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Don't Let The Sun Dazzle You!

Seeing as we are surrounded by this amazing glorious sunny weather, we thought we would share with you a good quality lens which will benefit and protect your eyes from Ultraviolet rays. FACT: Did you know that UV rays are invisible and painless but pose a constant threat to our eyes. * Current lenses only offer partial protection, and studies show that UV rays are reflected into the eyes by the back surface of lenses. * UV rays on the back of the lens are harmful as light often arrives from behind and from the side, making these UV rays particularly harmful. There are dangers of UV rays and there is a well-known risk for the skin. At least 92% of Europeans are aware that ultraviolet (UV) li

Understanding Your Prescription

You may not realise it, but optometrists use a wide variety of tests and procedures to examine your eyes. These tests range from reading an eye chart to complex tests using high-powered lenses to visualize the tiny structures inside of your eyes. Pre-test Before you even enter the testing room, you will usually be taken to a pre-testing area to use two pieces of equipment. One is an Optomap image which is fast, painless and comfortable. Nothing touches your eye at any time and it is suitable for the whole family. To have the exam, you simply look into the device one eye at a time (like looking through a keyhole) and you will see a comfortable flash of light to let you know the image of your

Eyelids Explained!

The eyelids are thin folds of skin which cover and protect our eyes. They have muscles controlling their movement up and down known as the levator palpebrae. This can either be done via an involuntary or voluntary action of our nervous system. Each eyelid will have a row of eyelashes at the margin which have a function of heightened protection from dust and debris which may otherwise damage the delicate structures of the front of the eyes. The key function of the eyelids is to spread tears and other eye secretions over the visible eye surface keeping it moist and free from particle debris. The surface of the eye must be kept moist in order for it to work properly. Our blink reflex is one the

Why Don't My Transitions Work in the Car?

Not all transitions lenses actually work the same way in the car as they do anywhere else – they darken in reaction to the presence of ultraviolent (UV) light. The problem stems from the fact that most modern car windscreens already filter out harmful UV rays. Your windscreen is normally quite different from the rest of your glass, in that it’s two pieces of glass laminated with a layer of plastic – vinyl – in between. You then have a triple-layer system…which contains UV inhibitors that protect the plastic and as a result also protect any transmission of UV through it. So, a windscreen with laminated glass, blocks 98 to 99 percent of all UV. Ultraviolet light operates below the visible spec

Polarized Sunglasses vs Standard Tinting

Ultraviolet rays from the sun are incredibly damaging to our eyes, so proper eye protection is important at any time of year. However, choosing the right sunglasses is no easy task with so many choices available. Polarized sunglasses are specialized eyewear designed to reduce GLARE from surfaces such as water, snow and glass. First, we need to know what GLARE is. Glare is difficulty seeing in the presence of bright light such as direct or reflected sunlight. It can generally be divided into two types, discomfort and disability glare. Discomfort glare is an instinctive desire to look away from a bright light source. Disability glare impairs the vision of objects without necessarily causing di

Should I Buy Ready Readers?

Ready readers; they’re everywhere. In the local supermarket or high street store, at some “too good to be true” prices too. But just what are the advantages and disadvantages of buying an off the shelf pair of reading glasses, as opposed to a pair prescribed by your local optician? Ok, yes; they may save you money in the short term, but cheap reading glasses could actually end up costing your eyesight. The so-called ‘ready readers’, which sell for as little as £1 in high street shops, may leave wearers with eye strain, headaches or even blurred or double vision. Millions have bought them, however, research suggest they could be putting their eyesight and health at risk. By the age of 50, mos

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