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Why is my eyelid twitching?

  Ever experienced eyelid twitching?  Here are the causes behind why this happens and what you can do to help it stop.

Don’t swerve a sight test.

What standard of vision is needed for driving? Car drivers (group 1) must meet the following vision standards. You must be able to read (with glasses or contact lenses, if necessary) a car number plate made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres. You must also meet the minimum eyesight standard for driving by having a visual acuity of at
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Why did Pirates wear Earrings?

Why did Pirates wear earrings? Did you know that many many years ago, pirates were convinced that wearing earrings would improve or even cure bad eyesight.  They believed that the precious metals possessed magical healing powers. Here at Pritchard Cowburn Opticians, we don't do earrings, but we do offer an extended eye examination including OCT screening, which is used in
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Silhouette 50 years of style and expertise

Since 1964 Silhouette has been committed to creating the finest eyewear on the market. A name synonymous with quality, they are passionate about working with leading designers and unique materials, continuously developing new high-tech solutions and worlds firsts. Ever since they launched their first collection of rimless eyewear in 1983 they have been at the forefront of ophthalmic research and
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History of Ray-Ban

Ray-Ban is a brand of sunglasses and spectacles founded in 1937 by the American company Bausch & Lomb. The brand is best known for their Wayfarer and Aviator lines of sunglasses. In 1999, Bausch & Lomb sold the brand to the Italian eyewear conglomerate Luxottica Group, for a reported US$640 million. Headquartered in Arkansas, the company has over 55,000 employees. In 1929, US Army Air Corps Colonel John A. Macready worked with Bausch & Lomb, a Rochester, New
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All about eye health in Diabetics.

What is diabetes? Diabetes is a condition where your body is not able to use glucose properly.   Glucose, a type of sugar, is produced by your body when you eat something. Glucose goes into your blood and is converted into energy. A hormone called insulin allows this to happen.   When your body doesn’t make enough insulin or when
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What happens in an eye examination?

An eye examination is carried out by an optometrist and usually takes about 20-30 minutes. Sometimes it can take longer if you need extra tests, but this is to make sure you can see as well as possible. As well as testing your sight, the optometrist will check the health of your eyes and look for signs of general health
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Driving standards.

What considerations do people with sight problems need to make when driving? It’s important to have your sight tested if you think you may have a problem with your eyesight, in fact, studies suggest that up to one in five middle aged drivers are taking to the road knowing their eyesight is not as good as it should be. It
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Old wives’ tales

There are hundreds of myths and misconceptions about eyesight. Some old wives’ tales have a grain of truth in them: most are myths that need busting. Here are the facts about some of them: Myth: Reading in the dark or dim light will damage your eyes Reading in dim light or in the dark is highly unlikely to cause any
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