Balancing the Blues, Part Two

By Cheryl G. Murphy, OD
Sunday, May 22, 2016 2:35 PM One of the benefits of blue light is that it helps to regulate our sleeping pattern because its presence suppresses melatonin production. Melatonin is a hormone that makes our bodies drowsy and ready for sleep. In the absence of blue light, specialized cells in our retina called intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) become switched on.

The Wonders of Technology

By Maggie Sayers, ABOM
Sunday, May 22, 2016 2:30 PM My optical career has spanned more than four decades now. Some of the practices I learned from early on are now written up in the history books. I lived them first hand. That’s a little scary.

Balancing the Blues, Part One

By Cheryl G. Murphy, OD
Monday, May 16, 2016 2:10 PM On a sunny day our life is lit up with blue. The bright blue sky is spread out like a cheerful canopy above us. We need some of the natural blue light it bestows upon us since it serves as a biological reminder to our bodies that it is daytime.

Sports and Eyes. What You Can Do to Prevent Injury

By Jodi Groh
Monday, May 9, 2016 9:55 AM While special attention is drawn to sports eye safety in the month of April, eye safety should be a focus year round with any of your patients who participate in sports.

Big Strain In the Membrane

By Sara Bonizio
Monday, May 9, 2016 9:45 AM The alarm on Michael’s smartphone goes off, and he sleepily swipes it into submission. Not quite ready to spring to life yet, he checks the day’s weather forecast, scrolls through Facebook and looks at his stock performance, before putting on a pot of coffee and jumping into the shower. Screen time: 15 minutes.

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.