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16 Jun
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Okay, so I figured I’d go a little more research oriented this time because I was interested in the history behind the progressive lens, so bear with me if this post is a little drier but it will be informational. The progressive lens has always been a mystery to me, mainly because I think its technology is intriguing on how someone can magically put two magnification powers in a lens with no visual transition between prescriptions.

Here we go! The initial progressive lens was designed by Owen Aves in 1907, yes you heard that right, my mind was blown when I learned that the first progressive lens was designed in the early 1900’s! Sir Aves lenses were not designed specifically for the public use so the first modern commercial lens was not actually released until 1953 by Varilux & Carl Zeiss. Figures the big boys of the industry would be the ones to release to the public, but I guess it makes sense.

The issue with the initial released progressive lenses was that they were not asymmetrical, instead the …
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09 Jun
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What do you picture when you hear the word Bifocal? I picture a lens with a thumbprint area on the bottom filled with magnification. If you pictured that too, you are correct. But, there are so many more kinds of bifocals out there…

Flat Top lens (also known as D-seg or Straight Top): The most common bifocal in our time is called a Flat Top 28. It has this name because the flat portion on the top of the magnification area is 28mm wide. The Flat Top 28 lens is good for many purposes. The ideal patient would use this lens to do everyday activities like read, drive, or for leisurely activities. For most people, this 28 millimeter area of reading magnification works perfectly. For patients that like a little bit bigger of reading magnification there is also a Flat Top 38, which of course is just like the 28 but has 10 millimeters more room across the lens.

flat top bifocal

Alternately to the Flat Top on might select a Round Seg bifocal lens which is basically a Flat Top bifocal …
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25 Mar
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Everyone is looking to kill two birds with one stone in almost every aspect of their life, so why not try and multitask when it comes to your eyewear?  Transitional lenses have a stereotype attached to them as “old people lenses” but the brand Transitions have been making some modern steps that can suit the style of even the hippest of young adults.

Starting off with Transitions Signature Series Lenses.  These bad boys are your basic indoor/outdoor lens that will satisfy the needs of the young adult who is always on the move.  Let’s use a kindergarten teacher as an example, these brave souls are constantly chasing around little people and understandably so, do not have the time to swap from eyeglasses to sunglasses when coming in and out from playtime.  Therefore, having the ability to wear a Transitions Signature Lens, could help alleviate the stress of being blinded by not having the time to switch to the appropriate eyewear or the possibility of a runaway child when you have to turn your back to grab your sunglasses.  …
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16 Mar
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I was interested in purchasing a pair of yellow polarized lenses to help with my driving at night based on a few blogs.  This article is not a review on a specific style of frame, but my experience on using a polarized yellow lens.  The thought is, the yellow or amber color reduces glare and improves contrast.  I wore the polarized yellow lens for two evening to help diminish glare and improve contrast.  When I first put them on I thought, I was experiencing a clear crisper image.  I drove for half an hour for two nights and I can honestly say the lenses did not benefit me at all. I drove in a highly populate area with lots of traffic and city lights, to make sure I was experiencing the most light.  Also, since I have a digital dashboard, the polarized filter made it difficult to read my digital readout.  What I discovered, when driving at night or dusk in already limited lighting conditions, any tint further reduces the amount of light transmitted to my eye, and consequently, …
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19 Nov
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As all you fashionistas are aware, prescription glasses are so in right now! Super nerdy, thick, chunky frames were an embarrassing appendage that may have made you want to fake sick as a child, but now… Now the nerdier the better! But with all this frame on your face it is important you do your make-up appropriately as to not take away from your hipster style. Here are a few pointers I threw together for you four eyed beauties.

Let’s start with the face: I always recommend keeping the focus on EITHER the eyes or the lips. With that being said for your face make-up you always want a fresh, clean look. Keep in mind that the prescription lenses in your frames can high light under eye darkness or discoloration. For this problem just start with a yellow base concealer. Even out your beautiful skin with your favorite foundation and always top that off with a translucent power to set everything. Ladies, don’t walk around looking like you are from the 80’s! Use a foundation that matches your skin …
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28 Oct
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Let me start off by saying I have some firsthand experience with my metal state taking a toll on my productivity at work.  I’ve come to realize that the combination of fluorescent lighting glaring down at my eyes paired with staring at a computer screen for about 8 hours a day takes a toll on the comfort of my brain.  Thankfully, even though it’s taken me a couple years, I have found a solution to the daily headaches which has helped my productivity sky rocket.

Originally I assumed my daily 12:00 headaches were due to a lack of caffeine, so I found myself pounding down red bulls or coffee just hoping it would relieve the pain radiating from my brain and out my eyeballs.  When the excessive amounts of caffeine did not suppress the pain and only get my caffeine high rolling, I decided to expand my horizons and came to the conclusion that possibly the fluorescent lighting was taking a toll on my eyes.

Now due to the fact that my original, incorrect, thought of “caffeine” being
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21 Oct
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Your eyesight is very important and when you are either working or playing you want to make sure you protect these valuable assets.  90% of all eye injuries could be prevented, if the proper eye-wear was being used.  When selecting protective eye-wear, you want to make sure the lens material is poly-carbonate, which is an advance plastic material and one of its great quality is, impact resistance.  Poly-carbonate lenses are 100% UV protection and anti-scratch coating by default.  All Wiley X, Revision, ESS, Bolle Sunglasses, and other safety lenses come with this lens.  Safety glasses must conform to a higher standard of impact resistance than regular eyeglasses and they will have an ANSI rating of Z87 stamped in the front of the frame or on one of the temple.  If you do not require prescription glass or contact lenses, you can purchase non-prescription safety eye-wear through an eye-wear retailer like Opticsplanet.com. These safety glasses are made of a lightweight material, usually poly-carbonate and available in wrap style frames.

If you need prescription Safety glasses the …
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23 Sep
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You’re getting older. No big deal. Seventy is the new sixty. Sixty the new fifty and fifty the new forty! We are in the age of amazing skin care, healthier lifestyles and now your glasses can even hide your age! I hear multiple times a day from customers “well, I’m getting older”, getting older people associate with bad eye sight. But just because your eye sight is going downhill doesn’t mean people need to know about it.

Scenario One: You are simply having a hard time reading.

You could just scoot on down to your local drug store and pick up a pair of pre-manufactured “Readers”. This are usually small reading glasses with a magnification of between +1.00 and +4.00. This magnification would be completely throughout the lens. The problem with drug store “readers” if they often are not available in fashionable styles. You could classify them as function and not fashion. But instead of doing that, now there are many fashionable options of “readers” from online shops you can buy from. Fosters Grant is a fairly …
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11 Sep
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School is back in session. You’ve bought supplies, new school clothes, and made lunches. But, did you do everything you could to ensure your little one does great this school year? My daughter, Jaya started second grade this year. She is a very bright little girl who loves to learn and she had always done very well at school. Last year I noticed her struggling a little bit. We practiced over homework more heavily. I printed off extra work sheets and she did them in her spare time. Still she suffered. It turns out that Jaya was starting to have a little trouble with her vision. Being able to see the black board or reading material properly is essential to your little ones education, eighty percent of what children learn in school is taught visually.

Although eye exams should be done at six months, again at three years and then annually, here are some early warning signs of bad vision that parents should keep an eye out for.

1)      Children sitting very close to the television or holding …
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24 Jul
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Hello everyone!  Are you someone who enjoys long hours in front of the screen playing video games?  If the answer is yes!  I would like to introduce you a protective eyewear for all the gamers out there.  Gunnar Opticks have created the gamers dream, our eyes are a valuable asset and we want to make sure they are protected at all time.  Gunnar Opticks has introduced the Vayper Full Rim video glasses.  It helps reduce eye fatigue for those with 20/20 vision. Eyestrain can cause visual stress, and dry eyes this can be caused by extended periods of digital screen viewing. Gunnar’s digital eyewear filters out the harsh, high-energy part of the spectrum and creates a more relaxed viewing experience to help your eyes focus more naturally. The amber lens tint, anti-glare coatings, and ultra-pure lens material help provide sharper, clearer vision. Gunnar’s i-AMP lens technology is specifically engineered to reduce digital eyestrain, enhance viewing detail and protect the eyes of the serious gamer in order to stay focused and play longer. Made of high tensile steel with …
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