Celebrate Paraoptometrics

By Linda Hardy, LDO, CPOT, COA
Monday, September 26, 2016 12:15 AM Alerting all optometrists and optometric managers, September 18th thru September 24th was Paraoptometric Week. This is a week to recognize all of the hard working optometric technicians in your office. The American Optometric Association observes it the third week of September annually. Doctors and managers are encouraged to recognize their staff in fun and creative ways. To help with this, the AOA has items that can be printed off the website under the Paraoptometric Recognition Week recognition kit.

Society to Advance Opticianry Honors Barry Santini, OO, as 2016 Ophthalmic Optician of the Year

By OH Staff
Monday, September 26, 2016 12:10 AM

AUSTIN, Texas—The Society to Advance Opticianry has named Barry Santini, OO, as the 2016 Ophthalmic Optician of the Year. The organization plans to present him with a certificate acknowledging this honor during their annual meeting to be held in Las Vegas at Vision Expo West on Saturday Sept. 17, 2016.

Darryl Meister’s Educational Forum – The Importance of Understanding Color Deficiency

By Mindi Lewis, MA, ABOC, FNAO
Monday, August 29, 2016 1:15 PM

It is my honor and pleasure to publish in today’s Opticians Handbook eblast the first of what I hope will be many more research papers submitted by students or their instructors of vision science in the Darryl Meister Educational Forum section.

Barry Santini named 2016 Ophthalmic Optician of the Year

By OH Staff
Monday, June 13, 2016 1:35 PM

We’ve been known to brag (just a bit) from time to time about our talented and prestigious group of Contributing Editors – both past and present. We have exciting news to share about one of our past Contributing Editors for the Opticians Handbook - Barry Santini, O.O. (Ophthalmic Optician®).

Healthy Vision Month

By Linda Hardy, CPOT, COA, LDO-GA
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 1:25 PM

May is Healthy Vision Month, a national eye health observance established in May 2003 by the National Eye Institute. NEI is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Millions of people in the United States have undiagnosed eye diseases and vision problems. This is a month to help educate your community on the importance of a routine comprehensive dilated exam to maintain eye health and preserve vision.

Need to Get Certified?

By Linda Hardy, CPOT, LDO, COA
Monday, November 23, 2015 3:06 PM I had the great opportunity to teach a class at a recent conference in Athens, Georgia. The class was on innovations in technology in the eye field. I was so glad to see the optometric technicians that attended. We had the time to have an in-depth conversation on the topics I presented, which was great.

ANSI Z80.1 – 2015 Revision Has Just Been Published!

By Dick Whitney – Carl Zeiss Vision
ANSI Z80.1 Chair
Executive Director of the Optical Heritage Museum

Monday, November 23, 2015 3:00 PM As chairman of the ANSI Z80.1 spectacle lens committee, I am excited to announce that a new 2015 revision has just been published and is available for purchase at the ANSI online store. ANSI Z80.1 provides recommended tolerances and quality guidelines for prescription ophthalmic lenses in edged or assembled form. This standard is targeted for updating every five years to keep current with industry innovations and product and process evolution.

The Evolution of ANSI Z80.1 Spectacle Lens Standards

By Dick Whitney (ANSI Z80.1 Chairman)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:10 PM "I follow ANSI Standards when inspecting mounted lenses prior to dispensing."

Mini Summit Webinars Planned For Opticians

Monday, April 22, 2013 7:55 PM

In order to give all opticians a voice in the goals, objectives and actions being implemented following last year's Opticianry Summit, the Opticianry Summit Leadership Team has announced a mini summit webinar scheduled for May.

Opticianry Summit Update

Monday, April 8, 2013 8:04 PM

Opticianry Summit Purpose: To create a shared vision for Opticianry, a practical strategic plan and commitment to action.

Today's optical industry is on the verge of major changes in healthcare and technology. Future healthcare reform may impact the role of the optician.

What Constitutes A Sunglass Meeting The ANSI Z87 Safety Standard?

Monday, February 25, 2013 3:00 PM

By Barry Santini ABOM

To protect for sun and safety, both the frame and the lens must be safety certified.

In this case, the frame, unlike dress eyewear, takes on as much importance as the lenses.

The ANSI Z87.1-2003 High Impact Safety Standard
Both the frame and lens require safety certification, what does that mean? The answers lie in the requirements set forth in an industry wide agreement called ANSI Z87.1-2003.

Why Should Eye Protective Sunwear Be ANSI Z87 Safety Certified?

Monday, February 11, 2013 7:03 PM

By Barry Santini, ABOM

They're stylish, edgy, and virtually shatterproof and ANSI safety certified.

Sounds like an unusual combination, especially when describing a fashionable sunglass. Yet it’s probably the best way to think about them since it’s likely that your sunglasses will be required to deliver some special functionality at some time in its life on behalf of you. What do I mean?

Prescription Copy Speed Bumps

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 1:46 PM

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM

I recently had two instances where an office placed speed bumps in the way of the patient when they requested a copy of their prescription.

In the first instance, I received a call from a friend in the mid-west who asked, “Is there a charge for a copy of your prescription?” It turns out that his elderly mother was going to be charged for a copy of her prescription after not receiving one during or at the end a recent office visit for an exam.

Quick Reference - ANSI Z80.1 - 2010

Monday, December 5, 2011 5:52 PM

 This summary, courtesy of OptiCampus.com, of the principal optical and geometrical tolerances from the new ANSI Z80.1-2010, American National Standard for Ophthalmics—Prescription Ophthalmic Lenses. This includes both mounted and unmounted tolerances for...

Introduction To "Standards"

Thursday, November 24, 2011 12:38 AM