It’s Fall—Time for Some Fun Facts

By Staff
Friday, September 25, 2020 1:57 PM NEW YORK—For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, fall has officially… fallen. Autumn is usually a pretty exciting season—it means bringing the cozy sweaters out of the back of the closet, breaking out the scented candles, gorgeous foliage, and gearing up for the holiday season. Of course, things are looking a little different this year, and the holiday season we’re all so used to celebrating is shrouded in uncertainty. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate and welcome the start of fall, or enjoy long walks outside in the crisp autumn air. To celebrate safely, we’ve searched high and low for some of the strangest fun facts about the autumnal season.

First-of-Its-Kind Artificial Vision System Moves to Clinical Trials

By Andrew Karp
Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:47 PM With millions of people worldwide who are blind or suffering from sight-robbing diseases, and millions more expected to lose their vision over the next few years, a growing number of private companies and research institutes are working to develop bionic eyes, artificial vision systems and advanced visual prostheses. One of the newest projects is being undertaken by Illinois Institute of Technology. Researchers there were recently awarded $2.5 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund the first year of a three-year project which involves clinical trials of a first-of-its-kind wireless visual prosthesis system which aims to provide some limited vision to people with profound blindness.

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.

A Search for the ‘Silver Lining’ Uncovers Surprise Parties, Fish Stories and Long Runs

By Mark Tosh
Friday, September 4, 2020 1:47 PM NEW YORK—One of life’s adages is that if you look hard enough there’s always a silver lining inside the black cloud. Such a cliché, right? So, to put this theory to the test, Vmail Weekend asked an array of people within the optical sector if, indeed, they could identify any silver linings that they have experienced over the past six months during this coronavirus pandemic dark storm.

See the World Like Your Dog

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, August 28, 2020 1:54 PM NEW YORK—It’s normal that every week has its ups and downs, its good days and its bad days. But this past week, there was one clear day that blew every other day out of the water: Wednesday, August 26, National Dog Day. According to the official National Dog Day website, animal welfare advocate and pet lifestyle expert Colleen Paige founded the day in 2004 as a day to raise awareness of the number of dogs who need to be adopted each year. It is a day to celebrate all dogs, all breeds, and all variations of man’s best friend. And, boy, is it a great day to be on Instagram

Celebrating a Pioneering Black Physician and His Remarkable Journey

By Andrew Karp
Friday, August 21, 2020 11:07 AM New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) held a socially distant dedication ceremony on August 13 for Dr. David Kearny McDonogh, a pioneering Black physician who fought racial injustice in the 19th century to become the country’s first Black ophthalmology and otolaryngology specialist. Dr. McDonogh practiced at NYEE for more than a decade.

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.

It’s August – and a Good Time to Consider Children’s Eye Health and Safety

By Mark Tosh
Friday, August 7, 2020 3:19 PM NEW YORK—Every month should be an opportune time to consider children’s eye health and safety, of course, but August works really well because of its connection with back to school. While the back-to-school learning environment may look a little different this year and take a little getting used to, there are no doubts that children’s vision should still be a top priority of parents. Children’s vision, unfortunately, is an often-overlooked and under-appreciated element of education.

Taking a Break From Reality

By Mary Kane
Friday, July 31, 2020 11:24 AM
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.

The TikTok Takeover

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, July 24, 2020 2:54 PM NEW YORK—Social media is always changing. From algorithms to trends to new memes, there’s no shortage of ways the Internet grows and changes every single day. And the rise of TikTok is a perfect example. With more than 800 million monthly active users, TikTok is the sixth largest social network in the world, and the most downloaded app in 2020—making it a driving force of Internet culture and trends.

As We Age, Seeing Red May Be a Good Thing

By Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses & Technology
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:33 AM Researchers at University College London have given new meaning to the term “seeing red.” Rather than using it to describe someone who is angry, the UCL scientists have conducted a study that found that staring at a deep red light for three minutes a day can significantly improve declining eyesight. The study is the first of its kind performed with humans. Scientists believe the discovery, published in the Journals of Gerontology, could signal the dawn of new affordable home-based eye therapies, helping the millions of people globally with naturally declining vision.

What Are You Reading? The Optical Community Has a Stack of Recommendations to Consider

By Mark Tosh
Friday, July 10, 2020 8:03 AM NEW YORK—Many of us set out with ambitious summer reading lists, but then reality sets in and we end August with the same stack of books on the nightstand that piled up there on Memorial Day weekend. Well, this summer may turn out to be—unfortunately—the summer when a new reality sets in and that stack of books we want to read isn’t quite high enough. Or only half high enough. Well, it’s still early in July and there’s always hope that things take a turn for the better, finally, in 2020. In the meantime, there are plenty of good books out there to help wile away the time. Here’s a look at what our colleagues are reading this summer, and it’s certainly a list that has a little bit of everything for everyone.

Hitting Rewind on Today’s Read 2020

By Mary Kane
Thursday, July 2, 2020 12:00 AM Well, we are about halfway through 2020 and to say the least, it’s been a helluva year so far. The pandemic, which no one saw coming, has truly rocked our world and the challenges it brings just keep on morphing. If the pandemic has taught us nothing else, at least we now know we can adapt and pivot no matter what comes our way. The editors at VMAIL Weekend hope you are settled in for a nice long holiday weekend. And what better way to kick things off than a look back at some of our more popular Today’s Read features. So before you fire up that grill, pour yourself another cup of Joe and read through some stories you might have missed. In these trying times, we hope you’ll be able to find some hope, faith and inspiration in these stories.

Say 'Cheese' for Your #SunglassesSelfie—It’s National Sunglasses Day

By By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, June 26, 2020 10:15 AM NEW YORK—Happy National Sunglasses Day! Every year on June 27, the optical community comes together to celebrate National Sunglasses Day, a day meant to promote the importance of UV protective eyewear for overall health. The holiday, promoted by The Vision Council, is a reminder that sunglasses are both a fashion statement and a health necessity.

Looking Through Some Very Special Vintage Opera Glasses

By Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses & Technology
Thursday, June 18, 2020 7:26 AM The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center is one of the jewels in New York’s cultural crown. You’d think that, as a native New Yorker, I would have availed myself of this treasure by now. But I’ve never set foot in the place. I suppose that’s because my taste in music runs toward jazz, blues and country. Yet friends tell me that the sheer spectacle of grand opera is worth the price of admission, even if the singing, however brilliant, is not my thing. So the Met is on my bucket list. When I finally get there, I’ll be prepared to take it all in. I’ve got a pair of opera glasses, a very good pair, in fact.