Oct 172012
 

veggies2blog As we all know leading a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet and doing regular exercise lowers the risk of you developing serious illnesses.  Did you know that a healthy balanced diet rich in oily fish, green vegetables,fruit and nuts is also beneficial to your eye health?

There are specific eye friendly nutrients that are necessary to provide your eyes with the support and protection they need against serious eye diseases. Macular Degeneration disease is the most common cause of visual impairment in the developed world, mainly affecting people over the age of 60.  It is a result of changes to the macula – a part of the retina located on the back of the eye that is responsible for clear central vision (your peripheral/side vision is not affected by macular degeneration).

There are simple steps you can make to your lifestyle to help protect against sight loss.

  • healthy diet – green leafed vegetables such as spinach, kale, fruits including peaches, oranges and apricots
  • stop smoking
  • lifestyle changes – taking regular exercise – find a sport or hobby you really enjoy doing!
  • wear lenses that block out UV/blue light that is emitted from the sun, car headlights, computer screens.
  • have regular eye tests, we recommend every two years (unless you have a medical reason for you to have a more regular eyetests e.g diabetes)

A convenient way to ensure you are getting all the essential nutrients and vitamins you need is take supplement that is specially formulated to ensure your eyes are having the exact nutritional intake.  Here at Lichfield Street Opticians we recommend Nutrof Total capsules.

Nutrof Total are easy to swallow capsules that just have to be taken once a day.

Containing -

  • Vitamin C – antioxidant, regenerates Vitamin E
  • Vitamin E – Antioxidant
  • Zinc – antioxidant
  • Copper – antioxidant
  • Selenium – antioxidant, scavenger of free-radicals
  • Essential Fatty Acids – Fish Oils and Omega 3 – important in development and function of the retina
  • Resvertrol – found in red wine, red grapes and blueberries – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin – these two pigments are called carotenoids, they help absorb blue and ultraviolet light, they protect your macula which is responsible for your central high resolution vision. Lutein and zeaxanthin can only be obtained via your diet.

It is also available as the only drinkable nutritional! If you don’t find it easy to swallow tablets Nutrof Total Drink is so easy to make, just empty the sachet into a cup, add half a cup of water, mix and take immediately with your main meal of the day.

In a recent Department of Health survey experts found that just a quarter of adults eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.This can leave you at a higher risk of developing macular degeneration and other common eye diseases, so it so important for you to be eating a healthy balance diet.

For more information about eye health please contact us at 01902 420348 or info@wolverhamptonopticians.co.uk.  Or pop into see us! We have Free brochures that explain fully the benefits of a healthy diet preventing against serious eye diseases such as macular degeneration.

Many thanks to OpticianOnline.net, National Eye Health Week, Spectrum Thea and Macular Disease Society.

Sep 112012
 

Here at Lichfield Street Opticians we are excited to let you know that we are now stockists of Nikon lenses!

Nikon lenses have the best qualities you would want in a spectacle lens … Exceptionally durable; Effortless to clean; Easy on the eyes; Unique – simply the next generation of quality lens coatings from Nikon.

To celebrate our Nikon status we are offer you a unique offer … When you purchase any pair of Nikon varifocal lenses in September and October you will receive a FREE complimentary upgrade to the next tier of premium varifocal design.

This is fantastic opportunity for you to try a premium product at an affordable price!

Everyone makes a unique choice when it comes to chosing their varifocal lenses.  Everyone has different visual needs, you choose a varifocal that both suits your prescription and how you use the lens in your everyday life.

Nikon has a wide variety of varifocal’s that will specifically suit your lifestyle.

We now stock Nikon Varifocal lenses that offer…

  • Reduced aberration & distortion when wearing your specs – this has been minimized to offer you the best possible vision
  • Wider intermediate vision – allowing you instant adaption to the lens, better vision for you when using a computer
  • a lens coating that leaves your lenses cleaner, tougher and clearer than ever before

Each Nikon purchase comes with a Nikon lens cloth, a certificate of authenticity card and Nikon bag!

Our Nikon bags arrive!

For more information about this fantastic offer or for more details of Nikon lenses we would love to hear from you!  Call 01902 420348 or email info@wolverhamptonopticians.co.uk

Many thanks to Nikon

Sep 112012
 

iStock_000010314461Medium It’s that time again! A new school term has started! Here at Lichfield Street Opticians we want to make sure you and your family are all prepared for the studying ahead!  Now is the time that your child might notice that their vision might not be as sharp as last term.

It costs nothing to be reassured about the health of your children’s eyes.

Did you Know? … If your child is in full time education up to the age of 18 years old they will be entitled to a free eye examination and entitled to an NHS voucher that either pays for or contributes to a complete pair of spectacles! We have frames to suit all ages … we are stockists of

 

Ben 10 framesDisney Princess framesPolarised Sunglasses

Converse Kids

Star Wars

At Lichfield Street Opticians we are experts in children’s eyecare and we committed to provide you child with the best eye health,

  • 1 in 5 children have undetected visual problems
  • 80% of a child’s learning occurs visually
  • Research has shown that poor vision can lead to poor school work
  • To avoid the possibility of permanent reductions in vision such as lazy eye, it is essential children are tested before the age of 7
  • Children can be tested from as young as 18 months old

Children's Eyecare and Glasses

We also realise that kids will be kids!  Its likely that any spectacles will need adjustments from time to time, as we offer all our patients a lifetime fitting and adjustment service, there will never be any charges to bring your child’s spectacles back to life! Also up to the age of 16 years old, if their spectacles need to be replaced due to damage, just bring them back in to us and we can replace them on the NHS free of charge.

We also accept other optician’s prescription’s, so if our Ben 10 is the frame to have, that is no problem!  Just bring your child’s prescription in to us and we can order the new spectacles.

For more information about your child’s eyecare or for any further help regarding eye health, please contact us on 01902 420348 or email info@wolverhamptonopticians.co.uk

Jul 182012
 

At Lichfield Street Opticians we are able to supply a wide range of all different contact lens types for all ages.  Contact lenses will enable you to enjoy freedom from wearing frames.

Daily contact lenses offer a very healthy and convenient way of wearing lenses.

  • you wear a fresh lens everyday
  • hassle free – there is no cleaning or solutions needed
  • very flexible – can be worn everyday or for socializing/sport etc
  • can correct long and short sighted prescriptions
  • can correct astigmatism
  • problems with small print? … lens available for multifocal wearers
  • no blind/blurry spots – clear crisp vision where ever you look

At Lichfield Street Opticians we offer are proud to announce that we have recently started to stock Sauflon contact lenses. They have followed on from their success of last year when they won Contact Lens Product of the Year 2011, to win the award again this year at the Optician Awards for their Clariti 1day Toric daily lens.

Clariti™ 1day toric

  • Clariti 1 Day – gives full UVA & UVB protection
  • Clariti 1 Day Toric – offers great comfort while correcting astigmatism
  • Bioclear 1 Day – good end of day comfort
  • New Day – all day comfort at affordable prices

To give your eye maximum comfort Sauflon use silicone hydrogel technology. This material is manufactured to allow oxygen to pass through the lenses to reach your eye’s surface, providing comfort for you, allowing you to wear your contact lenses longer.

Johnson & Johnson’s daily contact lenses include

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  • 1 Day Acuvue Moist – the world’s first daily disposable contact lens
  • 1 Day Acuvue Moist for astigmatism – available in a wide range of prescriptions to correct astigmatism
  • 1 Day TruEye – provides a high level of UV protection for your eye plus allowing more oxygen to your eye.

Johnson & Johnson use technology called Hydraclear – a wetting agent that is part of the lens that gives a smooth silky feel that will keep your eyes moist and comfortable all day long.

 

Cibavision’s daily contact lenses include

DAILIES® AquaComfort Plus® contact lenses

  • Aqua Comfort Plus – provides moisture to your eye with every blink
  • Focus Toric – Crisp, clear vision for those with astigmatism
  • Focus All Day Comfort – all day comfort at affordable prices

To enjoy a different look … to have freedom from glasses … to enjoy sport with clear crisp vision … try contact lenses!

For more information about our contact price scheme, please visit our website!

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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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
 

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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.

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.

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

Apr 282012
 

So you’ve done all the hard work … you’ve chosen your new gorgeous spectacle frame and decided on the best lenses for your prescription.  They’ve been fitted and adjusted with care by your friendly opticians!  But like most products you can only keep them in the best condition if you take good care of them.

We’ve put together 10 top tips to maintain the best vision and fit from your glasses.

Children's Eyecare and Glasses

1) Always use both hands to put your glasses on and to take them off.

2) Keep your glasses in the hard case provided when not wearing them.  This will reduce the possibility of scratching your lenses and protect against breakage.

3) Never put your glasses lens down on any surface, or bring them into contact with sharp or abrasive objects.

4) Avoid intense heat.  Keep your glasses away from heat sources and don’t leave them in a car when its hot outside.  It can permanently warp your frame.

5) Be careful with hairsprays and perfume!  Substances such as glue, acetone and domestic cleaning products can damage your frame and lenses.

6) Before cleaning your glasses you can remove any hard dust particles from the lens surface by rinsing them with lukewarm water.

7) Dry your lenses with a clean soft cloth.  For day to day cleaning use a microfibre cloth, as provided with your case.

8 ) Don’t use paper towels or tissues to clean your lenses.  These often contain wood particles that can damage the surface of your lenses.

9) To keep your glasses clean when your out and about, it is handy to have a lens cleaning spray.  Our cleaning products are formulated to effectively clean all lens types without streaking.

10) At Lichfield Street Opticians we provide the best aftercare service for your spectacles … FREE lifetime fitting and adjustment service!  If at any time your glasses need adjusting, refitting or cleaning we will provide this service free of charge as part of our customer care to you.

For more information about Lichfield Street Opticians including our lenses, frame brands and up to date information about your eyecare follow the link http://www.wolverhamptonopticians.co.uk/index.html

Many thanks to Hoya and Essilor

Enjoy wearing your specs!

Ruth :-)

Mar 142012
 

Hi,

You know how we feel about shoes! You can never have too many pairs … and you wouldn’t want to be wearing the same pair every time you went out. Your glasses are part of your outfit everyday aswell!

Lots of shoes but only one pair of glasses!

The average women now has 7 pairs of shoes or more … (for me that figure should definitely be higher!).  Wearing the right glasses for every occasion means you’ll always project the right image.  Here at Lichfield Street Opticians we can choose frames that will be suitable for all aspects of your lifestyle.

If in the past you have had lenses that have looked thick and unattractive in your frame, we have a fantastic range of ultra thin lenses suitable for all prescriptions.  They will all be supplied with an anti glare coating, that stop any reflections you would normally see on a standard uncoated lens.

crizal-no-glare-lens-comparison

At Lichfield Street Opticians we have an exciting range of frames in stock … they cover all price ranges.  Our most recent designer brand is ck Calvin Klein … its a fantastic and very wearable collection.

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Also just arrived are our new NHS frame range … if you receive JSA, Income Support, ESA, Pension Credit or carry a HC2 you will be able to order from our collection of NHS frames that are suitable for your distance, reading, bifocal and varifocal lenses.

Summer is Coming … Time to Get Ready!

If you’re thinking ahead to your summer holidays … have you ever considered prescription sunglasses.  We stock an exclusive range of frames that are ideal for your tinted prescription lenses.

For more information and ideas about which sunglasses are the best choice for you click here – or click through on the images below:

Ted Baker SunglassesConverse SunglassesPolaroid Sunglasses

 

 

Book an appointment for your next eye examination with us and we’ll advise you on what style of frame is suitable for you.  Your new frame will look fantastic and your lenses will be the best for you and your eyes!

Many thanks to Essilor for their continued support

Ruth :-)

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.