Posted by: lauraszewczyk | April 21, 2017

Over the Lens “Paddle Patch” and “Corner Patch”

Over the lens Paddle Patch

Over the lens Paddle Patch

Amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye”, is the most common visual impairment among children. In fact, according to the National Eye Institute, two to three out of every 100 children are affected by this disorder (National Eye Institute). However, the good news is that it can be treated through occlusion therapy.

The therapy of using of eye patches has been known to be an extremely successful treatment of improving the vision of the weaker eye. Without getting too technical, wearing an eye patch on the stronger eye for a duration of time forces the weaker eye to invigorate vision. The only challenges are finding a comfortable patch and one that can easily fit over eyeglasses.  Luckily Amcon has the solution!

Over the lens Corner Patch

Over the lens Corner Patch

Amcon has recently introduced over the lens “Paddle Patches” and “Corner Patches.” Both styles of patches are washable, durable, and an economical and comfortable alternative to other less appealing patches. And not only are the paddle and corner patches comfortable, they are also fashionable! Both patches come with a variety of vibrant colors to choose from, and the corner patches even come in patterns of camo, chevron, and pink polka dots! Patching may not be all fun and games but with our over the lens patches you will be able to do it in comfort and in style!

Over the lens Corner Pattern Patch

Over the lens Corner Pattern Patch

Posted by: lauraszewczyk | May 8, 2017

Small Toys Make Big Differences!

ch8103Visiting the doctor can be a scary moment for children.  They may not be familiar with the faces or environment and don’t know what to expect.  At least I know this was definitely the case for me when I was a kid.

In fact, I remember my very first visit to the dentist, and I must admit I was slightly traumatized.  This place was unfamiliar territory and there were strangers walking around wearing colorful funky “pajamas.”  Even though everyone was very nice and attentive, I cried and begged my mom to take me home.  However, once the nurse opened this mysterious drawer and pulled out a butterfly finger puppet, this whole visit did not seem so bad.  Even though it was just a little toy, I was no longer afraid and even looked forward to coming back.

With that in mind, if children are part of your clientele, having toys they can play with (or even take home) could be extremely beneficial for your practice in terms of making the patient’s visit as comfortable as possible. Dr. Gary S. Schwartz mentions in his book, “The Eye Exam: A Complete Guide” that having toys in the office can be very handy during children’s appointments. Having toys can show that the doctor is “fun and, therefore, not someone to be feared (16).”

Amcon carries over a dozen fun and playful items that can be used as a source of comfort and entertainment for the young patients at your office.  Stretchy frogs, smiley poppers, and, my personal favorite, animal finger puppets are just a few.  We even carry children’s books that center around wearing glasses. (“Banana Bobby Gets Bifocals”   and “Randy Kazandy, Where are Your Glasses?” ), and a silly singing puppet to distract your youngest patients. Check out these items in our Kid’s Corner and bring some fun to your office!

Source: Schwartz, Gary S. “Examining Children.” The Eye Exam: A Complete Guide. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK, 2006. 15-16. Print.

Posted by: Bryan B. | January 26, 2017

Introducing Amcon’s Customer Payment Portal

Have you ever wanted to just log in and pay an invoice or look and see if an order has been shipped yet?

Now you can!  Both of these are features, along with much more, of our new FREE customer payment portal. This portal is independent of our web site. You do not need an online account us to access the payment portal.

To access the portal, just go to http://paynow.amconlabs.com/.   We have already set up most of our customers info, so all you need to do is use the forgot password to get your log in. All you need is your full Amcon account number (9 digits long) and the email address where your invoices are being sent. If you’re not set up, reach out to your sales rep or billing@amconlabs.com and they will get you set up and ready to log in!

Portal Features

Our portal has 6 areas for you to use.

Account Information The first is Account Information. Here you can see where your bills are going, year to date sales and the previous year’s sales, outstanding balance and past due amount (if applicable). This should give you a good snap shot of your account’s status with Amcon.
Next, we have View Transactions. This will show you all open invoices that you have with us, you can even click on the invoice and see details of what is on the invoice, tracking number, etc. View Transactions
Pay Account Now for the biggest feature, the Pay Account feature. Here you have the ability to pay full invoices. You have the ability to either pay one full invoice or as many as you like at one time.  Just select the invoice(s) that you would like to pay, the next page will ask you for the credit card info and to confirm your billing address. Then you can submit it and you will receive a confirmation number and an email. Within a few minutes, the payment should be posted to your account!
Next, we have the Open Orders. Here you can see all open orders (whether they are new or backorders). You can see what is on the order and is still awaiting shipping. Open Orders
Purchase History Have you ever been getting ready to place an order and cannot remember what you ordered last time? Now you will be able to see everything you have ordered in the current year and the previous year using the Purchase History. This way we can keep track of what you have ordered and need to order again!
And finally, we have a Reset Password feature that allows you to be completely in control of your portal access. Amcon does suggest a password of at least 8 characters long. Reset Password

Go Green

Have you ever wanted an electronic copy of each new invoice? By signing up for E-Invoices, you will be emailed a copy of your invoice the day after you are invoiced. This is the quickest and greenest way of getting your invoices. All invoices have tracking numbers, this way you can make sure your order is on its way!

If you are interested in signing up, reach out to your sales rep, go to https://www.amconlabs.com/gogreen, or sign up when you are placing a web order.

For more information about our portal or Go Green go here.

Amcon Email Specials

Did you know that Amcon sends out an email blast every week with our Item of the Week and features some of the products on the bi-monthly sales flyer? If you’re not getting these emails you are missing out! Be the first to know about our special offers and sales by signing up for our email blasts. Contact your Amcon sales rep today to get set up!

 

Posted by: cindyletchworth | October 23, 2016

HOW ABOUT SOME EYEBALL POPPERS?

By: Cindy Letchworth

Soon all the little goblins and ghouls will be out prowling for treats. Candy is usually the Halloween mainstay for giveaways, but there is no reason why you can’t switch it up by offering something other than a sugary treat.

One customer recently ordered a bunch of our eyeball poppers. She said the kids love them, and she gives them out during the whole month of October. The boys, she remarked love the poppers, and the girls like the eyeball rings that come in assorted colors. What a great, inexpensive treat that the kids will remember!

Since Halloween is becoming increasingly popular for adults, we also have something for them. Our Simply Kleen cloths now come in a bright orange color. We have black cloths in our Soft as Silk line and the new Textured Floral cloth is available in orange. If you’re a contact lens wearer we also have new bright orange flat packs to store the contacts in.

If you want to do a little more, how about fixing up one of our black Kraft paper bags with a lens cleaner and an orange-colored cloth peeking out? Or fill our black Microfiber Drawstring Bags with candy. The customer can use the cloth bag later to store and clean a pair of glasses.

Holidays should be fun. Glance through our catalog and see what ideas come to mind, because everyone enjoys a special treat… and Halloween is a perfect place to start!

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Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | October 16, 2016

Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System

In 2013, the FDA approved a new device for “people living with blindness due to severe to profound retinitis pigmentosa”. It is called The “Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System (“Argus II”)” and is basically a “bionic eye”. According to secondsight.com, Argus II “is the world’s first approved device intended to restore some functional vision for people suffering from blindness. Authorized by Federal (U.S.) law to provide electrical stimulation of the retina to induce visual perception in blind patients with severe to profound retinitis pigmentosa and bare light or no light perception in both eyes.”

Amcon Sales Representative Lisa has a friend who’s father will be one of just 40 people worldwide to receive this surgery. Bob gradually lost his sight as a young adult. The implant will not give him full sight, but it anticipated that he would be able to see shapes (i.e. doorways, his plate on a table & a person standing directly in-front of him).

So, how does this bionic eye work? In healthy eyes, photoreceptors (rods and cones) of the retina send impulses to the brain and the brain “decodes” them into images. When these photoreceptors aren’t functioning, this process cannot take place, leaving the individual blind. Argus II bypasses the photoreceptors by using a mini video-camera mounted into a pair of eyeglasses. The information is sent to an antenna in the implant, which produces the impulse and sends the information to the brain. (Source: http://www.secondsight.com/how-is-argus-r-ii-designed-to-produce-sight-en.html)

This is the “most clinical experience of any retinal prosthesis ever developed”. It is hoped that this device can eventually help hundreds, or thousands of people across the globe.

To read more about this groundbreaking device, check out http://www.secondsight.com/argus-ii-rps-pr-en.html

If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page for Bob’s surgical expenses, visit https://www.gofundme.com/2qvwa2k.

 

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | October 13, 2016

World Sight Day Challenge

Did you know that 4 out of 5 (80%) of the world’s blind would be able to see if they had access to an eye exam or glasses? The World Sight Day Challenge is an effort to raise funds and help these individuals get the proper eye care.

For every regular-priced order of $100 or more placed October 13th, Amcon will donate $10 to Optometry Giving Sight.

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Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | August 29, 2016

What can your dog actually see? and do we really know?

Did you go to Pet Palooza at Purina Farms this weekend? This blog may give you insight into how your dog saw the festivities.

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The question has often been raised about what dogs see versus what their human companions see.  Many people believe that dogs only see the world in black and white. I was one of these people until my husband and I adopted Dorothy. After witnessing her pick out the orange ball from the other colored balls several times, we both came to realize that dogs must see color to some extent. That prompted me to do some research.

Dorothy through a human's eyes VS Dorothy in Dorothy through a human’s eyes VS Dorothy in “Dog Vision” (image created at https://dog-vision.com)

Aside from just 2 articles, one published in 1995 and one in 2013, I was surprised to find very little scholarly research on the subject. “Because a multitude of factors are involved in the sensation of vision, the outwardly simple question of how well dogs see is, in reality, quite complicated.” (Vision in Dogs by Paul E. Miller, DVM…

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Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | August 21, 2016

Contact Lens Health Week

 Aug. 22 to 26 is Contact Lens Health Week.

Here is some information from Vision Monday…

Organized by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), this year’s week also coincides with “back to school” health promotion initiatives, with a target audience of young adult.

The CDC is hosting a Twitter chat to kick off the week at noon EST on Aug. 22. The chat helps disseminate messages to contact lens wearers and parents of young people who wear contacts. Join the conversation by following #OnePairTakeCare.

A number of materials and resources are also available on the CDC website to help promote the week. The toolkit includes promotion and outreach suggestions, a web-based resource list, social media messages, sample newsletter announcements, additional contact lens health materials and campaign posters. More info is available on a special section of the CDC website here.

Bausch + Lomb is one of the companies actively supporting the initiative, along with its own seasonal promotions. B+L’s social media resources can also be helpful to ECPs, the company said, by clicking here.

 

And don’t forget to check out Amcon Labs for all your contact lens care needs. http://www.amconlabs.com/shop/400/Contact-Lens/

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | July 31, 2016

Join Us At Vision Expo West 2016

Join Amcon Labs At Booth #21077 for the 2016 VIsion Expo West!

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International Vision Expo & Conference West is the world’s most inclusive ophthalmic conference and expo. Discover comprehensive education covering the full spectrum of medical, diagnostic, lab and practice management skills and the latest trends in eyewear fashion.

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | July 25, 2016

Infant Vision Development — Dr. Michael Bold OD INC.

One of the greatest moments when having a child is the first time your newborn daughter or son opens their eyes and makes eye contact with you. But don’t be concerned if that doesn’t happen right away. The visual system of a newborn infant takes some time to develop. In the first week of life, […]

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