Well at last it seems like summer is finally here. However, the good weather can bring its own problems for the health of our eyes. Here are some hot tips to ensure you and your family avoid them!

• Wear your sunglasses – it may seem obvious, but it is important. Damage from UV rays builds up over time so you are never too young to start wearing them. This may prevent eye problems such as pterygium (benign growths), cataracts or eye cancer. It also gets the kids into good habits.
• Don’t forget the sunscreen and a hat – it really is important to protect the delicate skin around your eyes, otherwise problems from wrinkles to skin cancer may result.

If you are considering visiting an optician for the first time, or your prescription has altered since your last visit, you may want a brief rundown of the three main lens options available to you.

Option 1
Single Vision Lenses. These lenses are, as the name indicates, suitable if just a single aspect of your sight needs correction. They are therefore used for people with either short or long sight.

With more and more of us undertaking some form of sporting activity, contact lens wearers need to consider which types are best for them. This will partly depend on the type of activity you undertake, taking into account the amount of time the sport takes, the environment in which it takes place and the amount of physical contact involved.

If you are having trouble sleeping, having frequent headaches or experiencing eye strain or blurred vision, you could be suffering the effects of over exposure to blue light.

These days we are constantly looking at computer screens, televisions, smart phones and other mobile devices. Most of these devices use LED as a light source for LCD screens and these emit blue light radiation which forces the muscles of our eyes to worker harder than they would normally. The results can be eye strain, blurred vision or headaches.

Regular eye examinations are vital for everyone, young and old. However, it is not always possible to get to your optician on your own, especially if you are elderly or have transport problems.

You may then be pleased to learn that it is possible to arrange for a visit from one of our fully trained staff to meet with you in your own home or care home.