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?

Glass? Really?

By Mindi Lewis, MA. ABOC, FNAO, Managing Editor
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:00 PM A few weeks back a pleasant gentleman in his 60s was in our office and delivered to my dispensing table. We chatted about his prescription and when he wears his glasses most. He then pulled out his current glasses and they were a circa 1970 gold metal, modified aviator with a unifit bridge in a 59 eye size. As soon as his glasses were in my hand I realized—these lenses are glass, and very heavy indeed. Immediately I began thinking how happy he would be in his new polycarbonate lenses in a new smaller frame. Quickly I discovered my plan was not his plan. He explained he liked his frame and might even like a larger size. I decided to work on the frame first and then discuss the lenses. I showed him some metal frames in a 54 and 56 eye size as I explained patients often believe they have more viewing area when they have a large lens—but actually it was like walking up to a window or looking through a keyhole.

Slab-off, Reverse Slab-off and Bi-centric Grinding

By Andrew S. Bruce, ABOM
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:00 PM The most common way of correcting vertical imbalance is to induce a vertical prismatic effect in the lower half of one lens. This type of correction is referred to as bi-centric grinding, or slab-off.

The Evolution of ANSI Z80.1 Spectacle Lens Standards

By Dick Whitney (ANSI Z80.1 Chairman)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:10 PM "I follow ANSI Standards when inspecting mounted lenses prior to dispensing."

Verification of Slab-off

By Andrew S. Bruce, ABOM
Monday, February 03, 2014 10:30 AM There are two ways basic ways to verify slab-off: Comparing the vertical prismatic effects of the two lenses through a lensometer and checking for actual image displacement at the reading level.

A Prism Tutorial, Part 3

By Andrew S. Bruce, ABOM
Tuesday, December 03, 2013 3:51 PM First, it is an effect of the prescription as determined by the doctor, so we cannot fix it, but we can correct for it. Some methods are capable of correcting for more imbalance than others.

Anisometropia and Antimetropia

By Andrew S. Bruce, ABOM
Sunday, November 24, 2013 10:00 AM According to “The Dictionary of Ophthalmic Optics” (Keeney, Hagman, & Fratello), Anisometropia is defined as, “Unequal refractive errors in the two eyes.” 

A Prism Tutorial, Part 1

By Andrew S. Bruce, ABOM
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 1:00 PM Powered lenses are, in effect, prisms either mounted base to base (plus lenses), or apex to apex (minus lenses).

Two Short Kids and Two Photons

By Ari Siletz
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 11:00 AM Children waiting in line get on an amusement park ride dread the sign that says "You Must Be This Tall to Ride." Particles of light (photons) on their way to break a molecular bond run into a similar problem.

New Lensometry iPad App

By Staff
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 6:29 PM

Digital can be a wonderful tool and in his interactive book on Lensometry, Mark Bullimore, MCOptom, PhD, FAAO brings learning the Lensometer to life through interactive video and an embedded glossary.

Index of Refraction Explained By A Race?

By Ari Siletz
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 5:26 PM An optician, a nurse, and a pharmacist are competing in a reality show. A coffee thermos is left floating just offshore from the beach and the first one to reach it gets a hot cup of coffee.

Anti-Reflective Coating...Are We Looking at This Wrong?

By Norm Kester, Quantum Innovations
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 2:00 PM When I am on a plane, in an airport or at a dinner and people ask me what I do, I respond by saying, "I bend light and count molecules for a living." This is a pretty grand statement and most times I am proud of the complex, medically beneficial science that I am in.

Your Vision Is Fluid - Shouldn't Eyewear Be Too?

By Barry Santini, ABOM
Monday, July 15, 2013 12:00 PM Everyone knows human eyesight is variable in nature. Whether it be yearly, weekly or hourly—vision is fluid.
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