HSH Dispensing Optician reveals her secret to find the right frame!

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Rachel is our Dispensing Optician and Practice Manager at HS+H Birstall practice, we have asked her to reveal to us some of her secrets when it comes to advising a patient about choosing the best frame, here is what she said:

‘When people ask for a quick guide to choosing the perfect glasses, they need to understand that there’s often nothing quick about picking specs. If you ask each Dispenser they’ll have a different approach. As a dispenser we’re considering the prescription, fit of the frame and cosmetic appearance. A patient tends to be just looking at whether they look good or not.

I tend to put specs styles into 4 different categories:

-Plastic frames: Bolder, they make more of a statement, at the moment they’re very fashionable. They also fit the bridge of the nose so can be more comfortable.

-Metal frames: More discreet, lighter in weight, they come with nose pads that we can adjust for comfort and for where the glasses fit. Titanium is usually the lighter metal.

-Supra frames: More discreet, lighter weight, nose pieces to allow adjustments. Still make a statement but without a full frame all the way round.

-Rimless frame: Very discreet, very light weight, they can look ‘invisible’.

When looking for the right frame, face shape does play a part, e.g. with rounder faces you’d try a more squarer shape, although one should not be scared to try all sort of shapes, you may be surprised to discover that an unusual shape looks good on you!

Age does not necessarily play a role, often when patients are older they’ve had the same shape glasses for a long time. They either want to stick with it, or they want something different so we try to encourage them to be braver and try something they may not have looked at before.

Personal style is important to consider, spectacles do help building and reinforcing it: If someone in bright clashing colours comes in you’d go straight to the brighter frames/bolder shapes! Although If they’ve come straight from work they’ll more likely be wearing something different at the weekend, so a good idea would be to have two pair of specs, a smarter one for work and a fun funky pair for the weekend. Beards are very popular for men at the moment, so they’re likely to be following more of the fashion trends and therefore you’d go for the rounder shape specs that are very popular at the moment!

We have many unique pieces at the shop that can give a very distinctive touch to one’s own personal style. When people want something unique they tend to ask straight away for it.
Glasses are seen more and more as a fashion accessory rather than a necessity.
Of course not everyone is into fashion, but as long as a patient feels confident and happy in their specs I’m happy’.

All about cat eye glasses!

Named after their resemblance to the shape of a cat’s eye, cat eye glasses have been really popular during the 1950s and 60s, almost synonymously combined with that beehive or bob hairstyle very popular in those years. The shape is characterised by rounded frames that flare out near the temples giving them that unique feminine look, elegant and sophisticated.

Many famous women helped making cat eye shape famous, to name a few: Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Windsor, Dinah Manoff, Elizabeth Taylor,  Lisa Loeb, Amy Lame, Mary Whitehouse, Erika Auger and Barry Humphries.

Audrey Hepburn wears a pair of cat eye in the famous film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, after the movie popularity the term “Manhattan” became the new trendy name for this style, being made by the infamous Oliver Goldsmith at the time.

Although this style popularity has fallen since the 60s, (bug-Eye glasses replaced the cat eye shape and became very popular in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s), some of the most beautiful faces in Hollywood including Jessica Alba, Dita Von Teese, Olivia Palermo, Nicole Richie and Zoe Saldana have brought the style back.

Some people like them and some people don’t, cat eye glasses remain nevertheless a timeless fashion icon and statement.

 

 

What is Dry Eye Syndrome

 

Dry Eye Syndrome is the most frequently diagnosed ophthalmic condition and literally millions of people around the world suffer to some degree with its symptoms. Furthermore, the normal ageing process brings changes to the meibomian gland function and tear composition resulting in painful, gritty and irritating dry eye.

Other symptoms can be red or excessive watery eyes, contact lens discomfort and tired eyes to name some.

WHAT CAUSES DRY EYE SYNDROME?

Factors like increasing age, dry environment and pollution, computer use and blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids).

WHAT YOU CAN DO

In some cases symptoms can be relieved by making a few simple changes,

like avoiding dry environments such as air conditioning, or take regular breaks from your computer to rest your eyes.

If that’s not enough HSH Opticians provide a personalised treatment programme to manage the symptoms of dry eye including:

– Ocular Lubricants according to the type of dry eye detected

– Heat therapy

– Lid massage

– Lid Hygiene

– Nutritional supplements

Get in contact with us to know more about Dry Eye Syndrome!

New Georgio Armani Eyewear Collection – Exclusive to Henry Smith + Hamylton Opticians Peterborough

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As increasingly vital fashion accessories for elegant men and women, the natural essential lines of Giorgio Armani brand glasses – also available with a touch of irony in the fresh, youthful style of Emporio Armani – are given added value through the expert craftsmanship of Luxottica. Attention to detail with every set of frames becomes, in this way, a basic part of ensuring the universal and timeless style of Armani. Frames suited to every look are available in clean shapes produced in surprising materials and elegant colors – with the more sophisticated details inspired by evening wear collections.

Some key steps of the manufacturing process were created by the Luxottica artisans for international stars (including artist and singer Fergie, Spanish actress Blanca Suarez, French actress Lou Lesage, and German actress Aylin Tezel) who attended the exclusive event held during Milan Fashion Week at the Armani Theatre. The special party also featured the live music set of Scandinavian twins, Say Lou Lou, and actress and DJ Chelsea Leyland.

The New Henry Smith & Hamylton Sunspec offer

The New Henry Smith & Hamylton Sunspec offer

It’s fir for a king

Persol Capri Edition Sunglasses

Persol Capri Edition Sunglasses, inspired by Casa Malaparte. Architecture created by Curzio Malaparte.

Persol eyewear is available at Henry Smith & Hamylton Opticians Leicester City Centre.

Tom Ford Autumn Winter 2012


Tom Ford: power, leather, metal.

 

Tom Ford available at Henry Smith & Hamylton Opticians