How to Find the Perfect Frames for You

We understand that finding the perfect frames can be a tricky thing to do. After all, they often completely change the way we look. It can seem like an impossible task when stood in the opticians to pick a pair that really suits you. Which is why we’ve written this list to make the process on how to find the perfect frames for you a little easier. 

Did you know that the biggest thing to take into account when picking glasses is your head shape? This could be the reason why nothing looks ‘right’ on you, you’re just looking at the wrong style. In total, there are around seven common head shapes, all with frames that are better suited to each shape. 

Which Head Shape Have I Got?

The easiest way to figure out your head shape is to ask your optician next time you’re looking to buy or replace your spectacles or follow our easy to use guide. Simply stand in front of a mirror with your hair out of your face and compare it to the shapes below.

Round Head Shape

perfect frames for round head shapeIn round head shapes typically all features are uniformly shaped. The face is shorter with a wide forehead, often with full cheeks and a wide chin. Rectangular Frames help to give some contour and make the face look narrower, which is what we’re looking for. We can help you find the happy medium between frames that aren’t too thin but also aren’t too heavy looking. Round or oval frames should be avoided as they make the face appear rounder.

 

Oval Head Shape

perfect frames for oval head shape

In oval faces, it is typical for all features to be balanced. A narrow chin and forehead with pronounced cheeks. If you have this face shape then you’re in luck because any style, no matter the shape or boldness, will suit this face shape. However, It is recommended that extremely narrow frames are avoided simply due to it making the face look longer. 

 

 

Square Head Shape

perfect frames for square head shape

Typically in square head shapes, all features are equally broad and angular. Square faces are often extremely angular, with most of that coming from the jaw. What’s recommended is anything that softens the more angular face, so round or oval glasses are perfect. Glasses with large boxy frames are not advocated as it emphasises the features and makes the face appear more angular. 

 

Rectangle Head Shape

perfect frames for rectangle head shape

Rectangular faces generally have a strong jawline and a deeper forehead. Similarly to the square head shape, boxy frames are not recommended due to them making your angular features look more pronounced. Your head shape is better suited to round or oval glasses that complement your angular features and make your face look more balanced.   

 

 

Triangle Head Shape

Triangle-shaped faces have a broad forehead and very strong cheekbones that narrow to a small chin. Again almost any frame will suit this head shape, so lucky you! However, we think that frame styles that are wider at the bottom look that much better, so a rounded square frame style is perfect for you. We would recommend avoiding anything too narrow as it could make your face appear longer. 

 

Heart Head Shape

perfect frame for heart head shape

The typical features of the heart-shaped face are a broad forehead, pronounced cheekbones and a narrow, tapering chin. A similar shape to the triangle but with less defined cheekbones. Again, almost every style suits this face but your goal is to choose frames that will provide contrast to your face. We’d recommend an oval or round frame to bring your features into balance. We would suggest that you avoid bright colours and extremely wide frames as they underline your face shape

 

Diamond Head Shape

perfect frame for diamond head shape

Diamond-shaped faces are nicely balanced, being narrow at the eye line and jawline then having contrasting broad cheekbones that may be high and dramatic. There are multiple options for this face shape oval or rounder frames will soften the angles of your face whereas more rectangular frames will highly contrast your facial features. One tip we can offer to help you find your perfect frames with this head type is to look for glasses that are wider or angle towards the top. 

 

 

Choosing Spectacles at Focus Medical Eye Centre

We have a large selection of high-quality spectacle frames to choose from. Therefore, if you’re looking to find the perfect frames to suit you, get in touch with Focus Medical Eye Centre today. To book an appointment with us, call 01323 442062 or email info@focusmedicaleyecentre.co.uk.

Sunglasses are not just for Summer….

During the summer months, the obvious way of protecting your eyes is to wear sunglasses. However, even when it is cold and the sun still shines, harmful UV rays will still be able to damage your eyesight.


winter sunglasses

Why should I wear Sunglasses in the Winter Sun?

UV Rays become intensified in the winter, often brighter than summer – although the temperature is lower. This is because the sun sits lower in the sky – doubling the risk of exposure. You might also notice if it’s recently been raining (as it so often does in our country!), the sun reflects off the surfaces such as roads and pavements. This intensifies the suns glare on your eyes and therefore increases your risk of exposure.

At certain times of the days, when the sun is very low, having a good quality pair of sunglasses will ensure driving is more comfortable and also make it much safer for you.

On top of this, if we’re lucky enough to get a dusting of snow on the ground, the snow reflects light even more. That’s why you should wear sunglasses or goggles if you ever go skiing.

Polarised Vs Non-Polarised

Polarised lenses enhance colour perception, improve visual comfort and provide optimal UV protection to your eyes. Compared to non-polarised glasses, polarised glasses make it much easier to see in bright light conditions. Whilst non-polarised glasses still provide adequate UV protection, they won’t be able to reduce glare from standing water or snow.

If you’re spending a lot of time outdoors, particularly in wintery conditions like snow, it’s advisable to have polarised lenses as they will give you the best protection from the sun’s glare. You can find out more about polarised lenses here.


Prescription Sunglasses at Focus Medical Eye Centre

We have a large selection of high quality sunglasses to choose from. We are also stockists of Maui Jim, Cocoa Mint and Ray Ban sunglasses. Therefore if you’re looking for a new pair of sunglasses to get you through the winter sun, get in touch with Focus Medical Eye Centre today. We can also fit prescription lenses to sunglasses so you can enjoy enhanced UV protection coupled with better vision. To book an appointment with us, call 01323 442062 or email info@focusmedicaleyecentre.co.uk.

 

What is a Posterior Vitreous Detachment?

A Posterior Vitreous Detachment or PVD is where the vitreous gel (the jelly inside your eye) shrinks with age and peels away from the retina. Although this is a benign condition, patients often experience flashing lights and floaters in their vision as this happens.

When young, the vitreous gel attached firmly to the back of the eye. As we age, this gel becomes thinner and more of a liquid consistency and then can peel away from the back of the eye. It is also much more common in people who are short sighted, due to the shape of the eyeball. The main symptom of a PVD is quick flashes of light in your peripheral vision. Sometimes they can be so quick that you may think it is your imagination. Then very occasionally they can be right in your sightline and can appear like little sparkles or fireworks. You may notice the flashes when you move your eyes quickly or when you move from dark into light conditions. They don’t last for a set amount of time; they may only last a day, but can also keep returning for a longer period of time.

What is a Posterior Vitreous Detachment?

Commonly with PVD you may also experience floaters, which form as the gel collapses in the back of the eye. Floaters are actually strands and knots that form from old cells in the vitreous gel which clump together. This causes shadows on the retina as light bounces off them which are perceived as little black spots or strands in your vision. You may only see these for a while, until the brain gets used to them being there, or if they disperse.

What to do

If you suspect you have had a PVD you must still see your Optometrist. This is because the main symptoms of flashing lights and floaters are also the main symptoms reported with a retinal tear or retinal detachment. Your Optometrist will be able to check your eyes to make sure the retina is not damaged. If you did have a retinal tear or detachment this is a much more serious condition and would need prompt referral to the hospital for treatment.

Focus Medical Eye Centre has the Optomap ultra wide-field retinal scanner which helps them to fully assess your eyes. This special technology allows them to image up to 90% of your retina which makes detecting small retinal tears or detachments much easier which otherwise could be missed.

If you have experienced new onset flashing lights or floaters please do not hesitate to contact our team on 01323 442062.

Our Frame Guarantee

Glasses usually have to go through a lot in their life. Wearing them every day in your day-to-day life, they are prone to being knocked about, smashed, and even broken. Here at Focus Medical Eye Centre, we have a commitment to only stock the highest quality frames and lenses, from designers such as Ray-Ban, Hugo Boss, Lindberg, William Morris, Polo Ralph Lauren, Jimmy Choo, and Tiffany & Co.

Frames from these designers are certainly going to be robust and able to not only fit seamlessly with your lifestyle but also be robust to deal with whatever life throws at them. But it isn’t all about designer frames in our practise, we also stock some extremely stylish and hardwearing alternatives. Which gives you loads of choice when you come in to see us.

Frame Guarantee at Focus Medical Eye Centre

As part of our commitment to making sure the frames we supply are strong and durable. we offer a frame guarantee; a minimum of one year warranty on any manufacturing defects. On some ranges, our warranty is up to two years. Therefore you will always have peace of mind that your frames will look and work perfectly.

Frame Guarantee

50% Off a Second Pair

If you’re the accident-prone type, or you’re always misplacing your glasses, you can always purchase a second pair. As a thank you for supporting your local independent opticians, we offer 50% off lenses on second pair purchases. Therefore you can have two great pairs of glasses for less than you think.

To take a look at the range of designer frames we stock, take a look at our frames page.

0% Finance Available

If you are wanting to buy both pairs but can’t quite stretch to two pairs of spectacles, then please talk to us about the 0% finance option we may be able to give you. Then you can spread the cost out a bit and choose the glasses you REALLY want.

Glasses and Designer Frames from Focus Medical Eye Centre

As an award-winning local optician based in Hailsham, East Sussex; we’ll make sure you get the right treatment for your eyes. We’ve got an extensive range of classic and designer frames, so you’re sure to find a pair of glasses that will suit you down to the ground.

To book an appointment with us, click here, or call us on 01323 442 062.

National Eye Health Week

This week, 20 – 26 September is National Eye Health Week, promoting the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all. At Focus Medical Eye Centre, we are always very busy promoting the well being of the eyes.

Did you know one in five people say that their eyesight deteriorated during lockdown?

While some habits – such as increased screen time – have stuck over the last 18 months, there are plenty things people can do to help support their eye health going forward.

To mark National Eye Health Week (20-26th September) here are four simple tips that can help protect your vision and keep your eyes in top condition.

 

Book Regular Exams

It may seem like obvious advice but attending regular check-ups with your optician should be your first port of call when it comes to looking after your eyes.

Worryingly, looking at recent research conducted by Optos, we learned that a quarter of adults in the UK have not had an eye exam in the past three years. With a whopping 3.2 million have still never attended an appointment at all.

Many eye diseases, including detached retinas and glaucoma, can be prevented or treated more successfully if detected early. Therefore, booking a regular eye exam can give you the best chance of catching any potential issues and maintaining your eye health.

Corporate Eye Care

Invest in Advanced Imaging

In the UK, there are currently more than one million people living with sight loss that could have been avoided. While booking in to get your eyes tested regularly is the first step to caring for your vision, advanced imaging technology can also help your optician get a clearer picture of your eyes.

Most eye diseases can only be detected by looking at the retina – the thin layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye. A basic eye exam is designed to test your vision but only shows 15% of the retina. With advanced imaging, such as Optomap®, more than 82% of your retina is visible to your optician.

By opting for advanced retinal imaging technology, you will be giving yourself peace of mind that problems, such as retinal detachments and tears, glaucoma, and age-related macula degeneration, will be detected early.

You can ask your optician about Optomap and its benefits when booking in your next eye test.

Get Moving

We all know exercise is good for us, but did you know that it can also have a positive impact on your eye health?

Whether it’s swimming, running or yoga, regular movement can help prevent eye diseases. In particular, cardiovascular exercises that get your heart pumping can lower the pressure in your eyes, while increasing the flow of blood to the optic nerve and retina.

Vision problems can stem from issues such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, so being active could also benefit those who suffer from these conditions. The NHS recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise to keep your body fit and healthy.

Adopt the 20-20-20 Approach

The last 18 months have seen us rely on screens more than ever before. From Zoom calls to more time spent in front of the television, screen use is having a big impact on our eyes.

On average UK adults spent half a day in front of a screen, browsing the internet and watching television.

Extended time in front of devices can cause common eye issues including dryness, itchiness, and strain. The easiest way to prevent and reduce the likelihood of these problems is to introduce the 20-20-20 rule. This means for every 20 minutes of screen time, look away for 20 seconds and focus on something 20 metres away.

After two hours of continuous screen time take a 15-minute rest. Make sure you also stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water during your breaks. Set a timer and try for yourself!

Next steps

If you would like to speak with someone or have a consultation, then please get in touch. Focus Medical Eye Centre are based in Hailsham and work with many customers around the area in East Sussex. We look forward to your call.

 

Prioritising Your Eye Care

Here at Focus Medical Eye Centre we have built a reputation in offering the very best eye examinations possible. Using the latest technology, carried out by our resident specialists in an unrushed environment.

We believe in offering all our patients the very best level of care possible whenever it is needed and as such have made a change in how we deliver eye care.

We will now be offering all our patients an extended eye examination lasting 45 minutes and include all diagnostic scans as standard. This means Optomap wide field retinal imaging and OCT ( advanced Macula and Glaucoma screening ) will be included. Which will allow us to assess the health of your eyes as thoroughly as possible.

As of September 2021 we will no longer be offering a basic NHS sight test as this only covers 10 minutes of our time. It does not include any diagnostic scans, which does not allow us to work to the standard we want to. Under current NHS rules we are not permitted to see you as often as we would like, which also limits our ability to look after your eyes to the standard we want to.

We have now introduced our innovative Advanced Clinical Eye Care Plan which covers all your eye care for a small monthly fee of just £7.00 *

Full benefits of the care plan are as follows:

Comprehensive Eye Examinations

  • 45 minute unrushed eye examination carried out by resident specialists using the latest technology.
  • All scans with interpretation covered within the scheme whenever clinically necessary. This includes Optomap ultra-widefield retinal imaging and 3D OCT scans.
  • As many eye examinations as clinically needed without the 2 year NHS restrictions.
  • Standard Contact lens appointments covered (excludes specialist fitting and aftercare).
  • 1 child covered by 1 plan. All children in one family covered by 2 plans.

Access To Emergency Appointments & Prescribing

  • Unlimited emergency appointments, scans and eye care as needed.
  • Private prescribing of eye medication by our IP specialist Practitioners.

 Cost Savings On Spectacles

  • Affordable eye wear with 10% total price for plan members.
  • 50% off total price on second pair purchases.
  • Children will have basic single vision lenses covered if a parent is on a plan.

Repairs And Servicing Of Spectacles

  • Free in house repairs to spectacles and extended warranty on frames and lenses.
  • Basic single vision lenses are covered under a repair warranty once every 12 months for children.

* 12 month minimum contract applies.

We will of course also offer a Pay As You Go Option if this works better for you. A 45 minute eye examination including Optomap and OCT with our in house specialists is £85.00 and a shorter eye examination for under 21’s with Optomap is available for £45.00

Information about our Advanced Clinical Care plan can be found at our website focusmedicaleyecentre.co.uk

Using The New Slit Lamp

Hearing Tests & Services from Focus Medical Eye Centre

Hearing TestGetting regular hearing tests as you get older is just as important as getting eye tests. That’s why at Focus Medical Eye Centre, we are very pleased to be able to offer full hearing services from our opticians in Hailsham.

Just like our eyes, hearing can deteriorate over time. You might begin to find it more and more difficult to hear people speaking, especially if they aren’t facing you full on. Particularly at the moment with plenty of people wearing masks, it has become increasingly difficult to hear properly. It is amazing how much we can understand when looking at people’s faces, so whilst masks are still in use, for the slightly impaired of hearing amongst us, this is certainly more of a challenge!

Hearing Tests Available in Hailsham

Our associate Peter Worthington of Worthington Hearing is a fully qualified Audiologist. He has over 20 years of experience in hearing care and is able to provide a full range of services from our opticians. He comes into our practice on a Wednesday.

One of the services Peter is available to provide is a full hearing health check. With this checkup, he will be able to assess your hearing loss. He is also able to provide the very best advice on tinnitus, wax removal, hearing protection and also the provision of hearing aids. There are also a number of ongoing aftercare options available. All of these aftercare services will ensure there is a smooth adoption of any new hearing products.

All hearing aids sold come with a minimum 2-year guarantee and are digital and programmable. The hearing aids that we can provide offer high-quality amplification and excellent sound processing.

Looking to Book a Hearing Test?

If you’d like to book a hearing test appointment with Mr Worthington; he is available on Wednesdays at Focus Medical Eye Centre. His initial consultation is free of charge. At this consultation he can conduct a thorough hearing assessment and make recommendations based on the results.

If you’d like to find out more about the hearing services we can offer at Focus Medical Eye Centre, visit our hearing services page. Alternatively, you can also visit the Worthington Hearing website. To book an appointment call us today on 01323 442 062.

 

Glasses or Contact Lenses?

When coming in for an eye test – do you find it hard to decide between a pair of glasses or contact lenses?

If you feel like your eye prescription has changed then you should be advised to book an appointment for an eye test. Once you have had your initial eye test, sometimes the hardest part is deciding what to do next. Our experienced opticians and ophthalmologists will advise on the options for action, depending on the results they find. Often that will come down to simply choosing some new spectacles, or perhaps choosing to try contact lenses for the first time.

Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses are prescription lenses that correct error in eyesight and maintain eye health.

contact lens payment plans

There are many types of contact lenses you could have and choosing which are best for you can often be the hardest part. Different types of lenses will have different purposes. We will be sure to discuss this all with you.

Many contact lenses can be changed daily, but some can be changed less often – we also have great monthly options.

Contact lenses are inserted onto the tear fluid on the eye surface so that they will move naturally with the movement of your eye. This is a huge benefit because once you are used to them; you will not notice they are even in your eye.

Many people will argue that the hardest part is learning how to insert them properly. When you come in, we will teach you how to fit them in an unrushed manner. Then we will offer you a trial before you commit to buying more.

This way, we know as well as you, that you will be completely satisfied and comfortable with their use and fit, before making the commitment. These can be paid for in monthly plans – or all in one go.

The Positives

  • A large range and selection to choose from.
  • Contact lenses will correct your vision, even taking into account astigmatism.
  • Can be adjusted to deal with long and short sight at once.
  • There are no frames to obstruct your view.
  • Perfect for sports and other physical activities.
  • No weather, such as fog, will affect vision.
  • Can be worn for different periods of time.

The Negatives

  • Can sometimes cause dry eyes.
  • Can become quickly irritated by dirt, or by something entering into the eye.
  • Require more care and maintenance than glasses.
  • They can take more time to get used to.

More information on payment can be found here.

Glasses

Glasses are the alternative solution to correcting eyesight. They are also be prescribed by our expert opticians, after the initial eye exam. Meaning that we are able to correct your vision perfectly.

We offer many frames, from many brands – there will be definitely something that suits you.

People who are not confident using contact lenses or simply do not want to, will opt for wearing glasses. Or they may just not want to try contact lenses and prefer a pair of spectacles. It works by picking a frame and inserting the specially made lenses into them. Frames also have some aesthetic to them – people often choose glasses by what appeals to them, or the frames that suit them best. The prices vary dependent on type of lenses and brand of spectacles.

The Positives

  • Correct vision.
  • They can be adjusted for short and long sight.
  • Apart from keeping clean, they don’t need a huge amount of care.
  • No need for special cleaning solutions.
  • Don’t have to touch your eyes.
  • Many frames are can be chosen style.
  • If prescription stays the same, no need to replace the glasses.
  • Removeable at own leisure.

The Negatives

  • May not like the weight of glasses on your nose, or pressure on ears.
  • Can get in the way of an active lifestyle.
  • Glasses can be affected by the weather, for example: splattered in the rain.
  • Can become dirty or smeared quickly.
  • People may not like the way that glasses look.

The main difference with glasses is that you or another person, will know you are wearing them. We also offer 50% off the second pair of spectacles, just for supporting us, your local optician.

Both glasses or contact lenses do the same thing – it ultimately comes down to personal choice.

Book an appointment with us today for an initial eye test or contact lens appointment.

Alternatively, give us a call on 01323 442 062 to discuss the many options we have available to you.

8 Reasons for Wearing Sunglasses

At this time of year and certainly with it being far sunnier than we have been used to over recent months, sunglasses are definitely required! Not only do they look great and make you feel more like it’s summer; but also here are our top 8 Reasons for Wearing Sunglasses:

Health Reasons

There are many eye diseases and health complications that can occur over time. Skin cancer is an obvious one but there are also many others that can be affected without the use of eye protection:

  • Cataracts – with prolonged expoosure to the sun’s UV rays, this can worsen the symptoms of cataracts.
  • Glaucoma – UV rays can increase your risk of complications from glaucoma.
  • Macular Degeneration – certain types of UV radiation can speed up this process.
  • Pterygium – also known as Surfers Eye. Prevention is definitely better than the cure for this!

The Weather

The sun isn’t the only thing that can cause damage to the eyes. Wind, sand and snow can also cause damage! Being beside water is also another factor to take into consideration – the glare can make your eyes extremely uncomfortable.

To Promote Healing and Recovery

If you have just had eye surgery of any sort, whether for cataracts, laser surgery or even lens replacements, wear a good quality pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes. They will protect them as well as keeping them far more comfortable; removing the chances of debris flying into them as well as decreasing the need to squint and removing the glare.

Headaches & Migraines

Wearing a good quality pair of sunglasses can certainly help with avoiding headaches and migraines. They will also help if you get one and need to remove the brightness from your line of vision!

Safer Driving

At certain times of the day, sunglasses could aid your driving. They remove glare from the roads as well as distracting reflections. Overall making your driving experience a safer and more enjoyable time.

Add your Prescription

And why not add your prescription into your sunglasses – then you don’t need to mess around swapping glasses! This is a great and really popular choice of many of our customers.

Transitions

We can also help by helping you choose some transitions lenses for your choice of eyewear. Transitions by Essilor are great as they quickly “transition” from light to dark, to light again! An ideal choice…

Essilor Xperio Polarised Lenses

Don’t they look great!

There is something about wearing a pair of sunglasses that just make you feel good. A good quality pair will look stylish, as well as giving you all the above benefits!

Many people do not realise we stock and sell sunglasses until they come into our practice. And then they see the amount of designer and top quality brands that we sell a lot of! From Ray-Bans, to Cocoa Mint to Maui Jim, as well as many other brands. And with most of these brands, we can also add in your prescription. Please just ask one of our members of staff when you come in, to show you the different types and styles of sunglasses we stock.

About Self-Pay Ophthalmology

At Focus Medical Eye Centre, we are very pleased to be able to offer a self-pay ophthalmology service from our opticians in Hailsham. This means that you can receive assessments and treatments much quicker and more efficiently.

Certified Ophthalmologists are trained as doctors and act as both a physician and a surgeon. They are able to examine and diagnose eye conditions and injuries, as well as provide treatment. Mr Shahram Kashani, who works with us at Focus Medical Eye Centre is a general ophthalmologist, is able to offer treatments to a number of ophthalmic conditions. He also has a specialist interest in complex cataract surgery, as well as the management of retinal vascular disorders.

self-pay ophthalmology

What are the Benefits of Self-Pay Ophthalmology?

Using our self-pay ophthalmology service at Focus Medical Eye Centre means that you are able to avoid waiting times that you would expect when using NHS services. You can get the peace of mind that you will receive a diagnosis and any necessary treatment much quicker than you normally would. The self-pay Ophthalmology service we offer is also much more flexible; we can work to fit in with your busy schedule.

When using self-pay ophthalmology, you will receive the best care at each and every visit. Plus you can see the same experienced consultant every time, who will be able to fully understand the care that you require.

Our trusted ophthalmologist Mr Kashani is a leading expert in his field. So you can rest assured that you are receiving the very best treatment and diagnosis. He will also be able to address any questions you have about your diagnosis and treatment.

The Price of Self-Pay Ophthalmology

We have a simple self-pay ophthalmology service available at Focus Medical Eye Centre. Our initial assessment is £165.00 and any subsequent follow-ups are £100.00. Various scans may be necessary as part of our initial assessment and other appointments; these do incur a separate charge. However, we will always let you know when this is the case.

With this service, you will be able to receive a specialist assessment and management of your eye conditions quickly and efficiently.

How do I book an Ophthalmology Appointment?

If you would like to make an appointment for Self-pay Ophthalmology; call us on 01323 442 062 to book an appointment. You can also find out more about our ophthalmology service here.

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