Choosing the Perfect Frames for Your Face Shape

Finding the perfect pair of eyeglasses can be a transformative experience. The right frames not only improve your vision but also enhance your overall appearance and style. One of the key factors in choosing the perfect frames is understanding your face shape and selecting glasses that complement it. Here’s a guide for choosing the perfect frames for your face shape.

Step 1: Determine Your Face Shape

Before you start shopping for frames, it’s essential to identify your face shape. Here are the most common face shapes and how to recognise them:

Oval Face Shape

Characteristics include balanced proportions, slightly wider cheekbones, and a gently curved jawline. Your perfect glasses frames should maintain the natural balance of your face.

Round Face Shape

Characteristics include equal width and height, soft curves, and a rounded jawline. Your perfect glasses frames should add definition and length to your face.

Square Face Shape

Characteristics include a strong jawline, broad forehead, and equal width and height. Your perfect glasses frames should soften the angular features.

Heart Face Shape

Characteristics include a wider forehead, high cheekbones, and a narrow chin. Your perfect glasses frames should balance the width of the forehead with the narrowness of the chin.

Diamond Face Shape

Characteristics include a narrow forehead and chin, with the widest part at the cheekbones. Your perfect glasses frames should highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones.

Oblong Face Shape

Characteristics include your face being longer than it is wide, with a long straight cheek line. Your perfect glasses frames should shorten the face and add width.

Step 2: Choose Frames That Complement Your Face Shape

Once you’ve identified your face shape, you can start looking for frames that enhance your features. Here’s a guide for each face shape:

Oval Face Shape

Almost any frame shape works well with an oval face, but square, rectangular, and geometric shapes are particularly flattering. Avoid frames that are overly large or too small. Some examples to use could be wayfarers, rectangular frames, or cat-eye frames.

Round Face Shape

Angular frames would suit best that add definition and contrast to the soft curves of your face. Some examples of frames you should use are rectangular frames, square frames, and browline frames.

Square Face Shape

The best frames to use would be rounded or oval which softens the strong angles of your face. Avoid overly angular frames. Examples of frames to use include round frames, oval frames, and aviator frames.

Heart Face Shape

If you have a heart face shape you should look for frames that balance the width of your forehead with the narrowness of your chin. Frames you should look for include bottom-heavy frames, light-coloured frames, rimless frames, oval frames, and cat-eye frames.

Diamond Face Shape

The best frames for this face shape highlight your eyes and balance your cheekbones. Look for oval, rimless, or cat-eye frames that sweep upwards.

Oblong Face Shape

If you have an oblong face shape, choose frames that add width and break up the length of your face. Select tall frames, broad frames, decorative temples, square frames, or aviator frames.

Step 3: Consider Additional Factors

While face shape is a crucial factor, there are other elements to consider when choosing the perfect frames. Picking a colour that complements your skin tone, eye colour as well as hair colour is important too. Warm tones (gold, brown, beige) suit warm complexions, while cool tones (silver, black, blue) suit cool complexions.

The correct material is also vital for choosing the perfect frames for your face shape. Consider the material of the frames for comfort and durability. Acetate, metal, and titanium each offer different benefits.

Finally, consider the lifestyle you live and how you will use your glasses. For active lifestyles, durable and flexible frames are ideal. For professional settings, classic and understated frames may be more appropriate.

Step 4: Try Them On

Ultimately, the best way to find the perfect frames is to try them on. Here at Focus Medical Eye Centre, we have a huge range of frames which are available for you to try on today! At the end of the day, as long as they are comfortable, proportionate and stylish they will be perfect for you!

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Choosing the perfect frames for your face shape can enhance your look and boost your confidence. By understanding your face shape and considering additional factors like colour, material, and lifestyle, you can find frames that not only improve your vision but also highlight your unique features. If you would like some expert advice on choosing the perfect frames for your face shape, get in touch! Give us a call today at 0800 980 34 64 or email us at info@focusmedicaleyecentre.co.uk. Take your time, try on different styles, and have fun with the process.  Your perfect pair of glasses is out there waiting for you!

5 Tips for Maintaining Healthy Eyesight

Your eyes are incredibly precious and play a vital role in your daily life. From reading to driving, they enable you to experience the world around you. Therefore, taking care of your eyesight is essential for overall well-being. Here are 5 tips for maintaining healthy eyesight throughout the rest of your life:

Schedule Regular Eye Exams

Regular eye exams are crucial for detecting potential issues early on and ensuring optimal eye health. Even if you have no apparent vision problems, it’s recommended to have a comprehensive eye exam at least once every two years, or as advised by your eye care professional. These exams not only assess your vision but also check for signs of eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Early detection and treatment can prevent or slow down the progression of these conditions, preserving your eyesight for years to come.

Protect Your Eyes from Harmful UV Rays

Just as you protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, it’s essential to shield your eyes as well. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can increase the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Whenever you’re outdoors, especially during peak sunlight hours, wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays. Additionally, consider wearing wide-brimmed hats for added protection against UV exposure.

Practice Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can significantly impact your eye health. Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids can help protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration and other eye conditions. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, as dehydration can lead to dry eyes and discomfort.

Incorporate regular exercise into your routine, as it promotes good circulation, which is beneficial for eye health.

And don’t forget to get enough sleep! Rest and relaxation for your eyes is such a bonus.

Follow the 20-20-20 Rule for Digital Eye Strain

In today’s digital age, many of us spend extended periods staring at screens, whether it’s for work, leisure, or socialising. Prolonged screen time can cause digital eye strain, characterised by symptoms such as dry eyes, headaches, and blurred vision. To alleviate strain and reduce the risk of eye fatigue, follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break, and look at something 20 feet away. Additionally, adjust the brightness and contrast of your screens to reduce glare and eye strain.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is not only harmful to your overall health but also poses significant risks to your eyesight. Smoking increases the likelihood of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and optic nerve damage, among other eye conditions. If you’re a smoker, quitting can help preserve your vision and reduce the risk of eye-related complications. Seek support from healthcare professionals to help you quit successfully.

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We hope these 5 tips for for maintaining healthy eyesight were useful for you! Prioritising your eye health through regular check-ups, sun protection, healthy lifestyle habits, and minimising digital eye strain can go a long way in maintaining optimal eyesight. By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can safeguard your vision and hopefully enjoy clear, healthy eyes for years to come. Remember, your eyesight is irreplaceable, so take care of it today for a brighter tomorrow. If you would like to find out more about preserving your eye health, or you wish to book an eye test, get in touch! Give us a call today at 0800 980 34 64 or email us at info@focusmedicaleyecentre.co.uk.

The SUV Boom And Bright LEDs Increasing Headlight Glare

As reported in the news recently, a new report reveals growing concerns among drivers about the dangers of being dazzled by bright headlights, potentially leading to more accidents. In an independent survey by the RAC, stats showed that 85% of 2,000 UK drivers reported being partially blinded by intense headlights, with 89% believing some headlights are too bright. This can be attributed to factors such as the SUV vehicle boom and bright LEDs increasing headlight glare. Of those complaining, 91% experienced dazzle in the past year, and 75% regularly face partial blindness. This issue has led to reduced speeds for two-thirds of drivers, with recovery times of one to six seconds, raising concerns about safety and accidents. In fact, 5% reported near collisions due to temporary eyesight impairment, prompting 7% to avoid night driving altogether. The RAC, having monitored this concern since 2018, emphasises this growing problem.

Four reasons for increased headlight dazzling:

  1. Brighter LED Lights: Cars with blue-tint LED headlights create a more intense and focused beam. Whilst being effective for the driver of the vehicle, this leads to increased glare and reflection, compared to traditional halogen bulbs.
  2. Cheap LED Aftermarket Bulbs: Substandard LED bulbs purchased online, especially for older cars using halogen bulbs, can be dangerously bright. They may also produce the wrong beam pattern, temporarily blinding oncoming motorists.
  3. Poor Headlight Alignment: Over 40% of drivers believe the rise in dazzling is due to misaligned headlights. Since 2019, an average of 1.6 million cars failed their MOTs due to poor headlight aim, contributing to the issue.
  4. SUV Popularity: The growing popularity of SUVs contributes to increased dazzling risk. Their elevated position means lights are higher, potentially shining directly into the faces of oncoming motorists in conventional cars. Non-SUV drivers (62%) attribute the spike in dazzling to higher vehicles, while only 35% of SUV drivers share the same concern.

Dazzling headlights are more likely to affect older drivers

Dazzling headlights are more likely to affect older drivers, according to Mike Bowen, Director of Knowledge and Research at the College of Optometrists. He emphasised the need for further research on how changes in headlight technologies impact drivers’ functional vision and comfort, especially at night. Older drivers may face increased difficulties or choose to avoid night driving altogether, due to headlight glare. Advocating for government-backed research, Bowen stressed the importance of understanding and addressing the issue. John Kushnick, Legal Operations Director at National Accident Helpline, highlighted the significant safety risks posed by blinding headlights, urging drivers to report such incidents to the police. He emphasised driver vigilance, proactive measures, and the role of road safety authorities and manufacturers in enforcing lighting system regulations to ensure safety standards are met. If visibility is compromised, drivers are advised to slow down or avoid challenging manoeuvres.

RAC wants the Government to get involved

Government collision data reveals an average of 280 yearly collisions since 2013 attributed to dazzling headlights, with six fatalities annually. The RAC, expressing driver concerns, contacted Baroness Hayter to inform the Department for Transport. The findings will be presented to MPs for discussion. RAC spokesperson Rod Dennis emphasises the need for government intervention, urging an independent study to understand the rise in dazzling incidents and ensure road safety. Baroness Hayter calls for immediate action to align with road safety regulations, citing concerns shared by drivers in other countries. Nicholas Lyes from IAM RoadSmart highlights the growing worry among drivers about modern headlights impacting safety, urging policymakers to address the issue seriously.

How to limit the impact of glare and prevent dazzling others

Slow down at night

If the glare from an oncoming vehicle at night is so bad that you temporarily can’t see anything, you should slow down to reduce the risk of the impact on your impaired visibility.

However, avoid slowing or stopping abruptly as you don’t want a car that is travelling behind you running into the back of you.

Don’t look directly at oncoming headlights

To prevent yourself from being dazzled, never look directly at the headlights of other cars. Look to the left-hand side of the road and follow the white line marking the edge if there is one, so you can keep track of your position, the RAC recommends.

Make sure your windscreen is clear 

Windscreens are particularly susceptible to steaming up on the inside, especially in cold weather. Car heaters can also blow dirty air at the glass, causing a hazy film to build up on the inside. This can increase glare from oncoming headlamps, so ensure yours is clean and clear.

Adjust your rear-view mirror 

Drivers at night should dip the rear-view mirror to reduce the risk of being dazzled by motorists following them. Many new motors in showrooms today have an auto-dimming rear-view mirror function. If your car doesn’t then you should be dipping the mirror manually.

Consider anti-glare glasses

If being dazzled by other drivers’ headlights or street lighting is an issue, motorists should consider anti-glare glasses when driving at night. At Focus Medical Eye Centre, this is something we can help with. The Essilor Varilux Road Pilot is a brilliant lens for combating reflections from on-coming light.

Use low beams where possible to safeguard other drivers

Use your low-beam headlights instead of high beams when driving in well-lit areas or when approaching other vehicles.

Regularly adjust your headlights

Ensure that your headlights are correctly aimed. If you are travelling with heavy loads, this can also impact the height of your lights beam. Misaligned headlights not only contribute to blinding other drivers, but will also reduce your own visibility.

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Now you have discovered the issue of SUV boom and bright LEDs increasing headlight glare, if you would like to find some lenses that can help combat this problem then please get in touch. Give us a call today at 0800 980 34 64 or email us at info@focusmedicaleyecentre.co.uk.

Caring for Your Contact Lenses

Contact lenses offer a convenient and comfortable alternative to traditional eyewear. However, maintaining good hygiene and proper caring for your contact lenses is essential to ensure optimal eye health and vision. In this blog post, we’ll explore the dos and don’ts of caring for your contact lenses, helping you enjoy clear vision while minimising the risk of eye infections and discomfort.

Do:

  1. Wash Your Hands Thoroughly: Before handling your contact lenses, wash your hands with mild soap and water. This helps prevent the transfer of dirt, oils, and bacteria to your lenses and, subsequently, your eyes.
  2. Use Recommended Solutions: Always use the contact lens solution recommended by your eye care professional. Different solutions may not be compatible with your lenses or could cause irritation.
  3. Follow the Recommended Replacement Schedule: Whether you wear daily, bi-weekly, or monthly lenses, adhere to the prescribed replacement schedule. Over wearing lenses can lead to discomfort and increased risk of infection.
  4. Clean and Disinfect Properly: Clean your lenses regularly with the recommended solution. Rub and rinse each lens individually, and use a clean case to disinfect them overnight. Replace your lens case when required to avoid bacterial buildup.
  5. Keep Your Lens Case Clean: Rinse your lens case with solution after each use and let it air dry. Avoid using water to clean the case, as tap water may contain impurities that can harm your lenses and eyes.
  6. Remove Your Lenses Before Sleeping: Unless your eye care professional advises otherwise, avoid sleeping in your contact lenses. Sleeping with lenses increases the risk of eye infections and reduces the flow of oxygen to your corneas.
  7. Stay Hydrated: Adequate hydration helps maintain moisture in your eyes and lenses. Drink enough water throughout the day to prevent discomfort and dryness.
  8. Don’t let your lenses dry out: Use comfort drops when necessary with your lenses. If your lenses feel dry then it it probably too late!

Don’t:

  1. Use Tap Water on Your Lenses: Never use tap water to clean or store your contact lenses. Tap water may contain harmful microorganisms that can lead to eye infections.
  2. Extend the Lifespan of Disposable Lenses: Disposable lenses are designed for a specific duration. Do not attempt to extend their use beyond the recommended time frame, as this can compromise eye health.
  3. Reuse Solution in the Case: Discard the solution in your lens case after each use. Reusing solution can lead to bacterial contamination and increase the risk of eye infections.
  4. Use Saliva or Homemade Solutions: Avoid using saliva or homemade solutions to moisten your lenses. These substances can introduce harmful bacteria to your eyes.
  5. Wear Lenses While Swimming: Remove your contact lenses before swimming in pools, hot tubs, or any body of water. Waterborne microorganisms can adhere to lenses, increasing the risk of eye infections. Even if you aren’t planning on going under the water, we do not advise you wear your lenses in water.
  6. Ignore Discomfort or Redness: If you experience persistent discomfort, redness, or any unusual symptoms, remove your lenses immediately and consult your eye care professional. Ignoring such signs can lead to more serious issues.

Proper care and maintenance of your contact lenses are crucial for preserving eye health and ensuring a comfortable vision experience. By following these dos and don’ts, you’ll be taking important steps toward enjoying the benefits of contact lenses while minimising the risk of complications. If you ever have questions or concerns about your contact lens care routine, don’t hesitate to consult with your eye care professional for personalised guidance.

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If you would like to find out more, or you wish to book an eye test, get in touch. Give us a call today at 0800 980 34 64 or email us at info@focusmedicaleyecentre.co.uk.

Age-Related Vision Changes to Expect As You Get Older

As we journey through life, our bodies undergo a multitude of changes, and our eyes are no exception. Understanding the natural evolution of vision is crucial for maintaining eye health and adapting to the visual needs of different life stages. We’ll explore age-related vision changes to expect as you get older, this blog focusing on your 40s, 50s, and beyond.

The 40’s: Presbyopia and the Art of Varifocals

Entering your 40’s often brings the onset of presbyopia. This condition involves the eye’s lens losing flexibility, making it challenging to focus on close objects. Reading small print or using digital devices may become more difficult. Embrace the beauty of multifocal lenses, which provide a transition between prescriptions for near and distance vision. The two main types of multifocal lenses are bifocals and progressive lenses. Bifocals have two distinct sections within the same lens. The upper part is designed for distance vision, while the lower part contains an added segment for close-up vision. Progressive lenses, also known as no-line bifocals or varifocals, offer a seamless progression of prescription strengths from the top of the lens to the bottom. Regular eye exams become even more essential during this stage to ensure your prescription stays up-to-date.

The 50’s: Embracing Change with Reading Glasses and More

As you progress into your 50’s, presbyopia continues to evolve. Many individuals find themselves owning and using reading glasses for up-close tasks. Moreover, issues like dry eyes might become more prevalent, requiring the use of lubricating eye drops. Annual eye exams are crucial for monitoring changes in prescription, detecting early signs of eye diseases, and addressing emerging issues promptly. Sadly for you. eye examinations may become a little more frequent as your eye prescription changes.

The 60’s and Beyond: Cataracts, Glaucoma, and Macular Degeneration

Moving into your 60’s and beyond, the risk of developing certain eye conditions increases. Cataracts, characterised by the clouding of the eye’s lens, may necessitate surgery to restore clear vision. Glaucoma, a condition affecting the optic nerve, can lead to gradual vision loss if not managed. Macular degeneration, impacting the central part of the retina, can affect detailed vision. Regular eye check-ups are vital for early detection and intervention.

Tips for Healthy Aging Eyes

Although your eye’s sight will sadly worsen with time, there are plenty of ways to maintain the health of your eyes as you get older.

  • Regular Eye Exams: Schedule comprehensive eye exams at least once a year, even if you don’t experience noticeable changes in vision. Early detection allows for proactive management of potential issues.
  • Adapt Your Environment: Invest in proper lighting for reading and other close tasks. Reduce glare from screens and optimise your workspace to minimise eye strain.
  • Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays: Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion statement—they’re essential for shielding your eyes from harmful UV rays. Choose sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: Regular exercise, a balanced diet rich in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and E, and staying hydrated contribute to overall eye health.
  • Quit Smoking: Smoking is linked to an increased risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye conditions. Quitting smoking can positively impact your eye health.
  • Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration is crucial for maintaining the health of your eyes and preventing dry eye symptoms. Drink an adequate amount of water daily.

Aging is a natural part of life, and so are the changes that accompany it. Embracing these changes with a proactive approach to eye care ensures that you can continue to see the world clearly and enjoy life’s visual richness. By staying on top of your eye health, adapting your habits, and seeking professional guidance, you can foster healthy vision well into your golden years. Remember, your eyes are your windows to the world—let’s keep them clear and vibrant for a lifetime of sightseeing.

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If you would like to find out more, or you wish to book an eye test, get in touch. Give us a call today at 0800 980 34 64 or email us at info@focusmedicaleyecentre.co.uk.

Sponsors of Hailsham Town Youth FC

The new season of football is upon us and Focus Medical Eye Centre have teamed up with Hailsham Town Youth FC under 12’s, as their new kit sponsor!

After coming top of their league in May, the squad have their sights set on performing well again this season. With a committed volunteer coaching team and a dedicated group of boys from Hailsham and the surrounding areas, Hailsham Town Youth wanted to find a sponsor for their Under 12 team who could help supply a full kit for every player.

“We thought it was important that the team had a fresh new look for the new season and that our team should all have the same chance to play without asking parents to foot the bill.” said Ryan Matthews, Under 12 Head Coach.”

“Thanks to the support from Focus Medical Eye Centre we can give each child a brand-new kit including sponsored match top, shorts and socks, creating a sense of team unity that a fully matching kit can bring.”

Having sponsored teams in the past and being an avid footballer himself, Anthony Bahadur was pleased to support the team! We will be hoping the new kit will help players and their families to FOCUS on the season ahead!

Reduce Your Child’s Risk of Becoming Short Sighted

Your eyesight is one of your most valuable tools in life. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could reduce your child’s risk of becoming short sighted? Well now you can if you come in to Focus Medical Eye Centre!

Myopia (short-sightedness) is a result of an excessive elongation of the eye where light focuses in front of, instead of on, the retina. This causes distant objects to be blurry while close objects appear normal. As a parent, it is your responsibility to be knowledgeable about the common risk factors for myopia and what you can do to prevent its progression. In this article, we will discuss myopia management in children and how you can help to possibly reduce short sightedness for your child, as this is when treatment is most effective.

Recent studies have shown that the prevalence of myopia is on the increase (by over 70% in Asia & by up to 50% in the US & Europe).

 

Reduce Your Child's Risk of Becoming Short Sighted

What can we do to try to prevent Myopia and it’s progression

Near activity

The association between near work and myopic progression has been evaluated in numerous studies and the outcomes were beyond doubt. It is recommended to limit the time children are spent undertaking near-visual tasks ie viewing mobile phones and tablets. Special spectacles incorporating a reading prescription can be prescribed if excessive near accommodation is found during an eye examination.

Time outdoors

Strong evidence exists that spending time outdoors (more than 2 hours per day) can protect against the onset of myopia (short sightedness) and possibly reduce the final level of adult myopia. The total time spent outdoors appears to be an important factor, rather than the nature of the activity undertaken.

Spectacles and contact lenses

Recent theories & studies are now suggesting that one of the reasons for myopic progression is that conventional spectacles and contact lenses are such that, whilst the central image formed on the retina is in focus, the peripheral image formed by these lens designs is behind the peripheral retina. It is thought this may promote elongation of the eye as it attempts to form an image on the peripheral retina. By prescribing optical corrections such as peripheral de-focus spectacles (MiYOSMART or Stellest lens) and special contact lenses (soft dailies & orthokeratology) we now have options to help slow myopic progression and improve outcomes for younger patients. Studies have looked at pharmacological intervention (such as the Atropine for treatment of Myopia Study) to reduce myopic progression, but this option is not currently available in the UK. Single vision under correction was a popular option for myopia management. However randomised clinical trials unequivocally have shown not only does this strategy not work, but actually can cause progression of myopia, therefore is not recommended as a myopia control strategy.

It is important to note that no one treatment can promise to stop myopia progression in children, only to slow it down.

Why you need to act now

The earlier the onset of myopia in an individual generally leads to a higher level of myopia in later life which increases risk factors for several ocular pathologies including glaucoma, cataract, retinal detachment, & myopic maculopathy brought about by the accompanying elongation of the eye. The highest risk is typically found in high myopia & -5.00DS. So, if we can reduce how myopic an individual ends up as an adult this will reduce their risk of developing certain pathologies in later life.

A reduction in the final level of myopia by only 1 dioptre reduces the lifetime risk of macula degeneration by 40% and the risk of vision impairment by 20%. Myopia progresses fastest in younger children, especially those under 10. This means that the most important opportunity to slow eye growth is when children are younger. Myopia management aims to apply scientific treatments to slow excessive growth to a lesser rate. Experts agree that myopia management should be commenced as soon as a child becomes myopic and continue into their late teens.

Reduce Your Child's Risk of Becoming Short Sighted

Recommended available interventions

Multifocal or bifocal spectacle lenses

This is a lens correction with a reading zone in the lower part of the lens that reduces accommodative effort which helps reduce myopic progression. Various studies show this type of correction can reduce the final level of adult myopia by approximately 11-46%, especially for individuals with additional near vision focussing issues(1).

Peripheral de-focus spectacles

This is a lens which has special ringed zones in the periphery which create a peripheral de-focus which reduces the stimulus for the eye to continue to elongate slowing myopic progression. Studies have shown this type of intervention can reduce myopic progression by up to 67% when worn 12 hours a day(2). The MiYOSMART lens from Hoya and the Stellest lens from Essilor are game-changing innovations in the field of myopia control and are now available at the practice.

Multifocal contact lenses

This works by allowing a clear central image to be formed on the retina whilst reducing the peripheral hyperopic defocus that is typically found in myopic eyes. This reduces the elongation of the eye. Various studies show this type of correction can reduce the final level of adult myopia by approximately 30-50% (3). We are accredited to fit the MiSight Soft Daily myopia control lens at the practice.

Orthokeratology

Orthokeratology lenses ( Ortho-K ) are rigid contact lenses that you sleep in which gently alter the shape of the cornea ( like braces on teeth) so on awakening you can see clearly for the day without the need for contact lenses or spectacles. With regard to myopia control, this works by flattening the corneal curvature in such a way that creates peripheral hyperopic defocus which reduces the stimulus for the eye to elongate similar to the other methods of myopia control. Various studies have shown this type of correction can reduce the final level of adult myopia by approximately 32-63%(4).

Please note: Wearing contact lenses increases the risk of eye infections compared to spectacles with the risk being, 1 in 1000 wearers per year for reusable soft contact lenses or overnight ortho K lenses and 1 in 5000 wearers per year for daily disposable soft contact lenses. With proper hygiene and maintenance, this risk can be well managed.

Myopia Management Screening

How do I arrange for my child to be screened?

We will be able to discuss myopia management screening during your child’s eye examination and make recommendations. A child’s eye examination is £45.00 with one of our specialists at Focus Medical Eye Centre or covered for one child under a parent’s care plan. This will not include the special eye length scan and growth percentiles report but this is available for an extra charge of just £25.00.

Alternatively, the easiest way to manage your child’s care is to join our Myopia Monthly Plan which will include all measurements, a tailored treatment plan and regular followups for just £7.95 per month*

Please note: the basic NHS child’s eye examination will not include any myopia management treatment plans, scans or follow ups.

*This is separate to the parent’s care plan which only covers a basic eye examination for one child. The Myopia plan covers the clinical time needed to manage this service but any spectacle or contact lenses needed are at an additional cost.

References

1. Brien Holden Vision Institute ( bhvi.org ) – Myopia Management
2. Bao, J., Huang, Y., Li, X., Yang, A., Zhou, F., Wu, J., Wang, C., Li, Y., Lim, E.W., Spiegel, D.P.,
Drobe, B., Chen, H., 2022. Spectacle Lenses With Aspherical Lenslets for Myopia Control vs
Single-Vision Spectacle Lenses: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Ophthalmol. 140(5),
472–478. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2022.0401.
3. Optometry Today Volume 58:02 February 2018 – Myopia
4. Review of Optometry July 2012 – Consider ortho K for myopia control

How to Alleviate Hay Fever Symptoms

Spring is finally here! You know what that means, longer days, warmer weather and of course, the inevitable return of your uncontrollable hay fever. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the great outdoors, however, as Focus Medical Eye Centre has got you covered! In this blog, we are going to discuss the causes, symptoms and how you can alleviate hay fever symptoms with expert eye care.

Alleviate Hay Fever Symptoms

What is Hay Fever?

Hay fever is a common allergy that affects millions of people around the globe. Also known as allergic rhinitis, hay fever is a reaction to pollen or other airborne allergens. It is common in the spring and summer months when pollen counts are reaching their peak. The chemical that causes inflammation and other allergic symptoms is histamine, hence the anti-histamine tablets that are often prescribed by doctors. This chemical is released causing a person to experience the symptoms of hay fever.

Symptoms of Hay Fever

The symptoms and severity of hay fever can vary from person to person, but they typically include:

  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Runny or blocked nose
  • Irritated, itchy eyes, throat and nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping

Our Recommendation to Alleviate Hay Fever Symptoms

While hay fever isn’t exactly a life-threatening condition, it can be very uncomfortable and disruptive to your daily life. Fortunately, there are several ways to alleviate some of these symptoms. Expert eye care can help alleviate some symptoms of hay fever and make the allergy season a little bit more bearable. While there is no outright cure, here are some things we recommend to help.

Alleviate Hay Fever Symptoms

Allergy Eye Drops

Allergy eye drops are one of the most common and effective treatment options for hay fever. These typically contain antihistamines and other medications that can help relieve itching, redness, and swelling in the eyes. These can be purchased over the counter at every pharmacy as well as with us!

Nasal Sprays

Nasal sprays are another popular and effective treatment option for addressing many of the hayfever symptoms. These sprays will often contain antihistamines and other medications that work to alleviate inflammation and irritation. As with allergy drops, these can be purchased over the counter at every pharmacy.

Antihistamine tablets

Anit histamine tablets will do a very similar thing as allergy eye drops and nasal sprays. The difference is that eye drops and nasal sprays are designed to target relief to a specific area or symptom. If you prefer to take oral medication that can be easily swallowed then these may be the better option. If you have a particularly bothersome symptom then perhaps look to the eye drops or spray to address the issue more effectively. Ultimately, the decision comes down to your personal preferences and how intense specific symptoms are. We always recommend you consult with your pharmacist to determine which is the best option for you.

Avoidance Measures

Avoidance measures can be taken to try to alleviate many hay fever symptoms. We recommend trying to remain indoors when pollen counts are high, especially in the morning and evening hours when pollen is most prevalent. Keep your doors and windows shut and cuddle up to your air purifier, which filters and traps pollen and other allergens from the air. If you need to go outside a quick shower and change of clothes will remove any pollen you may have brought in with you.

Some other potential avoidance measures you can try:

  • Wearing wrap-around sunglasses that act as a barrier to help prevent dust and pollen from entering the eye
  • A face mask will also act as a barrier for your face and nose (most people still have some of these!)
  • Wearing a hat or cap to keep pollen out of your hair
  • Not drying laundry outside as pollen can stick to clothes, towels and bedding
  • Turning pillows reduces the amount of pollen that accumulates
  • Keep pets off beds and sitting areas as pollen gets caught in their fur
  • Avoid exposure to irritants such as perfume or air fresheners as they can aggravate symptoms
  • Wash your nasal passages with a sterile saline solution to flush out any trapped pollen

Alleviate Hay Fever Symptoms

Our Recommendation For Severe Hay Fever

If you have more severe symptoms, your GP can prescribe stronger and more effective treatment options. Typically, these options are reserved for individuals who have had little success with other treatments. Consult with your GP, who will assist you in determining if prescription medication is necessary for managing your symptoms. Your GP will speak to you about the risks and potential side effects of any medication they prescribe. It is crucial you follow the recommended dosage.

Focus Medical Eye Centre’s Minor Eye Condition Service

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of hay fever or another minor eye condition, our service is here to help. We will happily answer any questions you might have and help provide you with further guidance on your condition. Whether you are suffering from dry eyes, conjunctivitis, or any other minor eye condition, our service is here to support you.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team to discuss our minor eye condition service further. Call 01323 442 062 or email info@focusmedicaleyecentre.co.uk and a member of the team will be in touch shortly. We look forward to hearing from you.

Does Diet Affect Your Vision?

With our eyes being one of the most vital organs in our body, it is natural to want to take good care of them. While many people are aware that factors like age, genetics and lifestyle can all impact the overall health of your eye, very few consider the role of diet. Your diet has such a huge impact on so many aspects of your life, from health to mood! In this blog, we are going to discuss different types of foods and answer the question, does diet affect your vision?

Does Diet Affect Your Vision?

 

Foods that are high in nutrients

Yes, of course, the diet you choose to consume will have an effect on your vision. Like all organs, the eyes require a variety of nutrients to function correctly. A lack of these nutrients can result in significant damage to your eyes over time. Here are some of the nutrients that are essential  in order to maintain your vision.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a critical factor in maintaining good vision. It is a key component of the protein rhodopsin, a protein in the retina that assists with vision in low-light conditions. Vitamin A is readily found in foods like carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach and kale.

Does Diet Affect Your Vision?

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega fatty acids are essential for the health of the retina and can help prevent the development of age-related macular degeneration.  Age-related macular degeneration or AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in older adults. It is one of the many reasons why we recommend you continue regular vision tests every two years. However, as you get older you are at a higher risk of experiencing at least some degree of macular degeneration, or a range of other issues related to the eyes. So we are happy to see you sooner to remain on top of these issues and get the necessary help, early in the development of any possible issue.

Omega 3 fatty acids are commonly found in foods like salmon, sardines, flaxseeds and many others. Be sure to include some more of these in your daily diet if you’re looking to maintain your vision.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin are two antioxidants that are found in high concentrations in the retina. These antioxidants can prevent damage to the eyes from harmful blue light and similarly to omega-3 fatty acids, may help prevent the development of age-related macular degeneration. Include foods such as spinach, kale, and broccoli in your diet to increase your intake of these antioxidants.

Foods to avoid

It’s crucial to be mindful of the types of food you consume. Certain foods are going to have a negative impact on your overall health and the well-being of your eyes. Here are some foods you should consider avoiding, or at least limiting, in your diet.

Processed food

A small amount as a treat from time to time will have very little effect on your overall health. However, regular consumption of processed foods will have a negative effect on your entire body, including your eyes. Processed foods tend to have high levels of saturated fats, salts and sugar. Alongside an increased risk of heart disease and a much higher blood pressure, this can increase your risk of developing AMD and cataracts.

Alcohol

While being a drink, we thought it would be appropriate to include it in this blog. Like processed foods, drinking in moderation is not extremely harmful to the body, some may even argue the benefits. However, excess alcohol consumption can cause damage to the optic nerve, leading to lifelong vision problems.

Does Diet Affect Your Vision?

High Glycemic Index Foods

Foods such as white bread, pasta and rice are classified as foods with a high glycemic index. The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly the body can break down and convert carbohydrates into glucose. Foods that can be broken down quickly have a high glycemic index and food that cannot have a low. This high increase in glucose can cause a rapid increase in blood sugar levels and potentially damage your eyes.

Maintain a healthy, balanced diet

A diet that is rich in these nutrients can help keep your eyes healthy and prevent vision problems. It’s key you maintain a healthy, balanced diet if you want to extend the longevity of your eyes and avoid potential conditions down the line. Be aware that a diet high in saturated fats can increase the likelihood that a person develop AMD. Similarly, a diet that involves consuming too much sugar can lead to diabetes, a leading cause of blindness in adults.

Does Diet Affect Your Vision?

Any burning questions?

It’s important you understand the effect your diet can have on your vision. Eating a diet that is rich in nutrients like vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C, and zinc can help keep your eyes healthy and help to prevent vision problems. At the same time, it is good to try and avoid foods that can harm your eyes, such as those that are high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sugar. By making healthy food choices, you can help protect your eyes and maintain good vision for years to come.

Obviously diet, whether good or bad, won’t make a difference if you have a hereditary condition, but by following the above rules as much as and where you can, it will help with all health aspects within your body.

If you have any questions about the topics discussed in the blog or think you may be experiencing any of the conditions mentioned above, please get in touch with Focus Medical Eye Centre. Call us today on 0800 980 34 64 or email us at info@focusmedicaleyecentre.co.uk to arrange a thorough eye examination. A member of the team will be in touch as soon as possible.

Essilor Polarised Transition Lenses

The Essilor Polarised Transition Lenses are the latest addition to the Essilor range of lenses. They are fantastic for patients wanting automatic sun protection and glare reduction. Transitions™ XTRactive® Polarized™ lenses combine an exclusive multi-layer matrix with new Transitions™ XTRactive® broad-spectrum dyes. This innovative lens has allowed for more darkness and new ultra-fast dichroic dyes for polarisation.

Essilor Polarised Transition Lenses

What are Photochromic lenses by Transitions?

Photochromic lenses give constant protection against harmful UV light. This allows for light to be tolerable and safer for those who are extremely sensitive.

Overexposure to sunlight has been linked to several eye conditions. By offering the right sun protection to you, we can help reduce the risk of you developing these conditions in later life.

Transitions are one of the most popular brands of photochromic lenses here in the UK. With 4 different types to choose from, Transitions photochromic lenses have something to suit every lifestyle and vision need. From the Transitions Signature range offering the latest technology in photochromic lenses to the  Transitions XTRActive lenses that will darken behind a car windshield. You will definitely find the right collection of sun protection lenses for your needs.

What the Research Says

The latest research in eye health continues to reinforce the importance of light protection and the impact of light on our vision. It shows that 9/10 people are light-sensitive and a huge 3/10 are very light-sensitive. To combat this, Essilor has introduced a new Transitional Lens. To meet the need for extra light protection, their new lenses are chockablock with all the new cutting-edge technologies.

Essilor Polarised Transition Lenses

Why You Should Be Excited!

These lenses are excellent at reducing the amount of glare. These new lenses help improve your visibility by up to 33%, compared to non-polarised sun lenses. This anti-glare technology protects your eyes and will also greatly improve your quality of life. If you have become used to the way you see the world, you might not be fully able to understand what it is you’re missing out on. A visibility increase of 33% is huge; truly a life-changing difference.

On top of this, a quantitative study evaluating the visual benefits of the polarisation properties of lenses carried out by Prof. Nicholas Roberts found that the lenses also alter the colours we see. The properties of Transitions™ XTRactive® Polarised™ lenses actually make the world 30% more colourful, due to the unique polarisation technology. This technology reduces glare outdoors, providing a better visual experience with sharper vision, a larger field of view and bright vivid colours.

Looking for Essilor Polarised Transition Lenses

If you’re looking to find out more information about Essilor Polarised Transition Lenses then we highly recommend contacting us. You can fill out our contact form. Alternatively, you can contact us directly by calling 01323 442 062 or email info@focusmedicaleyecentre.co.uk. We’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.

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