Eyecare Business

OCT 2016

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38 E y e c a r e B u s i n e s s . c o m N E W D I S P E N S E R 9 expert optician-recommended, must-have tools for your own arsenal P H O T O G R A P H E D B Y D A V I D K R E S S L E R What's in Your Toolkit? pticians need tools. And, whether it's for dialing in expert fitting or fixing, every optician has a go-to collection of instruments. "You can't put a price on repairs," explains Paul Garcia, business manager/buyer at Charlotte's Optical in Colorado Springs, CO. "Resurrecting a favorite frame from the dead brings an appreciation that cannot be achieved by a new pair." Here, three veteran dispensers deliver their recommendations for your toolkit. —Stephanie K. De Long PICK-UPS "My favorites are the pick-up screwdriver and fine-tip, needle-nose pliers," says Roxanne Harless, ABOC, dispensing optician at Andersen Eye Associates in Saginaw, MI. "I use one of those every time I replace screws in an eyewire or bridge area." Shown: Pick-up screwdriver by Vigor HAMMER & ANVIL "With today's retro/techno looks, rivets are back," says Alex Yoho, ABOM, from Wichi- ta, KS. "They are peened with a hammer to mushroom the end until the wire presses against the hinge plate. This requires an anvil to provide a solid resting point and prevent it from pushing out." Shown: AIT Industries riveting hammer with one flat-face end and one chisel-shaped end— designed to be balanced and versatile for varied repairs. Shown: Western Optical Supply's Bench Anvil Kit provides an angled, tabletop surface on which to place a frame when inserting eyewire and hinge screws or making general repairs. o

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