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Free and discounted optician credits

Free (and discounted) Online CE’s While You’re Stuck at Home

Most of us are spending many more hours at home during this (hopefully not too long) uncharted time.  If you are still at work, you’re probably slower than usual. Let’s take this time to educate ourselves and get some continuing education credits! I’ve compiled a list of free and super-discounted online courses – most of them are free or discounted only for a limited time so be sure to take them ASAP.  It’s likely that in-person CE events will be sparse

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Social Eye Interview on social media

Interview: The Social Eye’s Peggy Gartin

Our industry has an enormous social media presence, specifically Instagram, where we can visually market ourselves and our practices. While there are so many practices utilizing these platforms, many are not. How do I, an industry resource, help guide those who need advice on social media? I get an expert and ask them the real questions you want answers to. Meet Peggy Gartin, founder of The Social Eye, an optical industry social media marketing consultant. She has spent the last

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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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Scott Harris 462

I Know I’ll Never Love a Frame Again

Yes, the song. I was going through a sad time when I realized that I would never love a frame the way I have loved my Scott Harris 462 over the past few years. I’ll never get rid of my SH462 but I am wanting to spice things up a bit and wear something new to sell. I’m a tough face to fit and I’m quite the critic. I’m always looking for new frames but I’ve really been looking hard

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recycle glasses lenses

How to Recycle Lenses From Glasses

Costa Del Mar recently launched their “Kick Plastic” Recycling Program which raises awareness and provides solutions for reducing plastic waste in the oceans. Costa was #BornOnTheWater by a group of fishermen in 1983. Since then, they have supported causes that contribute to the preservation of our watery world. Lately they’ve seen an increasing amount of plastic pollution on their adventures. Plastic is not only clogging our landfills but is finding its way into our waterways and oceans at an unprecedented

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Mr. 0ptix

Opticians From Behind Bars

This post is to introduce you to Akeel, a.k.a. Mr. 0ptix. I met him on social media when I was impressed by the photos of the excellent lab work he does, and he does quite a variety of different lenses and tints. Akeel also started hosting Gucci frame giveaway contests and I started to see his social presence take off as he found the voice  he wanted to present to the world. He mentioned to me that he wanted to

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how to recycle contact lens packaging

How to Recycle Contact Lenses and Blister Packs

I’ve posted a few images on Instagram of the thousands of contact lens blister packs we have recycled in my office and I keep getting the same response, “How can my office recycle too”? Before I go into how easy this program is to take advantage of, I want to touch on what a great service this is. Used contact lenses, the plastic bubble and the foil lid can all be recycled but due to their small size they most

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Optician and Optical Tattoos

Optician and Optical Tattoos

We all know how passionate we are about our jobs, we take pride in our work and truly love what we do. Many people have occupation related tattoos but I think Opticians and those in our industry take the cake. We perhaps may because glasses are so trendy and stylish, but mostly because we like to show off what we love to do. I am proud to share some Optician tattoos, with their permission. Got your own Optical tattoo? Contact

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europa eyewear

How Your Frame Rep Should Help You (written by a frame rep)

Howdy Buyers! When I made the decision to jump to this side of the optical business, I wanted to work with a company that aligned with my values and ethics. I want to help others and show businesses how they can grow. I’m passionate about our local community and I’m inspired by how passionate you are about this industry. (If you’re reading this group, you’re my kind of people!) At my interview with Scott (yep, Scott Harris himself) he asked me

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Minus and Plus Cylinder

Why do Optometrists write Rx’s in negative cylinder while Ophthalmologists use positive cylinder?

Last week I came across this question in a forum, which I have always wondered why, and leave it to the Optical Yoda, Van Rue to answer and allowed me to share: Ages ago, Cylinder was ground on the front of all lenses beginning around 1835, with sphere on the back… so Cyl was noted in plus form by Ophthalmology, since is was being formalized around this same time. However, in the early 1900’s Dr. A. Estelle Glancy and Dr.

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