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ECPs Share Their Best Selling Frames for September

Take a look at September’s best-sellers!

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Seattle indie brand Rain City Eyewear style 1055 is a fun, feminine acetate model in soft colors. Shown here in color 270, a pink pearl with pink pearl marble. MSRP: $249

 

KREWE: Inspired by the famed French-American pirate, the handcrafted acetate Lafitte features a distinctive keyhole bridge and a classic fit that is suitable for an adventurous lifestyle. MSRP: $195

Top-Selling Vision Brands in September

EYEGLASSES:
Ray-Ban (13), Etnia Barcelona (3), FYSH (3), Gucci (3), MODO (3), Tom Ford (3), Europa (2), Jimmy Choo (2), Kate Spade (2), Michael Kors (2), Oakley (2), OGI (2), Prodesign (2), Seraphin (2), Silhouette (2), Ted Baker (2), Tura (2), Vera Bradley (2)
SUNGLASSES:
Ray-ban (20), Maui Jim (13), INVU (6), Oakley (6), Costa (5), Wiley X (3), Cazal (2), Dragon (2), Kate Spade (2), SALT. (2)*

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

COACH, an employee wears a specific frame, and OAKLEY suns because people ask for them. Susie Phillips, Dr. Brendon Johnson, O.D., Pekin, IL

    • LULU GUINNESS, GUCCI, JIMMY CHOO ophthalmics and RAY-BAN sunsBrian Parker, Temecula Eye Center Optometry, Temecula, CA
    • OVVO opticals were flying off the shelf! The new styles are so great and the weight-hanging display is very effective for people looking for a durable frame. We were having our sunglasses clearance sale: All sunnies are marked 30% off so selling well, especially INVU‘s. Great frames for the price point. Caitlin Binyon, Vision Center, Bellingham, WA
    • New Opulence TED BAKER. They’re a bit pricier than the regular line but do have some rhinestone details and great styles for male and female energy. Diana Canto Sims, Buena Vista Optical Boutique, Chicago, IL
    • MAUI JIM, both ophthalmics and sun. Jesse Ellis, Eye Health Vision Center, North Dartmouth, MA
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    • RAY-BAN, MICAEL KORS, OAKLEY AND WILDFLOWER opticals, RAY-BAN, COSTA, MAUI JIM in sun. Jessica Brundidge, Clarity Vision, Clayton, NC
    • KATE SPADE and RAY-BAN opticals, MAUI JIM suns. Robert McBeath, Edina Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Edina, MN
    • RAY-BAN in both ophthalmic and sun. Monica Wadsworth, Dr. Gene Terrezza and Associates, Milton, FL
    • The MODO 6521 in almost every color. The Ada sun from PROOF EYEWEAR; recycled, reused and fashionable! Heather Harrington, Elevated Eyecare, Denver, CO
    • THEO Mille+59, MASUNAGA NY Life and ANNE ET VALENTIN Fedora. THIERRY LASTY and SALT. in suns. Harris Decker, Eye Designs of Westchester, Scarsdale, NY
    • The PRODESIGN 4729 and JONATHON CATE. COSTA and ISAAC MIZRAHI suns. Vicki Thompson, Grandville Optical, Grandville, MI
    • MAUI JIM suns. Colleen Brondo, Visual Eyes Optical, Stanhope, NJ
    • MCM in optical, CAZAL in sun, and GUCCI in both. Steve Whitaker, Whitaker Eye Works, Wayne, PA
    • PIERO MASSARO, it’s unique and fabulous. FACE A FACE suns. Paula Hornbeck, Eye Candy & Eye Candy Kids, Delafield, WI
    • RAY-BAN in both. Robert Harding, LensCrafters, Columbus, OH
    • The RAY-BAN 7047 goes out the door every day. Black or Havana, guests could not care less which color, they just buy it, and the size is great so they fit a lot of faces. We are having great success with RAY-BAN RB 3498 sun style in Gun Metal and Black too. Ted McElroy, Vision Source Tifton, Tifton, GA
    • The ROGER Nath, it’s a new take on the aviator shape in ophthalmic. RUDY PROJECT’s Ekynok in sun. Eric Geiger, Styleyes, Sacramento, CA
    • RAY-BAN and OAKLEY. We did a two-day sunglasses sale while the doc was at Vision Expo and the staff sold a ton! We told him he should leave more often. Josh Bladh, Dr. Bladh OD, Diamond Bar, CA
    • The MINIMA M2 & M3, with WILEY X and CAZAL selling in sun. Dave Goodrich, Goodrich Optical, Lansing, MI
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    • CALVIN KLEIN opticals, GUESS suns. Richard Kemerling, Margolis Vision, Castle Rock, CO
    • SD EYES and NIKE, SERENGETI suns. Rick Rickgauer, Vision Associates, Girard, PA
    • ETNIA BARCELONA in ophthalmic and sun. Shane Clark, OD, Infinity EyeCare, PC, Rapid City, SD
    • MICHALE KORS stays consistent in ophthalmic. The OAKLEY Flak and Half Jacket with Prizm lens for suns. William Chancellor, Eye Can See Eyewear, McDonough, GA
    • McGee’s VERA BRADLEY is always a best seller for us for females of all ages. Tura’s TED BAKER line is popular with both males and females in the under 40 age group. In sun, Europa’s INVU is popular with our value-conscious customers; while RANDOLPH is reaching a wider audience with some of its newer styles for both men and women. Barbara Bloom, OD, Weber Vision Care, Harrisburg, PA
    • Safilo’s KATE SPADE and JIMMY CHOO. I wear the Shaya in the gold glitter and women love it and want it too. Laura Wright, Upstate Eyecare, Greenville, SC
    • RAY-BAN, TOM FORD, and GUCCI opticals. RAY-BAN and MAUI JIM suns. Vlad Cordero, Focus Eye Care PC, Hackensack, NJ
    • WOOW eyewear woow’d our patients with bold colors and fun shapes. Meredith Hall, Miller Family Eye, Cedar Rapids, IA
    • We always run an EYEYBOBS sale in September: 30% off in stock, 20% off special orders, and 50% off select styles. Always does well and people look forward to it. Jenna Gilbertson, McCulley Optix Gallery, Fargo, ND
    • TOM FORD in both. Steve Nelson, Eye Candy Optical, Westlake, OH
    • MODO opticals and MAUI JIM suns. Kate Giroux, MacPhjerson Opticians, Arlington, VA
    • SILHOUETTE, STATE and DOLABANY opticals, COSTA, MAUI JIM and RAY-BAN suns. Gerald Koss, Vision Source Partners, Fernandina Beach, FL
    • ARMANI EXCHANGE, RAY-BAN, TIFFANY, TORY BURCH opticals; and RAY-BAN and OAKLEY suns. Pablo E Mercado, Mount Vernon Eyecare, Dunwoody, GA
    • SERAPHIN, OGI, RAY-BAN and EUROPA optical lines. MAUI JIM and RAY-BAN suns. Zachary Dirks, OD, St. Peter and Belle Plaine Eyecare Centers, Saint Peter, MN
    • IGREEN by Thema, the frames are light weight and the interchangeable temples are available in many colors. COSTA suns. Doreen Erbe, Snyder Eye Group, Ship Bottom, NJ
    • DRAGON in both sun and ophthalmic. Cedric Mitsui, OD, Big Island Vision Center, Hilo, HI
    • FYSH by WestGroupe opticals, KATE SPADE suns. Kathy Maren, Comb EyeCare & Eyewear, Western Springs, IL
    • TOM FORD, we just brought the line in and it has been received very well. Patients like the classic timelessness of the frames. With SPY in sun, men love the look and feel of it and the price is great also. Amy Pelak, Proview Eyecare Optometry, Corona, CA
    • FYSH are selling like gangbusters. The fun colors and beautiful styles just draw people to them. I can truthfully say that, because I’m wearing one too. RAY-BAN suns made a comeback this month. Frances Ann Layton, Eye Associates of South Georgia, Valdosta, GA
    • LAFONT ophthalmics and SORIA suns, a new addition from New York. Leisa Lauer, Dr. H Michael Shack, Newport Beach, FL
    • FYSH ophthalmics, INVU suns, and RAY-BAN in both. Cynthia Sayers, OD, EyeShop Optical Center, Lewis Center, OH
    • LIFE IS GOOD and VINCE CAMUTO. No suns, people only getting what they are entitled to and nothing else. Jill Sweig, OD, Oyster Bay Optics, Oyster Bay, NY
    • CARRERA is a perennial favorite with guys. RAY-BANS seem to be what everybody wants (classic yet stylish), and CASINO is an excellent budget line for us. Tom Brillante, OD, Decatur Eye Care, Decatur, GA
    • Everything CHARMANT. It’s the top-selling manufacturer at all three of our locations, particularly the ARISTAR line. Their petite, budget-friendly frames are just flying off the shelves. In prescription sun options, WILEY X. It’s hard to beat for durability at a great price point. Jen Heller, Pend Oreille Vision Care, Sandpoint, ID
    • OAKLEY, ALTAIR and RAY-BAN in optical. Always RAY-BAN, OAKLEY, NIKE and DRAGON in sun. Texas L. Smith, Dr. Texas L. Smith & Associates, Citrus Heights, CA
    • TURA, ART CRAFT and NEXUS in ophthalmic. VICIOUS VISION and RAY-BAN in sun. BJ Chambers, Carrera Optical, McQueeney, TX
    • The SUKI 2037 because it is lightweight and versatile with its oval design being perfect for high prescriptions. The RAY-BAN Erica suns style. Kaleena Ma, MK Vision Center, Forest Hills, NY
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  • We recently picked up the LINDA EVANS frame line; the name recognition among the patients it is aimed at, and price point has made it a favorite. Angel Miller, Cynthiana Vision Center, Cynthiana, KY
  • FLEXON is always a go to for me. If they could just start making more women’s frames with some style to them. The market for the brand is always there, especially in ranching country. Caitlin Wicka, San Juan Eye Center, Montrose, CO
  • TURA opticals, INVU suns. Fred Sirotkin, OD, Eagle Eye Care, Columbia, MD
  • DUTZ, contemporary styling, and LOUIS LUSO, lightweight. WILEY X suns, it’s motorcycle riding time! Candy Crone, Wayne Optical, York, PA
  • ETNIA BARCELONA and RAEN ophthalmics, SPY suns. Travis LeFevre, Krystal Vision, Logan, UT
  • I-DEAL OPTICS has a great price for those that are budget conscience. For us, it also fits those patients that are covered by Minnesota Care so for us it is an overall win-win. INVU suns by Europa, great quality and great price. I love that we can sell them off the rack to those that want just plano polarized sunglasses or we can easily Rx them for those that need that as well. Bridgett Fredrickson, Whelan Eye Care, Bemidji, MN
  • ANNE KLEIN is a solid seller in our office but it was a slow month for sunglasses. Christine Howard, Attleboro Vision Care, Attleboro, MA
  • YUICHI TOYAMA, specifically the Sarah, a thin metal with zyl overlay in P3 shape. The brand is new to the office, so the staff is excited. Its delicate metals in smaller sizes are a breath of fresh air trending away from plastics. Dave Schultz, OD, Urban Optics, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • People are loving the new SILHOUETTE styles, specifically the new frames that have the ring of color. Julie Uram, Optical Oasis, Jupiter, FL
  • INVU for price point and ULTIMATE LENS PACKAGEPam Peters, Midwest Eye, Downers Grove, IL
  • BLAKFIN ophthalmics and BOLLE suns. Brian Finley, Island Opticians, Palm Beach, FL
  • The new releases from Europa’s SCOTT HARRIS line are diverse, but the unique styles and colors are the ones that are selling well! Our patients love the “different” look. Not feeling like someone else has the same pair. The Inspecs O’NEILL sun line came and went. People like the wrapped sporty styles. Jade Kowalick, Ryczek Eye Associates, St. Petersburg, FL
  • LIZ CLAIBORNE opticals and BANANA REPUBLIC and VERA BRADLEY suns. Sandy Slang, Ophthalmology Associates, Cudahy, WI
  • Charmant CFX and CZONE by Classique; FOSSIL suns. Jennifer Leuzzi, Mill Creek Optical, Dansville, NY
  • EUROPA brand for men and women; RAY-BAN and KATE SPADE suns. Betty Aretz, The Eyecare Boutique, Wexford, PA
  • We added ETNIA BARCELONA a few months back and they have been flying off the shelf! Great colors for both women and men. We continue to do great with MAUI JIM. Their new colored mirrors are great and their optics can’t be beat. We love the Rx-ability of them too. Kenneth D. Boltz OD, Dublin, OH
  • MODO ophthalmics, SUNTRENDS sun styles. Amina Ebrahim, OD, D Vision Eyecare, Allen, TX
  • SERAPHINStephanie Crowley, Sie Eyecare, Charlotte, NC
  • FRANCIS KLEIN, sometimes patients don’t think they’ll look good in crystals frames until you make them try them on. Then they see the beauty that Frances Klein gives with the right balance of color, shape and crystals. Scott Keating, Vision Trends, Dover, OH
  • PRODESIGN opticals, RAY-BAN suns. Jill Schnurer, Village Eyecare Co., Clarkston, MI

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A New Online Resource for Dry Eye Practitioners and Sufferers and More of What You Need to Know for April

Also Safilo snags a cool French brand and CooperVision has grant money up for grabs.

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Safilo Lands Isabel Marant

Safilo and Isabel Marant, the “It Girl”-favorite French brand, have signed a global 10-year license for the design, manufacture and distribution of Isabel Marant sunglasses and optical frames. The first collection will launch Spring/Summer 2021. Founded in ’94, Isabel Marant “design(s) clothes for women who want to have style while keeping their own personality. The kind of women who remain genuine but who are stamped with a hidden and remote sophistication.” Safilo will position the brand “between contemporary and traditional luxury … to captivate and engage Gen Z and Millennials,” says Angelo Trocchia, CEO of Safilo Group. safilo.com

Online Resource for Dry Eye

Data shows that Google searches for “dry eye” have more than doubled over the last 10 years. With our ever-increasing reliance on mobile and computer screens, that trend ­— and the number of dry eye sufferers — is likely to continue to rise. Dry Eye Directory (dryeyedirectory.com) is a new online portal that allows dry eye sufferers to easily access information, support, and resources, as well as book practitioners and treatments in their area. The website is free for practitioners and patients to join and use with providers from Australia, New Zealand and the US already registered. dryeyedirectory.com

Science and Tech Awards

CooperVision is taking submissions for its 2020 Science and Technology Awards. Submissions will be considered for interventions to slow myopia and technologies to improve CLs for presbyopia. The awards are open to those with an OD, MD, PhD or equivalent. Proposals may span proof-of-concept through translational stages and are eligible for two awards: The CooperVision Seedling Award for investigation of early stage concepts for a one-year period and $100,000 maximum grant and The CooperVision Translational Research Award, a two-year grant for substantive projects with funding up to $400,000. Applicants must submit a letter of intent by May 31. coopervision.com

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Books, Masks and More Business Boosters for April

Including OTC allergy drops and a better use for saffron than risotto.

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Attention getting frame displays can be an expensive challenge but these Wooden Eyeglass Mustache & Lip Display Stands from WEBLYTECH made from Indian mango wood are as cute as can be … and for the price per pair cannot be beat.

$9.99

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When Sebastian Duesing is not narrating to himself, he has no perception of sight. When he was diagnosed as a teen with cerebral/cortical-visual impairment, the top cause of visual impairment in children in the developed world, his family learned that it is largely unacknowledged by the medical community. EYELESS MIND is the true story of their discovery of Sebastian’s verbal visual processing.

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An animal study published in the  International Journal of Molecular Science suggests AffronEYE saffron could help prevent the onset of glaucoma. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory characteristics of this potent saffron extract, made by PHARMACTIVE BIOTECH PRODUCTS, demonstrated an ability to protect retinal cells and reduce intraocular hypertension. AffronEYE is all-natural, water-soluble, non-GMO, and non-irradiated. It is kosher, halal and organic certified.

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Allergies Away

Pataday Once Daily Relief and Twice Daily Relief eye allergy itch relief drops from ALCON are now available without a prescription, just in time for spring allergy season. Pataday is the first daily allergy itch relief drop available without a prescription for the 66 million Americans with eye allergies.

$19.99

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Warm Compress in 1-2-3

POPMASK’s self-heating eye mask takes the hassle out of applying warm compresses. When opened the iron powder inside reacts with oxygen causing it to heat up in 30 seconds to 100.4 F. It stays that temperature for at least 20 mins. Earloops provide a secure fit.

1 for $5 or 5 for $20

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Thanks to give back programs that help LGBTQ youth, teachers, animals, the environment and people in need.

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Peepers (ABOVE)

With Focus lenses filtering out high-energy-visible blue light, the Limelight minimizes digital eye strain. Peepers works with the Unity Foundation to aid La Porte County, Indiana schools.

800-348-2508, peepers.com

$25

Kuma

Inspired by an olive tree’s branches, the Olive features flat, mirrored lenses. For every pair of Kuma suns sold, a tree is planted by Trees for the Future.

866-241-6560, kumasunglasses.com

$35

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141 Eyewear

Made with lightweight, temperature-resistant plastic developed for the aerospace industry, the Ultem collection includes the St. Helens. For every 141 frame sold, a pair of glasses goes to a person in need.

141eyewear.com

$249

Fetch

Made from Mazzucchelli acetate, the Cameron features a soft striped effect. All profits support animal rescue.

(877) 274-0410, fetcheyewear.com

$145

Toms

A handmade acetate frame with five-barrel hinges, the Fitzpatrick is part of the Unity Collection. Every purchase helps to support the LGBTQ+ community.

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$149.95

Wojo

With real python skins on the outer temples, the RS4B is an acetate frame with a checkered pattern on the inner temples. Ten percent of sales go to the Florida Everglades to help manage invasive species.

(414) 379-9817, wojoeyewear.com

$99

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Proof

Hand-crafted from sustainably sourced wood, the Ontario is polished by hand. For every sale, $10 goes to the Do Good program.

(208) 794-5465, iwantproof.com

$114

Eyes of Faith

Created with radio personality Delilah, the Shelter is an acetate-metal combination frame with “…take refuge in the shelter of your wings” on the inside temple. With every purchase, $10 is donated to the non-profit Point Hope.

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$265

Alan J

The Alan J Collection from Europa includes the AJ-146, a handcrafted acetate frame. A portion of sales is donated to the nonprofit organization Rising Tide, which assists struggling individuals and communities in building strong businesses.

(800) 621-4108, europaeye.com

$267

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