|The 3-in-1 Lens Inspection Station has a bright LED inspection light, which aids in finding scratches, gaps, or any other cosmetic defects.|
|CONTROL THE PROCESS! The image of your entire practice depends on the thoroughness of your final inspection process. If a patient finds a problem in their eyewear, their confidence in your skills will plummet fast. If you want to have a successful practice, you simply must have solid final inspection skills and tools. OptiSource International’s 3-in-1 Lens Inspection Station, in knowledgeable hands, can give you an edge to make sure nothing is missed and your quality is superb.|
OptiSource’s 3-in-1 Lens Inspection Station can help ensure that ECPs give their patients the best quality eyewear.
Like a tranquilized African wildebeest turning in slower and tighter confused circles, I look a little strange while searching for progressive lens markings. Stumbling around with arms outstretched to the ceiling lights, I grunt as I slowly twist and turn to find just the right angle. A Progressive Lens Identifier soon became my best friend but OptiSource International went one better when it released its new compact and ergonomic 3-in-1 Lens Inspection Station.
One spectacular way to differentiate your practice is to ensure that only the highest-quality eyewear goes out your door. You can’t control what comes in but you can control what goes out so final inspection is key for quality assurance. A great final inspection process will require optical knowledge, dispensing skills, real experience, and a few valuable tools. Your practice image, patient referrals, and professional respect all depend on your not missing a thing and OptiSource’s 3-in-1 Lens Inspection Station can help.
The 3-in-1 Lens Inspection Station is designed to aid an ECP in performing three lens inspection functions: PAL lens marking identification, frame and lens inspection, and stress assessment. The PAL identifier enables you to find PAL markings quickly which makes finding invisible PAL markings easier.
OptiSource’s system also has a bright LED inspection light, which aids in finding scratches, gaps, or any other cosmetic defects before your patient does. Since it’s integrated, it won’t go walking away to the contact lens room. The longevity of the LEDs will also keep you from digging in the back of drawers for bulbs while a patient is waiting.
The third component is a polariscope that reveals hidden lens stress. A great use of this tool is to examine your in-house edging to tune your finishing process. It also works well to determine areas that require a closer surface examination for deformity or to edge dimples, as dimples could eventually become chips. Solid experience is necessary, however, as most lenses will have a little bit of stress that varies by the shape of the frame, the Rx power, and the material so use this tool with both knowledge and balance.
OptiSource’s 3-in-1 Lens Inspection Station is ergonomically designed for countertop height and is compact so it fits in nearly any dispensing space.
A great final inspection process also includes a checklist of variances to verify and standards to measure against. Wonderful tools like this are a terrific complement to solid optical knowledge and skill but are not a replacement. Final inspection is one of the best tests of our opticianry skill and in the right hands, tools like this ensure the process is faster and more thorough.
Van Y. Rue is vice president of business development at Single Vision Express, an optical lab near Seattle, WA.
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