As Always, this was written entirely by Ric Peralta, the Optical Jedi First and foremost I apologize for the extended absence I had from the blog. The holiday season, with a 10 year old daughter, a wife who bakes like a madwoman, and all that goes along with this kept me away for a bit. … Continue reading Why do we lose vision at 40?
As Always, this was written and conceived by Ric Peralta, The Optical Jedi I recently received a request through my Facebook page for a piece on contact lenses...and I am still crafting this, but in the meantime I wanted you to have something to whet your whistle, so today we're gonna review some common misconceptions … Continue reading Common Misconceptions
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As always, written by Ric Peralta, the Optical Jedi In my continuing effort to present all new cutting edge and innovative products, today's piece is on the latest offerings from Maui Jim Ophthalmic collection--the High Contrast Everyday Lens (HCE). This new lens technology, available both in Single Vision and Progressive, has been designed to assist … Continue reading Review: Maui Jim High Contrast Lens
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
I posted an initial review of the latest progressive lens from Varilux, the X Design, when it first launched back in late August/early September. My initial review can be found here. After wearing the lenses for a couple of months, I wanted to provide an update based on my continued observations. Review of Varilux X … Continue reading Review Update on Varilux X Design
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
I have been wearing my new Varilux X Design for just about a week, and not to put too fine a point on it...
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
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