The term “work in progress” accurately defines most prescription optical laboratories. No matter how smoothly a lab may be running, there’s always something that needs updating or replacing, whether it’s adding a single piece of equipment, reengineering an entire production line or even building a whole facility. It’s an endless cycle of invention and reinvention, and labs must learn to adjust to it while continuing to service customers, a challenge which can be daunting for any business.
Opticians, like most employees, can be shy about pointing out areas of needed improvement to the boss, especially if those needed improvements require the boss to change their ways. Mindi Lewis, MA, ABOC, FNAO, has some sage advice to share. Many of the points likely echo the thoughts of your opticians, who may want to make these same suggestions, but haven’t felt comfortable enough to speak up about it.
“So, you’re the president of the OAA, what’s that like?” is a question I come across often. At first, I wasn’t sure how to answer this question and I had to really sit and think about it. And after a good bit of reflection I think I’ve got an answer.
CareCredit, a leading provider of promotional financing, is officially launching Office Manager/Administrator Appreciation Month on October 1, 2022. Providers, teams and especially office managers and administrators are invited to celebrate and recognize everything these #AwesomeOMAs do for their teams, patients and practices.
As opticians, we take pride in knowing that the needs and wants of the patient are met and executed successfully. Sometimes that can mean multiple pairs of eyewear, or unforeseen services or treatments the patient wasn’t expecting. When I read Linda Conlin’s continuing education article, “Easy Steps to More Eyecare, Eyewear, and Patient Satisfaction,” I was excited to see this subject addressed. With a flexible payment option like Sunbit, the patient doesn’t have to think about what they may need to sacrifice because they don’t have the funds available that day. And the optician can feel more confident discussing solutions to all the visual challenges the patient is facing.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision, which works to help people around the world see better, connect better and live better, said it understands the value in extending this commitment to ensure it supports the health of the planet as well. “After all, it takes a healthy planet to have healthy people and communities,” the company noted in a recent LinkedIn post coinciding with World Earth Day (April 22). In addition, J&J Vision said that it has made two important changes to the way some products are made and distributed to benefit the planet.
It's the time of year to reflect on the many things we are thankful for... As opticians, we can look to our profession for some of these: • Job Security- Opticians are in high demand throughout the country • Easy Access to Certification- ABO-NCLE has made certification much more accessible. • Resilience- Many opticians fared very well during the pandemic, and many have never been busier. • Strong Leadership - Nationally and locally, opticians maintain strong leadership, which offers support and protection.
Honored Fellow … Is It Right for You? Honored Fellow is an OAA member designation, a designation beyond a regular membership. Any individual member or member of an OAA State Association is invited to become an Honored Fellow. In addition to enjoying all of the many benefits that come with standard OAA membership, Honored Fellows set themselves apart with regard to commitment, status and additional opportunities.
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