Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | October 5, 2015

Vision Expo West 2015 Recap

IMG_3035A few weeks ago, some of our Amcon Sales & Marketing professionals exhibited at Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. This year we were in a different location, so we weren’t sure what to expect. It started off very busy with customers coming to our booth at 9:30 when the doors opened, and we had a steady crowd through the end of the day. Our giveaway bags that included lens cleaner and cloths created a lot of talk on how practices can market their name to create continued and new business.  We had a lot of discussions on these and other personalized items we offer, such as flat packs and kraft bags. And of course we had our famous “tower of cleaner” and the legendary Amcon Roulette Wheel.

IMG_2031This year, we were flattered by the number of times customers at our booth were talking about our outstanding customer service. It was impressive to hear stories from our existing customers as to why they were so happy in working with Amcon and their particular rep. We even got an impersonation from one customer – when we heard it, we couldn’t help but laugh – she sounded just like her rep!  It was wonderful to see happy customers and hear how easy we make ordering for them.

All in all, this was definitely a WIN for Amcon at the Vegas expo this year.  We received a lot of great feedback, met some awesome people, and left with a bunch of new customers we look forward to working with!

Here are some pictures from the show…



Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | September 27, 2015

Online Eyeglass Retailers

glasses onlineRecently there has been a surge of online eyeglass vendors. As someone who often goes online to find the best deals, I did some research on my options before I purchased my newest pair of glasses.

Going online not only gives you a wider variety of styles, but it also can give you a better deal. When I went to local optical shops I had a difficult time finding all the features I was looking for at a reasonable price. When I searched online I was able to find a lot more options but the major drawback was that I couldn’t actually try them on. There were several pairs in local stores that looked great until I put them on, then I discovered they didn’t look the way I thought they would. Some sites let you upload a picture of yourself and virtually “try on” the glasses to see if they complement your facial features. Other sites will even ship your top picks to your home with demo lenses for you to try on (Warby Parker and

Another consideration is not all glasses fit the same (some that I tried on had too narrow of a frame, while others were much too wide). If you are searching for a pair of glasses similar to your current pair you could measure your current glasses and order a pair online that are the same size. In my case, I wanted a different shape and frame material, so this wasn’t going to work.

My last pair of glasses needed adjusting twice in one year and a lot of the online retailers I found do not provide a way to get an adjustment, and if they do it usually requires shipping the glasses back to the company you purchase them from. If you purchase glasses from a brick-and-mortar store you can go in for a quick adjustment anytime you need to, or if you need a repair you can often go to where you purchased the glasses and have them fixed (usually for a fee).

{If your optical shop doesn’t have a lab to fix your frames they can use the Amcon Frame Repair Service.}

There is also the question of safety when it comes to online eyeglass retailers. According to the AOA, 44.8% of glasses purchased online had the wrong prescription or safety issues (such as sub-par impact resistance). If you do choose to purchase online, as with any other product, it is a good idea to research the company’s reputation and certifications.

Online purchases of eyeglasses continue to increase, as do online sales for many other products. Personally, I decided to visit my local optical shop and purchase my newest pair of glasses. However, going online doesn’t sound all that bad provided you choose a company that is reputable and provides you with the options you need.


Posted by: tiffanyakraus | September 20, 2015

Technological Hide and Seek with new Facial Recognition Technology

I read two fascinating articles the other day. One was about the new Windows 10 update and the other was about a new type of glasses made in Japan. Both articles had to do with security and face recognition technology.

Windows 10’s new edition, “Windows Hello” now makes signing into your computer or laptop easier and safer with facial scanning technology. The Verge reports the new system adjusts to recognize the user is wearing glasses. The tech is so accurate, it can tell when an identical twin is trying to log into their sibling’s computer and deny the fradulent twin access! While this feature was tested in Australia with a small sample size, it would be interesting to see if the same results happen in a larger sample group.

Windows 10 Hello (Photo : Recode.Net)

Windows 10 Hello (Photo : Recode.Net)

In another part of the world, at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII), another shot at thwarting facial recognition tech has been revealed. People might remember them from a few years ago with their bulky LED lighted half-eye mask that would blind cameras. This device, the Privacy Visor, is something completely different and so much cooler. The Privacy Visor looks like an average pair of sunglasses with a titanium frame. The lens wraps around the front of the face with a white, customizable pattern on them. From the look of them, they do not use any special coatings (I would still suggest using AR-Kleen on them). Instead, the lens’ material itself tricks facial recognition software by sending light toward the camera.  With a price tag of $240USD, these will definitely be a pair of specs found in the trendy part of town. The Privacy Visor will be going on sale next year in Japan.


photo courtesy Tim Hornyak

So whether one wants to hide from recognition or secure their private computer, there are new options available.


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Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | September 11, 2015

Helping those in need see clearly, one frame at a time.

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Helping those in need

At a Health Fair in Boulder, Co, I was lucky enough to be involved with the OneSight booth. They work with LensCrafters world-wide to help those in need improve their vison through outreach, research and education.Logo

There are several ways to help OneSight such as volunteering at any of their Nation-wide events, donate a pair of glasses or monetarily at any LenseCrafters across the country. We just so happen to be lucky enough to have an amazing LenseCrafters only a few miles away at Flatiron Crossing Mall. Just down the street from beautiful Camden Flatirons.  Click the link to jump to their page if you would like a little more information. Team

They give the Gift of Sight through:

-Global Eye Care- they travel the world to hand-deliver much-needed, free eye care ad eyewear through temporary Optical Clinics.

-Regional Eye Care- Regional volunteers provide free eye care and new eyewear…

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Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | September 6, 2015

Eye Floaters: Definition, Causes and Treatments

Have you ever seen a speck, cobweb, or string-like image in your vision? If so this is most likely a “floater”. Floaters are most commonly caused by a shrinking vitreous humor. As we age, collagen in the vitreous humor breaks down into “fibrils”, which are those annoying images called “floaters”. “The perception of floaters is known as myodesopsia” (Wikipedia).


According to Harvard Health Publications, “about one-quarter of people have some vitreous shrinkage with floaters by their 60s; that rises to about two-thirds of 80-year olds. Floaters also appear more often in people who are nearsighted, those who have had cataract surgery or a previous eye injury, and those with diabetes.

Floaters may also be caused by retinal tears, retinal detachments, infection or inflammatory diseases, among other rare causes. The NHS (National Health Service) estimates that 98% of floaters are caused by age-related natural changes. According to the Mayo Clinic, factors that can increase your risk of floaters include:

  • Age over 50
  • Nearsightedness
  • Eye trauma
  • Complications from cataract surgery
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Eye inflammation

If you notice a new floater or have a sudden onset of floaters or flashers, you should contact your Eye Care Professional immediately. Before your appointment, it may be a good idea to make a list of your symptoms, medications (including prescription, OTC, and vitamins/supplements), and any questions you have. Your doctor will use a slit lamp or ophthalmoscope to examine your eye. Sometimes, if the floater is near the retina, it may not be visible to your doctor.

A majority of the time floaters do not require treatment and, even though they can be annoying, will require the sufferer to adjust over time. If the floaters impair your vision or are a sign of a more serious problem, your eye doctor may consider treatment. The 2 current treatment options are lasers and surgery. Both of these options carry risks which a trained ophthalmologist will discuss. At this time, no drops or medications exist for treatment of floaters.

Even though floaters are unable to be prevented, it is always a good idea to maintain good eye health. For aging eyes, you may consider a supplement such as Oculair. Before starting on any new supplements or OTC medications, consult your doctor.

Posted by: tiffanyakraus | August 30, 2015

UV Rays and Aging Around the Eyes

“Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.”
― Maya Angelou

Some people do it more gracefully than others do. Many people have a problem with aging around their eyes. This can come in the form of puffiness and wrinkles that make a person look worn out and not retain their youthful glow.

One of the biggest factors for this type of aging is the amount of UV radiation that the skin is exposed to. The EPA says, “up to 90 percent of the visible skin changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun…most premature aging of the skin can be avoided.”

In previous blogs, we have told you how to block out UV rays with sunglasses labeled UV 400 and wide brimmed hats. There are other ways to stop sun damage, and it is never too late to do so.

Wearing sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or greater when you go outside is one of the best ways to stop skin damage around your eyes and elsewhere. You can use a regular SPF lotion or one of the many foundations and concealers that include SPF in their formula. BB and CC creams are great for this. They even out skin tone while providing SPF protection and moisturize the skin.

Moisturizing is another important way to stop aging around the eyes. Skin around your eyes is the thinnest anywhere else on your body and does not have as many oil glands as other areas. Adding a moisturizer to your nighttime routine can help with this battle.

What you put in your body is just as important as what you put on it when it comes to aging. Per WebMD, “Antioxidants like vitamin C and E, as well as vitamin A and the B vitamin biotin, are particularly important for healthy skin.” This means eating fresh fruit and vegetables with every meal and including a multivitamin like Oculair in your daily routine. A big spinach salad with tomatoes, carrots, and grapes for lunch can go a long way in ensuring the skin around your eyes and elsewhere stays subtle, smooth, and healthy.

There are many things out to get us; by using the above knowledge, aging doesn’t have to be one of them.

About the author: Tiffany Kraus is a territory sales manager for Amcon Labs who writes in her spare time. Unfortunately, there is no MD behind her name. The above information is just that, information. For medical advice please ask a medical professional.


Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | August 21, 2015

The aging eye

Originally posted on COA Vision:

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Age is never a diagnosis. Although certain eye conditions may become more common with increasing age, you should not assume that they cannot be corrected. It can be confusing for a patient to know what part of the normal aging process is correctable and what is not. In this article we hope to clear up some of the most common symptoms of the aging eye.

Eyelid Changes

Collagen and elastin in the eyelids breaks down as we age. These substances keep our skin smooth and elastic. As these tissues begin to break down and gravity takes hold, a series of normal changes take place.

The lower eyelids may become lose and a loss of fat may cause the eyes to appear to “sink in”. The loosening of the lower eyelid may result in the eyelid turning outward (ectropion) or inward (entropion), resulting…

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Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | August 13, 2015


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Because I love to ride, I encourage others to use bicycles to get around town or get a little exercise or just have fun. Many people hesitate to join me because of the stigma created by “avid” cyclists dressed in colorful, tight-fitting  lycra, helmets, and the crazy shoes that make walking hilariously awkward.   Others are simply uncomfortable on a bicycle saddle; others are concerned about being on the road and in the traffic. Some mistakenly believe you have to be in good shape to ride a bicycle. A common excuse for not riding is they need “the right bike “.  One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “What kind of bike you have? “

I think this question is intended to find out how how fancy and expensive my bike is. The high cost of a “toy” like a bicycle (or a fishing boat or a motorcycle)may indicate…

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Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | August 9, 2015

Contact Lens Care – What To Do & What Not To Do

Contact lenses are a wonderful and convenient option for those individuals who do not want to deal with glasses. However, if you don’t practice good contact lens care it can lead to eye infections such as keratitis. Here are some do’s and don’ts for contact lens wearers.

  • DO wash and dry your hands before touching your contact lenses. Use and optical hand soap such as Vista Prep®.

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  • DON’T sleep in your contact lenses unless your doctor says it’s okay.
  • DO regularly clean your contact lenses with multi-purpose solution. Amcon offers Good Sense® and Bausch & Lomb Renu® Fresh™ Multi-Purpose solutions. multipurpose
  • DON’T swim or shower in your contact lenses. Water contains amoebas that can get trapped between the lens and the eye. This can lead to irritation, infections and even blindness.DO replace your contact lens case every 3 months as recommended by the CDC.
  • DON’T wear someone else’s contact lenses. Their prescription bay be different and exchanging lenses can spread bacteria.
  • DO carry a pair of glasses with you in case you need to remove your contact lenses.
  • DON’T wear your contacts for longer than the recommended amount of time. Amcon sells Digicase Digital Contact Lens Case Reminder Cases that have a 15 or 30 day timer to remind you when it’s time to change your lenses.


  • DO visit your eye care provider at least once a year to ensure your contacts are the right prescription and that your eyes are healthy.
  • DON’T use water or saliva to clean your lenses.

For more information about contact lens care, consult an Eye Care Professional.

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