throughout the past few years. Based on the survey results, it turns out that many people are having vision problems, but are putting off going to the eye doctor.

If It’s June, It Must Be Cataract Awareness Month

By Mary Kane
Friday, June 3, 2022 8:30 AM “Having the surgery was life-changing. I can see everything from the time on my alarm clock to a bird’s nest in a tree hundreds of feet away without glasses. It’s the most amazing experience I’ve ever had.” At age 49, Michael Sargent’s vision had become so impaired by cataracts that he couldn’t distinguish shapes or colors without his glasses on, even if objects were right in front of him. His ophthalmologist recommended cataract surgery and the results were life-changing. Throughout June, Prevent Blindness and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are among the many eyecare organizations, practitioners and groups making a major push to educate the public about the detection and treatment of cataracts.

Our Eyes Are Windows to Our Souls and Well-Being

By Mary Kane
Friday, May 6, 2022 8:30 AM They say our eyes are the windows to our soul but apparently our eyes can also provide a pathway to the state of our mental health. Recent research by international development organization Sightsavers, University of Ilorin, and the Kogi State Ministry of Health in Nigeria has revealed links between vision impairment and poor mental health. The study estimates that blind people aged 50 years and over are nearly four times as likely to have self-reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depression than those with no vision impairment. May happens to be Mental Health Awareness Month and this year’s theme in the U.S. will amplify the message “Together for Mental Health.” 

Trends and Takeaways From the 2022 VM Summit

By Mary Kane
Saturday, April 23, 2022 1:40 AM

Opening Session Looks to the Role CEOs Play in a Company’s Success Story

By Mary Kane
Saturday, April 23, 2022 12:59 AM Kicking off the Summit program was a session titled “The CEO Leadership Moment,” featuring Vikram (Vik) Malhotra, a senior partner in McKinsey’s New York office and co-author of a new book, CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest. Malhotra posed the following question: What really makes a good CEO? What separates the best from the rest? And what are the characteristics of a truly successful CEO?

Expo Attendees Were Taking Care of Business… Again

By Mary Kane
Friday, April 8, 2022 2:00 PM As Expo got into full swing on Saturday in NYC, VM’s Andrew Karp, one of Vision Monday’s on-site reporters for our Expo Show Daily wrote, “A feeling of calm and well-being flowed through the Javits Center Saturday morning, as the sun streamed in through glass walls and ceiling of the atrium and Vision Expo attendees filed into the exhibit hall and classrooms. There were few signs of the pandemic and its turbulence that resulted in the show’s cancellation in New York for the last two years, save for the protective masks that some showgoers still wore to protect against COVID. In a sense, it was as if Vision Expo had picked up where it left off. Yet conversations with optical retailers and eyecare professionals attending Expo revealed a strong sense of purpose shaped by their experiences during the pandemic."

The Month of March Is All About Eye Health and Safety

By Mary Kane
Friday, March 4, 2022 9:30 AM Optometrists will be front and center during the month of March as several organizations put the focus on eye health and eye safety as we head into Spring and eventually the Summer seasons. Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest eye health and safety nonprofit, has declared March as Workplace Eye Wellness month and is providing sight-saving resources to employees and employers alike. In addition to Prevent Blindness, other organizations, including the American Optometric Association and the Centers for Disease Control, are focusing on various eye health and safety programs this month.

Rams Linebacker Von Miller Tackles Vision Care for Low Income Children

By Mary Kane
Friday, February 4, 2022 8:30 AM All eyes will be on Los Angeles Ram linebacker Von Miller when he returns to the Super Bowl next Sunday night. Back in 2015, Miller was named Super Bowl MVP after the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. But before he takes the field at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, he will be giving back to his new hometown of L.A. On Saturday, Feb. 12, with the help of eyewear brand Etnia Barcelona, Miller’s foundation, Von’s Vision, will host a one-day vision clinic for Super Bowl LVI to provide vision care and medical advice to low income children in Los Angeles.