Charles Bittel III, O.D., Inc.

Charles Bittel III,O.D.,Inc.

New PAL Tech 

August 2016
Charles Bittel III, O.D., Inc.


Happy Summer all! I can't believe it's been 4 months since our last newsletter on the new Eyezen technology. I had every intention of following up that newsletter a month later featuring new technology for the 45 year old and up crowd, but time flies around here once schools get out. The good news is that the 4 month gap has given us some time to actually prescribe the Eyezen lens, which patients are loving, as well as test the new progressive technology in office. 

The new progressive we will highlight in this newsletter is called the Essilor Physio W3+. The innovations with this lens sound great on paper, and so far the staff that have tried this lens have loved it. So it officially has our stamp of approval and we are ready to prescribe the Physio W3+ going forward. 

A few quick reminders before we move onto the W3+... Summer books up extremely fast in our office. So if you have a student headed back to school or if you're a teacher who's Summer is quickly coming to an end, call today to schedule your appointment if you're normally seen this time of year. And if you're in the office and it's busier than normal, we appreciate your patience as we try and help everyone as efficiently as possible.

Lastly, if any of you work for a company that has switched your vision insurance over to a carrier with whom we are not contracted, and you are having difficulty finding a provider that takes your new vision insurance, please contact your HR as soon as possible. We know many of you that have been switched from VSP are not thrilled with your new plan, so we are crossing our fingers that said companies will go back to VSP for 2017 if there's enough push-back from their employees. If you have any questions as to whether or not your insurance was changed for 2016, give us a call and our team will provide you with whatever information we can. 

Thank you as always for your time, loyalty to our practice, and kindness in general. Happy reading, and as always feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns. 



Dr. Charlie Bittel (Junior)
Dr. Chuck Bittel (Senior)
Dr. Joo Chi
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Physio W3+ 

Whenever we talk to a patient about moving on from a single vision lens to their first pair of progressives, the suggestion is generally met with a bit of apprehension. Everyone knows someone who has tried progressives and who couldn't stop talking about how much they disliked their progressives. Some of you have probably tried progressives and disliked your progressives. The reasons for disliking progressives are usually twofold. First, the optics can become distorted towards the edges of the lenses. This can create a bit of an uneasy or disorienting effect for the first few days a new progressive is worn. Second, properly using a progressive takes some practice. One must look through different portions of the lens based on the distance of the target they are trying to focus on. It can take days or even weeks before a new progressive wearer feels like they can effortlessly focus throughout the day with their new lenses. Fortunately, progressive technology is forever evolving. And in doing so, it's made the adaptation process for new progressive wearers much easier and the overall experience for seasoned progressive wearers much smoother. 

A few years ago, we began prescribing Essilor brand lenses whenever possible. Essilor is constantly leading the pack when it comes to lens design and advancements in lens technology. Our go-to premium lens for the last few years has been Essilor's Varilux Physio Enhanced. We are now in the process of converting our premium choice to the Varilux Physio W3+.

The goal of a new progressive design is generally to improve or even eliminate the the above-mentioned complaints about progressive lenses. So the first goal is to minimize the peripheral distortion that has plagued progressive wearers from the beginning. The W3+ addresses peripheral distortion with dual sided optics. Basically, rather than having the add power, or reading power, concentrated on one side of the lens, it is split between the front and the back of the lens. This division allows for a wider corridor of clear vision, a larger "sweet spot" in the lens, and ultimately less peripheral distortion. This makes the adaptation process for new wearers much more comfortable. And even seasoned progressive wearers can appreciate a smoother, more comfortable progressive experience. Another technological advancement found in the W3+ is the Binocular Booster feature. The Binocular Booster factors in the prescription from the right eye and the prescription from the left eye and calculates how they will best work together, rather than treating the right and left lenses as individual units. This binocular calculation makes for an easier transition from distance to near, once again making the progressive experience more comfortable for both new and existing wearers.

The other new benefit of the W3+ is that it automatically comes with Essilor's Smart Blue Filter. This is the filter that I mentioned in the last newsletter about EyeZen lenses. Here's a refresher on why we are concerned about blue light in computer users...

A 2015 report from The Vision Council titled Hindsight is 20/20/20: Protect Your Eyes from Digital Devices, found that more than 90% of adults are at risk for digital eye strain, and that 73% are unaware of the potential dangers of blue light to the eyes. You may remember us mentioning the ongoing research into the potential risk that blue light from digital devices poses to our ocular health. Either way, let me elaborate on this potential concern.

We know for a fact that UV rays are damaging to the eyes. They can accelerate cataract development and contribute to macular degeneration. Well, right next to UV light on the spectrum is violet and blue light in the visible spectrum (think the BIV in ROY G BIV). 

Research is now focusing on the potential harmful effects of short-wavelength blue light...light in the visible spectrum that is projected from computer screens and digital devices. They are trying to determine if staring at a screen throughout the day without a filter for short-wavelength blue light will ultimately increase an individual's risk for eye disease such as macular degeneration. Just as we know that a large amount of sun exposure without UV protection (sunglasses) increases the risk of developing macular degeneration. To complicate matters further, we also know that we do not want to block out all blue light from entering our eyes. There are actually helpful blue rays, longer blue wavelengths in the blue-turquoise spectrum, that contribute to a healthy sleep cycle and that boost our energy and elevate our mood. So when a blue light filter is developed, it needs to filter out the short-wavelength blue light while allowing the long-wavelength blue light to pass through the lens. That's exactly what the Smart Blue Filter does. It filters out approximately 20% of the short-wave blue light emitted from digital devices. No, it's not 100% blocking like we look for in a UV filter, but it's better than nothing at this point and they don't charge extra for the Smart Blue Filter. 

So whether you're a potential new progressive wearer, previous progressive non-adapt, or just looking for a better overall visual experience with your progressives, ask for the Physio W3+ at your next eye exam. The dual optix design will provide a wider field of vision than almost any other progressive, and the Binocular Booster will ensure that your eyes smoothly transition from distance to intermediate to near. And if you're a big time computer user or digital device person, the Smart Blue Filter will add an extra layer of protection during screen time.

Designer Frame News!!!

We are extremely excited to announce that we are carrying Tom Ford Eyewear! We have a great selection of men's and women's frames, so come on in to check out the newest designs!

Dior is back!! After selling down our existing inventory we have a brand new selection of beautiful DIor frames. 



About Us

Dr. Chuck Bittel (Senior) has been practicing in Yorba Linda for over 30 years. His son, Dr. Charlie Bittel III (Junior) has been practicing in Yorba Linda for the last 9 years and took over the practice in December 2012. The business has continued to grow through referrals of family and friends so we are always honored to see your loved ones and feel free to give us a Yelp if you see fit! We are also the first business in all of California to register with the new referral app GWIG (Go Where I Go)!


Learn more about Dr. Bittel Senior and Junior and about their practice on their website and Facebook page. 


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