Finding the Right Blue Light Solution For Your Office

By Johnna Dukes, ABOC
Monday, March 21, 2016 10:11 AM Everywhere you look you are inundated with information about how harmful blue light is for your visual system and your body in general when it comes to disruption of sleep cycles. You probably understand blue light is harmful, but might not be sure which products will work best in your office. Which products do what they claim and what should you tell your patients about them? So, what’s a good Optician to do? What we always do, find solutions for our patients.

The Fog Has Lifted

By Johnna Dukes, ABOC
Monday, October 12, 2015 12:15 AM So, it seems everyone wants the look of the big plastic acetate frames, fun, colorful, oversized frames. I get it, I wear them too, and truth be told, I love them.  Hold on, Let’s rephrase this statement, I LOVE LOVE them!

Improving Free-Form Lenses With Variable Base Curves And Digital Individualization (Part Two)

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Monday, September 14, 2015 9:05 AM Do you agree with the statement, "Free-form, i.e., digitally-compensated lenses produce more satisfied patients"? I know most do agree, because when I ask that question to those in attendance at my classes, almost all of them selling digital lenses say they agree.

Improving Free-Form Lenses With Variable Base Curves And Digital Individualization (Part One)

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Sunday, September 6, 2015 1:05 PM

For every power, there is an ideal base curve. The industry, for various reasons, doesn't strictly adhere to this principle, but it's crucial to note that base curves are still very important. As it turns out, good optics are more closely related to base curve than typically thought.

Snell's Law: If You Really Want To Learn Something, Teach It.

By Maggie Sayers, ABOM
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:09 PM

I had the honor to be the facilitator for the development of an education program “Refraction for Opticians.” You cannot understand refraction without knowing basic optics. Re-visiting trigonometry brought back memories of a lot of challenging math-moments and the glorious, “I got it,” experience. Searching for new tools to teach standard topics brought us to Khan Academy.

Clear Business Strategy

By Dora Plisic, Marketing, PPG Optical Materials Europe
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 2:06 PM

In one of my last articles, Diversifying Your Lens Portfolio, I explained a three-tier approach used in the everyday operation of a car dealership. The car dealership sees different types of customers every day and they recommend a good, better and best offering according to the type of customer.

Value for Money

By Dora Plisic, Trade Manager Europe, PPG Optical Materials
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 10:05 AM

When recommending a lens material for your customers, it can be helpful to think of the business philosophy, “Value for Money.” In short, “Value for Money” is the idea that for every dollar spent on a product or service, the purchaser gets a certain amount of value or use in return.

Trivex Material, Still a New and Growing Lens Category

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 7:35 PM Frame choice also drives material choice. Usually the patient will select their frames first and then the lenses. This can present a problem with some lens materials. Consider the combination of a plus lens and a grooved semi-rimless frame.

Building Blocks of Lenses

By Nathan Troxell, PPG, Global Marketing Manager, Lens Materials
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 10:11 AM

To many spectacle wearers, lenses are simply two pieces of glass (OK, perhaps some patients have learned that most lenses today are in fact made from plastic materials) suspended in front of their eyes by some type of metal or plastic “holder”.

Trivex Material, Still a New and Growing Lens Category

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 10:11 AM When compared to CR-39 monomer, lenses made with Trivex material are up to 15 to 20 percent thinner and always about a third lighter. An aspheric design will further reduce thickness and weight. While there are other higher index materials that can make lenses even thinner, lightness depends on final lens volume and its specific gravity.

Vision is Priceless

By Dora Plisic, Trade Manager Europe, PPG Optical Materials
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 10:15 AM

We all have to make cost-benefit decisions on a daily basis. Is it worth going 10 minutes out of your way to get that really good cup of coffee? If you install energy-efficient appliances in your home, will you get that return on investment?

America In A Fog?

By Stephanie Castro, PhD.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 10:10 AM

You open the oven door to check your pizza, your glasses fog up. You’re speeding down a ski slope, your glasses and your goggles fog up. You step out of an air-conditioned car into the summer swelter, your sunglasses fog up.

Trivex Material, Still a New and Growing Lens Category

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 10:10 AM

Trivex material’s development has been consistent with the way new technologies build sophistication into products. In the past, a lens material had to be more closely matched with the prescription and the end results wanted. This is no longer the case.

What Are Patients Looking For In Their Eyewear?

By Nathan Troxell,
Marketing Manager, Optical Materials, PPG Industries

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 9:58 AM PPG Industries recently conducted a survey among spectacle wearers in the U.S. that affirmed while consumers are interested in lenses that provide a combination of features, they are unfamiliar with their choices.

Material Choice for Various Lifestyles, and Your Practice

By Dick Whitney
Carl Zeiss Vision, Manager Industry Standards
ANSI Z80.1 Chair, Vision Council Lens Tech Committee Chair

Monday, August 4, 2014 11:00 AM In 1972, President Nixon signed into law what is referred to today as the "FDA Impact regulation." This regulation, otherwise known as Title 21 CFR 801.410, has continues to influence our industry to this day.
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