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Houston Chronicle - AFeyewear in the News

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May 4, 2005, 12:08AM




Five questions with Guy Hodgson and Dhavid Cooper

Optometrists with a vision

AFeyewear.com Founders Featured in Houston Chronicle Business Article

Moneymakers series questions local optometrists about their dot-com eyewear vision.

Houston, TX (PRWEB) May 4, 2005 -- The founders of Houston-based eyewear company, AFeyewear.com are featured in the Houston Chronicle's Moneymaker business series about local entrepreneurs.

The article, titled Five questions with Guy Hodgson and Dhavid Cooper features a history of the AFeyewear.com eyewear web site and the vision of the transplanted South African duo who built up five Houston optometry practices in the 1980s and sold them in 1994 to take advantage of the newest technology of the day, the Internet. AFeyewear.com was rolled out as a 24-hour/7-day-a-week online eyewear store in 1996 and currently features 110,000 products, including designer frames, eyeglasses, sunglasses, prescription lenses and contact lenses.

Always looking for new technology to enhance the business, AFeyewear.com recently launched a patented new online technology for finding eyeglasses, sunglasses and frames, the FrameFinder Virtual Try-On System, which allows users to "try on" frames from their personal computers by simply uploading a photo of themselves. Currently, more than 13,000 frames are in the system and available to sample.

When questioned about how the web site survived the dot-com bust in 2000, Dr. Hodgson said that AFeyewear.com followed "a well-crafted and articulated strategy grounded in earning real profits" and manageable growth, which allowed the company to prosper while other web sites failed. That strategy continues today, with sales 52 percent above last year at this time, he said, and international expansion with the upcoming launch of a new South African contact lens web store, 0860Contacts.

About AFeyewear.com

Dr.'s Cooper and Hodgson have been in practice in the Houston area for over 20 years, and founded AFeyewear.com in 1996, which is a global leader in online eyeglasses sales. They have a Houston eye care office and eyewear showroom, employing two additional licensed optometrists and a staff of experienced opticians. The websites can be viewed at FrameFinder and AFeyewear and the office can be reached at 1-800-850-5747.


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