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Crystal M. Brimer, OD, FAAO
Dr. Brimer is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Southern College of Optometry. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is very active in the American Optometric Association as a member of the North Carolina State Optometric Society’s Executive Council and president of the South Eastern District. Dr. Brimer owns a private practice in Wilmington, NC where she is certified as a primary investigator for clinical trials. She has special interests in contact lenses, dry eye disease, and practice management. Dr. Brimer has written and lectured extensively, and is recognized for both her expertise and enthusiasm. In her free time, Dr. Brimer enjoys time on the water as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Email her at [email protected]
Sizing up daily disposable contact lenses
Most ODs could list all the missing items in their contact lens supply line. They could construct a wish list of products they would like to see available in the future. On days when we find ourselves ransacking the contact lens trial room, ODs may think technology is moving too slowly. Perhaps it’s time for some needed perspective.
Surviving allergy season as a contact lens wearer
Depending on where you live, spring is here—or at least on its way. It’s the time of year to thaw out along with the trees, grass, and flowers. With spring comes our promise to get ourselves into shape for the summer, and life gets busier with more outdoor activities for the whole family.
How to establish value in the minds of contact lens wearers
Differentiate yourself in this era of heightened competition
7 techniques to boost your annual supply sales
Let’s talk about an elephant in the room. Some practices are incredibly effective at selling annual supplies of contact lenses, and some practices are not. Just like daily disposables, low sales numbers are blamed on “the demographics of my practice.”
Why you are your biggest obstacle to success
When we take a step back and think about what happens in our offices—in our exam rooms—we realize what a huge impact we have, dare I say “control,” on the growth of our contact lens practice. Yet so many elements of our everyday operations challenge that control and cause us to forget or push to the side the techniques we know to grow our contact lens business.
How travel affects your patients’ lens care habits
It is a constant challenge to be able to inspire patients to care meticulously for their lenses when life is easy, but what happens to that care when life gets hard? What happens when their schedules are upside down, and they are on the go? Travel influences how patients wear and care for their lenses—let’s look at the how, why, and most importantly, what we can do about it.
The pros and cons of selling lens care solution
The pros and cons of selling lens care solution
Historically, we know that competing with big box stores for profit is an uphill battle—like trying to fight the Ebola virus with a Z-pack.
Patient awareness: Assumptions, expectations, and reality
Patient awareness: Assumptions, expectations, and reality
After writing about lens care for more than two years, I wondered if my well had run dry. So this morning while on a flight, I perused PubMed and waited patiently for a new idea. When it didn’t come, I decided to turn to the guy next to me in 1A for a fresh perspective.
Patient perception vs. reality with compliance
Patient perception vs. reality with compliance
Well, here we are, another year behind us, another new start ahead. And what made the cutoff for our list of resolutions? Lose 10 pounds, wake up earlier, save more money, make more family time? But wait—how can we possibly forget everyone’s list topper: To rub your contact lenses every day and replace the solution, to throw your lenses out on time?
A comparison of one-step peroxide systems
A comparison of one-step peroxide systems
It is important that we use our influence during the exam to recommend lens care products that will positively influence their wearing experience. Peroxide systems have long been credited with superior cleaning capabilities, leading to better overall patient satisfaction.

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