Video Camera- Transmitter in Prosthetic Eye

EYEBORG-- The Two Week Trial from eyeborg on Vimeo. This is pretty amazing -Take a one eyed film maker, an unemployed engineer, and a vision for something that's never been done before and you have yourself the EyeBorg Project. Rob Spence and Kosta Grammatis are trying to make history by embedding a video camera and a transmitter in a prosthetic … [Read more...]

Optical Staff Training – Optician Works

I am a huge believer in staff education. There is this great site Optician Works- which takes you through a step by step process of Fitting Eyeglasses. Optician Works was launched last year in April (2008) and I highly recommend this site for any optical staff. Here is the Table of Contents! Chapter 1: Why People Wear Glasses The eight … [Read more...]

Green Optical Vendors- Walman

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Walman Optical has announced goals for its 2009 sustainability projects, programs through which the company plans to reduce its carbon footprint by decreasing the company’s overall energy consumption by 20 percent and converting 30 percent of its energy consumption to renewable energy sources by the end of 2009. Marty Bassett, … [Read more...]

Bionic Eye – Contacts For the Future

I did an earlier post with just a picture- but now we have it Live!  Bionic eye isn't just science fiction..it's soon to be science fact … [Read more...]

Broken Appointments with Optical Services

You have a booked day- and for whatever reason, patients don't show up. You and your staff's time is valuable, so what do you do? Everyday nationwide tens of thousands of optical patients fail to show up for their appointments or broken.  Practice losses for each missed appointment can significantly add up. If you think about it- 5 no- shows for … [Read more...]

Fun Optical Songs- Doctor My Eyes

DOCTOR MY EYES John Lee (vocals & banjo), Lori Lee (vocals & guitar), Dr. David Evans (mandolin), David Durham (upright bass), Steven "Spielberg" Evans (guitar) and John McGinty (sound man). Our 3rd video. … [Read more...]

Optical Events – Offer a Freebie

We at OVS are constantly trying to think of new ways to get patients and potential patients in your doors. The other night a bulb went off again! We have a mutual friend who went to her beauty salon for a 'Special Curly Hair' night. This 2 hour event cost her $20.00 to attend but she received a free wash and style and a coupon for $20.00 off … [Read more...]

Polarized Sunglass with MP3- Translator and Camera

 State-of-the-art Polarized Sunglasses with Digital Camera and MP3 Player - a new product from Ectaco's iTRAVL Gadgets line! Super stylish and functional, they have polarized lenses and pack 1GB of built-in memory which allows up to 32 hours of music playback in WMA format and 16 hours in MP3 with an almost endless amount of picture storage (10,000 … [Read more...]

Funny Sunglass Ad

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The Business of Optical Patients

Are you in the business of patients or eye exams? I came across this list and adapted it for the optical professional. In the day to day business of life, we can all tend to forget about our optical patients as customers. Little things, like not answering the phone in 2 rings, not acknowledging the customer when they walk in the door, and the most … [Read more...]

Optician Training- Computer Eye Strain Exercises

Demo of 3 simple exercises for the computer user for quick relief of eye fatigue and strain, from http://www.naturaleyecare.com - by Dr. Marc Grossman … [Read more...]

Green Optical Vendors- Essilor

I found this article by Armstrong on Essilor- recycling their ceilings. (old article) but it let's you know that Essilor does not 'Greenwash" ! 'Essilor of America, one of the country's largest manufacturers of contact and other corrective lenses, focused its attention on the environment recently by recycling its old acoustical ceiling tiles … [Read more...]

Optical Shoplifting Prevention

I was at the Vision Source Meeting in San Diego last week. The San Diego Vision Source group were all abuzz because apparently about 20 optometric offices in San Diego had been hit by thieves! Fortunately many offices were made aware of what to look for (African American women, Hispanic man with tat's) so at least 3 thefts was prevented. This … [Read more...]

Free Stuff – Optical Press Releases

The best way to get your name out to the public and increase the general public awareness of you and your optical office is to send press releases. You can send press releases if you are opening an office, remodeled and office, hired new staff, having an event, sponsoring a little league and even if you brought new products.  I got this list … [Read more...]

Transparent- Barrel Eye Fish with Green Lenses

  February 23, 2009--With a head like a fighter-plane cockpit, a Pacific barreleye fish shows off its highly sensitive, barrel-like eyes--topped by green, orblike lenses--in a picture released today but taken in 2004. The fish, discovered alive in the deep water off California's central coast by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute … [Read more...]