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How to take care of your eyes on holiday!

Your summer holiday is getting closer!

Whether you’re going to spend it by the sea or exploring a new city, it’s important to consider protecting your eyes!

We have put together 5 hot tips that can help you take care of your sight while enjoying your holiday :

1) Sunglasses with UV protection: protecting our eyes from the sun is just as important as protecting our skin. The same harmful rays that can cause wrinkles, premature ageing and skin cancer also affect the eyes. UVA and UVB rays can cause damage to different parts of the eye including the retina and lens, which can lead to macular degeneration and Cataracts.

2) Sun cream: It’s not just the eye surface that needs protection, but you should also protect the skin around the eyes should it come into contact with sunlight. A sun cream of the required SPF should be used frequently to help protect from sun damage.

3) Swimming Goggles: Always wear goggles when swimming in the pool, remember that contaminants can have an effect on your eyes, and could potentially cause redness. Also, never wear contact lenses when swimming either in the pool or in the sea, as bacteria in the water can lead to a serious eye infection! You may want to consider investing in prescription goggles if you struggle with no lenses.

4) Preservative Free Dry Eyes drops:  heat, sunlight and dry air can lead to dry eyes – good idea to take eye drops with you!

5) Take a break: A summer holiday is a good excuse to take a break from the computer artificial lights! if you work long hours in front of a computer screen you are increasing your chances of becoming short sighted, according to Californian eye specialists.

If you want to know more on how to take care of your eyes get in contact with our HSH Optical Teams!

Taylor Swift inspired look

Taylor Swift is one of the most popular contemporary female singer and fashion icon.

Red lipstick and short skirts are well known as a signature of her style, although not only does she look stunning in feminine and classical outfits she can also pull together great everyday-urban looks as you can see from the photos. We have done some research and found a few sunglasses for a Taylor Swift inspired look! 😀

Please visit HS+H practices if you want to see more models 🙂 our Peterborough practice has a large selection of sunglasses including Chanel which is exclusive to Henry Smith and Hamylton Opticians in Peterborough! 😀

Ray Ban 2140

Chanel 5361

Tiffany 411-B

Chanel 5306-B

Heat Therapy to treat dry eyes

Dry Eye Syndrome is the most frequently diagnosed ophthalmic condition, we spoke about it in this post.
The normal ageing process brings changes to the meibomian gland function and tear composition resulting in painful, gritty and irritating dry eye.
Effective eyelid warming is the primary treatment for MGD.
The MGDRx® EyeBag® was developed in 2004 by British consultant ophthalmologist Mr Teifi James after 15 years experience of treating patients with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).
The MGDRx® EyeBag®, a reusable warm compress, which heats quickly and conveniently in a microwave, has been registered as a class 1 medical device with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) since 2005. Teifi James was granted a patent for his invention in 2009.
Improving the quality of life for dry eye patients, the MGDRx® EyeBag® has been purchased by over 500,000 users and in a recent survey, more than 90% found the EyeBag® to be better than a hot wet flannel and would recommend the product to a friend or relative.
If you want to know more about Heat Therapy give us a call or walk into one of our practice around Leicester and Peterborough

Vista partners with Henry Smith and Hamilton opticians for 2017

Sight loss charity Vista has officially partnered with local opticians Henry Smith and Hamylton, starting off a year of fundraising for the charity.

The charity and the opticians have been linked for many years. They recently collaborated in the introduction of groundbreaking spectacle lenses, designed to improve vision in people with Macular Degeneration.

In celebration of Henry Smith and Hamylton’s 130th anniversary, the family-based opticians will be aiming to raise money for Vista with various fundraising activities throughout the year.

Becky Poole, Community and Corporate Fundraiser, said “This is an incredibly exciting partnership – to celebrate 130 years of Henry Smith and Hamylton, we have created a calendar of fundraising activities to raise vital funds for local people with sight loss.”

“From March until June, each colleague has pledged to walk 130 virtual miles in aid of Vista, which is the equivalent of walking from Leicester’s Haymarket Memorial Clock Tower to Brighton Pier!”

“Please show your support for Henry Smith and Hamylton on their fundraising journey.”

If you would like to show your support, get in touch with Vista’s fundraising team on 0116 249 8801 or fundraising@vistablind.org.uk, or visit HSH’s JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Henry-Smith130

Vista provides support and services to almost 6000 children and adults with sight loss throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. To find out more about Vista, please call 0116 249 8839, email info@vistablind.org.uk or visit www.vistablind.org.uk 

Editor’s Notes

About Vista

Vista provides support and services to almost 6000 children and adults with sight loss throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. As well as rehabilitation, social groups, befriending and residential services, Vista also provide specialist services for people with learning disabilities, dementia and dual sensory impairment.

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

secrets with glasses

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’.