What’s more important? The pills or the pill bottle? Spending your eyeglass dollars correctly – PaulaTheOptician

Selecting the right frame for someone is fun for the most part. There are so many factors I take into consideration, including cost if the patient has expressed a concern about their budget. As an optician, it is my responsibility to make sure the patient can see out of their glasses first and foremost. Sometimes it appears the patient confuses cost of the frame with the quality of their lenses. All too often I have someone come in to see me saying they can’t see and they spent a fortune on their glasses. “The frames alone were $800!” If the frames alone were $800 and you only spent $1000 on your glasses, you probably didn’t get a great pair of glasses. You purchased a beautiful pill bottle.

What is more important? The pills or the pill bottle?

I use this example often with my patients so they can understand the importance of filling their eyeglass prescription with a quality set of lenses first and then, if they don’t have a budget and can spend what they want on the frame, great. If they have a budget then let me help them find a frame within their budget which will also look great and fit well.

Sadly, from experience, I can tell you, not every optician feels this way. Some opticians are not really opticians, they are sales people. They sell you a more expensive frame, tell you you’re getting the best lenses, and then put a progressive lens from 2003 in your frame. You might have trouble seeing but you’ll look amazing!

Imagine going to a pharmacy and the pharmacist saying, I’ll fill your prescription but let’s take a look at these amazing pill bottles you can choose. They range from free to $1000+. I know this is a little over the top because pills only last 30-90 days but I’m trying to stress the importance of focusing Your budgeted dollars in the right direction when cost is a factor.

Don’t get me wrong, anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE finding the perfect frame and how much I love the unique and whimsical frames. Unique and whimsical in a lower cost isn’t always as easy to find but as the frame buyer at my office, I do try to find them so I can offer them to the patients wanting unique on a budget.

Frames costs range from low to high for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s the difference in material, sometimes it is where the parts used in it come from; for example, if a frame has hinges made in Germany vs hinges made in China, the cost may be slightly higher, where the frame is designed, as well as where or how the frame is manufactured. I am not saying NOT to purchase a nice frame. I just want to stress the importance of making sure you are putting the right lenses and features into the frame you selected.

If you have vision benefits such as VSP (Vision Service Plan) or Eyemed, it is important you utilize your benefits as fiscally wise as you can. If you wear contact lenses as well, have the optician price out both ways. It is almost always better to use your benefits for eyeglasses and pay for the contacts.

For progressive lenses, make sure your optician is selecting a lens suited for how you are going to use them. If you are someone who ALWAYS takes their glasses off to drive or watch TV, then talk about an occupational pair of glasses instead of a normal progressive. If you are on a laptop a lot, make sure the progressive lens has a wide intermediate area as well as some type of blue light protection.

It is important to have confidence in your optician. He or she is a crucial part of you seeing the world as clear as possible!

Have a great frame you love? Share a picture of yourself wearing them! I’d love to see them.

Have a great day everyone and see the world as clearly as you can! 🤓

If you liked this article and want to read more, please follow me on Facebook @PaulaTheOptician or subscribe to this blog.  You can find my other writing, not related to eye care and optical on my site:  HaliPawz  Where I enjoy writing reviews, ADA adventures with my mom, as well as just some humorous things that happen to me.

 

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Frame Friday – L.A.M.B. 046 – April 27

It’s Friday!  Spring is finally starting to show it’s face here in Kansas City and I found some fun frames to show you today.  I have selected three styles from Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. collection.  All three frames look cute for everyday wear or you could easily customize it with a fun polarized lens and they make adorable sunglasses.

The L.A.M.B. collection is well made and hold up well,  I don’t have to do a lot of adjustments to them normally,  I don’t see patients coming back a lot to have them readjusted as well.

Gwen Stefani also has another collection called Gx which is just a little less expensive and still very much a reflection of her personality. It would be easy to find a frame you like in both collections! 🤓

Frame Friday 03/30/2018: FYSH 3596

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Hey everyone, today’s Frame Friday frame is the FYSH 3596.  It’s a very pretty frame with nice detailing and comes in four colors.  As you can see, it fits my big head really well, so it’s designed to compliment a larger head but FYSH makes a variety of frames in a variety of sizes.

Let me know what you think of today’s frame.  Do you have a favorite frame?  Share it in the comments.

 

 

My first Frame Friday!!

Every Friday I’ll showcase a different frame. I’ve always been a blogger, not a vlogger so bear with me as I venture into this new realm of video as well. I’m highlighting my Jimmy Choo 177 frame. If you’re personality shines bright like a diamond, this frame may be for you.

Have a great day everyone and see the world as clearly as you can! 🤓

If you liked this article and want to read more, please follow me on Facebook @PaulaTheOptician or subscribe to this blog.  You can find my other writing, not related to eye care and optical on my site:  HaliPawz  Where I enjoy writing reviews, ADA adventures with my mom, as well as just some humorous things that happen to me.

 

Welcome to my page

I am so excited to be launching this new site.  I feel like there is so much information waiting to be shared with the eyeglass consumer and no one is taking the time to share it.  Well I am!

A little about me…..

I’ve been an optician since 1993.  I picked up on optics very quickly and realized it was something I was good at.  Some may say I am great at it, I’ll let them say it, I’ll just say good.  Seriously though, I love to write, I love to educate, and I, dare I say it, yes, I will, I LOVE optics.  Actually, I love meeting the person who says their glasses have never been right or they’ve never been able to see out of them, and then here I come and work with them to trouble shoot every possible area and they walk out happy and seeing.  The only thing out of my control is the prescription.  If that is wrong, then the optician just can not do their job effectively.

Perfect glasses = 50% Prescription + 50% optician

This is a formula not every doctor would agree with, but the ones who don’t probably haven’t worked with a great optician.  🙂

I love frames so I will be showcasing some of my favorite frames as well.  If you have difficulty finding a frame or are looking for something different from what you’re currently wearing, I’m happy to help point you in the right direction.

I do work as an optician in the Kansas City Metro area in Overland Park, KS but this blog isn’t designed to get more business for me there.  It is designed to help educate you, the consumer or, as I will often refer to you as, the patient so you are armed with the right knowledge to purchase your eye wear wherever you choose.  If you do want to come see me, you are welcome to reach out to me.  You do not need to be a patient of our practice to purchase glasses from me.

So please feel free to browse my page.  Follow me to stay up to date with anything I post.  If you have an optical question as it relates to your eye-wear, please do not hesitate to ask.

The other side of my knowledge is the business side.  I have been able to turn a profit and see substantial growth with every office I have ever worked at, all while maintaining a fair pricing structure so if you are a private optometrist or ophthalmologist who has a dispensing area not doing as well as you would like, I would be happy to sit down with you as a consultant to discuss the things needed to see growth and set up a plan of action to move in the right direction.

I look forward to helping you “see” your world just a little better than you have before.