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    Best Material for Moderate Prism?

    Hi all! My doc recently gave me a new Rx that is stronger than my last one. It way improves my vision over my old pair. It has fairly high prism but is low in other areas of Rx. I have spoken to...
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    Important: In my state (TX,) certification is not required....

    In my state (TX,) certification is not required. The ignorance that some opticians display is astounding. That's because most offices push high sales above all else. I resist this pressure from my...
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    Important: Thanks for the tip. I did not know that, only how...

    Thanks for the tip. I did not know that, only how to read it on the manual lensometer.
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    Important: Here's a dispensing problem I have run into...

    Here's a dispensing problem I have run into several times: my coworkers being unable to read ground-in prism in the lensometer. Labs are also awful about not grinding it into prescriptions. They...
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    I haven't used Zeiss products much, but every...

    I haven't used Zeiss products much, but every mirror job I have ordered takes forever, usually about a month, no matter which lab does it. Still, two months? I agree with the other poster; I would...
  6. Agreed. Does anyone else gets irritated when...

    Agreed. Does anyone else gets irritated when patients ask for a PD measurement so they can buy glasses online? And many times they end up right back at my store complaining that they can't see out of...
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    Is ABO Certification Worth It?

    I've been in the optical/ophthalmics field my entire professional career (about 12 years) and am wanting a new optician/optometric/ophthalmic assistant position. While searching various job openings,...
  8. When did this reimbursement policy change? I...

    When did this reimbursement policy change? I would like to inform my boss as many of our patients are VSP, probably around 40%. Has the reimbursement rate changed for materials?
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    That might be a good add-on for our optical as...

    That might be a good add-on for our optical as well. We cut single vision poly glasses in house, but we don't have a fast turnaround time, and OTC readers would be a nice way to add a little extra to...
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    This surprises me. Not. In our tech addicted...

    This surprises me. Not. In our tech addicted world, there will always be tasks humans can do better than computers. Sometimes adding a computer to a task makes it harder, not easier.
  11. If only I could convince my high school aged...

    If only I could convince my high school aged patients this. What's with the huge plastic frame craze these days? When I started wearing glasses way back in the age of the dinosaurs, glasses were...
  12. I had LASIK way back in 2000 at age 23, right...

    I had LASIK way back in 2000 at age 23, right after it was approved in the US, and that's all I wanted: to see the alarm clock. I wasn't terribly nearsighted, about your level, but it was enough that...
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    I usually go with what's in the glasses or as...

    I usually go with what's in the glasses or as close to it as possible, as long as the patient is happy with the base curve in the glasses. I have had trouble with Wiley-X and Liberty frames and too...
  14. UPDATE: I spoke to Essilor, telling them about my...

    UPDATE: I spoke to Essilor, telling them about my crazed lenses, and they graciously agreed to change them out and credit the defective ones on warranty. The weird thing is I can hardly see the...
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    I've seen some Rxes almost like that. I'm...

    I've seen some Rxes almost like that. I'm surprised there's no slab off prescribed with that level of anismetropia. Speaking of illogical Rxes, I used to work for an optometrist who was prism happy....
  16. My boss calls it anti-glare; I call it...

    My boss calls it anti-glare; I call it anti-reflective. My reasoning is more along the lines of Dr. Bill's. I started in the field in the late 90s when the term anti-reflective was used for all the...
  17. I actually agree with Tiffany, but not because I...

    I actually agree with Tiffany, but not because I take her opinion at face value, but because I've actually done some research on these topics. Hoya does the blue light blocking Recharge A/R, but we...
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    I agree with most everyone else's comments....

    I agree with most everyone else's comments. Sometimes what seems like a rude patient is really just a confused patient. Progressives are a tricky concept for most patients to master. Hoya and Essilor...
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    I second the Vera Wang suggestion. Those are hot...

    I second the Vera Wang suggestion. Those are hot sellers in our optical, especially for middle aged or older ladies with small faces. Dana Buchman's line from Kenmark has some nice bling frames...
  20. I feel guilty about doing that. The first reason...

    I feel guilty about doing that. The first reason is because I'm most likely the cause of the unfortunate breakdown of the A/R coat. And secondly, this pair is technically a remake already because the...
  21. Prevencia Crazed on Trivex Lens; Is Stripping Possible?

    Hi everyone. I'm a first time poster who went back into opticianry after working as an opthlamic and optometric tech for many years. I have been doing opticianry again for about a year and recently...
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