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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...

Is your screen a pain in the neck?

After writing ‘Trials & Tribulations of a Screen’, I came across an article that I found very interesting, discussing Computer Vision Syndrome. I therefore decided to spend a little time chatting about it. What the article was saying was that if your work requires...

A Grand Day Out (to Birmingham)

Last weekend, from the 9th to the 11th April was Optrafair. This is the annual Optical Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham, and I love to go. It is a chance to catch up with the latest lens technologies and see the latest frame styles; there is some amazing eyewear...

Trials and Tribulations of a Screen

How long do you spend looking at a computer screen? I bet, if you’re honest with yourself it can easily be an hour a day. "I was only checking my emails." "Just looking something up." And this is if you don't spend your working life in front of a screen. What about a...