Since 2007, there has been a 650% increase in adults buying their eyewear online in the United States. Many of those consumers buying eyewear on the internet are probably your patients. As an independent eyecare professional in a changing market, what are you doing to compete with this expanding group of online optical retailers?
To help your practice remain competitive, Eyefinity has developed eStores by Eyeconic™, which are free for VSP providers with an eWebExtra™ website. So, what is an eStore?
eStores by Eyeconic offer practices a way to create an online optical store, connected to their eWebExtra site and customized to their practice. An online extension of the private practice’s brick and mortar dispensary, an eStore allows both VSP and non-VSP members to shop online whenever they want (24/7) for contact lenses, prescription eyewear, and sunwear that can be delivered right to the patient’s front door.
While both eyeconic.com™ and eStores by Eyeconic were developed to help private practice doctors retain or attract patients inclined to browse or buy online, eStores by Eyeconic are unique in that they are a practice’s own optical store, giving them the ability to control the pricing of products and choose what contact lens brands and Marchon®/Altair® frame brands to include.
They provide patients with a premium online shopping experience where they can browse through their VSP provider’s selection of products and even explore how different eyewear will look on them by using “virtual” frame try-on technology. Once a product is selected, they must enter their prescription to place the order, unless the order is for planosunwear, in which case no prescription entry is required. Eyeconic then contacts the prescribing doctor to verify the prescription to complete the order.
Donald W. Boyd, O.D., a VSP provider in Downey, CA has been testing his practice’s eStore for a few months. He said, “Our eStore is the perfect place to send patients who ask to take their prescription with them after their exam so they can shop at a later time. It is simple to set up and has been an effortless way to earn additional revenue for my practice.”
Orders are shipped by Eyeconic and practices can also rely on Eyeconic customer service to assist them and their patients with purchases made on their eStore. Providers simply collect payment thirty days from the date the order ships and can track activity and make adjustments through a user-friendly automated dashboard. Payment is determined by deducting the cost of the goods and an administrative fee from the final transaction. As an added benefit, practices will be provided with free electronic marketing tools to help them market their eStores to patients.
Get your first look at eStores by Eyeconic at our booth (#1857) or the VSP Global booth (#1723) at Vision Expo East, or contact Eyeconic Customer Service at: firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.