Glasses are just glasses, right?

Similar to automobile tires, not all are made nor perform the same. Sure, you can put 4 round blobs of rubber on the rims of your car and go. But if it’s raining at night, do you really trust the cheapo ‘donut tires’ or would you feel more comfortable having invested in a 50,000 mile all-weather super-tread tire for your family’s well-being? Just like tires, there are hundreds of variables and thousands of options to choose from with respect to glasses lenses. So where do you begin?

There are two basic ways to fabricate prescription glasses. Digitally surfacing or hand grinding. Most glasses are hand ground quickly, efficiently, and economically. There is nothing wrong with this method of lens production, and over 90% of all lenses are made this way. It allows the consumer to have glasses ‘in about an hour’ and/or to have significantly reduced pricing because they are mass produced.

Digitally surfaced lenses, however, take much longer to produce since they are all customized to the individual patients needs and laser etched. Cost of course goes up with customized products, but for those who want the clearest and crispest vision, this is the only way to ‘see the world’. Its simple math, with hand shaved lenses you can only produce lenses with .25 accuracy. With digital lenses, you can achieve clarity and precision down to 0.01 accuracy!

Simply put, you can watch the same movie on VHS or in Hi-Definition on Blu-Ray. Same movie, but the experience is completely different. Do you prefer pictures taken with an iPhone 10x or an original 1.1 megapixel flip phone? We all understand how technology can make things clearer, but most aren’t aware that the technology exists in glasses. How do YOU want to see the world?
Dr. Jeremy A. Ciano, and international lecturer and published author, will be doing a series of informational pieces for our newspaper monthly. Please send in any questions or topics you would like to see addressed to

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