Feb 072013
 

 

 

Ever feel compromised with your varifocals? Do you experience blurry side vision or curved distortion when going down stairs or reading?  If you’ve been disappointed with varifocals before you’ll be excited about our new varifocal lens design!  Essilor, who invented the varifocal lens design over 50 years ago, have added an all-new progressive lens to their extensive range.

One of our patients has recently started to wear the new Varilux S lens for the first time … ‘They are crystal clear and have sharp focus at all distances … (and compared to her previous varifocal lenses)… they do give much clearer all round vision’.*

Two new and exclusive technologies have made the Varilux S Series design overcome the compromises you may have previously had when wearing your varifocals.

Nanoptix technology reduces the ‘swim effect’.  Synchroneyes technology ensures maximised fields of vision. If you have previously experienced some limits with your premium varifocal lenses, Essilor’s new Varilux S Series will provide you with ultimate flawless vision.

Wearers of the new Varilux S Series have experienced a wider angle of vision and a more balanced feel when moving.  90% of the swim effect is reduced through Varilux S Series compared to other premium lenses.**

Your new lens design comes with a choice of two anti-reflection coatings, Optifog UV and Crizal Forte UV.  We have had positive feedback from our patients for these premium coatings … ‘They certainly stay clearer for longer and are not a problem in the rain’.*

Both coatings have UV protection … your eyes can be damaged by UV rays 365 days of the year.  Even if your not in bright sunlight UV rays are everywhere and our Crizal UV coating will protect your eyes from the harmful light that reflects from the back of your lenses into your eye. For more information see our previous entriy on protecting your eyes from UV rays.

Also available for Varilux S Series lenses is  Crizal Optfog UV which provides you with fog free vision.

By treating your lenses once a week with the Optifog activator you will have steam free lenses in any situation!  For more information and to see our Optifog demonstration.

        • Crizal Forte UV protects against the 5 enemies of clear vision!

5 enemies of clear vision

For more details on lens coatings and how they help to improve your vision check out our coatings blog

For any more information please contact Lichfield Street Opticians on 01902 420348 or info@wolverhamptonopticians.co.uk

*Our patient testimonials Jan 2013

**Essilor In lab testing 2011

Nov 012012
 

Its getting to that time of the year when we wrap up for crisp frosty mornings … enjoy cosy nights by the fire … but as a spectacle wearer do you find your glasses getting foggy when you’re out and about during your day in the winter?

Here at Lichfield Street Opticians we know it has always been a problem for all spectacles wearers that when you go from a cold environment to hot surroundings and visa versa your lenses foggy up and your vision is temporarily blurred until your lenses clear.  It can be a major inconvenience and until now there hasn’t been a product that has completely eliminated this problem.

Optifog coating was introduced last year and it has been has now been relaunched to include Crizal Forte UV.  It won ‘Product Of The Year’ at this years Opticians Awards.  The combination of Optifog and Crizal UV means that your eyes have 25 times better UV protection than without the coating plus a lens that won’t fog up when you move from hot to cold environments.

The top layer of the Optifog coating has fog repellent properties. To activate the Optifog on your lenses we supply you with a bottle of Optifog Activator.  You simply apply a drop of the solution to both sides of your lenses and wipe them over with a micro fibre cloth.  Your lenses are now completely fog resistant!

Unlike other anti-fog sprays you may have tried in the past, which have to been used daily with the Optifog Activator it only has to be used once a week.

Included in the Optifog UV coating is the usual benefits of an anti reflection coating

  • scratch resistance
  • smudge resistance/easy to clean
  • anti-reflection
  • dust repellence

Please call into see our Optifog Demonstration for yourself!  Please don’t hesitate to call and see us if you need any more information about coatings or about your eye health.

 

Many thanks to Essilor

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