Jul 142012
 
 

Our new delivery of Anna Sui and Hackett frames have arrived … there are some fantastic colours and styles that will leave you spoilt for choice!

Our delivery arrives!

Hackett poster!

As always from Hackett and Anna Sui, they are accompanied by gorgeous window displays! As you can see from our ‘Essentially British’ Hackett guy!

Hackett window pictures

Unpacking the boxes reveals the Hackett and Anna Sui frames …

Anna Sui & Hackett frames

new stock!

The new stock is all unpacked … we would love to see you … what do YOU think of the frames!

New Anna Sui frame

For more information about our Anna Sui or Hackett frames follow http://wolverhamptonopticians.co.uk/html/anna_sui.html http://wolverhamptonopticians.co.uk/html/hackett.html

or call us on 01902 420348!

Jul 052012
 
 

contact lens

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 262012
 
 

 

Our Flexon Frame Collection 2012

The newest collection to come to Lichfield Street Opticians is the Flexon range, this includes the Flexon Sunclip Magnetics. They are a fantastic choice of frame as they offer the unique flexibility of memory metal which produces bendable frames that are lighter, stronger and more comfortable. They are the most versatile memory metal frames available – appealing to the widest range of men, women and children.

The lightweight frames come complete with a sunclip which fits the frame perfectly and discretely as it attaches to the underneath of the frame. There is no cumbersome attachments over the bridge of the frame or any worries about your lenses being scratched by attaching around the lenses, you don’t even have to take the frame off to put the clipover on! Making it ideal for drivers.

Flexon Magnetics model 807

The perfectly fitting sunclip is polarised, this means that your eyes would be protected from glare, so you will be able to see more clearly. This is essential for driving when sunlight is reflected off road surfaces.

Follow the link for more information about sunglasses protection … http://wolverhamptonopticians.co.uk/html/sunglasses.html

Glare on road without Polarised Lenses

Glare reduction on road with Polarised Lenses

For more information about our Flexon frame collection or about polarised lenses see http://wolverhamptonopticians.co.uk/index.html or call 01902 420348, we would love to hear from you!

Flexon Magnetics model 896

Hope you’re enjoying your summer :-)

Many thanks to Marchon Eyewear and Norville Eyewear.

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

Transitions-Healthy-Sight-In-Every-Light

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
 
 

polaroid_mens_best-of-best

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:

polarization

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.

polarised-road-example

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.

P4102 C Filter Cat 3P4126 A Filter Cat 3

Jun 232012
 
 

hackett_sunspecs

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.

Looking at you

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.

Anna Sui AS814 113The Close Talker - TortoiseSienna 1174 709

 

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.

Independents Day Soon - Small

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 182012
 
 

For many years we have been advised to protect our skin from UV (ultra violet) sun damage with sun creams and sun block, however our eyes also have daily exposure to UV light and are just as susceptible to damage.  Here at Lichfield Street Opticians we can provide you with the best UV protection for your eyes!

The sun and UV light

We now supply Crizal Forte UV, which is the first clear lens on the market to maximise your eyes protection against dangerous UV rays from the front and back surface of your lenses, while ensuring the best clarity of vision.

You may already be wearing a Crizal coated lens from us or have read about its benefits on our previous blogs. http://www.wolverhamptonopticians.co.uk/blog/clearer-vision-with-crizal-lens-coatings/

Crizal Forte UV still provides you with protection from the 5 enemies of clear vision, as seen below but now gives you 25 times better protection from harmful UV than without any lenses!

5 enemies of clear vision

                                                         The Eye Sun Protection Factor!

We all check our sun lotion SPF (sun protection factor) when we’re due to fly off somewhere sunny. We know that the higher the number of SPF the better protection our skin is. Our lens supplier Essilor have applied this to their new Crizal Forte UV. They have created the E-SPF (Eye-Sun Protection Factor) and when wearing lenses with Crizal Forte UV the E-SPF is 25, so your eyes will be 25 times better protected than when wearing no lenses!

Research has shown a connection between UV exposure and a number of short-term and long-term eye diseases. They can seriously damage our vision and health. Our eyes are directly exposed to UV rays 365 days of the year so protection is important.

Crizal Forte UV is available on a wide range of your spectacle lenses and still offers the superb two guarantee against scratches!

For more information about the new E-SPF 25 Crizal Forte UV or any of our spectacles lenses we’d love to hear from you!

Many thanks to Essilor.

Blog again soon … Ruth :-)

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?

UV From The Sun

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.

CFUV sun1

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