The process begins when a doctor calls, faxes, mails, or uses Remote Order Entry (ROE) through this website to deliver your prescription. ROE is the most efficient way to place an order. Using ROE allows the doctor to enter the prescription directly into our network, thus speeding up the order process.
 
Receiving your prescription
After a prescription has been entered or traced into our system, it is assigned a bin number and placed in a color coded tray. The lens is pulled from our large inventory, which is kept in electric retrievers.
 
One of our electric retrievers
Notice that a starting blank lens is very thick, some as much as 11 millimeters. These lens are usually 71 millimeters around.
 
A starting blank lens
Next, semifinished lens are sent to the surfacing department while stock lens go directly to the finishing department. The type of finished lens needed determines which process will be applied to each order. For this example, the lens must be ground. First, the lens is taped on the front to prevent scratching. An aluminum block is attached by wax. The lens is put into one of our three generators. These generators actually cut the prescription or curve into the lens. The excess thickness is discarded.


The lens is being placed into a generator to be cut
 
The lens enters the finishing process. In this step, aluminum blocks of the required power are pulled and an abrasive pad is applied. This pad buffs or fines the curve to apply the prescription to the lens.
 
An abrasive pad is being applied to the lens
Time for polishing. These machines polish the lens with a chalky compound that finishes the surfacing process. The lens is de-blocked, tape is removed, and the lens is soaked and cleaned thoroughly. At this point, if the lens requires backside coating, it is sent to another department.
 
The lens is being polished with the chalky compound
Inspection time! We check each lens for the proper prescription or power. After the first inspection, some orders will go straight to your doctor for edging. Others will be edged here. The tray number is entered into a blocker and an adhesive pad is attached to the lens. The lens is then edged and cut into the correct size to fit it's frame. Both the cad blocker and edgers draw their information from our main network. Lenses requiring a special feature such as tinting or anti-reflective coating are sent to another department.


The lens is being put into the edger
 
The anti-reflective (AR) procedure is extremely hi-tech. The lens are first put into the T-10 Washing System. The lens are rotated and soaked in the T-10's six wash tanks.

After soaking, the lens go into a machine that acts like an oven to be de-gased for two hours. When the lens emerge from the oven, they return to the inspection table in the AR room.

After the inspection approval, the lens are ready for the anti-reflective (AR) chamber. The chamber then applies the 21 layers of anti-reflective material to the lens. The lens are inspected again.


Lens are placed in the T-10 Washing System

 
The lens are in the "oven"
After the special features like anti-reflective coating or tints have been added, the lens are mounted into a frame. The frame is put into standard alignment.

If a lens must be drill mounted, the drilling is performed by our CNC OPTIDRILL. This machine drills tiny holes through the lens so a frame may be attached.
 
The lens are being drilled
The glasses must pass a final inspection to ensure the correct prescription, coating, and frame have been applied to meet the original order. This final inspection also insures that the lens are free from any scratches or scuffs. The trays are then scanned, an invoice is printed, and the glasses are rushed to your doctor for pickup.
 
Final Inspection Time!