Archive for May, 2011

New Summer Frame Fashions

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

John Richmond glasses featuring Karlijn

We have completely updated our frame inventory for Summer!  Drop in and check out our new designer eyeglass lines:

  • Kliik
  • John Richmond
  • Fysh
  • Vivid
  • X-ide

Anti-Fog Coating For Eyeglasses

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Beckys' fogged glasses

A permanent anti-fog coating for eyeglasses may be available in the future.  Those who excercise, live in cool climates, and wear eyeglasses encounter foggy lenses from time to time.  This happens when moisture builds up on the cooler surface of your lenses.  Once the lenses warm up to the surrounding temperature the mositure re-evaporates and your lenses are again clear.  Anti-fog coatings have been around for a while, but they all fade over time and wash off with water.

Researchers at Laval University in Quebec City have developed a coating that can be applied to lenses that allows moisture to spread more evenly across the surface of a lens eliminating fog.  The coating is clear and and permanent even after washing.

Interested in learning more about the latest in glasses?  Schedule an appointment today with an optometrist at Gray Family Vision.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Polarized Sunglasses For Safer Driving

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

50 of 365: Into the Sun

Consider polarized prescription sunglasses for safer driving.  Polarized sunglasses eliminate glare off roads and other surfaces such as the hood of the car to make driving safer.

Interested in a designer pair?  We have some  great sunglass lines including:  Maui Jim, Oakley, and Ray Ban.

Spring Cleaning Sale

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Gail Spence

We are making way for new inventory and are offering 30% OFF all Prodesign and Bellagio eyeglass frames.

Clean Danish frame designs with bold colors.
Made in Denmark

Upscale, sophisticated designs.

All sale priced frames come with a 2 year warranty from the date of your purchase!

Need an appoitment before getting new glasses?  Shedule an appointment at Gray Family Vision today.

What Causes Spring Allergies

Monday, May 9th, 2011


Nearly 25% of the population is affected by allergies and as the temperatures begin to rise so do spring allergy complaints.  Itchy, watery, swollen, and red eyes are the typical signs and symptoms from those who suffer.  The two most common causes of outdoor spring allergies are:

1.  Tree Pollen

The worst tree pollen is very light and can travel long distances, not the heavy yellow variety of pine trees.  Some of the common offenders are Maple, Oak, Elm, and Cedar.

2.  Mold

Collects on the surface of grass and leftover fall leaves.

Interested in spring allergy relief?  Schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Gray Family Vision today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

4 Reasons To Avoid Cheap Glasses

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

This post will discuss 4 reasons to avoid buying cheap eyeglasses.  Quality frames and lenses cost a little more, but the improvement in vision and durability are well worth the added expense.

1.  No Name Frames

When you purchase frames from a designer name you trust there is a corresponding assurance that your purchase will fit, perform, and hold up to your expectations.  Quality frames are designed well for both fashion and function and are made from quality materials. The best  Zyl comes from Italy and is more comfortable and flexible in nature.  Quality metal is nickel free, surgical grade stainless steel, or titanium.  The best hinges are from Germany and offer a full range of smooth motion without rattle or catch.  The best nose pads are silicone and not plastic that slip off the nose.

Best Advice:  Buy a brand name frame that fits your image and lifestyle.

2.  No Name Lenses

Lenses matter.  Ever look through cheap binoculars or an inexpensive telescope?  Quality lenses will come with quality anti-reflective coatings that will perform much better (easy clean surfaces) and last much longer compared to their less expensive counter parts.  Most camera manufactures have opthalmic lens devisions and I would highly recommend that when you buy lenses demand a lens you recognize.  I believe  Zeiss has the finest optics, but Hoya/Pentax, Nikon, and Kodak are also decent choices.

Best Advice:  Buy brand name lenses and anti-reflective coatings.

3.  Opticians Not Certified

Before you purchase glasses, take the advice of your eye doctor and make sure your optician is ABO certified so you can be confident they have the proper knowledge of available lens materials, lens options, and your prescription to make and adjust the quality glasses that you deserve.

Best Advice:  Deal with ABO certified opticians.

4.  Lowest Satisfaction

Its not surprising that Consumer Report in December 2010 found that some opticals that offered cheap glasses also had the most complaints about quality and service.

Best Advice:  Avoid Cheap Glasses

Interested in getting a quality pair of glasses that will fit you and your budget?  Come see an optometrist and ABO certified optician at Gray Family Vision today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.