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Why Have Regular Eye Tests?

You feel your eyes are healthy and you can see clearly, so you are probably thinking I don’t need an eye test… Well just as your car needs an MOT and service every year, regardless of whether you feel your car needs it or not, your eyes do need an eye test. In fact, even if you don’t feel any discomfort and your sight seems clear then your eyes should STILL be examined every 2 years at least. Many conditions can manifest which may not be picked up unless an eye test is performed. Diabetes, Hypertension, high cholesterol levels are all vascular conditions that can be found in the eyes, and opticians can be the first professionals to pick these up. Quite often the optometrist will find these h

When can my Child Start Wearing Contact Lenses?

It is now quite common for children of around 7 or 8 years old, or even younger, to start wearing contact lenses part time - giving them freedom from glasses to enjoy activities such as horse riding, dancing, rugby or football to the fullest and often improving their confidence. Daily disposable contact lenses are ideal as they are really comfortable and it's reassuring to know that a fresh sterile pair will be used every time. They are made from a smooth soft gel that allows the surface of eye to breathe and some even have a UV filter for extra protection. Children are very adaptable and are quick learners when it comes to handling the lenses, as long as they are motivated. Have a try! We f

My Child Keeps Needing Stronger Glasses, What can I do?

Myopia (short-sightedness) has become much more common worldwide in recent years and in the UK between 20- 40% of the population are now myopic. The reasons for this are not yet fully understood but we do know that children with two myopic parents are more at risk. Myopic eyes tend to be longer in length and research has shown that this excessive growth may be a response to the visual environment, namely excessive close work (reading and screen use). Research has also shown that children who become myopic tend to spend significantly less time outdoors than children without myopia and that spending upwards of 10-14 hours/week outdoors is protective against myopia. Being myopic is not simply i

What are the Different Types of Spectacle Lenses

We all have unique vision correction needs with varying degrees of near or far sightedness and astigmatism. Today’s lenses are built around your prescription and the way you live to give you a personalised view through your eyeglasses. Here’s the rundown. Single Vision lenses are one power from edge to edge. These lenses are typically prescribed to correct for near sightedness, far sightedness and astigmatism. They're the most common type of prescription lens. They are available in clear lens options, as well as photo-chromatic, permanently tinted, and polarised options. It is also possible to have lenses made from different kinds of plastic materials to enable stronger lens prescription

What are the Different Types of Contact Lenses

There are two general types of contact lenses: hard and soft. The hard lenses most commonly used today are rigid, gas-permeable lenses (RGP for short). They are made of plastics and other materials such as silicone or fluoropolymers. Hard lenses hold their shape, yet allow the free flow of oxygen through the lenses to the cornea. RGP lenses may be the best choice when the cornea has enough astigmatism (is shaped like a rugby ball instead of a football) that a soft lens will not provide sharp vision. They may also be preferable when a person has allergies or tends to form protein deposits on his or her contacts. Soft lenses are the choice of most contact lens wearers. These lenses are comfort

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