If you are looking for a good read then you must look at current issue  of 20/20 magazine.  Mark Shupnick has gone all out explaining the Camber lens, and yes there is a 1 CE unit attached to it if you are in need of a credit for either iVE Learn and or ABO certification. The articles is sponsored by Younger Optical.

The article is called Improving Free-Form Lenses with Variable Base Curves and Digital Individualization. A unique patented variable base curve digital progressive.

Don’t let the title scare you off.

You can find the CE by following this link:


The Next Step Winner>>>>

The question was trick.  There was not a single answer that wasn’t a lifestyle question.  Until I added None of the above, choice 6.

In your talk with your patients you should be using every question in your own way.  The post was to see what area you may not be asking by looking at your response?  and since there were many different responses to the question,the winners for participating and taking a risk are:

Natalie Avery, Uyen Hendricks, Berick Mafong, Shyanne Kakalia, Heidi Pomicter, Deborah Zimmer .

Congratulations!  Your Coffee card is on its way!

The Next Step….

San Diego VE opticians has just completed another Eyes on Communication Class.  It was 4 hours of learning about frames, and you thought you knew it all.  But honestly how many of you will take back to work with you the neuro -motor skills that David Gilman so passionately taught us.  Mirror Match and Pace from EOC 2, Bundling from EOC 3, selling frames with a purpose and partnership with our patients!  It was a lot of information.  So throughout the course of the next few weeks, I will post an early morning question to jog our memories of all the information that was taught.  For those of you who are buying in to this new experience I will also challenge you a little and hopefully encourage you to keep up the awesome work with our patients that we already do.  So here goes the first question….. The first optician who answers my question will be sent a Starbucks Coffee Card!  So Good Luck with your challenge and may the best optician win.

Which of these questions is not a lifestyle question?

  1. What do you use your glasses for?

2.How do you protect your eyes from the sun

3.How much time do you spend on a computer or tablet?

4.What do you like to do with your free time?

5.  All of the above.

6. None of the above

Please answer your question by placing it in the reply box.  You will be notified.

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Eyes on Communication IV

August 11, 2015 the first session of The Right Frame of Mind is live today at 8:30 am Claremont Mesa Clinic Classroom 1.

Vision Essentials San Diego

Eyes on Communication IV

Getting to the Right Frame of Mind by David Gilman

Coming to Vision Essentials in August Details to Follow!


Frame materials change the way your patient and their glasses look. For many opticians, describing frame style and material is often more difficult than talking the technical terms used for lenses. However, being able to differentiate materials and tell patients about style and fashion separates you from the competition. Your patients will describe their frames the way that you do. In fact, to be the most successful optician, combine the most successful attributes of a stylist.


Brands have their own identities that consumers seek. Visit the brands page online for each of your suppliers in your office. For example, from the 2009 Opticians Handbook, here are some Luxottica brands that were described. Bvlgari – Exclusive. Luxurious. Unique. For style makers with…

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VE UBT Finalizes the Eyewear Analysis Form

UBT Committee’s last meeting on July 17, 2015 revised the Eyewear Analysis according to the constituent’s recommendations.Constituents asked that several changes be made and the committee listened and updated the Eyewear analysis form. Please see below for the revised Eyewear Analysis form.

Patient name: ***

MRN: ***

Date of OD recheck: ***

Member Concern: ***

Length of time Member has worn new rx? *** {DURATION :61052}

Dispense Date: ***

New spectacle verification (Lensometer Reading):

OD:*** -***x *** Add:*** Prism:*** BC:*** PD:*** Seg Ht:*** MF type: ***
OS:*** -*** x *** Add:*** Prism:*** BC:*** PD:*** Seg Ht: *** MF type: ***

Lens Material: ***

Vision Essentials Purchase: Y or N

Compensated Lens: Yor N

Prior/Preferred Pair spectacle verification (Lensometer Reading): ***(n/a)

OD:***   -*** x *** Add:*** Prism:*** BC:*** PD:*** Seg Ht: *** MF type: ***
OS:*** -*** x *** Add:*** Prism:*** BC:*** PD:*** Seg Ht: *** MF type: ***

Lens Material: ***

Vision Essentials Purchase: Y or N

Compensated Lens: Y or N

Adjustment Verified: Y or N

Panto Checked: Y or N

Eyewear analysis prepared by: ***

2nd Optician Verification by: ***

Original Optician: ***

Original formating prevails, this is a copy of the wording only.  The formatting does not carry over to this posting.

UBT is still working on Workplace Safety Project and is trying to come up with a video to demonstrate the workplace safety message to setting up your workplace station. It will involve setting up the chair, monitor and desk .                  Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 7.45.50 AM

The message from the committee for you this month is :  How do you like the changes made to the Revised Eyewear Analysis?

Our next meeting will be August 21, 2015. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call or email your UBT representative.

Trivex part 2of 4 by Mark Shupnick

Reprinted from 20/20 CE course

Patient Benefits With Trivex Lens Material

Patient Benefit-Thin and Light

When compared to CR-39 monomer, lenses made with Trivex material are up to 15 to 20 percent thinner and always about a third lighter. An aspheric design will further reduce thickness and weight. While there are other higher index materials that can make lenses even thinner, lightness depends on final lens volume and its specific gravity. Some high-index materials have much higher specific gravities so the weight savings when compared to Trivex material is less than you might think. While the highest index lens of equal power is another 15 to 20 percent thinner, within the core range, lenses made with Trivex material are still 10 percent lighter. For the core range of lens prescriptions (-3.00 to +3.00), having a lighter lens is always a selling benefit. Vision Watch patient surveys always report that patients value the lightness of their spectacles.

Patient Benefit-Clear Vision

Material choice also affects the clarity of vision. A lens’ clarity is a product of Abbe, glare-free (anti-reflective) coating and the type of lens design used. Prism, off-center in prescription lenses, creates power errors and blur, the result of chromatic aberration and the lens design. Manufacturers work hard to create lens designs that reduce off-center power errors but the material still contributes clarity based on its Abbe. The higher the Abbe, the less chromatic blur. The result is a larger, clearer field -of-view (for the same prescription, material-to-material).

CR-39 material and glass lenses have the best Abbe. To support a choice of Trivex material as a replacement for CR-39 material, lens clarity should be equivalent. After all, crisp vision is an expectation of your patients, not something that you sell as an added benefit.

Abbe values are a relative measure of clarity and are not linear. Trivex material has an Abbe value of 45, which produces lens clarity virtually equivalent to CR-39 material.

Patient Benefit-UV Protection

UV radiation is a recognized contributor to the formation of cataracts, as well as pinqueculae, pterygia, keratitus, wrinkles and skin cancers. As a result, lenses sold in spectacles should always provide 100 percent UV protection. Any choice for an everyday lens material must provide 100 percent UV protection. CR-39 monomer, depending on specific lens manufacturer processes, absorbs between 85 to 90 percent of UV radiation while Trivex material absorbs 100 percent. While a UV dye can be applied to CR-39 material for added absorption, this dye can compromise the long-term adhesion of anti-reflective coatings and result in delamination. Therefore, it is more practical to choose a material that provides 100 percent UV protection without additional processing. Every lens made with Trivex material automatically provides protection from the effects of UVA and UVB radiation.

Patient Benefit-Impact Protection

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), almost 70 percent of the eye injuries studied occurred from falling or flying objects, or sparks striking the eye. The best way to prevent eye injuries is to always wear the appropriate eye protection. Since no one can predict when they will need eye protection, it makes sense to have eyewear, even everyday spectacles that provide impact resistance at all times. While it may be easier to bring up the subject of impact resistance when talking about kids’ spectacles or sport- specific spectacles, the truth is that everyone needs to protect their eyes and their vision, all the time.

By providing patients with an everyday lens that offers extreme impact resistance, you are making sure that their eyes receive the best protection no matter the activity. Providing this protection is even more important today, when patients are less likely to purchase more than one pair of glasses due to financial reasons. This means they are more likely to wear their everyday glasses while playing sports, working in the yard or around the house. Lenses made with Trivex material have 62 times the impact resistance of ordinary plastic lenses.

One office uses this statement to get across the message of eye protection for everyday lenses: “Our office recommends Trivex material as our standard lens material of choice because it provides the visual armor to protect your eyes from UV light, while providing the ultimate in impact resistance, no matter that you are doing.”

You are the reason that customers purchase since almost a third of Vision Watch survey respondents report that the most important reason for their purchase was that it was ECP-recommended. You are a trusted eyecare advisor; use your power to deliver the best bundle of benefits.

In Part Three of this series we will examine the benefits of Trivex for frame choice as well as ways to recommend Trivex lenses.

* Both CR-39 monomer and Trivex material are manufactured by PPG Industries.

Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM, is currently director of education for Jobson Medical Information LLC, has more than 40 years of experience as an optician, was senior staff member of SOLA International and is a frequent lecturer and trainer.

– See more at: http://www.opticianshandbook.com/lenses/prescriptions/article/trivex-material-still-a-new-and-growing-lens–category/#sthash.tHZfIIVE.dpuf