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...]

Pros and Cons Of Private Label Eyecare Products

What is private label? It is when a product is designed, manufactured or packaged for sale under the name of the retailer rather than that of the manufacturer.' Over the last several years it appears that Eyecare professionals have many more options in the Private Label sector: eyewear, eyeglass accessories and maybe some contact lenses if they … [Read more...]

Eyecare Resources: Small Business Association (SBA)

Online forums are a great way to network, get new ideas, learn quickly about a pesky problem,  but the basics of starting and running a business have not changed. That is where the Small Business Association comes in. Started in 1953, they have steadily grown to assist small business owners start, grow and assist them in all aspects of running a … [Read more...]

Signet Armorlite, Inc. Unveils New PracticePlus® Website

Carlsbad, CA (May, 2017) - Signet Armorlite, Inc. (SA) is pleased to unveil a new and enhanced PracticePlus website. Created with the independent eyecare practice in mind, www.Practice-Plus.net was redesigned to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with simple, clear navigation for ECPs to quickly find the information and practice-support … [Read more...]

Super Optical Launches Profit Calculator for Eyecare Providers

Cincinnati, OH – April 2016 – Vision Expo East launched the formal debut of the all new Optical Profit Center showcasing how to increase profits at your practice through a small lab set-up and dispensing area. Super Optical, one of five contributing companies to the booth, found the best way to show increased profits was to offer an inter-active … [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...]

Eyecare Museums Around The World

If you like museums and memories to post about, why not visit some of the Eyewear and Eyecare Museums around the world? China Shanghai Eyeglasses Museum- China Address: No. 533 Baochang Rd., Zhabei District. http://science.shanghaidaily.com/pdf/eyeglassesENG.pdf. Thousands of pairs of glasses and other eyewear in its collection, ranging … [Read more...]

25 Interesting Crowd-Sourced Eyeglasses

Kickstarter and Indiegogo are two of the top crowdsourcing sites. We began tracking crowd-sources eyewear and accessories last year and will release our updated 'Crowdsourced Eyewear' report at the end of the year. We can learn much from crowd-sourced product, whether they get funded or not. We can learn what the consumer is looking for, by if they … [Read more...]

The Vision Council’s Launches Low Vision Resource Campaign

Alexandria, VA (July, 2016) – The Vision Council has kicked off a new campaign to drive traffic to its website, www.whatislowvision.org – a site designed to educate low vision patients and their caregivers about the types and causes of low vision, as well as low vision solutions including devices and treatment options available. The campaign, which … [Read more...]

How To Find The Truth in Journalism

With the election coming up and getting heated, we thought we would pass on some 'Truth' sites in which you can look up whether it is fact or fiction. We found seven Fact and Truth checking sites. 1.) FactCheck.org- by University of Pennsylvania, national scope and analysis claims made by politicitians and newsmakers . They also monitor the … [Read more...]

15 Reasons To Be An Eyecare Professional

Sometimes I think we forget why the optical industry is so great. Between the Freemonium culture, insurance programs, overhead and the day to day life, the advantages and the feel good stuff gets lost in our hectic lives. Optometrists in particular have a rosy future. With aging population, Obamacare and eyewear becoming more than just a … [Read more...]

The Vision Council Re-launches Eyecessorize

The Vision Council’s Eyecessorize campaign promotes the fashion and lifestyle aspects of eyewear. They just re-launched their revamped website, Eyecessorize.com. For the past six months, The Vision Council has been working to build the new site, which merges the pre-existing Eyecessorize.com site with the EyecessorizeBlog.com blog. Users who … [Read more...]

Niche Marketing: Underwater Sports

It is that time of year where people are starting to plan their vacations, many which are around water sports in particular scuba diving and snorkeling. Scuba Divers and Snorkelers spend money. Serious divers buy prescription Dive Masks and they will go online to get them all year. Best of all, Underwater Sports and Diving is not a seasonal, … [Read more...]

New Online Resource to Help Protect Children’s Sight

The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) has partnered with the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) to create a new online resource to support school nurses in the implementation of stronger vision health programs for the students they serve. More than 12.1 million school-age children, or one … [Read more...]

Eyecare Innovation Fund Launched

ORLANDO, FL, 2016 – Three Eyecare Industry veterans announced the launching of a venture fund targeting early to mid-stage investments in eye care services and technologies. The Eyecare Innovation Fund I, LP (the “EyeFund” or “Fund”) will connect select investors with unique access to emerging eye care technologies while delivering a unique … [Read more...]