Charles Bittel III, O.D., Inc.

Charles Bittel, O.D. Newsletter


October, 2011
Charles Bittel III, O.D., Inc.


Now that everyone is buckling down after their summer vacations, we're seeing an influx of patients that are tired of juggling multiple pairs of glasses. We've had a lot of discussions about Progressive lenses lately, so we decided to provide you with a little more information to try and dispel some of the myths and legends regarding these lenses. As always, we hope you find the information helpful. Happy reading!
On a side note, we're trying to keep up with the social media wave by regularly updating the office Facebook page. If you're on Facebook and you'd like to be updated on new frames coming in, new contact lens promotions, and interesting articles we come across, we'd love it if you would "Like" us on Facebook and "Share" with your friends your experiences with our practice (check out the bottom of the Newsletter for an extra incentive to Check In on Facebook when you come in for your exam).


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In This Issue
Featured Article
Progressive Addition Lenses (PAL's)

Progressive addition lenses, otherwise known as PAL's, no-line bifocals, or no-line trifocals, have come a long way from their original designs.  They used to be a harsh hour-glass design with a large distance zone, a very narrow intermediate (computer) zone in the middle, and a moderate-sized reading zone at the bottom of the lens. The technology these days has allowed for a "softening" of the design in which the intermediate zone has been significantly widened for more comfortable computer use.


Anatomy of a Progressive Lens

Older "hard" design


Soft Design
More representative of a "soft" design


There are 2 types of patients that are typically going to be ready for progressive lenses. The first are current single-vision distance glasses wearers who are having trouble reading with their glasses. This is usually an easy transition to make because the patient is already used to wearing glasses basically full-time, and they just have to get used to the new lens design.


The more hesitant patient is usually the one that has decent distance vision without glasses, but needs reading glasses more and more frequently. For this patient, a progressive lens will be more convenient, and should allow the patient to be more functional throughout the day. With reading glasses, you cannot look through the lenses and see clearly in the distance. Therefore the glasses are constantly on and off throughout the day, and frequently getting lost, broken, and are just not available when needed. Progressive lenses allow the wearer to put them on and leave them on. You can see across your office, your computer at arm's length, and the documents on your desk, all with the same pair of glasses. Or another example I often give is that when you go to the grocery store, you don't have to wear your readers down on your nose while walking around the store. Progressives will allow you to see what's on aisle 7 (distance), what's on the shelf in front of you (intermediate), and what ingredients are in your Cheerios (near). Transitioning into progressives does not mean that you will be a full-time glasses wearer from then on. What is does mean is that you will have more freedom with your glasses in situations where you need to see clearly at multiple distances.


As previously stated, the technology of progressives has come a long way. We are putting most of our patients into a lens called Unity PLx which allows us to give a patient more intermediate/computer room or more reading room in the lens, based on their specific needs. There are also computer-specific progressives that I can talk about in future articles. Therefore, if you have heard horror stories about your cousin that tried progressives 15 years ago and had a horrible experience, or even if you tried progressives 15 years ago and had a horrible experience, you may want to give them another chance if they will significantly improve the quality of your life with glasses. They do still take some getting used to, but it is rare these days to have to convert a new progressive wearer back into single-vision or bifocal lenses.


*  If you are a current progressive wearer and are having some difficulty at your computer, visit Dr. Charlie Bittel's blog for some tips and tricks related to progressives and computer vision. 



Flex Spending: This is the time of year where many of you are getting ready to spend your remaining flex account dollars. Glasses, contact lenses, and even LASIK do fall under the umbrella of flex spending accounts.
Optomap: Many of you are aware that we have a digital retinal camera that takes a detailed picture of the back of the eye. The retinal image gives Dr. Bittel a view of the back of the eye that he would not be able to see unless he dilated your pupils. We are recommending baseline photos for all new patients (even kids/teenagers) and for existing patients that have yet to take the pictures. This test is still not completely covered by insurance, but Dr. Bittel offers ALL patients the insurance discounted price of $39. 
Medical Insurance: Dr. Bittel now accepts most PPO plans as well as Medicare for medical office visits. If you have a red eye, allergies, or any other eye related medical concerns we are happy to help. If you have a PPO or Medicare, we will ask to make a copy of your card for our records.
Contact Lens Rebates: Many contact lens companies are offering rebates with the purchase of an annual supply of contact lenses. This can significantly reduce the price paid per box of contacts, especially when used in conjunction with vision insurance. Please ask us if your contact lens manufacturer is presently offering any rebates.
* Shipping to your home or office is FREE when ordering a year supply!
Glasses: Some vision insurance plans offer 20-30% off a second pair of glasses. If you need to update your primary care glasses but are interested in a second pair such as sunglasses or computer glasses, please ask us if your insurance offers these discounts.
Transitions: Many of you may have seen recent commercials for Transitions lenses (the lenses that are clear indoors and turn dark outdoors). For patients with certain vision plans we are able to offer a no-risk trial of Transitions lenses. If you ultimately don't like your Transitions the insurance company will refund the cost of the Transitions and remake your lenses.



About Us

Dr. Chuck Bittel (Senior) has been practicing in Yorba Linda for over 25 years. His son, Dr. Charlie Bittel (Junior) has been practicing in Yorba Linda and Fullerton for the last 5 years and has just joined his father's practice full-time.


Learn more about Dr. Bittel Senior and Junior and about their practice on their website and Facebook page. Also visit the blog for Computer Vision Services to learn more about Computer Vision Syndrome.


For appointments call 714-779-8521

Charles Bittel III, O.D., Inc.
20399 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, California 92886

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