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Why Sunglasses Are So Important For Your Eyes

We’re all aware by now that although sunglasses are a great fashion accessory to add to any wardrobe they actually have a health benefit and protect our eyes from harmful Ultra Violet (UV) rays. They should be a necessary part of any wardrobe.

How sunglasses work

The sun’s rays can penetrate through different areas of your eyes. 

UVA rays can reach the retina in the back of your eye and UVB rays reach the cornea in the front of the eye. Sunglasses prevent these rays from penetrating your eye, helping prevent damage to the eyes and in many cases vision loss.

Sunglasses are just like sunscreen you put on your skin. Just like sunscreen protects your skin from dangerous UV light, UV coating can be added to glasses lenses to help block harmful rays from causing damage to your eyes.

What to look for when buying a pair of sunglasses

When thinking of buying a pair of sunglasses it’s important to choose a fashionable pair. Many people go for a designer pair to encourage them to wear them all the time. It’s nice to wear a trendy pair of sunnies. But that’s not all, you need to look out for

99% UV protection levels – this means your pair of sunglasses will filter out all of the harmful UV rays that can damage your eyes.

Wraparound sunglasses – these style of sunglasses will  give you better coverage as they cover more of the eyes.

Polarisation – polarised sunglasses filter the light in a different way reducing the glare that you may face. Keen sports enthusiast and people who drive often prefer these style of sunglasses.

Tint colour – this is purely cosmetic so go for a colour that suits your face complexion and personality.

What sunglasses will suit my face and give me the best protection?

Just like a pair of glasses, different styles suit different faces. Our staffing team are frame stylists and can help you choose a pair that will suit your working environment and lifestyle.

We are all looking for a brand of glasses that speak our style. See what brands we stock here

Great Service

Don’t Keep us a Secret

Tell your friends and family about us and get money off your next pair of glasses.

Small business thrive through word of mouth and most of our patients come from conversations between friends and family.

How Does it Work?

We’ve kept things super simple!

Tell your family and friends about your experience at Realeyes.

When they come in ask them to mention your name and postcode

When they purchase a pair of glasses with us we will put a £10 credit on your account.

The more friends you recommend the greater your credit to spend on your next pair of glasses.

We Love it When you Talk to us

If we fell short in anyways and you weren’t happy with your service please come and tell us. We are always looking for ways to improve our service to make our patients’ experiences better.

Six Month glasses MOT

Why You Need a Six Month Glasses MOT

Why it's Important

When you invest in a pair of great glasses you want them to work for you and your eyes. With the best will in the world; even though we advise you to put them in their glasses case when you’re not wearing them and put them on with two hands, sometimes we just forget.

Servicing Your Glasses

The six month MOT is your chance to come in an allow our experts to service your glasses; securing the screws, cleaning the lenses, replace components and give them a sonic clean.

It just takes a few minutes for us to check your glasses and restore them. Many patients use this as an opportunity to tell us how they are getting on with their glasses. We can make any adjustments needed, usually on the spot.

See You Soon

So, just like a diamond ring that needs a polish every year to dazzle and shine, your glasses need an MOT to work for you.

During Covid-19 we request you call and book your six month MOT.

Coronoa FAQ

Caring for Your Eyes Amidst Covid-19

Top Covid-19 Questions

Naturally, many of you are concerned about your eyes, during these unprecedented times. We’ve taken the top questions we’ve been asked over the last few weeks for our senior optometrist to answer. 

 I’ve lost or broken my glasses what should I do?

This is the most common question we have been asked so far. We’re help to help you in any way we can. Call us at your local branch and we will be able help you replace your pair where we can with your current prescription. We may be able to replicate your last pair and arrange contactless collection.

I’m due an eye examination now, what should I do?

In line with the current NHS guidelines, we, along with other opticians around the country, are not providing routine eye examinations. If you are due a routine eye examination we will call you once we are fully operational.

 Can I clean my glasses with hand sanitiser?

Please don’t! The ingredients in hand sanitisers damages the surface of the lenses and causes streaks and smears. The alcohol properties in the hand sanitiser may also irritate your eyes. Use a normal glasses cleaner or warm water with soap to clean your glasses. You can read more by clicking here.

Is it safe to wear contact lenses?

Contact lens wearers touch their eyes more than the average person. Consider wearing glasses more often, especially if you tend to touch your eyes a lot when your contacts are in. Substituting glasses for lenses can reduce eye irritation, and they may be a barrier that reminds you not to touch your eye.

If you have to wear contact lenses, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds followed by drying them with unused paper towels before applying or removing your contact lenses. 

Should I still continue using my eyedrops?

Yes, you should continue using any eyedrops that you have been prescribed. Be extra careful each time you put in your eye drops – wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before you put them in. After putting the eye drops in, close your eyes for 30 seconds, and dab your eyes with a clean tissue and avoid rubbing them.

I am a diabetic and glaucoma patient with an eye condition what should I do?

If you under hospital care, you should keep in touch with the hospital. If you are under our care, we will have to delay your appointment but you will be on our priority list when we are fully operational. If you do any concerns please call us and we’ll help you.

Remember, we are here for you and if you’re unsure of anything you can call us. Find your local branch by clicking here.

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.

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.

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