Accufit

AccuFit
The ever changing career of optometry has added a new piece of equipment for our optical to utilize. This device is the Accufit, and it is exclusive to LensCrafters. It is an advanced system that takes precise measurements of the face and pupils so the lenses are aligned in the most accurate position in the frame.

You may be wondering how this works. I only know what I have read about it online, and I will explain it the best I can. First, you will pick out the pair of frames that you would like to purchase. The optician will then adjust the frame to fit your face correctly, so the glasses won’t slip or pinch your nose too much. Next, they will attach a bracket that has many sensors. AccuFit infrared You will sit in front of an infrared camera, and the device will make many measurements concerning the exact position of the pupils, so the lenses can have the prescription in the perfect place for your best vision.

This machine not only takes measurements, but it also takes pictures of you in the frames, so you can decide which frame looks best on you. This new piece of technology will enhance the frame selection process, and provide the best vision possible through your new glasses!

Every new piece of technology is designed to serve our patients better. As optometrist we desire to give our patients the very best vision possible, whether that’s with glasses, contacts, or other refractive correction. This new device allows us to come closer to the best correction possible for your glasses!

 

Here’s a brief video explaining the new Accufit system:

 

Andrew Yoder

I am a 3rd year intern at the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry. I was home grown in Dyersville, IA. I have a brother and sister, of which I am the youngest. My hobbies include playing ultimate frisbee, basketball, tennis, and anything else my friends want to play, and jamming out on my guitar.

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UIW Faculty Accept Check To Promote East Side Development

walmart gift(Pictured L-R) Dr. Charles Connor, professor, Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO); Dr. Tina Lopez. assistant professor, Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP); Mabel Goldsmith, Walmart store manager; Ivy Taylor, councilwoman, City of San Antonio – District 2; Terri Murphy-Sanchez, St. Philip’s College; and Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin, founding dean of FSOP; accept a check for $75,000 from the Walmart Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the UIW Health Fair held at St. Philip’s College School of Health Professions. The grant will help fund health fairs, promote interprofessional education and to serve the Eastside community of San Antonio. The interprofessional education includes faculty and students from UIW optometry (Dr. Charles Connor), UIW nutrition (Dr. Joseph Bonilla), UIW nursing (Cynthia Richardson, Yvonne Davila), UIW pharmacy (Dr. Vanessa Phillips, Dr. Tina Lopez), St. Philip’s nursing (Melissa Arthur), and St. Philip’s medical laboratory (Terri Murphy-Sanchez).

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UIW Eye Institute Optical

imageHere at RSO we have a fully functional optical lab. We have at least five clinics for which we trace, cut, edge, and fit lenses into frames. This means there is always an abundance of orders to be completed on a daily basis.

You will learn and be competent on all the lab equipment, so you will be able to take a frame with no lenses all the way to the end product, and be able to fit them on the patient correctly.

In the optical, you not only learn the art of making glasses, but you also will be interacting with patients; helping them pick out a frame to fit their needs, dispensing their completed glasses, and fitting and adjusting their glasses before they leave. You will also learn how to interact with frame companies and how to look up benefits from insurance carriers.

Each week, during your 3rd year, you will have at least one day of optical. Some of your days will be extremely busy, with many patients looking for new glasses or adjustments, other days will be slower, and you will get to spend more time in the lab cutting lens and making sure the final products are within tolerances. In the optical, we carry hundreds of frames, from economic frames to higher end frames like Ray Ban and Fendi.

You will have to learn how to establish what style and price range a patient is looking for. This is an art, and not so much a science. In our optical, you will be lead by some excellent opticians that will teach you their art.

Sunglasses Rack
Sunglasses Rack

You may be wondering, “what exactly goes into making a pair of glasses?”

Well first, you start out with a frame, which has no lenses. Depending on what lenses the patient orders will determine how soon we will receive the stock lenses from the vendor. We have a few vendors that we order our lenses from: Paragon and Hoya are the major companies.

The patient also has many other choices to make; will they choose anti-glare coating, transitions, high index, single vision, bifocal, or progressive. We make many single vision lenses, meaning there is only one power of prescription in the lens, where bifocals and progressives have a separate prescription in the top portion for distance vision and in the bottom for near vision. Anti-glare coating reduces the amount of reflections that people will see on your glasses from the sun or overhead lights.

It will also decrease the glare from on-coming headlights when driving at night or reflections from computer screens.

Many of you know what transition lenses are, they react to UV radiation from the sun and darken when outside in the sunlight, but when you come back inside the lenses lighten until they are almost completely clear. People will either love or hate transition lenses. It all depends on the patient and their needs.

High index allows the lens to be thinner and is useful in high prescriptions. Any of these upgrades make the lens a premium lens, so there is an extra price the patient will pay.

So, now that we have the lenses in our hands, we are ready to trace and edge the lenses, so we can fit them in the frame. First, we use the tracer. This machine takes thousands of readings per millimeter, so the lenses will fit perfectly in the frame.

Lens Tracer
Lens Tracer

After we have the frame traced, we can get the lenses cut. This is when we put the lens in the edger, and it uses the readings from the tracer to cut and edge the lenses perfectly.

Lens Edger
Lens Edger

Once the machine is done cutting the lens, we can fit it in the frame, and now you are halfway done with the pair of glasses. Now you will complete the same process for the other lens. Lastly, we will clean and check the lenses on the lensometer to make sure they meet the tolerances set for every type of lens. A lensometer allows us to check the prescription in a pair of glasses.

Auto Lensometer
Auto Lensometer

Now the glasses are ready to be dispensed to their owner!

There are many choices to navigate your patient through, but we are always trying to give the patient the lens that will suit their needs well. It may seem confusing right now, but through the many different courses during your first two years, you will be well equipped to help these patients!

This year our optical hosted a trunk show at the Rosenberg School of Optometry. A trunk show is an event where the vendors for our optical bring in many styles of frames and offer discounted rates on the glasses for that day. This year we had many vendors come in, such as: Ray Ban, Dolce and Gabana, Fendi, and a few others. These shows are a great way to see a variety of different style frames from the vendors and get an amazing deal on some designer frames!

Frame Styles
Frame Styles

In the UIW Eye Institute Optical you will learn everything you need to know in order to measure, cut and fit frames and lenses on patients. At first it may feel overwhelming because of the many different elements to being successful in the optical, but with time you will master the skills required. Have no fear; you will have plenty of chances to become comfortable with the many different machines that we use in the optical lab. This is just one aspect of your optometric career that will prove to be very rewarding!

Andrew Yoder

I am a 3rd year intern at the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry. I was home grown in Dyersville, IA. I have a brother and sister, of which I am the youngest. My hobbies include playing ultimate frisbee, basketball, tennis, and anything else my friends want to play, and jamming out on my guitar.

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2nd Annual Frame Style Show 2013

Location and Time: UIW Eye Institute from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Aug. 29, 2013.

So many pretty frames!
So many pretty frames!

 After one year of learning about why UVA and UVB rays are harmful, I thought it was about time to get my first pair of sunglasses. A month ago, Mr. Homer-an awesome UIWRSO optician, saw me struggling to pick a pair of sunglasses from the optical.

Some of my classmates have worked as an optician and found it easy to find frames that fit their face, but I had no experience in this field. Homer told me to wait on ordering a pair if I’m not sure what style I wanted, “we’re going to have vendors bring in all their products for you to try on!”

I’m glad he saw through my uncertainty in picking out a frame, because  a month later, I found a pair of sunglasses that I really liked at the Frame Style show in the optical.  The Frame Style show is an event the UIW Eye Institute puts on to sell frames for eye glasses and sunglasses.

Oscar, UIWRSO optician and Joey Allen, UIWRSO Intern helping a patient fill out paperwork for a pair of glasses.
Oscar, UIWRSO optician and Joey Allen, UIWRSO Intern helping a patient fill out paperwork for a pair of glasses.

There were so many high-end brands (Rayban, Burberry, D&G, and etc ), in different colors, of popular styles, all in one place!

I spent nearly an hour trying on frame after frame. There were also faculty, student, clinic patients, and their family joining in on the festivities. Nathan, Clinic Practice Coordinator, brought his fancy camera to take pictures.

It was then when I was politely greeted by UIWRSO intern, Joey Allen, who said “How do you like these frames? May I help you choose another? I can hold on to those while you pick out another pair.”

Initially I found his formality strange because we were friends, but I realized that he along with the other 3rd and 4th years interns were “on duty,” and there to help the people browsing. I appreciate how professional the UIWRSO interns are and I hope I can set a good example for my underclassmen as well!

Dr. Chapman, UIWRSO Clinic Director, trying on some frames!
Dr. Chapman, UIWRSO Clinic Director, trying on some cool, new, frames!

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How did they get this picture of me?
Me trying on some Raybans.