Tuesday, December 06, 2005


Safety reading glasses, unlike the tinted contact lenses we talked about last time,
are not a brand-new product, they have been out for about four years now, but there are still a lot of people that have never heard about them, so that's why we're going to talk about them today.

When these things first came out there was only one company that had them available,
and I was a distributor for that company, so I was doing pretty good with them on eBay, but as it is with everything in the eyewear industry once something new starts to catch on, other manufacturers get involved, so now here we are several years later and I couldn't even begin to tell you how many companies are now making safety reading glasses.
Needless to say the eBay market is flooded now so I'm not selling as many on eBay as I used to.
But they are still one of my hottest selling items on my web site and off my mobile truck.

These safety readers really are the greatest thing since sliced bread when it comes to a safety or industrial environment!
Why is that? You might ask, here is why.
Many of you, myself included, that have been wearing prescription eyewear whether regular or safety glasses for any length of time have it in our train of thought to go to the doctor periodically and get an eye exam, we wear glasses so our mindset is such that we know from time to time we have to go and get an updated prescription.

But as I'm sure you're aware of, the times we live in now and this generation is full of Baby Boomers,
we have more middle-aged people now from 40 to 65 than ever before in the work force.
And although a large number of these people have never needed glasses in the past,
As they get older they need some help reading.
So what do they do?…They go to the nearest Walgreen’s Drugstore, or Rite Aid or what ever Drug store is in their area and buy themselves a pair of Cheaters, or off the shelf
Reading glasses.

A.Because it does not require a prescription
B.Going to the Dr. for an eye exam is not in their train of thought
C.It is convenient, and they are there anyway

And for the most part that is OK for people to do.
But, what makes it bad is, if you are working some place where safety glasses are needed
What happens is, (I see this all the time in my job) people will wear the safety glasses
That the company provides for them for free, then they carry their drug store Cheaters in their pocket, and when they need to see close up or read something they take off the safety glasses, and reach in their pocket and put on the cheaters.

Well what’s wrong with that Mr. Mobile Eye Guy?
Think about it……those drug store cheaters are not safety glasses, and they are not Z87 OSHA compliant, so every time you take off your safety glasses to put on your cheaters
YOU ARE AT RISK for an injury! Why take the chance with your eyes?

That is why everybody in a work environment loves these things, and more and more people are starting to look for them.
You don’t have to carry around an extra pair of glasses, you can just put your Safety Reading Glasses on and leave them on all day, then:

A. You are OSHA compliant
B. You minimize the risk for injury
C. You don’t have to look over your shoulder for the Boss or Safety director
D. Best of all you can see what you need to see!

Safety Readers are available with Clear Lenses, Smoke (sunglass) lenses or Indoor/Outdoor lenses

And that My Friends is why I think this is really a Great product what ever Brand name you buy.
I now carry Radians ProX, and Dewalt safety readers, but there are several other brands available out there.

As always Hope this has helped some one and Please feel free to leave any comments

Ben …aka Mobile Eye Guy

Monday, November 21, 2005

Nike Maxsight Tinted Contact Lenses

New product announcement!

What will they think of next?
This past weekend my daughter had a birthday sleepover, and one of my friends who is an Optometrist brought his daughter over for the party, while he was there he says hey “ what do you think about the new tinted sunglass contact lenses
I said, I have not heard about them.
So….. he proceeded to tell me a little bit about them, I thought it would be a neat subject for my blog.

I don't know that much but I will tell you what I do know and post some links so you can go look for yourselves as well.

It seems that Nike and Bausch & Lomb have got together and developed a new line of tinted contact lenses for sports called
Just like I specialize in the safety niche, my friend Dr. Atkins specializes in sports eyewear, so that is why he knew about the new sports contact lenses.

There are two different color tints, one gray green for golfers and other similar sports, and one amber for faster pace games such as baseball, soccer, etc..

It is a brand-new product so actually not too many optometrists are selling them, but since he deals a lot with the athletic department at UL ( University of Louisiana ) he went on ahead and open an account with a vendor so he could have access to them.
Because they're put out by Nike you can't just buy them from any of the normal sources optical professionals usually by contacts from, you have to open a special account with this Nike division in order to have access to them, and there is a cost involved, so a lot of doctors may not be interested in marketing this product.

Since it is a brand-new product were both learning as we go here, my friend is going to put some of the athletes at UL into this lens, so at a later date I will have an update on how they are working. In the meantime here are some links to some web sites I found in regards to these new lenses and a link to the Nike web site.
You might have a bit of a problem on the Nike web site if you're using a dial up connection because it's all built with flash so it has a lot of graphics, but is a pretty cool web site, so here's the links.
Go check them out and be one of the first to know about this new product.
Here are the links:

Nike Link:

As always, leave comments or questions if you'd like
Hope this has been helpful
and we'll see you next time

Ben Ramsey aka….MobileEyeGuy


Saturday, November 12, 2005


To my regular readers, thanks for stopping by again, and as always thanks for the comments.
As I always say, I love it when people post comments and or questions cause that is basically what I had in mind for this blog, an opportunity to share information in regards to eyewear, and hopefully help people solve their problems.
Last post I had a couple of people that were having problems with their local optical retailers, so I'm going to post their comments and address the issues they're facing.
Here's the first comment:

Just the one I need to talk to. I am disgusted because I am being given the roundabout by the optometry business. I have worn glasses for over 50 years.
I am having trouble trying to buy frames for my lenses. The crappy frames on the market seem to be made to fall apart.
When I went for my last pair of glasses, the shop (Sears Optical) refused to make me the lenses that I wanted.
I spent good money to have my eyes checked and got my RX for tri-focals,
I picked out a frame, and told them I wanted photogrey, real glass lenses, hardened with the invisible line trifocals. I am the customer mind you.
They said no. I said what? they said that the glasses would be to heavy for me.
I told them that I was the one to make that call.
They said they couldn't help me one more time, and I threw a fit.
I took out my Sears Gold Card and said I was going to cut it up in a hundred pieces and sent it to Corp. and tell them how I was being treated.
They finally submitted my order, but we scowled at each other all the time. They purposely slowed my order down, but finally I got the glasses I wanted. I love them. I absolutely love them. Fast forward to today.
I need new frames, but the pie holes will not sell me frames.
They say they have nothing to fit the lenses. I ask them to order me some. They say no.
Makes me want to use a sharp stick on them so that they need glasses. Sorry, this gets me angry, just thinking about it.I am going to lodge a complaint with the state.
This is colusion. All of the firms tell me the same thing. I cannot get any place to sell me frames.
This is a perfect example of government helping business screw the consumer.
Boy am I hot.

I sympathize with this person, and unfortunately, sad but true I hear this kind of thing all the time in my shop. First off it's not the government or the state that is giving you the runaround, they don't regulate to optical shops or any business for that matter how they treat their customers, but you could contact your local Better Business Bureau, you would probably get farther with them than contacting the state.
Now I don't want to sound arrogant or like I'm the only good optician out there in the optical industry, but the sad truth is, there is a real problem in my industry with good customer service, I'm not sure why that is, but it is a fact.
There are a lot of places that try to tell the patients or customers what they need, or don't need, or try to sell them what they want them to have rather than selling them what the customer wants, but at the risk of sounding like a broken record that is what this blog is about, I am trying my best to educate John Q. consumer so they can make an educated decision on who to buy from or what to buy.

FOOT NOTE: ( the best thing to do is buy from me! www.MobileEyeGuy.com or call me toll free for a free consultation 1-800-417-5650 I would be glad to speak to anyone and help them as best I can)

Most optical places are trying to keep from selling glass lenses these days, but this person is correct, it was their call whether or not glass lenses would be to heavy for them.
I addressed this issue in a prior post, “plastic vs. polycarbonate vs. glass lenses” you may want to go and read it, but a quick recap to the glass issue, most opticals avoid glass because of the legal issues.

As far as frames go, some frames are made better than others, and yes some of them are pretty crappy, but even a crappy frame should be able to be reordered. I'm not sure why this person was having such a problem getting the optical to order them a frame, although sometimes what can happen is some of the discount places are selling discontinued frames, so they are one-of-a-kind and if it gets broken they can't replace it. But there's also a way around that if you can get someone to just take the time and look around in their inventory, they may be able to find a very similar frame to yours and do what is called a “lens transfer”, but when doing a lens transfer it is the luck of the draw so to speak because you have to use what ever frame that fits the lenses and you may not always be able to get the color that you what, but it can be done.
It is just that in this day and age we lived in a disposable mindset society, use it, if it breaks, throw it away and buy another one. Nobody wants to fix anything anymore, they just what to sell it, not work on it,or service it.

OOOPS! Now my age is showing through on that statement.

Here is the second comment:
You have an interesting site and I think I have a question for you. I recently had to get new glasses and they are now a little over a month old. I have worn them, maybe, 15 times. The problem? My lenses are progressive bifocals (to correct distance) and have a prism in each lense. I was talked into purchasing $140 frames which are too small. What happens is my perfect field of vision in each lense is literally the size of my thumbpad. Looking left, right, up or down outside that field, I hit the prism, or blurriness. This is tough since I cannot wear the glasses going downstairs - cananot see the steps and BOOM.
My question, to fix this, I'm afraid I'd have to purchase another pair of frames and lenses - meaning another total out of pocket expense of $259. I haven't even spoken to the optician about this, because I'm afraid of seeing that cost come up. The first time was hard enough. Am I doomed?

Well….. in my opinion, No, you should not be doomed!
But again it really depends on who you're dealing with and how much they're willing to work with you.
First off, you should never let anyone talk you into frames that are too small for you, or that you're not comfortable with. I realize that today's fashion trend is to wear as small a frame as you can find, but you have to find a happy medium between comfort, utility, then style.

As far as the progressive lenses, in layman's terms also known as no-line bifocals, even prescriptions without prism, they inherently have some peripheral distortion, your optical center or best visual acuity is going to be somewhat limited, you cannot look side to side through the lenses, you have to point your nose at what you're looking at and try to stay in that optical center, and if your prescription has prism in it, it is go to intensify that condition.
Most places, or at least good reputable places have what is called a satisfaction warranty,
in other words, if you cannot see through a progressive lens then you are what is called a Non-Adapt, which means you cannot adapt to that style of lens and there should be a manufacturer's warranty where they can try putting you into a regular lined bifocal at no charge.
So you should not have any other out of pocket expense considering the fact that the first pair you purchased has not yet corrected your vision problem.
Don't be embarrassed or timid, I strongly suggest you take them back where you got them and make them aware of the problem your having, if they want to charge you for a whole other pair of glasses then I would get a copy of my prescription and go elsewhere because your prescription at this point has not been filled adequately to correct your vision.

As always I hope this has been helpful, all readers please feel free to leave comments or questions, and I'll see you next time.

Thanks a bunch, come and visit me at:

Ben Ramsey…..aka MobileEyeGuy

Monday, October 17, 2005

Expired eyeglass prescriptions

Once again hello,
Before we start with today's topic, on a personal note, you may or may not know that I live down here in Southern Louisiana, Lafayette to be exact.
And, unless you have been in a cave for the last month you know that we have had a few little storms going on down here!
We have all been a little busy down here, and resources are pretty strained, I sure hope the rest of hurricane season will be quiet for us, and for everyone for that matter, we could use a break.
As you know my blog is for the purpose of education not a political blog like a lot of blog's out there, but man, I could sure write some political views about what has really been happening down here versus what the national media is telling the rest of the country.
But I am going to let that go!

As always, thanks so much for your comments, the last post was fun wasn't it!
The reason I like comments so much is because it gives me new subject matter for more posts.
Today's posts will be an answer to one of the comments in the last post.
The question was asked:
How about filling expired eyeglass rx? Is there a Fed reg limiting time on eyeglass rx's? I only found the reg. for Contacts. for example, patient comes in, wants new eyeglasses, file shows has not had recent exam and rx is 5 years old...can it be filled? Do you have legal right to refuse? or just give duty to warn statement regarding having routine eye health exam? should patient sign waiver of liability if filling old rx?

The answer is, No, there is no federal regulation mandating how long an eyeglass prescriptions is good for.
But, there is a federal regulation mandating that before you make a pair of glasses you have a current prescription, but the Dr. decides how long to make the prescription good for, just like any other prescription medication.
So... If the doctor that gave you your eye exam puts an expiration date of 12 months on the prescription then that's how long it is good for.
12 months is pretty much the standard, although some eye doctors use 18 months, and every once in a great while you will see a prescription that is good for 24 months, but you don't see those very often.
And there is no waiver of liability for filling an old RX.
If you walk into a optical shop with an outdated prescription by law they are not supposed to fill it.

Especially in my case where I am an independent optician which is basically like being a pharmacist for eyewear, and all my prescriptions are what we call an outside RX.
I can not fill that 5 year old RX, or I would be in deep trouble.

Now I am not going to say that this doesn't happen sometimes,
Here is the scenario:
If you buy your glasses from the same guy who gave you the eye exam and it has been 13 months or so since your last exam, and you tell them, I am not going to get an exam right now, the doctor has the option to go into your patient file and extend your prescription so he doesn't lose your business and at least sell you a pair of glasses.
He wrote the original prescription, so he can modify it if he sees fit.

But when you take your prescription to either an optician like me, or another doctors office, or discount place of some sort, they cannot change the expiration date or fill the prescription if it is past due.
That's also the definition of outside RX
whenever you are getting your glasses from someone other than the place you got your exam.

It's the same thing with contact lens prescriptions, the doctor decides how long the prescription is good for and when it is time for you to have a new exam.

As always hope today's posts was helpful,
keep those comments and questions coming, that's what this blog is all about.

Thanks for stopping by, see you next time.

Ben Ramsey A.B. O.C.
a.k.a….. mobile eye Guy


Tuesday, September 13, 2005


As always let me say again, I am glad those of you that our viewing my blog enjoy the content, and I'm glad you're leaving comments, that was the concept from day one.
So thanks for your participation.

Today's posts should be fun!
On the last post someone had left the comment saying how they enjoyed the blog, and what did I think about the new “pierced eyeglasses”.
Well, I have been in this business almost 18 years, and I like to think that I keep up on all of the latest trends, but I have to admit I had never heard of “pierced eyeglasses”until this comment asking about them.
Check out the photos below:

The person that left the comment also left a link to another web site where the pierced eyeglasses were pictured.

The person that invented these is an artist, and said he was tired of his glasses slipping down his nose and that is why he invented these.
Now call me old-fashioned but I think this is about the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen.
As an optician I do not think this is very practical at all.
I suppose it could be my age, and if you are a young person you may think it is cool since so many young people seem to be piercing things these days, but again I don't think this is very practical even from a cool, hip fashion standpoint.
From a professional standpoint if you're having trouble with your glasses slipping down your nose,
A. get a frame that properly fit's, or
B. get contact lenses

What do you think?
Are they cool or crazy

As always, thanks for stopping by, please feel free to leave comments.

Ben….aka MobileEyeGuy


Friday, August 05, 2005

Plastic VS Polycarbonate VS Glass Lenses

In this segment I am going to talk about the different choices of material that lenses are available in.
This is another subject that was sparked by a previous comment on a prior post.
The subject was “ do I really need that, scratch resistant coating”.
In that post I stated that everyone needs scratch resistant coating because they do not clean their lenses properly so scratch resistant will help prolong the life of the lenses.
You can read that article if you like, by clicking the link in the archive section of this page.

To comment went like this:
If people just bought Glass lenses they wouldn't need to get scratch resistant coating's. It's amazing how the optical industry has brainwashed people into thinking that they need plastic lenses and then they tell them to get the lenses coated.

I have been in the optical industry for going on 17 years now,
and I am afraid I would have to somewhat agree with this statement.
That is exactly what happens, but that is also why in that post I threw in a shameless plug for my company, because I give free scratch resistant coating on every pair of lenses I sell, as opposed to most places that are pushing plastic lenses are also pushing the scratch resistant coating and charging for.

John Q. consumer has been brainwashed into thinking plastic lenses is what they need,
in fact, the deal now is everybody is pushing polycarbonate lenses,
on the premise that they are thinner, lighter, and impact resistant, which is all true,
but they are also more expensive than regular plastic lenses, of course, and just like plastic, or Glass for that matter, they're not for everybody.

So what I would like to do is discuss the pros and cons of all three of these choices.

Some of you along with myself included are old enough to remember back when we didn't have all these choices, there was a time when Glass lenses were the only thing you could get.
Then they came out with plastic lenses which everyone was excited about because they were much lighter weight, but what they discovered was they scratch easier.
The Glass lenses are a little tougher but they were so heavy.
And the mindset now days is people want their glasses to be as light weight and nonintrusive as possible, that is why they are pushing polycarbonate lenses now.

Glass lenses weigh more and if you drop your glasses they may shatter because Glass is the least shatterproof.
But, Glass lenses give you the best optics, in other words you get better visual acuity through a Glass lens, and they do not scratch as easily as plastic or polycarbonate.

Plastic lenses are lighter weight, and much more shatterproof, but will scratch easier if you do not clean them properly, and you will lose a little visual acuity.
But this is still the most popular choice for lenses because most people do not want to put up with the extra weight of a Glass lens, and with a scratch resistant coating and proper cleaning they will last for a good amount of time.

Polycarbonate lenses are thinner and lighter and are shatterproof, most optical,s
you go to will also call them impact resistant which is the same thing.
You can take a hammer and smack a polycarbonate lens with it and it will not break,
so they are the safest lens when it comes to impact resistance, but once you smack it with that hammer you will not be able to see through it because it will be scratched up and dented.
Polycarbonate lenses are very soft and pliable that's why they're impact resistant,
but they also scratch the easiest, so it is a must that you use proper cleaning methods with a polycarbonate lens or their only going to last about 10 minutes.
And for some people they have some inherent distortion that they cannot tolerate,
also some people complain about chromatic aberrations as well.
So although they are the safest you are going to sacrifice some visual acuity with a polycarbonate lens.

I specialize in prescription safety glasses, and being in a safety environment, one of the things I'm faced with when I am sitting down with a safety director to discuss their prescription eyewear program is what type of lenses should we use?
You would think that in a safety situation you would want polycarbonate lenses for your safety glasses because they are the most impact resistant therefore the safest.
And in some cases that is true. But what if the workers are in a really dusty dirty or greasy grimy work environment?
The polycarbonate lenses are going to get so scratched up very quickly that now the worker cannot see through them. So is that safe if they can't see through them?
In a case like that their really better off with a Glass lens.
That way they are easier to keep clean so they can see better which makes them safer.

In summary, what you really have to do is ask yourself what is important to you,
what are your cleaning habits, and in the case of safety eyewear, what type of environment are you going to be using these glasses in?
Are you going to take good care of your glasses? Or do you know that you're not very good at cleaning them properly.
Is it impact resistance and safety that you are after?
Or do you want the best visual acuity, and if so are you willing to put up with the extra weight of a Glass lens?

So, although as I stated before I somewhat agree that we have been brainwashed,
I can't honestly say everybody should be wearing Glass lenses.
Glass lenses are not for everybody nor are plastic lenses or polycarbonate.
As I have always stated in prior post or face-to-face with my customers,
you have to educate yourself to the different choices available in eyewear and then
You Choose what is best for you!

As always, I hope this has been helpful.
I encourage any comments or questions in regards to regular glasses or prescription safety glasses, please feel free to visit my web site, where you can go to the “contact us”
page there you will find my phone number and my e-mail address.

See you next time

Ben…..aka MobileEyeGuy


Thursday, August 04, 2005

Why isn't my Eyeglass Exam good for Contacts too?

Once again, thank you for all your comments on the last
“Do I really need that” post.
As I stated the comments brought forth some great questions,
and were going to address one of those in this post.

I hope the person that posted the comment doesn't mind me using it for this post.
But I think it is a question that a lot of people have, and that is why I wanted to use it as a basis for this post, it read like this:

“ This is useful considering I need a new pair of glasses. Actually, I prefer contacts, but I need a new pair of those as well, and the insurance won't cover the cost of the exam. Ridiculous. The insurance will pay for the lenses, will pay for the regular eye exam, and will pay for the glasses, but it won't pay for the measurement for contacts. Why is it a separate charge, anyway? Why isn’t it just part of the exam? Not fair.”

OK... Let's talk about this a moment, I am not going to say whether it is fair or not, but I am going to explain why they consider it too different types of eye exams.
In fact, there are actually three types of eye exams.

1. Eye exam for eyeglasses

2. Eye exam for contact lenses

(commonly know as a Contact lens fitting)

3. Eye exam for pathological problems

(usually given by a Ophthalmologist)

First off let's understand the difference between the three O’s.
An Ophthalmologist holds a doctorate of medicine (M.D.). These doctors have an intimate knowledge of all types of eye conditions and diseases, and can perform eye surgery when required.
They do more of a comprehensive exam looking for problems such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, cataracts etc. You can get an eyeglass prescription from these guys, but it is usually going to cost a lot more, and the doctor himself very rarely does the eyeglass exam, his technician does it and he signs off on it.

Optometrists hold a doctor of optometry degree (O.D.). Optometrists typically diagnose vision limitations, prescribe corrective lenses, and when vision disorders are present, refer patients to ophthalmologists.
These are the guys that are giving you either and eye exam for eyeglasses, or an eye exam with a contact lens fitting so they can give you a contact lens prescription.
Their eye exams are usually much less expensive than the ophthalmologists, and they do the eye exam their self rather than they're technicians doing the eye exam.

Opticians specialize in prescription eyeglasses. In certain geographical locations, they can distribute and fit contact lenses as well.
In some states it is mandatory for opticians to be licensed, and in some states it is not required. Opticians are like a pharmacist they fill the prescription.

That is what I am, I am an optician and licensed by the ABO.
That means I have passed a board exam to prove my competency set forth by the ABO.
ABO stands for “American board of opticianry”, so when I write my name it looks like this:
Ben Ramsey A.B.O.C. which means American board of opticianry certified.

Now, in my opinion if you are not having any pathological problems with your eyes, and all you want is eyeglasses or contact lenses then go to an optometrist.
The eye exam will be a lot less expensive and usually they're a little bit better at correcting your vision.
Please do not misunderstand I am not saying anything negative about ophthalmologists,
it's just that when they give you an eye exam they are looking at you from a surgeon’s point of view, and are looking more for pathological problems than just a refractive error.
And if you're not having any other problems besides just not seeing as well as you would like there is no sense in paying the extra money to go to an ophthalmologist versus the optometrist.

Back to the original question.
Why isn't my eye exam good for contacts too?
When you get an eye exam to correct your vision they put you in the chair and have you looked through the thing-a- majig , and say which is better number one or number two. Right?, then you tell them which one looks better to you.
This is called a subjective exam, you are making the choice of what looks better,
which in turn enables the doctor to diagnose what power your corrective lenses need to be.
But if you want contact lenses that power is going to be slightly different because instead of your corrective lenses being several millimeters away from your cornea suspended in a eyeglass frame, the corrective lenses are going to be laying directly on your cornea.
So that is going to change the power slightly. Plus, they also need to establish what size and what kind of contact lens is going to fit you.
They have to know what base curve you require how much liquid versus oxygen content your eye needs etc.
Unlike eyeglass lenses contact lenses are not standardized.
Because everybody's eye is not the same size or shape there are several different types of contact lenses, so the doctor must establish what size and shape and style of contact lens is best for you.
If you're a first-time wearer you may have to try a couple of different styles of contacts to find out which one is best for you, which may require a couple of follow-up visits.
So the point is, being fitted for contact lenses is more time-consuming than just a simple eye exam for glasses and that is why a contact lens fitting is more expensive than an exam just for eyeglasses.

Therefore most insurances don't what to pay the extra cost for the contact lens fitting.
They usually want the patient to pay a copayment to cover the extra charge.
I guess their philosophy is their job as an insurance company is to correct your vision with eyeglasses, but if you want contact lenses they consider that a luxury and do not want to
pay for it.
Again I'm not saying whether or not this is fair, I'm just saying that's the way it is.
I have heard of some insurance companies paying for contacts but then you have to buy your own eyeglasses.
It is very rare that I have ever seen an insurance company pay for eyeglasses and the contact lenses both.

As always I hope this has been helpful, feel free to post any comments or ask any questions that you may have regarding this post or any other optical questions.
You can also visit my web site, and go to the contact us page, there you will find my phone number and e-mail address feel free to contact me.

See you next time
Ben.... A.k.a. mobile eye Guy


Saturday, July 30, 2005

Sorry for slow update...but more to come soon!

Once agian I must say I'm sorry for not keeping my blog updated!
I am more of a "face to face guy", I hate to write!
But I like to educate and help people...( catch 22 )

I want to thank everyone who left comments on my last post.
I am glad the blog has been helpful and also brought forth more questions.
And even suggestions to update more post.
I am going to do better! I PROMISE! on putting more post's up.
So please keep dropping by to see what is new!

In fact I am going to step away from the "DO I REALLY NEED THAT " thing for the next few post, and address some of the comments that were brought up on the last post.

Hopefully this weekend I will have at least two more post's up.
I am going to address the comment that was brought up in the last post,

Thanks again for your comments , PLEASE feel free to keep up the comments and Questions
on anything you would like to know about

See'Ya very soon

Ben.....aka Mobile Eye Guy


Sunday, March 20, 2005

Do I Really Need That Part 2, Scratch Resistant & UV Coating

Hello again ,
Welcome to “Do I Really Need That Part 2 “ Lets get right to it!

Do I need scratch resistant coating?.... Yes!
In my opinion everybody needs scratch resistant coating because no one cleans his or her glasses properly. Some people take better care than others of their lenses, but everyone at one time or another cleans them with their shirttail or their skirt, and that's when they get scratched.

Let me clear something up for a lot of you while we are talking about Scratch coat.
There are those that think because they paid extra and got the Scratch coat, their lenses won’t scratch…. WRONG!
Scratch Resistant means MORE RESISTANT to scratches, Not SCRATCH PROOF!
Now some places sell scratch warrantees, so when they scratch you can get new lenses,
But most of the time that is pretty expensive, and people are so busy now days they never
Get around to changing their lenses until they are ready for a new prescription so
They never use the service they paid for, at least that is what most places are counting on.

Most places charge extra for scratch resistance, but unless they just want a crazy amount for it, it is worth it to everyone to have. If they want too much for it, then you’re buying your Glasses from the wrong place anyway!

Do I Need UV 400 protection?
On your Sunglasses Defenatly Yes, on clear lenses? , It doesn’t hurt but not totally necessary.
Some Optical professionals will disagree with me, but think about it, people who don’t wear glasses do not have any UV protection and they are not suffering because of it.
BUT …when wearing Sunglasses or a tinted lens the tint makes your pupil dilate
Which lets in more UV, so that is when UV is necessary.
When wearing clear lenses or no lenses your pupil constricts letting in less UV.
So when deciding if you want to get it in your clear lenses it is back to “HOW MUCH”
Extra is it?

You see Gang, you sometimes have to be careful when shopping for glasses because some places, especially so-called discount places use the old ( Bait & Switch ) to jack up the price of their discount eyewear.
Anybody ever see this happen? ….. You see an ad for Complete pair of glasses
Frame and lenses $39.95 , which is usually a Cheap frame with Bare bones lenses.
Then they charge you $60.00 for a Scratch Coating and UV, so those $39.95 glasses
End up costing you $99.95 + Tax

So Buyer’s beware, educate yourself and shop around, know what you are buying.
That is the point of this Blog! , To help educate the Consumers.

Now It is time for my Shameless Plug!
It just so happens that one of my slogans is:
“No Gimmicks – Just Savings”
I am a one-man operation, so I don’t have time to haggle over price.
So to keep from having to discuss whether it is worth the extra or not for Scratch coat
I just give Free Scratch Coating on ever pair of lenses I sell.
(I know what you are thinking) No, I didn’t raise my price to force every one to buy it.
That is another thing some places do.
I charge $42.00 dollars for a Pair of single vision lenses, That includes Scratch Resistant & UV 400 protection!
That’s enough Shameless Plugging for this session.

As always please post any question you might have, or subjects you would like to know about . I hope you can visit my Blog and it helps you to become an educated consumer.

See’ya next time

Ben Ramsey…..aka Mobile Eye Guy


Thursday, February 24, 2005

Prescription Release Rule

Hi gang..... I know in my last post I said we were going to do a series on “Do I Really Need That”, and I am anxious to get that started, But before we proceed with the next post on that series I thought it was important to face another issue that seems to be unknown by the consumers who wear prescription eyeglasses.
So for today we are going to talk about the FTC (Federal Trade Commission)
Prescription Release Rule. Did you even know that there was such a rule?
How many times have you been at your doctor's office to get and eye exam and when you were ready to go you asked for a copy of your prescription and they looked at you like you just asked for $1 million dollars.
For whatever reason the eye doctors have got the general public hoodwinked into thinking that your eye exam fee is a down payment on a pair of glasses.
Most of the time they make it seem so uncommon that most people are intimidated to even ask for a copy of the prescription, so they end up buying a pair of glasses from the doctors office that they got the exam from. And Maybe that was not the best deal for you.
Well you as a consumer have a right to shop around for the best deal on your eyeglasses just like any other purchase you make. Your exam fee is just that, a fee for the exam only and you are entitled to a copy of your prescription with out asking for it.

When you go to your family physician for whatever reason, flu, cold, sore throat, etc. and they write you a prescription, do they walk you out to their reception area and you buy your prescription from them before you leave?….. No! You take it to your pharmacist,
Or shop around for the best price on your prescription. Then why is it that we are made to feel like we have to by our Eyeglasses on the way out of the eye Dr’s?
Now if you are comfortable with your Dr’s optical department and you like their selection & prices, and quality of service then that is GREAT! Stay with them.
Just because I am an independent Optician in the business of selling eyewear that doesn’t mean I am trying to pull anyone away from their Dr. As I have stated before, The purpose of my Blog is to help educate the consumers, So I am just making you aware that you do have and are entitled to choices. Here is how the Rule reads:

Facts for Consumers from the Federal Trade Commission

Eye Wear -- May 1994
Produced in cooperation with the American Academy of
Ophthalmology, the National Association of Optometrists and
Opticians, and the Opticians Association of America

If you, like many Americans, wear eyeglasses or contact lenses,
you probably know that comparison shopping can help you find
quality eye wear that meets your budget. In fact, your ability to
comparison shop for eyeglasses is aided by a Federal Trade
Commission Regulation. Under federal law, you have a right to a
copy of your eyeglass prescription so that you can shop for the
best value in eye wear. If you are buying contact lenses,
comparison shopping also can help you find an eye care specialist
who offers products and services suited for you.

This fact sheet explains what rights you have under the law and
gives you information about various types of eye care
professionals. It also gives some suggestions about selecting an
eye care specialist and shopping for eye exams, eyeglasses, and
contact lenses.

Your Legal Rights


The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC)
"Prescription Release Rule"
Requires eye doctors to give you your eyeglass prescription, at
No extra cost, immediately after an eye exam that includes a
Refraction (a test that determines the prescription needed to
Correct your vision). Your eye doctor may withhold your eyeglass
prescription until you have paid for your eye exam, but only if
your eye doctor requires immediate payment whether or not a
visual correction is needed.

With prescription in hand, you can shop for eyeglasses just as
you would for other health-related products and services, looking
for the best quality at the best price. You have a legal right to
your eyeglass prescription, so request it if it is not provided
immediately after an eye examination in which a refraction is performed.

I didn’t want to make this post to long, but there is much more info on this RULE.
If you want to read this whole report were I got this info here is a link:
Facts for Consumers from Federal Trade Commission

Here are a couple more links with more info on the subject:
More info on Prescription Release Rule

Update on Prescription Release Rule

I hope you find this info and this Blog helpful, as always feel free to post a comment

Thanks for stopping by
See’ya next time

Ben Ramsey…aka Mobile Eye Guy


Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Sorry for delayed updated post!

Well….. It was my intent to post another segment on “do I really need that” by now,
But as you can see it has been awhile since I posted anything on this blog.
I am sorry for the delay, but I had one of my best friends come down sick with cancer, so I have been spending a lot of time setting with him in the hospital and so on.
On January 31 he went on to be with the Lord.
So now that that is over with, and the holidays are behind us, I now have more time to concentrate on keeping this blog updated.

Please come back and visit frequently, as it really is my intent to have a website (blog)
where people can come and learn about eyewear and safety eyewear, and ask questions.
I promise to put new information up more frequently from now on.

I am going to post some segments on lens add-ons as discussed in the last post in regards to “do I really need that”.
And some more upcoming subjects will be Polaroid lenses, or as some people call them polarized lenses.
And also for those who are interested in some new innovations in safety eyewear,
We will be talking about the new polarized safety glasses, and did you know they have pre-made safety reading bifocals, and reusable stick on bifocals for safety glasses now?
These are some subjects that we will be talking about in the blogs to come.

Please if there's anything you would like to know about, or discussed, feel free to post on this blog, that is what it is here for.

Thanks a bunch for visiting,
See you soon.