School’s back – it’s time to get your child’s eyes tested

Boy in glasses

No more long weekends in caravan parks, rainy days playing Monopoly and haranguing your mum to look after the kids for one more day – the school holidays are over, giving you the chance to be child-free for at least a few hours.

But if you want your children to enjoy the best education, you’ll need to make sure they’re kitted out in the best possible frames.


Prepare your eyes for the sunny season with these hot tips

Sunglasses on the beach

For the past few weeks the sun has been shining, temperatures have soared beyond 30 degrees, people have entered our practice with glistening suntans and the local park has been teeming with sun worshippers.


5 Fab Foods For Healthy Eyes


Getting your eyes tested from childhood, getting the right glasses or contacts and maintaining regular check-ups keeps your peepers in prime condition.

But eye-friendly nutrition also combats certain conditions and maintains ocular health — so it’s a crucial ingredient in the total-body health recipe.

With that in mind, here are five fab foods for healthy eyes.


Persol eyewear now waiting for you at Michael Lowe Opticians



Famously worn by Steve McQueen someone who loved to take risks and boasted an inimitable style, we’re proud to welcome Persol, an Italian luxury eyewear brand, to Michael Lowe Opticians.

One of the oldest eyewear companies in the world, Persol eyewear is renowned for quality materials and manufactures with stylised metal hinges – making them unique and easily recognisable and enduring.

What are you waiting for? Come and try them on for yourself today!



Introducing Cocosong



Artistic Masterpieces, creations which recall the mysterious culture of East Asia.

Cocosong’s unique frames are easily distinguished by their colour contrasts and decorative detail. Dip into the east with its colours, symbols and opulence.

Exquisitely elegant eyewear made with adorned with beautiful feathers, silk, dried flowers and semi-precious stones.

Book an appointment today and try them on for yourself!

Pupdate – Irvine our sponsored Guide Dog

We’re pleased to say Irvine, our sponsored Guide Dog, is doing fantastically well.

Since our last update, his lead work has improved, with the help of lots of praise and treats! He’s also much more confident in his own company, as before he used to whine for attention. Now he’s happy to lie down and snooze with his big teddy.

Irvine’s been busy getting out and about, exploring lots of different environments. It’s really important for Irvine to experience a variety of places so he’s comfortable and confident wherever he may go with his future owner.

He’s very happy to curl up under the seat when travelling on the train or bus, out of everyone’s way, but he still has a habit of licking people’s feet!

We’re all so proud of Irvine and how much progress he has made so far. Getting him used to his blue puppy walking jacket is a little tricky, but thanks to lots of treats and encouragement, he’s doing really well.

Stay tuned for our next Pupdate and track how well Irvine is doing!



Kate Spade Eyewear



Kate Spade eyeglasses are flirty and feminine. Flattering shapes like classic cat-eyes or modern rectangles can be found in metal or plastic.

Crisp colour, graphic prints and playful sophistication are the hallmarks of Kate Spade New York. As their company motto states, ‘live colourfully’.

Pop into our practice to see and try on the full range.

National Eye Health Week

Nation Eye Health Week 2017


National Eye Health Week is an annual public health campaign designed to help improve the state of the nation’s eye health. This year’s campaign will take place 18 – 24 September 2017.

Vision really matters. Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know the best way to look after our eyes. National Eye Health Week aims to change all that.

Are you Screen Smart?


Each of us spends an average of 2,740 hours (or three and a half months) a year staring at a screen!

So, it’s probably no surprise that 90% of computer users say they regularly suffer from screen fatigue – headaches, sore or tired eyes and problems with close-up and long-distance vision.

By being Screen Smart you can help minimise your risk of suffering visual distress and keep your eyes feeling fresh and bright.

Here are our quick tips to help minimise screen fatigue:

  1. Take frequent breaks – give your eyes a rest by following the 20-20-20 rule. Look away from your screen every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds and focus on objects 20 feet away!
  2. Create an eye-friendly environment – position copy documents at roughly the same distance as your eyes are from the screen to avoid having to continually refocus, and minimise any glare or reflections.
  3. Customise your screen settings – position your monitor an arms length away and keep your eyes level with the top of the screen. Select a font size of 12pts or above and make sure you have a clean screen.
  4. Keep blinking! – Your blink rate can fall by up to 400% when working at a screen. For an instant refresh try closing your eyes and rolling your eyeball around behind the closed lid.

If you’re concerned about your eyesight, or for more professional advice, pop into our practice or make an online ‘appointment‘ today.

Win a Lanson Wimbledon Champagne – Competition



To celebrate the return of Wimbledon 2017, we’re giving you the chance to win a bottle of Lanson Wimbledon Champagne.

Simply visit our Oxfordshire practice and ask a member of staff for more details.

Good luck!

Terms & Conditions apply. No purchase necessary.

Eyewear Trends for 2017

People are now using the term ‘Optical Wardrobe’ to describe their spectacle collection. Glasses are like a slick of lipstick or a fabulous pair of earrings to make a look your own. Wear your glasses like any other accessory.

Who do you want to be today? Choose a frame to accessorise your mood or desired look for your day.
Be on trend in 2017 with our recommendations for your Eyewear choices.

Eyewear shapes for 2017

Right now, the mood is academic.


Bold heavy frames give you the Academic /Business look, the nerdier the better. Definitive / business-like. Aviator style remains hugely popular.

Cat eye frames are another frame style to keep you on trend. Creating a fashionable miss match is less about what suits you, but more about how the glasses make you feel.

Eyewear colour for 2017

Tortoishell remain popular for the year. Tortoishell looks great on either a pair of sunglasses or an ophthalmic frame.



It a colour that suits most people and look great either in a pattern or plain. Great colour for all seasons.

In contrast, clear coloured frames remain on trend for their versatility.

Sunglasses for 2017

The Oversized sunglass is here to stay, popular amongst us ladies as they not only hide your eyes but your face too, and remain hugely popular with celebrities.



Aviator Sunglasses are very flattering and remain very popular on the runways and with celebrities. Coloured lenses complement frame styles and colours.

Let us help you get the look you want this 2017.

With our expert guidance, you can achieve the look for the New You in 2017.

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