IcareLabs Blog

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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Scott and Skip Payne officially retire from IcareLabs

Announcing Scott and Skip Payne's Official Retirement

Dec 22, 2023 9:35:01 AM

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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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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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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national sunglasses day is right around the corner. Learn more about the importance of wearing UV protective eyewear.

Sunglasses and UV Protection

Jun 28, 2023 9:00:00 AM

As most know by now, June 27th is National Sunglasses Day. I am pretty sure that most of us are not planning a big cookout, family time, and presents. It does fall on a Tuesday which already has its own purpose. Who doesn't enjoy Taco Tuesday? I believe tacos cover 4 of the 5 major food groups, but I digress.

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Varilux XR is launching soon and Essilor recently hosted a training in Louisiana

Varilux XR Update

Jun 9, 2023 4:26:25 PM

This blog is coming to you live from New Orleans, LA. where Essilor is kicking off training to sales teams on the upcoming Varilux XR and XR track. Tina Farrell, our Director of Account Management, and myself were fortunate enough to be part of these trainings.

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