POTUS SPECS: President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Redux

By Preston Fassel, BS
Monday, February 6, 2017 3:10 PM Last year, I briefly profiled the glasses of US President Dwight Eisenhower, comparing and contrasting his frames, fashion, and sensibilities towards eyewear to LBJ, whose unexpectedly extensive frame collection I took a look at in the November issue of 20/20. I’m happy to say that, to my surprise, just a few days after the first article went to print, I received a phone call from Michael R. Florer, the curator at the Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg, PA.

Hindsight is 20/20: Going Stag

By Preston Fassel, BS
Monday, October 19, 2015 1:06 PM

Hey, when I’m wrong, I’m wrong. I’m usually the one pointing out errors in other people’s assessments, statements, or position here in my column, but, this month I’m going to turn a big old spotlight on myself and highlight a statement of mine that, it’s turned out, is incorrect. As someone with a background in the sciences, I feel that it’s my duty to reassess my own statements in the light of new evidence, and, recently, some new evidence came to light which technically nullifies a statement I made a few months back.

Hindsight is 20/20: Rectangular Frames

By Preston Fassel, BS
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 2:00 PM This is an article I've been putting off for a long while; not because the topic presents any difficulty, but because it's not that particularly interesting to me. Still, I have to recognize its' importance in the grand scope of eyewear, and also acknowledge that somewhere out there, one of my ten loyal readers might be interested in the subject himself or herself.

Congratulations Silhouette. You Rock!

By Maggie Sayers, ABOM
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 1:30 PM

Ms. Rose has been a patient for many years. She is very persistent with her eyeglass wardrobe and change can be a little challenging. She was quite distraught when she came to visit me last month.

Coming Up Around the Bend: Monobrowlines

By Preston Fassel, BS
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 3:00 PM Earlier this year, I wrote a column about my dispensary’s success with a particular frame—the Snake Eyes from Clearvision’s Marc Ecko line—and how I speculated that it could become a sort of generational optical hallmark, the way that Art Craft’s Clubman frame was more or less the spokesman for browlines in the 1950s.

Hindsight is 20/20: The Octagon Mystery

By Preston Fassel, BS
Monday, August 4, 2014 3:00 PM Normally, in my Hindsight columns, I like to share a particular piece of optical history, tracing the origins of a frame design or style and assessing its' impact on American culture and history.

Want to Know More About the History of Eyewear and See It Up Close?

By Staff
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 10:30 AM Visit the new Optical Heritage Museum, dedicated to preservation, education and research in the history, growth, culture and contributions of optical industries from the 19th Century until the present.

David Fleishman Uses History’s Lens to Encourage Better Sight for Everyone

By Lamont Jones, Jr., Pitt Magazine
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 1:00 PM Years ago, at a weekend antique show in the quaint town of Brimfield, Mass., a physician strolled past vendors and wares set in a landscape of tables, tents, and shops.

Hindsight is 20/20: Aviator Eyeglasses

By Preston Fassel, BS
Thursday, December 26, 2013 11:00 AM Aviators. No preamble is appropriate to properly address the weird, nebulous space aviators occupy in the world of eyeglass frames.

Hindsight Is 20/20: Rimless Glasses

By Preston Fassel, BS
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 3:32 PM In today's designer-driven world of eyeglass frames, it's difficult to believe they were ever considered unfashionable. Not too long ago, however, an eyeglass prescription was a social death sentence.

Hindsight Is 20/20: Plastic Frames (Part 2)

By Preston Fassel, BS
Monday, February 18, 2013 2:00 PM With the end of World War II came a new era of optimism for America: soldiers were returning home, the economy was booming, and everyone was going to live in houses made of ticky tacky. At the forefront of all of this was an inexpensive miracle material with endless applications—not necessarily new, but improved and now more widely implemented than ever before: plastic.

Hindsight Is 20/20: Plastic Frames (Part 1)

By Preston Fassel, BS
Monday, February 11, 2013 3:11 PM They're the eyewear that needs no introduction: From Buddy Holly to Henry Kissinger to Drew Carey and, as of this writing, a quickly growing number of eyeglass wearers, plastic frames are perhaps the most easily recognizable style in the history of eyeglasses.


By Pagan Kennedy, from the NY Times
Monday, October 8, 2012 1:51 PM Published: August 3, 2012

Early in the 20th century, as test pilots began flying higher than Mount Everest, they had to defend themselves against temperatures as low as minus-80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hindsight Is 20/20: The Pince-Nez

By Preston Fassel, BS, Optician, Texas State Optical
Friday, September 21, 2012 3:53 PM If we were to read in a history text that the first cars were invented without tires, and that early drivers chugged along on the rims, we would probably scoff in disbelief; we would be even further incredulous to read that, decades after the tire was implemented, automobile manufacturers began to intentionally remove the tires in order to enhance their appearance.