PPG’s Trivex

We are very happy to welcome PPG's Trivex to our family of sponsors of The Optical Vision Site. I have heard lots of good things about Trivex and have been wearing both KODAK Lenses and Shamir Lenses made from this material for the last year. I love the clarity and lightness of these lenses. You will find Trivex is available in many lens designs … [Read more...]

Does a Back-Surface Lens Design Provide Optical Advantages?

We have posted some different articles about the design of progressive lenses but not specifically about back-surface lens design and whether or not it will provide optical advantages. So the question is Does a back-surface lens design provide optical advantages? I talked to one of our sponsors, Shamir for more information on this … [Read more...]

PixelOptics New Sponsor

We are very pleased to welcome PixelOptics as a new Sponsor to the Optical Vision Site. There has been lots of buzz about this young company so while I was attending Vision Expo East, I went to their booth to learn more and I was very impressed with the product demonstration of composite optics. We are going to see even more very innovative … [Read more...]

Kodak Lens – New Technology to Reduce Eyestrain

I recently interviewed Ed DeRosa, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Signet Armorlite, Inc. and we got to talking about Kodak Lens - New Technology to Reduce Eyestrain. I think it is a very interesting product and that I should blog about it. I think it is interesting for several reasons, the first one is personal as I get frequent headaches … [Read more...]

Transitions Partners in Education and Newest Sponsor

Cathy and I are very happy to announce our newest sponsor, Transitions Optical Inc. I have known this company for over 15 years and I have always been impressed by not just the product but the company's dedication to education within the optical industry. We all need to do a better job educating the consumer but it is hard to do alone, particularly … [Read more...]

Shamir’s Mr. Progresso makes Progressives Fun

I love Shamir's Mr. Progresso video. Mr. Progresso makes Progressives fun. Most progressive educational videos are pretty dry and boring but not this one. This could easily be in the Optifun category but even though it is promotional it is also very educational if you want to learn more about progressive lens technology. Check it out on … [Read more...]

Progressive Lens Dispensing Incentives

Most major lens companies offer their own progressive lens dispensing incentives. They are often very similar to the frequent flier programs, grocery store loyalty cards that we all use in our everyday life. If you are like me you have a love/hate relationship with these programs. You love the fact that you can save money, upgrade on a flight, take … [Read more...]

Optical Lense Color Guide

I do not where this optical lense color guide came from and I apologize upfront for not giving credit where credit is due. Lense Color Guide GRAY 3 reduces the maximum amount of visible light and allows for true color recognition. Good for bright sunny days and heavy glare situations. Best uses include driving, deep-water fishing and … [Read more...]

Breaking News! Hoya Signs as Optical Vision Site Sponsor

We love making these announcements! HOYA Signs up with The Optical Vision Site! HOYA Vision Care of the Americas makes and supplies ophthalmic lenses to Eye Care Professionals located within the United States, Canada, and South American countries. Products Offered : Laboratory Services- 17 Dedicated HOYA Labs plus almost every local lab- … [Read more...]

No Eye Exam Needed- Liquid Lenses

From Engadget- We've seen small scale liquid lenses progress from concepts tocommerical applications, and now Joshua Silver, a retired physics professor at Oxford University, has perfected what he calls "adaptive glasses," applying similar tech in a singular and ingenious way. Aimed at helping developing nations where glasses are expensive and … [Read more...]

Computer Lenses – Do We Need Them

Yes we do!   I work at my computer several hours a day and although I have several pairs of progressive lenses to choose from and usually sit down at my desk wearing a progressive pair, I always switch to my computer lenses. I have learned to keep them sitting there right next to my computer as I like them so much, I am bothered if I don't … [Read more...]

What Are Free Form Lenses and Digital Surfacing?

I have been asked about free form ophthalmic lens designs, sometimes called digital surfacing, what are they and what is different about them versus regular lenses? I am not at all technical and will approach this subject  more of a user perspective and my own knowledge from working for lens companies.   Free form lens technology is not … [Read more...]

Optical Lens Materials – Why So Many?

  I entered the optical industry just about 20 years ago and started working for a lens manufacturing company. There were two basic ophthalmic lens materials then, glass and plastic so as far as materials are concerned, it was not too complicated. It wasn't very long before we introduced a 1.56 index lens at that time this was considered to be … [Read more...]