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What are ANSI Standards?

What Are ANSI Standards?

Apr 4, 2024 10:41:37 AM

We've all committed to it, and the majority are sticking to it: "No lenses outside of ANSI Standards." As an industry, we rely on ANSI to define what's acceptable and what's not. If a pair of lenses meets ANSI Standards after being fitted into the frame, we can be confident that the patient will receive functional glasses.

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how to increase Transitions photochromic sales in an optical

How to Increase Transitions Sales

Mar 20, 2024 1:04:17 PM

It's quite surprising to learn that 75% of current eyewear patients expressed their interest in purchasing Transitions® prescription lenses if given the option. This statistic highlights a significant opportunity for eyecare providers to cater to their patients' needs and preferences more effectively while increasing average sales price (ASP).

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Varilux shortens their line of progressives by discontinuing the traditional versions of all, making digital progressives their only offering.

Varilux Announces Product Discontinuations

Feb 23, 2024 12:58:13 PM

EssilorLuxottica has announced that they will be discontinuing several older lens designs within the Varilux product line at the end of this month as part of a push to simplify their product offerings. This will benefit us all and make choosing the correct lens for your patient easier than ever. We'll take a look at what products are going away as well as give you recommendations for replacements in this blog.

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IcareLabs becomes a fully certified wholesale safety lab for your Varilux, Crizal, and Shamir lenses.

Are You Getting Your Share of Sales in the Safety Market?

Jan 30, 2024 10:00:00 AM

Safety lenses and safety frames are an established and consistent section of the overall optical market with prescription safety being a built-in segment of business required by many employers for their employees to safely do their jobs. So the question is, what are you doing to make sure your optical is also getting its fair share of this business?

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Doing a year end review is important to discover what brands or products make our optical most successful

Why Your Optical Shop Should Do a Year End Review

Dec 18, 2023 3:41:19 PM

As the year 2023 comes to a close, many of us have likely already started making New Year's resolutions. Setting goals and making plans for the upcoming year are undoubtedly important. However, I would argue that it is equally important to take the time to reflect on the past year.

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Scott and Skip Payne officially retire from IcareLabs

Announcing Scott and Skip Payne's Official Retirement

Dec 18, 2023 1:35:32 PM

As we bid farewell to 2023, we are both thrilled and saddened to announce the retirement of Scott Payne and Skip Payne from our organization. It is with a mix of excitement and nostalgia that we reflect on their leadership journey at IcareLabs, which began in the early 2000s following the passing of their father, our beloved founder, John Payne.

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Are you selling on price or value for your optical shop?

Are You Selling Based on Price or Value?

Oct 11, 2023 1:37:29 PM

"Price is what you pay; value is what you get" is one of Warren Buffett's most famous quotes. While a lot of people are familiar with this quote, many do not put this into practice. Understanding value vs. price is key for not only your sales dollars but also your patient's satisfaction and return business.

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It is important to take a break from work to make yourself a better worker

Take a Break, You Probably Need It!

Sep 11, 2023 10:00:00 AM

If you're like most workers in America today, you're probably tired and having trouble sleeping. Work seems to follow you everywhere - from the dinner table to family gatherings and even into bed. It's time for a vacation, or as our friends across the great pond call it, a holiday. Whatever you want to call it, you definitely need it.

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The eye care industry has a bright future despite the decades of what we thought were the end of the optical industry.

A Future So Bright, We Need Shades

Jul 11, 2023 11:16:48 AM

Mark Twain, in response to a newspaper article reporting his death, hilariously stated that "The reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated". This famous quote could have been used by our industry numerous times over the past few decades.

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