Optical Heritage Museum

Optical Heritage Museum- located in Southbridge, Mass, looks like a very interesting place to visit. Go on the site and preview the slide show which showcases our optical history. Good reading and a good training resource for staff. … [Read more...]

What’s New at Vision Expo West 09?

Cathy and I have been attending Vision Expo's for longer than we are going to admit and we were talking about how much has changed which prompted me to post about What's New at Vision West '09.  Back then (not saying exactly when!) Green only meant money and we didn't even have the Internet then let alone Tweeting and all the social networking that … [Read more...]

Go Haiti Gran Moun Sunglass Distribution

Global Outreach Haiti's Gran Moun program participants get new sunglasses thanks to donations from the U.S. Music is "Give me Your Eyes" by Brandon Heath. … [Read more...]

Prevent Blindness Swing Fore Sight Golf Outing and Auction Info

I know there are a lot of Optical industry golfers and thought that we would let you know about Prevent Blindness America's 2nd Annual Swing Fore Sight Golf Outing. It will take place on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. The golf outing is a four-person scramble with prizes given to contest hole winners. … [Read more...]

Optical Non-Profits-United Sight

A new non profit was founded this year- United Sight. United Sight brings together ophthalmologists, local charities to provide free eye exams.  The First Event is in San Francisco Wed. October 28, 2009 -or this event United Sight will be partnering with SF Project Homeless Connect, an organization who has been producing bi-monthly medical … [Read more...]

Transitions Partners in Education and Newest Sponsor

Cathy and I are very happy to announce our newest sponsor, Transitions Optical Inc. I have known this company for over 15 years and I have always been impressed by not just the product but the company's dedication to education within the optical industry. We all need to do a better job educating the consumer but it is hard to do alone, particularly … [Read more...]

Optical Vendors That Give Back

These are not all the Optical Vendors that give back- many we will never know- they do not publicize- but we applaud all optical vendors who give back to the community. This post is a work in progress- as we learn more we will continually update those who give back to the community Optical Vendors Who Give Back Buying Groups Vision West- … [Read more...]

Duck Splashing with Duane DeCroupet OD

I ran into Duane DeCroupet OD at OptoWest- you can see him on YouTube speaking about the Glendale Kiwanis Duck Race, in which the Kiwanis raised $80,000!  October 18, 2008 www.ducks4kids.com This sounds like a fun- fund raising idea- what a great way to promote some fun with your customers and patients!  If you know him- tell him he's a … [Read more...]

Discovery Eye Foundation – Resource for Optical Providers

My sister-in-law passed a Discovery Eye Foundation newsletter on to me as she thought it might be interesting for the blog. I don't know this organization but found the newsletter very informative and thought it would be a good idea to pass on the link. I think it might be a good information resource for all optical providers and I am sure many of … [Read more...]

Woman and Minorities Optical Association

Women and Minorities Optical Association Rewards Kansas Optician for Charitable Assistance to Kidnap Victim WAMOA Gives First Award to Dee Schmidt In March 2009, the Women and Minorities Optical Association (WAMOA) formed to improve visibility and opportunities for women and minorities in the optical industry. At the helm is Wendy Schneider, … [Read more...]

Non- Profit- VisionSpring- Eyewear in A Bag Program

      We met a very interesting person Dr. Jordan Kassalow, Co-founder of VisionSpring. Dr. Jordan Kassalow, a practicing optometrist who has dedicated his life to improving vision and economic opportunity in the developing world. Jordan's work as an eye doctor and public health expert has taken him on scores of medical missions to … [Read more...]

Eyeglass Recycling – Greening Your Optical Business

I just took 20 pair of old glasses to a Lions Club drop off center- It was sad to see them go. I loved many of them, but as much of an eyewear fashionista that I am- 20 pair could go to people much more needier than I. I did keep some old vintage styles, which someday I will publish, as they are fun and unusual. Many of you and your patients … [Read more...]

Adaptive Eyewear- Solving Problems in Africa

I came across this interesting video from World Health Organization  40% of worlds population needs glasses, unfortunately most of the world cannot afford a seeing device or even have access to an eyecare professional.  For more information click on the following link- World Bank Program  … [Read more...]

Donate or Volunteer- Optical Non-Profits

Donate or Volunteer- Optical Services-Get Involved!  American Council Of The Blind American Diabetes Association American Foundation For The Blind American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF) Macular Degeneration Foundation American Nystagmus Network (ANN) Braille Institute InfantSEE nfantSEE® is a public health program … [Read more...]