In our modern world, we have thousands of eyewear frames to choose from, and hundreds, if not thousands, of frame manufacturers for all of those frame lines. Despite what 60 Minutes wants you to believe, there is not just one company. And knowing something about where your frames come from, can help you make educated … Continue reading Know Your Frames
I know I announced my brief hiatus, but I wanted to talk a little bit about frame adjustment and its importance to the wearer. If your eyeglasses are not fitting properly on your face, not only are they uncomfortable, but it also adversely affects the quality of your vision through a variety of ways. Examples … Continue reading A Word About Frame Adjustment and Maintenance
Understanding which lens material makes the most sense for your prescription can be easy with a little help.
Through a couple of recent conversations with blog readers and patients, it's become clear that many do not fully appreciate just how complicated anti-reflective treatments are to manufacture. I hope to dispel some of this misconception today... More than a Dip! Since so much of lens treatments can be cone by dipping a lens in … Continue reading Anti-Reflective Coating is much more than you think!
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
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?
I have found throughout my many years in this industry that many patients still do not have a clear understanding of the difference between a tinted and a polarized sunglass. So, the big question you're probably asking yourself is, "why do I want over another?" For the vasty majority of patients, the polarized makes more … Continue reading What are Polarized Sunglasses?
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
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
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
Hello and Welcome! My name is Ric, and I'm here to be your Optical Guru. Through nearly 30 years of experience as a dispensing optician, I've run across continual frustration with the reality that patients are not terribly well informed on what types of lenses fill their visual needs. So, I'm taking it on myself … Continue reading Welcome to your Optical Wellspring