Do you have an optical nightmare? Gordon strode through the front door just before noon. The first thing that he noticed was the unmistakable odor of tuna. This was not the welcome scent of a freshly seared sesame-crusted tuna steak. Of course it wasn’t. Rather, the stench that was currently assailing his nostrils was more of the canned variety. Perhaps even the canned … [Read more...]
Winter is Coming
For those of you unfamiliar with Game of Thrones, allow me to give a very brief summary of the plot-line, as I feel it is startlingly similar to what's going on in the optical industry at present. Picture it: you have one extremely wealthy and powerful family (or company) that is seeking to rule everyone else. In their quest for that, any competing families are either bought … [Read more...]
It’s A Wonderful Lab
Why Would You Ever Want To Run an Optical Lab? The words bounced around in his brain. “Nobody makes money in a lab,” he could still hear what they had told him years ago. They might not have been wrong. George sat, staring down at the contract in front of him. He was tired. So tired. He’d spent so many hours behind this desk, sitting in this chair - checking work, filling out … [Read more...]
FEA Industries, Inc.
At FEA, we are focused on providing the best combination of value, performance, service, and technology to our customers. We aren’t concerned with jacking up our prices so you can pay more for a brand name. We want to be able to offer the best vision for your patient, while making sure you can run your business cost-effectively. Eagle™ progressive lenses give you an option … [Read more...]
Are Your Sales Frozen?
Sometimes your world changes. Things happen that you don’t account for. Whether it’s a change in the business landscape, or your parents dying horrifically in an ill-fated sea voyage - things can go from ‘ok’ to ‘oh no’ quickly. Being able to adapt to new situations is necessary in both business and everyday life. As many have no doubt seen, the eyewear industry has changed … [Read more...]
Increase Patient Revenue with Add-Ons
What is one of the best ways to improve your bottom line this year? You can add more patients or more hours, but these options will cost more in payroll and marketing. The best way to improve your bottom line is to increase revenue per patient. This can be done in a number of ways, such as raising prices on frames, lenses, contacts, and services. In spite of that, insurance … [Read more...]
When you offer a product in your store - especially AR coatings - you want to be sure of the product you’re selling. You don’t want to find out later that what you sold wasn’t any good, since you’re the one that it’s going to come back and bite. When it comes to a quality coating, I like to look at the warranties. Usually the longer the warranty, the safer you are, … [Read more...]
Just what I needed… another magazine
Yes, that’s right, it’s another optical magazine with a three-letter title. I’m sure you’ve been waiting for another one to come out, so here we are. When looking at all of the magazines currently available, none of them really fit what I wanted to see, so I went ahead and decided to do it myself. Thus, we have opt magazine. That’s ‘opt’, not oh-pee-tee. As in, “The … [Read more...]
There is an impressive number of social media outlets available today, and sometimes it can be hard to tell which one is good for what. Especially when you look at them from a professional point of view. The one thing that many of these outlets have is that they were all in some way derived from a common ancestor - the internet forum. This was one of the first popular … [Read more...]
Eagle™ lenses are dedicated to giving you the best, most technologically advanced lenses available. This is why Eagle™ represents not simply ‘a lens’, but rather a whole portfolio of digital free-form lens designs. Having a good product is about giving you choice. We all know that there’s no such thing as a silver bullet when it comes to lenses. One lens isn’t going to solve … [Read more...]