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Eye Designs Group Forms New Division, In Office Sterilization, Via Exclusive Agreements With EMIST and Clean Republic

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COLLEGEVILLE, Penn.—Eye Designs, LLC, a leader in the manufacturing of custom ophthalmic environments and optical display systems has announced the formation of a new division called In Office Sterilization. The mission of In Office Sterilization, the company said, is "to deliver the best solutions and products for eyecare professionals to be able to open their business with confidence." The new line of business is focused on three key areas, including prevention of germs and viruses, elimination of germs and viruses and providing doctors, staff and clients the peace of mind of operating in a sterile environment. Eye Designs has secured exclusive distribution agreements with EMIST, manufacturers of electrostatic sprayers and Clean Republic, producers of EPA approved hospital grade non-toxic disinfectant and sanitizer.

The exclusive partnership brings together three leading companies to support the eyecare industry, Eye Designs pointed out. Said Richard Winig, co-president of the Eye Designs Group, “During the first few weeks of the pandemic, we started receiving calls from clients for solutions of how to reopen that are safe for my staff and my patients. We searched high and low and found two partners that have the best products to answer their needs.” He added, "The patient experience has always been a focus of Eye Designs business model and adding a new arm to provide solutions to the new norm was a natural fit."

Winig also emphasized, "Unlike the labor intensive traditional methods of cleaning and sanitizing with spray bottles and wipes, which can often include harmful chemicals, the connection between the EMIST system and Clean Republic is a safe, efficient and eco-friendly process."

EMIST is the leading provider of a patented electrostatic misting system that allows disinfectant to be sprayed throughout the optical, waiting, reception, pretest rooms, exam lanes, on frames and the entire practice by positively charged fine droplets of cleaning agent attracted to negatively/neutrally charged surfaces, fully encapsulating the area and objects spayed. This technology has just been featured on the NBC Today Show and was purchased to disinfect United Airlines' fleet of planes.

“Our exclusive relationship with Eye Designs gives EMIST access to a new vertical that we didn’t realize the potential for the need in the space” said Charlie Mullins, director of business development at EMIST. “We are excited about our relationship,” he added. The EMIST sprayers are made in the U.S. and use the least amount of cleaning solution to disinfect any environment, he pointed out.

In addition, Eye Designs signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Clean Republic, which produces the most powerful EPA approved hypochlorous acid (HOCI) disinfectant and sanitizing solution on the market. It utilizes a patented process replicating a naturally-produced compound in the human body to help fight infection and bacteria by running an electrical charge through a combination of salt and water creating HOCI. The solution and process will kill the COVID-19 virus and disinfect offices from even stronger types of deadly bacteria and pathogens. The three-in-one cleaner, disinfectant and deodorizer is eco-friendly, quick drying and leaves no toxic residue, the company pointed out.

“While it is gratifying to be able to use our disinfectant and sanitizer for use against COVID-19, it is also noteworthy that Clean Republic kills viruses much more complex and is one of the very few products that is gentle enough for use around people,” said the company’s CEO and co-founder Hug Huffaker. “Unlike Clean Republic, most disinfectants approved to kill COVID-19 contain harsh chemicals and toxic fumes that can be unsafe and have harmful side effects.”

According to Eye Designs' Winig, In Office Sterilization has put together start-up packages for eyecare professionals and is currently accepting pre-orders. With demand for the product at such a high level, all orders will be shipping as products are ready for release, he said.

The In Office Sterilization Packages are designed based on a practice’s size, optical area along with patient traffic. The package’s three main components are electrostatic sprayers, disinfectant solution and in-store messaging. The signage package will allow ECPs and optical retailers to visibly promote their practice as a safe disinfected environment with wall plaques, window clings, social distance floor graphics and signage blocks. In addition, In Office Sterilization will offer germ shield, waiting room chair dividers, antimicrobial seating, frame trays and tray storage packages.

More details about the new business, the system and packages are posted on the website and other questions can be answered via e-mail at or by calling (800) 346-8890.