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Driving In The Dark – How Well Can You See?

Now the clocks have gone back and the long winter nights draw in, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure that you see as well as possible while driving your car. Millions of British drivers admit that they find it harder to see clearly when driving after...

Driving and your eyesight

You may have seen the recent report on the news, where some polices forces have decided to check the vision of every driver that they stop. Click here to read. They state that vision is a critical part of driving safety, something which I think we all know! The DVLA...

How to prevent ‘dry eyes’

In my earlier articles I discussed the increase in numbers of people suffering from discomfort of the eyes, dry eye. I explained how the tear film is made up, what can affect it and touched on some ways that we can help. However, to develop a long lasting,...

What causes ‘dry eye’

In my last blog I talked about the problems that dry eye can cause, and also gave some background about what the tears are made of, and how they are produced. As I said, this problem is quite common, particularly as we all get older. Fortunately for us all it is...

What does ‘dry eyes’ mean?

As many of you know, I have been in practice for many years (some would say too many years but that is another matter!), and one topic that has become more and more common whilst chatting to my patients is dry eyes. It certainly isn’t always recognised as this, but...

Crows Feet Protection

Whilst watching BBC television's  "Trust Me I'm a Doctor" recently I was very interested to hear the research regarding Crows Feet lining around the eyes. What I found particularly interesting is that the research shows that 75% of the ageing lines around the eyes are...

The Importance of Wearing Safety Glasses.

When looking at the statistics for eye injuries caused by DIY, the figures can be quite scary. DIY causes 30,000 eye injuries EVERY YEAR in the UK alone. The most common causes of eye injuries to adults are through flying chips of wood and metal. These injuries can...

35 Years Dispensing in the Community

Late in 1981 a young dispensing optician realised that he had had enough of being told how to look after his patients. He decided that he had to open his own practice and after looking around his native city found a shop for sale in a suburb which was ideal. It had...

Small Opticians, Big Commitment

Recently something happened in my practice that reaffirmed why I am proud to be an independent optician, and why I am delighted that I am my own boss. One of my patients that I have known for many years (let’s call her Janet) phoned me up worried that her cataracts...