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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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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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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.

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$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.

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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.

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$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.

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$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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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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