#VMBrightSpots—Dr. Chinn's Vision Care

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Monday, January 25, 2021 11:01 AM For the team at Dr. Chinn's Vision Care in San Diego, their first  Local Artist x Lens Cloth Program collaboration of 2021 has been a total bright spot. 

Don't Beat Yourself Up Over New Year's Resolutions

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Thursday, January 21, 2021 1:49 PM Now that we're firmly in the second half of January, some of us may be coming to terms with the fact that our New Year's resolutions were a bit too over the top—and that's totally okay. In fact, giving yourself a bit of break might help you achieve those goals in the long run. Head over to NPR to read what some mental health experts have to say about New Year's resolutions and being a little kinder to ourselves overall. 

How About Some Interesting Inauguration Facts?

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 11:17 AM Yesterday's presidental inauguration was unlike any we've seen before, but it doesn't stand alone in its uniqueness. From George Washington having to borrow money to get to his own inauguration to the fact that Ronald Regan had more than three tons of jelly beans present at his swearing in, each presidental inauguration has had its own memorable quirks. Head over to Mental Floss for 35 strange inauguration facts. 

Is Double-Masking Worth It?

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 12:30 PM There's a new COVID-trend on the block: doubling up on masks. Recently, both prominent Americans, like President-elect Joe Biden, and regular people have been wearing two face masks while out and about, to double up on coverage. But does it help, or does more fabric just make it harder to breathe? According to The New York Times, double-masking definitely isn't necessary for everyone. But those who wear flimsier face coverings, or those who just spend a lot of time in contact with others, can benefit from the practice. Head over to The New York Times for more.

#VMBrightSpots—Simpson Optometrists

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Friday, January 15, 2021 12:27 PM This week's bright spot for the team at Simpson Optometrists in North Lanarkshire, Scotland? Their adorable new window display, which they hopes brings a little light in these hard times. 

Why You Should Still Wear a Mask and Avoid Crowds After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:51 AM Once you've been vaccinated for COVID-19, you'll likely feel relieved and optimistic, and rightfully so. However, vaccination doesn't mean you should let your guard down completely. In fact, keeping up mask-wearing and social distancing will remain important for a while, still. Head over to NPR for more information.

How Will You Find Out When You Can Get Vaccinated?

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021 11:48 AM As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout speeds up across the country, many people find themselves asking the same question: how will I know when it's my turn? As it turns out, the answer isn't very simple, in part because each state has a different rollout technique. Head over to Fast Company for more information. 

#VMBrightSpots—Specs Optical

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Monday, January 11, 2021 11:30 AM For Specs Optical in Saratoga, California, this week's bright spot came out of a dark spot. After EZ Optical in Houston was subject to a break-in and robbery, 50 independent practices from across the country came together to support the EZ Optical team in a tough moment. 

Some Good News From 2020

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Friday, January 8, 2021 2:27 PM We could all use some good news. Head over to Wired for a list of 20 things in 2020 that made the world a better place. 

Some Days to Look Forward to in 2021

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Thursday, January 7, 2021 12:47 PM In need of some things to look forward to in 2021? Check out Mental Floss' list of 30 fun food-related holidays you can celebrate throughout the year, from things as mainstream as National Donut Day to as obscure as National Eat What You Want Day. 

Opti-Themed Fun for Kids

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021 11:20 AM Whether you're a parent home-schooling your kids while schools are closed or an ECP looking for a fun way to educate your younger clients, there's no question that arts and crafts can be a saviour. This week, the team at Clearly launched a special home school activity pack that helps kids learn about their eyes and eye health. Head over to Clearly's website to take a look. 

How Will Tech Look in 2021?

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021 12:14 PM Each year, technological advances change the way we live in innumerable ways. So, what's in store for 2021? If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that it's impossible to predict how a year will play out—but that doesn't mean we can't look ahead at what might change. Head over to The Wall Street Journal for a look at what technology might change our lives in 2021, and how. 

#VMBrightSpots—Bella Eye Care Optometry

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Monday, January 4, 2021 11:16 AM The team at Bella Eye Care Optometry in Newark, California, made a bright spot out of the holiday week by dressing up in a different theme every day. The last day of the week was New Year's Eve, so the whole team donned sparkles to celebrate.

2020 Had Some Good News, Too

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020 12:38 PM 2020 is behind us now, and not a second too soon for many. But even in the face of a pandemic, there was some good health care related news in 2020 after all. Head over to Science News for a rundown of just a few. 

New Year, Fresh Start

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020 12:23 PM Well, the beginning of 2021 might not feel too different from 2020—but a digital refresh might help you approach the new year with a clearer head. Head over to Fast Company to learn how you can prepare your inbox and your office for a fresh start in the new year, and why it could be so helpful.