May is UV Awareness Month!

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

May 2018 – EYE PRO, Inc., world leader in eyewear and makers of Ultra Gold WINK-EASE, Lash Room WINK-EASE, and WINK-EASE Dark, is always working hard to keep salon owners/staff and clients educated and informed about the importance of eye health, preventing eye disease and reducing vision loss.

“We love helping salon owners educate their tanners through our educational counter mat, ” said Jackie DeWald, EYE PRO office manager. “With the month of May being UV Awareness Month, it’s a perfect time to remind everyone about the importance of using the proper UV blocking eyewear to protect eyes — whether tanning indoors or out.”

To get EYE PRO’s new 2018 updated FREE Counter Mat for your salon, go to WinkEase.com/promos and use the code word: IST Counter Mat.

“Tanning salons need to be aware of and remember all of the ways they need to protect staff and clients’ vision. One of the most overlooked ways vision damage can happen is to change lamps without using proper eye protection,” reminded Brenda Fishbaugh, EYE PRO president. “Our UV Blockers maintenance glasses are under $10, lightweight and fit any tech’s face, and offer the necessary protection.” Continue Reading »

Is Eyewear Necessary for RED-LIGHT? SALON OWNERS SHARE THEIR POLICIES

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

The first time I had a red-light session, I was shocked by how bright the light was, and I found it very uncomfortable! For hours afterward, I saw green halos around objects – an indication that rods and cones (photoreceptors) in my eyes had been affected. Many red-light users tell me they also see green halos, which means it cannot be good for vision. For my second session, I wore the provided goggles. Afterward, the whole world looked neon blue, even with my eyes shut! I tried other colors of goggles and disposables, and they made the red light even brighter! Red light is a very narrowband wavelength, concentrated at about 688 nanometers. Traditional tanning eyewear that is FDA- compliant and Canadian health-compliant needs to block ultraviolet rays to 400nm. There are several types of eye protection made for red light, and these all block

the 610-750nm wavelength designated

as red light. To choose which red-light eyewear type to offer your customers, try several and find what blocks the most light. Red-light sessions tend to be profitable for salons, so I recommend you include red- light eye protection in your session price.

Currently, providing eyewear for red-light sessions is not required by law. However, the legislators won’t be paying your lawsuits if someone’s vision is dam- aged by your equipment. I highly recom- mend you err on the side of caution.

Let’s see what the policy is in some top salons:

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Wear WINK-EASE Dark for Red Light and the “Ultimate Dark” Tanning Session!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

April 2018 – Eye Pro, Inc., world leader in disposable Eye Protection for indoor tanning and makers of Ultra Gold WINK-EASE, Lash Room WINKEASE and WINK-EASE Dark, wants tanners to try WINK-EASE Dark for napping, or those who “like it dark!” 

“Tanners love our original Ultra Gold WINK-EASE disposable eye protection; however, when they want to catch a true power nap during their sunbed session, the eye protection of choice is WINKEASE Dark,” says Brenda Fishbaugh, President. “WINK-EASE Dark disposables still provide FDA-compliant eye protection, but the material is considerably darker than our Ultra Gold WINK-EASE, which helps tanners nap more easily and avoid light-sensitive headaches,” Fishbaugh continued. “And because of its custom fit, WINK-EASE Dark leaves maximum eye area exposed, so tanners receive the full benefits of red-light exposure, while still protecting the eye from the VERY strong red-light emitted. Even though eye protection is not required by law for red-light sessions, it is very smart to protect your eyes from the intense light.” 

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THE FLASHLIGHT DEMO

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

Do you and your team struggle with ways to get your salon guests to wear eye protection for every tanning session? Chicago salon owner, Bruce “Sparky” Wood, came up with a unique solution that he’s used for years. When faced with a tanner who says, “I don’t wear eye protection,” Bruce picks up a small flashlight he keeps at the front counter and begins his demonstration “See this?” he asks the guest. “It’s a small flashlight. Close your eyes. Can you see the light from the flashlight through your lids?” The salon guest will squint; the light from a tiny flashlight held a few feet from the eyes is amazingly bright!

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How NOT to Ask to See Your Tanner’s Eyewear

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Salon owners often inquire how to ask to see client’s eyewear without angering clients. Let’s look at what NOT to do. I was in a salon recently, and the counter person says to the young woman ahead of me, “Do you have your eyewear?” The woman answers, “Yes”. And the attendant continues, “May I see it?” The woman digs in her purse, then goes out to her car and digs around in her car for a while, and comes in red-faced. The customer is, of course, embarrassed and frustrated–two things we’d like to avoid with our valued customers!

I suggest you ask, “May I see your eyewear, please?” EXACTLY like that, EVERY time. It is polite, as it contains two “asks”, with “May I..” and “please”. And the only thing the customer can do is show you their eyewear. If they don’t have it, sell them a disposable pair, or give them a free disposable pair if they are going into any of your upgrade beds. You’ll make more on the upgrade than the few cents you’ll lose on the disposable eyewear. Continue Reading »

Let WINK-EASE Support Your Next Salon Special Event!

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

March 2018 – EYE PRO, Inc., world leader in eyewear and makers of Ultra Gold WINK-EASE, Lash Room WINK-EASE and WINK-EASE Dark, loves supporting salons throughout the year for various special events.

“We offer our Celebration Pack to any salon having an organized special event,” said Jackie DeWald, EYE PRO office manager.  “We enjoy supporting special events with salons and providing samples, along with educational materials on the importance of wearing eye protection. The ideas for an event are endless; anniversary celebrations, grand openings, a community fund raiser, an open house, a special promotion, etc.”

Included in the Celebration Pack are samples of EYE PRO’s Ultra Gold WINK-EASE and Lash Room WINK-EASE to provide to tanners at the event. “Since EYE PRO manufactures the leading disposable eye protection for tanning, we want to make sure salons have the proper tools to help clients understand the importance of eye protection,” explained Brenda Fishbaugh, EYE PRO president.

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IS YOUR SALON “EYEWEAR COMPLIANT?” A Quick 10-Question Quiz

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

1. Disposable eyewear can only be used once.

2. The elastic straps that come with goggle-style protection don’t need to be worn.

3. When mixing goggle disinfec- tant, you must test it with a quater- nary strip to ensure you have the correct mixture.

4. The FDA requires tanners to wear eye protection during a spray-tan.

5. Disposable eyewear “stickers” can be worn flat on the eye or folded into a cone shape.

6. You can clean goggles with products not made for that purpose, such as Barbasol, a disinfectant used in the beauty industry.

Click link below to see all 10 questions and answers.

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FDA Allows Disposable Eyewear to be Used Only ONCE

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

February 2018 – EYE PRO, Inc., world leader in disposable eye protection for indoor tanning and makers of Ultra Gold WINK-EASE, Lash Room WINK-EASE and WINK-EASE Dark, is all about providing salon support.

“Do you have tanners that use the same pair of disposable eyewear over and over?” asks Brenda Fishbaugh, EYE PRO president. “This is NOT allowed by the FDA and we can provide you proof to share with your tanners. If you’re a salon, we can send you our “One Time Use” letter on Eye Pro stationery indicating we are licensed as a Class One Medical Product. Since disposable eye protection cannot be properly cleaned, it can only be worn ONCE,” Fishbaugh continued.

“Disposable eye protection is a Class One Medical Device, just like cotton balls and tongue depressors. You surely wouldn’t use a tongue depressor more than once,” explains Jackie DeWald, Office Manager.

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Everything You’ve Always Wanted To Know About Buying Eye Protection … But Were Afraid To Ask

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

I’ve recently been on the road training the staff at your favorite product distributors, and the reps shared with me some of the questions they are asked by YOU, when you are buying eye protection.

“I don’t think many buyers are aware of what a big money maker eyewear can be,” related a long-time distributor rep. “Since NJ and Ohio changed their laws, only three states require that salons provide eyewear: Texas, Pennsylvania, and New York. So, salons in other states have a wonderful opportunity to sell eye protection to each and every tanner for about $5 pair per year, or .50 cents for disposables for every session. He continues, “While I’m at it, operators need to encourage tanners to replace their own pair at least once a year.”

A sunless specialist for a leading distributor encourages salons with spray-tanning to offer clear disposable eye protection.

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WINK-EASE offers NEWLY UPDATED FREE Counter Mat to Promote Eye Protection!

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

January 2018 – EYE PRO, Inc., world leader in disposable eye protection for indoor tanning and makers of Ultra Gold WINK-EASE, Lash Room WINK-EASE and WINK-EASE Dark, is offering salons a FREE new counter mat to educate tanners on why eye protection is critical.

“Over the years, we have created several versions of our laminated counter mat for salons,” says Brenda Fishbaugh, EYE PRO president. “This educational tool has helped thousands of salon owners convince their clients to wear eye protection. Our theory is simple — a picture is worth a thousand words!” says Fishbaugh.

“For stressing the importance of EDUCATION to salon owners, staff and the tanner, this eye protection piece has been second to none,” explains Jackie DeWald, EYE PRO Office Manager.  [removed sentence] “The photos of eye damage from unprotected tanning are dramatic, but the counter mat is not meant to be viewed by itself. We don’t want to scare the tanner, but instead use this piece as a tool to have at the counter or attached to the new customer clipboard, so every new client receives information on why eye protection is required,” she continued. “As soon as tanners see what can happen to their eyes without proper eye protection, they understand the importance! Tanners are now ready to wear eyewear when tanning,” DeWald concluded. Continue Reading »