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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
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(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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Golf Lenses Guaranteed to Be a Hole in One

8 options that address the three factors patients want in their golf glasses.

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THREE FACTORS USUALLY come into play when patients are looking to buy golf glasses: “Their lenses to make a difference on the tee, to see their scorecard, and to track their ball down the fairway,” says Rob Curry at True Focus Eye Care in Port Richey, FL. As a result, lens makers provide ECPs with a number of options.

Liberty Sport

Switch H-wall Frames that come with interchangeable lenses in a two lens kit with a specific golf tint.

(800) 444-5010, libertysport.com

Oakley

The Oakley Prizm Dark Golf lens

(800) 403-7449, oakley.com

ImageWear

Callaway frame with fully Rx-able lens.

(800) 414-7656, walman.com

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Under Armour

The UA Tuned Golf lens features a proprietary tint formula for heightened contrast in bright conditions.

(516) 576-9100, eyeking.com

Scheyden Eyewear

Golf-specific CIA (Confidence in Action) sunglasses with fixed gear titanium frame and high definition dye-infused LT16 polyamide lens.

(800) 851-2758, scheyden.com

Maui Jim

Golf line with PolarizedPlus2 lenses, Guardrails polarized aviator sunglasses (shown).

(888) 666-5905, mauijim.com

Tifosi Optics

Swick sunglasses with Enliven Golf lens or an Rx option of golf/tennis tint.

(877) 530-0815, tifosioptics.com

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Shamir

Shamir Golf lens

(877) 514-8330, shamirlens.com

Smart Ways To Sell Golf Lenses

Tom Harrigan, J.C. Reiss Optician, Morristown, NJ

Our go-to golf lens is a Maui Jim sunglass lens. We’re a small independent optical that opened 127 years ago and I find Maui Jim helps level the playing field by doing everything for us. Being a golfer myself, I like certain lens colors for golf so I recommend a brown or a rose-colored lens which helps read the greens better than a flat, gray lens. Generally, sunglasses double as the patient’s golf lenses unless they want to buy a second pair, say, a dark gray lens for fishing. When patients come in we ask them about their hobbies. This opens the conversation to talking about golf and, since I know the game myself, I discuss my recommendations with them. In addition to selling Maui Jim for golf, we also sell some Liberty Sport Switch frames with golf-tinted lenses.

Rob Curry, True Focus Eye Care, Port Richey, FL

Our two doctors are golfers and have photos of themselves playing in their exam rooms, so golf often comes up in conversation with our patients. Most of our golfers want to be able to track the ball from the tee to where it lands on the green so they will buy a distance prescription and/or bifocal lens. We use the Tifosi frame and lens package more than any other. Its new Enliven Golf lens comes standard in the frame (in plano) and if the patient wants an RX they can get it in the GT tint (golf/tennis). We personally tested it on the course and the results were overwhelming. It’s a non-polarized, color enhancing, green lens that allows you to read the cut of the greens more clearly and vividly than any other golf lens.

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The Latest Technology Gets Plugged into the Latest Everyday Eyeglasses

Styles so streamlined, you can’t even tell how high-tech they are.

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Come On In … (ABOVE)

The water is fine in Etnia Barcelona’s new #BeAnartist Spring/Summer 2019 campaign. Shot by world-renowned photographer Miles Aldridge, the campaign is a reinterpretation of David Hockney’s famous “A Bigger Splash” painting, and features the delightfully eccentric “Smith family,” as if they had just stepped out of an American comedy series from the late seventies and jumped head-first into swimming pools, towering palm trees and endless blue, sunny skies. Each member of the family represents one of the four latest collection segments for Spring/Summer 2019. Color, character, tradition and modernity all combine in these new models created with every unique style in mind. MSRP: $250-$300 | etniabarcelona.com

Empowered Eyewear

Launched this month, this line of interchangeable frames and lenses has a unique patented Lift, Switch, Click feature. The Confidence (shown) allows for switching between Rx, fashion, anti-blue light and sun lenses.

empoweredeyewear.com

$149

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Morel

Thin stainless steel temples and the company’s proprietary screwless, springless Omicron flex-hinge define the Lightec Collection’s Omicron 13, including the model 30090L.

morel-france.com

$269

Focals

Respond to texts, get directions, talk to Alexa (yes, that Alexa) and more with these custom-built smart glasses. Only the wearer can see the transparent, holographic display, which floats an arm’s length out.

bynorth.com

Starting at $599

Roger Bacon

Created via a process that takes a 3D-biometric scan to trace key measurements and provides a virtual and interactive 3D try-on experience, the style (MB-19, shown) is then custom 3D printed in the Netherlands.

(888) 321-3939, rogerbacon-eyewear.com

Starting at $399

CLR3D

Putting the 2.0 version of Scan2Print software to work, CLR3D is the just-announced 3D printed, ready-to-wear eyewear from Tech Print Industries. These unisex styles are prototypes of the customizable, 3D-printed options from CLR3D.

techprintindustries.com

Price upon request

3DNA

The eyewear design app from 3DNA allows for truly collaborative sessions to create frames like the Mara in Buffalo horn with sterling silver and platinum plating. Other materials include wood, cork, seashell, flat titanium, thin titanium, and carbon fiber.

v3dna-eyewear.org

$160 to $1,200

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Marchon NYC

The company’s first optical collection to incorporate Thermo-Memory technology, the M-3803 is rendered in a thermosetting plastic with shape memory.

(800) 645-1300, marchon.com

$123

Edward Beiner

The 3D-printed 1705 is part of the first line to launch in Edward Beiner’s new Eyes Forward campaign.

edwardbeiner.com

$390 as shown (custom frames $800-1,000)

Level

Activity wins the day with Level eyewear from VSP, which is produced at Marchon Italy, and includes the LV300. This eyewear tracks steps, calories, distance, and activity time. Daily steps help earn the wearer points toward exams and glasses for those in need.

leveltechnology.com

Starting at $270

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New Products High on Style and Substance

And heavy on the cat eyes.

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The Future Is Now (ABOVE)

For people with an AR/VR device, ROCHESTER OPTICAL’s BT-300 prescription insert eliminates the need for glasses during drone flying, watching movies, and playing games. Each set of lenses is customized and incorporates proprietary Smart GOLD technology to compensate for the discrepancy between the user’s IPD and the distance between two displays.

rochesteroptical.com

$199

Open Air

CHARMANT’s CH29202 features two-tone coloring with delicate crisscross details on the temples. This semi-rimless frame is deep enough for progressives.

charmant.com

$200

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Light and Lively

The new COCO AND BREEZY lively celebrates retro inspirations and turns heads with its color contrasting bridge and temples.

eseyewear.com

$249

Sweet and Sassy

The latest releases from Alternative / Plan B’s ICE CREAM collection include the model IC9124, a bold feminine design for fans of the cat eye looking for a lightweight option.

alternativeeyes.com

$210

Next Level

SYNERGEYES VS scleral lens is now available with Tangible Hydra-PEG on Contamac material. To help with CL discomfort and dry eyes, the Tangible Hydra-PEG coating minimizes deposits and lens fogging. At the same time, it increases lens surface water retention.

synergeyes.com

Price upon request

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Gently Please

The GENTLE FENDI Sunglasses Capsule Collection is a collaboration between Gentle Monster and, you guessed it, Fendi. The two unisex styles include the FF0369/S, a small frame that makes a big statement.

mysafilo.com

$470

Open for Business

Wearable and allowing for a personalized open-eye experience, TEARCARE makes it possible for patients to keep their eyes open and blinking when localized heat application is in order.

sightsciences.com

Starting at $6,500

Stylin’ for Summer

Part of the SS19 Optical Collection for RADLEY, with sophisticated color blocking on a petite style, the Mallorie implements the palette from the newest Radley handbag line. This collection includes the lightweight material Thermoptics.

inspecs.com

$149

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