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.

Taking a Break From Reality

By Mary Kane
Friday, July 31, 2020 11:24 AM
There’s an old Chinese proverb that says “May you live in Interesting times.” Well as my Mom used to say, “Be careful what you wish for.” These times are indeed interesting and stressful and unprecedented and downright mind blowing. Getting away from it all is not as easy as it used to be. Depending on which part of the country you are in, even hitting the beach for a long weekend is laden with restrictions.

Myopia Management Consultations Via Telehealth Offer Convenience in a Relaxing Atmosphere

By Mary Kane
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 12:00 AM SUNNYVALE, Calif.—For years now, the eyecare sector has been experiencing a steady surge of interest in telehealth options, both from patients and ODs. Fast-forward to the onset of the pandemic, the ensuing lockdowns and phased-in reopenings have only speeded up the popularity of telehealth as ODs find new ways to interact and communicate with their patients and provide them with a more meaningful eyecare experience.

Hitting Rewind on Today’s Read 2020

By Mary Kane
Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:00 AM Well, we are about halfway through 2020 and to say the least, it’s been a helluva year so far. The pandemic, which no one saw coming, has truly rocked our world and the challenges it brings just keep on morphing. If the pandemic has taught us nothing else, at least we now know we can adapt and pivot no matter what comes our way. The editors at VMAIL Weekend hope you are settled in for a nice long holiday weekend. And what better way to kick things off than a look back at some of our more popular Today’s Read features. So before you fire up that grill, pour yourself another cup of Joe and read through some stories you might have missed. In these trying times, we hope you’ll be able to find some hope, faith and inspiration in these stories.

Myoptic Optometry + Modern Eyewear Meets Reopening Challenges Head On

By Mary Kane
Thursday, June 18, 2020 10:03 AM Over the past few weeks, as eyecare practices and optical retailers have begun the reopening process, the questions many eyecare patients have been asking include “How safe is it to return to my local optometrist and dispensary? What precautions have been taken and what will my eye exam experience be like in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis?” The owners and staff at Myoptic Optometry + Modern Eyewear have been hard at work reimagining safety protocols at their three locations, adding new measures and improving the flow of care to put patients at ease and jump-start their business once the lockdown ended. Updates to the practice’s website and frequent posts to social media have enabled Myoptic to get the word out that safety precautions are in place and they are open for business once again. Read More 

Myoptic Optometry + Modern Eyewear Meets Reopening Challenges Head On

By Mary Kane
Monday, June 15, 2020 3:00 PM Over the past few weeks, as eyecare practices and optical retailers have begun the reopening process, the questions many eyecare patients have been asking include “How safe is it to return to my local optometrist and dispensary? What precautions have been taken and what will my eye exam experience be like in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis?”

Test Your Optical IQ With VM’s Weekly News Quiz

By Mary Kane
Saturday, June 6, 2020 12:01 AM Since many of us have been cooped up since mid-March, our screen time has skyrocketed. Keeping up with the news, staying in touch with friends and family, and getting our jobs done has resulted in a LOT of time online. But sometimes being online can provide the perfect escape from the harsh realities of the world—it’s a place we go to for a break in the action, to forget about life for a little while. The Editors here at VMAIL Weekend thought it might be fun for our readers to test their knowledge about current events in the optical world. So for a lighter look at the news, click here to take VM’s Weekly News Quiz. Going forward, it will be a regular department in our Weekend Edition. Happy Quizzing.

Solving Everyday Problems—What Are Your Solutions?

By Mary Kane
Friday, May 22, 2020 12:56 PM NEW YORK—If nothing else, living through this pandemic has forced all of us to learn how to adapt. Many of us have shifted our habits to bend to the constrictions imposed by COVID-19. But isn’t it amazing how resourceful we’ve become. I guess necessity really is the mother of invention. That’s why we have come up with a new department called Problem:Solved—we want to hear how you are overcoming obstacles and challenges in your business.

The Ups and Downs of Telehealth

By Mary Kane
Monday, May 18, 2020 12:00 AM Falling asleep with your contacts in is never a good thing, especially during a pandemic when most eye doctors are closed. When I woke up that morning in April and tried to remove my CLs, I knew I was in trouble. Once I removed the lenses, my eyes were already showing signs of redness and were sore.

The Ups and Downs of Telehealth 2

By Mary Kane
Monday, May 18, 2020 12:00 AM

5 NYC Ophthalmology Residents Answer the Ultimate Call to Duty

By Mary Kane
Friday, May 8, 2020 3:30 PM On March 14, when New York City went into lockdown mode due to the spread of COVID-19, people’s lives were up-ended in ways thought to be unimaginable. Businesses shut down, schools closed and everyone was instructed to shelter in place. As the emergency rooms began filling up, it became apparent that the health care systems in New York City were in danger of becoming stretched to capacity, straining the hospitals and the health care workers manning the frontlines. While many health care workers were encouraged to come out of retirement to aid in the fight, there was another untapped potential source of workers—medical students. Five ophthalmology residents from Mount Sinai volunteered to be redeployed to Elmhurst Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital. Here is their story.

#WFH Is Our New Normal: Views From the Home Office

By Mary Kane
Friday, April 10, 2020 2:43 PM A mere month ago, the idea of working from home seemed like a sought after luxury—no commute to deal with, 7 to 8 hours of golden silence to write, edit, or brainstorm in the comfort of my sunny kitchen, happily work away. The old adage, be careful what you wish for, is now front and center in my newfound world. And in an eerie way, the concept of working remotely is no longer something that is looked upon as an option—it’s a directive that’s been thrust upon us.

‘I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar’

By Mary Kane
Friday, March 13, 2020 1:17 PM Did you know that today is National Pi Day? Why? Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi, a mathematical concept and a number that never ends. Oh and by the way, it’s also International Fanny Pack Day and National Potato Chip Day. I’m not really sure who makes up these sometimes bizarre honorary days but let’s face it, now more than ever we need a little break from what’s happening in the world. And if like me you’re hungry for some positive news with a dose of inspiration mixed in look no further than last Sunday's International Women’s Day

I’ll Think About That Tomorrow

By Mary Kane
Friday, February 14, 2020 10:43 AM We all know one—somebody who puts things off to the last possible moment—The Procrastinator. Some people put off little things, like organizing a closet or tidying up the garage. Then there are those who put off the big stuff—filing taxes in August instead of April, not paying bills on time, or postponing yearly medical check-ups—and that’s when serious consequences can ensue. As a writer and editor for Vision Monday, I am all too familiar with co-workers (including myself) pushing the deadline.

Are We Feeling ‘Blue’?

By Mary Kane
Monday, January 20, 2020 12:00 AM For anyone who’s ever undertaken a home improvement project, the colors you choose can make all the difference. Two years ago, we did a complete renovation of our circa 1970s kitchen. Selecting a new floor, cabinets and countertops was a pleasure but when we got down to choosing a color for the walls we were stumped. After several trips to the Lowe’s paint department and half a dozen tester pints of paint later, we finally hit on a winner—Onion Powder OL689.2 turned out to be the final touch we had been searching for. It literally “finished” the job and completely tied together the look, feel and design of our new space. Who knew color could be so important?

In 2020, I Resolve to…

By Mary Kane
Monday, January 20, 2020 12:00 AM Managing finances better, eating healthier and moving more topped Americans’ New Year’s resolutions list for 2020, according to a recent survey by Ipsos for Urban Plates, a San-Diego-based restaurant chain. In 2020, it seems Americans are intent on tightening their belts (literally) when it comes to the important things in life—money, food and exercise.