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Finishing Essentials: Polishing and Buffing

Mastering the following tech tips will help you improve your polishing and buffing technique. Read more

Finishing Essentials: Tracing

Mastering the following tech tips will help you improve your polishing and buffing technique. Read more

Layout and Blocking Tips

Finishing layout or blocking is the first step in finishing. An uncut lens is placed on the layout machine and attached to a finishing block. Read more

Improve Your Tinting Technique

Tinting in and of itself is a simple process. Yet, not following simple protocols can lead to pitfalls. REad more

Developing Hand Edging Skills, Part 2

One of the most important skills needed in hand-edging is “touch.” Operators need to know the amount of pressure to place on the lens and wheel in order to accomplish the desired task. Read more

Developing Hand Edging Skills, Part 1

Today, in the age of computerized patternless edgers, the task of hand-edging recalls the days when opticians and lab technicians were true craftsmen. Read more

Tinting High-Index Plastic

As the number of high-index lens materials on the market continues to grow, it's important for lab technicians to check with the lens manufacturers about the tintability of each new material. Read more

Walking Around De-block

De-blocking, the last step before inspection, removes the block from the lens so the lens can be cleaned and edged. Read more

Beveling Unusual Frames and Rxs

Very small frames, half eyes and frames with odd angles and corners present a beveling challenge depending on the type of edger that is used. Read more

Beveling AR Lenses

Use the type of protective pads, stickers or seals recommended by the lens maker, and check for any pre-applied lens protective layers. Read more

Improving Your Drilling Technique For Rimless

Lens curvature is certainly an important consideration when drilling lenses for drilled rimless eyewear, as well as inclination angle of the mounting. Read more

Finishing Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses require special handling at several steps in the finishing process to minimize spoilage and enhance performance, optics and cosmetics. Read more

It's On The Bevel

Following are some beveling guidelines for different types of jobs. Read more

Tinting Tips

Tinting in and of itself is a simple process. Yet, not following simple protocols can lead to pitfalls. Read more

Fashionable Finishing, Part 2

Last month Lab Advisor offered tips to help you process lenses for rimless designs and other smaller frame styles. Here are some additional pointers. Read more

Fashionable Finishing, Part 1

These tips will help you process lenses for rimless designs and other smaller frame styles. Read more

Using Tracing Technology to Speed Turnaround

By Arlene Krupinski Speed and convenience are the twin mantras of customer service in our fast paced world. The optical industry is no exception. Read more

The Art of Beveling

By Arlene Krupinski Lab experts agree that today’s computerized edgers do a good job of shaping and placing bevels on most lenses automatically. Read more

The Nuts and Bolts of Rimless Part II

By Timothy Herrick Screw mounts are the classic three-piece rimless style. It is also the rimless style that has the most diversity—and a style offered by a wider range of manufacturers. Read more

The Nuts and Bolts of Rimless Part I

By Timothy Herrick Rimless eyewear accentuates the natural beauty of eyes and facial features. The fashion concept is usually described as less is more. Read more

Low-Cost Edging

By Timothy Herrick When operated effectively, an in-office finishing lab can improve a dispensary’s profitability. Read more

The Loving Cut

By Arlene Krupinski Today’s increasingly versatile in-office lab equipment can perform more steps in the finishing process automatically and with less operator skill than ever before. Read more

Starting from Scratch

By Walter Parmley, ABOC Creating a safe, efficient finishing or bench lab in a practice does not have to be a difficult task. An in-office bench lab can be very cost effective and will pay for itself over time with some careful planning. Read more

Multitasking in the Finishing Lab

By Andrew Karp For time-crunched eyecare professionals, multitasking is no longer an option, it’s a requirement. Doctors and dispensers who juggle a full patient load, manage a staff and stay informed about new products and medical advances must function on several levels at once. Read more

Better Blocking

By Timothy Herrick An off-axis lens can cause headaches, eyestrain and visual disorientation before patients realize their eyes will not accommodate for the errors in their new eyewear. Read more

Buy the Book

By Walter Parmley, ABOC Veteran lab managers estimate approximately two-thirds of lens spoilage occurs during the finishing process. Read more

On the Edge

By Timothy Herrick Finishing wrap lenses, whether for sunwear or streetwear, depends on skilled handwork. Read more

Wrap It Up - I'll Take It

By Timothy Herrick Wraparound sunwear is hot and getting hotter. An ever-expanding range of brands and styles is attracting sports- and fashion-minded patients looking for high-performance eye protection and comfort. Read more

Starting from Scratch

By Walter Parmley, ABOC Creating a safe, efficient finishing or bench lab in a practice does not have to be a difficult task. An in-office bench lab can be very cost effective and will pay for itself over time with some careful planning. Read more

Living On The Edge

By Brian P. Dunleavy With all the advances in lens materials and treatments in recent years, one would think the surface of the lens is the final frontier for adding value to a spectacle product. Read more

Building Confidence With Rimless

By Timothy Herrick Anyone who has ever fabricated a pair of rimless eyeglasses in an in-office lab knows the job requires a higher level of craftsmanship and is more time consuming than fabricating “full-frame” eyewear. Read more

Measuring Effectiveness of Your In-Office Lab Part II

By Richard Palmer Whether you currently have a lab in place and operating within your eyecare practice or you are still in the decision-making phase, measuring cost effectiveness and profitability of the venture is an essential managerial task. Read more

Measuring Effectiveness of Your In-Office Lab Part I

By Richard Palmer What was once considered to be innovative, or at the very least a novel idea, has over the years become far more commonplace for vision care professionals: Establishing an in-office laboratory. Read more

Tint Tank Tutorial

By Andrew Karp Tinting is the one lens processing job that is practically universal. Though tint colors may change from year to year, tinting itself has become a mainstay of the dispensary for the simple reason that it’s profitable. Read more

Dressed to Drill

By Andrew Karp Responding to the ever-increasing demand for rimless eyewear, manufacturers of lens processing equipment have developed a new generation of optical drills that greatly simplify one of the last remaining high-skilled jobs in the lab. Read more

On the Edge

By Brian P. Dunleavy Here, in the age of computerized patternless edgers, the task of hand-edging recalls the days when opticians were true craftsmen. But it is by no means an outmoded function of today’s in-office finishing labs. Read more

Bench Press

By Timothy Herrick The innovation evolution: The popularity of rimless frames and other smaller frame styles has had an impact in the bench area of in-office labs. Read more

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