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

Explaining Your Prescription

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

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