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I had the great fortune to see Verdi’s great masterpiece “Don Carlos” at Houston Grand Opera last night. I don’t know that I have ever seen a better piece of theatre in my life! (That’s saying a lot. I have a graduate degree in theatre, so I’ve seen many great shows). But this is not an opera review.My opera seats aren’t expensive—they’re in the balcony, high above the action, about 40 yards away. As I was watching the action on stage, I realized how well my digitally surfaced lenses allow me to SEE. Now, I don’t have much of a distance correction—less than 1.00 diopter total power. This is the type of prescription that may make a doctor say “You have a slight prescription, but you don’t really need glasses.” Technically my vision is “20/20”. That means that I can read all of the letters on that line, albeit with difficulty. With my correction, I can see all of the 20/15 line!As an experiment, I tried watching for a while without my glasses. Although I have “20/20” vision, I completely lost the ability to discern facial expressions. Details in costumes and set pieces became fuzzy. The projected super-titles definitely became more difficult to read. When I replaced my glasses I realized how important they were to my overall enjoyment of the show. It was honestly like the difference between an old analog tube TV and a modern high-definition flat screen.This led me to wonder how many people invest hundreds, or thousands, of dollars on technology—tablets with retina displays, large-screen HDTVs, hundreds of dollars a month in high-definition programming—only to lose that resolution because they have been told that they “don’t really need glasses”. As eye care providers, we should really be encouraging our patients to see as well as they can. As consumers, we should be demanding the best vision possible. All of the money spent on electronics (or tickets for concerts, plays, and yes, operas) is wasted if you can’t see them clearly. What is a few hundred dollars for top-quality lenses compared to the cost of our video equipment, especially if those lenses are what allow us to have a truly “high-definition” experience?Today’s digitally surfaced lenses allow us, the eye care provider, to make your prescription as accurately as possible—to within 1/100th of a diopter! Stop in to Eye Elegance and let us show you what you’re missing. And if you get the chance, see “Don Carlos” at HGO. It truly puts the “Grand” in “Grand Opera”!
It’s not just about your phones and TV sets—there is a digital revolution happening in the world of eyeglasses, and it will forever change the way that optical lenses are made. These changes have the possibility of changing the way you see in the same way that smart phones have changed the way we communicate!With traditional lens surfacing methods, the front surface of the lens is a fixed curve, what we call the “base curve” of the lens. The back surface of the lens is then changed mechanically—“ground” with a series of laps and polishing tools to impart the patient’s prescription into the rear surface of the lens. Repeated use of the same tools leads to wear on the laps, and can eventually cause aberrations in the prescription. These subtle imperfections become more noticeable to patients with more complex prescriptions. Other variables such as how far the frame sits from your face, how much the frame is angled toward your face and how much facial wrap the frame has also affect how you see through your glasses. With digital surfacing the surface of the lens is mapped using a computer algorithm to determine the best curve point-by-point and engraving that curve on the lens with a laser. This method virtually eliminates surface imperfections and prevents problems due to worn tools. Digital measuring instruments, like the Visioffice that we have at Eye Elegance, allow us to take measurements to 1/10th of a millimeter. It also measures the frame fit, pantoscopic and wrap angles, allowing the program to create a lens that is customized to the patient in a way that has never been possible before. These improvements may allow some wearers to see 20/15 or better!Digital designs are available in both single vision and progressive lenses. Progressive wearers will experience lenses that have significantly larger intermediate and near zones, nearly 180 degrees of clear distance vision and far less “swim” effect in the periphery of the lens. They are also made with a customized corridor length (the length between the distance and near zones), so frame size will be less of a concern for progressive wearers. Patients with high (+ or – 3.00 or greater) distance prescriptions or high amounts of astigmatism (1.50 diopters or more of cylinder) correction will see the most benefit from single vision digital designs.If you appreciate how much clearer HDTV technology has made your entertainment, and if you like the advances that smart phones give you over older cell phones, you will love the improved clarity of digitally surfaced lenses for your eyeglasses. Stop in at Eye Elegance soon--we would love to share this technology with you!Tim
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