Santas Spectacles

  You better watch out You better not cry You better not pout I'm telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town The big man in red will soon be making his way around the world delivering toys to good little boys and girls everywhere.  This made me wonder what sort of glasses he would need for such an important job (once an optician, always an optician) When visiting Santa in his grottos in garden centres you often see the jolly man with a pair of reading glasses balanced on

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Christmas Sparkle and Glasses

The subject for this article was suggested as Christmas at the Opticians. Not a phrase that you hear very often! In the commercial world of Christmas we have all bought festive socks, tea towels and even loo rolls! But maybe Spectacle frames with little twinkling lights trilling Silent Night is a step too far.   Traditionally Christmas for opticians is a quiet time of the year with most people spending time and money on things other than spectacles. We tend to use the quiet time in

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The Army Spectacle Depot World War I

2014 unbelievably marks  one hundred years of the start of The Great War, in recognition of this we were asked to write about sight tests and spectacles during this period. To say this posed something of a challenge is an understatement.  Both I and Helen, and indeed most of our colleagues are too young to remember this far back.  When I started to do some research though what I found was incredibly interesting and I hope worth sharing with you over the next few issues.  I have tried to

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

November not only brings in the penultimate month of the year (where did 2015 go I wonder) but brings with it Guy Fawkes Night.  Tis a strange custom we Brits have for having bonfires and spectacular firework display to celebrate a gentleman who didn’t succeed in his venture to blow up the Houses of Parliament.  Still I would be the first to admit that I love fireworks, getting wrapped up and toasting marshmallows on a bonfire but all of this does need to be done carefully. Every year

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Childrens Eye Tests

This year Kate and I have been visiting local schools, to impress upon the children the importance of regular eye tests.  We have also been chatting to some older classes about the different career pathways in the optics industry.  It has been great fun and very interesting to see their responses to the information we present. Children can have their eyes examined from any age. Eye tests are free for all those under 16 years old and those under 19 in full time education.  Children do not

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