The 21st Century Optician

By Maggie Sayers, ABOM
Monday, August 22, 2016 12:14 AM My personal career in the retail optical industry has spanned more than 40 years. I have seen amazing changes. When I started my training in Germany in 1973, we used glass lenses exclusively. CR39 was just coming on the market, and they were only used for safety reasons in children’s glasses. The optical quality of plastic lenses was clearly substandard, in our opinion, at that time.

Befuddled By Blue, Part Three

By By Deb Kotob, ABOM
Education Facilitator, Vision Ease Lens

Monday, August 22, 2016 12:13 AM

In Befuddled by Blue, Part One, we learned that blue light filters that can be used indoors don’t provide a significant reduction in the blue light that disrupts normal sleep patterns. We also learned that the science is not yet available to allow us to conclude that the small dose of blue light emitted from digital device screens is a significant risk to eye health. Yet, we believe that recommending lenses that can be used indoors to reduce high energy wavelengths is a good precautionary measure, as long as the patient is educated on the greatest threat for high energy light damage to the eye, the sun.

 

Go Back to School…Vegas Style

By Jodi Groh
Monday, August 15, 2016 12:15 AM

Vision Expo is right around the corner. Hopefully you’ve already made your travel plans. Next on the agenda is your strategy. What do you want to accomplish while you’re there? From courses to the exhibit hall, events to parties, and let’s not forget the night life, a few days in Vegas may feel like a whirlwind. Take full advantage of the many opportunities by planning ahead: register for classes, note which companies you want to see, and schedule appointments when possible.

Befuddled By Blue, Part Two

By By Deb Kotob, ABOM
Education Facilitator, Vision Ease Lens

Monday, August 15, 2016 12:10 AM

In Part One of Befuddled by Blue,  we learned that blue light filters, that can be used indoors, don’t provide a significant reduction in the blue light that disrupts normal sleep patterns. We also learned that the science is not yet available to allow us to conclude that the small dose of blue light emitted from digital device screens is a significant risk to eye health. Yet, we believe that recommending lenses that can be used indoors to reduce high energy wavelengths is a good precautionary measure, as long as the patient is educated on the greatest threat for high energy light damage to the eye, the sun. 

 

Befuddled By Blue, Part One

By By Deb Kotob, ABOM
Education Facilitator, Vision Ease Lens

Monday, August 1, 2016 9:15 AM

Blue light is in the spotlight. You’ve heard the claims…it emits from our digital device screens and is harming our eyes, disrupting our sleep patterns, leading to increased risk of: diabetes, obesity, cancer and behavior disorders. We are alarmed. Consumers are alarmed. We should provide good counsel on the hazards and recommend products that will help, but first let’s shed light (pun intended) on a few of the dizzying array of industry implied and stated claims that have us befuddled.

Another Dimension of Prescription Polarized Sunglass Comfort, Thinness, Ahhhh, Part Three

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Sunday, July 24, 2016 5:11 PM Size and Coverage (8) are inter-related. Look at this cyclist’s glasses, and then look again at the image of the young woman at the beginning of the course. Size and coverage is a key factor in comfort and they are different. Comfort therefore has more than one meaning and coverage describes how the frame and lenses deliver protection (glare and UV) while they make the long, wearing times outdoors, a pleasure.

Another Dimension Of Prescription Polarized Sunglass Comfort, Thinness, Ahhhh, Part Two

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Monday, July 18, 2016 12:10 PM Molecules in a polarizing filter are long in one direction (horizontal) and short in the perpendicular direction (vertical). Electrons can freely oscillate along the length of the molecule, absorbing or reflecting the light energy, while they are unable to oscillate very far along the short direction.

When is Good Enough, Not Good Enough?

By Mindi Lewis, MA, ABOC, FNAO
Monday, July 11, 2016 10:45 AM

Your patients are seeking crisp, clear vision – the best achievable vision. The little-understood truth is that the greatest possible vision is dependent upon the confluence of many elements. It begins with a carefully produced refraction followed by the choice of a frame that properly holds the lenses consistently in the exact right position.

Another Dimension Of Prescription Polarized Sunglass Comfort, Thinness, Ahhhh, Part One

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Monday, July 11, 2016 10:40 AM

What makes for comfortable prescription sunglasses? Close your eyes and think of a variety of answers before you read any further. OK, got ‘em? Then ask your ECP colleagues what makes for a comfortable sunglass, I bet you hear a variety of answers. Are they the same ones you thought of?

Compensated Rx’s—When Lenses Don’t Measure As Prescribed!

By Dick Whitney, Carl Zeiss Vision,
ANSI Z80.1 Chair / Vision Council Lens Tech Committee Chair/ Exec Director of Optical Heritage Museum

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 1:05 PM

It was suggested recently that I discuss the topic of “compensated lens powers.” With the growth of freeform technology pioneered by Zeiss, this issue has received increased attention. I have come to realize there is confusion over the fundamentals of compensated Rx’s. I will attempt to explain this in simple terms and avoid mathematical explanations.

Understanding and Detecting Unintended Aberrations on a Lens

By Dick Whitney, Carl Zeiss Vision
ANSI Z80.1 Chair, Vision Council Lens Tech Committee Chair, Executive Director of Optical Heritage Museum

Monday, June 27, 2016 1:05 PM In a recent ANSI Z80.1 meeting, we discussed topics for future consideration in the 2020 revision. One area discussed was how to best detect and categorize unwanted aberrations or localized power errors in a lens.

Market Opportunity: Optimize Spectacle Lens Sales

By Mark Wright, OD, FCOVD, and Carole Burns, OD, FCOVD
Monday, June 20, 2016 1:15 PM The spectacle lenses and lens treatments sector of practices are showing strength, findings from Jobson Optical Research’s 2016 Premium Lenses MarketPulse suggest. Compared to three years ago, 65 percent of retailers said that spectacle lenses and treatments made up a larger percentage of their location’s total gross dollar sales in 2015. In 2015, 53 percent said pricing on spectacle lenses and treatments has increased compared to three years ago as well, and 46 percent said that Rx sun lenses as a percentage of total dollar sales increased over the same period.

Challenge Vendors to Help Your Practice Succeed

By David I. Geffen, OD, FAAO
Monday, June 13, 2016 1:45 PM

The relationships you build with vendors are about more than buying product. Challenge your vendors to be partners in your success by providing product information, sales skills and support in various ways. My shared OD-MD practice works hard to build strong relationships with vendor reps that challenge reps to be true business consultants to our practice.

Market Opportunity: Educate Patients About Blue Light

By Mark Wright, OD, FCOVD, and Carole Burns, OD, FCOVD
Monday, June 13, 2016 1:40 PM Exposure to UV rays and harmful blue light are both on the minds of Americans, but a large majority of people do not know these types of light share a source, according to a Transitions Optical, Inc., consumer survey conducted by Wakefield Research.

Benefits of In-Office Edging

By Alex Bennett, ABOC
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 1:15 PM

Edging ophthalmic lenses has come a long way from hand edging glass lenses on ceramic cutting wheels; the newest revolution in edging systems is the development of automated, multi-axis, computer-controlled routers that can accurately match the bevel of the lens to the frame groove. Some models can drill, edge groove, polish, pin bevel, and even engrave lenses. While the up-front cost of these systems may be expensive, they can save your office money in the long run while increasing revenue.

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