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Stress Levels Among ODs Remain High Into 2024

By Staff
Thursday, March 7, 2024 6:57 PM Eyecare professionals report that their stress levels today are nearly as high as they were when asked the same question at the start and in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to polls from Women In Optometry (WO). With more than 200 million views and 45,000 quotes reported in the first week, the WO poll measured respondents’ stress levels—the robust response rate seemed to indicate that stress levels were high. 

In fact, all-time high stress levels were higher in February 2024 than they were in November 2021, and nearly as high as they were at the start of the pandemic. The percentage of respondents that said their stress level was “status quo” has been steadily increasing, from 14 percent in May 2020 to 28 percent in February 2024.

Respondents, half of whom (52 percent) were female ODs, said their stress manifests itself in various ways. The three most commonly reported symptoms were: emotionally spent (65 percent), irritability (55 percent) and sleeplessness (47 percent).

Respondents also reported suffering from headaches and stomachaches, lack of concentration and guilt over not being present.

Oakley and the NFL Gear Up for Super Bowl LVIII

By Staff
Friday, February 9, 2024 8:05 AM LAS VEGAS—Ahead of Super Bowl LVIII, Oakley, the NFL’s official on-field partner through 2030, has an updated on-field presence with a refreshed logo on the pro-shields, offering increased visibility and showcasing the brand’s ability to deliver eyewear solutions that redefine how athletes compete. Since Oakley and the NFL’s partnership began, all NFL athletes—including those playing in this weekend’s Super Bowl—have had the opportunity to wear Prizm Clear Shields equipped with Prizm Lens technology, which allow them to see more detail and contrast in game.

Three New Speakers Join VM's Leadership Summit March 13 Program, "What's Your AI Acuity?"

By Staff
Monday, January 22, 2024 12:27 AM NEW YORK—A leading futurist who will provide informed insights and data about the advent of Generative AI technology to business leaders, a noted expert's views about the fast-moving adoption of AI technology in the retail space, and a top global influencer discussing AI's role in branding and the consumer experience are three new speakers rounding out the program for the upcoming 2024 VM Leadership Summit, "What's Your AI Acuity? Sharpening a Vision for the Future," to be held March 13 here just prior to Vision Expo East.

WebMD's Dr. John Whyte Joins Speaker Roster for VM's March 2024 Leadership Summit

By Staff
Wednesday, December 27, 2023 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The speaker roster is growing for VM's 2024 Leadership Summit program, an upcoming live event to be held in NYC on March 13, which asks, "What's Your AI Acuity? Sharpening a Vision for the Future." The latest to join the exclusive annual event for senior executives and key opinion leaders in the vision care space is Dr. John Whyte, MD, MPH, who is WebMD's chief medical officer and one of the most influential voices in the health sector.

#AAPIinHealthcare Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

By Staff
Thursday, May 25, 2023 8:20 AM NEW YORK—In 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450, which designates May as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month each year. May, chosen because of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the U.S. on May 7, 1843, now represents “a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States,” according to The Library of Congress. There’s no better time to learn about the incredible impact Asian Americans have had on the U.S. in all areas—and particularly in health care.

Barton Perreira Supports Elle Women of Impact Event With Bidens as it Showcases Its Women’s Coalition

By Staff
Thursday, May 11, 2023 8:20 AM WASHINGTON, D.C.—On April 29, Elle hosted its Women of Impact Event at the Ciel Social Club in Washington, D.C., with Barton Perreira as a sponsor. The luxury eyewear brand showcased its collections at the event, with the main spotlight on its Women’s Coalition styles, which is part of the brand’s ongoing series of partnerships with women-led businesses across fashion, art and culture. Throughout this partnership, Barton Perreira highlights female visionaries and collaborate with these women to create limited-edition products that benefit non-profit organizations supporting women entrepreneurs.

More Americans Are Opting for Business Ownership

By Staff
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 3:10 PM Business applications are on the rise in the U.S., as more Americans trade being an employee for being an owner. According to the United States Census Bureau, there were 429,000 new business applications in February. This is an increase of 1.9 percent over January. 

According to the Commerce Institute, more than 5 million new businesses were started in 2022. Experts believe this is a signal that new businesses will continue to trend upward well into 2023. 

Meanwhile, some experts also believe that these numbers may be inflated due to the backlog of business applications that are now being processed post-pandemic. However, other experts believe that the pandemic itself was the driving force convincing many people to leave the workforce and use stimulus checks and employment insurance to start their own businesses.

Rock4Sight 2023 to Feature Five Tribute Bands in Benefit Concert for ECN Purpose

By Staff
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Rock4Sight 2023 will be back at the Hard Rock Café to celebrate the optical industry and raise funds for ECN Purpose, a 501c3 charity dedicated to providing both eye health education and connection to vision care to the underserved. The party begins on Saturday, March 18 at 8:30 pm at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square, New York City. As in the past, this will be a fun night of music, dancing, camaraderie and industry fellowship.

Review of Ophthalmology: What the Pandemic Told Us About Tele-Ophthalmology

By Staff
Thursday, January 19, 2023 5:11 PM Telehealth in eyecare has historically followed the “store-and-forward” model, wherein retinal photography is combined with remote interpretation for screening of ophthalmic diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity, but is otherwise less useful than in some other medical fields. Did the pandemic experience change that in any way, positive or otherwise? A recent study published in JAMA Ophthalmology compared telehealth trends between different medical specialties and ophthalmic subspecialties at a major academic institution over 18 months, beginning at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Women In Optometry: Four Enduring Lessons Learned in the U.S. Navy

By Staff
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 2:50 PM Today, Jill Saxon, OD, FAAO, is executive director, professional strategy at Bausch + Lomb. But she started her career in the U.S. Navy, leaving after eight years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserves. In honor of Veteran's Day, WO asked Dr. Saxon to reflect on the enduring lessons and experiences she gained from being an OD in the military. WO thanks all ODs who served and serve as a member of the Armed Forces for their service.

‘Little Miss’ Memes Can Be Optical, Too

By Staff
Thursday, July 28, 2022 8:20 AM NEW YORK—If you’ve spent any time on social media in the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed an influx of “Little Miss” memes, a style of meme based off the series of “Mr Men” and “Little Miss” children’s books by Roger Hargreaves. The general idea of the meme is simple: take a personality trait and tack it onto the end of Little Miss. Then, add one of the Little Miss characters from Hargreaves’ books. Et viola, you’ve made a meme.

Women In Optometry: Three Female Doctors Say Diversity in Leadership and Advocacy Will Strengthen the Profession

By Staff
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 11:59 AM At a recent meeting in Washington, D.C., Mesheca Bunyon, OD, president of the Optometry Board of Examiners for Maryland, was delighted to discover the similarities she shared with the presidents of her neighboring Washington, D.C., and Virginia boards—Lisa Johnson, OD, and Lisa Wallace-Davis, OD, respectively. All three happen to be graduates of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University—and all three happen to be Black women ODs. The three graduated from PCO at seven-year intervals, and they believe that this is the first time that these leadership positions are held by Black women at the same time.

Industry and Global Leaders React to the Passing of Leonardo Del Vecchio, 87

By Staff
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK and MILAN—Salutes and commentary from dignitaries, designers, colleagues, clients and competitors started to come through on Monday around the world on international media and social media as hundreds shared condolences and observations about the passing of Luxottica founder and EssilorLuxottica chairman, Leonardo Del Vecchio, who was 87. The news which broke Monday morning in Europe, was shared in a brief message by the company, as VMAIL reported.

New York-Based Optyx and American Idol Finalist Are a Perfect Pair

By Staff
Monday, June 6, 2022 8:20 AM PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y.—Christian Guardino is many things: a New Yorker, a musician, an American Idol finalist and a person born with Leber Congenital Amaurosis. At age 13, Guardino underwent experimental gene therapy to protect his eyesight. He said, “This disease causes inevitable blindness because there is a gene that is missing in the eye, because that gene is missing, it is not producing proteins that your cells need to live, and they slowly die off to cause complete and inevitable blindness.” Through gene therapy, doctors were able to copy the missing gene and inject it into Guardino’s eye.

Do You Know an Influential Woman in Optical? Nominate Her Now, Time Is Running Out—Survey Closes on June 6

By Staff
Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July/August issue, marking the 20th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry.