The Vision Council Sustainability Committee Helps Green And Save Initiatives

For the last several years, I have been lucky to be able to attend The Vision Council Sustainability Committee. This committee is fairly new, and it's primary focus is to put together a community of labs to 'reduce waste and improves energy efficiency while maintaing or improving service to the end customer. The solutions strive to be sustainable, … [Read more...]

Back To School Community Out-Reaches To Greeks And Geeks

Back to school time offers many networking and community out reach programs for eyecare professionals. While you may not be in the kids biz and stocking kids eyewear, there are opportunities to reach out with local sororities and fraternities. I know my niece was in a Sororities and they were very active in community outreach. Dr. Vincent Young … [Read more...]

Shady Sculptures Made With Trash Toys

You gotta love this. Artist Freya Jobbins made these sculptures from cast off toys. If you look closely, it's mainly doll parts, plastic solders. How fun!             Source: Funny Photo Share … [Read more...]

541 Gotti Sunglasses Made Into A Chandelier

Wow, this Chandelier was made with 541 Gotti Sunglasses to celebrate their 20th anniversary. I don't know if these were old, but what a great way to reuse sunglasses and eyeglasses. … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Eye Art

Many artists are so creative they don't need to purchase supplies.. where we see junk, they see art..Where we see throw away, they say FREE stuff. Today we are featuring a few artists ,who may or may not have made this art from found trash. Whether they did or didn't most of the materials can be found in the trash. Andrew Myers Decides To Screw … [Read more...]

Found Object Art Made With Eyeglass Temples

British artist  Mark Oliver  created a series of insects called 'litterbugs' made from trash and found objects.  The use of  eyeglass-temples for antennae and legs, nose-pads for face-eyes Clock hands are used for legs and other.  This new species 'was developed in order to adapt to the harsh and changing urban landscape'. Source Design … [Read more...]

Happy Earth Day

Earth Day is Monday, April 22 and will be celebrated by 192 countries around the world. It is likely that your city is also participating in this global event. There are many things that you can do as an eyecare professional, from donating profits, having an eyeglass donation drive, providing free eye exams to those in need, to clean up … [Read more...]

Reuse Spectacles- Lions Club Night of Spectacles

As most of us know, the Lions Club has been collecting eyeglasses for years and distributing them to those in need. The Georgia Lions Lighthouse organizes every year in April, a Night of Spectacles in which budding student designers get to showcase their upcycled and spectacular fashions. In 2012 the Georgia Lions raised $229,000+ for Georgia's … [Read more...]

Wood And Skate Deck Eyewear Listing

Wood Eyewear is a huge trend and every year in April we update our list of Wood Eyewear companies. When we first started it was about 15  companies and as you can see the list has grown. This does not include the occasional wood sunglass from designers such as Louie Vuitton, Anne Et Valentin (limited Edition) Many of the wood companies offer … [Read more...]

Reuse Lenses: Wacky Eyeglass Decor

Ran across this wonderful quirky example of reclaimed optical lenses (reused) decor with the featured (Eyeglass Chandelier) See more pictures of this fun, fun house here.         … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Eyecare- Lifestyle Medicine

Ellen Troyer of Biostyntrx wrote this excellent article on the growing incidence of self-inflicted disease and the dire need to start treating the cause as well as the symptoms.  The body of scientific evidence is growing that suggests lifestyle intervention is an essential component in the treatment of chronic disease (including eye disease), and … [Read more...]

Getting Ready For Earth Day

For more and more consumers, every day is a day to live green. According to a recent article in Advertising Age magazine, sales of environmentally friendly merchandise reached more than $40 billion last year. And for many products — from clothing to paper goods, cars to packaging — about half of Americans polled would be willing to pay extra for a … [Read more...]

Spiky Steampunk Lenses

This was on our Facebook Page, from Amy Sabella Malone of Seattle Central School of Opticanry. She made this  Steampunk ornament made entirely of items found in the lab . Wouldn't a bunch of these be great hanging in a window.. used in a display? Another great example of lens reuse.  … [Read more...]

HOYA Holiday Ornament Contest Winners

Wow- Hoya Loved all the ornaments and is giving all the people who entered a lens certificate! BUT they have decided to sweeten the pot and the ornament with the most like by end of Day Friday receives a $50.00 iTunes Certificate!! Please visit our FB page www.facebook.com/TheOpticalVisionSite and click on the Album HOYA Holiday Ornaments and LIKE … [Read more...]

Holidays With HOYA- An Upcycled Lens Contest – Our First Entries

Our first entries for the Holiday Ornament- Win a Free HOYA Lens was submitted by Amanda Hines of Holloway Eye Care & Optique. Very  cute, love the googly eyes.    Made by Jeanine Reding, owner of Homer Township Vision Center in Homer Glen, IL. Little tinsel work going on here.. Specty is made from all things in Advanced … [Read more...]