Classic Optical Artwork

I05708-325hUpon seeing this classic artwork on the internet, it reminded me of how things have changed in the optical world the last few years.

First, seeing the sight of the boy “hating” the glasses brought back memories of tantrums and tears.  However, more and more kids prefer to wear glasses because they like the look and feel more grown up.  Some actually want to wear glasses even though they don’t need them because of that.  So much for the 4 eyes comments, I guess.  The frames today are so much more comfortable, durable and fashionable than ever before.

Along with that, we are finding that people are preferring glasses more than contact lenses.  The feedback we are hearing is that the glasses are just “fun” and “fashionable”.  This is interesting considering that contact lens technology has also improved greatly for fit and comfort.  Personally, I wear contact lenses more than glasses, but I may be in the minority on this topic.

Next, the technology of frames and lenses has changed leaps and bounds.  In early May of 2012 we were introduced to Polarized/Transition lenses.  This is technology I never thought was possible.  It is a lens that turns dark outside but with polarization as well and when indoors, it is almost perfectly clear.  People used to ask for this option, but I would just laugh and say that it is basically impossible.  Oops, I guess I was wrong.  This will be a huge success for Transitions.

Finally, the options of lens styles in material and option combinations have never been greater.  As a lab, it is a challenge to keep track of everything, but as a consumer, it is fantastic.  Whether it is free-form digital technology, Trivex material, Super Thin High Index lenses, Transitions, Polarized with custom colors……..  It just never seems to end.

Next time you look for glasses and ask “what’s new?”  You will be pleasantly surprised and educated.

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Free-form Lenses… clearly better?

The free-form lens is the newest technology when it comes to progressive style bi-focal lenses.  Traditional progressive lenses have

the addition portion on the front side of the lens.  This lens style works fine and has been used for over 25 years, however, every technology gets old and this is especially true when it comes to lenses.  Over the years, every lens manufacturer has been tweaking the traditional designs to eliminate the inherent problems with the lenses which are a narrow reading area and lots of peripheral distortion called “swim”.  Minor tweaks, moderate changes and even some gimmicks have been used to “correct” this problem.

It wasn’t until Seiko developed the first progressive lens which had the addition portion on the back-side of the lens where the technology actually changed. Just with this one feature, it greatly enhanced the usability of the lens.  Think of it like this, if you try to look between two fence boards, it works best when you get as close as possible.  The farther you move away, the narrower the field of vision gets.  Free-form lenses are basically the same thing, the important part of the lens is closer to your eyes, making the field of vision wider.

The entire Rx is surfaced into the back side of the lens eliminating front surface distortion known as “swim”.  This is the number one reason for non-adapts of progressive lenses.  Even people who have used the flat-top style of lined bifocals have adapted well to the new free-forms.  In the past, trying to use a progressive lens after years of a lined bifocal had a slim chance of success.  We usually discouraged people from trying because the success rate was low. Now, we encourage it with tremendous success.

The lens is also custom made with more than just the Rx in mind.  Depending on your face size, frame size, frame shape, Rx and material, the lenses are custom made to perfectly match you needs what will give you the best possible vision. Some use “Retina forward” design which adjusts the surface power to accommodate the as-worn position.  Just another aspect to enhance the performance of the lens.

These lenses are more expensive than traditional progressive lenses, but those people that have tried them have come to love the usability and functionality of the lenses. Hearing comments like “these are by far the best glasses I have ever had” are commonplace around here.

There are currently about 30 different designs available with this new technology and Paramount can supply them all. Stop by and we can educate you all the features of this new, exciting lens technology.

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