Has your patient been 'wowed' by enhanced vision? If your patients have been provided with the BEST visual solution to improve how they see, look, and feel, they need to let the ABO-NCLE know and share their experience.
I will always remember the patient who sat in front of me with tears in her eyes. She had been to our office a couple months before for a regular contact lens exam. She then ordered the new contact lenses online. Sometime later, she experienced sudden onset blurred vision, but didn’t realize that it coincided with the new contact lenses. After all, everything was fine at the eye exam. She saw an array of doctors and underwent weeks of tests trying to find the cause, possibly a brain tumor or stroke. The patient was terrified at what the outcome might be.
One of the most important things we can do as opticians today is understand how to protect our profession. Below are things that WE ALL can do to stay informed and help our profession stay strong! Know your legislators - When you have a concern, these are the people who need to hear about it. Write or call, but let them know.
As opticians, we are so fortunate to have many options to pursue within our profession. In the next few months, we will meet some of you and take a look at ‘How do YOU Optician?’ Meet Lanard Atkins LDO, ABOC, NCLEC . LC Atkins is a nationally certified and Georgia state licensed optician and contact lens examiner with over 10 years of ophthalmic industry experience. He is involved in various industry organizations; he’s President of the Opticians Association of Georgia and part of the board of directors for the Opticians Association of America and the American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners.
IOT, a global leader in lens technologies, has appointed Carolina Gago as Chief Operating Officer. This appointment will strengthen the presence and coordination of IOT globally, ensuring that customers everywhere have the best access to all the company’s teams and resources.
As we look forward to 2023, it may be difficult to predict the mindset of eyewear consumers. According to a recent article in Forbes, How Will Consumer Behavior Change In 2023?, “2023 will be a jumble of mixed signals, reflecting a unique environment characterized by opposing forces: exuberance as the pandemic wanes, tempered by caution in the face of economic turbulence. In a nutshell, don’t expect consumers to be shy about spending in 2023. But expect them to be far pickier — seeking out fewer, richer experiences that blend the digital fluidity of the pandemic with the familiarity and intimacy of the times that came before.”
I first heard about the OAA through school, Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey. Our professor, Dr. Thomas, has always urged us to be active in our state associations. He encouraged all of us to become OAA and state association members and to impart positive change within both our professions and communities.
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.
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