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ECPs Share Their Best Selling Frames for November

Check out the products that have been flying off the racks.

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Taking their name from the Zane Grey Reef, the COSTA ZANE sunglasses feature co-molded Hydrolite temples that are always ready to go. Polarized and built for performance with various lens options and official Realtree camo finish. $249

The DI VALDI 8013 Col. 90 sold five times this month. The colors are fantastic, and the shape fits almost everybody. In sun, COSTA Zane Realtree was the big winner. With hunting season in full swing, the camo seem to fly off the shelf. Frances Ann Layton, Eye Associates of South Georgia, Valdosta, GA

KLiiK Eyewear is beautiful and fun, but caters toward women with smaller, hard-to-fit faces. The 610 is a full-rim combination frame in a semi cat eye shape available in four marbleized colors. $186.

FYSH and KLIIK by Westgroupe. The KLiiK 610 is the most popular in any color. Polaroid sunglasses too. They’re affordable and do the job. Jade Kowalick, Ryczek Eye Associates, St. Petersburg, FL

Top-selling vision brands in November
Eyeglasses

(11), MODO (5), Kate Spade (4), OGI (3), Scott Harris (3), Cinzia (2), Di Valdi (2), Etnia Barcelona (2), FYSH (2), Gucci (2), Isaac Mizrahi (2), Lafont (2), Nike (2), Realtree (2)

Sunglasses

(12), Maui Jim (10), Oakley (8), Wiley X (6), Costa (5), Etnia Barcelona (2), Polaroid (2)

* Brands mentioned by multiple Brain Squad members when asked what had sold well in November. Join at invisionmag.com/brainsquad.

  • The ISAAC MIZRAHI 30001 has been our biggest seller. We sold three in one day. I had a patient come in that showed me a picture of two frames she was looking for and one was similar, I pulled it off the board, she tried it on and loved it. She didn’t try anything else on. Now I’m keeping one on the board and just drop shipping to our lab. Caitlin Wicka, San Juan Eye Center, Montrose, CO
  • NIKE, which typically is sold mostly to kids and teens. They like the brand cache as well as the fun colors. The COSTA Jose sun is repeatedly the best-selling model in our office due to its gender neutrality. Carissa Dunphy, Duvall Advanced Family Eyecare, Duvall, WA
  • Nouveau REALTREE GIRL G307 in Blue. It looks great on most women. ClearVision’s OCEAN PACIFIC Pearl sunglasses in Gold. Everyone likes the classic mirrored aviators. Deanna Phillips, Clemmons Family Eye Care, Clemmons, NC
  • McGee’s LIFE IS GOOD line has performed nicely and is an insurance-friendly price point. Becky Furuta, Avenue Vision, Golden, CO
  • Kering’s GUCCI women’s ophthalmic and sun. Leisa Lauer, Dr. H Michael Shack, Newport Beach, FL
  • ‘Tis the season for WILEY X! Caitlin Bruno, Binyon Vision Center, Bellingham, WA
  • FACE Á FACE, anything from the Bocca collection! The ladies love them. They are conversation starters and what woman doesn’t like to talk about themselves? Leah Johnson, Central Texas Eye Center, San Marcos, TX
  • ETNIA BARCELONA in both sun and optical, great colors and styles. Shane Clark, OD, Infinity EyeCare, Rapid City, SD
  • COSTA suns, we are in the gulf coast area and it is the favorite for fishermen. Pam Housley, Texas State Optical of Nederland, Port Arthur, TX
  • In both ophthalmic and sun, ANNE ET VALENTIN! Great fit, fabulous styles and beautiful colors. Paula Hornbeck, Eye Candy & Eye Candy Kids, Delafield, WI
  • BEVEL probably because we got new product in. Nancy Revis, Uber Optics, Petaluma, CA
  • EUROPA brands tied. Jules Kohler, North Shore Eye Health and Wellness, Cedarburg, WI
  • LIZ CLAIBORNE. They have a fantastic selection of petite frames for women. Rick Rickgauer, Vision Associates, Girard, PA
  • The LAFONT Becky in every color. Literally sell at least 4-6 a month since it launched. Lafont speaks for themselves for this one. Heather Harrington, Elevated Eyecare, Denver, CO
  • HARLEY DAVIDSON. They have big eye sizes for men with big heads. Diana Sims, Buena Vista Optical, Chicago, IL
  • RAEN, specifically the Marin and the Doheny. Both are classic shapes and the brand as a whole hits a price point that most patients love. Travis LeFevre, Krystal Vision, Logan, UT
  • TIFFANY & CO. If I would have to explain why they so well, I would say because it’s Tiffany and women know what they want. Josh Bladh, Dr. Bladh OD, Diamond Bar, CA
  • RAY-BAN, Ray-Ban, Ray-Ban; everyone looooves Ray-Ban. Tom Brillante, OD, Decatur Eye Care, Decatur, GA
  • The exceptional and handmade in America KALA EYEWEAR flew off the shelf! KALA is predominantly a zyl collection and has many “academic” or “vintage” styles. During the fall, they tend to be particularly appealing to my clients! They make you want to kick up some leaves whilst walking to the library on a Saturday afternoon. Elle Tatum, Elle’s Island Spectacle, Bainbridge Island, WA
  • VUARNET, we just started carrying it and it’s a hit! Dave Schultz, OD, Urban Optics, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • COCO SONG by Area 98. Customers love the mixture of colors combined with the peacock feathers embedded in the frames. Scott Keating, OD, Vision Trends, Dover, OH
  • SCOTT HARRIS Vintage frames! They provide those trendy “vintage” looks at a great price and great quality, in modern colors. The V-17 is perhaps our best-selling frame of all time, for everyone from professional Santa Claus’s to Harry Potter wannabes. Jen Heller, Pend Oreille Vision Care, Sandpoint, ID
  • Europa’s ALAN J, made in the USA. For sun, RIO RAY has a great Rx price. John LaShorne, Brown County Eye Care, Nashville, IN
  • MAUI JIM suns we have a big selection and we try to show them to everyone using the demonstrator. Bob McBeath, Edina Eye, Edina, MN
  • FLEXON and AUTOFLEX always seem to be our top selling brands. Lynn Geis, San Juan Eye Center, Montrose, CO
  • ETNIA BARCELONA due to our Trunk Show which was very successful. In particular, the Veracruz in ophthalmic and the Etna sun in red because it’s amazeballs gorgeous. Nikki Griffin, EyeStyles Optical and Boutique, Oakdale, MN
  • REVLON and our new line, VINCE CAMUTO. People wanted a new look that was different for their annual/ biannual visit. Jill Sweig, OD, Oyster Bay Optics, Oyster Bay, NY

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Futuristic Tech and Styles That Pull Heavily from the Past

Go back to the future with May’s latest releases.

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Jackpot

From the foiled four-leaf clover on the tip to the logo on the temple, the LUCKY BRAND D219 embodies a comfortable, vintage-inspired look. This frame is made with acetate and offers a two-tone effect on its front.

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$175 (above)

Spin City

The Velocity 2D from COBURN TECHNOLOGIES kicks things up a notch from its first iteration, as it’s now designed with dual-coating technology, and can be paired with Coburn’s Duality lens detaper and cleaner.

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Double Time

The openwork temples and oversized rounded eyeshape combine with a touch of color to give the Givenchy Double Wire style (model 0107) a contemporary-meets-classic sensibility.

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$380

Small Footprint, Big Impact

The Curve is an intuitive colorimeter used in treating neurological and light sensitive conditions recently launched in the U.S. by Cerium Visual Technologies.

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$5,995

Way Uptown

One of two limited-edition styles from Eyevan x Dennis Morris, the Uptown is an oversized design from the collaboration between the brand and photographer Dennis Morris. Featuring elements of film negatives, it’s inspired by the suns Morris wore as a young man.

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$435

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Spacing Out

The new capsule collection from Gigi Barcelona includes the Deep Space, a titanium frame featuring two shades in the lenses. The high-range CR39 lenses offer maximum UV protection.

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$299

Protection Connection

Demonstrating the level of protection a patient’s eyes — and eyelids — have from UV exposure, the C-UV400, a tablet-based device from ZEISS, employs a specially designed indoor UV light technology. This device also closes the gap from the industry standard of UV380 for clear lenses.

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Grade-A Gradient

The KLIIK K-648 is a subtle cat eye in handmade acetate that features double-cut grooves on the end pieces. This style brings seafoam, indigo, grey and sand together for a calming gradient that will have you thinking beach thoughts.

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$215

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Totally Kidding: Grown-Up-Inspired or Let-Kids-Be-Kids, Eyewear Designs That Allow Children to Celebrate Their Personal Style

All jokes aside, these 9 styles offer little kids big style.

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Cannon Ball! (ABOVE)

Some things just never get old. ZOOBUG LONDON is jumping into SS19 with their newest collection of kid’s sun styles designed for 0-9 year olds. The award-winning brand’s sunnies are fit with adult-quality polarized lenses and mix a strong color palette, innovative design and adventurous shapes that kids of all ages will love. MSRP: $99-$159. zoobug.com

Milo & Me

Created for the three-to-five-year-old set, the H85090 has fully adjustable, flexible temples and comes in a range of colors. The durable, lightweight frames include a sport strap and ear hooks.

(800) 955-6544, hilcovision.com

$60

Ray-Ban Jr

The unisex Signet Junior from Ray-Ban makes a cool, grown-up look super accessible to kids. This lightweight, full metal sun style features a double bridge and offers 100% UV protection.

(800) 422-2020, my.luxottica.com

$125

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Dilli Dalli

Branching out from just desserts, the Brownie is a unisex, rectangular frame ideal for 6 to 12 year olds. Flexible and durable, this style is at the top of the Dilli Dalli age range, which starts with newborn eyewear.

(800) 645-3733, cvoptical.com

$90

Swing Eyewear

The TR 113 offers 100% antibacterial and anti-allergenic qualities, and is unbreakable and coated with organic dye. This Rx-able style is made with TR-90 material.

(877) 835-2393, swingeyewearus.com

$129.99

Real Kids Shades

With an ‘80s sensibility, Switch sunglasses for toddlers change color in the sunshine while providing protection from UVA/UVB rays.

(800) 283-1106, realkidshades.com

$14.95

BBIG

Featuring OBE hinges and inspired by popular adult styles, the 704 is a round, stainless steel frame with quick-fix temples.

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$190

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NERF

The Danny strikes just the right balance between fun and durable. This frame, geared to tweens and teens, has a flat metal front and plastic temples.

(800) 414-7656, imagewear.com

$150

Tomato Glasses

Coming in with a roar, the TKDC3, made of TR-90, features dinosaurs on the temples as well as grown-up- and kid-friendly adjustable temples and nose pads.

(201) 230-4995, tomatoglasses.com

$136

Nano Vista

Offering an exceptional level of comfort, Nano Vista now includes Nano Custom Fit, which offers an Adaptable Kit to allow for size variations within eye shapes, temples, bridges, and straps. Non-custom models include three new bridge types, and all models feature the 52 hinge and Siliflex construction. The model Replay is available as a Custom-Fit style.

(888) 399-7742, alternativeeyes.com

$165

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Better Vision

Ways to Protect Kids’ Eyes While Playing Sports

And smart ways to get their parents on board.

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IT’S ESTIMATED THAT 80 percent of eye damage occurs before 18 from exposure to solar UV radiation. As children play games, it’s necessary to protect their eyes from the sun and sport injuries. ECPs need to educate parents about the importance of protective eyewear for kids when participating in sports. For maximum protection and performance, Rx lenses ­— polycarbonate is preferred — can be inserted into a variety of sport-specific styles in a variety of youth sizes.

Wiley X

The Wiley X Youth Force line offers Rx-able eyewear for all types of sports.

(800) 776-7842, wileyx.com

Puma

Puma Junior Eyewear line.

(844) 790-9165, kering.com

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Oakley

The Rx Frogskins XS is especially engineered for young faces.

(800) 403-7449, oakley.com

Julbo

Little Heroes children’s line of Rx-able polarized lenses.

(800) 651-0833, julbousa.com

Nike Vision

The Nike Legend S, an 8-base sport wrap sunglass made with Max Optics.

(800) 645-1300, nikevision.com

Liberty Sport

The Sport Shift frame or goggle in the Patriot Collection has an RS 2.0 lens with FogBlok coating.

(800) 444-5010, libertysport.com

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Polaroid

Polaroid Kids sunglasses with polarized lenses for ages 4-12.

(800) 631-1188, safilo.com

Hilco

Rx-able swim goggle.

(800) 955-6544, hilcovision.com

Under Armour

The UA youth sunglasses with sport-specific Tuned technology designed specifically for baseball and golf.

(516) 576-9100, underarmour.com

Smart Ways To Sell Sports Eyewear to Kids

Audrey Nelson, VisionQuest Eyecare, Greenwood & Indianapolis, IN

We offer a range of sports sunglasses from Oakley’s youth line, sports goggles from Rec Specs and prescription swim goggles from Hilco. The most important thing our doctors discuss with patients is safety. For those kids needing active sunwear with or without prescription, the Oakley Prizm lenses are great. Only about 10 percent of kids who come into our practices wear a sport-specific goggle or eyewear so I think more education is needed for parents to understand that their children should have safety eyewear when playing sports. It also protects their children’s eyes from the sun.

Dr. Samuel Teske, The Eye Doctors New Tampa, Tampa, FL

We’re based in an area that is growing rapidly with a lot of young families moving in and getting their children involved in sports. I first make sure parents understand the importance of eye protection, especially in sports. The mother is generally the decision maker so I talk to her first to ensure she’s on board. I ask her “What sports are your kids playing?” “How active is the sport?” Depending on how aggressive the sport is, I determine if the child will need protective eyewear. Baseball, for example, is an active sport with a high rate of injury. I usually concentrate on those children who already have a prescription and choose ideal safety eyewear that can help prevent injury. I usually prescribe Rec Specs from Liberty Sport, which have an in-built shock absorber. I always pair them with a polycarbonate lens due to its shatter resistance and I like to prescribe Transitions lenses too.

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