Optical Industry Resource Center

All these trade magazines provide an excellent way for opticians to keep up to date on the latest in fashion, lens design, and trends. I strongly urge you to sign up to receive them in HARD COPY. You just don’t get the full value trying to read them online.


Revised 12/2016

If you know of a site that you think should be here – tell me.

Laramy-K Optical is an exclusively-uncut independent laboratory specializing in digital surfacing, AR coating, and the uncommon. The Laramy-K website provides free on-line education and resouces for eye care providers, presented in a well written and user friendly way.
Laramy-K

Santinelli is an industry leader in providing edgers, ancillary lab equipment, supplies and tools. Santinelli edgers are the only product that I personally endorse. They are amazing machines.
Santinelli International

Practice Management Depot is a practice consulting firm run by a former optometrist. If you like data driven performance then Dr. Renee is the gal for you!
Practice Management Depot

The Optical Vision Site is the best sales and marketing eyeblog for optical professionals. Tons of fun, interesting information on optical trends, social media, free education resources. A must stop for all optical professionals wholesale and retail.
The Optical Vision Site

The “OptiBoard” is a well established, open forum or discussion board. Here you will find many of the brightest minds in the business willing to share their expertise with you even on your toughest optical questions. PLEASE! Be careful, if you are new to the field do not get caught up in the politics and silly opinions expressed! Wait and experience the field for yourself.
OptiBoard

LabTalk Magazine offers information for optical laboratory owners, managers and employees with how-to, informational articles. LabTalkOnline features the digital edition of LabTalk, an archive of articles, and the Surfacing and Finishing Guide with product listings for everything from generators to polish. Worth taking a look at so you see “the other side” of the business as well.
Lab Talk

The Opticians Association of America (OAA) represents opticianry’s business, professional, educational, legislative and regulatory interests.
OAA

OMS Opto Chemicals: The most informative and best visited website in the optical trade, featuring all information on optical surface treatments from the fastest lens tinting system to anti-scratch treatments. OK so the owner wrote that introduction. Still good stuff and well worth a visit.
Opto Chemicals

Opticians for Change: “An independent optician’s focus: Do everything to serve the consumer. The corporation’s: Do everything to cut costs. As a consumer, by whom would you rather be served?” This is the question posed by Hari Bird on his website. Hari provides a unique perspective and approach to the practice of opticianry.
Opticians for Change

The American Board of Opticianry ABO provides a certification exam for opticians recognized by many states. Basic ABO certification shows you have a very basic foundation in opticianry concepts. The ABO does not cover all of America and is not a board of any kind.
ABO – NCLE

NFOS National Federation of Opticianry Schools: Your link to schools that provide college level education for opticianry. If you can combine getting an Associates degree with getting your license then do that!
NFOS

International Vision Expo is the largest, most all-inclusive ophthalmic conference and expo. Dollar for dollar, it is the best national value of all CE. Stay at the top of your field by learning the latest clinical, medical and technical patient care techniques and more…make plans to attend today! HUGE show held in NYC in spring and Las Vegas in the fall. Well worth a visit to both.
Vision Expo

Here is a list of Facebook sites that we like:

I would strongly suggest that you spend some time watching and listening before posting on any of these sites. It is our goal only to support Facebook pages that are helpful and shine a positive light on opticianry.

Facebook The Optical Guild is your best place to ask questions and connect with opticians from newbies to forty+ year veterans. 100% friendly NO negative comments, NO mean stuff.
The Optical Guild

Facebook Ask the Lab Guy is your chance to connect with the geniuses (really) that run wholesale optical labs. Just don’t expect any warm-fuzzies.
Ask the Lab Guy

Facebook Optical Mentors is a new group (3/2016) that is a way to connect with opticians that might be willing to share their knowledge and/or time helping a new optician.
Optical Mentors

ODs on Facebook is the largest and most powerful Facebook page for optometrists. Opticians are allowed to join but they are not the focus of the group.
ODs on Facebook

Facebook Mid-Atlantic Optical Professional is a group for anyone in the Optical industry who lives in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. If you work with glasses. contacts, patients, optical billing or the eyes in any way, you qualify!
Mid-Atlantic Optical Professionals

Facebook The Eyeglass Pornographer is a site dedicated to showcasing the most extreme examples of eyewear as art.
The Eyeglass Pornographer

Facebook Eyecare Marketing Forum is a group about discussing and sharing ideas about how to market eye care practices.
Eyecare Marketing Forum

Facebook The Optical Bar is like hitting a bar after work with your optical friends.
The Optical Bar