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Smart Ways to Sell Digital Eye Strain Products

Educate patients and ask them the right questions and you can sell more blue-light products.

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A VSP VISION CARE survey reveals that by the time a child reaches 17, they will have spent over 50,000 hours (a third of their life) on a smartphone or tablet. Schools are even moving from standard paper books to tablets, so the amount of time spent by children on such devices could leave them vulnerable to digital eye strain. Parents should be aware that there are several lens products available to alleviate it. 

Before he prescribes a lens, Dr. Gary Morgan says he asks some pertinent questions. Depending on how the patient answers, he spends some time educating them on the advantages of blue light filtering lenses. 

Your practice could sell more blue light lenses if you take the time to educate patients and ask them the right questions. 

 

KODAK Total Blue from Signet Armorlite 

(800) 759-4630, signetarmorlite.com

 

BluTech outdoor polarized lenses from BluTech 

(800) 258-5902, blutechlenses.com 

 

ZEISS Digital Lens from Carl Zeiss Vision 

(800) 358-8258, zeiss.com

 

Eyezen+ 0 lenses from Essilor

(800) 377-4567, essilorusa.com

 

Clear Blue Filter Lens from Vision-Ease Lens 

(800) 328-3449 visionease.com

 

BluTech Eyewear “Paige Turner” with Ultra indoor lenses in polycarbonate from ClearVision Optical

cvoptical.com 

 

TechShield Blue from VSP Optics Group

opticsinfo@vsp.com www.techshieldblue.com

 

Havok Computer Eyewear with GUNNAR patented iAmp lens technology from GUNNAR Optiks

(888) 468-6270, gunnar.com

 

Smart Ways to Sell Digital Eye Strain Products

Dr. Gary Morgan
Eye Tech Eye Associates, Peoria, AZ

I’ve been prescribing blue light filtering lenses since their inception. I ask every patient about time spent on digital devices. For a majority it’s long hours. My next question is: “Do your eyes feel tired? Do they burn, tear, or blur after looking at a screen for two or more hours?” Most have at least one symptom. I explain why, adding that if we filter out some of the blue light coming off the screen it helps relieve symptoms. I find patients are receptive and quite willing to take my recommendation. The three I stick with are VSP’s TechShield, Kodak’s Total Blue and BluTech’s in poly or the original. 

Dr. Steven Cantrell
Cantrell Eye Care, Webster Groves, MO

All screens have LED backlight; even overhead lighting can cause eye strain. Exposure to high energy visible blue light can cause headaches, insomnia, fatigue and seizures. BluTech is exquisite as an indoor, everyday lens or an outdoor sunglass lens. I work with pediatric patients who have photosensitive epilepsy, where light can trigger seizures. I prescribe gas permeable contacts or soft contacts custom-tinted in our lab. I also recommend BluTech lenses in poly with an outdoor filter; these reduce light sensitivity and seizures. Anyone with diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration or cataracts should wear a BluTech lens indoors to shield the retina from toxic blue light. 

Carol Gilhawley is a contributing writer for INVISION.

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Artificial Vision Aids Get Tech Heavy

Video projection and artificial intelligence (AI) are some of the features that differentiate devices in the low vision space.

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VIDEO PROJECTION, MAGNIFICATION and artificial intelligence are some of the features that differentiate devices in the low vision space. OrCam has introduced voice commands to its augmented reality (AR) devices, along with Bluetooth connectivity and barcode learning. Startup Ocutrx will launch an AR headset with cameras, sensors, location mapping, character recognition and audible alerts. Low vision specialists caring for patients who need additional help seeing can dispense a variety of aids that allow them to read and do many of the tasks they did before their underlying eye disease developed.

eSight

eSight 3 uses a camera to put video directly in front of a patient’s eyes.

(855) 837-4448, eSightEyewear.com

IrisVision

IrisVision headset combines hardware and software to help low vision patients see.

(855) 449-4536, irisvision.com

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Vispero

ClearView GO (branded Optelec) has a foldable design and rotating camera for near, intermediate and distance viewing.

(727) 803-8000, vispero.com

Ocutech

VES Falcon autofocus bioptic telescope.

(800) 326-6460, ocutech.com

Ocutrx Vision Technologies

Oculenz AR Wear headset, launching mid-year 2020.

(949) 216-5900, oculenz.com

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Eschenbach Optik of America

Vario Digital FHD foldable desktop video magnifier.

(800) 487-5389, eschenbach.com

OrCam

OrCam MyEye 2 reads text, recognizes faces and identifies products.

(800) 713-3741, orcam.com

Smart Ways To Sell Artificial Vision Aids

Dr. Andrew Lindell, Stoughton Eye Care & Eyewear, Stoughton, WI

During a low vision exam, I figure out a patient’s acuity, where their blind spots are, their eye dominance, color vision and contrast to figure out which device will be most successful. All new technologies coming out provide great value to patients. Microsoft has developed a free talking camera app called Seeing AI which includes great features. Eschenbach’s video magnifiers work well and are simple to use, color coded, large and tactile. I like Ocutech’s VES Falcon autofocus which is bioptic and doesn’t interfere with field of view or mobility. For low vision aids in pediatrics, children love anything iPad-based. Some devices like NuEyes and Patriot Viewpoint are wearable video magnifiers great for home use.

Dr. Walter Wittich, University of Montreal’s School of Optometry, Montreal, Quebec

We’ve spent a lot of time researching head mounted devices; they’re getting smaller, lighter and cheaper. There’s no longer a stigma attached, and the advantage for the visually impaired is they’re hands-free. For example, they are perfect for playing the piano. A single camera is mounted onto the glasses which in real-time projects a modified picture to two screens on the inside where the lenses would be. This picture can be pre-programmed to change color or enhance an image. Each device requires an OD to carry out a refraction. Prices start at $500 and there’s really no top limit since cost is connected to what the device can do. A competitive field and moving fast.

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It’s Time to Think About Winterizing Those Eyes

Products that tackle the vision issues associated with cold weather sports and how to sell them.

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WHEN IT COMES TO a winter sport like hockey, patients can buy specialist sports gear for protection. But, for other winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, motocross and mountain biking, patients may prefer to wear a goggle or prescription sunglass in a wrap frame for maximum coverage. These days, lens technologies are so effective they can offer color enhancement on the slopes and highlight moguls in any conditions.

Bollé

Cobalt with polarized TNS lens.

(800) 423-3537, bolle.com

Wiley X

WX Wave Climate Control series with gloss demi/polarized emearald green mirror lens with an amber base.

(800) 776-7842, wileyx.com

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Pyramex

Venture Gear tactical line of ballistic-rated eyewear, the Brevard frame with Forest Gray lens.

(800) 736-8673, pyramexsafety.com

Scott Sports

SCOTT LCG Compact Goggle with light sensitive blue chrome lens.

(800) 292-5874, scott-sports.com

UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Tinted Helmet Visor

(205) 934-4011, uab.edu

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SPY Optic

SPY Legacy with a gold Spectra lens.

(800) 779-3937, spyoptic.com

SportRx

Prescription snow goggle insert that accommodates corrective lenses.

(888) 831-5817, sportrx.com

Smith Optics

4D MAG Goggle with ChromaPop Sun Red Mirror lens.

(888) 206-2995, smithoptics.com

Smart Ways To Sell Eyewear for Winter Sports

Rob Tavakoli, Sportrx, San Diego, CA

For us, eyewear for winter sports is a growing category. We design and manufacture our own prescription insert that fits into any ski goggle. We sell this complete insert mounted to an Rx lens direct to the consumer or through the 3Os channel. Smith sells an interesting concept with its optical ODS adapter system that fits inside a goggle and most brands manufacture goggles that fit over glasses. I think the Anon M4 Cylindrical goggle is the best. Fogging is constantly an issue for people in the winter, so we recommend putting a good anti-fog coating on an Rx insert. Color enhancing lenses, like ChromaPop from Smith and Prizm from Oakley, work like magic on the snow by offering clarity and contrast to skiers.

Chris Merciez, Envision, Boulder, CO

Our doctors are avid skiers, so they generally talk to the patient about skiing when they’re in the room with them. This is helpful and offers a seamless transition for us to get them what they need. Many of our patients see all types of sports eyewear when they’re on the slopes so they’re already aware of what they want when they come in. We stock all types of brands – Smith goggles, Zeal goggles, Maui Jim and Oakley. Zeal, Bollé and Smith have designed an insert that goes behind the ski goggle and Smith offers a turbo fan option to prevent fogging. If the patient doesn’t want a goggle, then they may like the idea of a prescription sunglass that works for both skiing and regular wear.

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EHR Systems Have More Enhancements Than Ever Before

Bells and whistles your paper charts definitely don’t possess.

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ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS have come a long way. First Insight’s EyeClinic Imaging consolidates patient data, images, and diagnostics into one cloud-based system. Similarly, FoxFire’s Image Management module collects diagnostic images directly into the EHR. Compulink’s Artificial Intelligence runs Advantage EHR which includes built-in chief complaints and ICD-10 coded diagnoses. ABB Optical integrated RevolutionEHR’s SmartFlow ordering technology. EHRs can also improve accounts receivable and help you run a more efficient practice.

Foxfire Systems Group

Foxfire EHR with Image Management

(800) 333-4176, foxfiresg.com

Compulink

Eyecare Advantage EHR

(800) 456- 4522, compulinkadvantage.com

DrChrono

iPad and iPhone EHR

(844) 569-8628, drchrono.com

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ABB Optical Group

Glimpse Mobile tracks business analytics.

(904) 503-9616 glimpselive.com

RevolutionEHR

RevolutionEHR with SmartFlow ordering technology

(877) 738-3471, revolutionehr.com

Weave

Weave Optometry for patient communications

(888) 579-5668, getweave.com

First Insight

MaximEyes EHR with Eye Clinic Imaging

(800) 920-1940, first-insight.com

Smart Ways To Use EHR Enhancements

Dr. Brian O’Donnell, New Era Eye Care, Shavertown, PA

I’m on my fourth EHR system since I changed my practice in 2012 to make it more efficient. Part of that process was to invest in a new EHR. After visiting VEE and interviewing vendors I went with Foxfire. They provided a feature I wanted — to be able to see recalls and identify certain patients for promotions. They also had a tremendous integration platform for image management and data analytics. I liked that they did billing in-house too. They have their own clearing house within the system that is outstanding. Both the practice management side and the medical side of the EHR system got upgrades recently and they went flawlessly. Since I started with Foxfire in 2014, the system has been overhauled many times. Each time they carry out training so we’re well prepared.

Dr. Brandon Chester, Chester Eye Center, Chillicothe, OH

We studied up before we transitioned to First Insight’s MaximEyes EHR in 2011. It puts everything at our disposal and lets us quickly look up patients and run different reports based on diagnoses. We were one of the first to adopt their cloud-based EyeClinic Imaging software when it came out in 2017. You can click a button to launch it from within the EHR system and view all images from a test result. Now we don’t have to scan as much data as we used to. Once we’re done with a test the image is saved to a patient’s file and we can pull it up on screen in the exam room and show our patients comparison pictures. First Insight does a good job staying on top of different Medicare requirements and the MIPS program is built into their EHR system.

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