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 Power of Words in a Year Unlike Any Other

By Mary Kane
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 12:43 PM Blursday. Unprecedented. Doomscrolling. And of course, Pandemic. These were the words that occupied our brains for most of 2020. Words, it turns out, can be a powerful thing—it’s how we express our feelings and emotions. And this year, during the worst pandemic in over 100 years, for many of us words became a coping mechanism. They defined the situation we found ourselves in and helped give meaning to the world and events unfolding before our eyes. Every year, wordsmiths like Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Dictionary.com select their word of the year and word lists of the year, as do other news organizations and magazines. Here is a sampling of their selections.

The Promise of the Vaccine

By Mary Kane
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 1:17 PM This past Wednesday, there were 3,157 COVID-19 deaths reported across the U.S.—an all-time high since the pandemic began. Wednesday’s death toll surpassed the number of people killed in the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), said the next few months of the COVID-19 pandemic will be among “the most difficult in the public health history of this nation.” A very sobering milestone and a dire prediction from one of the country’s leading health care officials. But the past few weeks have also brought us some very positive news. It seems there is a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and unlike a lot of things in 2020, it’s not a train heading our way. That bright and very hopeful light is the long-awaited vaccine for COVID-19. Read More

The Promise of the Vaccine

By Mary Kane
Friday, December 4, 2020 1:14 PM This past Wednesday, there were 3,157 COVID-19 deaths reported across the U.S.—an all-time high since the pandemic began. Wednesday’s death toll surpassed the number of people killed in the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), said the next few months of the COVID-19 pandemic will be among “the most difficult in the public health history of this nation.” A very sobering milestone and a dire prediction from one of the country’s leading health care officials. But the past few weeks have also brought us some very positive news. It seems there is a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and unlike a lot of things in 2020, it’s not a train heading our way. That bright and very hopeful light is the long-awaited vaccine for COVID-19.

Trends and Takeaways From the VM Summit

By Mary Kane
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 AM While nothing about 2020 has seemed “normal,” VM soldiered on with a virtual version of its Global Leadership Summit. I’m sure the lessons learned will help our industry endure and eventually prosper. Here are a few of my favorite pearls of wisdom from the event.

VM’s Summit Examines Seismic Changes in Optical Landscape Due to Pandemic

By Mary Kane and Mark Tosh
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 9:00 AM For the first time since its inception 14 years ago, Vision Monday held the opening session of its Global Leadership Summit on a virtual platform due to the pandemic. So it was only fitting that the theme of the four-part, month-long Summit, titled "AFTERSHOCKS: Remaking Healthcare's Future, Vision Beyond 2020," took “attendees” on a quest for answers to the many business challenges and urgent questions facing ECPs and vision care decision makers in light of the virus. If the first session was any indication, Vision Monday more than delivered on its promise to serve up a thought-provoking program and bring together a wide range of noted experts to address big trends and practical tactics in the face of COVID-19. Here is a top-line look at some of the messages. Read More

VM’s Summit Examines Seismic Changes in Optical Landscape Due to Pandemic

By Mary Kane and Mark Tosh
Monday, October 5, 2020 12:45 AM For the first time since its inception 14 years ago, Vision Monday held the opening session of its Global Leadership Summit on a virtual platform due to the pandemic. So it was only fitting that the theme of the four-part, month-long Summit, titled "AFTERSHOCKS: Remaking Healthcare's Future, Vision Beyond 2020," took “attendees” on a quest for answers to the many business challenges and urgent questions facing ECPs and vision care decision makers in light of the virus. If the first session was any indication, Vision Monday more than delivered on its promise to serve up a thought-provoking program and bring together a wide range of noted experts to address big trends and practical tactics in the face of COVID-19. Here is a top-line look at some of the messages.

Iowa-Based Klauer Optical Meets Business Challenges of COVID-19 Head On

By Mary Kane
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 11:45 AM NEW YORK—ECPs and eyecare practice managers seem to be exhibiting a more optimistic outlook on circumstances and taking steps to get back to more of a “normal” approach to business, according to the most recent Wave of Jobson's ECP Coronavirus Survey. If you’ve been following along with the Jobson surveys (we are up to Wave 15) you know what a tough journey the past six months have been for most small businesses in optical. Thankfully, it looks like things are finally beginning to look up but the lockdown and ensuing economic woes have exacted a toll on the industry and the road back to “normal” has not been easy. 

The Flu Vaccine—More Important Than Ever Before

By Mary Kane
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 1:35 PM Every year, I use this Today’s Read space to educate and inform our readers about the importance of getting a flu vaccine. But like everything else in 2020, this year’s flu season feels strangely different and its onset this fall and winter could bring with it some new dangers and challenges. Several health officials are predicting that the fall convergence of the flu season and a possible second wave (or in some places, a continuation) of COVID-19 might indeed collide creating a “twindemic” of sorts. Health experts are strongly urging Americans to get the flu shot hoping to ward off possible scenarios where people could potentially contract both the flu virus and the coronavirus at the same time. Read More

How One Harlem Fashion Retailer Is Surviving the Crushing Effects of the Pandemic

By Mary Kane
Monday, September 14, 2020 12:29 PM According to this feature from the National Retail Federation, “Princess Jenkins began her career as a fashion industry intern for Vera Maxwell in New York City’s Garment District in the late 1970s. She went on to sell fashion collections to retailers in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles—at the time one of the few Black women selling top designer fashion. Jenkins now owns The Brownstonein New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, an upscale fashion boutique that calls itself ‘Harlem’s crown jewel.’” Read More

The Flu Vaccine—More Important Than Ever Before

By Mary Kane
Friday, September 11, 2020 1:32 PM Every year, I use this Today’s Read space to educate and inform our readers about the importance of getting a flu vaccine. But like everything else in 2020, this year’s flu season feels strangely different and its onset this fall could bring with it some new dangers and challenges. Health officials are predicting that the fall convergence of the flu season and a possible second wave (or in some places, a continuation) of COVID-19 might indeed collide creating a “twindemic” of sorts.

How One Harlem Fashion Retailer Is Surviving the Crushing Effects of the Pandemic

By Mary Kane
Thursday, September 10, 2020 12:26 PM According to this feature from the National Retail Federation, “Princess Jenkins began her career as a fashion industry intern for Vera Maxwell in New York City’s Garment District in the late 1970s. She went on to sell fashion collections to retailers in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles—at the time one of the few Black women selling top designer fashion. Jenkins now owns The Brownstone in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, an upscale fashion boutique that calls itself ‘Harlem’s crown jewel.’”

A Q&A With Review of Myopia Management’s Chief Medical Editor

By Mary Kane
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 10:33 AM VMAIL Weekend recently sat down with (remotely of course) Dwight Akerman, OD, Review of Myopia Management’s chief medical editor, for an update on what’s happening in the world of myopia. Akerman spoke about the effects of the pandemic on myopia management, the dangers of too much screen time for kids and what’s on the horizon for treating the disease. He also offered some sound advice to ECPs who are interested in incorporating myopia management into their primary care practices. Read More

A Q&A With Review of Myopia Management’s Chief Medical Editor

By Mary Kane
Friday, August 14, 2020 10:30 AM VMAIL Weekend recently sat down with (remotely of course) Dwight Akerman, OD, Review of Myopia Management’s chief medical editor, for an update on what’s happening in the world of myopia. Akerman spoke about the effects of the pandemic on myopia management, the dangers of too much screen time for kids and what’s on the horizon for treating the disease. He also offered some sound advice to ECPs who are interested in incorporating myopia management into their primary care practices.

ReopenEyecare.com Tools Help Optical Owner Reimagine Her Business

By Mary Kane
Thursday, August 13, 2020 1:36 PM SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa—Like a lot of other optical owners, Johnna Dukes, board certified optician and owner of Optique in Spirit Lake, Iowa found herself in a precarious position during the early onset of the pandemic in mid-March. “My office was only open for emergency patients, contact lens curbside delivery, and emergency eyeglass repair."

Taking a Break From Reality

By Mary Kane
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 4:00 PM 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. And fear of the unknown is prompting a lot of people to just opt for a “staycation.” If you’re one of those people staying put this weekend VM's editors have a few features which will let you “forget about life for awhile” as the Piano Man Billy Joel likes to sing. So sit back, relax and enjoy a few features from our Today's Read vault. Read More