25 Exquisite Works Of Rimless Eyewear For 2017

Custom, adorned rimless eyeglasses are coming back and are showing up frequently on the Runway. There are a few opticians and labs who are taking advantage of this eyewear trend can creating unique and expensive one of a kind wearable art pieces that just happen to be rimless. Today we are honoring opticians and a lab that have painstakingly … [Read more...]

Independent Optical Laboratories In The United States

What is an independent? This question came up when people were trying to put together a list of Independent Optical Laboratories. If a lab only offers propriety products are they an independent? Augen as an example. Yet Augen Optics is a family owned and operated lens manufacturer out of Mexico and operates out of San Diego with a lab. If they have … [Read more...]

Optical Ownership: HAL Holding N.V. x Grand Vision

Over the years, you have probably heard the name Hal Holding's. Who are they and what do they do? According to their website: HAL Investments B.V. is a private equity firm was founded in 1873 and is based in Rotterdam, Netherlands with an additional office in Amsterdam, Netherlands. HAL Investments B.V. operates as a subsidiary of HAL Holding … [Read more...]

Optical Ownership: Luxottica x Essilor

Will the Luxottica- Essilor merger go through? I would say that if the Monsanto and Bayer, two of the largest toxic- pesticide companies in the world went through then  Luxottica - Essilor will most likely pass inspection. With them merging, who will own what? Both have online presence, both have 'propriety' brands as well as licensed … [Read more...]

Buying Local: Optical Companies in San Diego

Over the last several years much attention has been given to buying local or shop small. There are many reasons for this: Shopping locally helps to cut down on Industrial pollution which according to the EPA is responsible for almost 50% of the pollution in the USA. Less processions, packaging and transportation waste. Buying local support … [Read more...]

44 Eyeglasses Made From Reclaimed Trees

To celebrate Arbor Day, we put together eyewear made from salvaged-recycled or reclaimed wood and trees throughout the world. Wood-Trees is one of the easiest materials to recycle and reuse. With the amount of wood used in building, remodeling, furniture and more there is actually no need to ever cut down a tree. In a study,  states such … [Read more...]

97 Vision Charities Around The World

Every couple of years, we update our Vision Charity listings. There are hundreds that probably should be included in this list including local charities. Our apologies for those we missed. We do advocate some type of give back program, whether it is promoted or quietly done. Giving back does not necessarily involve money, time and donations … [Read more...]

Eight Sunglasses To Riff On For Get Out Your Guitar Day

Get out your Guitar Day is February 11 and guess what, we did find Eight Great Guitar Glasses to pay tribute too. Take your picks guitarists and aficionados, your choices are; Reclaimed guitar wood, vintage and guitar embellishments. I personally want them all. From Parkman Sunglasses,  riff If you want to know … [Read more...]

Optical Trade Show Calendar 2017

For those of us who like to combine business with pleasure, we have pulled together an Eyecare-Eyewear trade show calendar for 2017. If one had the money and time wouldn't it be fun to travel the world and visit each of these eyecare trade shows? January 21-22 Dormund, Germany: Brille and CO 22-23 Glasgow, … [Read more...]

American Made Matters Day: Made In USA Eyewear

For American Made Matters Day on November 19 of every year, we update our list of where To Find Made In America Eyewear Products. This list is growing and it appears that eyewear manufacturing is coming back to the United States. MADE In USA products are strong consumer trends and there is an effort for companies to make eyewear/sunglasses … [Read more...]

Eyewear Trends: The Onesie Lens

Just because you can't Rx a frame, doesn't mean that eyecare professionals shouldn't sell it or offer it to their customers. Case in point: The Onesie Lens. Most people think of a onesie as a one piece infant garment. Onesies are also adult jumpsuits which became popular in the late 2000's to 2010's. Re-introduced by the band Jumping Jammerz and … [Read more...]

Eyewear Curators Part 6: Technology And Smart Glasses

Smart Glasses and wearable devices are a category of eyewear that adds information to what a person sees or hears. This can involve augmented reality glasses, eyewear that connects to the internet, can take pictures and video, a phone, music with bluetooth, WiFi and GPS capabilities along with connections to Social Media. We have also included … [Read more...]

Eyewear Trends: Athleisure Eyewear

Many of you have heard of Athleisure a strong 'Trend' on runways and apparel. You see it everywhere, athletic clothing being worn outside of exercising. Tights, leggings, gym shorts, board shorts, yoga pants, sweat pants, varsity jackets,  upscale work out shoes and jackets. The trend most likely survives because it is comfortable, dual functional, … [Read more...]

#Listday: Choosing Optical Lab Software

As we head to Vision Expo West, one area that might need exploring is Optical  Lab Software, AKA LMS. Lab Software is the process of automating Rx lens fabrication. The functions are designed to manage the production process and the business management of lens manufacturing for conventional and freeform/digital surfacing, edging, and AR … [Read more...]

Eyecare Trends: Membership Subscription Shopping

For years consumers have gotten used to membership shopping: Credit Cards, Travel, Cost-Co and Amazon Prime. Consumers in the U.S. hold 3.3 billion memberships in customer loyalty programs. A 2015 survey by COLLOQUY says that specialty store loyalty memberships now total 434 million. (Eyecare could fall in this category) Retailers such as REI … [Read more...]