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Fed up of fog? Anti fog solutions

Posted on 29 September 2020


Blog for anti fog solutions in eyewear

Face masks have become an essential part of daily life to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), but they affect our specs and therefore sight by steaming up the lenses and the warm air moves towards the eyes causing increased drying of the tears, so much so that researchers have given this the name (MADE) mask-associated dry eye.

As the weather changes, going from the cold to the warm of indoor heating will make these issues worse.

There are solutions to help these issues and we are at hand to go through them when you come in and visit. We champion ourselves on lifestyle dispensing, getting to know our patients and offer them the best options based on their lifestyle and daily activity needs.
In this new normal we need to think; How often do you need to wear a mask daily? For some we might just wear them when we pop to the shops but for others they could be wearing masks for hours every day while at work. Have you noticed your eyes have been more prone to feeling dry and gritty after or while wearing a mask? After all if our eyes are dry we are more likely to rub them which is an increase infection risk of Covid 19. By keeping the eyes comfortable it keeps hands away.

So what are the options?

1. Anti-fog lens treatments

An anti-fog coating can be applied to the lens itself. These coatings can have the same benefits of anti-glare and scratch resistance as well as improved resilience against fogging up. We have tested these products and there was a marked improvement compared to normal coated and uncoated lenses. We have made a video to demonstrate these lenses which can be found here https://youtu.be/wgGW9uUffXI

We are offering these coatings at the same cost as our premium anti-glare lenses, offering the same benefits of anti-glare and a scratch warranty but with the anti fog as a free upgrade.

2. Anti-fog cleaning products

If you already have specs and don’t wish to change the lenses then there are specialist cloths and wipes which apply an anti-fog treatment to the lenses which lasts up to a few days. They come in the form of cloths and pre-soaked individual wipes. Some work best with anti-glare lenses while others are best suited to uncoated lenses.

We have trialled over the past few months and have found which we feel work best.
These can be found in all our practices with options starting from 0.50p.

Here's a video we made trialling the options https://youtu.be/TmVMxozsINc

3. Contact lenses

Contact lenses are another great way of avoiding specs from steaming up because, well, you’re now wearing any.
Modern contact lenses such as Silicon Hydrogel are very efficient at keeping the eye moist while also allowing enough Oxygen to the eye so it stays healthy.

We offer a free contact lens trial service so you could see how you could benefit from wearing them whilst wearing masks as well as other PPE.

4. Dry eye services

If since wearing a mask for prolonged periods of time you have found that your eyes are prone to drying or are feeling uncomfortable we have the solutions for you.
Each practice has trained ocular hygienists who can discuss the wetting drop product ranges we sell and explain each ones differences and benefits.

Not all wetting drops are equal, cheap ones often dry out much quicker so need applying more often meaning you go through the bottle quicker and it actually ends up costing you more. Likewise some bottles you may find difficult to use so the drops rarely go into the eye meaning again you waste unnecessary money with the drops on your cheek instead of the eye (we call them expensive tears)

If you are one of those who is unfortunately effected by dry eye and masks are making the situation worse we offer a dry eye clinic where a trained optician can identify the exact cause of why the eyes are dry and create a bespoke treatment plan for you.
There are many causes for dry eye and what works well for one doesn’t often work for another so friends/family advice may be wrong for you.
The price includes 2 follow up appointments to see how the treatment is going as well as discount off any products such as drops or lid cleaning wipes.

This service costs £40 and is available at all of our practices.

Give us a call if you would like any further advice. During this period of time with social distancing measures we are only able to let a limited number of patients in at any one time so we are making booking consultations to avoid disappointment or having to wait in the cold.


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We are open, click here for more info

Posted on 04 July 2020


Open for business

There is a member of our team now present Monday to Saturday at all of our practices.

We have resumed sight tests but as you can imagine we have a large list of people who have been waiting during the lockdown, please bare with us. If you are due your routine test with no symptoms and do not need any new specs please await your reminder letter when things have settled down.

As we have throughout the lockdown, if you have an urgent problem we will see you straight away. Please be aware that we are not able to test everyday of the week though and if you are unable to leave the house we can offer virtual consultations.

If you feel you have had a change in your vision and you would like to purchase some specs from us, please call your local practice and we will update you on availability and get you booked in.

We are still operating with a limited number of staff so if you ring and we dont answer, we are there, leave a message if you can or alternatively you can email your practice with the details on the website.

The optical governing bodies have deemed that 2m distancing should still be maintained in optical practices, we will be wearing facemasks and we ask that you do the same. We are cleaning continuously throughout the day to keep you safe when entering our practices. Screens are in place throughout and we ask that you pay only by card.

We saw many of our own patients in need during the lockdown aswell as countless from other practices who had closed. Jan, Helen, Clive, Kim, Mike and Ben worked tirelessly to help those in need over the past few months and we look forward to seeing you back in more normal surroundings.


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Covid 19 outbreak, eyecare, service and support

Posted on 15 April 2020


Covid 19 outbreak, eyecare, service and support

We are already in a period of deeply uncharted territory.
During this period we will be operating on an emergency basis.
Please bare with us during this time, the practices are closed but we are able to offer essential and urgent eye care advice and support.

This includes if:

Your vision has suddenly changed or become blurry
You have a painful or red eye
You have been advised to attend this practice by 111 or another healthcare professional for urgent eye care
You have broken or lost your specs and need a replacement pair to function
You have a problem with your contact lenses
You need a supply of contact lenses

Please phone your usual practice telephone number, your call will be answered by one of our optician’s who can assess how we are best to meet your needs. See locations on the main menu to direct you to your local practice details including telephone numbers.

Contact lens supply for existing patients will be done by post/delivery.

If you have spectacles on order we will be able to post/deliver these to you.

If you are worried about your eyes please phone us to discuss this. We may be able to answer your queries over the phone or video without you needing to come in.

Stay safe and we hope to see you very soon, in person and less than 2 meters away!


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Easter Bank Holiday opening dates, Click for more info

Posted on 09 April 2020


Easter Bank Holiday opening dates, Click for more info

Happy Easter folks!
Thank you for all your support during this difficult time. We hope you have a great Easter.
We will be closed from Good Friday 10/4/20 and reopen Tuesday the 14/4/20 resuming our emergency eye care service.
If you have any emergency eye care needs over these dates please call 111 and they will advise you on the best course of action.


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Coronavirus update & emergency services.

Posted on 24 March 2020


Coronavirus update & emergency services.

Hello all,

We are already in a period of deeply uncharted territory.
During this period we will be operating on an emergency basis.
Until Saturday 28th March, a member of staff will be present during normal working hours at each practice.

After that the practices will be closed BUT We are able to offer essential and urgent eye care advice and support.

This includes if:

Your vision has suddenly changed or become blurry
You have a painful or red eye
You have been advised to attend this practice by 111 or another healthcare professional for urgent eye care
You have broken or lost your specs and need a replacement pair to function
You have a problem with your contact lenses
You need a supply of contact lenses

Please phone your usual practice telephone number, your call will be answered by one of our optician’s who can assess how we are best to meet your needs. See locations on the main menu to direct you to your local practice details including telephone numbers.

Contact lens supply for existing patients will be done by post/delivery.

If you have spectacles on order we will be able to post/deliver these to you.

If you are worried about your eyes please phone us to discuss this. We may be able to answer your queries over the phone or video without you needing to come in.

Stay safe and we hope to see you very soon, in person and less than 2 meters away!


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Coronavirus advice and guidance

Posted on 20 March 2020


Coronavirus advice and guidance

Were open but for the safety of our patients and colleagues we are following strict government guidelines

We recognise that these are exceptional and unsettling times and want to support you with the latest information on our practices as well as advice on how to try and protect ourselves from the Coronavirus

As a health care provider, we always strive to deliver the highest clinical and hygiene standards, including regular handwashing and cleaning equipment between patients. But, given the threat we are all facing from COVID-19, we have brought in some new measures to try and combat the spread of the virus:

· Following government guidance, we’re asking anyone with flu-like symptoms not to visit us. When our patients are feeling better, we’ll help them rebook their appointment and look forward to welcoming them back in-practice


· We’ve made hand sanitisers available to colleagues and patients in our practices. Hand washing remains the best form so the facility to do so will be offered if you prefer to not use gel.


· Disinfectant wipes are available throughout the practice to wipe down any frames that you with to try on before and after use.


· Frames will also be cleaned at regular intervals during the day


· We have re-arranged the waiting area seating (where possible) to make sure there is less close contact between customers. This may mean the chairs in our waiting areas are spaced further apart than normal or every other desk will be left free when measuring and fitting glasses and contact lenses for our customer

What should i do regarding my Contact lenses and Glasses wear during this time?

The average person touches their face more than 20 times an hour* and half the time probably isn’t even aware they’re doing it. Safe to say, it’s a difficult challenge for everyone.

On top of that, glasses and contact lens wearers have the extra struggle of having to cope with physically wearing something on their faces or in their eyes and having to fit them on a regular basis.

Glasses

Will my normal glasses cleaning liquid help to protect my glasses from picking up the virus?

Just like washing your hands, it’s good practice to clean your glasses regularly. A glasses cleaning solution that contains a surfactant will help to remove surface microbes that may be of harm. Make sure you clean them thoroughly, not forgetting the nose pads and sides, and dry them with a clean glasses cleaning cloth.

Can I help keep my glasses virus-free by using anti-bacterial hand sanitiser on them, will that do the job?

An anti-bacterial hand sanitiser will help to rid your glasses of potentially harmful surface particles, as it would your hands. But, do avoid contact with your glasses’ lenses, as some ingredients may affect the quality of the lens’ surface. It’s also likely to smear or leave streaks on your lenses unless properly rinsed and dried. If you have purchased your glasses from us, pop into your nearest practice and ask for a complimentary lens spray, these can be refilled for free when it runs out!


How often should I wash my glasses cleaning cloth and how should I do it?

With regular wiping, it doesn’t take long for a cleaning cloth to get a little dirty. The simplest way to keep it clean is to wash it in the washing machine on a 40 degree wash with your clothes. I tend to wash my cloth once a week or more frequently if needed. Overtime, and after frequent washes, your cloth may shrink a little, become less effective and need replacing.


If I run out of glasses cleaning liquid, can I use something else?

Yes you can. You can wash your glasses in warm diluted soapy water, a pH neutral washing up liquid is ideal. Make sure you rinse them thoroughly under running water and use a clean glasses cleaning cloth to dry to help avoid any smears or streaks on your lenses.

Contact Lenses

Should I avoid wearing contact lenses so I don’t have to touch my face?

No, you don’t need to. Wearing contact lenses is safe despite myths and misinformation that you may have heard or read about recently. What’s critical though is that you wash your hands carefully and thoroughly with soap and water followed by drying them with unused paper towels. You should do this when you’re putting your lenses in your eyes and also removing them.


Should I use an anti-bacterial hand sanitiser before I handle my lenses or is soap a better option?

As you’ll probably already know, The World Health Organisation are advising people to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after they have been in a public place, or after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing.

If I normally wear monthly lenses, should I switch to dailies so I’m not handling my lenses as much?

Irrespective of whether you’re wearing monthly or daily disposable lenses, they’ll still need to be inserted and removed from your eyes at least once each day. Again, proper handwashing is the key. You should dispose of your daily disposable lenses each evening, or regularly disinfect your monthly or two-week lenses according to the instructions you’ve received from your optician or the lens manufacturer.


If I stick with my monthlies, should I change my cleaning pot more regularly?

We already advise that you replace your case every month and we’d suggest you continue to do this. Remember, each night you should empty your case of the old solution; rinse your case with fresh solution and then air-dry it upside down on a clean tissue.


Should I wear surgical gloves when putting my contact lenses in and taking them out, will that make a difference?

As long as you’re washing your hands properly with soap and water before you insert or remove your lenses and dry your hands with unused paper towels, there’s no need to wear gloves. (it’s actually pretty tricky to handle your lenses with them on, so best to avoid it!)


Should I stop using my comfort drops for dry eyes to avoid touching my face?

No. If you’re already using comfort drops you should continue to and make sure you’re thoroughly washing your hands before putting the drops in your eyes. Reducing or stopping using comfort drops could lead to an increase in eye irritation which could increase how often you inadvertently rub your eyes.

Eye Health

Should I watch out for any changing conditions of my eyes and sight that might mean I have contracted the Coronavirus?

Viral Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is believed to occur in about 1-3% of people infected with the Coronavirus so you’re much more likely to have common signs and symptoms such as coughing and a fever.


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25% off drive safe lenses

Posted on 18 March 2020


25% off drive safe lenses


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Free specs with contact lenses

Posted on 01 February 2019


Free specs with contact lenses

Free specs for contact lenses.
We would like to reward all our new and existing contact lens patients who pay a monthly direct debit with a free pair of spectacles. Choose from a range of over 30 different frames or use the vouchers value towards anything of your choice.
Pop into your local branch to claim your voucher or it will be waiting for you at your next check up.


Single vision included free of charge only, see your local practice for full terms and conditions.


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New designer ranges in store now

Posted on 27 October 2016



New designer ranges in all stores now, featuring RayBan, Police, Armani, Oakley, Carolina Herrera, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors


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Mix and match from £79

Posted on 17 September 2016



Mix and match from £79 for 2 pairs of complete spectacles. Choose across any combination of prescription including reading, distance and prescription sunglasses.
Single vision only.


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Free sunspecs with contact lens purchase.

Posted on 30 June 2016



Free sunspecs when setting up a direct debit or purchasing 6 months supply of contact lenses. T& C apply.


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