Prescription Safety Glasses Kiosk Network Grows Nationwide in 4-Year Span

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Bradley Kirschner, founder of Eyelation, knew there was a better way to provide employees with prescription safety glasses using self-serve kiosks. Brad went to work developing his own software, and Eyelation quickly grew.

...for over 11% of our customers, their Eyelation safety glasses are their first pair of prescription glasses.

Eyelation is a Chicago area prescription safety eyewear startup that services companies through its self-serve kiosk system. Its system incorporates benefit management, with proprietary measurement technology to fit people with eyewear and make it easy for company administrators to provide a cohesive program to every employee.

Eyelation was founded by Tinley Park, IL native, Brad Kirschner. Having personally managed traditional safety programs through his family’s optical practice, he knew there had to be a better way to reach people, and provide companies with a more inclusive program. People frequently ask Brad how he developed such innovative software for his startup after working in his family optical practice:

“I had an idea for a better way to sell safety glasses. I initially did not set out to be a software startup. I decided to develop our own software when the company I hired to develop the system fell below what I felt were reasonable expectations, and was taking way too long to complete. I knew that if I wanted the project to get completed within a reasonable amount of time, I needed to find an alternative path. So, I started over with my own development team. It was challenging at times. I was trying to maintain a balance between software and business development, managing my family’s optical business and trying to maintain a healthy family life with my wife and children. It was nuts, but it was the best decision I could have made for the business.”

Eyelation currently has over 125,000 industrial workers in its safety program in the US, and expects to cover over 1,000,000 workers within a few years. The program has been a boon to employees who traditionally have trouble receiving the same services as their day-shift counterparts.

“I was shocked to find out that for over 11% of our customers, their Eyelation safety glasses are their first pair of prescription glasses. I am proud that we figured out a better way to reach people and to provide them with their protective equipment. We are able to receive orders at night, on weekends, on Thanksgiving and New Year’s,” says Brad.

Eyelation is based out of Tinley Park IL in the south suburbs of Chicago.

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