protect your eyes this summer April Blog 2021

Keeping your eyes protected is very important especially over the summer period. Prioritising the health of your eyes can help prevent and decrease the progression of symptoms related to eye diseases. Here is how you can actively protect your eyes this summer…

Choose appropriate eyewear

When choosing sunglasses, it can be hard to decipher which ones are the best for your health and which ones are there for style. Only certified UV glasses will provide adequate protection therefore, you will need to check if they carry the ‘CE’ mark or British Standard BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013. Make certain they are UV400 – this will ensure that they offer the best UV protection you will need. You may find that some sunglasses do not provide adequate protection due to having curved or flared edges, only use a pair that will offer full protection for the surrounding eye area.


Wear a hat for protection

Hats are a brilliant way to not only protect your head from the sun but also provide extra shade over your face. Choose a hat with either a wide brim or cap and combine it with a pair of sunglasses to help keep UV light out of your eyes.


Avoid directly looking at the sun

Looking directly into the sun can have harmful effects on your eyes and can cause Solar Retinopathy. This can lead to long term damage and can decrease your vision – it is important that you reduce your exposure to direct sunlight as much as you can by using appropriate eye protection.


Wear goggles when swimming

When swimming this summer, be sure to bring adequate protection for your eyes. Chlorinated pools can have harmful effects on your eyes as the chlorine strips away the tear film that protects your cornea. This can make your eyes vulnerable to any dirt and bacteria in the water. Goggles are a great solution for this problem, as they keep your eyes from being exposed to chlorine and debris. Lubricating eye drops are great for restoring the cornea’s tear film. However, it is important you source them from a trusted seller. You must also be sure to never wear your contacts when in the pool.


Drink and eat plenty

There are many nutrients within food that have direct benefits for your eyes, and these can help prevent and decrease vision problems. Foods that contain Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta-carotene and zinc are all great for this. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your body and eyes hydrated, this will help reduce dry eye, eye strain and vision problems.


Should you need assistance or advice about your eye health, our team at Vision Centre are highly experienced and more than willing to help. Contact us here or alternatively, call us on 01425 410494 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


We are now open and ready to see you once again … 


Many thanks for bearing with us while we had to temporarily suspend some of our usual services.

We hope that you and your family are well following the Coronavirus crisis.


We’ve made some changes …

In order to keep you safe and ensure your visit to us is a comfortable and convenient as possible, we have made some changes to the practice.

Full details are listed below but one thing that will never change, is our determination to deliver you fantastic eyecare in a warm and friendly environment.

Please be assured that the health, safety and well being of you, our wonderful patients and our fantastic staff, are paramount.

Please take a few minutes to read the following changes that we have made for your safely, comfort and convenience.


Before you arrive …

✓ Please book your appointment online or by phone

✓ Bring a mask (we have supplies if you don’t have one)

✓ Bring your own pen

✓ Arrive on time (not too early)

✓ Come alone (or you can come with 1 other person)

✓ The optician may call you to discuss any individual needs

✓ Bring a complete list of medication and your most recent prescription if you have it 


When you arrive ….

✓ The door will be locked – don’t worry we will let you in

✓ Your temperature will be taken

✓ You will need to sanitise your hands

✓ You will need to put on your mask

✓ You may need to put on gloves

✓ We will ensure you have social distancing

✓ We have placed some dividing screens in various areas

✓ Our practice staff will be wearing PPE

✓ All spectacle frames are fully sanitised between use


After Care …

✓ We will book an appointment for you

✓ We can post your spectacles to you

✓ We can arrange a home visit if preferred


Our new extra cleaning regime includes …

✓ Deep cleaning of practice daily

✓ All equipment sanitised between patients

✓ All spectacle frames triple sanitised

✓ Controlled process throughout


Any questions, please just call us and we’d be happy to explain.

01452 410494