By far the most common visual complaint among our older eyecare clients is the result of lens changes in the eye, namely cataracts.
You get a cataract when the clear lens inside your eye becomes cloudy or misty, this is a gradual process that usually happens as we get older and the early stages do not necessarily affect your sight.
Why do cataracts occur?
The main cause is age. However, smoking and exposure to sunlight have been linked to getting cataracts.
Younger people can develop cataracts if they have an injury to the eye and some medical conditions including diabetes or taking certain medication may also cause cataracts.
Did you know?
A very small number of babies are born with cataracts.
Can I prevent cataracts?
There are various supplements on the market which claim to help slow the progression of cataracts and some eye drops have been marketed as a treatment for them - there is no scientific evidence to suggest that any of these can prevent or treat cataracts.
The best advice to try and prevent cataracts is not to smoke and to wear good quality sunglasses with full UV protection.
Will cataracts affect your sight?
Many people with a cataract will notice their vision is less clear and distinct, car headlights and streetlights can become dazzling and colours may look different or faded. If your cataract if affecting your day to day life and we cannot improve your vision by updating your glasses, you can ask us to refer you to an ophthalmologist (specialist eye doctor) for surgery.
What does cataract surgery involve?
You will have an initial appointment to assess and measure your eyes. You will be asked about your general health to ensure the operation is suitable for you.
Most cataract operations are done using a local anaesthetic. The specialist will remove the cataract and in most cases, insert a plastic replacement lens so that you can see clearly. The procedure usually lasts 15 - 20 minutes, although it can take longer. You will be allowed to go home the same day, but should have someone to go with you. Do not drive.
After the operation you will be given eye drops to use and your sight will settle down in a few days or weeks. You will probably find that your glasses will need changing after the operation, so you will need to come and visit us a few weeks after surgery.
For more information please come and talk to your optometrist.
Introducing the newly enhanced Air Optix plus HydraGlyde contact lenses, the latest addition to the Air Optix portfolio of monthly replacement silicone hydrogel contact lenses.
The HydraGlyde upgrade has been added to Air Optix contact lenses to deliver longer-lasting surface wettability to keep the contact lenses continuously hydrated throughout the day, which helps to improve the wearing experience.
The moisture technology is designed to attract and retain moisture on soft contact lenses, and is especially designed for silicone hydrogel contact lenses. Additionally, Air Optix contact lenses are designed with SmartShield Technology to maintain wettability and resist lipid deposits throughout the full wearing cycle.
The result of the combination of SmartShield and HydraGlyde is a contact lens that creates an ultra-thin protective layer to help shield the contact lenses from irritating deposits and keep their surface moist throughout the day, according to Alcon.
Available to trial now, simply request an appointment with the practice. Call us on 01764 652 980.
The iconic round is one of the most original eyewear shapes made popular in the 1920s and 1930s when worn by designers and fashion forward thinkers such as Le Corbusier and Edith Head. Style icons John Lennon and Yoko Ono favoured this vintage design maintaining popularity for this classic shape and today stars such as Samuel L Jackson, Kristen Stewart and Robert Downey Jr keep the look fresh.
In recent years the eyewear fashion industry has seen a big shift in trends, with personal style and independent design at the forefront. Round eyewear is becoming an increasingly popular choice for the style conscious individual looking to create their own identity.
Ermenegildo Zegna 5051
Zegna's model 5051 combines Japanese titanium with hypoallergenic acetate to produce a light weight design with stunning features. Each side is crafted from a single piece of titanium allowing for a seamless fit. £259-
Hero features contemporary design alongside classic models and frame 4247 is beautiful example of how the two can come together. Olive grey acetate gives for a softer look and the sleek metal sides keep all the attention on the wearer. £79-
Salt Optics Brower
Well thought out and perfectly executed, SALT. have transformed this vintage shape into a distinctly modern piece of eyewear. Featuring hand crafted Japanese titanium, tortoise enamel detailing and laser etching. £259-
Ermenegildo Zegna 5061
A stunning mix of Italian design and vintage style, ever popular throughout the decades. Retro features can be seen throughout the frame with a classic key hole bridge at the centre and temple detailing on the front, Zegna's bold frame would suit anyone looking for a statement piece of eyewear. £159-
Cocoa Mint 9029
The latest piece from double award winning Cocoa Mint. This stylish retro model is enhanced by striking temple design features and the exclusive tortoise teal acetate creates a soft warmth and superior quality feel. £79-
Traditional in design, the original memory metal collection is driven by technology to offer amazing comfort and this ultra light weight model is testament to that. You'll either love it or hate it, but there is always a place in practice for a true classic. £159-
Salt Optics Brody
Returning to Salt Optics with a frame from their premium basics collection, designed and meticulously crafted to ensure a timeless aesthetic and an effortless fit - just like a perfectly worn pair of denim or your favourite shirt. Brody is a new acetate featuring genuine temple pin detailing, a P3 shape with keyhole bridge and is handcrafted in Japan by third generation artisans. The perfect frame for those who love the simple things made well. £199-
We pride ourselves on offering a diverse selection of eyewear and this month we crown our collection with the arrival of SALT. The brand draws its inspiration from Nature’s effortless beauty - The Sea, The Air, The Land and their Timeless connection.
SALT. was launched in 2006 and over the last 10 years has amassed a great following of fans, it's superior quality and individuality proving popular with stars including Will Smith, Julia Roberts and Jeff Goldblum.
The collection draws inspiration from nature's beauty, appearing simple on the surface, yet consisting of a complex process perfected over time. Each frame has its own fingerprint, finished by the hands of third generation Japanese artisans.
This is a brand for those who appreciate simple things made well. Make sure you pop into the practice and see their true beauty first hand, you don't need an appointment and we are on hand to offer personalised styling advice.
June promises to be an exciting time to be in and around the practice as we will be launching a number of new products and services this month.
Keen observers will notice that we have a brand new website (hence the chance to have a blog). This has been an interesting experience for us and we look forward to expanded our online content over the coming months to include information about common eye conditions, an in depth look at what happens during a P and A Eyecare examination and we will be adding more items to our online store allowing you to purchase products that have been prescribed to you in practice from the comfort of home.
We have also refocused our attention on the dispensing side of the practice to set our eyewear range apart from other optometrists and we will be introducing two brand new independent collections to the practice this month - watch this space.
Our fantastic Nikon Alternatives lens promotion continues and is proving extremely popular, purchase any pair of Nikon lenses with a premium anti-reflection coating and receive a complementary second pair, including prescription sun lenses! *Terms and Conditions Apply.
There are some exciting things happening this year in the practice so make sure you don't miss them by following our blog, twitter and facebook pages or pop into the practice and see for yourself.