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ECPs Share Their Best-Selling Products For May 2017




The Grove sunglasses from PROOF

We sold a lot of Proof sunglasses — plano and Rx — probably because wood is one of the hottest styles in our area. They are also 100 percent recycled which really hits our demographic. Heather Harrington, Elevated Eyecare, Denver, CO

The Grove from PROOF is the perfect mix of materials with its double bar metal bridge, duel colorway and natural look of sustainably sourced wood. MSRP: $130


Hot Brands

Top-selling vision brands in March *


Ray-Ban (13), Coach (6), Kate Spade (6), MODO (6), Etnia Barcelona (5), Oakley (4), Silhouette (4), FYSH (3), Penguin (3), Altair (2), Anne et Valentin (2), Banana Republic (2), Barton Perreira (2), bebe (2), BrillenEyes (2), Burberry (2), Dolabany (2), Flexon (2), JF Rey (2) L.A.M.B. (2), Life is Good (2), Lilly Pulitzer (2), Mykita (2), Nike (2), OGI (2), Oliver Peoples (2), STATE (2), Scott Harris (2), Vera Bradley (2), Vera Wang (2)


Ray-Ban (22), Maui Jim (17), Oakley (8), Costa (7), Kate Spade (7), Coach (3), Wiley X (3), bebe (2), Carrera (2), Etnia Barcelona (2), Michael Kors (2), Polaroid (2), Sun Trends (2), Vera Bradley (2), Vera Wang (2)

* Brands mentioned by multiple Brain Squad members when asked what had sold well in March. Join at


Ray-Ban, bebe and Flexon are always great sellers for men. This was the first month that we had the new Life is Good line from McGee. We are thrilled to see it doing so well. Great styles for everyone and the price can’t be beat! Christine Byrn, VisionFirst, Louisville, KY 

JF Rey! Vibrant styles for the customers that want to hear “I love your glasses!” Paula Hornbeck, Eye Candy & Eye Candy Kids, Delafield, WI 


Thom Browne, all the new styles are fabulous. Wendy Salle, Salle Opticians, Atlanta, GA 

We sold 14 Paul Franks because they are half off and a closeout. But, we sold a total of 55 sunglasses for the month. Nancy Revis, Uber Optics, Petaluma, CA 

NIKE for men. We sold several different styles last month. Heidi Keeney, Crew & Boss Eye Associates, Big Rapids, MI 

Miraflex. I became a vendor for Health and Human Services in Texas. I am getting referrals from two pediatric ophthalmologists. Nicole Thompson, All Seeing Optical, San Antonio, TX 

Sun Trends, they retail at $40 for polarized. Katie Kelly, Ochsner Optical, New Orleans, LA 

Just brought in William Morris and it’s doing great! Kathy Maren, Comb EyeCare & Eyewear, Western Springs, IL 


The new Silhouette sunglasses have been doing very well for us. We love the super funky RX-friendly designs. Katie Root, Latham Family Vision, Latham, NY 

Wiley X. Motorcycle-riding season is upon us! Candy Cron, Wayne Optical, York, PA 

Europa’s Scott Harris, it’s not on backorder and available. Betty Aretz, The Eyecare Boutique, Wexford, PA 

Safilo brands and Zeiss Individual 2 progressives. Susan Frick, Premier Eye Care of Eastern Idaho, Idaho Falls, ID 

Dolabany, Vanni and Imago. It’s unique and cannot be found online too easily. Adam Alvarez, Pride OPT, Whitestone, NY 

We’ve seen a lot of success with STATE. They are made in the USA and the new shapes are great. Gina Stafford, Mountain View Optical, Fairbanks, AK 

SALT, Lindberg, Anne et Valentin and Mykita. Harris Decker, Eye Designs of Westchester, Scarsdale, NY 

Davis vision frames, patients are losing benefits in May. Mel Berman, OD, Dr. Berman, Raleigh, NC 

Theo, great shapes and colors. Never the same old. Once people try them, they love Theo! Julie Kubsch, Specs Around Town, Bloomington, IL 

Helium by Match. Got some great new styles in. Cindy Henderson, Eyear Optical, Hixson, TN 

Brooklyn Spectacles’ Greene was hot. Brian Finley, Island Opticians, Palm Beach, FL 

iGreen by Thema. Availability of colors and styles. Doreen Erbe, Snyder Eye Group, Ship Bottom, NJ

Etnia Barcelona continues to dominate our sells. Great mid-price, great color combinations and great shapes make a happy patient! Scott Keating, OD, Vision Trends, Dover, OH

The Etnia Barcelona Kyoto is a feminine oval shape with double lamination on the top and temples for unexpected pops of color. MSRP: $295


This article originally appeared in the May 2017 edition of INVISION.


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Americans Know Less About Eye Health Than They Think and More of What You Need to Know for February

Including some exceptional women and why soft contact lenses are still best.




OWA 2020 Honorees

Jean Sabre

The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) has announced its 2020 Award Honorees. Millicent Knight, OD, and SVP of Customer Development for Essilor of America, will receive the Pleiades award to recognize her advancement of women’s leadership in the optical industry. Jean Sabre, owner of Uptown Vision, (shown) will receive the Pyxis award for her contributions to the OWA’s continuing growth. Sheena Taff of Optician About Town will receive the 2020 Visionary Award to recognize her cultivation of the professional development of women. They will be honored at Vision Expo East during the OWA’s Annual Champagne Breakfast on March 26, 2020 at Gotham Hall in NYC.

Soft Still Best

According to the Contact Lenses Market Report by Future Market Insights, the global market for contact lenses reached revenue of $8 billion in 2019. Soft contacts remain the most prescribed (80 percent of overall sales), while toric lens designs are gaining popularity. Demand for silicone hydrogel CLs is also rising. North America is expected to retain its dominant position in the global market due to high adoption, demand for branded products, frequent new product launches, and significant presence of prominent players. Increasing usage of therapeutic CLs for ophthalmic drug delivery is also creating a window of opportunity.

Americans Know Less Than They Think They Do

A survey conducted by The Harris Poll for the American Academy of Ophthalmology has uncovered key gaps in Americans’ knowledge of eye health, and what they don’t know is putting them at risk of vision loss. While 81 percent of adults say they are knowledgeable about eye/vision health, less than 1 in 5 (19 percent) were able to identify the three main causes of blindness in the U.S. (glaucoma, AMD, diabetic eye disease). Only 37 percent know you don’t always experience symptoms before you lose vision to diseases and less than half are aware your brain can make it difficult to know if you are losing your vision by adapting to its loss.

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Celebrate Excess with These 9 Maximalist Sunnies

They’re not sorry.




Atelier Swarovski

Featuring a Pointiage dégradé crystal effect, the SK0270-P is an oversized butterfly that’s ready to fly.

(800) 345-8482,



Oversized? Not at all. Still, the VA2033 says an awful lot with its 30 crystal studs around the lenses and one on each temple.

(800) 422-2020,




With a lace border hugging the brow of the Extravagant, this frame from BCBG’s sun collection dresses up any look.

(800) 645-3733,



The 200 says nothing if not BOLD. Carved from 8mm cellulose acetate, this frame’s heavy layers create — and add to — its depth.

(212) 510-7621,


Marc Jacobs

The can’t-miss look of the Marc 488/S is a rectangular shape with oversized temples. Colorful Swarovski strass crystals complete the design.

(800) 631-1188,



Face a Face

Heels that work with anything and fun splashes of color define the Bocca Vogue, an acetate frame with attitude.


Jimmy Crystal

The JCS706 brings the bling — Swarovski style — on both the temples and outer rim.

(800) 492-4465,



A metal-acetate combination on the multicolored F-2043 brings retro-inspired style to the brand’s 2020 sunwear collection.

(855) 455-0042,




Color blocking enjoys the spotlight on the ME647S-107, a striking acetate frame with oval lenses and monochrome temples.

(800) 645-1300,


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Better Vision

Virtual Try-On Isn’t Just for Online Retailers Anymore

Try it, you might like it.




THERE ARE MANY companies in the Virtual Try-On space; Ditto Technologies differentiates itself with a 180 degree head turn so patients can see themselves from all angles. It sells by subscription to in-store retailers, who use its app on an iPad. Another popular company, Fitting Box, has gained all types of customers, from independent opticians, brands, buying groups and retailers to luxury players and e-retailers.

Fitting Box

Augmented reality for eyewear with a virtual mirror to allow consumers to try on glasses in real time.

(884) 834-2860,



Virtual Try On Application

(516) 570-2723,

Ditto Technologies

Ditto uses a high-quality 3D rendition to encourage a natural fit.

(707) 726-6405,


The augmented reality try-on experience uses Facebook to allow users to see themselves in 13 lens colors.

(800) 533-2081,


This Virtual try-on feature helps users find the best frames from home.

(800) 984 5367,


Thema Optical

Virtual Eyewear Assistant biometric tech lets you design eyewear to fit your measurements.

(786) 803-8881,


The MyLook simulator takes photos in-store on a sales associate’s tablet to show side-by-side images of customers in different frames.

(877) 753-6727,



Eyeconic, created for those in the VSP network who prefer to shop online, features 3D technology that lets consumers remotely try on eyewear.

(855) 393-2664,

Smart Ways To Use VTO Optio

Dr. Daniel Bintz, Vision Source, Elk City, OK

Frame try on apps spark interest and give people an idea of what colors, shapes, and styles look good on them before they come in. They can send “What do you think?” selfies to anyone. We started using Fitting Box three years ago. It can be accessed via our website and FB page and in the office. I made a sign explaining how to start. I’m also in the process of setting up at least two more stations using our website as the portal in our waiting area. We have a full-service coffee and smoothie shop in the clinic, so we’re looking for ways to create synergy to shop while relaxing with a drink. It also plants the seed of having more than a single pair of glasses. We may have a frame but not in the color they like; we can then pull it up on Fitting Box.

Lisa Verraros, LensCrafters, Oak Brook, IL

The LensCrafters’ MyLook app launched in stores in 2011 to equip sales associates with iPads to help customers find the perfect frame. Customers can compare up to four frames. At first they say, “I can just take a selfie” but when I explain that I can show them four frames side by side they agree. After seeing the pictures, they quickly start to narrow down their options. MyLook makes it easy to share frame options with friends and family for a second opinion and we typically get an immediate response. I have customers who end up buying more than one frame after seeing how they look. We offer a 30-day refund, but MyLook has made customers more confident in their selections. It has also increased multiple frame purchases and retention.

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