I expect many of you are aware of the recent news stories that reported a simple eye test could help spot the early signs of dementia and which could have significant value in the future.

Opticians such as ourselves carry out routine eye tests to look at the tissue at the back of the eye known as the retina. 

Scientists believe that people with thinner retinas are more likely to develop problems with their reasoning and memory.

A research study saw 32,000 people measured for parts of the retina, especially the retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL).  The participants in the study were aged between 40 and 69 and were also given tests for memory, reasoning and reaction time.

Mind you, so can Not Wearing Sunglasses!

The sun is shining, at last, and I am sure many of you will be wearing sunglasses whilst out driving. 

However, I spotted an article on the Gloucester Live website recently that gave me pause.It reports that rule 237 of the Highway Code states that drivers must slow down or pull over if dazzled by bright sunlight. 

I know that it is not always possible for people to get to our premises in Gloucester.  I also know that regular eye examinations are vitally important for everyone.  That is why we can arrange for one of our fully trained staff to visit you in your home at your convenience.

There they will carry out a full examination, recommend the right lenses for you and help you choose your frames.  When the glasses are ready we will call again to ensure the fitting is correct.

I read the interesting results of a survey reported on the Optician Online website.

It found that more than a quarter of drivers have not had an eye test since passing their driving test.

When you consider the volume of traffic on our busy roads and motorways this is really quite astonishing. 

I expect many of you enjoyed the recent Winter Olympics and the current Paralympics and you may even be looking forward to hitting the ski slopes yourselves.
A word of warning before you do though.  It is often easy to forget the risks associated with UV light and snow.

When UV rays are reflected from snow they can be considerably more powerful than when reflected from other surfaces so extra care needs to be taken.