Where To Get Money For Your Eyecare (Or Any) Business

Traditionally if you wanted to start a business, you saved, begged, borrowed or stole money to fund your enterprise. If you have collateral you go to a bank or Small Business Bureau. If you have friends or family they might invest in your business and help it grow. Today aside from Shark Tank and Dragons Den, West Texas Investment Club, Cleveland … [Read more...]

Are Mobile Eye Exams Telemedicine?

AOA and others are all fighting the advent of mobile eye exams like this is a new thing. Online eye exams and apps have been around it seems forever or at least for 6-8 years. Back in 2011 this was our list of 19 online 'eye exams: At Home Eye Exams Random Eye Chart iExam EyeXam iChart 2000– Phone and iPod touch Requires iPhone … [Read more...]

Abstracted Asymmetrical Eyewear

Asymmetrical: having parts that fail to correspond to one another in shape, size, or arrangement; lacking symmetry: Synonyms: lopsided, unsymmetrical, uneven, unbalanced, crooked, awry, askew, skew, misaligned, disproportionate, unequal, irregular, cockeyed, wonky (Oxford Dictionary)  Ummm, why would anyone want eyeglasses that don't match up? … [Read more...]

21 Mobil-Eyez EyeCare Professionals

In our busy world today, it seems to be harder to get motivated to set an eye appointment. The hassle of parking and traffic, the cost of gas and the indecision of what to eyewear!  Just maybe -it is one of the many reasons that shopping online is becoming more popular. In order to compete today, eyecare professionals might want to think about is … [Read more...]

Annual Report 2017: Subscription Eyewear-Contact Lens Boxes

Subscription Boxes-Membership-Loyalty programs are on the rise. Think Amazon Prime, Netflix, REI, Cost-Co, Sams and Blue Apron. Entrepreneur, Fortune, Forbes and Retail Wire have all written about the subscription model since 2014. This is not new news. In a Forbes Article with Tien Tzuo: The Subscription Economy is a phrase, coined by Zuora, … [Read more...]

Five Fashionable Extravagant Eclipse Eyeglasses

After all the hype about the Solar Eclipse and the sheer amount of Fake Eclipse eyewear, we found the perfect real shades to wear! These you can have forever... just don't look at the eclipse. This vintage inspiration is from France and not labeled. Could it be a famous designer. We do not know, most likely from the 1950's. From eyewear … [Read more...]

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...]