College Football Kicks Off and Fans Return to Stadiums of Their Favorite Teams

By Mark Tosh
Friday, September 17, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—The 2021 college football season is under way—indeed, we’ve already seen some big games played in the Southeast and wild upsets in the Midwest. The current model, however, looks quite a bit different than the season we had a year ago. Of course, some things look the same—Alabama at No. 1 and talk about expanding the playoffs—but it would be hard to overlook the single biggest change this fall: the return of fans to the stadiums.

9/11—We Remember

By Mark Tosh
Friday, September 10, 2021 8:30 AM Two words. Thousands of lives. Infinite memories.

We remember 9/11 like no other day in our recent history. Where we were. What we were doing.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of that tragic day, and all of us at Vision Monday would like
 to take a moment to remember the nearly 3,000 people who were killed, the heroic first-responders and all of those whose lives were forever changed. 

9/11. We remember.

A Little Labor Day History, and Some Mystery

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, September 3, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Did you wake up this morning feeling a little more relaxed, knowing you have a three-day weekend ahead of you? Or maybe you woke up somewhere other than home, celebrating the unofficial end of summer with a trip away to the beach, the woods or to see friends and family. Depending on your job, it’s likely that you’re settling into a long weekend today—something we have history and labor unions to thank for.

Looking Out for Our Children’s Eyesight

By Mary Kane
Friday, August 27, 2021 8:30 AM The eyewear retailer Warby Parker made big news this week when it filed for a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange. As part of the filing, Warby offered a detailed look at the company’s finances and said that people spending more time with screens would be good for business. “The rising usage of smartphones, tablets, computers and other devices has contributed significantly to increased vision correction needs and consistent new customer growth within the eyewear market,” the company said in the filing. Screen time over the last 18 months has indeed skyrocketed, especially for children, resulting in a concerning uptick in myopia, digital eye strain and screen addiction. 

Novel Visual Prosthesis Brain Implant Moves to Clinical Trial

By Andrew Karp
Friday, August 20, 2021 8:30 AM Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology are launching clinical trials of an artificial vision system that has the potential to restore partial vision to people who have lost their sight. The first-of-its-kind system, known as the Intracortical Visual Prosthesis (ICVP), is an implant that connects directly to the brain’s visual cortex, bypassing the retina and optic nerves. The National Institutes of Health has awarded Illinois Tech researchers $2.5 million for the first year of a three-year project that includes implanting their new type of wireless visual prosthesis system in volunteers. 

CooperVision's 'Best Practices' Honorees Show Ability to Adapt and Evolve During the Pandemic

By Mark Tosh
Friday, August 13, 2021 9:00 AM NEW YORK—In the midst of unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, eyecare practices across the nation had to adjust, adapt and reconfigure their operations in order to meet the changing needs of their patients as well as the financial and other operational challenges the pandemic presented. Still, many practices managed to quickly regain their footing and have made the changes necessary to be successful in this new environment of retail and health care.

Heading Back to School With Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, August 6, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Now that we’re fully into August, many families around the country are also fully into the back to school season. For some, school has already started, while others wait for Labor Day to mark the beginning of the academic year—but either way, back to school is on the brain, and on the eyes. Since March of last year, children’s extended screen time during the school year has been a concern for parents, teachers and ECPs. This August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, an initiative which aims to approach this concern in addition to amblyopia, strabismus and refractive errors, such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism in children. Prevent Blindness reports that “nearly three percent of children younger than 18 years are blind or visually impaired, defined as having trouble seeing even when wearing glasses or contact lenses.”

Workers and Employers Weigh Their Options: Back to the Office Grind or Work From Home?

By Mary Kane
Friday, July 30, 2021 8:30 AM Last week in our VMAIL newsletter we highlighted a story from Vox on what the pandemic has done to people’s views about working a five-day week. Titled “The Five-Day Workweek Is Dead” Vox’s Anna North summed it all up by declaring that “it’s time for something better” for today’s workers. She wrote “more than 15 months into the pandemic, there’s a growing conversation about how American workers can take back more of their time. The trauma and disruption of the last year and a half have a lot of Americans re-evaluating their relationships to work… And part of that re-evaluation is about the workweek, which many say is due for a reboot. Some employers are testing out four-day workweeks.” 

Gene Therapy May Preserve Vision in Retinal Disease and Serious Retinal Injury

By Andrew Karp
Friday, July 23, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Mount Sinai researchers have uncovered a potential pathway for treatment that can prevent blindness. Gene therapy in mouse models showed promise in preventing vision loss or blindness from serious retinal injury including optic nerve damage, and from retinal disease including diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, Mount Sinai researchers report. Their study, published in the July 22 online publication of Cell, could transform treatment for those at risk of major vision loss from retinal degenerative diseases, which currently have no cure.

All the News Is Not Bad as Sports Stars Step Up to Raise Eye Health Awareness and Give Back to the Community

By Mark Tosh
Friday, July 16, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—Sports stars are often the subject of negative news stories and social media posts, and sometimes deservedly so, while their efforts at community service and good deeds go unnoticed. Yet, there are numerous examples of the latter—most recently a vision care clinic that the WNBA’s Diamond DeShields pulled together in Chicago—and these do not get as much attention. In an effort to flip-flop the news cycle and spotlight a few good-news stories about high-profile athletes, VMAIL Weekend is highlighting a few recent events in which athletes have stepped up to give back to their communities or to support health-related causes.

In a Sports-Filled Summer, Eye Protection Is Key

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, July 9, 2021 8:30 AM NEW YORK—After a year and a half that saw most of us spending more time indoors than usual, summer 2021 is shaping up to be a season for getting active and getting outside. This summer is chock-full of big-deal sporting events—the Euros, the Tour de France, Wimbledon, the All-Star game and, of course, the Olympics, which are looming just over the horizon. This weekend, we’re taking a look at how some ECPs are using this moment to remind patients and followers just how important eye safety is. Adapt some ideas for yourself, and then catch a game.

High Caffeine Consumption May Increase Risk of Glaucoma

By Mary Kane
Friday, July 2, 2021 8:30 AM Back in 2018, VMAIL Weekend took a deep dive into how ECPs could educate patients on how to eat healthier and take care of their eyes at the same time. Linda Hardy, LDO, a contributor to 20/20’s Pro to Pro, said, “It is well known that exercising and discontinuing bad habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol will help us live a healthier life. Eating healthy foods is a big part of that healthy lifestyle—not only will it improve your overall health, but there are some vitamins and minerals that can have a direct effect on healthier vision.” Things like beta-carotene, zinc, Vitamin C and lutein can protect cells in the eyes. But are there foods and beverages out there that can pose a hazard to your eyes? Researchers have found that consuming large amounts of daily caffeine may increase the risk of glaucoma for those with a genetic predisposition to higher eye pressure, according to a recent study. 

Researchers Develop AI-Powered OCT Analysis Tools to Predict Demand for AMD Treatment

By Andrew Karp
Friday, June 25, 2021 8:30 AM Researchers in Switzerland have developed automated OCT analysis tools based on artificial intelligence, which can assist eye doctors in the assessment of a whole patient OCT-set in just a few seconds. Together with RetinAI, a startup specialized in AI-based eyecare technologies, they now have conducted a retrospective study of patients to assess how well AI can predict demand for anti-VEGF treatment for Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) from the start. With the ageing population, cases of AMD, Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO) and Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) are globally on the rise, making it hard for specialized eye clinics to keep up with the growing demand for regular treatments.

CooperVision’s Jerry Warner Talks About Myopia Management, Independent ODs and More

By Mark Tosh
Friday, June 18, 2021 10:33 AM VMAIL Weekend recently sat down with CooperVision’s Jerry Warner, Executive Vice President – President Americas & Global Commercial Functions, for an update on various efforts the company is pursuing. Warner, who was interviewed at the recent Vision Expo East meeting, spoke about independent ODs and their resilience during the pandemic, the proposed joint venture with EssilorLuxottica that is working to develop a spectacle lens for myopia and the launch of the MiSight 1 day lens for myopia management.

A Very Different Show Experience: The Sights and Sounds of Vision Expo East

By Mary Kane
Friday, June 11, 2021 8:00 AM The headline in the June 5 Show Daily from Vision Expo East said it all: “Show Attendees Feel Excited, Safe and Happy to be Back.” As Expo got into full swing on Friday, VM’s Gwendolyn Plummer, the onsite eyes and ears of our Expo Show Daily observed, “No matter where this year’s Vision Expo East attendees came from, and no matter what their plans are at the show, there seems to be one common feeling among everyone: it’s good to be back. Out on the show floor, attendees and exhibitors are back to doing what they love most, all while staying safe and cautious. The overall feeling of the show has been one of optimism and happiness—of a long overdue reunion that has finally arrived.”