I try to be brand neutral for the most part on my site. I may tell you what brands I like and why, but I also respect there are a lot of different options and what is good for one optician or patient may not be as good for another patient. I started to share this information just on my Facebook page but decided to put something on here as well.
If you are needing new glasses and can get to a location over the next week to take advantage of this, I highly recommend you do.
The Ultimate Lens Package promotion is ending January 31st. This promotion has been really good for us in the sense that it has helped a lot of our patients be able to purchase two pairs of glasses for an affordable price. It hasn’t been great from a business perspective, which may be why some locations didn’t really like it. It created more work for the opticians, as well as more time spent with the patient without a real fiscal gain. I loved it though because it truly benefited the patient.
Here’s how it worked……if you bought the qualifying items in your first set of glasses, you would get the second set of lenses completely free, you just had to pay for the frame. To help our patients out, we would still give them the second pair discount and give them 20% off their frame.
There is a single vision option; Eyezen as well as a progressive (no line multifocal) option; Varilux X. It can be combined with insurance. Our VSP patients often took advantage of the promotion.
You do have to get Transitions lenses in the first pair. If you haven’t been a fan of transitions in the past, I would highly recommend the Graphite Green color. Another option for single vision lens wearer is to go with a fun new color like Sapphire, just pick one that matches your frame colors. If you give the transitions a whirl for 30 days and determine you just don’t like them, because the promotion is sponsored by Essilor, you can have them remade in a clear pair as long as you let the office know in a reasonable amount of time. We generally said between 30-60 days to let us know.
The second pair can be another regular everyday pair with or without transitions, it can be an occupational pair, or a great sunglass complete with polarized lenses, including fun colors like Xperio UV lenses. Occupational lenses, for those who don’t know, are designed for someone who spends a lot of time focused on the intermediate portion such as reading music or sitting at a desktop computer for long periods of time. If you are doing that, make sure your optician does a modified version of the Varilux x for your occupational lens, not just do a single vision or even the Essilor computer. We have the modified Varilux X is more comfortable, especially for those patients who sit and use multiple monitors at work.
It is ending soon so if you’re in the Kansas City Area you can come see me. You’re also welcome to go see any essilor provider. To locate an office near you, feel free to use the location finder to find a location this next week to help you. https://www.essilorusa.com/get-lenses/where-to-buy#/
Please note, while this may seem like an Essilor advertisement, it is not. I am not getting any compensation for posting this post. I’m doing it because I feel like it was a great promotion and it’s ending in a week so I wanted to make sure it was known it was ending. If you are reading this AFTER the promotion ended, I know they have another promotion starting February 1st but it isn’t as great of a deal for the patient. Always remember to ask your optician if there are any promotions you can take advantage of, especially if you are purchasing multiple pairs.
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Today’s Frame Friday is more about the package I’ve put together than it is about the frame itself. As the weather is getting nicer, a lot of us start working on our projects or our “to-do” lists. Maybe it’s keeping the yard nice or building a swing set. Every day we put ourselves into situations where we could, potentially, harm our eyes. A stick or stone could fly out and hit your eye, a piece of wood could fly out and embed itself into it. So many things could happen, it is important to remember to wear the correct eyewear to protect ourselves.
My yard lighting changes drastically from the front yard to the back depending on what time of the day I am cutting. Or the trees cause a lot more shade in some parts than others. Because of this, wearing sunglasses just isn’t always feasible. I almost ran over a family of baby bunnies one year and it traumatized me so I am constantly on the look out now for things in my yard. My dogs also have a habit of leaving their toys outside so I sometimes have to stop and pick something up. Having a pair of safety glasses that adjusts to the lighting outside is helpful.
I paired the safey frame Uvex by Honeywell SW06E with the Transitions Vantage Lenses so I would still have the polarized feature when I was outside in the sun and then used a private anti-reflective coating our lab offers to keep the cost down a little since they are just safety glasses. Depending on the work you’re going to be doing, you could even skip the anti-reflective coating and just do a good scratch resistant coating to give you a good two year warranty.
The nice think about the SW06E is that it fits a variety of face sizes, it has different size nosepads to help it fit better, and comes with a replaceable sweat / brow bar to help absorb the sweat when you’re working in warmer conditions.
The frame also comes in Orange / Black as well as an all black frame with smoke colored lenses already in it. You can buy these frames just as they are and use them. The frames are Z87.1 Frames which means they can be used in any area where OSHA requires safety eyewear to be worn.
Overall, these are a great pair of safety glasses to be worn and will last me for a few years. As I mentioned, there are a few tweaks I could do to make them a little less expensive so a good optician will always help you find a pair of safety or sports glasses that will keep your eyes, and face, protected while also remembering to stay within your budget as best as they can.
Hey everyone, today’s Frame Friday is going to be a little different. As spring is finally here and we are starting to enjoy the thought of warm weather, I’m reminded a lot of youth will be starting to their spring and summer sporting events. While so much focus is put on having the right equipment for the right sport, safe eyewear is often left out of the focus. All too often it is believed his or her everyday frame is fine to be worn when playing sports. I grew up when you didn’t see children wearing helmets but as our knowledge of safety and head injuries has improved, so has the visibility of almost all children wearing helmets when riding a bike, skateboarding, etc. We need to see this type of focus on safety eyewear for youth sports.
Pairing the sports glasses with the correct lens combinations make a difference. For many sports, I often recommend the Transitions Vantage lens because it has a light tint at all times to help with most lighting conditions but when your child is playing outside, they transition to a polarized lens, protecting them from the sun while still giving them great vision. I have also recommended this combination for motorcyclists as well as adults needing safety glasses for outside work. Even doing chores around the yard such as cutting the grass is safer with the right eye protection.
Sometimes we forget just how dangerous any sport can be. While I don’t want to take away from the fun and enjoyment of playing a sport, I want to remind everyone to do it safely, wearing all of the necessary safety equipment, including safety eye wear. Even if your child, or you yourself, doesn’t need corrective lenses to see, it doesn’t mean you wouldn’t benefit from a sport / safety eyeglass. Sunglasses are NOT a substitute for safe eye wear.
Liberty Sport Betty Frame Photo Credit: Liberty Sport
If you have any questions about how to protect your eyes with whatever activity you enjoy, feel free to leave a comment or reach out to your optician.
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! 🤓
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