Edging ophthalmic lenses has come a long way from hand edging glass lenses on ceramic cutting wheels; the newest revolution in edging systems is the development of automated, multi-axis, computer-controlled routers that can accurately match the bevel of the lens to the frame groove. Some models can drill, edge groove, polish, pin bevel, and even engrave lenses. While the up-front cost of these systems may be expensive, they can save your office money in the long run while increasing revenue.
Brian Chou, OD, FAAO, of EyeLux Optometry in San Diego, describes how an in-office finishing lab provides the advantages of lens finishing with a faster turnaround time, lower cost, fewer redoes and better control over quality.
Finishing lenses for semi-rimless and drilled rimless frames presents a unique issue. As an Optician, you are caught between choosing to polish or not to polish your lens edges, but have you stopped to consider both of your choices?
The capabilities of the in-office laboratory grow more sophisticated
each year. Dispensers are taking advantage of new technologies in
tinting, edging, tracing, surfacing and even casting to produce
high-performance lenses for their increasingly discriminating patients.
Having multiple ophthalmic lens edgers in house gives you an "edge" over competing optical retailers. You capture major cost savings—and provide patients with a wow factor when they get their new eyewear the same day as their exam.
When making a choice to do one's own finishing many offices have a small space and want to walk before running. The considerations for any owner of an optical practice when choosing the right equipment are the right edger, blocker, tracer, drilling capability, the space required and the ease of use.
Whether an upgrade or a new installation, dispensers consider an in-office finishing lab for three reasons — to improve their bottom line, to improve the speed of delivering eyewear to their patients, and to maintain a consistent level of quality on that eyewear.
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