The Other Side of Free-Form

By Michael Walach
Monday, April 18, 2016 10:05 AM

There’s much more to “free-form” (FF) than just the progressive lenses that you have begun to use. Free-form is a process that is used to manufacture wide varieties of lenses: single vision, aspherics, atorics, bifocals and specialty lenses in addition to progressives. The category of free-form is composed of equipment, software, patient adjusted power lenses, varieties of lens designs, as well as new ways to control the technical attributes of lenses and their quality.

Embracing Digital Single Vision Lenses

By Alexander Bennett, ABOC
Monday, April 11, 2016 10:15 AM

Every so often, when I’m dispensing new glasses patients say the strangest things, like “My new lenses, they’re almost too clear.” I’ve heard this more frequently. What is our office doing differently? The significant change has been introducing digitally surfaced single-vision lenses to our patients.

The Story Of One Seasoned Optician

By Maggie Sayers, ABOM
Monday, December 21, 2015 2:10 PM

It has been a long, long time -- more than 40 years to be exact. I started my optical career in Germany in 1973, fresh out of high school. My dream was to go to Medical School, which simply did not work out. So, I followed in my sister’s footsteps and joined the optical company that she had married into.

Double Asphericity, A Free-form Solution for Single Vision (Part Four)

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 9:50 AM In the final Part Four of this series about utilizing newer lens designs and technologies to provide better vision for our single vision.

Double Asphericity, A Free-form Solution for Single Vision (Part Three)

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:09 PM In Part One of this series we examined asphericity, dual asphericity, atoricity and Free-form as better choices for a clearer field of vision in single vision lenses. Each provides an improvement in the way that a patient sees.

Double Asphericity, A Free-form Solution for Single Vision (Part Two)

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:05 AM In part one of this series we began to examine and discuss asphericity, dual asphericity, atoricity and Free-form as better choices for a clearer field of vision in single vision lenses.

Double Asphericity, A Free-form Solution for Single Vision

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 1:00 PM How many reading this are promoting and selling Free-form progressives? Come on, put up your hands and keep them up.

Free-form Lens Technology

By Maggie Sayers, ABOM
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:00 AM

Many leaders in the vision industry expect Free-form technology to be the next revolution in vision correction. How can we wrap our minds around this complicated technology and, even more important, how can we explain it to our patients?

Free-form Lenses: Address the Needs of Your Patient at Work and Play

By Brian Linde, OD
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:57 PM Enhance the lives of your patients by prescribing free-form spectacle lenses that meet lifestyle needs ranging from computer work to outdoor recreation. Loyalty and referrals will follow.

Free-form Single Vision

By Mark Mattison-Shupnick, ABOM
Thursday, April 12, 2012 3:28 AM The idea brings out the skeptic in many an optician.

Are You Changing the Prescription?

By Staff
Monday, November 28, 2011 4:40 AM No. The power of an optimized, customized or personalized lens is reconstructed to deliver...

Delivering Technologically Advanced Lenses

By Staff
Monday, November 28, 2011 1:26 AM Digital surfacing, digital enhancement of lenses and free-form are tools in the personalization arsenal. They are manufacturing processes not an actual product.

What Exactly is Digital Surfacing?

By Staff
Monday, November 28, 2011 1:00 AM According to Essilor, Digital Surfacing is a lens making process that removes the hard tooling limitations of traditional surfacing.

Essilor Lenses

By Pete Hanlin, Essilor of America
Sunday, November 27, 2011 2:52 AM Specifically, the main benefit of allowing the designer to use both surfaces is the ability to simultaneously control focus and distortion.
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