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

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.

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 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 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.

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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!

Dec 092011
 

MASSIVELY popular kid’s cartoon Ben 10 has invaded opticians across the world with the launch of a great new range of children’s frames – finally your kids have an excuse to want to wear their glasses all the time! From Emporium Eyewear, and available in Wolverhampton exclusively from Lichfield Street Opticians, we are proud to present the Ben 10 Collection.

And to celebrate, we thought we would share with you the experience of young Benjamin Tennyson’s arrival at our practice.

BEN 10: The Arrival

Ben 10 Arrives

Small... Inconspicuous... But no sign of an Omnitrix...

A fairly normal-looking package, although check out all that tape sealing it up? What have they got in there?

Fighting the Ben 10 Packaging!

Who sealed this box? Grandpa Max?

After an epic battle worthy of Ben himself, we finally managed to get into the box to witness the goodies inside.

First Look at Ben 10 Frames

First peek at the Ben 10 frames - check out those awesome cases!

First Look - the frames themselves.

First look at the frames themselves.

Finally we got to see for ourselves the pure awe of Ben 10 in eyewear form!

Ben 10 Close Up

Ben 10 ... Up close!

Ben 10 - Side Detail

Check out the side details!

With the excellent point of sale items including cardboard standee and poster, the full layout of Ben 10 goodness is a sight to behold – if only my nephews were here – they’d be going crazy right about now!

Cool PoS Poster for Ben 10

Cool Ben 10 poster!

Ben 10 Overload!

Ben 10 Overload! All that's missing is an Omnitrix.

With lots of cool items for us to play with, it’s time for a cool new window display for the world to see:

Ben 10 in our Windows!

Ben 10 on display!

Ben 10 on display

Ben 10 on display at Lichfield Street Opticians

Ben 10 frames are availavle NOW from Lichfield Street Opticians in Wolverhampton’s City Centre. To see the range of frames, check out our children’s eyewear section of the site.  For any enquiries, call us today on 01902 420348.

 

Dec 012011
 

As parents we do our best to ensure our children stay healthy and safe. But unless there is an obvious problem, we don’t automatically think about maintaining the health of our children’s eyes.
Children will often not recognize if their eyesight is poor and can become frustrated when they feel they are struggling, but not know why.
The timely identification of a child’s vision problems can be crucial because they are more responsive to treatment when these problems are diagnosed early. Appropriate sight testing is vital to ensure that a child has the visual skills he or she needs to perform well in school and to ensure normal vision development that will be with them for all their lives.
Untreated eye conditions such as a squint or lazy eye can lead to other, more serious problems which may result in a permanent reduction in vision. This is why we strongly recommend all children are tested ideally before the age of five.

“1 in 5 children have undetected visual problems until the age of 12” 1

For school-aged children, an eye exam is recommended every two years if no visual correction is required. Children who need spectacles should be examined annually, or every six months as recommended by their optometrist.
At Lichfield Street Opticians we are here to learn all about every family member’s lifestyle and help you to take care of the long term eye health of your children. Getting your children into a routine of eye testing now will help them recognise the importance of takingcare of their eyes throughout their life.
The good news is that all eye tests for children are FREE under the NHS.
Many of our children’s frames are also available free of charge with the NHS voucher scheme – check our FAQ for more information.
1 Royal National Institute for the Blind