Flashing Lights – What Should I do?

This month I am going to chat to you about flashing lights and floaters in your eyes.  Have you ever seen little dots in your vision, which you can follow around?  Or have you ever thought there was a spider or little fly hanging from your eyelid and you have wiped your eye and there has been nothing there?  Chances are you have floaters in your eyes.  Floaters are cells or clumps of jelly floating around in the vitreous (jelly part of your eye).  They can appear black or translucent in

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Importance of Sunglasses

Being as summer is here (yes I know the weather is not aware of the season quite yet!) I thought it would be a timely to mention sunglasses or more importantly eye protection, so maybe I am a lot to blame for the lack of sunshine. We are all very good nowadays at applying suntan lotion before heading outside, but do we think about eyes when we head out into the sunshine? Celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt have made wearing sunglasses all year round a cool thing

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Pilots and Glasses

Following on from last month’s article about spectacles during World War 2 I decided to investigate what pilots were wearing as their role during the war was vital. Although pilots are traditionally supposed to have 20/20 vision, during the war this requirement was relaxed.  Needs must and all that.  However, more importantly was the protection required in the conditions that they had to endure. From early in the 20th century as tests pilots began flying higher than Mount Everest, they

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Easter Opening Times 2016

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More Than The Eye Can See!

Following on from last month’s article, I wanted to elaborate further on the other benefits for having a regular eye examination.  Your optometrist is there to optimise your eye sight but in addition to that, they can detect anything from diabetes to brain tumours. Changes in the eye can reflect health issues throughout the whole body, while not obvious when you look in the mirror; they can be detected by a trained optometrist.  For example, the blood vessels at the back of your eye are

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