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Ray-Ban: A Piece of Classic American Culture

Since being introduced in 1936 by Bausch & Lomb, Ray-Ban sunglasses have been an integral part of American culture.

The first mirrored sunglasses ever produced were made famous by celebrated World War II General Douglas MacArthur, and created by Ray-Ban.

In the film The Blues Brothers, Dan Akyroyd and John Belushi donned black Ray-Ban Wayfarers to give their characters that patented cool, bluesy look.

And when Tom Cruise and his co-stars climbed into their F-16s and took to the skies in Top Gun, Ray-Ban Aviators were the natural choice.

Ray-Ban Frames: Modern Cool

The brainchild of a U.S. Army Air Corps officer, Ray-Ban Aviators were designed to reduce glare and UV radiation for pilots as they flew. Since then, Ray-Ban has become one of the biggest names in quality sunglasses, maintaining its signature look throughout the 20th century, and into the 21st.

Sold by Bausch & Lomb to Luxottica Group in 1999, Ray-Ban continues to offer a wide variety of sought-after sunglasses. Along with their timeless Aviators, Ray-Ban’s most popular frames include Clubmaster, Wayfarer and Round.

Working with Facebook, Ray-Ban has just begun offering their newest product: Ray-Ban Stories, a cutting-edge line of smart glasses.

Ray-Ban Stories

With Ray-Ban Stories, wearers can use their glasses to listen to music, make phone calls and record the world around them in photos and videos up to 30 seconds long.

Thanks to integration with Facebook’s Android and iOS-compatible app, Facebook View, wearers can also share their content with friends and family through Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat and more.

Want to learn more about Ray-Ban’s wide selection of eyeglasses and sunglasses frames? Come visit in today.

At Eye Trends, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 936-206-7366 or book an appointment online to see one of our Conroe eye doctors.

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Where did Ray-Ban Sunglasses get their name?

Ray-Ban sunglasses were first conceived by US Army Air Corps Colonel John A. Macready as a way to help airmen navigate the skies. These prototype Ray-Ban sunglasses had green lenses that were able to cut glare and reduce the impact of ultraviolet and infrared rays on pilots’ vision, all without obstructing their line of sight.

The sunglasses’ ability to “ban rays” resulted in them earning the name they’re famous for today: Ray-Ban.

What features and styles are offered for Ray-Ban Stories?

Stories are offered in 5 different colors and 20 different styles. These include signature Ray-Ban frames, such as Wayfarer, Round and Meteor. Wearers can choose from a selection of lenses, including prescription lenses, sunglasses and transition lenses.

Stories’ frames have a set of micro speakers for phone calls, two 5 megapixel cameras for photos and videos, 3 mini-microphones that can be used for calls and audio recordings, a touchpad, battery and more. All are powered by a dedicated Snapdragon processor.

The frames also come with a specially designed portable recharging case. When fully charged, Stories smart glasses offer up to three days of continuous use.

How to Read Your Eyeglasses Prescription

You just had an eye exam and your optometrist gave you a new vision prescription for eyeglasses. Problem is, you can’t make sense of it. There’s a bunch of unfamiliar acronyms and numbers. You know all those numbers relate to the lenses that you need to wear to see clearly, but what does each one mean?

The simple explanation is that those numbers refer to the lens powers you need to correct your eye’s refractive error – so you can enjoy crisp vision instead of the blurred vision you’ve had until now.

If it’s been a while since your last eye exam, contact one of our Eye Trends offices in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Greenspoint, Kingwood, and Houston, Texas, to book an appointment with our eye doctor. We want you to have a sharp view of the world, and we’ll check your visual acuity thoroughly to issue your up-to-date, precise vision prescription for eyeglasses.

A Breakdown of Your Eyeglasses Prescription

Let’s go through the significance of the letters and numbers on your prescription:

  • OS and OD: these are Latin abbreviations that stand for oculus sinister and oculus dextrus, respectively. (If your prescription also says OU, it refers to oculus uterque, for both eyes.)
  • Numbers: generally, the greater the number is away from zero, the worse your vision – and the more vision correction you need. That translates into a stronger prescription.The numbers represent diopters (sometimes abbreviated “D”), which is the standard unit for measuring the focusing power of the lens your eye requires to see clearly.
  • +/- : if there is a plus/+ sign before the number, it means you are farsighted; if there is a minus/- sign before the number, it means you are nearsighted.
  • S x C x AXIS: if you have astigmatism, there will be three additional numbers on your prescription-
    • SPH (S) refers to the spherical part of your prescription, which is the degree of nearsightedness or farsightedness.
    • CYL (C) refers to the cylinder (the astigmatism), and it can be a positive or negative number; it measures your degree of astigmatism in diopters. The higher this number, the more astigmatism (= the more your cornea is shaped like an ellipse, instead of a globe).
    • Axis is a number from 0 – 180 that reveals the orientation of the astigmatism, describing exactly where the difference in curvature is occurring.
  • ADD: this is a correction factor for when you need a different prescription for near vision, such as for presbyopia. This number is always a plus/+.
  • PD: stands for interpupillary distance. It is a measurement of the distance between the center of one eye to the center of your other eye, and it is an important piece of information. PD ensures that your eyes match up with the optical center of your eyeglasses lenses.

People often worry when they see a major difference in the numbers for the right eye to be very different from the left eye. However, this is quite common.

Check the date on your eyeglasses prescription

There’s one more important number on your prescription – the date of issue! Now that you’re fully informed about how to read your eyeglasses prescription, it’s time to make sure you had an eye exam in the last year, and that your lenses are truly optimizing your vision. Book an annual eye exam with our eye doctors in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Greenspoint, Kingwood, and Houston, Texas, to ensure your eyeglasses prescription is accurate!


At Eye Trends, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 936-206-7366 or book an appointment online to see one of our Conroe eye doctors.

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