Cutting Temples

Cutting temples is a skill many opticians struggle with.  Even experienced opticians.  Some don't know how, some don't know when it's appropriate to cut, some opticians have no idea which temples you can cut and which are more difficult.  Some don't even know it's an option. For some patients cutting temples is absolutely the right... Continue Reading →

Teaching your patient to properly clean

As an optician it falls on us to teach care and cleaning to our patients.  Cleaning is an issue many patients have, not just the first time wearers but many long time wearers have been incorrectly cleaning their glasses for years.  I continuously hear people ask me, "Why can't I ever get my glasses this... Continue Reading →

Sunglass lens colour selection

Many patients will choose a colour for their sunglass lens based on cosmetics, :what will look better in my frame?” I like to approach selection based on visual performance rather than on cosmetics. I tell the patient that once you are wearing the frame the lens just looks dark and people can't tell what colour... Continue Reading →

Adjusting “X”ing

xing is an adjustment that many of my new opticians have difficulty understanding.  Xing occurs when you have a differing amount of pantoscopic tilt on both eyes.  The lenses cross each other, thus, xing.  I always show how to adjust xing to my students and it takes them a few times to really get what... Continue Reading →

Parallax error

Parallax for opticians: We deal with parallax every day as opticians, though many of us don't know the word parallax or really what it means.  It is an important topic of discussion and, as opticians, we need to be mindful of this all the time. Wikipedia defines Parallax error as "Measurements made by viewing the... Continue Reading →

Restring a semirimless

Watch the Video Restringing a simi rimles frame is one repair that many opticians find intimidating and difficult.  It is also one of the quickest and easiest repairs to do, you only need to know the quick and easy way to do it.  Most of the time it takes longer to clean out the old... Continue Reading →

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me on this journey to become a better optician.  I've been an optician for 25 years and have been teaching people everything from fitting and measuring to edging and surfacing.    I hope that I can pass on to you some tips to improve your skills and confidence.  It's also important for... Continue Reading →

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