We have a proud and long history here in the New Haven area. There was a University before there was a country. We love taking a look back as much as we love looking forward. Did you know that the first eyeglasses available in the US (about the time Yale was founded) cost about $200? That would be equivalent to $6,000 in today’s dollars, so keep that in mind next time you look at all the great styles in eyewear we sell in the $250 to $500 range. Here is an infographic from the folks at Unity Lenses that gives us nice short history of eyeglasses and a compelling reason for all eyeglass wearers to consider the technological advances of digital lenses available today.
We recognize iconic looks every day. From Willie Nelson’s pigtails to Miley Cyrus’ tongue. In the eyeglass world, we have plenty of iconic looks as well, from John Lennon to Harry Potter. Here is a look at some very famous eyewear from the folks at Pop Chart Lab. What is your look? We can help make it even more iconic!
Your 2013 Insurance flex funds will expire soon. Don’t lose the money you worked for all year. Come into Kennedy & Perkins and purchase a new pair of stylish eyeglasses with those dollars. It’s almost like getting a new pair of eyeglasses free!
Did you know that upwards of 8% of men are colorblind? No, we are not talking about the tie they chose to wear with that shirt, though perhaps for some men, that is a very legitimate excuse. Women are affected far less with only 1 out of every 200 affected by colorblindness. The light sensitive tissue lining the inner surface of our eyes is called the retina. The retina is made up of rods and cones. The rods give us our night vision but do not distinguish color. The cones perceive color.
The cones, each contain a light sensitive pigment which is sensitive over a range of wavelengths (each visible color is a different wavelength from approximately 400 to 700 nm). Genes contain the coding instructions for these pigments, and if the coding instructions are wrong, then the wrong pigments will be produced, and the cones will be sensitive to different wavelengths of light (resulting in a color deficiency). The colors that we see are completely dependent on the sensitivity ranges of those pigments.
People with normal cones and light sensitive pigment are able to see all the different colors and subtle mixtures of them by using cones sensitive to one of three wavelength of light – red, green, and blue. A mild color deficiency is present when one or more of the three cones light sensitive pigments are not quite right and their peak sensitivity is shifted. A more severe color deficiency is present when one or more of the cones light sensitive pigments is really wrong.
There is not one type of colorblindness. Each of us have different color sensitivities. Take a look at these Ishihara color tests to see what numbers you see in each plate. The answers are at the bottom of the page. If you have trouble reading any of these, please call us and schedule an eye exam and let our doctors work out a solution for you.
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As safe as we would all like to think we are, accidents happen. 43 Americans are treated for work related eye injuries ever second of every day. Even off the job we expose our eyes to injury. Every 13 minutes someone is visiting an ER due to a sports eye injury. At Kennedy & Perkins, we take your eyesight personally. We have the best selection of the finest eyeglasses, sunglasses and lenses available in the state to help you see better and to protect your vision. We even have a great selection of safety glasses and goggles in which we can put your personal prescription in. Check out this infographic and be sure to let us help take care of your eyesight.
It’s that time of year….and with it, a new opportunity for your children to excel this school year. Make sure they have every opportunity to do so with an eye exam and if need be new eyeglasses from Kennedy & Perkins. We are offering FREE LENSES (single vision polycarbonate) through September with the purchase of any children’s designer frame. Hurry in today!
We like looking good. We like seeing good. We like doing both at the same time even. We are very excited to be the first optical stores in the country to get the new Oliver Peoples posters and product for 2012. Oliver Peoples has been one of our favorite brands for years. Their design savvy and attention to detail is unparalleled in the industry. They are one brand our customers come back and ask for year after year. Come check out the new Oliver Peoples designs today.
Anne et Valentin has been one of our favorite lines for years. These frames are designed in France in the spirit of a constant renewal of form and color. The Anne et Valentin line is a mix of geometric cuts, brilliant colors, and exciting materials that combined create a frame that not only reveals, flatters, and compliments, but becomes your signature. The new Spring collection has just arrive and we hope you will be as excited as we are when you come into any of the Kennedy & Perkins locations to see these exciting eyeglasses and sunglasses for yourself.