So, it looks like we've stumbled onto a new segment here at the OJ...Ask the Jedi is now a thing. I received another email today with some additional questions on fitting advice. Here you go. Today's Email Hi Jedi Master! I read the “A Piece of Correspondence” article and appreciate all the specific advice you … Continue reading In Which a Theme Develops
Today, I received an email from a reader, and with his permission, I am sharing it here. I think the questions raised are excellent, and could be quite helpful to some of you other readers out there! The Message & Response My Responses are set aside by color and italics Dear Optical Jedi: I have … Continue reading A Piece of Correspondence
My recent piece, describing the difference between polarized and tinted sunglasses inspired me to address 3D glasses, since they also use polarization to work. Yes, you read that right. The same polarizing technology which reduces glare when you're driving, also allows you to see an extra dimension at the movie theater. As you might recall, … Continue reading 3D Glasses. How Do They Work Anyway?
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I recently had a conversation with a friend, who was deciding between a couple of different frames. This got me to thinking, we never really explain the numbers on the temples of your glasses. Each one of those numbers means something. And here is that explanation... Breaking Down the Numbers Almost any frame you could … Continue reading Explaining Your Frames
It was pointed out that while my blog name of "The Eyes Have It" looked great on paper, in a web address it looked like Eye Shave It, so I have renamed my site. Welcome to the new and improved OpticalJedi!
I know by this time everyone has seen myriad warnings about looking directly at the solar eclipse but this article appeared in my feed today I had to share it. This is to emphasize just exactly how dangerous looking at the sun is: Man with eye damage from 1962 eclipse: Don't make the same … Continue reading Eclipse warning
I felt it important to share this piece which popped up on my feed today. Much of what is said here is very valid for the vast majority of you. I realize that not everyone is comfortable, or even able, to spend $1000 on a pair of glasses, but thereare reasons we, as opticians, recommend … Continue reading Sharing a Link
There are quite literally several hundred progressive lens designs available on the market. Yes, you read that right.
Insurance can be a very confusing thing...even for those of us who have to deal with it on a daily basis. Defining what your coverage is, when it comes to vision benefits, can be a very loaded question. Moreover, knowing which insurance company you have, often tells us relatively little about what your coverage will … Continue reading Vision Insurance vs. Medical Insurance
There are many patients who feel they completely understand some basic technologies in this field--they aren't always ENTIRELY correct about this. In particular, Anti-Reflective (or No-Glare) and Photochromic (or light-changing) lenses have been around for decades. Whenever a technology has been around for a long time, there can be misconceptions about how it works, or … Continue reading Dispelling Misconceptions
A quick follow up to yesterday's blog post. I was finishing lenses for a patient today and wanted to share a great visual representation of what astigmatism looks like in a pair of glasses. Below are two images, one is a front view of a lens, in which you can see reflections from the fluorescent … Continue reading Cylinder Samples
Your prescription drives everything we do for you, as an optician. It steers us through which lens design might be best for you, which frame is suitable for you, and when you should wear your glasses. But, we often make assumptions in our field, that you understand what the numbers and terms mean. I'm hoping … Continue reading Explaining Your Prescription
Most people are unaware of this basic tenet of the Optical Industry...You choose your own prescription! I know it, it sounds preposterous to think this could be, but at it's most basic that's what's happening. Think about it. You are asked to choose which you like better (1 or 2, A or B). But even … Continue reading You Pick Your Prescription