Looking Back: Know Your Optical Heritage

By Preston Fassel, BS
Monday, May 2, 2016 3:40 PM I’d like to say that I’m incredibly cultured and that I knew the phrase “Know Your Heritage” because I’ve studied the philosophies of Rastafarianism and have a working knowledge of the works of Bob Marley. The fact of the matter is, I know it because of a t-shirt that several gamer friends of mine used to own around the time we graduated college.

The Other Side of Free-form, Part Two of Two

By Michael Walach
Monday, April 25, 2016 3:05 PM Another common misunderstanding is that free-form lenses are synonymous with back surface progressives (PALs). That’s definitely wrong. The following suggests potential designs available that can be produced in virtually any index and sometimes as photochromic or polarized.

The Other Side of Free-Form

By Michael Walach
Monday, April 18, 2016 10:05 AM

There’s much more to “free-form” (FF) than just the progressive lenses that you have begun to use. Free-form is a process that is used to manufacture wide varieties of lenses: single vision, aspherics, atorics, bifocals and specialty lenses in addition to progressives. The category of free-form is composed of equipment, software, patient adjusted power lenses, varieties of lens designs, as well as new ways to control the technical attributes of lenses and their quality.

Embracing Digital Single Vision Lenses

By Alexander Bennett, ABOC
Monday, April 11, 2016 10:15 AM

Every so often, when I’m dispensing new glasses patients say the strangest things, like “My new lenses, they’re almost too clear.” I’ve heard this more frequently. What is our office doing differently? The significant change has been introducing digitally surfaced single-vision lenses to our patients.

Back To Basics: Understanding The Use And Limitations Of A Lens Measure

By Dick Whitney, Carl Zeiss Vision
ANSI Z80.1 Chair, Vision Council Lens Tech Committee Chair,
Executive Director of Optical Heritage Museum

Monday, April 11, 2016 10:10 AM I have been thinking about topics that might be of interest to the readers of the Opticians Handbook and I began thinking about a number of “old devices/inspection techniques” still used today that would be fun to write about and perhaps give the reader some new information of interest and the lens measure (lens watch or lens clock) came to mind.

Proactive and Personalized in the Optical: Give Patients the Attention They Deserve

By Sherin George, OD
Monday, April 11, 2016 10:05 AM

When patients leave your exam room and are handed off to the optical shop, does an optician not only greet them but provide them with one-on-one attention? At my practice, which I run with my optician and office manager husband, Jason, one-on-one attention is the standard, even for those purchasing a value eyeglasses package.

To Care or Not to Care?

By Jodi Groh
Monday, April 4, 2016 3:05 PM Many of us in the optical market have developed a natural tendency to pay attention to the eyeglasses another person is wearing – whether the frame, the lenses, or how the glasses fit the consumer. It’s a natural by product of our passion, of what we do daily. Having focused on eyeglass lens care for years, I pay particular attention to the condition of one’s lenses.

Diopter (1.53) – A Simple, Yet Sometimes Confusing Ophthalmic Lens Term

By Dick Whitney, Carl Zeiss Vision, ANSI Z80.1 Chair
Vision Council Lens Tech Committee Chair, Executive Director of Optical Heritage Museum

Monday, March 28, 2016 3:15 PM For many of us in the ophthalmic lens business, a term frequently heard is Diopter. While it is commonly used, it has been my experience that many people are unclear about the proper meaning(s).

To Be Blue Is To Be Scattered

By Deborah Kotob, ABOM
ECP Education Facilitator, Vision-Ease Lens

Monday, March 28, 2016 3:10 PM

Helping others see better is our ‘stock in trade’ as Opticians. Reducing blur caused by blue light, indoors and outdoors, improves acuity and reduces eye strain and fatigue. Consumer studies tell us that we want products that help us live better. There is little more important than comfortable vision both indoors and out.

Finding the Right Blue Light Solution For Your Office

By Johnna Dukes, ABOC
Monday, March 21, 2016 10:11 AM Everywhere you look you are inundated with information about how harmful blue light is for your visual system and your body in general when it comes to disruption of sleep cycles. You probably understand blue light is harmful, but might not be sure which products will work best in your office. Which products do what they claim and what should you tell your patients about them? So, what’s a good Optician to do? What we always do, find solutions for our patients.

A Day in the Life of a Pair of Eyeglasses

By Jodi Groh
Monday, March 14, 2016 3:15 PM It’s early morning. You awake to the obnoxious sound of an alarm, roll over to turn it off, and as you sit up in bed, you reach for your glasses, fumbling around in the dark. For some of us, we need those glasses from the moment we get up. You stumble to the bathroom and start the shower for a wake me up, and maybe a few more minutes of sleep.

Lunch With Your Lab

By Preston Fassel, BS
Sunday, February 21, 2016 3:05 PM

What do you know about your lab? Though it wasn’t really a question I’d asked myself during my time as an optician; it was the chief one on my mind as I made the transition into going to work for a local finishing lab as a shipping and receiving/customer service/lab assistant/you name it.

Six Ways to Sell Optical Products that Protect Against Blue Light

By Gina M. Wesley, OD, MA, FAAO
Sunday, February 21, 2016 3:00 PM

We're just beginning to understand the possible impact of blue light on vision and eye health. As I learn more about the hazards of certain forms of blue light, I am passing this information on to my patients, and prescribing products sold in our optical that can help them.

Ensuring You Never Hear “I Don’t Like My Glasses!” Again, Part Two

By Alex Bennett, ABOC
Monday, February 15, 2016 2:15 PM I make a point of discussing the doctors’ recommendations with a patient. Whether they saw one of our optometrists or have brought in a prescription, most doctors have begun a dialogue with the patient and can provide insight about how a patient wants to use their glasses. Hints that these conversations have taken place include modified prescriptions, as a prescription written for specifically for fine needle working. Or sometimes the recommendations are written on the prescription specifying a blue-blocking anti-reflective treatment for computer work.

Thanks to the Opticians Association of Massachusetts and the Opticians Association of America for Their Support of the Optical Heritage Museum


Dick Whitney, Carl Zeiss Vision,
ANSI Z80.1 Chair, Vision Council Lens Tech Committee Chair, Executive Director of Optical Heritage Museum

Monday, February 8, 2016 1:24 PM This past November 14th-15th, the Opticians Association of Massachusetts (OAM) held their Annual Meeting at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, which was formerly the American Optical main plant. This was the sixth consecutive year the OAM has hosted their Fall meeting at the Southbridge Hotel, which in addition to being optically fitting is also a beautiful facility for the large continuing education meetings hosted by OAM. Diane Matuck, an OAM board member, discovered the hotel and the museum when she visited Southbridge in 2009 and got involved with the Optical Heritage Museum.