Opticians-Can You Band Together Or Are You Doomed To Always Be ‘Second-Rate?

Every day, in my little virtual world, I read about issues that are unique to the optician profession.  Because they work in a quasi-medical/retail environment, opticians are treated differently than optometrists or ophthalmologists.  I’ve even heard a complaint that the ‘optometric technician said these glasses weren’t right’.  Wait, … [Read more...]

Eyewear Repair Series: Soldering By Hilco

Hilco's  5th in the series is on frame soldering and repair. … [Read more...]

Eyewear Repair: Screw Removal And Replacement by Hilco

Another eyewear repair video series by Hilco. This is on Screw Removal and Replacement - Screw removal techniques using heat, slotting files, screw extractors, and drilling techniques - How to find and use both standard replacement and self tapping screws   … [Read more...]

Eyewear Repair Series: Screw Removal And Replacement (Part 1)

Hilco's part one: Screw Removal and Replacement - Screw removal techniques using heat, slotting files, screw extractors, and drilling techniques - How to find and use both standard replacement and self tapping   … [Read more...]

Eyefo-Graphic- How To Find The Perfect Eyeglasses That Fit Your Face

I don't always agree with all of these How To Find The Perfect Eyeglasses to fit your face, this one is pretty good, a general description of the basics of eyeglass dispensing. … [Read more...]

7 Tips For Fitting Women’s Safety Glasses

This month is guest author ,John Fischer, CSP, from SVS Safety. SVS Safety provides a wide range of prescription and non-prescription safety eyewear for companies from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises. Chances are, you’re seeing a growing number of women in your workplace. And it’s not just you. According to the Department of … [Read more...]

Do Your Eyeglasses Give You a Muffin Top?

Maybe eyeglasses don't create an actual "muffin top" but there are millions of sore ears, headaches, rubbed noses and wonky ill-fitting eyeglasses which are just as bad as all those muffin tops caused by ill-fitting jeans! Sylvie Putman, ABOC of Pro-Style Optical in Lubbock, Texas has made it her mission to put a stop to the equivalent of muffin … [Read more...]

AIT Lens Club

Guest post by Matt Curtin of AIT: For over 60 years now AIT has earned the recognition of the eye care industry as a leader in lens edging technology. In 2008 we revolutionized the industry by expanding our product line to include examination equipment and ophthalmic instruments in the first step in an effort to become a one-stop source for … [Read more...]

Eyehow – Digital Refraction – Is it Better?

We have done several posts about the benefits of digital freeform lenses and most recently we discussed advanced inspection techniques and measurements. But we haven’t talked much about the benefits of digital refraction or relationship to each other. More and more practices are selling digital freeform lens technology because they understand … [Read more...]

Inventory Management 12- How Much Understock Should I Carry?

This question came up a few months ago about understock. Our first response is how much understock you carry can depend on inventory turn rate, your location, how you do your buying, how often you see reps, turn-around time and the type of product for understock. For example you might have a larger assortment of understock in safety frames, some … [Read more...]

Inventory Management Part 9: Increasing Transactions And Inventory Mix

Now what? You have determined what is on your frame board by retail price point, but what is actually selling? Hopefully you can do this by a click of the mouse, by using a software product like The Edge,  if not, start tracking manually. What you want to know is what price points are selling in what category. Why Is this important?  Helps … [Read more...]

eyeHow – Freeform Progressive Lenses – Different Measurements Needed

One of the biggest changes happening in the optical world right now is the way progressive lenses are produced. But what changes are needed as far as patient measurements for fitting and then to check the finished lenses? We talked to some of our sponsors about this issue. In past years, progressive lenses were produced using molded … [Read more...]

“Ghostly and Costly” Lens Issues

This is not a Halloween post, it is about an issue that can happen any time of year - I had been wearing my favorite progressive sunglasses for over a year, the frame is named after me: "Shirley" by frieze frames, just kidding not really named after me, pure coincidence! I had a beautiful silver flash mirror coat applied. A couple of months ago I … [Read more...]

Inventory Management Step 5: How Many Frames To Carry

The question of how many frames to carry has come up for years. If you carry too little, your patients might think you don't have much of a selection, you carry too much, you don't get the turns. It can be a fine line and a lot depends on space, location, patient base, insurance and the type of merchandise you carry. Bottom line the amount of … [Read more...]

Is It Hot Enough For You?

No, not global warming – frame warming.  We recently got in an eyeglass frame and with it came this notice: A co-worker posted it next to the frame warmers and that got me to thinking… What the heck is 70-80 C? Is that cool, warm, hot, really hot, blistering scalding screaming hot? Well it turns out that 70-80 C is equal to 158 – 176 … [Read more...]