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When it Comes to Lens Materials, Coatings or Enhancements, You Guys Have No Problem Playing Favorites

AR coatings are obviously a must and one specific material is most of your MVP.

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THIS MONTH’S QUESTION: What is your favorite lens material, design, coating or enhancement (brand names welcome)? Briefly, why?
  • 1.74 Hi Index for high Rxs. Crizal Easy because, like the name implies, it’s easy maintenance. — Rick Rickgauer, Vision Associates Girard, PA
  • Trivex due to its clarity. Eyezen for people who use computers and cell phones, including kids. My favorite progressive is Shamir Autograph Intelligence because of its wide computer channel. We also use Shamir Computer as a second pair for office personnel. — Monika Marczak OD, Eye Candy Optical Center, McMurray, PA
  • Favorite lens material is Trivex; it has superior optics as compared to other materials. It is also very lightweight, as well as being nearly indestructible. I prefer Crizal AR coatings as they seem to be much more durable. — Gregory Williams, Arboretum Vision Care, Austin, TX
  • Love my Eye-Kraft DLS mobile private label progressives! Really help with night driving. — Gail Bailey, Eye Care Clinic, Grand Rapids, MN
  • A good high quality hydrophobic, non-glare lens is essential to us. It’s inhuman to have to deal with glare and tired eyes. — Diana Canto-Sims, La Vida Eyewear. Chicago, IL
  • I love the new X Design by Essilor. We have had such a positive response from our patients. — Michelle Wright, DePoe Eye Center, Stockbridge, GA
  • Trivex, IOT lens designs, premium anti-reflective coatings. IOT has a lens design for every lifestyle, I can manipulate corridor lengths and get wider fields of vision. — Sherry Berry, Eye Against Eye & Ardmore Eye Care, Ardmore, PA
  • 1.53 Trivex … everything about it is good! — Dr. Brendon Johnson, O.D., Pekin, IL
  • Trivex and Recharge. — Katie Rutledge, Arnold Family Eyecare, Arnold, MO
  • CR-39 or Trivex is my go to when it comes to material, but depending on prescription, a high index when necessary. Eyezen+’s have been one of our most popular lenses because of the clarity, Smart Blue Filter, and getting everyone in digital technology is something that is going to set us above competitors when it comes to actual product. When it comes to progressives, our office really likes to put everyone in a lens that truly caters to their lifestyle so it varies for everyone. Crizal, Shamir and Sentinel coatings are some of the only coatings I stand by for clarity, long lasting and EASY TO CLEAN! — Heather Harrington, Elevated Eyecare, Denver, CO
  • Poly Transitions Avancé; some plans want to use Unity lenses, some Essilor lenses. — Marc Ullman, OD, Academy Vision, Pine Beach, NJ
  • Love Hi-Index lenses with Blue Light AR. — Amina Ebrahim, OD, D Vision Eyecare, Allen, TX
  • I have always been a Varilux guy but since I have been using Shamir, I think I’m liking them a lot. Shamir Intelligence PAL, it’s like magic! — Rigo Lopez, Gilman & Vorster Optometry, Indio, CA
  • 99.9 percent we use polycarbonate, a generic single vision with UltraClear or UltraClear with Blue. — Susan Miller, OD, Bright Eyes Vision, Hartsville, PA
  • Anything high index. — Leisa Lauer, Dr. H Michael Shack, Newport Beach, FL
  • LiteStyle, we explain that this lens is a phenolcarbonate and NOT a polycarbonate. We also use mid index lenses (1.56 Trivex). — BJ Chambers, Carrera Optical, McQueeney, TX
  • Totally loving mirrors again. — Annette Prevaux, The Visionary, Allen Park, MI
  • Hoya Sync with Recharge, has a small anti-fatigue amount of add in the lens with a blue light filter AR. This combo is a knockout for pre-presbyopic patients that spend many hours on devices. — Carissa Dunphy, Lake Stevens Vision Clinic, Lake Stevens, WA
  • We use a lot of poly but if I had to choose, it would either be Trivex or 1.60 but it also depends on the patient and their Rx needs. I prefer to use IOT designs from Laramy-K, there are more options than we could ever think of using and Laramy-K has the knowledge of when it’s best to use which design. — Travis LeFevre, Krystal Vision, Logan, UT
  • Shamir Autograph III in Trivex with Shamir Glacier. They are the perfect lens with a perfect patient adaptability score. I always want my patients wearing what is best for them and this is it. — Susan Frein, Ames Eye Care, Ankeny, IA
  • Recharge, love the bluish purplish tint. — Maureen Garbis, Compass Eyecare, Oak Park, IL
  • Hi Index 1.74 with Crizal. — Richard Frankel, Atlantic Cape Eyecare, Wildwood, NJ
  • Trivex is a favorite lens material because it’s a stable substrate for coatings. We are using Camber and IOT lens designs for their superior optics and excellent margins as a house lens. — Nikki Griffin, EyeStyles Optical and Boutique, Oakdale, MN
  • I am LOVING mirror coatings. We use Digital Eye Lab and their mirror coatings are stunning! — Jenna Gilbertson, McCulley Optix Gallery, Fargo, ND
  • I’m wearing the Power SV lenses in Trivex with Sapphire Transitions and Retinal Bliss DES non-glare coating. My absolute favorite lens I’ve worn yet. — Frances Ann Layton, Eye Associates of South GA, Valdosta, GA
  • Both of the two top labs we work with offer a really good CO2/TD2 scratch coat with a two-year warranty, which we sell as an upgrade for $48. If a patient experiences any scratching, they get one free lens pair replacement anytime during the first two years after dispensing. I have won over so many patients who have histories of being tough on stuff and who have been erroneously sold AR coatings. Our honesty in sales wins us so many people and we capture more AR coatings on our sales than the national average. — Jen Heller, Pend Oreille Vision Care, Sandpoint, ID
  • 1.60 with Crizal Avancé is my favorite. It doesn’t ship or get stress fractures, vision is fantastic, and lenses are lightweight. — Jennifer Leuzzi, Mill Creek Optical, Dansville, NY
  • CR-39! Great clarity, just add a treatment like Zeiss DuraVision BlueProtect to boost your durability. I wear this lens and have had the best optical results since I’ve been in the industry. — William Chancellor, Eye Can See Eyewear, McDonough, GA
  • Trivex Autograph Intelligence. — Paula Hornbeck, Eye Candy & Eye Candy Kids, Delafield, WI
  • Trivex with AR for clear lenses and anything and everything polarized for sunglasses. — Pablo E. Mercado, LensCrafters, Alpharetta, GA
  • Material = Trivex. The best for low to mid prescriptions! — Dave Schultz, OD, Urban Optics, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Trivex for standard Rxs Autograph 2, 3 or Intelligence. Shamir Glacier Coat. — Zachary Dirks, OD, St. Peter and Belle Plaine Eyecare Centers, Saint Peter, MN
  • Recharge. — Tina Smrkovski, Reed Optical, Claremont, NH
  • Polycarbonate with Unity AR Coating and Tech Shield for the computer crowd. — Texas L. Smith, OD, Dr. Texas L. Smith & Assoc., Citrus Heights, CA
  • Zeiss’s mirror coatings are on-trend and an easy add-on to boost slower summer sales numbers. — Kris Kittell, Torrey Highlands Optometry, San Diego, CA
  • Varilux X design from Essilor is my go to progressive usually in a poly since we have a lot of drill mounts and semi rimless frames. However, if they are going with Transitions in a semi-rimless I will change to a Trivex or higher index to cut down on de-lamination that will frequently occur with the poly/Transitions. Crizal Sapphire 360 is also my go to AR for single vision/progressives. Crizal products in general are my most used. — Caitlin Wicka, San Juan Eye Center, Montrose, CO
  • Trivex or 1.67, Eyezen for SV and X Design for progressives. Had a lot of success with these lenses during the ULP. Crizal Sapphire for AR Trivex. — Pam Peters, Midwest Eye, Downers Grove, IL
  • I love Trivex. Versatile and tough, it beats polycarbonate hands down. We only do Trivex in drill mounts because of poly’s habit of cracking at the drill points over time. — Angel Miller, Cynthiana Vision Center, Cynthiana, KY
  • Transition Crizal Trivex. — Tabitha Fuller, Thomas Eye, Palmetto, GA
  • Phoenix Super Hi Vision EX3 from Hoya works well, no vague complaints. — Bob McBeath, Edina Eye, Edina, MN
  • Trivex favorite material because of lightweight, clarity and doesn’t chip or crack. Very happy with Walman’s Power products, they have been working extremely well. — Scott Felten, Fox Valley Family Eye Care, Little Chute, WI
  • IOT Camber Steady in Trivex with an AR coating in a Minima Chassis with Chemistrie Clip. You can use any lens shape and eye size. Available in 23 colors, four bridge sizes and temple lengths to 160 mm. What more could you ask for? — Dave Goodrich, Goodrich Optical, Lansing, MI
  • For heavy Rx, I love the 1.74 Hi Index. Couldn’t get it when I worked the chains. Crizal Easy is a no-hassle AR. — Rick Rickgauer, Vision Associates, Girard, PA
  • Loving Trivex and high index with or without Blue Zero. — Dorothy Reynolds, Optical Alternatives, Milford, CT
  • Lab Tech’s own FSV lenses with Peak AR. Luzerne’s SightStar+ progressive lenses and AGT AR which is compatible to Crizal. Transitions Signature 7 in fashion colors does well. — Mitchell Kaufman, Marine Park Family Vision, Brooklyn, NY
  • We see the merits of Trivex. Hard as poly but with better optics. After doing a great deal of Trivex for our entire existence, we see our customers’ glasses over a period of time. Trivex holds up and looks great! — Steve Nelson, Eye Candy Optical, Westlake, OH
  • I love Crizal Avancé and Sapphire. When the lenses come from lab, they look so clear and the reflection of lights are like jewels on the glasses. — Bhumika Patel, Redstone Family Vision, Indian Land, SC
  • Trivex! Blue Light AR, over 90 percent of our patients understand the need for AR and Dr. Cassar prescribes it in the exam room. Tom, our optician, is awesome at educating our patients on the need for AR as well. — Bethany Cassar, Complete Eye Health, Holland, MI
  • Poly does so much now. Transitions, they are very versatile and healthy. — Jeff Hayden, Vision Care Center, Brighton, MI
  • Trivex because it is lightweight, has a low ABBE value — which equals better optics than poly —and is impact resistant. It is our primary material. — Bridgett Fredrickson, Whelan Eye Care, Bemidji, MN
  • Trivex material, Hoya Array Pal, Recharge coating. Durable, work well, less trouble shooting. — Cynthia Sayers, OD, EyeShop Optical Center, Lewis Center, OH
  • Trivex, closest tough lens to CR39. — Pauline Buck, OD, Behavioral and Developmental Optometrists, Miami, FL
  • Anti-reflective! It’s so worth the extra money. I can’t wear glasses without it now. — Cindy Henderson, Eyear Optical, Hixson, TN
  • 1.67 Transitions with Avancé coating, comfortable for everyday! — Kaleena Ma, MK Vision Center, Forest Hills, NY
  • I love Hoya’s Phoenix with Recharge. It gives the patient a great scratch warranty, it’s better than poly with less aberrations and I’ve had no issues with the lens crazing. I actually use it myself. — Deanna Phillips, Clemmons Family Eye Care, Clemmons, NC
  • BlueProtect by Zeiss for people on devices all day, Eyezen by Essilor for the same reason. — Nytarsha Thomas, OD, Visionelle Eyecare, Zionsville, IN
  • We use Shamir and their AR coating or our labs AR coating and the main reason is that Varilux/Crizal dropped the ball after promising to help my office with a simple request. I guess it’s all the same company so they win anyway. — Marc Ullman, OD, Academy Vision, Pine Beach, NJ
  • Shamir Autograph Intelligence, first progressive in YEARS that there is a noticeable improvement in optical quality! — Stephanie Crowley, Sie Eyecare, Charlotte, NC

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Most of You Like to Create Your Own Luck… But a Good Luck Charm Doesn’t Hurt

Here are some of the things you guys turn to when you’re looking for good fortune to go your way.

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THIS MONTHS’S QUESTION: Do you have a good luck charm? What is it?

  • Money clip that I gave to my groomsmen 44 years ago this week. — Bob McBeath, Edina Eye, Edina, MN
  • We do… it is plant that we were told is called “the money tree.” It was given to us when we opened six years ago. We have repotted it a couple of times. Everyone in the store treats it with extreme love and care.. for it is The Money Tree. — Steve Nelson, Eye Candy Optical, Westlake, OH
  • Yes, my wife! But do not tell her. — Dennis Iadarola, OD, Center For Vision Care, LLC, Monroe, CT
  • Obviously it’s the Poop Emoji bank on my desk. How could that NOT be good luck?! — Frances Ann Layton, Eye Associates of South GA, Valdosta, GA
  • My mom and I did fung shui in my store when I first opened and I continued it to this day trying to keep positive energy in my business. And just being positive has been a good luck charm for me, and positive affirmations daily. — Julie Uram, Optical Oasis, Jupiter, FL
  • Short pants. — Dave Schultz, OD, Urban Optics, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • We have a bobble head in the lab. We all hit the head on full moons, crazy days and when we need an extra boost to make goal. We can be a little superstitious. — Nicole Leonard, Custom Eye Care, San Antonio, TX
  • I carry a religious symbol in my pocket every day. It is not luck but it is something I always have. — Zachary Dirks, OD, St. Peter and Belle Plaine Eyecare Centers, Saint Peter, MN
  • Picture of my dog. — Laura Trudeau, Cornea and Contact Lens Institute, Edina, MN
  • I have an angel pin that a coworker/friend gave me when I changed locations about 20 years ago that I hang on the rearview mirror of my car. I’ve NEVER had a car accident since I’ve had it and I drive for work A LOT! — Kim Hilgers, Monson Eyecare Center, Owatonna, MN
  • No good luck charm, but we always start the day with a “magic sales total” that we need/want to reach and we set the time of day we’ll hit it. Spooky how it’s worked for us actually. — Yen Nguyen, Black Optical, Desoto, TX
  • I have had pretty good luck since I stopped using my good luck charm. — Andrew Romeril, OD, Torrey Highlands Optometry, San Diego, CA
  • But of course…..that would be my wife. — Jeff Grosekemper, Casa De Oro Eyecare, Spring Valley, CA
  • Antique paper weight. — Scott Keating, OD, Vision Trends, Dover, OH
  • I always have a jade Buddha in my car to keep me safe. — Selena Jachens, Urban Eyecare & Eyewear, West Des Moines, IA
  • Does my favorite screwdriver in the lab that can unscrew anything count? — Angel Miller, Cynthiana Vision Center, Cynthiana, KY
  • Necklace grandmother gave me. — Amy M. Farrall, OD, Vision Center of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • A necklace of my mom’s. I’d like to think of it as a good luck charm. I wear it when I think she might like to be with me in spirit when I’ve got something special going on. — Julie Kubsch, Specs Around Town, Bloomington, IL
  • When I travel I wear my St. Christopher medal. — Jim Williams, Eye to Eye, Mexico, MO
  • I have a religious pendant that my mom wore for many years. — Mitchell Kaufman, Marine Park Family Vision, Brooklyn, NY
  • My wife, for the cheering and encouragement to keep on keeping on. — Mickey Bradley, Patrick Optical, Fort Worth, TX
  • I have pens that I get very attached to. If I lose them, my day just does not seem to go as smoothly. — Angie Patteson, OD, Sunset Eye Care, Johnson City, TN
  • My grandmother’s jewelry. — Danielle Doniver, Heritage Optical, Detroit, MI
  • Can’t tell you but I think it works. — Susan L. Spencer, Council Eye Care, Williamsville, NY
  • A coin-like gift I got from a co-worker/friend after my father passed away. I always have it in my pocket! — Judy Scheuerell, Fox Valley Family Eye Care, Little Chute, WI
  • My cat Verdelle. I have an entire wall of pictures in the optical lab dedicated to pictures of my cat and when I need a little positivity or good luck I go back and admire his handsome face. — Tiffany Firer, Lifetime Eyecare, Jenison MI

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Finding Good Help Is Hard … Especially When Their Expectations Are Outrageous

Brain Squad members share some of the surprising questions and demands made by job candidates.

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  • They’ve asked for time off for personal non-religious holidays, such as “I am tired” or “I am going to a party tomorrow.” I also asked a potential employee how they dressed for work and they said “casual” … meaning shorts and a T-shirt. — BJ Chambers, Carrera Optical, McQueeney, TX
  • Yes, they want benefits but they only last two days and they’re out. Not sure why they commit in first place. — Kaleena Ma, MK Vision Center, Forest Hills, NY
  • No Saturdays or weekends. No evenings. Umm, this is a service profession and around here evenings and Saturdays are very normal. — Elizabeth Atkinson, OD, Atkinson Eye Care, Algonquin, IL
  • Refuse to work on weekends. — Paula Hornbeck, Eye Candy & Eye Candy Kids, Delafield, WI
  • We hired a girl that demanded more pay on her second day before even proving herself. Paid her the standard rate and explained that she is eligible for monthly bonuses and pay increases if she is good at her job. But she didn’t like that we are small and sometimes have to step in and help someone else do their job. She didn’t work out. — Nytarsha Thomas, OD, Visionelle Eyecare, Zionsville, IN
  • I had an employee ask for double what he made down the street since our store was more successful and “We could afford it.” — Adam Ramsey, OD, Socialite Vision, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Guarantee not to work past 5pm … ever. — Neil Notaroberto, OD, EyeCare 2020 Retina & Vision Center, Slidell, LA
  • We have recently hired and it’s ridiculous. Literally had someone with no experience respond she “Doesn’t get out of bed for less than $20/hour.” — Cynthia Sayers, OD, EyeShop Optical Center, Lewis Center, OH
  • This is a sign of the times. People don’t want to work Saturdays and evenings and this is a Saturday and evening business. — Steve Nelson, Eye Candy Optical, Westlake, OH
  • If the potential employee is more concerned about what we can do for them than offering information about what they can do for us, they are not considered. — Pam Peters, Midwest Eye, Downers Grove, IL
  • More vacation time is a must for a lot of new hires. — Andrea Schall, Armstrong Eye Care, Kittanning, PA
  • Demands for a tech position were no evenings, no Saturdays and demanded more pay than my opticians who have been with me for five years or longer … and we pay very well! — Cindy Bruner, Professional Family Eyecare, Coldwater, OH
  • There are almost never any experienced eyecare or opticians in our area, so our standard mode is to hire a barista or a server and train them from the ground up. But at our new location, all of our decent applicants were nursing assistants or medical professionals looking for a career change. I had this set conversation so many times: “I know you are worth way more than what we are going to offer you, but we are going to have to start almost from scratch if we hire you. There is so much training that goes into working in this industry. Are you okay with that?” Answer was yes. Cue interviews, screening test, etc., and then, inevitably, they didn’t want to take a pay decrease. We had one lady that had managed a hospital nursing division in a different state. We told her repeatedly that we could not pay her what she’d be used to and urged her not to waste her (or our) time if she wasn’t ready for at least a $10/hour pay cut. When the doctor offered her the job, she laughed at him. Then she called back, still laughing, referring to him by his first name — “Really, Jim? Really?” — and tried to negotiate after talking to him like a child. — Jen Heller, Pend Oreille Vision Care, Sandpoint, ID
  • We don’t close for lunch and pay thru employee lunches. A candidate wanted to go home at lunch daily to relax and then come back for the afternoon. Direct quote from another: “Can my dog come to work with me. I can’t leave her all day.” — Maury Kessler, OD, Eyecare Plus Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
  • We are in a college town so we get a lot of younger applicants, some of which have turned into our best employees. The last time we hired was about a year ago and for the first time we saw a lot of younger kids negotiating their salary, nothing outrageous but if they can sell themselves well enough to start out at a higher wage they should be able to sell a high end pair of glasses. — Travis LeFevre, Krystal Vision, Logan, UT
  • It’s harder than usual to get interviews to show up. — Heidi Hipsher, Northland Eye Care, Flagstaff, AZ
  • It always surprises me how few applicants out there, in general, meet our qualifications for an interview. Even less it seems, understand the basics of an interview: show up on time, dress professionally, be polite and put your best foot forward. We look for sincerity, empathy, drive, and innovativeness — everything else can be taught on the job, but personality must walk in the door. — Tiffany Firer, Lifetime Eyecare, Jenison, MI
  • Not by new employees, but some of the younger current employees have started wearing headphones while working at their desks. I am worried it could be hurting their productivity and focus, but they insist it helps them. — Elizabeth Knaus, A to Z Eye Care, Arcata, CA
  • Saturdays off, outrageous salary demands for candidates with no experience in the field, literally $50,000 a year! Two girls we hired lasted less than two weeks. It is extremely difficult to find good help. — Maureen Garbis, Compass Eye Care, Oak Park, IL
  • After identifying as full-time, they asked what pay expectations were, then asked for more money in the interview, and at the eleventh hour said they can only work 32 hours a week. — Robert McBeath, Edina Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Edina, MN

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You’re Having a Dinner Party … These are the Three People – Dead or Alive – You’d Invite

Some of you just want to laugh … others want some answers to life’s most existential questions.

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  • Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly from Step Brothers! — Caitlin Wicka, San Juan Eye Center, Montrose, CO
  • Neil Armstrong (tell me the truth), Margaret Cho, and my bestie who passed away. — Sherry Berry, Eye against Eye and Ardmore Eye Care, Ardmore, PA
  • Jesus, Moses and Ghandi. — Richard Frankel, OD, Atlantic Cape Eyecare, Wildwood, NJ
  • My dad and my grandmothers. I miss them and I would like to learn more about our family history. They had some great stories they shared with us. — Dawn Christman Munoz, North Valley Eye Medical Group, Indian Hills, CA
  • My dad, mom and sister – all deceased. — Susie Phillips, Dr. Brendon Johnson, O.D., Pekin, IL
  • Chris Farley, Nelson Mandela and David Beckham. — Sarah Jerome, OD, Look + See Eye Care, Minneapolis, MN
  • Robin Williams, Queen Esther and Ludwig van Beethoven. — Nikki Griffin, EyeStyles Optical and Boutique, Oakdale, MN
  • Simon Sinek, Ayn Rand and Malcolm Gladwell. — Selina McGee, OD, Precision Vision of Edmond, Edmond, OK
  • Chester Bennington, Tom Hiddleston and Kate Hudson. — Selena Jachens, Urban Eyecare & Eyewear, West Des Moines, IA
  • My mother, father and sister. — Alexander Saper, Great Glasses, Houston, TX
  • Steve Martin, Ani Difranco and Amy Winehouse. — Nancy Revis, Uber Optics, Petaluma, CA
  • My spouse (of course), then Crazy Horse and Geronimo. — Jeff Grosekemper, Casa De Oro Eyecare, Spring Valley, CA
  • Ugh, I can only pick three?! I would love to have dinner with Ellen Degeneres, Dwayne Johnson and Jimmy Fallon. Although I’m not sure any eating would actually occur because there’d be way too much laughter! — Christine Howard, Attleboro Vision Care, Attleboro, MA
  • My father, grandfather and brothers. — William Chancellor, Eye Can See Eyewear, McDonough, GA
  • My great grandfather Hollis (great business sense), Jesus (obvious reasons) and Martin Luther King (wisdom and vision). — Blake Hutto, OD, Family Vision Care, Alma, GA
  • INVISION staff. (Editor Note: You’re on Dan! What can we bring?) — Daniel R. Wolfe, OD, Discerning Eye, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • First will always be my grandmother. I would love to share a conversation with a leadership driven explorer type person like Ernest Shackleton, I could only imagine the things he could share. For the third, perhaps someone just incredibly FUN like Robin Williams, just to have the most fun dinner ever! — Carissa Dunphy, Monroe Vision Clinic, Monroe, WA
  • Trump, George Patton and my father. — John LaShorne, Brown County Eye Care, Nashville, IN
  • Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin and Marie Salomea Sklodowska (Marie Curie). — Leisa Lauer, Dr. H. Michael Shack, Newport Beach, FL
  • Jesus, Abe Lincoln and Albert Schwitzer. — Dennis Iadarola, OD, Center For Vision Care, LLC, Monroe, CT
  • Tom Hanks, Abraham Lincoln and Ralph Fiennes. — Kevin Count, Prentice Lab, Glenview, IL
  • My mom who has been gone for 12 years, my poodle that I just lost in April and Mother Theresa. — Julie Uram, Optical Oasis, Jupiter, FL
  • Mary, Pope Benedict and Urban. — Bethany Cassar, Complete Eye Health, Holland, MI
  • Dave Chapelle, Charles Barkley and Neil Degrasse-Tyson. — Chris Lopez, OD, Roberts Eyecare Associates, Vestal, NY
  • Can they be fictional too? My Granny, The Rock and Superman. — Frances Ann Layton, Eye Associates of South Georgia, Valdosta, GA
  • Stephen King, Maya Angelou and Michelle Obama. — Paula Hornbeck, Eye Candy & Eye Candy Kids, Delafield, WI
  • The Pope, Flip Wilson (as Geraldine) and my husband. — Kathy Maren, Comb EyeCare & Eyewear, Western Springs, IL
  • Bob Marley, JFK and Marilyn Monroe. — Amy Pelak, Proview Eyecare Optometry, Corona, CA
  • Outside of my family, Mother Theresa, Katherine Johnson and Amelia Earhart. — Pam Peters, Midwest Eye, Downers Grove, IL
  • Donald J Trump, Melania Trump and my wife. — Robert M, Easton Jr, OD, Oakland Park, FL
  • I don’t like hypotheticals like this. I am happy with the people I have dinner with now and the one many people want to eat with, Jesus, I know I will see someday when the time is right. — Zachary Dirks, OD, St. Peter and Belle Plaine Eyecare Centers, Saint Peter, MN
  • John Lennon, Tom Ellis and Edward Norton. — Tim Gray, Visual Eyes, Huntingdon Valley, PA
  • Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Kevin Costner. — Jennifer Leuzzi, Mill Creek Optical, Dansville, NY
  • My grandmother. — Jocelyn Anderson, National Vision, Riverdale, GA
  • Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and my grandmother. — Adam Ramsey, OD, Socialite Vision, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Johnson, and Freddie Mercury. Then I’d leave and let Edgar Allen Poe have my place. If Robert really sold his soul at the crossroads, I’d have to substitute. — Angel Miller, Cynthiana Vision Center, Cynthiana, KY
  • Joe Montana, Dwight Clark and Jerry Rice. — Texas L. Smith, OD, Dr. Texas L. Smith & Assoc., Citrus Heights, CA
  • Barack and Michelle Obama. Maybe with Terry Gross so she can ask all the good questions. I also have really gotten into the podcast “My Favorite Murder” with Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgareth, but I would want those ladies over for cheesecake, wine, and murder conversations that go on crazy tangents. — Jenna Gilbertson, McCulley Optix Gallery, Fargo, ND
  • Thomas Jefferson, Walter Cronkite and Robin Williams. — Judith Whitelaw, Dr. Gregory Char, OD, Orange, OR
  • Caesar, Thomas Jefferson and Stephen Hawking. — Michael Martorana, OD, Falls City Eye Care, Louisville, KY
  • Abraham, Martin and John! If unavailable, I’ll settle for Morrison, Lennon and Dylan. — Dave Schultz, OD, Urban Optics, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Jimi Hendrix, Albert Einstein and Hugh Hefner. — Rick Rickgauer, Vision Associates, Girard, PA
  • Ben Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and Prince Harry. — Pam Neagle, Austin Eyeworks, Austin, TX
  • Barak and Michelle Obama, Nina Simone and Sandra Bullock. — Kim Hilgers, Monson Eyecare Center, Owatonna, MN
  • That’s a hard one. Robin Williams, Ronald Reagan and of course my wife. — Scott Felten, Fox Valley Family Eye Care, Little Chute, WI
  • Do the New Kids on the Block count as one even though there are 5 of them? — Deanna Phillips, Clemmons Family Eye Care, Clemmons, NC
  • Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes and Joe Bonamassa. — Katie Root, Latham Family Vision, Latham, NY
  • Don Knots, Jerry Lewis and Sean Connery. — Scott Keating, OD, Vision Trends, Dover, OH
  • Andy Cohen, Dave Grohl, Gillian Pensavalle … this is assuming my husband and daughter are already coming. — Jessika Arena, The Eye Center, Asheville, NC

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