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Get Help with Your Eyecare Costs

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There are some people in the UK that qualify for some free assistance in affording eyecare services. If you’re eligible you can receive:

  • Free NHS sight tests
  • Vouchers to help with the cost of glasses
  • Vouchers to help with the cost of contact lenses

Are You Entitled to a Free Sight Test from the NHS?

There are many individuals that don’t realise they can have free sight tests which includes:

  • People aged under 16 years or under 19 if they are in education full time
  • Anyone over 60
  • You are registered blind or partially sighted
  • There is glaucoma in your direct family and you are over 40 or you are at risk of or have glaucoma
  • You have diabetes
  • There are some benefits that will also allow you to have free eye tests too such as the Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support or you are named on a valid tax credit exemption certificate.

Learn more about the help you can receive by visiting the NHS Eyecare entitlement page. Once you have had your eye test you can visit Glasses2You and order affordable prescription glasses and save money.

Trendy Frames for Summer 2013

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If you are in the need for some new frames it is worth checking out what’s hot and what’s not before you make your purchase. Here are some of the current trends that are worth considering – just remember to consider your face shape before making your purchase.

Ladies Glasses

  1. Light and feminine is back in a big way in fashion and glasses have followed this trend closely. Choose simple frames in pretty colours if you are feeling summery and flirty.
  2. Oversized frames are in direct relation to the hipster trend. If you want to look hip on the high street go for larger frames that will really show off your eyes.
  3. Transparent frames are a sure fire winner and they are easy to wear. The frames you choose can be in any style just pick a great colour and make sure you can see through it to follow this fashion statement.

Men’s Glasses

  1. Transparent frames are not just popular for women, men are also embracing this trend. The frames are made from either plastic or celluloid and come in a number of tints.
  2. Vintage glasses are great of you have a vintage look. They give you a retro look and it works well in blacks or even greens if you want something a little different. Look for oval or round frames to pull of the look perfectly.
  3. Stand out with bright coloured frames such as bright reds, electric blues and yellow. This is a style not for the faint hearted.

If you want to see what you look like in the current trends visit Glasses2You and use the virtual mirror.

Amazing New Lens Technology Announced

The contact lenses that can give you telescopic vision like SUPERMAN

  • Lenses are used with a pair of 3D glasses to give wearers telescopic vision
  • A traditional contact lens is fitted with a magnifying ring which, when worn with a pair of Samsung 3D glasses, can magnify scenes by 2.8 times
  • Lenses have been designed to restore sight in blind people

3 July 2013

 

A new range of contact lenses gives wearers telescopic vision like comic book hero Superman.

Researchers from San Diego and Switzerland fitted a traditional contact lens with a magnifying ring which, when worn with a pair of Samsung 3D glasses, can magnify scenes by 2.8 times.

The lens-glasses combination was designed to help restore the sight of people suffering from age-related macular degeneration, or blindness.

 

Researchers from San Diego and Switzerland have developed contact lenses that give the wearer telescopic vision. They were designed to restore sight in blind people. The front and back of the 8mm lens are shown at (a) and (b). Picture (c) shows the lens on an optomechanical eye. The lenses are worn with 3D glasses and see normally when the central apeture is blocked (d) but can magnify images when unblocked (e)

 

Images captured through the telescopic contact lens using optomechanical eye.

Images captured through the telescopic contact lens using an optomechanical eye. Image (a) shows what the picture looks like in normal mode. Image (b) shows it in 2.8 times telescopic mode. Image (c) was taken without a lens. Outdoor image (d) shows the view taken with contact lens and both apertures (1x + 2.8x). Image (e) Outdoor image is taken with contact lens at 2.8x

HOW DO THE LENSES WORK?

The 8mm contact lenses are fitted with a 1.17mm magnifying ring around the edge.

Small aluminium mirrors are fitted into this magnifying ring.

These mirrors bounce the light from objects in front of the wearer approximately four times around this ring before sending the image to the retina. 

By the time this image hits the retina it appears magnified by almost three times.

When the lenses are being worn in ‘ordinary mode’ this magnified image is blocked by polarising filters fitted to a pair of modified Samsung 3D glasses.

To switch to ‘telescopic mode’, the wearer can change these filters so that the only light that hits their retina is the light created by the magnified process.

The contact lenses are 8mm in diameter, 1mm thick in the middle of the lens and 1.17mm thick in a magnifying ring around the edge. 

Small aluminium mirrors are fitted into this magnifying ring.

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These mirrors bounce the light from objects in front of the wearer approximately four times within this ring before sending the image to the retina. 

By the time this image hits the retina it appears magnified by almost three times.

When the lenses are being worn in ‘ordinary mode’ this magnified image is blocked by polarising filters fitted to a pair of modified Samsung 3D glasses.

To switch to ‘telescopic mode’, the wearer can change these filters so that the only light that hits their retina is the light created by the magnified process. 

The lenses have tiny channels along the surface that let in oxygen and make the lenses ‘breathable’.

This means they can be worn for long periods of time. 

The contact lenses are fitted with a magnifying ring around the edge.

The contact lenses are fitted with a magnifying ring around the edge. Small aluminium mirrors are fitted into this magnifying ring, pictured. These mirrors bounce the light around this ring before sending a magnified version of the image to the retina

Researchers modified a pair of Samsung 3D glasses with polarising filters. When the lenses are worn with a pair of these glasses they can magnify scenes by 2.8 times.

Researchers modified a pair of Samsung 3D glasses with polarising filters. When the lenses are worn with a pair of these glasses they can magnify scenes by 2.8 times. The lens-glasses combination was designed to help restore the sight of people suffering from age-related macular degeneration, or blindness

 

The researchers behind the project were led by Eric Tremblay from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EDFL) in Switzerland and Joseph Ford from UC San Diego.

 

They chose to modify the 3D glasses because they are already fitted with light blocking technology. 

The glasses create the 3D effect by blocking light to the left or right lens at different times. 

Tremblay and Ford wanted to design a system that could help restore sight to people suffering from age-related blindness. 

According to the study in Optics Express, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness for people over 55 in the western world.

It causes central vision loss in more than 2 million people in the U.S. alone. 

‘People with AMD and other degenerative eye disease can use magnifying visual aids to help distinguish details using the functional retina outside of the damaged central fovea. 

‘Bioptic telescopes are the most common commercially available visual aids for low-vision. 

‘These telescopes are mounted through spectacle lenses at an offset such that the telescope can be brought into view by tilting the head. 

‘Bioptic telescopes are useful for some tasks, including driving, but many visually impaired people reject them due to their cosmetic appearance and interference in social interaction.

‘Head-worn approaches also offer only a narrow field of view (FOV) and require that the user turn their head directly towards the viewed scene.’

Gas-permeable versions, which would extend the length of time wearers can wear the telescopic lenses even further than the current prototype, are being prepared for clinical trials in November.

Source:  By VICTORIA WOOLLASTON The Daily Mail

Choosing Your Glasses – Helpful Hints & Tools

 

Click on the magnifying glass icon above each product as you browse the site to see a much bigger, more detailed image of the corresponding frame!

Our virtual mirror allows you to try glasses on as you browse the site. Just upload a photo of yourself (not wearing glasses) and as you browse the site, you can click the ‘Try online’ links next to any product to instantly see yourself wearing that frame. It’s a great way to see what frames suit you.

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Create your own shortlist of frames you’d like to consider for purchase. Once done, simply compare them in one easy place using various tools. Pressing the ‘Try online’ link on your shortlist page will allow you to directly compare all your shortlisted frames on your uploaded photo, thus allowing you to whittle down your choices until you are left with the frame or frames you want to buy.

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Uploading your photo is very straightforward. However, if you need more help on this then please see our tutorial video Here.

For some more handy tips on buying glasses online, why not view our guide Here.

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Pupillary Distance – Should this be on your prescription?

Online Sellers of prescription glasses get a lot of criticism from the high street opticians, mostly because they believe that the glasses cannot be as good or as accurate as ones they provide.

This is simply not the case but the one issue where they shoot themselves in the foot, is the subject of pupillary distance measurement.

They steadfastly refuse to provide this as part of the prescription stating that this is only required when fitting the glasses and does not form part of the eye test result. Is this a valid argument or are they trying to stop people going online for their purchases?

With this information, online retailers could no longer be accused of making lenses that were not accurate so why will they not provide it?

Most customers are getting wise to this and are measuring and providing their own – it is not difficult as the image below will show:

Surely it is time for the NHS eye tests to show this information and for the high street to work hand in hand with online retailers who offer the customer a better service , a better choice and far better value.

Using the same frames, same lenses and same laboratories this would alleviate most peoples fear and allay any criticism.

Many people wear their old glasses for many years because they simply cannot afford to buy new ones and as a result their eyes suffer and in some cases this is a real danger as people drive with old outdated  prescriptions.

We offer them a very good cheaper alternative that allows them to change their glasses and update their prescription. With many people wearing old prescription glasses for driving we believe that more people should be given the choices and the prices that we offer.

We are not a threat to the good quality opticians out there, only supplying 1-3% off glasses wearers.

The true enemy of the High Street Opticians are the big supermarkets which are grabbing big slices of the market and not always offering the same level of eye test or service.

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Buying Glasses Online? Read Our Tips First!

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Now online shopping is considered to be the norm for most people it makes sense that you can also buy your prescription glasses online too. There are many reasons for you to do this but the main ones seem to be the ability to save a lot of money even when choosing designer frames and the wider choice you are given online.

  • Before you begin buying your glasses online it is worth reading through the following tips to make sure you make the right purchase first time.
  • Go to the high street and try on some frames in a store before buying online. Make a note of the names and brands that you like and find styles that generally always suit your face.
  • Look on the inside arm of your current glasses and look for a couple of two digit numbers. The first number is the width of the lens and the second is the width of the bridge.
  • Know your prescription and have it with you if you are buying prescription glasses.
  • Look on the website to see if you can return the glasses with no problems.
  • Use the tools on the website to check the glasses from all angles. If you visit Glasses2You make full use of the virtual mirror to see what each pair of glasses will look like.

 

You have plenty of time to browse the various frames and try them on in the virtual mirror so take your time.

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun in the Heat Wave

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The summer sun is welcomed with open arms here in the UK. After a long winter and delayed spring we are all rushing out to absorb as much Vitamin D as we can before the rain returns once more. While the sun is glorious right now and we all know how to enjoy it safely using sunscreen and covering up many of us forget to protect our eyes.

Whether you are sunbathing in the UL or getting ready for your holiday you need to know how to protect your eyes from sun damage.  The sun can be responsible for all sorts of conditions including photokeratitis (when your cornea is sunburnt), pterygium and even skin cancer that is located on the eyelids. The sun is also considered to contribute to cataracts.

 

Prevention is Better than a Cure

 

Buying prescription sunglasses can protect your eyes. When you come to buy your ladies or mens glasses remember to check:

  • The UV protection level – You need protection from the ultraviolet rays, all year round if possible.
  • The lens tint – Choose from amber, brown, green or grey as these are good colours to choose from if you don’t want black.

Wear sunglasses over your contact lenses and remember your children also need protection too.

Finding Ladies glasses to Suit You

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Picking a pair of ladies glasses is not as easy as it sounds. You have to take all sorts of different aspects into consideration before deciding on the pair you are going to be happy to wear day in and day out. Whether you are looking for a new frame for work or in the process of looking for the perfect pair of sunglasses for the summer you need to find the perfect combination of fashion and suitability for your features.

Know Your Face Shape

The first place to start is the shape of your face. Look in a mirror and look at the outline of your face and try to determine whether your shape is:

  • Heart
  • Oval
  • Round
  • Square
  • Oblong

 

If you struggle to decide what shape your face is make sure your hair is tied back and draw the outline of your face on the mirror using eyeliner or a lip pencil. Evaluate if your face is longer than it is wider, if you have a strong jaw line, round cheeks or a high forehead.

 

Your Fashion Inspirations

 

Next you should consider what your style is and try to find frames that will match your wardrobe. Think about the celebrities you like and do some research into the types of glasses they are wearing this year. There are several trends that have been seen on the catwalks and red carpets that will certainly make a statement and modernise your look such as:

  • Cat eye glasses have a fantastic look which is regarding as being flirty and sexy, so it’s a great look for the evenings and weekends but it probably isn’t the right style for the office.
  • Nerd glasses are still popular with men and women. They have been boosted by celebrities such as Johnny Depp and Zooey Deschanel.
  • Aviator glasses never really go out of fashion – they are a classic look and the ideal sun glass shape. If you need prescription sunglasses aviators are a great option to choose as you can wear them year after year without fear of looking out of style.

 

Finding the Perfect Combination

 

If you’re buying your prescription glasses online look out for the virtual mirror feature. All you need to do is upload a photo of your face and you can virtually try on glasses as if you were looking in a mirror in a shop or at your opticians.

 

Are Computers Damaging Your Vision?

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Using a computer has no risks to the eyes; however, staring at a screen can cause problems. If you work on a computer at work, enjoy browsing online and using social media or gaming sessions in your personal time you may experience problems such as headaches, tired eyes and eyestrain. Staring at screens can reduce the number of times you blink, drying out the eyes and leaving them feeling sore and uncomfortable at the end of the day. Moving the eyes from screen to keyboard can cause blurring too. If you experience these problems and are frequently looking at digital screens you could be suffering from computer vision syndrome.

There are steps you can take to minimise the effects if you find it difficult to step away from screens such as computer monitors, laptops, televisions, tablets and smartphones. These steps include:

  • Adjusting the position of your screen to reduce reflections and glare
  • Introduce low level lighting rather than overhead lighting
  • Rest your eyes for short periods – close them for several minutes just to give them a break
  • Make a conscious effort to blink

Computer Glasses

If you still find that your eyes are strained or tired you could try computer glasses. These are specially designed to help eyes cope with staring at screens. There are many specialist glasses that you can now wear that will be of benefit. They are often positioned around 20 to 26 inches from the eyes and have been designed to use lens filters, tints and coatings that will increase the contrast and improve focus in a bid to help the wearer avoid eye fatigue while looking at their digital screens.

I Wear Prescription Glasses Already, What Can I Do?

Many of the computer glasses on the market come with regular lenses for individuals that don’t need prescription lenses, much like sunglasses in shops. However, those wearing prescription mens glasses or womens glasses can still suffer from eye fatigue. Thankfully there are online glass websites that are aware of this and they provide options such as anti-reflecting coating and tints that can be combined with lenses that have been prescribed by the optician.

Buying prescription glasses designed for extensive computer use provides the perfect way to combat eye strain caused by staring at screens. If you are aware of the length of time you are focusing on any digital screen and have symptoms of computer eye strain talk to your optician about computer glasses and look online for a vast choice of frames for prescription glasses.