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.

 

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.

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.

Checking a child’s eyesight from a young age

A Child’s Eyesight, why does it need to be checked?

Specialist Eye CareThe eyesight of your children is very important. You should be thinking of first checking your child’s eyesight and having their eyes tested, starting around the age of two, using picture tests. Eye health can be checked as well as assessing vision. It is particularly important if colour blindness or depth perception is not at the usual standard. Good eye care is available for every age. If your child is nervous to come in, then make it a fun thing to do. Many opticians understand that children could be nervous of going somewhere new and we always welcome parents to sit with their children whilst having their eyes tested and checked. Until the time when your child likes to think they are old enough to venture into the clinic alone, leaving the parent in the waiting room!

School vision assessments are non NHS funded but extremely beneficial when needed. This assessment is especially important if your child struggles with some aspects of school, or has learning difficulties such as dyslexia. By doing this, a child would not be disadvantaged, once diagnosed; it is always best to be safe than sorry!

Can a child develop hereditary eye problems?

The short answer is yes. Sight problems have a strong genetic component. Over 350 types of eye diseases such as colour blindness, macular degeneration and glaucoma can be related to hereditary circumstances. In most cases, eye health will degenerate as age increases, but it is important to keep up with eye appointments as any slight change can occur rapidly and change sight significantly.

How can parents protect the eyes of children?

There are many ways to protect the vision of a child, beginning with a well-balanced diet. Try to include vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin, E, Zinc and Omega-3 fatty acids, as they are all linked to good heath of the eye. Also, when playing sports provide your child with the protective equipment needed, so the eye doesn’t suffer any physical damages. Among other things, soft toys are essential in stopping scratches and knocks to the eye itself. From a young age, try to encourage visual development games to keep the eyes active – then if anything were to change, it would become apparent quickly.

Does wearing sunglasses protect child eyesight?

child sunglasses

An obvious way to protect the eye this summer is to wear sunglasses. By the age of 18, children would have absorbed 80 per cent of their lifetime exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light!

Children with blue eyes are at a greater risk for UV damage than children with brown eyes. Parents should be aware that blue eyes need more protection. During days out in the sun, where there is significant sun exposure, children are at risk for sunburn of the eyes. So should children wear them? If anything, it is more important in youth to protect your eyes so they do not suffer in the future. Therefore, it is never too early for a child to wear sunglasses. Opticians say that children should be wearing sunglasses by the age of three.

However, selecting which sunglasses are going to provide the best protection can be a struggle. Ensure you are buying the ones that carry the British European standard “CE” mark. Find impact and scratch free sunglasses so they won’t be prone to damage during child play.

Getting a child to wear sunglasses regularly can be more of a task than buying the correct ones! As a parent, you should set the example of wearing your sunglasses often as it will mean your child will also want to wear theirs.

Does your child need a check up?

You can book in an eye test with us by calling 01323 442 062 or fill in our contact form. You will also be able to chat with us if you have any concerns. Sometimes it is a really easy fix.

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.

Corporate Eye Care

Over the last year, businesses across Sussex are realising that looking after the health of their employees brings huge benefits to their business. Whether it be providing more support for mental health during lockdown, or looking after physical health; it is clear that if you look after your employees, they will be much happier at work.

At Focus Medical Eye Centre, we are able to provide businesses across Sussex with an Eye Care Scheme to help look after the eye health of employees. So we thought we’d put together just a few of the benefits of using this kind of eye care scheme.

benefits of corporate eye care

How does the Corporate Eye Care Scheme Work?

Signing up your business to our Eye Care Scheme means that your employees will receive reduced price corporate eye tests along with additional benefits and discounts.

Eye Examinations

Our corporate eye examination, including Optomap and OCT scans, is only £45.00

Prices and Levels of Employer Contribution

Our contracted fee for an employee is £45.00 for a comprehensive examination in our practice. This equates to a £40.00 saving for the employer off the private enhanced eye examination fee of £85.00.

Basic VDU glasses including Frame £60.00 (Employees can top-up if they prefer a higher value frame)

If you are looking to improve your employee benefits package, then you can choose to provide them with a higher level package.

For more information, please take a look here: Corporate Eye Care Info Pack 2021

Benefits of a Corporate Eye Care Scheme

If you have a legal requirement to maintain the eye health of your employees; you may already be familiar with such schemes. They are perfect for making sure that your legal requirements are met.

However, if you don’t have this legal requirement, it can be a real added benefit for your employees to make sure their eye health is maintained. If your employees spend a lot of time sitting at a computer, their eyes can be put under a lot of pressure and could cause problems such as headaches, eye strain or even migraines. Therefore, it might be beneficial to have an efficient eye care scheme in place.

Interested in Joining our Eye Care Scheme?

We work with many businesses across East Sussex, in Bexhill, Herstmonceux, Horam, Pevensey, Polegate, Heathfield and Hailsham.

To find out more about the benefits of the Corporate Eye Care Scheme, click here or open up one of our eyecare forms here: focus-corporate-eye-care-forms 2021.

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