Frame Friday – FYSH 3607 – May 25th

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Wow, here we are again….another Friday.  But this isn’t any ordinary Friday, it’s the Friday before Memorial Day!  I am definitely looking forward to a long weekend.  It has been a busy couple of weeks.  Today’s frame is another FYSH frame.  I normally wouldn’t select a frame from a company I have highlighted so recently, but this is a brand new frame and I love it!  The picture doesn’t really do it justice.  It is the FYSH 3607.  It is available in three colors.  Rose Shimmer, Storm Shimmer, and Gold Shimmer.  It is a 53-16-140 so it should fit an assortment of face sizes and shapes.  One of the things I noticed immediately is how it appears to almost have a matte finish on in, yet also has a shimmer!  You get the best of both worlds.  Matte finish frames are very popular right now, but adding the touch of shimmer makes this frame very appealing.

FYSH 3607 Storm Shimmer
FYSH 3607 Storm Shimmer Photo Credit: Westgroupe

Another thing I really like about this frame is the actual shape.  Because it has a slight taper along the outer (temporal) side, it will flatter a lot more faces.  If you have really round or high cheekbones, it will help accent them.  If you have a rounder face in general, it will compliment it.

FYSH 3607 Gold Shimmer
FYSH 3607 Gold Shimmer Photo Credit: Westgroupe

I have said it before, but it’s worth saying.  FYSH make really nice frames.  They have great colors, the frames hold up well over time, and they fit a variety of faces, including larger heads like mine.  The collection is definetly worth looking at when you are in the market for a new frame.  You can find a FYSH retailer near you by clicking here.

Hope everyone has a wonderful, and safe, weekend / holiday for those in the USA! 🤓

Frame Friday – SW06E – May 18

Today’s Frame Friday is more about the package I’ve put together than it is about the frame itself.  As the weather is getting nicer, a lot of us start working on our projects or our  “to-do” lists. Maybe it’s keeping the yard nice or building a swing set.  Every day we put ourselves into situations where we could, potentially, harm our eyes.  A stick or stone could fly out and hit your eye, a piece of wood could fly out and embed itself into it.  So many things could happen, it is important to remember to wear the correct eyewear to protect ourselves.

My yard lighting changes drastically from the front yard to the back depending on what time of the day I am cutting.  Or the trees cause a lot more shade in some parts than others.  Because of this, wearing sunglasses just isn’t always feasible.  I almost ran over a family of baby bunnies one year and it traumatized me so I am constantly on the look out now for things in my yard.  My dogs also have a habit of leaving their toys outside so I sometimes have to stop and pick something up. Having a pair of safety glasses that adjusts to the lighting outside is helpful.

I paired the safey frame Uvex by Honeywell SW06E with the Transitions Vantage Lenses so I would still have the polarized feature when I was outside in the sun and then used a private anti-reflective coating our lab offers to keep the cost down a little since they are just safety glasses.  Depending on the work you’re going to be doing, you could even skip the anti-reflective coating and just do a good scratch resistant coating to give you a good two year warranty.

SW06E Safety Frame in Black/Yellow
SW06E Safety Frame in Black/Yellow

The nice think about the SW06E is that it fits a variety of face sizes, it has different size nosepads to help it fit better, and comes with a replaceable sweat / brow bar to help absorb the sweat when you’re working in warmer conditions.

SW06E Frame with the different nosepads.
SW06E Frame with the different nosepads. Photo Credit: Honeywell

The frame also comes in Orange / Black as well as an all black frame with smoke colored lenses already in it.  You can buy these frames just as they are and use them.  The frames are Z87.1 Frames which means they can be used in any area where OSHA requires safety eyewear to be worn.

SW06 in Orange Black
SW06 in Orange Black Photo Credit: Honeywell

Overall, these are a great pair of safety glasses to be worn and will last me for a few years.  As I mentioned, there are a few tweaks I could do to make them a little less expensive so a good optician will always help you find a pair of safety or sports glasses that will keep your eyes, and face, protected while also remembering to stay within your budget as best as they can.

Have a great weekend everyone! 🤓

Frame Friday – Lightec 7386L – May 11

I feel as if I neglect the men in the frames I feature on Frame Friday.  It is not intentional, let me assure you.  It’s probably because men’s frames aren’t….well dare I say it… much FUN!  For today’s frame, I’m featuring a Lightec frame.  It is the 7386L.  One of the nice things about this frame is the fact it is made of Stainless Steel.  Stainless Steel helps keep the weight down as well as being hypoallergenic.  While the frame may appear thin, it is also durable.  With a unique spring hinge and only two screws, used to insert the lenses, this frame is stylish and lightweight.

Morel 7386L Dark Grey
Morel 7386L Dark Grey Photo Credit: Morel Eyewear

The frame is thin.  So if someone is looking for a very thin frame, but they cannot do a semi rimless or rimless frame because of their prescription or just because of their preference in having a full frame.

The 7386L comes in three colors.  Black, Ruthenium, and Dark Grey.  The dark grey is nice if you want just a hint of a unique color while the other two are more traditional in color.

The other nice think about this frame is it comes in two sizes, the 55 and the 60mm.  A thin profile, sleek frame available up to 60mm (considered large) size is not common.

This is a frame definitely worth taking a look at.

Have a great weekend everyone! 🤓

Frame Friday – May Fourth – Seraphin Niles

It’s Friday!  Yay!  For all you Star Wars fans….its a holiday for you.  May the Fourth…..

I decided to go a little retro today in honor of May Fourth.  I figured I’d select a couple of  frame(s) that might possibly have been worn by someone the FIRST time they went to see Star Wars.

Seraphin Niles is a true retro frame, complete with NO nosepads, the bridge just sits directly on the bridge of your nose and CABLE TEMPLES! Now, as an optician, I’ll be the first to say I’m not always crazy about cable temples.  They can, sometimes, lose their shape and not be any better than an ill fitting frame.  Let’s face it though, this frame is just cute.

Seraphin Niles Frame Antique Gold with Cable Temples
Seraphin Niles Frame Antique Gold with Cable Temples Photo Credit: OGI Eyewear

It is available in Antique Gold and Antique Silver.

The second frame does a nice twist on the retro look.  It is the Seraphin Duval.  It comes in Antique Bronze and Black. Be aware the nosepads are metal so you would not want to leave them in a hot car (not that you should anyway) but with this pair, it is even more important.  You might just end up putting a nosepad brand mark on your nose!

Seraphin Duval Frame Antique Bronze
Seraphin Duval Frame Antique Bronze Photo Credit: OGI Eyewear

Have a GREAT weekend everyone! 🤓

Frame Friday – L.A.M.B. 046 – April 27

It’s Friday!  Spring is finally starting to show it’s face here in Kansas City and I found some fun frames to show you today.  I have selected three styles from Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. collection.  All three frames look cute for everyday wear or you could easily customize it with a fun polarized lens and they make adorable sunglasses.

The L.A.M.B. collection is well made and hold up well,  I don’t have to do a lot of adjustments to them normally,  I don’t see patients coming back a lot to have them readjusted as well.

Gwen Stefani also has another collection called Gx which is just a little less expensive and still very much a reflection of her personality. It would be easy to find a frame you like in both collections! 🤓

Frame Friday – Kliik 540 – April 20

Hey everyone….today’s frame is from the petite collection.  I chose the Kliik 540.  It is available in 4 colors.  Tortoise Tribal, Black Tribal, Purple Tribal, and Grape Tribal.

Kliik does a great job designing beautiful frames for both men and women with a narrower face.  If you are someone who normally finds yourself shopping in the youth section for glasses, then you should definetly check out the Kliik collection. The styles vary from very sharp and sophisticated to some a little more whimsical.  The frames are very good quality and will look just as nice two years from now as they do today.  The colors stay vivid and they usually hold their shapes very well so you aren’t having to come in for multiple adjustments throughout the year.

I know I’ve talked about FYSH frames for the average to oversized (aka larger) heads like mine.  Kliik is distributed by the same company.   As the frame buyer, I try to remember I’m purchasing for a variety of people so I’m proud to say I have a large assortment of frames in both petite sizes as well as the larger sizes.

I did a BONUS frame today as well.  This frame just came into our office yesterday and I know it won’t be for everyone but it is so cute and so fun, I had to throw it into today’s Frame Friday.  It is the CK 18701S. It is available as a regular frame as well as a sunglasses. As an optician concerned about your eyes, I have to say I always recommend polarized lenses over non polarized for your sunglasses but I could help anyone customize the lenses to be safe for your eyes and still look amazing.

Happy Friday! 🤓

Frame Friday – Maui Jim Breezeway – April 13

Today’s Frame Friday frame is my Maui Jim Breezeway Sunglass.  This frame is stylish and fit’s well.  It is lightweight so I always enjoy wearing it on a warm day.

The frame I wear is the Rose Gold frame with the HCL Bronze bi-gradient lenses.  I used the MyMaui option to configure it how I wanted it.  The Rose Gold frame normally comes with the Maui Rose Gradient lens.  I almost always prefer the bi-gradient lens because then the lens is doing the “squinting” for me in the sunglight.

I like the frame because it’s comfortable to wear at any time but has a dressy look to it as well.

PaulaTheOptician with Maui Breezeway Frame
Wearing my Maui Jim Breezeway Frame

It is available in three colors, Rose Gold, like I’m wearing, Silver, and Gold.  To see it and any other Maui Jim sunglasses, visit their website.

Maui Jim Breezeway Gold

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Picking up your eye wear; what you should expect – PaulaTheOptician

As an optician, I know there is some excitement over picking up your new eye wear and wanting to wear them.  Perhaps it is because your old ones are not working anymore or you’re just ready for a new look, for whatever reason for the excitement, it is there and I understand it. I’m always excited to get my new ones as well.

What I want to share with you today is what YOU, as the patient, should expect when you are picking up your eye wear and some expectations you should, or should not, have.

First, and foremost, whenever possible, YOU should always be the one picking up your new eye wear.  I understand sometimes our busy schedules get in the way and we want a family member to grab them for us, but logically, it doesn’t make sense.  It’s like going to be measured for a bridal gown and then not showing up for the fitting before you wear it to the wedding.  When you work with a good optician, they take the critical measurements to help you see the best you can possibly see, but you have to have the final fitting for them to be perfect.

If your prescription has changed, please understand you may not see perfectly out of the glasses instantly, especially if it is later in the day.  Our eyes are already tired and aren’t ready to work to look through something different.  We are creatures of habit and even our brain / eyes want our comfort zone, even if the new prescription is better.

cat no needz glasses

Another thing to note is your prescription MAY have changed slightly even if the doctor tells you there isn’t a change, especially if you are a new patient seeing the doctor for the first time and you didn’t bring your current prescription with you.  See my blog, Preparing for your optical visit to understand what you should bring with you to an optical appointment.  Even if it is the exact same prescription on paper, there may be slight changes to the lenses based on measurement and frames so your eyes may see slightly different in the new pair.  I used to have two pairs of glasses, the frames were the exact same frame, just different colors.  The lenses were the exact same, made by me, with the exact same measurements.  With everything being the same, I could still tell which pair I had on when I put them on.  It doesn’t mean I saw worse in one over the other, there was just a slight variation.  Some people are a little more sensitive to those variations than others.  The variations don’t mean they were made wrong,  understand making a lens is not an exact science, especially in today’s digital world.  There is a standard chart letting us know how much of a variation is allowed in your lens based on your prescription.  Good lab technicians and opticians will reject a pair of glasses if, after manufacturing, it is determined the prescription is slightly PAST the variation allowance.  Unfortunately, not every optician will reject a pair , or, worse yet, they don’t even bother inspecting the glasses when they arrive from the lab, they just assume the lenses are correct.  Mistakes do happen.  Variations come out a little more than we anticipated.  As an optician, I hate having to tell a patient their eye wear didn’t pass inspection and a lens has to be restarted but I feel it is better than allowing the patient to pick up their new eye wear, excited to wear them, only to discover they just can not see out of them and something has to be re-ordered.

What to expect if you are single vision:  Single vision lenses are usually the easiest for us to dispense.  They are the lenses designed for one specific vision.  Usually, if you are younger than 38, they may be for every day, all day wear.  Sometimes they are for reading only or for a more detailed vision need, such as piano playing or computer use.  There are two measurements I always take for single vision lenses UNLESS they are for reading only.  Then I can skip one of them because of how a patient holds their head to read.  If your optician ordered a newer, digital lens, such as the Eyezen lens, then there may be some fitting dots or even some fitting clings on your lenses.  If you pick up your eye wear and you’ve worn them for a few days and you’re not seeing as clear as you feel you should be, then talk to your optician.  Ask him or her if they took a specific optical center height on them.  If they did ask them if they verified it when the eye wear came in from their lab.  If they did not take an optical center height or they did not double-check it, take them back in to the office and ask them to dot the center of the prescription.  It is easy to do and it is an easy way for you to visually see a potential problem with your vision.  The dot (once they mark it) should be directly over your pupil when you are looking straight ahead.  All too often I have had to show a patient who purchased the eye wear somewhere else how off-center from their actual pupil the lenses were made.  This can create strain on a patient’s eyes or even a pulling feeling.  Sadly, too many opticians skip this step or do not feel it is important.  In all my years, I have found it to make a difference in a patient’s sight so any optician I hire or train is trained to always take it.  The only exception, as I stated, is for reading / computer only lenses.

What to expect if you are picking up a progressive lens (often referred to as a no line bifocal):  This lens is a lot trickier for some opticians.  All too often I have patients who saw one of our doctors for their examination but chose to purchase their eye wear somewhere else come in to see us and tell us they are having a problem with their glasses.  We instantly “mark them up” before we read the prescription or check the fit.

Progressive lens with a Varilux Lens cling
Example of a progressive lens “marked up” with a Varilux lens cling

This can be done with a lens cling or a lens marker.  Opticians use the marking to determine what adjustments, if any, need to be made.  We also use the marking to read the actual prescription in the lens to determine if the lenses match the prescription written for them.  I’ll ask the patient who is having the trouble if they remember seeing any markings on their lenses when they picked up their glasses and, sadly, I am often told no, they don’t remember seeing anything on the lenses.  I have talked to other opticians (who don’t mark progressive lenses up to dispense) and they say they don’t do it because they feel it makes the lenses appear ugly and the patient doesn’t like it.  I just do not understand this thought process!!!  What is more important, correct placement for quality vision or the aesthetics of the lenses immediately at dispense?  We tell the patients as we hand the lenses to them….”Don’t try to look through the lenses, I’m going to double-check the fit and then we’ll check the vision”   I have never had a patient get upset with me because I’m trying to help them see as best as I can.

All progressive lenses have hidden water / laser marks on them to also tell us what brand of progressive lenses they are as well as what material and what add (bifocal) power is built into the lens.  We use those markings to determine the placement of everything.  Sometimes those laser marks may be visible if you catch the light just right and you’re looking off to the side of your glasses.  They do not interfere with your vision and they are perfectly normal.  They are supposed to be there.

Please understand there are different types of progressive lenses and the older the technology, the more difficult it may be for you to see out of them.  I’m going to be breaking progressive lenses down for you in another blog, so keep your eyes open for it.

If you are picking up a lined bi-focal or lined tri-focal: Every measurement surrounding a lined bifocal or lined trifocals varies depending on the patient’s needs as well as their preferences.  At the time of ordering, the optician should have asked you clear questions about what your expectations were of the lenses, how you were going to use them (if a specialty pair) and then verify those expectations are being met when you pick them up.

There are times however, your expectations just can not be made a reality and your optician should take the time to discuss with you when you are ordering them WHY it might not be a reality and give you an alternative solution.

If you pick up your glasses and you feel you can’t see as well as you should be able to, don’t panic!  As great as your optometrist or ophthalmologist is, sometimes the prescription does get written wrong.  The best way I can explain it is…..when in the room during the examination and you’re asked “Which is better, A or B” and you say A, but B is better in your real world.  Another thing is, sometime the prescription just gets transferred from the phoropter (the thing you look into during your examination) to the computer or Rx pad incorrectly.   You always need to allow for a little human error.  I can assure you, errors are never done intentionally so don’t be upset with your optician if they suggest you try them for three or four days before troubleshooting and getting you back in with your prescribing doctor.  Talk to your optician as ask them what the time line is for correction.  For example, if we determine a prescription is close to the previous prescription but the vision seems to be slightly off, we will ask the patient to try them for three or four days.  If they continue to have problems, we will have them come back in to see us so we can go through our troubleshooting page to determine if the problem is occurring due to a prescription error or a manufacturing error.  As you can see from my example, there are a lot of things we troubleshoot BEFORE recommending you go back in to see your prescribing doctor.

Recheck List Sample
Sample of document used to do a recheck when eye wear seems to not be clear


We may not always be able to determine what the problem is, but it’s a good start.

All in all, communication with your optician is very important.  If you purchase your glasses from a different location than where you had your eye exam, be sure to ask them what their policy is on remakes and ask if they are willing to troubleshoot any concerns before you make your appointment with your doctor for a recheck.  A lot of places will JUST check the prescription and nothing else. While you never want anything to be wrong with your glasses, asking the correct questions ahead of time will have you prepared in case there is something wrong.

It is always OK to ask questions.  Eye wear is an important part of your eye health and having the wrong prescription or the wrong measurements can affect you negatively down the road.

I hope this information helps you be more prepared when picking up your new eye wear.  If you want to stay up to date with the new information I’ll be providing, be sure to subscribe to this blog or like me on Facebook as PaulaTheOptician 

Have a great day everyone! 🤓

Frame Friday 03/30/2018: FYSH 3596


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Hey everyone, today’s Frame Friday frame is the FYSH 3596.  It’s a very pretty frame with nice detailing and comes in four colors.  As you can see, it fits my big head really well, so it’s designed to compliment a larger head but FYSH makes a variety of frames in a variety of sizes.

Let me know what you think of today’s frame.  Do you have a favorite frame?  Share it in the comments.