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UV and sunspectacles

We often feel we look sophisticated in sunglasses and we might find they also help us enjoy bright sunshine, but quality eyewear of all types can actually help maintain healthy eyesight. Light contains ultraviolet (UV) rays and while it’s invisible, its effects certainly aren’t. Apart from putting our skin at risk, it has the same effect on our eyes, particularly
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Keep Your Eyes Healthy

You’d be surprised about what your eyes can tell us about your overall health. They can offer clues to your diet and lifestyle, and show signs of high cholesterol and diabetes. So when we test your eyes, we are not only looking at the strength of your eyesight. But we don’t just want you to get your eyes tested every
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Coffee May Protect Your Eyes

  We all love our coffee. Whether it is a cup to get you going in the morning, meeting a friend for a latte at the local café or finishing up a nice meal with a cappuccino, the black stuff has become an integral part of our lives. Well, what if we told you that as well as keeping your
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Boost For Welsh Eyecare

  New investment in primary health care in Wales will mean a significant boost for the quality of eye care across the country. The Welsh Minister for Health and Social Care Services, Professor Mark Drakeford, has announced an injection of £3.5m into primary health care services in Wales. The funding will be used to reduce inequality in the standard of
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What Is Presbyopia?

  We know that medical terminology can be confusing, overwhelming and sometimes a little frightening for our customers. Sight is precious, and anything that might affect it can be daunting. Often, though, medical terms are just our way of communicating common conditions that impact thousands of people across the country every day. Presbyopia is one of them.   What Is
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I Have Astigmatism – What Is It?

“Astigmatism might be the most misunderstood vision problem” Gary Heiting, All About Vision   You may have been told when you last had your eyes tested, or when you were issued with glasses for the first time, that you had astigmatism. Have you been wondering just what that means? As Gary Heiting points out, there are a lot of misconceptions
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What Are The Risks & Side Effects Of Laser Eye Surgery?

“Complications occur in less than 5% of cases” NHS   Laser eye surgery technology has taken significant strides in recent years. So much so that almost all procedures are routine nowadays. Laser eye surgery offers the chance for permanently corrected vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses. The procedure involves reshaping the cornea, the transparent window at the
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Protecting Your Eyes This Summer

It is no secret that the sun can damage your skin in summer. We are all pretty good at putting on sunscreen to protect ourselves against sunburn and harmful UV rays. What a lot of people don’t realise, is that every time we go outside in summer, we are also putting our eyes at risk.   Don’t Look At The
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How Does Smoking Affect Your Eye Health?

“Smokers are much more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration and cataracts compared to non-smokers.” NHS Smokers, be warned. New research has revealed that smokers are two to three times more likely to develop age related macular degeneration (AMD) than non-smokers. Age related macular degeneration is the UK’s leading cause of blindness, and affects around half a million people across
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Does Wearing Glasses Make My Eyesight Worse?

Will wearing glasses weaken my eyes and make my eyesight worse? This is a very common question that we get asked all the time. Many of you worry that glasses are making your eyesight worse over time. Well, you don’t need to worry any more, because the answer is NO! The idea that wearing glasses all of the time will
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