Responding to a Question

As you may recall, I recently solicited all of you to find what it is you'd like to learn more about. Today's post is responding to the first question: Hello Optical Jedi!Thanks for the question.Last year I purchased a pair of sunglasses to wear while riding my bicycle – I got an Oakley Flak with … Continue reading Responding to a Question

New Innovative Eyewear Solution

Very soon I will be doing a review and news post on a very creative new frame line from MASQ Eyewear.  It is a small independent eyewear manufacturer which is trying to find a new, single-price system for eyewear available directly from your optometrist.  

1 Year Review Recap on Varilux X

after a full year of wearing the Varilux X Design, I post my review update!

Lens Materials Advantages and Disadvantages

Understanding which lens material makes the most sense for your prescription can be easy with a little help.

Anti-Reflective Coating is much more than you think!

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!

Explaining Your Frames

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

Why Children Need an Eye Exam

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

Back to School!

As Kids go back to school, it's important to think about their eyes!

Progressive Lenses…Continued

There are quite literally several hundred progressive lens designs available on the market. Yes, you read that right.

Vision Insurance vs. Medical Insurance

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

Dispelling Misconceptions

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

You Pick 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

A Little Explanation on Progressive Lenses

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

The Doctor isn’t Always Right

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

Welcome to your Optical Wellspring

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