Archive for the ‘Eyeglasses’ Category

Welcome i.Terminal 2

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

stage-zeiss-lens-fitting-207-2Introducing i.Terminal 2 

We are committed to providing you the best vision possible and are excited to have added the i. Terminal 2.  It is the most advanced centration system available today and it quickly and accurately obtains several key measurements necessary in the making of your eyeglasses.

No More Manual Measurements – 5X More Accurate !

i.Terminal 2  precisely determines  the centration of your lenses for you to see your absolute best.  Studies show that digital measurements are more accurate than even the best manual measurements as it allows for more natural eye position.

How It Works

A quick digital image of you with your new eyewear is obtained.  We then analyze the image to optimize the position of your lenses in your selected frame.

We continue to invest in new equipment because your vision is important to us.  This new technology is now available at both our Gray and Windham locations at no additional cost when purchasing eyewear from Gray Family Vision.


Recycle Your Old Eyeglasses

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

1717642_srecycleWith Earth Day fresh on everyone’s mind, we wanted to give a reminder that we continue to collect used eyewear.  If you happen to have an unwanted pair of eyeglasses lying around, here are 3 reasons to consider donating them at Gray Family Vision.

1.  Be Green

Avoid contributing your old eyewear to the local landfill.

2.  Feel Good

The glasses we collect are used by those less fortunate in other countries.

3.  Save $$

Donate an unwanted pair of glasses and buy (without insurance) a complete pair of glasses with anti-reflective coating and we will give you a discount;  $25 off single vision or $50 off progressive/no line bifocal.

Have a pair of glasses you would like to recycle?  Schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Gray Family Vision today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

FDA Alert: Foreign Glasses May Be Substandard

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Glasses imported into the United States must meet minimum impact resistant standards.    A recent sample of children’s sunglasses found that nearly every lens failed impact testing and another sample of adult glasses had a 38% rate of failure.  This data mirrors a study published in September 2012 issue of Optometry: Journal of the American Optometic Association that found that 45% of internet glasses failed to meet prescription or safety standards.  A complete list of the companies in question can be found here.

Need a quality pair of eyeglasses fast?  Learn about our same day glasses service here.

Fight Optical Sale Illusions

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

JC Penney recently changed its pricing strategy, aiming to eliminate their practice of what Ron Johnson (CEO) calls “fake prices”.  I can only hope that chain opticals will someday take the same approach.

For years, chain opticals have manipulated sales and discount vision plans to create an illusion of savings for consumers.  The sales and vision discounts are generally just reductions from regular prices that are set artificially high to begin with.   It’s a common marketing ploy to make people believe they are getting a bargain.

So how do you get the best eyeglasses?

1.  Lenses first.

Your doctor is your best resource for recommending which brand and type of lens is best based on your individual vision needs, past history, and current prescription.  I recommend Zeiss lenses most often for their commitment to having the best ophthalmic lenses.

2.  Frame next.

Frames truly represent our personality and run the gamut of utilitarian to high fashion.  An optician can help you make sure the frame you like is compatible with the lenses you require.

3.  Value.

Consider the quality of the eyeglasses, the expertise of the staff, and the warranty before your purchase.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Improve Your Night Vision Driving

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Did you know that uncoated eyeglass lenses actually increase glare by reflecting light off the surface of your lenses?  The amount of reflectance varies depending on the material of lens used, but can be up to 16%.  In contrast, anti-reflective coated lenses not only decrease surface reflectance, but also internal reflectance which helps make your lenses look thinner and less visible.  They improve night vision driving and reduce eye strain while using your computer.

Anti-Reflective Coating Benefits

  • Improve night vision
  • Reduce eye strain on computer
  • Best looking lenses possible

There are differences between manufactures and the best quality anti-reflective coatings repel dirt/dust, reduce visible smudging, and offer greater scratch resistance.  Zeiss invented the process back in 1935 and I believe is still the industry leader, but Crizal, Kodak, Pentax, and Hoya are also good choices.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Sport Injuries Are Leading Cause Of Youth Blindness

Monday, August 8th, 2011

SMI Eye Tracking Glasses Professional Sports

According to the National Eye Institute, sports related eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children. It is estimated that 90% of sports related eye injuries can be prevented with special protective eyewear; ordinary eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses do not qualify as protective eyewear.

Sports with the most eye related injuries:

  • baseball (the #1 risk for those 14 and under)
  • basketball (the #1 risk for those between 15 and 24)
  • boxing
  • hockey
  • paintball
  • raquetball
  • softball
  • squash

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

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.