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!
When it comes to young children, they don't naturally know how they should see, so they often will not express any complaints about their vision
I have been wearing my new Varilux X Design for just about a week, and not to put too fine a point on it...
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
As Kids go back to school, it's important to think about their eyes!
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
There is a common misconception amongst patients which I've come across many many times. The vast majority of patients are under the impression that there is only one progressive lens. This has been in great part due to a failure amongst all eye care professionals to explain the choices for fit. At this time there … Continue reading A Little Explanation on Progressive Lenses
Typically, when a patient is handed off to the optician, a conversation has already happened between doctor and patient establishing some detail on what type of visual needs are to be addressed with new glasses (or contacts) and what recommendations the doctor might have for the patient. The vast majority of the time, this doctor/patient … Continue reading The Doctor isn’t Always Right
I helped a patient today who hadn't been to see an eye doctor in many many years. She focused on helping her daughter get care, and felt the drugstore readers were getting her by ok. She'd had trouble with progressives in the past and also suffers from occasional vertigo. I felt pretty confident I … Continue reading A lesson on communications