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

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 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 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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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 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?

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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