RIMLESS-READY

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Anyone who works regularly with rimless eyewear understands its challenges: everything from scratched lenses to fitting them with high power lenses. VCPN caught up with several eyecare professionals to find out how they successfully work with this specialty eyewear.

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Nahum Halaly, LDO
Mostly Rimless, Lauderdale Lakes, FL
Halaly began selling rimless five years ago and carries a variety of brands at different price points to appeal to customers. Most, Halaly said, “like rimless frames because they are lightweight and the lenses don’t show as much as in a full frame. They like rimless models with the plugs better than the ones that are put together with screws because they are more durable.”

“I do all kinds of rimless jobs, from the simple to the most complicated, in-house. The biggest challenge is the accuracy of the craftsmanship required to make them: the right size holes, the right hardware assembly, the correct holes/notch placement. A lens drill (not a hand drill) is a must: a CNC or an edger that can drill. I use the Less Stress II drill by Santinelli and a patternless edger by AIT. It works best for me because I have full control of the drilling. In any other automatic drill or edger, the lens comes out drilled when the cycle is done, and if any adjustments are needed, you have to start over with a new lens. In my case, I can just make adjustments while drilling.”

Peyton Phillips, Optical Associate/Brand Engagement Coordinator, and Stacy Suoy, LDO
Clinic Optical, Bowling Green, KY
Clinic Optical carries several lines of rimless, including Zyloware Invincilites, Marchon Airlock and Charmant Titanium. Clinic Optical’s rimless customers are generally those who want their eyes to stand out, Phillips said, or “professionals who speak in front of people and want to be heard and not seen, people who want the most viewing area possible, or people who can’t fit in ‘normal’ frame sizes.”

Top right/bottom left courtesy of GÖtti, top left/bottom right courtesy of Silhouette.

Phillips: “We do everything but edge drilled rimless frames (assembling, mounting, adjusting). One of the challenges I face with drilled rimless is making sure the lenses don’t scratch! When assembling frames, it can be difficult to not scratch around the drill mount because of how close you have to get with the tools to make sure they fit perfectly with the lenses. A big thing that I like to remind patients is to make sure they use two hands when taking off the frame and pull straight away from the face — don’t use one hand and cross over with a ‘swish’ movement. Different issues can come up for the patient, including wobbly frames and tension cracks.”

Suoy: “Challenges to consider are the prescription power and thickness of the lens. Polycarbonate is a minimum requirement so the lenses are not easily cracked when drilling, adjusting or wearing, and since the frame must insert through the lens thickness, you must be mindful there is enough connection to hold together.”

Jody A. Shuler, LDO
EyeCrave Optics, Watertown, NY
Shuler only carries one rimless collection at EyeCrave Optics: the Perspective line by Götti Switzerland, and he sold through his initial inventory of 12 pieces in less than six months. “Most of my buyers of rimless go with rimless for the invisible, more clean look of it, which is exactly why I chose Perspective. The design is impeccable, and it literally becomes invisible on the wearer.”

Götti’s Perspective does require a special press to assemble frames, and Shuler does all assembly and repairs in-house. All edging and drilling are done at the lab.

“Any line of rimless eyewear requires educating your clients on use and care, so always be sure to teach your client how to care for his/her unique piece so as not to damage the frame.”

Gilberto Agosto, Store Manager
For Eyes Optical by Grandvision, Algonquin, IL
Agosto said he doesn’t have a “typical” rimless wearer: “They range from age 18 to 55. Some customers like the weight and comfort of using them, others like that it’s minimalistic and gives the illusion that they don’t have glasses.”

For Eyes Optical processes all orders through a central lab, but Agosto said Trivex is the best lens material for use on rimless eyewear. “They will hold up much better in the frames and ensure that stress cracks don’t occur. Also, having an optician understand what the final product will look like is important because not all high scripts will look good in a drill mount — nor will they always work.”

Agosto said he remembers the days when it was all done by hand. “We would mark up the holes and manually drill it with a Dremel drill. The CNC optidrill is probably my favorite, and right now many companies like Santinelli and Briot have put out edgers that also drill the lens during the edging process, which are great, especially if you have a small practice. Drilling now has become much easier in that we can manufacture drill mounts with much quicker turnaround and with less breakage.”

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