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How do I Choose My First Pair of Glasses?

If your optician has advised that you need to wear glasses, it may have come as a bit of a shock. However, putting on your first pair of perfectly fitting glasses will enhance your natural features and ensure you see everything clearly. It can be hard to know which style of glasses is best for you, so our dispensing opticians and frame styling experts have put together their top tips for choosing your first pair of glasses.

Choosing Your Lenses

Once you have your prescription, you will be ready to choose the perfect lenses. In the past, lenses were commonly made using mineral glass however high-quality plastic lenses are increasing in popularity. It is also important to consider finishes such as anti-reflective coatings, breakage resistance, self-tinting lenses, and hydrophobic and antistatic coatings. There are also task-specific lenses that can enhance your vision whilst working, playing sport or carrying about your favourite hobby. Your dispensing optician should ask you a series of question that will get to know your lifestyle better to help you choose the correct lens to suit you. 

The Best Frame Shape to Suit Your Face

It may be overwhelming at first when trying to decide which is the most flattering frame shape, and you may be surprised at which styles suit your face shape. In general, if you have a round face the angular frames will work well, and for heart shaped faces we always recommend oval shaped styles. Those with an oval shaped face are lucky, as almost every shape of frame will compliment your features. Our frame stylists have gone to great lengths to understand what glasses suit which face shape. 

Think About Colour and Patterns

There are an almost endless array of colours and patterns to choose from, and we always advise our customers to pick frame colours which compliment their skin tone and personal style. Whether you are looking for a bright and bold style or a more traditional tortoiseshell design, there will always be an option which enhances your individual style, which we can help you with. 

Consider Your Comfort

If you are not used to wearing glasses regularly, the weight of heavier styles may be uncomfortable. If you will be wearing glasses daily you should choose a comfortable lightweight style, although for occasional wear, a heavier frame will be fine. We stock brands like Lindberg, that give you the options for a lightweight frame.

What is Your Budget?

Setting a budget is one of the most important steps in choosing a pair of glasses, as the price can vary greatly. We always aim to stock the best quality glasses at the most competitive prices, and we believe a great pair of glasses is possible without breaking the bank.

If you are hoping to purchase a spare pair of glasses or prescription sunglasses in addition to your main pair, we can recommend pairs which fit within your budget. Alternatively, if you have a designer brand which you love to wear, we can point you in the direction of this season’s latest styles.

Whatever you choose we want to make things easier for you so we can offer an interest free credit option to pay for your glasses over a few months. 

An Expert Team of Advisors

Here at Realeyes Opticians, our team are always on hand to help when you are trying on and comparing frames. We can offer our expert advice to help you find the best frames for your lenses, your lifestyle, and your face shape. Your glasses will become a key part of your identity and our team will help you to express your style with a pair of glasses that suit your budget and your lifestyle.

To find out more you can book an appointment at your local branch. 

Sunglasses

Top Reasons Why You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

When you think of preparing for winter we think of hats, scarves, gloves and a big wooly jumper. But very few people realise that sunglasses are as important in the winter as they are in the summer.

We recommend you keep your sunglasses out in the winter just as much as in the winter and here’s why: 

The Sun’s Rays

The suns rays are just as strong in the winter as they are in the summer, we just don’t feel the heat as much. Ultra Violet (UV) are just as present in the winter months and can damage your cornea, eye lens and other parts of your eyes. UV rays from sun exposure can be a great contributing factor the development of cataracts and macular degeneration. It’s worth protecting yourself.

The Sun Sits Lower

The sun sits lower during the winter months which leads to more direct exposure to harmful UV radiation. Your sunglasses can help you see more clearly on those sunny days in winter give you better vision when driving.

Protects You From Dry Eyes

Cold winds and snow are more harmful to your eyes than you might think. Wind and snow causes the moisture in your eyes to dry up causing your eyes to suffer from dry eyes. This common condition causes irritation, red, sore and gritty eyes which can be painful. You’re much less likely to suffer from dry eyes by wearing a good pair of sunglasses for protection making your eyes feel more comfortable. 

Our Top Winter Protection Tips:

There are many options for sunglasses, you can have a separate pair of sunglasses with your prescription, you can have a Transition tint put into your current glasses that helps your glasses go dark when you’re outside, you can even have a polarised lens to help reduce the glare.

Driving

Help! I Can’t See Properly When Driving in the Dark

Driving at night is a chore and with the winter months setting in faster than we’d like, most of us will be driving to and from work and school runs in hours of darkness.

Do you find the oncoming headlights really difficult to navigate? Do they shine bright into your eyes and you struggle to see blinding you whilst you are driving?

Night time driving has been deemed the most visually demanding task you will encounter. Road casualty statistics show 40% of road collisions occur in the hours of darkness.

We’re always looking for ways to help our patients see better. The good news is we have partnered up with Seiko vision to bring you a great coating we can add to your lenses called RoadClearCoating.

It significantly reduced irritating glare and reflections from oncoming traffic, wet surfaces and other similar things.

The coating can help reduce ghosting effects and haloing around lights when night driving, improve your ability to see and contrast, reducing eyestrain and fatigue.

Older drivers benefit from the road experience but as we get older we can face difficulties with contrast sensitivity, light and dark adaptation, glare, colour perception and restricted field of view; and these difficulties are often exaggerated when driving at night.

It is therefore essential for the older driver to have a regular eye examination and to discuss the lens options and features that will benefit them and enhance their vision for driving at night.

Our highly qualified staff can carry out a comprehensive eye heath examination and help chose the right lens for night time driving.

Top tips for night drivers:

We want you to arrive safely at your destination when driving at night. Book an appointment for an eye examination and we can help you drive better at night. 

Office Lens

What is an Office Lens and Do I Need One?

An office lens helps those people that work in front of a computer, read or write. It’s suitable to use if you work in an office or from work from home.  

The lenses will give you better and relaxed vision at work and provide comfort for your eyes. It will help alleviate tired eyes, eye strain and headaches from concentrated working. Many of our own team members enjoy wearing these lenses. 

How do they work?

These lenses are adapted to make the transition from near to intermediate vision as pleasant as possible.

The lenses are split into two parts – the top half is for intermediate vision, and the bottom half is for near vision – however there is no ‘jump’ from one part of the lens to the other; it is a gradual progression.

Intermediate vision includes things that are about 1-2 metres away – like your computer screen; while near vision includes things that are just in front of you or in your hands – like your mobile phone or a document you’re reading or writing.

The demands of adapting to different work environments make it a great choice for those working in front of a computer, reading or writing.

How can I get an office lens?

When you come in for your eye examination we usually find out about your lifestyle. You may want to mention to the optometrist that you are interested in an office lens. You don’t have to wait until a year is up for your next eye examination. We offer private eye examinations at any point during the year.

These lenses can be put into most of our frames and will make a world of difference.

We are here to help you see better. To book an eye examination click on the link below ↓

Open your eyes to driving in the dark

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Open your eyes to driving in the dark

Benefits of Anti-reflection lens & Top tips to night drivers

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We all find driving at night a chore and with the winter months setting in faster than we’d like, most of us will be driving to and from work in hours of darkness. Night time driving has been deemed the most visually demanding task you will encounter and road casualty statistics show 40% of road collisions occur in the hours of darkness.

To improve your vision during the dark hours we recommend a good pair of prescription glasses with an anti reflection coating. Today’s modern anti-reflective coatings can virtually eliminate the reflection of light from the lens, allowing 99.5% of available light to pass through the lenses and enter the eye which gives you sharper vision with reduced glare.

An anti-reflection lens can help reduce ghosting effects and haloing around lights when night driving, improve visual acuity and contrast, reduce eyestrain and fatigue, and improve the cosmetic appearance of spectacle lenses.

Whilst older drivers benefit from the road experience they have gained, but as we get older we can face difficulties with contrast sensitivity, light and dark adaptation, glare, colour perception and restricted field of view; and these difficulties are often exaggerated when driving at night. It is therefore essential for the older driver to have a regular eye examination and to discuss the lens options and features that will benefit them and enhance their vision for driving at night.

Our highly qualified staff can carry out a comprehensive eye heath examination and help chose the right lens for night time driving. Call your local store to book an appointment.

Top tips for night drivers

  1. Ensure you are wearing the most up to date prescription in your eye wear – if you’ve not had an eye examination in the last 2 years, please book an appointment
  2. Avoid wearing dark or tinted lenses, but instead ensure you have a good anti-reflection coating on your lenses.
  3. Keep your windscreen clean inside and outside
  4. Check your wiper blades for wear and replace if necessary
  5. Check your headlights are working and are clean
  6. Keep a spare pair of glasses in the car

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