Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Money Saving Expert

I just reread the contact lens article on Money Saving Expert. It has lots of interesting info, mostly about saving money, but also sections like "Are daily lenses secretly the same as monthlies?". Check it out.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Eye of the Beholder

Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
  - Laurence J. Peter

Friday, November 21, 2008

Excellent FAQs

My buddy Andrew tells me there are some excellent FAQs here, and he's absolutly right.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Proclear Sphere

Contact Lenses Today reports that Coopervision has expanded the parameters available for their Proclear Sphere monthly replacement contact lenses, with 8.6 powers going from -20.00 through 20.00.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Acuminder

Acuvue and Johnson & Johnson have just converted their Acuminder application to a Facebook application. Both the Acuminder site and the Facebook application provide you with reminders about ordering your contact lenses and getting annual eye exams.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Be the Best You Can Be

www.acuvue.com has published a PDF called "Be the Best You Can Be", which highlights the ways in which improving your vision (using, of course, Acuvue brand contact lenses) can make you better at what you do. It was an interesting read, especially about the soccer player and why UV protection is important (something that I should take more care of since I spend a lot of time outdoors here on the Mediterranean coast). I got the news from the Contact Lenses Today newsletter, which also talked about free samples, but I assume that's only for the US market.

Friday, August 08, 2008

SiBoSol

Lensbase's new SiBoSol product has obviously hit a sweet price point, as it's selling very well. The fact that instructions are also in various European languages makes it especially interesting for the non-English-speaking hoards (one of whom I'm married to, so I know the interest is heartfelt).

What I have noticed however is that people do not order many lens cases, even though all the opticians say they should be changed every three months. The next time I visit the warehouse, I have orders to pick up some more piggy shaped lens cases. Let's see if I can start promoting them better. Steffan, I have an idea... details to follow...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Great Point Light - Seeing is Believing

At the recent Vision Expo East conference in NY, late on the last day, Steffan found the Great Point Light stand. We were both really excited about it - Steffan because he wanted to sell the products we found there, me because I wanted to buy a bunch of them.

My wife Cristina has been using the products since then, including the LightWedge and the Wallet Magnifiers, and she is very happy with both of them, and (as usual) sending new clients to our website since she's a big believer. I only purchased one LightWedge but, since I haven't been able to get my hands on the one we have at home (since Crys is always using it), it looks like I'll have to pick up another one. Recommended.

We also have a great selection of Great Point Light products for sale now. Besides the LightWedge and the Wallet Magnifiers (which, as part of the over-40 club, will now become part of my standard equipment), I also plan to get the USB Flex Neck light.

In my next post, Steffan will cover European States and Internet Sales, in particular what the future holds!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Alpine Crystal Ski Goggles

I was coordinating a change to the VisionDirect.co.uk shipment scanning system the other day - the ability to get the DHL tracking number directly from the DHL EasyShip program so that scanning the order against the DHL bar code would catch any mistakes. In order to do so, I needed a DHL label to make sure the scanning would work. We agreed that the best way to get a DHL label to me was to DHL something down here to Spain. "What do you want?" I was asked (I LIKE those kind of questions). Since I was going skiing in Andorra to bring in the new year, I asked for ski goggles. Much to my delight, the arrived here at the office shortly before I left. Thanks, Steffan!

Well, I didn't set any ski records on this trip (I spent too much time teaching my 5 year old sweetheart Martina to ski), but I WAS very, very impressed with the goggles. The vision was excellent both in the morning / midday in the glaring sun, in the late afternoons when the mountains provided an early sunset on the lower slopes, and even on the day when we had heavy snow and a lot of wind. Also, despite being roughed up both by falls and by rushed packing (renting skis for 6, including 4 kids, tends to induce careless behavior), the goggles did not get scratched or broken (unlike the 28 EUR sunglasses I bought for my son Nick, which got broken within 6 hours of purchase). Also, the goggles were super comfortable - I totally forgot that I had them on. They just worked. The field of vision was great, the strap was great - they just blew me away.

Although the price you pay will be a bit higher than what I paid (can't get any cheaper than free), I feel very confident in highly recommending these goggles.