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Live Saving Detection: What A Routine Eye Test Can Show

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According to figures from the Eyecare Trust, 20 million people in Britain fail to have regular sight tests, risking avoidable sight loss as a result. In addition to this, a worrying 10% of adults have never even had their eyes tested – despite advice from the Trust, the NHS and opticians (including us!) recommending regular examinations at least once every two years.
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‘Red Eye’ – Common Causes, Conditions & Treatments

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Looking in the mirror and noticing bloodshot red eyes can be both irritating and alarming in equal measure, thanks in part to the plethora of reasons that could be the underlying cause. Often, it’s nothing to worry about and isn’t caused by anything serious, but ‘red eye’ can also be a sign of other more serious conditions that require examination and treatment.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Astigmatism

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Astigmatism is relatively common and is sometimes present from birth, though it can develop later in life. It is not a disease, but what is called a ‘refractive error’; an irregularity with the shape of the eye that means light is not focused correctly. Continue reading →

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Summer Safety – Choosing the Right Sunglasses

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We’re all crossing our fingers that we might be able to enjoy some sunshine this summer, but the sun does come with a number of hazards. It’s important to take the right steps to make sure you and your family are properly protected, so that you can make the most of the sun in comfort.

UV light from the sun can have a damaging effect on your eyes, which can build gradually over time and cause problems such as cataracts or macular degeneration. In order to protect yourself you need to establish good habits from a young age, and wear your sunglasses whenever you are subjected to glare or strong light; even if it’s cloudy or cold.

Before you buy a pair of sunglasses, make sure that they offer adequate UV protection. Your sunglasses should filter out at least 95% of UV rays, and any glasses that have been properly tested should be labelled with the CE Mark and may cite the British Standard BS EN 1836:2005.

Take care that you don’t confuse colour and tint with UV protection. Sunglasses are often labelled with a filter category from 1-4, but this relates purely to how dark the lens colour is and has nothing to do with UV rays. The darker your sunglasses are, the more comfort you should experience in bright lights, but bear in mind that category 4 is considered to be too dark for driving.

Here at Simon Donne Opticians we offer a fantastic range of designer sunglasses in Bedford and can provide you with all the advice that you need to keep you safe in the sun this summer. To find out more, call us on 01234 349933 or fill in our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Dry Eyes – Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

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We all rely heavily on our sight, and yet when our eyes are healthy and comfortable it is easy to take them for granted. However, if something occurs to cause irritation in the eye it can be extremely distracting and have a huge impact on your ability to go about your daily routine.
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Causes of Dry Eyes: Blepharitis

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The term Dry Eye is used to describe conditions of the eye that lead to irritation, inflammation or reduced lubrication in your eyes. This painful discomfort can be caused by a number of everyday situations such as ageing, extensive computer use or contact lenses, or it could be caused by a condition called blepharitis.
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Which Type of Contact Lens Suits You?

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Contact lenses have come on a long way in the last few years. Developments in the industry mean that lenses are now thinner and more permeable, which makes them more comfortable and less likely to dry your eyes out.

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Eyewear Trends for Spring 2013

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With spring just around the corner the latest trends are appearing on the high street, giving you the opportunity to create a whole new look. If you want to change your style without a complete change of wardrobe, your eyewear is a great place to start.

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The Eyes Are the Window to the Soul – And Your Health!

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Your eyesight is important, so it’s crucial to take proper care of it. Opticians recommend having your eyes tested at least every two years as part of your overall healthcare routine. An eye test can help to detect early signs of eye conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma, or even spot other underlying health conditions including diabetes and high blood pressure.
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See the New Year in without your Glasses!

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The end of the year is near and the party season is in full swing. For some people this hasn’t posed a problem but if you wear glasses, you may be craving the day where you can go out without worrying about your eye site and envy those that show off their glitz and glamour. Although glasses have come a long way in their design from lenses to frames, for some the freedom of contact lenses beckons but the transition hasn’t quite happened.
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