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Glaucoma the silent sight thief

Millions are going blind without realising it.World glaucoma week:  March 2020 The next World Glaucoma Week falls in March 2020, and the International Glaucoma Association (IGA) is calling for people to save their sight…

Fair Oak has moved!

From 01 December, the Fair Oak practice at 449 Fair Oak Road, SO50 7AJ will operate from the Bishops Waltham practice at 3 High  Street, Bishops Waltham, SO31 1AB and all of the records will be accessible from that address. The…

Southampton Practice News – We’ve moved!

Many of you will be familiar with our Portswood Road, Southampton practice which was first opened by our pioneering optometrist and CEO, Dr Claudia Ashleigh in 1999. The practice has gone from strength to strength over the last two…

Coloured Overlay Assessment – How It Could Help Your Child at School

Does your child have dyslexia or any other learning and reading difficulties? If this is the case, school can turn into an overwhelming experience, impacting negatively on your child’s education. Many will resign themselves to thinking that…

Importance of Good Quality Sunglasses

We’ve all been basking in the glorious sunshine that has graced British shores for the past month and have spent every possible moment outdoors to make the most of it, whilst it lasts! Why not – as well as being somewhat rare in the UK,…

BVLGARI stock now in!

We now have an extensive range of BVLGARI frames and sunglassses at our Bishops Waltham branch, as well as the updated range of Gucci and Ted Baker. In addition, Romsey is now stocking designer frames, too.

OCT eye imaging in Romsey

Our practice in Romsey has the only OCT eye scanner in the Town. This scanner has the ability to scan the back of the eye to examine if there is any AMD (Macular Degeneration), Diabetic eye disease, Glaucoma, MS, eye tumours and many…

National Eye Health Week begins

The fifth annual National Eye Health Week will take place, from 21 to 27 September 2020.  National Eye Health Week (NEHW) is an annual awareness week that brings together eyecare charities, organisations and health professionals from…

Children’s Vision being neglected by Government?

We urge parents to be aware of changes to children's sight, following the finding in a new report A new report, Britain’s Eye Health in Focus, reveals almost one in 10 parents (9%) can’t remember the last time their child went for a…

Mum loses eye after buying Contact Lenses on the Internet

Mum claims contact lens fungus ate away her eye A woman told last night how her eye was eaten away by what she claims was a contact lens fungus.Jacqueline Stone, 42, spent 17 weeks in hospital after wearing popular disposables for one…

Simple OCT eye scan can reveal extent of Multiple Sclerosis

A BBC News report today stated that OCT eye scans may be able to detect early signs of Multiple Sclerosis (MS): A simple OCT eye scan may offer a fast and easy way to monitor patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), medical experts say in…

Cataracts – Patients being denied Cataract Surgery

Cataracts - Eye health professionals raise alarm over reports of growing number of patients denied cataract surgery The Royal College of Ophthalmologists has expressed its concern over reports that patients in more than half of PCTs…

School Eye Test

School eye screening not a substitute for a proper eye test Many parents still assume that their child will have their vision checked at school, regardless of whether this actually happens or not. Vision screening provision is patchy –…

Eyes tests before School starts

A clear vision for every child It is estimated that 1 million children will return to school this year with an undiagnosed vision problem. Poor eyesight can have a significant effect on children’s ability to learn and on their behaviour…

Children’s Eyesight – Back to School

Back to school eye tests If your child is not doing as well at school as you expect, it could be that there is something about their sight or vision that is not right. • Up to 1 million children in the UK currently have an undetected…

Choosing Sun Eye protection for your child

Which Sunglasses? Cosmetically, the sunglass frame should balance the child’s face. Approximately one-third of the face should be visible above the upper rim, the sunglass frame should cover one-third of the face and one-third of the child’s…

Caring for your Contact Lenses on holiday

Make sure you have enough solution to last for your holiday as your solution may not be available abroad.Ask your practitioner about mini-packs of solution, many of which are available in small bottles and will save packing large bulky bottles.Don't…

Why should children wear Photochromic (Transitions) Lenses?

Transition Lenses Blue light and UV radiation is present in all daylight. Whilst these are an essential component of natural white light, cumulative exposure to these radiations (rays) have a damaging effect on the delicate and sensitive…

UV radiation and the Eye

Ultra Violet (UV) Eye Damage As we approach the seasons where sunlight is more abundant, we need to be aware that harmful radiation from the sun not only affect skin health but also long term eye health. Macular Degeneration (AMD) Macular…

Protect your eyes against UltraViolet damage

Why does UV damage unprotected eyes? Ultraviolet (UV) rays, a potential threat to public health, have been surging with the seasonal changes as experts advise people to take protective measures before stepping out into the sunlight. Fishermen…

Protecting Children’s eyes from the sun

Why should children wear Photochromic (Transitions) Lenses? Blue light and UV radiation is present in all daylight. Whilst these are an essential component of natural white light, cumulative exposure to these radiations (rays) have a damaging…

Photochromic (Transition) lenses for children

It is strange that we, as parents, protect our children from anything that has the capacity to harm them and yet usually fail to recognise the harm that can be done by continually exposing their eye to harmful UV light and blue light. We dutifully…

High Index (thinner) Spectacle Lenses

Before the development of high index lenses, both long and short sighted people with high prescriptions had to live with thick and heavy lenses. Very long sighted people needed spectacle lenses which altered the eye's appearance, magnifying…

What are the Government doing about Eye Diseases?

This year's big eye health news again comes from the National Health Service, which is a treasured institution one moment and a failing one the next. On one hand, figures came out from the Macular Disease Society (MDS) showing the NHS is…

Blindness from Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma and Diabetes

In the UK, we have no accurate evidence-based idea how many people are registered blind in the UK and from what causes - the nearest we can get is that almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss. Sadly, we have no real figures…

Losing sunglasses puts eyes at risk

Don′t go out without sunglasses or UV protection More than 55 percent of U.K. adults lose or break their sunglasses each year, putting their eyes at risk of sunburn or eye disease, eye experts say. The Vision Council found for those…

Children’s Eye Protection

Investigations conducted over the last 30 years have established that many of the serious ocular diseases associated with aging are at least partially a result of cumulative exposure of the eyes to the sun over a lifetime, and in particular…

Looking after your eyes in the sun

Protect your eyes with Sunglasses Sunglasses that protect eyes against UVB and UVA are essential. Ensure sunglasses have a BS2724 mark, which ensures they conform to British Standards in quality and durability. If you are a spectacle…