How to Clean your Glasses

It’s the most commonly asked question by our patients – how do I keep my glasses clean? We want you to love wearing your glasses every day and we’ve put together some tips to help keep them fresh. It’s super simple.

I have a small face – what type of glasses should I wear?

I have a small face – what type of glasses should I wear?

Although style is a personal choice we’ve put together some tip to help those of us with smaller faces to choose the perfect pair. The demand in different types of frames and designs in on an ever increase and designers are getting creative in meeting the demands of the wearers and their face shapes.

Our in-house stylists have put together some top tips to help you choose the perfect pair.

Avoid glasses with a thin frame. Picking a thin frame will narrow your face further and the glasses will look ill fitted. Our team of stylists will be on hand to guide you through the latest trends and designer brands we carry. Many designer brands have a range for smaller faces and its easier to find a pair to suit your face type.

Pick glasses that have details on the temples or accents or are deep horn rimmed. This will style your face symmetrically and give your face a balanced look.

Pick a frame that’s roughly up to 50mm in diameter. Frames come in different widths and a smaller width will fit a thinner face better.

A frame that is a wide oval or rectangular will work your face shape outwards rather than thinning your face down further. It will accentuate your check bones.

Choosing the right pair of glasses is a very unique and personal experience. Glasses should compliment your personality and at the same time provide you with a high level of comfort. Our dispensing opticians are at hand to give you the best advice and are trained to help you find the perfect pair, whatever your face shape. Book a consultation with us today.

AOP Encourages Parents to take Children For an Eye Examination

AOP Encourages Parents to take Children For an Eye Examination

More than one in 10 children, in every classroom, are estimated to have an undiagnosed vision problem that is impacting their learning and development, according to the Association of Optometrist (AOP). Realeyes is urging parents to get their children’s eye examined as a priority.

Good eyesight is crucial in making sure a child develops to their full potential both at school and socially.  It’s especially important to look after children’s eyes – the eye is still developing throughout early childhood so if problems are treated early, it can make a lasting difference.

It’s natural that every parent will have burning questions about their children’s eyes. In launching the ABSee campaign the Association of Optometrists is encouraging all children to visit their local optician and have an eye examination. They have put together a leaflet answering some questions that parents may have and our optometrists will be happy to answer the rest.

AOP Leaflet – click here to read more

Children as young as three years old visit Realeyes Opticians to have an eye examination and we can carry out an examination using pictures if they are unable to read. Most children think what they can see is normal and it might not be so it’s always a good idea to have their eyes examined regularly from a young age. The test is painless and we’ll talk you through the results. Our optometrists often comment on how parents wish they’d brought in a child sooner to have their eyes examined.

Polarized Sunglasses – do they make a difference?

Do polarized sunglasses really make a difference?

Polarized Lenses

Sunglasses make a great fashion accessory to any wardrobe but more importantly their job is to protect your eyes from UV rays which could prevent cataracts, macular degeneration and common eye strain.

Normal sunglasses provide basic protection against both vertical and horizontal UV rays. However, they don’t diminish the glare from reflected horizontal rays. This is something a polarised lens can do.

You may have seen polarised lens adverts and wonder what the hype is about. A polarised lens reduces glare that normal sunglasses cannot do. Particularly on sunny days, objects in the distance appear hazy or nearby vehicles are reflecting light in a way that is nearly blinding. A polarised lens removes the effects of glare by blocking reflections.

Daily wearers of polarised lenses say this improves eye comfort and allows you to take in the view without squinting. It’s great if you have sensitive eyes or are prone to migraine because you won’t find yourself squinting anymore. Since your eyes aren’t constantly challenged by glare, it is easier to view objects in bright conditions.

If you are a water sport enthusiast, you’ll enjoy wearing polarised lenses. Fishermen and boaters love polarised sunglasses. The special material makes it easier to see into the water clearer. Without polarised lenses, the water’s surface simply reflects everything around it. This obscures the view into the water almost completely. Polarised lenses block this reflection and enable the wearer to see the contents of the water instead of the sky. People often find that wearing polarised lenses on the beach allows them to see clearly, especially parents who like to lie on the beach whilst their children play in the sea.

But they’re not only for the summer. Skiers love polarised lenses too. If you love hitting the slopes choosing polarised lenses is ideal if you struggle with the sun’s bright glare off the white snow and shiny ice. It also improves the contrast of colours and provides a higher-definition view of your surroundings.

Maui Jim offers a selection of durable, lightweight polarised sunglasses that allow you to see the world in truly vibrant, glare free colour. These are available now available in our Whitton branch. If you are interested in polarised lenses our in-house experts can talk you through the benefits further. We think you’ll be sold. Book an appointment now by clicking here.

Eating Avocados Can Aid Eye Health

Eating Avocados Can Aid Eye Health

Avocado

Eating avocados can aid your eye health according to a study carried out by scientists at Tufts University.

The study (http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/9/9/919) involved 40 adults and split them in three groups. One group ate an avocado each day, the other ate a potato per day and the third group ate a daily cup of chickpeas.

This was trialled for six months, after which it was found the group eating avocado experienced a 25% increase in levels of lutein. The other groups only saw a 15% improvement.

Lutein is known as a carotenoid vitamin that acts as a colour pigment in the macula and retina of the eye. Lutein protects your eyes from harmful high energy light waves like Ultra Violet (UV Rays) in sunlight. Diets rich in Lutein are known to hold off age related eye diseases.

Clinical Director at Realeyes, Javed Kanani said: “A healthy balanced diet is essential for eye health. The study shows some interesting research; however, it is essential to have a regular eye examination. Our eyes don’t hurt when something is wrong and early detection of any ailments can usually be checked by one of our qualified opticians and be treated when caught early enough.”

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US Scientists Create Glasses to Prevent Near Sightedness

US Scientists Create Glasses to Prevent Near Sightedness

Near-Sightedness

US based scientists have created a pair of glasses that could prevent near sightedness (myopia) in children.

Jay and Maureen Neitz, professors of ophthalmology at the UW School of Medicine collaborated to create a pair of therapeutic glasses that children with regular vision can wear to prevent myopia for life. The glasses, which can’t repair damage that has already occurred, can be taken off at the end of adolescence, when the eyes stop growing and aim to prevent near-sightedness.

By 2050, 5 billion people across the globe will have myopia, according to a 2016 study in the Journal of Ophthalmology. At least 1 billion of those people will have high myopia, making it the number-one blinding disease in the world.

The Seattle based scientists conducted three studies that compared their therapeutic glasses with standard glasses, the results show that the glasses are effective at slowing or stopping the progression of myopia.

We’re not all going to rush out and get the pair of glasses just yet, so our team of optometrists have come up with the following advice to help your children:

1. Ensure your children wear their glasses or contact lenses and keep their prescription up to date with a regular eye examination.
2. Ensure they eat a healthy diet, although there isn’t a direct link between a poor diet and increase in myopia, proper nutrition is essential is maintaining good eye health.
3. Encourage your children to spend more time outdoors. A lack of natural light is known to increase myopia. Just an hour day outside, playing sport or running around makes a huge difference to their general vision and health.

Read more Link: http://ophthalmology.washington.edu/news/seattle-scientists-have-invented-glasses-might-stop-surging-cases-nearsightedness-children

Book your child for an eye examination today click here

Get Yourself Through the Hay Fever Season

Get Yourself Through the Hay Fever Season

Hay Fever

As the hay fever season sets upon us, the Science of the Total Environment has published a map showing the allergenic pollen vegetation in the UK. It’s aimed at helping allergy sufferers by identifying 12 key allergic vegetation types and created maps to show density of each one across the country, helping sufferers to manage their condition by reducing their exposure if they live and work in one of these areas.

The study shows that UK has one of the highest prevalence of doctor diagnosed asthma affecting 10% of the adult population and approximately 80% of people with asthma also have a pollen allergy. According to NHS choices there are 10 million hay fever sufferers in the UK.

If you do suffer from hay fever our optometrist have this advice for you:

  • Always keep an eye on the pollen count in the news that way you’ll know how bad the symptoms may get;
  • Get a pollen filter for your car and keep the car windows closed;
  • Stay indoors when the pollen count is over 50 and keep windows and door closed;
  • Avoid grassy areas and freshly cut grass;
  • Take a shower often shampooing your hair if you’ve been outdoors for a long period of time;
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes;
  • If your eyes feel itchy splash cold water on them;
  • Seek medical advice from the pharmacist of doctors if the symptoms get worse. There are many over the counter and prescription medication that can help.

Senior optometrist and clinical director of Realeyes – The Eye Clinic, Javed Kanani, reminds us: “Itchy eye can be irritating but can also be mistaken for hay fever, in many cases patients are actually suffering from dry eyes. Dry eyes syndrome is a common condition where your eyes don’t make enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. We run a specialist dry eyes clinic in all our stores which will ensure you get an accurate diagnosis and your dry eye condition isn’t mixed up with another conditions like hay fever. Once our specialist optician has given you a comprehensive eye examination, they will measure the volume of your tears and check their quality. They will talk you through some treatment options which work for you and your lifestyle.”

You can book a consultation with our optometrist today by clicking here.

Age Related Macular Degeneration – The Facts

Age Related Macular Degeneration – The Facts

AMD

Whether you have heard of it or not, age-related macular degeneration accounts for almost 50% of those registered as visually impaired in the UK.

What exactly is Macular Degeneration?

The macula is an area at the back of your eye that you use for seeing fine detail such as watching television or reading a book. It is a painless condition. Macular degeneration happens when the macula becomes damaged. The most common forms of macular degeneration happen more as you become older and are known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). There are two types: dry and wet.

Dry AMD This form characterises in a slow deterioration of vision and is the more common of the two conditions.

Wet AMD This tends to be more sudden in onset, sometimes with a dramatic decline in your central vision, usually in one eye.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can vary according to the type and stage of AMD present. Many people do not experience symptoms in the early stages of dry AMD. Some people simply notice that things appear blurry or they have difficulty reading with their normal reading glasses. As the macula cells deteriorate, people may notice that straight lines appear distorted or wavy. People with AMD may notice that they become sensitive to bright light or they find it difficult to adapt when going from a dark to a light environment.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, arrange an appointment at your nearest Realeyes branch.

What are the causes?

Dry AMD is caused by a gradual breakdown of light sensitive cells in the macula. Wet AMD is caused when abnormal blood vessels begin to grow behind the macula and leak fluid or cause scarring. There are certain risk factors associated with macular degeneration:

  • Age – most prominent in over 65’s.
  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet – lacking in anti-oxidants or high in saturated fats.
  • Over exposure to UV light
  • Obesity The exact cause is not yet known, so you may develop it even if you do not have any of these risk factors.

What is the treatment for AMD?

Although there is currently no treatment for dry AMD, our optometrists will be able to advise you on lifestyle adjustments to minimise further progression, such as taking specific nutritional supplements. Wet AMD can often be treated if it is caught early enough. At Realeyes, our optometrists routinely check for any changes in the macula and specific tests are carried out if macular degeneration is suspected or observed. If there are signs of macular degeneration, you may be referred to a hospital ophthalmologist for a full diagnosis.

Written by our in-house optometrist Shazia Kanani, who is based at our Wembley store.

Can I really eat my way to healthy eyesight?

Can I really eat my way to healthy eyesight?

eye health blog

Yes, that’s right, what you eat does impact your eyes! Having a healthy, balanced diet not only keeps you in good shape but also affects the functionality of the eyes. Read on and find out more.

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

Main Benefits Lowering blood pressure
Reducing inflammation
Reducing risks of heart attacks and strokes
Benefits for the eyes Crucial role in visual development and retinal function
Helps reduce dry eyes
Reduced risk of macula degeneration (largest cause of blindness)
Reduces the risks of diabetic retinopathy
Reduced risk of glaucoma
Food containing omega-3 fatty acids Oily fish (mackerel, salmon, sardines)
Flaxseeds
Chia seeds
Walnuts
Soybeans

LUTEIN & ZEAXANTHIN

Main Benefits It can slow the progression of age related macula degeneration
Reduce the progression of nuclear (central) cataract
Reduces glare sensitivity
Food containing Lutein & Zeaxanthin Kale
Spinach
Basil
Lettuce
Asparagus
Broccoli

VITAMIN C + E

Main Benefits Reduced immune system deficiencies
Reduced cardiovascular disease
Reduces skin wrinkling
For the eyes Reduces risk of cataract
Reduces risk of age related macula degeneration
Food containing
vitamin C and E
Peppers
Guava
Strawberries
Mango
Sunflower seeds
Kale
Orange juice
Pomegranate
Pumpkin
Tomatoes

VITAMIN A AND ZINC

Main Benefits Normal functioning of the immune system
Regulation of gene expression
Embryonic development
Improves cardiovascular health
Supports reproductive health
Avoids depression
For the eyes Reduces risks for macula degeneration
Reduces risks for dry eyes
Food containing
vitamin A and Zinc
Red Meat
Poultry
Pumpkin seeds
Chick Peas
Carrots
Sweet Potatoes
Kale
Cocoa powder
Cashews

There are a lot of supplements available which incorporate these vitamins and minerals, however sourcing them from natural products is highly recommended. It’s cheaper and tastes better too!

However, do remember, nutrients are most potent when they come from food rather than supplements. Having a healthy well-balanced diet will incorporate a good amount of the nutrients required to keep your eyes healthy.

Written by our in-house optometrist Zainab Kanani, who is based at our Wembley store.

What to Expect From Your Eye Examination

What to Expect From Your Eye Examination

Typical Eye Exam

Letter charts, green dots and red dots and sophisticated equipment can leave patients who are coming for an eye test a little confused about what we are actually testing. Here’s a lowdown on what actually happens at an eye test.

Getting to know you and your eyes

When you first come in our testing room you’ll be welcomed by our opticians who will start by obtaining a medical history. We’ll ask lots of questions about your vision, eye health and whether any eye conditions run within the family. It’s crucial for us to know so we’re aware of any special conditions that we may need to investigate further for e.g glaucoma and diabetes.

The equipment we use

Over the last few years, Realeyes has invested heavily in state of the art optical equipment. Our accurate machines test your vision and get an accurate reading of your current prescription. Gone are the days of wearing an overly heavy, uncomfortable metal frame on your face with the hundreds of lenses we add into it to make your vision perfect. We now use a computerised system called a Phoropter to measure the exact glasses prescription to tailor make lenses to your personal needs. If you’re over 40 years old, you will also have your eye pressure measured with our pressure machines – the ‘puffs’ of air are much gentler on the eye.

It’s also important to make sure that you can see in the periphery, especially if you drive or have any concerns, we use our Oculus Smartfield machine to test your visual fields. The machine also allows us to take an in-depth analysis of your visual field.

Using our special Fundus camera, we can also take photos of the back of your eye (a retina), so that we can have an objective measure to compare any changes with future visits to Realeyes. Testing the back of the eye is important to detect and monitor conditions like diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

And for the children…

We have various different tests that we carry out for children too, in particular binocular vision testing, which helps determine your child does not have a lazy eye, colour vision testing and we carry out dyslexia screening for those who may have concerns for their children’s reading ability.

A final report

With all the tests combined, we are able to compile a comprehensive report of your eyes health and vision, which we will talk you through. Having an eye test is not only about whether you need glasses or not but also keep a check on the health of your eye. Unlike other conditions, eye ailments can only be determined by an eye examination by a qualified optician.

We can’t stress enough how important to keep up to date with your regular checkups so we can track any changes that occur with your vision and your eye health.

You can book an appointment today by visiting your local store or booking an appointment online.

Written by our in house optician, Janki Vadgama, who is based at our Streatham  branch.