Category: Industry

Why I Decided To Join The Optical Women’s Association

In light of myself being the current featured member of the Optical Women’s Association, I thought I would share why I decided to become a member. The optical world is very small, yet very large. I like to always be busy doing something, but simply blogging wasn’t filling up my cup. I wanted to reach more types of people, to learn from them and with them, and provide value where I could. I was a guest on the OWA Talks

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Carissa Dunphy in INVISION Magazine

Be Included In My Monthly Column

A few months back I took over a column in INVISION Magazine called REAL DEAL. The concept is super cool and not like a typical column in any magazine. I write a scenarios that are inspired by true stories but are changed to sharpen the dilemmas involved. This story gets sent out by email and readers are asked to respond with their solutions to the said problem.  The peer-sourced opinions/solutions are then collected and then later published with the original

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Carissa Dunphy, Optician Now, Cover of ROWT Magazine

Carissa on Cover of Latest ROWT Magazine

If you have not yet heard of ROWT Magazine, let me introduce you! ROWT stands for Reps and Opticians Working Together. It is a newer industry publication, this being the third issue. All of the content is written by opticians or reps, and all relating to our places within the industry. ROWT was founded by, you guessed it, a rep and an optician 🙂 I am honored to be on the cover of this third issue, and I also have

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ROWT Magazine feature on Optician Now

New Optician & Frame Rep Magazine

Reps and Opticians Working Together (ROWT) The backstory: One idea and a blossoming friendship turned into a waterfall of brainstorming when Mikki who is a frame rep, and Chelsea, who is the owner of her own online independent frame company met on Instagram in late winter 2020. Mikki began her career transition from Certified Ophthalmic Assistant to Territory Sales Frame Rep in July 2020 with no background in sales, just a love for eyes. Coming into a new career in the

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My Experience Creating a CE Course

After I created my first CE course I was reflecting on all of the things I had learned during the process… not to mention all of the content I had come up with to put into the course. I came up with so many great things that I thought it would be a great idea to share with others! Take a look at the process and what I learned by reading my article at Women in Optometry.

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INVISION Magazine Article: Optical Resources to Better Yourself

For the new year I had the privilege of having Invision Magazine publish an article of mine about bettering yourself in the new year. The article lists a ton of resources on becoming certified at some level. Read the full article here, Better Yourself in 2021 With This Variety of Resources to Advance Your Optical Career.

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Optician Now 2019 Top 9

Hindsight: 2019 turned out how I had hoped

I started Optician Now in quarter 4 of 2018. I tried to structure the brand with a solid platform so adding to it as time goes on would be easy. Let me give you a summary of where I began. Website I put a lot of time into researching what opticians search for online. One of the priorities was ABO exam prep so I scoured the internet for resources and put them all in one place. NCLE was not far

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Gigi Barcelona

The Eyewear After Party

The After Party Eyewear show just had their fourth event, this time in Seattle. A while back I had seen photos of previous events on social media and I thought to myself, what a great idea, to have an event showing only independent frame lines (I’ve always worked for independent OD’s and we try to support the independents). Well, to my surprise, about seven weeks ago The After Party announced their next show in Seattle, which is where I live.

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Optometry Review, 1908

History of Opticians From a 100+ Year Old Book

I was handed down a copy of The Optical Journal from 1908, which was passed down from my Clinic Manager’s previous generations who all took pride in their professions in the Optical industry. I have a sense of pride in being able to read this publication, knowing the history of those who have previously read it and deemed it important enough to keep and pass down after all of these years. We work in an industry that changes people’s lives

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