Falling In Love Amidst A Pandemic

By Staff
Friday, September 25, 2020 10:32 AM Yes, we're in the midst of global pandemic and yes, these are, as they say, unprecedented times—but love doesn't wait for things to calm down. If anything, more time at home means some people are spending more time on dating apps and websites, and maybe even falling in love. But is it safe to meet up with someone right now for a date? And should you even get close enough to kiss? Head over to WebMD to listen to this week's episode of the Health Now podcast to hear what the experts have to say. 

What About Halloween?

By Staff
Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:09 PM Believe it or not, it's almost October. For many of us, October means one thing: Halloween. But how do we approach the holiday season in the midst of a pandemic? Massive costume parties are definitely out of the question, but what about trick-or-treating for kids? Should we even bother to stock up on mini Reese's Cups to hand out? The CDC has discouraged trick-or-treating and costume parties, and instead put together a list of safer ways to celebrate. Head over to WebMD for a look. 

Can Dogs Sniff Out COVID-19?

By Staff
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:14 AM By now, we're all used to temperature screenings and mask mandates that help keep us and those around us safe from COVID-19. But at Helsinki Airport in Finland, a team of dogs trained to sniff out COVID-19 are screening travelers as well. Head over to Fast Company to learn more about how the dogs can do it, and if it might catch on. 

#VMBrightSpots—Insight Opticians

By Staff
Monday, September 21, 2020 12:51 PM This week's bright spot for the team at Insight Opticians in D.C.? This adorable little girl who wore her sunglasses for school picture day, of course. 

A Flight to Nowhere

By Staff
Monday, September 21, 2020 12:10 PM If you desperately miss flying, you're not alone. All around the world, it seems that people are longing for the experience of a flight so badly that airlines are rolling out scenic flights to nowhere: flights that land exactly where they started. In Australia, Quantas Airlines offered a scenic seven-hour flight over the country. It takes off and lands in Sydney, tickets ranged from around $500 to $2,700, and it sold out in minutes. Head over to The Cut to learn more about scenic flights, and why they're suddenly all the rage. 

One Study Says Wearing Glasses May Lower COVID Risk

By Staff
Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:31 AM According to a new study reported in WebMD, people wearing glasses may just be less susceptible to COVID-19 infection.This is because they prevent wearers from touching their eyes, which can help avoid transferring the virus, should it be present on their hands. Head over to WebMD for a more in-depth look at the report, and what might come of this knowledge moving forward.

A Very Different Fashion Week

By Staff
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 11:34 AM The show must go on—but it must also make some vital changes. This week is New York Fashion Week, and although shows are going ahead, they look pretty different from what most fashion devotees are used to seeing. Instead of typical runway shows, this week has consisted of a mixture of virtual shows, socially distant shows, and other special experiences. Head over to the New York Fashion Week website to learn more, and experience it for yourself. 

#VMBrightSpots—Specs Around Town

By Staff
Monday, September 14, 2020 11:02 AM For the team at Specs Around Town, finding the perfect pair of glasses for their youngest patients is always a bright spot. 

American Girl Honors COVID-19 Heroes

By Staff
Friday, September 11, 2020 11:29 AM American Girl is honoring five front-line heroes of the coronavirus pandemic with their very own dolls. The custom hero dolls include a paramedic, a grocery store worker, a teacher, a nursing assistant, and a pilot. These workers were nominated by kids across the country as part of their American Girl’s True Heroes with Heart contest. Head over to Twitter to check out these hero dolls.

3 Steps to Keep Your Eyes Healthy While Working Remotely

By Staff
Thursday, September 10, 2020 4:07 PM Since March, Janelle Hutchinson, lead designer and photographer with Duke University Libraries, has been working from home, putting together documents, creating graphics and communicating with colleagues online. And Hutchinson, 31, has noticed her eyes are often dry and tired after long work sessions. “One of the biggest things I miss about working in the library was that I had a great blend of working on the computer and interacting with people and spaces. But now it’s all on the computer.” If increased screen time is creating discomfort, here’s what you should know about digital eye strain. Head over to Duke Today, a news hub for Duke University, to read more about it.

Ophthalmologists Anticipate a School Year Marked by Complaints of Eye Strain

By Staff
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 8:18 PM When COVID-19 first shut classrooms in the spring, we got a glimpse into the digital challenges of distance learning. Among them, kids aren’t immune to developing tired, dry eyes from concentrating on laptops and tablets for extended periods of time. The discomfort drove some of them to their ophthalmologist, looking for relief. To prepare students and their families for the new school year, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is sharing a back-to-online school checklist to help prevent digital eye strain. Read the full story from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Some Sweet Summer Desserts

By Staff
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 12:56 PM Still hanging onto the last days of summer? This week, The Daily Meal put together a list of each state's favorite summer dessert, complete with recipes so you can try them yourself at home. 

What You Should Know About Colon Cancer

By Staff
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 12:01 PM In the wake of Chadwick Boseman's devastating passing, colon cancer has become a mainstay in international headlines. As the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, colorectal cancer is a serious health concern, and something we should all know how to look out for. Head over to The New York Times for a run-down on the facts about colon cancer, including potential symptoms, screenings and more.

#VMBrightSpots—Hicks Brunson Eyewear

By Staff
Monday, August 31, 2020 11:16 AM This week, optician Daniel Brunson found a bright spot thanks to a new piece of art he's displaying in his Hicks Brunson Eyewear, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Preparing For Hurricanes

By Staff
Thursday, August 27, 2020 10:42 AM As Hurricane Laura makes its way across the United States and leaves a trail of destruction in its wake, it's important for us all to ensure we have our emergency kits in place, just in case we need them. Head over to Readygov to learn more about what should be in your kit, and how you can prepare as best as possible.