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If you know, then you know. There are some things that only opticians and optometrists can relate to. Below is a collection of responses to the question “You know you’re an ECP when…” that will have you nodding your head “Yes” knowingly…




You have a nice selection of eyeglass-themed clothing. – Sonja Franklin, OD, Modern Eyes, Austin, TX

Your thumb is so thick with scar tissue that you can no longer stab yourself and draw blood. – Aaron Baker, McKinney Eyeworks, McKinney, TX

You still smile looking at the green nose pieces that you have to change. – Ivy Elaine Frederick, OD, New Castle, PA

You know a person’s PD measurement without having to take it. – Danielle Doniver, Heritage Optical, Detroit, MI

You ask to adjust someone’s glasses in the grocery store. – Siobhan Burns, The Eyeglass Lass, New London, CT

You tell your cab driver you’re a dentist because you can’t handle another eyeball related issue, and you happily listen to their teeth issues and appreciate that’s not your daily conversation. – Erika Tydor, OD, Shoreline Eyecare, Shoreline, WA

You remember someone by the glasses they’re wearing. – Carissa Dunphy, Monroe Vision Clinic, Monroe, WA


You write the year 20/20. – Christine Howard, Attleboro Vision Care, Attleboro, MA

You watch NFL games just for the sideline shots to see if everyone’s wearing Oakley. – William Chancellor, Eye Can See Eyewear, McDonough, GA

When the biggest event at all family gatherings is cleaning glasses. – Caitlin Wicka, San Juan Eye Center, Montrose, CO

You casually look at people from different angles to see how strong their add power is. – Ann-Marie Weaver, Optimal Eye Care, Lewis Center, OH

When your Christmas gifts are all eye-related. – Susan Holt, Coastal North Vision Care, Myrtle Beach, SC

When people start asking medical questions and you answer them without hesitation. – BJ Chambers, Carrera Optical, McQueeney, TX

Want to clean everyone’s glasses! – Bethany Cassar, Complete Eye Health, Holland, MI


All you see on TV is poorly fit glasses. – Travis LeFevre, Krystal Vision, Logan, UT

You see a stranger and can name the brand and exact model of the frame they are wearing. – Elizabeth Knaus, A to Z Eye Care, Arcata, CA

Face cheese and nose cheese are in your daily vocabulary. – Kim Hilgers, Monson Eyecare Center, Owatonna, MN

You can describe a mugger’s glasses, but nothing else about them. – Dorothy Reynolds, Optical Alternatives, Milford, CT

You can make a spectacle of yourself and not be embarrassed. – Texas L. – Smith, OD, Dr. – Texas L. – Smith & Associates, Citrus Heights, CA

You go visit your parents and they, and all their friends, line up for you to adjust their glasses. – Frances Ann Layton, Eye Associates of South GA, Valdosta, GA


You meet someone new and ask to adjust their glasses for them. – Gayle Bergthold, Bee Cave Vision Center, Bee Cave, TX

A hottie is walking towards you, but instead of checking out her legs or his biceps, you’re analyzing their AR coating. – Jen Heller, Pend Oreille Vision Care, Sandpoint, ID

You flip your own right and left. – Zachary Dirks, OD, St. – Peter and Belle Plaine Eyecare Centers, Saint Peter, MN

You can’t stop thinking about Edward Snowden’s missing nose pad on the cover of his book as you read it. – Tiffany Firer, Lifetime Eyecare, Jenison, MI

You keep a mini screw driver set in the car just in case. – Adam Ramsey, OD, Socialite Vision, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

You can cook a small meal with a frame warmer. – Nikki Griffin, EyeStyles Optical and Boutique, Oakdale, MN

Even beautiful sunsets start to remind you of a fundus photo. – Elizabeth Atkinson, OD, Atkinson Eye Care, Algonquin, IL

You’re told the Ford or Cadillac joke about cataracts. – Selina McGee, OD, Precision Vision, Edmond, OK

A contact lens abuser swears at you because you won’t dispense a supply without a current prescription. – Kevin Bushouse, Rx Optical, Kalamazoo, MI

You answer your phone at home like you are still at work. – Deanna Phillips, Clemmons Family Eye Care, Clemmons, NC

You float around a pool at a resort identifying people’s sunglasses – Kevin Count, Prentice Lab, Glenview, IL

When they ask what OD stands for! – Scott Keating, OD, Vision Trends, Dover, OH

Your pick up lines revolve around eyewear. – Pablo E Mercado, Optima Eye Care, Alpharetta, GA

Most of your clothing has glasses or eyeballs on it! – Kimberly Riggs OD, Ligonier, PA

You see a beautiful woman and notice her glasses before her cleavage … which your wife points out. – Dr. – Dennis Iadarola Center for Vision Care, LLC Monroe, CT

You end up in the bathroom at a wedding doing frame adjustments. – Sarah Bureau, sbspecs, St. – Catharines, ON


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