Category Archives: Anti-Reflective Treatment

Protecting Eyes From ‘Bad’ Blue Light


The world can be a dangerous place, especially if viewed through the naked eye. Ocular hazards resulting from both natural and artificial light are everywhere.The threat posed by exposure to ultraviolet light is well known to eyecare professionals, and a growing number of consumers are becoming aware of it as well, thanks to advertising by sunglass companies and a new public awareness campaign that’s being undertaken by the Vision Council. The campaign’s message to consumers is simple and direct: Protect your eyes with sun lenses wear lenses that block UV rays up to 400 nanometers, or else you risk retinal damage and other serious eye injuries when you’re outdoors.Now a new ocular threat has emerged in the form of High Energy Visible (HEV) light. HEV is prevalent not just outdoors, but indoors as well. The indoor threat is posed largely by digital devices such as computer screens, tablets, smartphones and televisions, particularly the new flat screen models with OLED screens.

As with UV radiation, the damaging effects of HEV are cumulative over the course of a lifetime. Therefore, older people are more likely to show its effects. As Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM, and John Lahr, OD pointed out in a recent article in 20/20 Magazine about the impact of UV and HEV on the aging eye, “Newer research about the effects of HEV, in particular the wavelengths centered around 430 nm (±20 nm) also show that…blue light plays a role in the incidence and severity of AMD (age-related macular degeneration). In both cases, free radical damage to the cells of the retina by UV and HEV is suggested.


“While the aging retina is more susceptible to this damage, the yellowing of the lens and the absorption of some of the blue might help reduce blue light exposure. However, oxidative damage of the retina continues to occur with aging and its own protective mechanisms become less effective with age. Fluorescent phototoxic chromophores accumulate in the retina; blue light reacts with them, stops the regenerative process and kills the cells that nourish the cones. The result is a graying, then total loss of central vision.”

Fine Eyewear and Eyecare offer many fine sunglasses options to protect against harmful blue light including Oakley and Maui Jim. Our eye doctors also provide advanced vision care to the families of Austin, Cedar Park, Leander, Georgetown, Round Rock and surrounding communities.  Visit our main website for a preview of Oakley and Maui Jim and read more about our sunglasses collections : Fine Eyewear Sunglasses Collection

Inexpensive Reading Glasses Leave Wearers With Blurred Vision

The UK’s Daily Mail (10/28, Poulter) reports that inexpensive reading glasses that can be purchased in supermarkets “may leave wearers with eye strain headaches, or even blurred or double vision.” After “a researcher at consumer champion Which? checked 14 pairs from seven high street chains,” he discovered “problems with half of them, with those carrying a higher prescription — +3.5 to +4 — considered to cause the most concern.” Specifically, “the biggest problem is that the centre point of the two lenses might not be aligned.” The article points out that it is best for people who need reading glasses to undergo an eye examination to get the right prescription and to check eye health.

Note: another common problem, in many cases, each eye has a different prescription, but drug store lenses always have the same prescription for both eyes. These cheap glasses do not correct for astigmatism either. They also do not have anti-glare properties – glare can further increase strain on the eye. Anti-glare treatment also allows more light to enter the lens, allowing you to see better in low light situations.  Not to mention, drug store glasses simply are not very becoming!  – F.E.

Sunglasses not optional !! – UV Rays May Cause Significant Damage To Unprotected Eyes

HealthDay (8/20, Thompson) reported that “ultraviolet, or UV, rays can cause significant damage to unprotected eyes, resulting in a number of illnesses and disorders that can rob people of their sight.” Over the long term, UV exposure can play a role in the development of cataracts, macular degeneration, and even cancer. “The eye tends to develop melanoma, while the eyelids usually are inflicted with basal cell carcinoma.” Eye experts recommend that people wear sunglasses “rated to absorb 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.” And, because the majority of sun exposure happens early in life, parents should make sure their children wear sunglasses, too.

Sunglasses should be worn all year round. Sun rays are at work every day, even on cloudy days.  Did you know a properly designed pair of sunglasses lenses can actually help you see better when driving in lower light, rainy conditions?

Look for sunglasses that have quality 100% UV protection that won’t rub off over time as you clean the sunglasses. Sunglasses with anti-reflective treatment helps minimize light rays that come from behind from bouncing off the inside of your glasses back into your eye. Good polarization prevents scattered light and reflections from causing blinding conditions.  And don’t forget to look for sunglasses that have good eyeball and eye socket coverage. And last, but not least, look for a pair of sunglasses that compliment your facial structure, wardrobe and life style!

Fine Eyewear & Eyecare is a full service eye care facility specializing in quality polarized sunglasses. We offer both sport sunglasses  and fashion sunglasses. Our eye care facility is staffed by eye doctors who care about your sun vision requirements.  We’re located in the Heb shopping center at Parmer and 1431, located at the three corners of Cedar Park, Austin and Round Rock, TX and a short drive from Georgetown, TX , Teravista and Avery Ranch.

You can find more information at www.FineEyewear.Net

Essilor Debuts Next Level of Crizal With Scotchgard

Crizal Avancé with Scotchgard Protector is Essilor’s top of the line AR lens.
Crizal Avancé with Scotchgard Protector is Essilor’s top of the line AR lens.

DALLAS—This month, Essilor of America is introducing new and improved Crizal Avancé lenses with Scotchgard Protector, the most advanced Crizal lenses to date. The new Crizal Avancé lenses with Scotchgard Protector offer all the features and benefits of the prior generation, plus an improved scratch resistant layer.

“Essilor is committed to driving innovation and delivering the best products available in the marketplace to ECPs and their patients, as evidenced by the debut of the new and improved Crizal Avancé lenses with Scotchgard Protector,” said Carl Bracy, vice president of marketing for Essilor of America. “This enhanced lens offering will combine the features and benefits of the prior generation of Crizal Avancé lenses with Scotchgard Protector, plus an improved scratch resistant layer, to deliver the most technologically sophisticated lens on the market today.”

Essilor scientists have worked for over a decade to develop a proprietary technology known as “The Scratch Resistant Booster,” which has been integrated into new Crizal Avancé with Scotchgard Protector. As a result, the lenses are virtually scratch free and are well below the minimum acceptable threshold, even when compared against Essilor’s own benchmark.

After exposing a Crizal Avancé with Scotchgard Protector lens to an abrasive material in the Bayer ISTM Test, the difference in scratch resistance was easily visible, Essilor reported. After 600 cycles in the Bayer machine, Crizal Avancé lenses with Scotchgard Protector remained the clearest with the least amount of haze compared to all industry competitors, indicating it is the most scratch resistant and durable AR lens over time.

In addition, a test with steel wool showed that Crizal Avancé lenses with Scotchgard Protector exhibited excellent durability over time. After rubbing a Crizal Avancé lenses with Scotchgard Protector lens with steel wool 200 times in an automated machine, it still outperformed competitors, confirming the strength of the SR Booster. An independent study of eyeglass wearers confirmed Crizal Avancé lenses with Scotchgard Protector remain cleaner longer and are the easiest to clean when smudged with fingerprints, dust and dirt.

Independent tests show that new and improved Crizal Avancé lenses with Scotchgard Protector are twice as scratch resistant as Crizal Alizé and as scratch-resistant as a glass lens with AR. The new Crizal Avancé lenses with Scotchgard Protector also feature a slick super hydrophobic topcoat, which is achieved by Essilor’s High Surface Density (HSD) Process which tightly packs the top coat molecules so nothing can stick to the surface. Because of the HSD process, Crizal Avancé lenses with Scotchgard Protector keep more than 98 percent of their topcoat even after 20,000 cleanings, according to Essilor.

Crizal Avancé lenses with Scotchgard Protector is initially available on finished and semi-finished single-vision lenses. ?

Crizal with scotchgard is available at Fine Eyewear & Eye care, located the three corners of Cedar Park, Austin and Round Rock, TX and a short drive from Georgetown, TX. Our address is 2800 E. Whitestone Blvd Suite 210 Cedar Park, TX 78613. See main website for contact information. www.FineEyewear.Net