Category: Lenses & Products

Glass Lenses: The Material Of Choice

When discussing optical clarity, glass lens material remains to be the choice of most. Other materials are available for all kinds of uses and prescription strengths. For some though, glass is the best choice for “optical clarity”.

Among the advantages to using glass lenses, glass is the clearest substance you can look through. It’s hardness and substantial feel is what makes it more scratch resistant than other materials. That is why most other materials compare their own features to glass. The scratch resistance of glass is unparalleled in the optical industry. It’s naturally scratch resistant.

Glass is also resistant to chemicals, and other abrasives. All of this makes it a popular choice for those working in the elements or for when toughness is desired.
Today’s glass lenses are more lightweight and durable. Which makes glass a great choice for optical lenses.



Guide To Keeping Your Glasses Looking Perfect

eyeglassesWith all the thought, money, time and effort that goes into the making of your eyeglasses it is no wonder when we scratch or tarnish our lens, it can be frustrating to say the least. There are a few steps you can follow to keep your spectacles looking as good as the day you brought them home for years and years to come.

  • 1.)The best way to keep your lenses unscathed and your coatings working correctly is to wash them with simple soap and water. The American Optometric Association recommend this way of cleaning because the ingredients in the dish soap remove the dirt but do not dry the lenses out. Even some of the expensive lens cleaners out there do not compare to the gentle yet effective clean that you get from dish soap and water and a gentle, cotton cloth.
  • 2.)Try to avoid cleaning your glasses with dry materials. Items such as a napkin, shirt tail, wash cloth or paper towel may be handy at the time but can be very hard on an optical lenses. Dry materials can actually scrape any dirt or dust onto the surface of the lens resulting in scratches back and forth from where the cloth was rubbed.
  • 3.) Do not remove glasses with one hand. Removing your glasses from your face with two hands will always keep your glasses properly aligned and uphold the structural integrity of your frame.
  • 4.) Have different sets of glasses for different tasks. If you work in a harsh environment, play sports or engage in any activity where your glasses are at risk- then it is wise to invest in task specific frames and lenses. Safety, sport and flexible frames on the market are designed to endure more than what your standard ophthalmic frame could withstand. Also, lenses made from Polycarbonate or Trivex material are impact resistant and very strong.
  • 5.) When your glasses are not in use- keep them stored in a strong eyeglass case. It is so easy to want to throw your glasses into your purse, or leave them on your dashboard or not remove them when dealing with everyday chemicals such as hairspray or face products but it is a must to keep your glasses in top form. Taking the extra step to tuck them snuggly in their eyeglass case will ensure your glasses last.eyeglasses2

Following these guidelines when you are an eyeglass owner will ensure you get the most out of every pair for as long as possible.


Transitions Vantage-Perfect lens for any condition

Transitions Vantage lenses are gaining more and more popularity as the public’s knowledge of the great technology of this lens is more known. It is just about the only variable polarization lens on the market perfectly suitable for everyday use.

Transitions Vantage lenses not only adapt to changing light, they also polarize as they darken. The polarization of the lens adjusts to the ever changing condition of light giving you the utmost protection against glare and clarity with its provided 100% block of UVA & UVB rays.

Transitions Vantage is available in a standard bifocal plastic, polycarbonate progressives and single vison trivex and polycarbonate. With the lens options available in this product it is well designed with most prescriptions and frames in mind.


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Transitions Vantage lens in medium light


Transitions Vantage lens in full bright sunlight

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Give Thanks & Protect Your Eyes with Sports Eyewear

Everyone knows how important it is to protect your eyes but not everyone practices this sentiment when engaging in their favorite activities. High contact and high energy sports can be the biggest culprit for eye injuries to people of all ages but most prevalent for children.

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Through the hard work and dedication of eye care professionals – reports have shown eye injuries have decreased by double digits over the past five years. Still, the challenge remains as active youth and adults still suffer over 30,000 eye injuries each year. Most of these injuries are preventable through being informed and filled in on all that is available in the arena of sport eyewear protection.

There is such an ever growing market to protect children at all their sporting events like Liberty Sport’s F8 series goggles, Rec Specs for kids and Wiley X Youth force line. Even better is most sport active models can have prescription lenses installed in them or not- so no matter what you or your child’s vision needs are they can be met and protected in sports eyewear. wlibertyf8 wileyxflash wrecspecs

Specialty Wrapped Eyewear – Everything You Need to Know

With wraparound eyewear increasing in popularity along with manufacturers creating sport and activity specific designs- this wave in the optical industry has prompted rising desire for very wrapped frames to follow around the natural curve of one’s face to keep excess light and debris out of the eyes while providing a contemporary look.

Even though seemingly they are the most cutting edge technology- wrapped glasses aren’t a new item.  Their original popularity began in the 1960’s beatnik hip culture.  True to form, Hollywood icons were decked out in designs of the time.  A prime example is Peter Fonda peter_fonda_easyriderin the hugely popular classic Easy Rider.  There is scarcely a picture in circulation of Fonda in the movie without sporting a pair of Bausch & Lomb Olympians.  There is also Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry.  Another Bausch & Lomb Ray-Ban design, the Balorama, was a wardrobe rb3119staple for Eastwood’s Dirty Harry Callahan character.  Both of those 1960’s designs, the Olympian (RB 3119) and Balorama (RB 4089) are still produced by Ray-Ban parent company Luxottica.

clint-eastwood-dirty-harry-1971-ray-ban-balorama-sunglassesThe early days of wrap glasses only allowed for non-prescription or very light prescription lenses.  With expanding lab technology, high prescriptions once thought impossible can rb4089now be acheived.  It’s important to maintain the aesthetic integrity of each frame; therefore manufacturing of the lens with the factory intended front curve is imperative.  This can be somewhat difficult for some optical labs with higher prescriptions, especially those on the myopic or near sighted side.  Many times a lab will relieve the difficulty by surfacing the lens on a flatter front curve which then decreases the wrap effect dramatically.  The end result is a look that differs greatly from the design’s intended look.  Whenever possible consumers should insist their prescription is fabricated on the same front curve intended by the eyewear designer and originally allotted by the frame.

Current lab technology and higher lens indices make it possible to craft an RX up to +6.00D for farsighted prescriptions and up to -8.00 (total minus which is sphere plus cylinder) on some nearsighted prescriptions in wrap eyewear. 

It should be noted base (front) curve adaptation can be an issue for a small percentage of wearers.  Most wrap frames require a lens front curve of 8.00D.  Most myopic prescriptions are manufactured on a front curve of 4.00 or less.  Since wearers are accustomed to those flatter curves, moving up to an 8.00 front curve will occasionally be an issue on some nearsighted customers.  Adaptation can only be determined by trying; there are no set parameters or formula.  Some wearers are more sensitive to changes than others.

Have you been told your prescription cannot be manufactured in the frame you desire?  Are you hesitant you will not adapt to a wrap RX?  Check with your local eyewear provider for their policies for non-adaptation and prescription limits.  Some providers will allow the consumer to try their prescription in the frame of their choice at little or no risk.  Ask your eyecare professional when you find that perfect frame.

Transitions Drivewear-Best of Both Worlds in Sun Protection

 No matter where you live the weather and light is constantly changing around you when outdoors or driving. The best product in lenses for the ever changing effects of light outdoors is without a doubt Transitions Drivewear. With the benefits of Transitions photochromic technology and NuPolar polarized technology you really do get the best of both worlds in protection for your eyes. We offer Transitions Drivewear in many different lens styles on Depending on the light around you Transitions Drivewear can change to many different hues to enhance all there is to see in any sun light.
  • In low light, early morning or overcast conditions, the Drivewear lens will be a green to yellow hue that provides the ultimate in high contrast and eradicating glare.lowlightdrive
  • In partial sun or behind the windshield of a car, Drivewear lenses change to a rich copper light brown enhancing contrast through color and ranging depth perceptions.behindwindshieldtranstions
  • In full-sun/outdoor light, Drivewear lenses will change to a reddish-copper brown enabling the lens to provide ultimate protection and maximum comfort. fullsundrivewear

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Polarized Lenses-Superior Sun Protection

When it comes to sun protection for your eyes, there is no doubt that the market is flooded with many different options for shielding your eyes from the suns harmful rays. The best choice by far is choosing a polarized lens. Polarized lenses have the unique distinction of being the ultimate protection for your eyes. Unlike a tinted or darkened lens a polarizpolar1ed lens has an actual filter adhered to the inside of the lens. The polarized filter is what blocks the harmful rays and protects the eyes. The polarized lens blocks blinding glare and 100% harmful UVA and UVB light from the sun. They are also incredibly soothing to the eyes and can actually enable you to see contrast in a way any other lens treatment could not. Typically, polarizing_filterpolarized is offered in brown, gray and popular G15 gray green. It also comes in just about any lens type on Simply Eyeglasses from progressive to lined bifocal to single vision.

We support ultimate eye health and having a polarized sunglass is just about the best way to ensure no damage comes to your eyes when in the sun.

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