American Optical’s Lineage of Multifocal Lenses of the 20th Century, Part Two

By Dick Whitney, Carl Zeiss Vision
Executive Director of the Optical Heritage Museum, Sponsored by Zeiss

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:00 AM The first part of this series on historical American Optical lenses and the Optical Heritage Museum provided an overview of the lenses and information from the 1920s.

American Optical’s Lineage of Multifocal Lenses of the 20th Century, Three Part Series

By Dick Whitney, Carl Zeiss Vision
Executive Director of the Optical Heritage Museum, Sponsored by Zeiss

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:00 AM The Optical Heritage Museum (OHM) was pleased to host the Opticians Association of Mass (OAM) and the Board of the Opticians Association of America this past November 2014.

AR Lenses

By Ari Siletz
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 11:00 AM This article is about how anti-reflection coating reduces reflections from eyeglass lenses. But before we go there let's ask a more fundamental question: Why does glass reflect in the first place, after all, isn't glass supposed to be transparent?

In Sync with Your Patients: Hoya’s Sync Lens

By Preston Fassel, BS
Monday, November 10, 2014 11:13 PM Though I think I’ve generally made a positive transition into the life of an optician after two-and-a-half years, there’s one final frontier of dispensing that’s still slightly problematic for me: PAL lenses; or, more specifically, training patients on their usage.

In Sync with Your Patients: Hoya’s Sync Lens

By Preston Fassel, BS
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 10:53 PM Though I think I’ve generally made a positive transition into the life of an optician after two-and-a-half years, there’s one final frontier of dispensing that’s still slightly problematic for me: PAL lenses; or, more specifically, training patients on their usage.

Ocular Effects of Hypertension

By Benjamin Betines, Raritan Community College
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:00 AM High blood pressure is not only bad for your cardiovascular system but for your eyes and vision as well. At least 50 million Americans suffer from hypertension. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases the risk of serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and hypertensive retinopathy.

Remembering Darryl Meister

By Dick Whitney, Carl Zeiss Vision
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:30 AM As I write this article, more than a month has passed since I learned of the sudden and unexpected death of my friend and colleague Darryl Meister. The impact of his death to the optical community (which he loved and served so effectively) has not been fully recognized.

Color Vision Deficiencies

By Hyun S. Lee, Raritan Community College
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 11:00 AM As a human, one of the first things that newborn babies experience when they get through a mother’s womb is facing the light.

In Memory of Darryl Meister

By Staff
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 10:00 AM In honor of the contributions to Ophthalmic Optics and Opticianry by Darryl Meister, we've created this forum to showcase the works of students of optics. Darryl was a celebrated student of optics that shared his knowledge and perspectives openly with all. This section of The 20/20 Opticians Handbook is dedicated to Darryl.

Converting Prism Into an Order

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:00 AM The Opticians Handbook received this question about a prism Rx for a patient experiencing vertigo:
"I recently got a prescription where the doctor asked for 1.5 degrees of prism base down at axis 255 right and 1.5 degree base down in the left at axis 255. What should I order? The doctor told me to order 1.1 base down with 0.50 Base Out right and 1.1 Base Down with 0.50 Base In."

Opticianry in Germany

By Maggie Sayers, ABOM
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:30 PM Lou Holtz is a famous football coach and a master motivational speaker. I wonder how he would coach American opticians to prepare for the future.

Material Choice for Various Lifestyles, and Your Practice

By Dick Whitney
Carl Zeiss Vision, Manager Industry Standards
ANSI Z80.1 Chair, Vision Council Lens Tech Committee Chair

Monday, August 04, 2014 11:00 AM In 1972, President Nixon signed into law what is referred to today as the "FDA Impact regulation." This regulation, otherwise known as Title 21 CFR 801.410, has continues to influence our industry to this day.

Being Involved In Our Profession Can Make a Difference

By Dick Whitney (ANSI Z80.1 Chairman)
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:00 PM In a previous Opticians Handbook article, I gave a general overview of the evolution of the ANSI Z80.1 standard and how it has changed over time.

Lens Materials Are Changing: Are You Ahead of the Curve?

By Johnna Dukes, ABOC
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:00 AM Glass, Polycarbonate, CR-39, Trivex, 1.60... So many lenses, so little time! Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of lens material options available on today's market?

A Few Things About UV, Photochromics and the Car

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 3:30 PM I received this question from a colleague, "Why is sunscreen recommended for when riding in the car? I've always been taught that the windshield absorbs UV. That's why photochromics didn't work in the car. Who's telling the truth?
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