Top Eyecare Facebook Forums

It is the end of the year and it's clean up Facebook Time! That means clean up all the groups that people automatically have added you to.  To see all your group Click that little 'more' icon on the left sidebar under groups and you will most likely be surprised at the number of groups that you are involved in. Optical and Eyecare Forums are a … [Read more...]

17 Companies Making Eyewear From Recycled Materials

November 15 is America Recycles Day sponsored by Keep America Beautiful a national event that brings attention to the importance of recycling. In the optical world, there are many organizations that encourage and promote the recycling of lenses and eyewear. Optical Surfacing labs are looking to recycle their toxic waste and water. The problem is we … [Read more...]

Statistics on Crowdsourced Eyewear

Over the last 3 years, it has been a fascinating to watch eyewear /accessories crowdfunding on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Young adults and even established companies are running funding campaigns. The youngest person was 15 years old. As any business knows or anyone who has watched Shark Tank.. it takes money to money. Inventory, hiring people are … [Read more...]

Should You Use An E-Commerce Website Builder?

I have been surfing the web for the continuing research as to who sells online and why many eyewear wholesalers are starting to sell their products via e-commerce. It occurred to me after seeing so many sites that say.. powered by shopify, that this might be something for eyecare professionals to look at. Most of these sites appear to be … [Read more...]

Biz Eyes Makes Interchangeable 3D Eyewear

Last April we wrote about a new Chinese 3D Eyewear Company called Biz Eyes. Biz Eye's concept was to have a basic frame and use the lens part as an attachment that you can mix and match to your mood. The basic frame is a clear round shape and the shaped fashion accessories are just screwed in. We know 3D Eyewear is the … [Read more...]

How Many Online Eyewear Companies Are There?

$35.5 Billion is the estimated eyewear industry in North America alone. The Vision Council and other companies estimate the market will grow to $44-47 Billion by 2020. Estimates run that the e-commerce business is anywhere from 2-14%.  Many things will drive the growth, aging population, obamacare, premium eyewear and the consumer awareness of … [Read more...]

How Many Eyewear Companies Are There?

Aren't you tired of people asking you if Luxottica is the only eyewear company? Have you ever wondered how many eyewear companies there were? I decided to put together a list of eyewear companies that wholesale and/ or wholesale and retail products to eyecare professionals.  This has been an interesting exercise as I realize how much the eyewear … [Read more...]

34 Eccentric Eyeglass Materials

I love funk, I love wacky, I love kitsch and I really, really love it when aspiring eyewear designers creating works of art via eyewear. Eyewear that is not made from the standard nickel silver, zyl acetate, titianium. This eyeglass grouping is from either companies or eyewear creators who have a vision of transforming everyday found objects into … [Read more...]

Celebrating Arbor Day With Over 100 Wood Eyewear Companies

In Celebration of Arbor Day April 24, we are updating our annual list of Wood Eyewear Companies. That sector of the eyewear market continues to grow. No pun intended.  In fact, this is most likely about half of the Wood Eyewear companies today in the market. Many are making sunwear on Etsy, you have a few in China and then there are the capsule … [Read more...]

Resources To Find Eyecare Staff

Finding ophthalmic staff seems to becoming even more of a challenge today than ever. Your staff is one of your top assets and the search for the perfect person can seem unending as well as a hassle. In reality, you should always be recruiting potential staff members, whether you need them or not. Keeping a database of names of potential staff … [Read more...]

39 Smart Eyeglasses Of The Future

I have such mixed emotions about the whole wearable tech- smart glasses hoopla. There is a part of me, that sees the value of wearable tech, in learning skills, in operating theaters, in emergency situations, on battlefields.. but the whole privacy issue has me nervous and the fact that wearable tech will make us even lazier than we are now. Skill … [Read more...]

Freebie Friday: Eyecare Practice Management Resources

We did a post several years ago on whether you should hire an eyecare consultant. Whether or not you want a consultant, there is a ton of FREE Practice Management tips on the internet, targeted specifically for eyecare professionals. We put together a list of practice management resources (mostly free) from various  sources. This list does not … [Read more...]

Made In USA Eyecare Products

It seems that the subject continually comes up as to eyewear products that are made in the USA. This is our 2nd annual update of Made in USA eyecare products. This may not be as complete as we like, but we keep trying:  I would recommend you read wikipedia here to get a Cliff Notes version. ‘The Made in USA mark is a country of origin label … [Read more...]

New Sponsor – The Vision Council

We are delighted to have The Vision Council as a sponsor. As many of you already know, The Vision Council offers a wide variety of resources and tools to help members succeed in their businesses, from optical research to training to optical industry networking events. The Vision Council is a voice for the supply side of the optical industry, serves … [Read more...]

Optical Women Organizations

Optical Women Association To enhance and promote the leadership role of women in the ophthalmic industry through networking and peer support. Women of Vision Online Is professional organization designed to create opportunities for educating, mentoring, and networking dedicated to helping women optometrists be proactive in defining … [Read more...]