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Polarization and Sharks? An Easy Visualization

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“A regular tint can be compared to dying an Easter egg; polarization is more like laminating a window!” — Rexanne Collier, Texan Eye Optical, Austin, TX

“Polarized lenses act like venetian blinds. Or, if you like, shark nets in the ocean…” — Angel Miller, Cynthiana Vision Center, Cynthiana, KY

WHY SAY IT? These are simple explanations that are easy for patients to visualize and grasp.

Since launching in 2014, INVISION has won 21 international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact INVISION's editors at editor@invisionmag.com.

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What to Say to That Crooked-Browed Customer

Especially when they insist on having their frames adjusted to line up with their eyebrows.

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what to say? “Our eyebrows are sisters, not twins!”

when to use it? When dealing with those patients who want their glasses adjusted to line up with their crooked eyebrows and aren’t taking on board the fact that glasses work best when you look through the optical centers. It adds a little humor and helps open up the conversation about how the glasses need to be adjusted. — Alison Rolli, Daily Optician

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Hit Pause — This Line Works Best When Patients Need to Process A Lot of Information

It gives you both a break.

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What to say? “Look, I’ve given you a lot of information here and there is no need to rush, so why don’t you take a few days to consider everything I’ve told you and then we’ll take it from there.”

When to use it? When you’re dealing with a patient who has been given serious information to digest or a customer who is simply being difficult for whatever reason. Such a break gives you and the customer a chance to move beyond an emotionally charged conversation.

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Vision Is Like … High Definition TV

Several ways to explain HD lenses to clients.

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“The difference in vision is like …”

“… disposable cameras as opposed to a high-quality lens.” — Maxine Kobley, Metrovision, Carle Place, NY

“… color TV, high-definition TV or Blu-ray high def.” — Texas L. Smith, OD, Dr. Texas L. Smith & Assoc., Citrus Heights, CA

“High definition TV. Or would you prefer the old ‘rabbit-ear,’ black-and-white version?” — Scott Keating, OD, Vision Trends, Dover, OH

Why use them? To help explain the differences in clarity and sharpness between different types of lenses.

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