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Aug 012012
 

When trying contact lenses for the first time, it can seem to be daunting because you are essentially placing a lens directly onto your eye. But when you have taken a contact lens check at Lichfield Street Opticians and are starting a free contact lens trial, we can show you exactly how to go about handling your lenses in the safest and easiest way.

We have prepared these video guides and tips to help to illustrate safe techniques in handling your contact lenses. Don’t worry if they seem overbearing – good practice comes with time, and these actions will soon be second nature.

Inserting Your Contact Lenses

Ruth demonstrates how to insert your contact lenses.

 

So to put your contact lenses in, here’s a few tips to remember:

  • Make sure to thoroughly wash, rinse and dry your hands before beginning.
  • You may need to rinse the lens before you insert it – only use your sterile lens solution for this. Do NOT use tap water as this could contaminate your lenses.
  • To avoid mix ups, try to get into the habit of always inserting the right lens into your right eye first – your boxes of lenses will be clearly marked with an ‘R’ or ‘L’ to help you to tell them apart.
  • Hold the lens on the tip of your forefinger. Make sure that it is not damaged or inside out (contact lenses have small letter or number markings near the edges that can help you to tell). If it is damaged, discard the lens and get a new one.
  • Place your middle finger of the same hand near to your lower eyelashes and gently pull your lower lid down.
  • Use the fore or middle finger of your other hand to life your upper lid.
  • Gently place the lens on your eye – the shape of the lens should easily cup over the natural curve of your eye.
  • Release your eyelids and blink a few times.
  • Repeat for the other eye.

There are other methods of lens placement, and the left/right direction may be opposite if you are left handed. Please check with your optician/contact lens specialist if you are having any kind of trouble to see if there is an alternative method.

Centring the Lens

Once you blink after inserting the lens, the lens should centre itself over the eye. On rare occasions however the lens can slip down over the white of your eye. Moving it is easy – just close your eye and gently massage the lens into place through the closed eyelid.

Removing Your Contact Lenses

A demonstration on how to remove contact lenses.
  • Just as insertion, always start with the right lens. Wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly.
  • Ensure the lens is on the middle of your eye before attempting to remove it.
  • Hold your eyelids open and inspect the top and bottom of your eye in the mirror to find the edge of the lens.
  • Look up, slide the lens down to the white of your eye using your forefinger.
  • Gently pinch the lens between your thumb and forefinger to remove the lens.

Once your lenses are out, you can then either discard the lens (if it is a one-day disposable lens) or clean and store it if it is a frequent replacement lens. We’ll cover how to care for your lenses in between uses in the next post.

As always, if you need further information about contact lenses please check our website or feel free to contact us.

Jul 252012
 

Contact Lenses are, by design, invisible. You are wearing vision-correcting apparatus but no one around you can tell. This is just one of the many great aspects of contact lenses. But, sometimes you want your eyewear to be a part of your overall look, in much the same vein as with designer frames for spectacles. Maybe you fancy a change in style, whether it’s a temporary accessory to go with that dress or shirt you have just bought; or to go with your new hair colour.

The good news is that contact lens wearers are not left out when it comes to making a fashion statement! Through the use of coloured contact lenses you have the freedom to easily change the look of your eyes in a way that is both subtle and can make a huge impact on your appearance.

What’s more, there are purely aesthetic contact lenses that are available so you can change your look even if you don’t need vision correction.

At Lichfield Street Opticians we have the full range of colours available from Cibavision’s FreshLook coloured contact lenses range.

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As we have seen in our previous blog posts, there are many different types of contact lenses to suit all life styles – whether they be daily disposables or monthly replaceable lenses. FreshLook contact lenses offer colours to cover all these types to ensure you can find a colour that not only suits you, but also suits your day-to-day life.

Monthly Reusable Coloured Contact Lenses from FreshLook

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Freshlook Colors are monthly contact lenses that uses iris pattern effects that overlays the natural base of your eyes to create a dramatic change. Available in six stunning colours.

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FreshLook Colorblends lenses offers a ‘3 in 1’ aesthetic design, blending three colours on one lens to create a totally natural result, giving subtle yet complete eye colour change. Available in nine beautiful colours.

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FreshLook Dimensions offer a charcoal outer starburst pattern that makes your eyes look bigger and brighter, adding depth and dimension to your eyes with three natural-looking transparent hues.

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FreshLook Radiance The first coloured contact lens to give eyes a new shine. The reflecting shining pigments within the lens capture the light and reflect it again in new and fascinating angles without changing the natural eye colour. Available in 4 illuminating shades.

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Focus SoftColors work to enhance natural tones. Available in 3 colours: aqua, evergreen and royal blue.

 

Daily Disposeable Coloured Contact Lenses from FreshLook

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FreshLook One-Day ‘3 in 1’ daily disposable colour contact lens blends three colours on one lens to create a totally natural result, giving subtle yet complete eye colour change. Available in 4 colours.

Wondering if a change in eye colour is right for you? Bowled over by the amount of colour choices on offer? FreshLook offers an awesome online tool to help you to decide. You can see how changing your lens colour can affect your appearance – just upload a photo of yourself to Freshlook’s Colour Studio and see how FreshLook lenses can give you the freedom to change yourself!

For more information about our contact lenses or to book your next contact lens check, feel free to contact Lichfield street Opticians in Wolverhampton or see the contact lenses area of our website.

Jul 212012
 

If daily disposable contact lenses are not the best choice for you … how about lenses for general everyday wear!  Reusable lenses last beyond one day’s use. Instead of disposing of them at the end of each day, you clean and store them in a contact lens case until you’re ready to wear them again and again, for up to two weeks or one month, depending on the lens design.

At Lichfield Street Opticians reusable lenses are available in fortnightly and monthly variants across many popular brands such as Acuvue, Cariti, Air Optix and more.

Benefits of Reusable Contacts

For frequent users they are more cost effective than dailies – especially when you wear your contacts every day. Starting from just £8 per month, they are great value, and when combined with our contact lens subscription plan they offer amazing value across the range of services from Lichfield Street Opticians.

Like their daily counterparts, reusable frequent-use lenses offer great UV protection, and are especially made to allow oxygen to pass through to your eyes, allowing keep eyes looking white and fresh. Hydrogel-crafted lenses will also keep your eyes moist, improving comfort to the degree that you can experience a ‘no lens feeling’!

Because these frequent replacement contact lenses are made of stronger materials, they are a versatile way of meeting more complex prescriptions and astigmatism – fortnightly and monthly lenses can offer a wider range of prescription powers than dailies. So, if your prescription places you out of the range for daily lenses but you still require vision correction and don’t fancy wearing glasses, monthly contact lenses may be the right choice for you!

The only real downside to reusable contact lenses when compared to dailies is that you would need to clean your lenses and store them in contact lens cases. At Lichfield Street Opticians we can not only advise you on the best contact lens solutions to use with your lenses, we can seamlessly include your solutions and cases with your contact lens orders. In fact, when ordered together, contact lens cases are included for FREE.

Reusable Contact Lens Options from Lichfield Street Opticians

We offer a wide range of fortnightly and monthly frequent use replacable lenses from world-class manufacturers such as Sauflon, Cibavision and Johnson & Johnson.

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J&J Acuvue Oasys with Hydraclear Plus (Two Weekly) – If your day to day life involves spending long hours staring at a computer screen, or feeling the effects of dry heat or air-conditioning, it can be a challenge to keep your eyes comfortable. Acuvue Oasys are designed for maximum comfort when you are using your eyes for extended periods – including when watching television.

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J&J Acuvue Advance with Hydraclear (Two Weekly) – Want to wear lenses, but concerned they’ll be uncomfortable or difficult to insert and remove? Acuvue Advance contact lenses are soft, flexible, easy to handle and provide exceptional long lasting comfort – perfect for younger people who like to wear their lenses frequently. Advance also uses slight visibility tints and inside-out marks to make your lenses easier to see and handle.Clariti™ - Silicone hydrogel, frequent replacement lenses

Saulfon Clariti (Monthly) – Made from silicone hydrogel, which allows oxygen to pass through to your eyes helping them stay clear, white and healthy. The healthy characteristics of the silicone hydrogel material means you can wear Clariti lenses from morning until night to better suit the demands of modern life. Clariti lenses are also incredibly thin, for that ‘no lens feeling’ and improving comfort.

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Sauflon Bioclear (Monthly) – Made using Sauflon’s ‘AquAtract’, which retains moisture in the lens throughout the day for extra comfort and uses a handling tint to aid the insertion and removal of the lens. Advanced Edge Technology provides a lens edge that is incredibly thin reducing lens awareness and improving comfort.

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Air Optix Aqua from Cibavision (Monthly) – Created to be breathable, retain moisture and to resist deposits, Cibavision’s Air Optix are designed for maximum comfort all day (and even all night). Air Optix are perfect for people who lead more active lives but whose eyes may be prone to tiredness, dryness or irritation later in the day – they are also suitable for sleeping in!

Whatever your lifestyle, there is a contact lens for you. Reusable lenses – sometimes called ‘fortnightly/monthly disposables’ – offer a wider range of prescription powers and can be very cost efficient. For more information about our contact lenses, or about our excellent contact lens scheme, please feel free to contact us.

Jul 052012
 

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Contact Lenses are an awesome way to wear corrective lenses without needing to wear spectacles and offer you all-round, clear vision. They are small, almost invisible cup-shaped lenses that fit directly onto your eyes. Comfortable, simple and easy to wear, contact lenses are the best alternative to wearing prescription glasses. Even better, when you are wearing them, people just don’t usually notice that you are wearing anything – you show your natural look.

Freedom from Spectacles

Wearing Contact Lenses gives you the freedom you need to play sports, shop, hang out, dance – whatever you want to do but couldn’t for risk of seeing your glasses fall off. The only things you can’t do with contact lenses are sleeping or swimming (although, if you absolutely must, consult your eye care specialist). They leave your nose free for those sunglasses you’ve always wanted!

Freedom from Mess?

Unlike regular spectacles, you don’t need to wipe clean your contact lenses during the day; your eyelids do this for you through the natural act of blinking. Otherwise, when you take them off at the end of the day, you clean and store them in cleansing solutions ready for the next day. If you use daily disposable lenses, you don’t need to clean them at all – just dispose of them every night and use new lenses in the morning.

Freedom for Choice

You can great in glasses. But sometimes you don’t want to wear them all the time. Contact lenses allow you to express yourself the way you want to. You can even choose different coloured Lenses if you are looking for a total change in style. Contact Lenses offers you freedom to express yourself in every way. Feel yourself, be yourself!

Jun 252012
 

Many of us wear glasses for day-to-day vision. Many of us like to be outside when the sun is shining. But many of us don’t want to buy separate sunglasses. So what other options are available to you when you are out in the bright glare of the sun?

Coloured Tints for your Lenses

Essilor Tints

At Lichfield Street Opticians we can offer you coloured tints that can be added to your lenses when you next update your prescription glasses. With a choice of 4 colours – black, brown, grey or grey-green (these are the colours that will not distort your perception of colour in the world around you) – and with a range of tint strengths we can tailor to your needs. They also offer complete UV protection.

Tinted lenses are just right for people with light sensitive eyes especially as they will also help to deal with indoor artificial light. The colours will not alter one’s perception of colours of, for example, road signs, making them especially ideal for drivers – especially when enhanced with lens coating options such as anti-glare. We can offer tints with all of our lenses, including lenses from Essilor and Hoya.

Lens tints are ideal for all walks of life and allow wearers to see colours exactly as they should be seen, in safety.

 

Transitions and Photochromic Lenses

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Transitions and photochromic lenses are clear lenses that will darken on exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation – i.e. when one steps outside into the sun with them. Once the UV is removed (for example by walking indoors), they return to their clear state, just like normal lenses. The brighter and hotter the sun, the darker they become – ensuring that you have the best protection from harsh light and glare. They are the perfect solution for those who have increased sensitivity to light but do not want a tint over their glasses at all times.

Sunclips

A flip-up sunclip fitted to spectacles

Sunclips – also known as clip-ons – are another ideal and cost effective way to add the shading effect of sunglasses to your regular spectacles. Put simply, these are UV-filtering tinted covers that can clip onto your existing frame, instantly transforming your day-to-day glasses into sunglasses.

Some of these – flip-up sunclips (see image above) have pegs which grip your frame above the bridge (the segment of frame between the lenses that sits on top of your nose). These are hinged and can be flipped up or down if you need to alternate between tinted or clear vision – ideal for long drives in changing conditions! What’s more, if we do not have the exact size of flip-up sunclip in stock, we can easily trim a larger one down to match your frame exactly.

"Fit-over" Sunclip

You can also get Fit-over sunclips. These are similar to Flip-Up clip-ons but have four small ‘feet’ that grip your frame at the sides of the frame below the arm sides. These offer a more secure fit, at the expense of not being able to flip them up when a tint is not needed.

Both of these types of sunclip are available right now at Lichfield Street Opticians – all with UV400 protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays and with polarised options that offer you extra protection against glare.

For more information, to try sunclips or to view a demonstration of Transitions photochromic lenses in action, please call us on 01902 420348 or pop in to see us!

Jun 232012
 

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Polarised lenses are a special type of light-filtering lens that do not have a regular tint like regular sunglasses. They are more effective at filtering glare from sunlight and reflected light, such as the sun reflecting off water, sand, snow or hot road surfaces.

Instead of a regular tint, polarised lenses have a layer that consists of hundreds of tiny vertical lines that are so small, to the naked eye they look like a solid colour. These miniature bars effectively block horizontal light waves, allowing only vertical waves to pass through. This is probably better explained with a more visual method:

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As most glare is carried on horizontal light waves, vertically polarised lenses are extremely effective at removing the effects of glare, improving your ability to see clearly on even the sunniest of days, whether you are out driving, cycling, working or relaxing on the beach.

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All polarised lenses also come with UV400 protection as a standard, ensuring that your eyes are protected from the harmful effects of exposure to UV – essential for your holiday sunbathing sessions!

You can choose a polarised tint for your regular sunglasses, or even have polarised prescription sunglasses if desired – just remember that, like all sunglasses, they aren’t ideal for wearing indoors!

At Lichfield Street Opticians, as well as offering polarised tints as an option for your prescription lenses, we also stock a range of Polaroid sunglasses. Polaroid – the company which invented polarised lenses, are recognised the world over as the definitive authority on polarised lenses and the technology behind these fashionable marvels.

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Jun 232012
 

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One of the easiest ways to protect your eyes during the Summer months is by wearing sunglasses. These are glasses with heavily tinted lenses that filter the light before it enters your eyes, ensuring that you avoid many of the problems that can arise through exposure to strong light such as eyestrain, which can lead to headaches and migraines.

Sunglasses reduce glare, making them an effective choice for drivers to ensure that they can see the road at all times during the day and can help immensely when you find yourself in places where reflected sunlight means there is nowhere to turn to avoid a face full of glare – such as at the beach, where the sea and sand conspire to reflect the sun’s rays all over the place.

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Modern sunglasses also have built-in UV filters that add extra protection for your eyes, which can help to avoid long-term damage such as cataracts. What’s more, most sunglasses are oversized compared to regular spectacles which offers additional benefits, such as shielding the thinner skin around your eyes (where you may not normally apply sunblock) and your eyelids from UV damage, as well as acting as a portable ‘windshield’ for your eyes, protecting them from the elements and wind-borne dust and debris.

Many models can also support your prescription – meaning they will also function as normal glasses when out and about. Please note however, that not all designer sunglasses will support all prescriptions due to required lens designs – if in doubt, always check with your optician.

At Lichfield Street Opticians we stock a range of designer sunglasses from Ted Baker, Anna Sui, Converse and Polaroid. We also offer a budget range of quality sunspecs for just £10.

For more information on sunglasses and of the designer ranges offered by Lichfield Street Opticians, please feel free to check out our website here.

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Sunglasses look great on just about anyone – so they are also make for amazing fashion accessories!

Jun 202012
 

Independents’ Day, the annual event organised nationwide by Skillsmart Retail and within Wolverhampton City Centre by WVone is almost upon us – Wednesday 4th July 2012.

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To celebrate the diversity and uniqueness independent retailers offer to the High Street, Independents’ Day is encouraging Wolverhampton’s shoppers to buy at least one item from a local independent retailer on the day – and remember to use your privilege card!

In return, we will be offering special offers and competitions – with more details to be announced soon, so watch this space!

For more information on the Independents’ Day event and WVone, check out http://www.wvone.co.uk/independents-day.html

Jun 162012
 

Ultraviolet light is contained in sunlight and can be harmful to not only our skin but also our eyes. But what is UV and why should we protect ourselves from it’s effects?

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What Is UV?

Ultraviolet light (UV) is a part of the light spectrum that is shorter than visible light. You cannot see it with your eyes, but it’s there. Although there are many man-made sources of UV, it is produced primarily by the Sun. This sunlight is our main source of vitamin D, which is required to build and maintain strong bones. But most people only need to spend a short amount of time in the sun to make the required amount of vitamin D – far less than the point of developing sunburn.

UV radiation is all around us and can be harmful to our bodies unless we take precautions. For example, as most of us already know, most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV from the sun or sunbeds, so when out in the sun we protect ourselves with things like sun creams and parasols. But what most people seldom realise is that our eyes are also highly susceptible to the effects of UV – in particular UVA and UVB rays – that may be factors in many eye conditions such as cataracts. You could also suffer damage to your retinas and cornea in certain environments.

Where am I most at risk of UV damage?

In the UK, UV levels are much lower than in hotter countries closer to the equator, however we are still at risk especially in the summer months. This risk is at its highest at noon in on the hottest days. UV tends to be much higher where there are more reflective surfaces such as sand and water, so protecting your eyes while at the beach, fishing, boating or on holiday is a must. Snow also intensifies the amount of reflected UV light, so good protection is needed in Alpine holiday destinations. It should be noted that there is also higher risk of UV during the winter – especially after snowfall.

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So how do we protect our eyes from UV?

We cannot just blank out light from entering our eyes. After all, it’s how we see. But there are ways to filter out harmful UV rays before they enter the eye. Over the next few days we will be showing some of the options that are open to you, to ensure that you are fully prepared for the heated highs of summer!

Jun 122012
 

Summer

Summer is here and with it comes good times – holidays, the beach, tans, ice cream aplenty – all round great fun. But with increased sunlight comes increased risks. We all know that sunlight carries harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and we all know that UV can be bad news for your skin. So to avoid conditions like sunburn or worse, we spend hundreds of pounds on skin cream products and sun block.

But UV doesn’t affect only your skin – your eyes are also at risk of various conditions that can arise from the damage caused by UV – from corneal flash burns ‘snow blindness’ and is the main cause of cataracts.

Luckily, protecting your eyes and preventing damage caused by the summer months can actually be very simple – by adjusting the simple things in life, such as changing your diet to include more leafy greens, or to look into buying UV-filtered glasses – whether through clear coatings such as Crizal UV, sunglasses, polarised lenses, Transitions or clip-on shades for your existing glasses.

There are also options for your children – who spend more time outdoors and would therefore benefit more from UV protection and sunglasses.

This month, as we spin ever closer to the hottest time of the year, when your eyes are particularly vulnerable, we will look at the options open to you in terms of caring for yours and your family’s eyes during the bright rays of Summer. JH