Glasses Vs Lenses – The Battles Continues


Happy 2019!

We hope you had a lovely Christmas and a legendary New Year.

If January finds you in an aspirational frame of mind, you’ll have set realistic resolutions and hopefully still be sticking to them.

And if you want to start a new chapter in your personal look book this year, new frames or contacts are a great place to start.

But if you’re struggling to choose between them, or are wondering if you need both, our glasses v lenses showdown is the illuminating lowdown you need.

Elevate your style with fantastic frames

First and foremost, glasses are much more than a vision correction aid.

They’re undoubtedly a style symbol that really ramps up your chic credentials and makes you the centre of attention in any room.

That’s why at Michael Lowe & Partners we specialise in elegant, quirky and unique brands — from Prada to Ronit Furst and Coco Song.

So you’re sure to frame your features fabulously and, if there’s simply too much to choose, our in-store stylists will provide on-trend advice.

Other benefits to finding your perfect frames include the fact that a high-quality frame with classic styling will stand the test of time — so it may well see you through several prescription changes.

And glasses are often less expensive than corrective surgery or contact lenses, so making that initial investment in a perfect pair of frames may be more affordable in the long term.

Lastly, glasses feel more manageable and less invasive than contacts for some customers, so while these considerations can be overcome, they’re worth bearing in mind.

However, there are some potential negatives associated with wearing glasses.

If they’re not worn regularly, they’re easily misplaced or forgotten about. And if they’re lost permanently, you might not find an identical replacement.

Finally, they’re unsuitable for some professions, meaning it’s necessary to seek safe alternatives.

Convenience and comfort with contact lenses

Although you can make a fashion statement with frames, some people find them a pain to wear and carry around all day.

But the same can’t be said for contact lenses — they’re so comfy we often forget we’re wearing them and if they’re reusable, they’re stored discreetly in dinky little cases.

Once you’ve learned the appropriate insertion, removal and storage regime, they’re easy to use and might make you feel more confident, especially when attending busy social occasions or business lunches.

So if frames aren’t for you, contact lenses might be just what the optician ordered.

Again, there are some potential drawbacks, including dry eyes and irritants being trapped between the lens and the eye itself — but if you follow instructions carefully, these can be controlled with ease.

Compromise with both

Many people love to switch up their personal style by using both glasses and contacts (not at the same time though!).

And this is perfectly feasible for most of our clients — for instance, you might prefer to wear glasses to work and contacts to socialise or play sport.

Whatever you choose, we’ll ensure you receive tailor-made advice and products to fit perfectly with the demands of your lifestyle — ensuring you look great and feel fantastic all the time.

At Michael Lowe & Partners, we blend technical expertise with a refined sense of style to deliver the best eye wear choices to our customers — pop in for a professional consultation soon.

For more information on bespoke frames and lenses, call 0199 384 4291.

25% off Oakley and Maui Jim frames this Christmas

Treat yourself this Christmas and enjoy an exclusive 25% off Oakley and Maui Jim frames at Michael Lowe Opticians.

Quote promo code “AS 0102” to reedmen this amazing offer.


Established in 1975 and acquired in 2007, Oakley is one of the leading product design and sport performance brands in the world, chosen by world-class athletes to compete at the highest level possible.

The holder of more than 850 patents, Oakley is also known for its innovative lens technologies, including PRIZMTM.

Oakley extended its position as a sports eyewear brand into apparel and accessories, offering men’s and women’s product lines that appeal to sport performance, active and lifestyle consumers.

Maui Jim

Maui Jim got its start in 1980 as a small company selling sunglasses on Ka’anapali beach in Lahaina, Maui. Seeing a need in the market for technology that could combat intense glare and harmful UV while bringing the brilliant colours of the island to life they engineered the revolutionary PolarizedPlus2® lens.

What began as our Classic Collection of seven styles, has evolved into over 125 styles of sunglasses, all of which are polarized and protect from 100% of UVA and UVB rays.

Maui Jim home office is located in Lahaina, Maui, and they still design and test all of our sunglasses there.

Terms and conditions apply. While stocks last.

Vision for life — National Eye Health Week 2018


At Michael Lowe Opticians, we champion optimum eye care for all.

That’s why we’re raising awareness of National Eye Health Week 2018 — which runs from 24th – 30th September this year.

The message is strong but simple — your vision matters even more than you might realise, and regular sight tests can prevent a host of serious health conditions.

Here’s the lowdown.

Lifelong eye care

Poor eye health can affect you at every stage of life — from children at school not making the most of their lessons to elderly people not maintaining the quality of life they deserve.

And young adults and middle-aged people who’ve never needed eyewear before can also find their active lifestyles curbed when sight deteriorates unexpectedly.

In fact:

  • 2 million people in the UK are living with a level of sight loss that has a serious impact on their daily lives.
  • The eyes may be the proverbial window to the soul, but sight problems can also reflect wider health issues such as raised cholesterol and hypertension — with associated raised risk levels of heart disease and stroke.


  • Half of this sight loss is avoidable and having an eye test at least once every two years detects early signs of conditions like glaucoma and enable early treatment.
  • Over 30 million people in the UK are entitled to NHS funded eye health treatments — find out here if you’re one of them.

Next steps

There are several steps to take when you want to be proactive about eye health.

First and foremost, book an appointment with your optician — we’re friendly, professional and passionate about providing bespoke treatment for each and every client.


  • Constantly monitor children’s eye health and take them for tests at least once every two years.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fruit, vegetables and fish.
  • Watch your weight — obesity can affect eye health.
  • Stop smoking — smokers are four times as likely to develop Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
  • Wear eye protection in bright sunlight.

Vision Matters, the organisation behind National Eye Health Week, also publishes Vista — a magazine packed with lifestyle tips for excellent eye health that’s worth flicking through.

And we’re always available to provide peace of mind on preventative eye care and quality eye wear that helps you experience life’s magical moments with crystal clarity.

Together, we’re tackling eye health issues with tenacity and tenderness every day.

Call us on 0199 384 4291 to chat about any aspect of eye care — we’re here to help

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.