OAA's charitable arm, the Vision of Hope Foundation's program was developed in order to assist opticians who are looking for an opportunity to provide vision care to those less fortunate. The Foundation will partner with spectacle & lens manufacturers.
Your laboratory is your most crucial vendor relationship. From my perspective, I observe how a lab can be an eyecare professional’s best ally. Because no matter how beautiful a frame is, if you can’t trust your laboratory to make a good pair of lenses, you won’t have a happy customer.
When I talk to laboratories, their hot issue is they wish dispensing opticians understood how to verify a personalized (compensated) free-form lens. They tell me repeatedly that opticians often don’t know how personalization (frame fit) parameters (back vertex, panto and wrap angle) impact the power and lens aberrations experienced by the wearer. Everyone must understand with free-form compensated lenses, the lab sends two forms, one with the doctor’s prescribed power listed and the other indicating the compensated verification values. The verification power values are not what the wearer perceives. These values are strictly for verifying the lens in a lensometer.
Sue Shire, ABO-AC, HFOAA, MBCO, Vision of Hope Chairperson, describes some of the projects from the Opticians Association of America’s Vision of Hope Foundation (VOH). All opticians and students are invited to join us in the many opportunities within the Vision of Hope.
In the last article, we covered lens materials and coating options, and their effect on lens optical performance. We briefly covered blue light attenuating lenses and coatings with a promise to share more in this June article. To that end, this article will cover the limits and benefits of the two types of blue light lenses in the market (indoor and outdoor). More and more consumers search blue light on the internet as they experience increased concern about the effects of digital screen time on eyes. They come to you for guidance and present you with the opportunity to help them understand the different types of blue attenuating lenses and coatings and their function.
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