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The Kodak Lens Experience And Your Practice

Jun 11, 2019 11:14:22 AM

Kodak Lens now offers 2 options to help you upgrade your office and set your practice apart from the rest with one of America's best known brands and it's Kodak Lens Corner Educational Center or the Kodak Lens Experience. 

Take advantage of the solution that best fits your practice's needs while helping drive patients through the door and give them hands on point-of purchase materials that help them understand the benefits of various lens upgrades.

Let's take a look at both options so you can see what Kodak Lens can do for your bottom line.

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Don't stress over your lab bill, IcareLabs can help!

How To Find The Right Wholesale Optical Labs

Jan 10, 2019 9:01:00 AM

We all know the end of any year tends to be one of the busiest times for anyone in the optical industry. It can get a bit crazy between the holidays and patients trying to cash in their vision plans before they reset.

 

Now that has passed, many practices are seeing their lab bills in a new light and most likely thinking about how they can lower that bill so they can increase their bottom line without sacrificing the quality products that their patients have come to expect.

 

Just like your New Year's resolutions, there is no better time than the first of the year to take an objective look at what your current wholesale optical lab is doing for you and if there is any room for improvement.

 

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Glasses are how much?

How to Respond to You're Too Expensive

Apr 13, 2017 5:34:16 PM

You've made sure that you and your staff are educated about the many important features and benefits of high-end designer eyewear, protective lens coatings and the latest digital technologies available for your patients' ever-changing eyeglass needs. 

I remember my experience with my first pair of progressive prescription eyeglasses. I was not in the eyewear business at the time. The sign read "2 Pair for $49" and I needed new glasses. When the optician told me my shiny, new glasses would be $400, I was a bit taken aback, to say the least.

Fortunately for me, the eyecare professional was able to explain my options and the reasons for the price in a way that educated me and helped me appreciate the quality product I was getting.

So, how do you do that? How do you communicate to your patients in a way that changes their perceptions and makes them happy they came to see you?

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New Infographic: 10 Eye Health Problems Detected Through Our Eyes

Apr 4, 2017 11:18:46 AM

Just in case you missed it, there's a great infograph in the March 13, 2017 issue of Vision Monday. It gives great information you can share with your patients about factors that can effect eye health. "Studies have shown that eyes are definite windows to our overall health."

Remind your patients that annual eye exams are an important key to healthy living, and that many health issues may be identified and/or predicted during their eye doctor visit.

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Redefining How America Shops - Taking a Look at Online Eyewear Sales

Sep 20, 2016 3:08:05 PM

Online Shopping on the Wild Wild Web

In the past few newsletters, we’ve included articles on how to better understand and appeal to Millennials. The hope is to provide some ideas that will help you capture some of this unique, new generation of consumers. One aspect that is important to understand is the online shopping habits of Millennials.

There’s a great article in the newest Eyecare Business Magazine that gives the latest statistics about online eyewear sales, and how Millennials have helped propel online Rx eyewear. In addition, the article gives some great advice on how to make your brick and mortar business better compete with the online eywear providers.

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IcareLabs wants to help your optical increase patient satisfaction

10 Tips to Improve Patient Satisfaction For Your Optical

Jul 13, 2016 3:03:18 PM


As you well know, being in retail business these days comes with some interesting challenges that entrepreneurs like yourself never had to consider. Today, Internet savvy consumers are doing their research before you ever get a chance to talk to them. Consumers with a desire to shop local small businesses, or those who are looking to be loyal patrons to a shop down the street are becoming harder to find as a more "global" approach sets in.

So, it's more important than ever to do everything we can to keep our patients happy and eager to not only come back every time, but to tell others about us! 

With that in mind, I've come across 10 tips to consider when thinking about patient satisfaction for your optical shop. Some of these ideas you're probably already doing. But, it never hurts to review how you measure up. After all, it could mean the difference between a once-in-a-lifetime customer and a loyal return patient and their family.

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Managed Vision Care Legislative Update

May 27, 2016 2:46:42 PM


Over the past few years, several states have passed legislation relating to managed vision care. Many of these new laws prohibit managed vision care plans from mandating that the ECP must use a designated lab to make the lenses covered under the plan. This means many of our customers can now use IcareLabs for these managed vision care plans, depending on what state your practice is in!

In some states, the managed vision care plan is still entitled to set differing reimbursement rates for out-of-network supplies and services. Check with the managed vision care plan for more information.

According to The Vision Council, there have been 40 such legislative efforts, some of which were not signed into law, or died in process. Below is a summary of bills that have become law, or are currently somewhere in the legislative process. The summaries were provided by The Vision Council.

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Explaining the “Why?” brings satisfied customers and more sales!

Mar 9, 2016 5:08:34 PM

Today's Informed Consumers

The way business is being done now is very different from the way business was done even ten years ago. Today, 90% of Americans spend at least two hours a day on digital devices. When a consumer is interested in a product or service, they look it up and do research on the Internet. Don’t you? They are a more informed consumer than the customer of the past.

In doing business today, it is not just marketing campaigns with a message of, “We offer this great product, buy it”. It is about building relationships, getting the patient to be interactive with you as their eye doctor, with your staff and with the products you offer. It is necessary to inform the patient as to “Why” what you and your company offers is for them.

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How to Deal with Negative Online Reviews

Jan 29, 2016 12:47:58 PM

So, you’ve worked hard to get your website and social media to a place where you can be found, and people can learn all about your optical business and it’s products and excellent customer service. Things are going along just fine. People are starting to follow you, like you, share your posts and visit your website.

Suddenly, a customer posts a bad review on your social media page!

It’s not the end of the world. Sometimes negative reviews happen. However, there are some things you need to know to make the best out of the situation. And, if all goes well, you could actually spin a negative online review into a positive one for your optical store.

There is significant evidence that a bad review can hurt your bottom line. According to a survey by Zendesk in 2013, customers are much more likely to leave a bad review on social media than they are a positive one. Furthermore, 88% of more than 1,000 U.S. survey respondents said their purchase decisions are influenced by online reviews. According to Reevoo, reviews produce an average 18% uplift in sales. However, negative reviews can turn potential customers away in a heartbeat.

More and more, people are turning to the Internet and Social Media to do research before and during the purchase process. Web-savvy purchasers are factoring in online reviews in their decision-making, so you can’t just ignore the reviews and hope they go away.

Here are some helpful tips how to deal with negative online reviews.

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