Back to School

Back to School

 

Back to school is just around corner!

It’s time to make sure your kids are all set up and ready for the new school term.

The arrival of the new school year is not just about making sure they’ve got their new pencil cases, blazers and rugby boots ready. Now is the perfect time to make sure your child’s eyesight is ready for all that learning!

Has your child had a recent eye test? Have they ever had an eye test? We all think about regular dental checks, but the vast majority of kids don’t tend to have an eye test until there’s a problem.

Why?

Your kids’ eyes are precious so let us help you to look after them.

Before you decide to come and see us, follow the link to our ‘Little Monster‘ section so that they can see for themselves what we do and what we have on offer. An eye test doesn’t have to be scary, and we’ll work hard to make sure that the appointment with us is a fun and exciting experience.

And should it turn out that they do need glasses, we have a large selection of the most on-trend frames for them to choose from so that they feel comfortable and confident in their cool new eyewear.

Book an appointment today in time for the new school term.

Why your children and teenagers should wear sunglasses

 

On bright and sunny days most adults wear sunglasses. How often do you see children wearing sunglasses?

It’s rare, we know and it’s not right.

Children need to learn why it’s so important for them to wear sunglasses. They need to protect their eyes even more that we do. We talk about the importance of wearing sunscreen, but do you talk to your children about the importance of protecting their eyes from UV RAYS.

We all have good intentions as adults. Of the 73% of adults that wear sunglasses, only 53% of them encourage their children to wear sunglasses.

You need to be persistent in getting them to keep them on. When you are on the beach or on the water your child’s eyes are exposed to significant sun exposure.

Here are some good tips to help you make wearing sunglasses a habit for your children:

* Model good sunglass wearing habits. Wear your glasses when you are outside, even on over cast days.
* Choose sunglasses that block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays. Make sure that they reach British standards. Do not buy cheap glasses.
* Select polycarbonate lenses, theses take more wear and tear!
* Let you kids choose a frame they like. We will help you make that an exciting experience!!
* Let Mom or Dad be responsible for making sure you always have them with you.
* Follow these tips and you will help your child protect their eyes and instil positive habits for visual protection.

For more information about how you keep your children’s eyes safe in the sunshine, get in contact or book an appointment today.

Get summer ready with Rock Star! The must have frames for Teenagers

 

Are you on the count down to your summer holiday?

Make sure your big kids have the protection they need for their eyes (and importantly, will actually want to wear) this summer with Rock Star.

Filled with energy, Rock Star delivers the latest mini-celeb looks while inspiring individual style and self-confidence. This bright and young range pops with personality through fashion-forward design and fun pattern and colour fusions.

Come and see us at Michael Lowe to see our collection and have them try them on for themselves. Book an appointment.

Game, Set and Match – Sport Eyecare

 

You may protect your body with shin pads, body armour etc… but how important is sport eyecare?

There is a serious risk of injury to the eyes when you play sport. Your eyes are the easiest thing to damage as they are exposed.

The eyes are vital in all sports and injuries to players eyes occur more frequently than you’d expect.

Whether you wear eyewear to protect your eyes from flying objects or from ultraviolet rays – it is vital to do so.

An example of this is you or your child playing golf, football, cricket or tennis.

In all of these sports, you are exposed to flying balls and prolonged exposure to sunlight. Without proper protection and sun protection, you might damage your eyes over time without knowing the risks.

With the glare from sunlight potentially affecting your performance, vision and sport go hand in hand.

Light balancing eyewear that removes the glare or allows you clearer vision in all sports will be incredibly beneficial both indoors and outdoors.

Whether the sport in question is played on a court, e.g. football, or in sand, volleyball, the benefits of the correct eyewear are extensive.

Swimmers will perform better with properly glazed prescription swimwear goggles that shop bought ones.

The most important things to consider are:

* Choose eyewear that is appropriate for the sport you are participating in.
* Ensure the chosen eyewear allows you to see clearer and protect your eyes.
* Ensure they fit your facial contours properly.
* Consider contact lenses if you feel glasses are a hindrance.

To book an eye examination to receive a full consultation about your sports eyewear requirements, click here.

National Diabetes Week 2019

 

10-16th June 2019.

Diabetes can affect your eyes in a number of ways. The most serious condition related to Diabetes is a condition called diabetic retinopathy.

It occurs when the tiny blood vessels at the back of your eye become blocked and leak. Early diagnosis is vital!

 

 

Most sight-threatening problems can be managed if treatment is carried out early enough.

Diabetes can affect your eye in a number of ways, but not everyone who has diabetes develops an eye condition.

If you have diabetes, it’s so important for you to have regular diabetic retinal screenings. It’s important that the changes that diabetes causes in your eye are picked up early, and you receive the right treatment.

How can you reduce the risk? You can reduce your risk of developing retinopathy by:

• Controlling your blood sugar
• Controlling your Blood Pressure
• Controlling your cholesterol
• Keeping fit and at a healthy weight
• Give up smoking
• Get regular retinal screening

If you are diabetic and worried about your sight we are here to help you. Why not book an appointment today.

Moleskine Eyewear

 

Discreet and elegant Moleskine Eyewear is now available at Michael Lowe Opticians.

This eyewear collection is built around the needs of creative and professionals, enabling everyday life on the move and enabling self-expression.

With a clean and distinctive look and feel and a seamless connection to the MOLESKINE ecosystem, this collection is designed to enable, you to work, connect and create on the move.

Book an appointment today and try them on for yourselves.

How to protect your eyes against sun damage – Sun Awareness Week 2019

 

We’re all aware of the damage the sun can do to our skin, and we know that we must cover up and apply a high factor sun cream.

But do you know just how much damage the sun’s rays can do to our eyes?

From painful sunburn to the development of serious eye cancers, sunlight can have a serious effect on our eye health. Excessive UV radiation has a detrimental effect on our cells and can damage our DNA leading to genetic mutations and cancer.

Our eyes are sensitive and the skin surrounding them very sensitive and fragile, leaving it prone to injury through contact with UV light.

The structures of the eye including the lens, cornea and retina are all designed to filter UV radiation but over time and with excessive exposure to the sun, they can become less efficient.

Damage can result, leading to diseases of the eye and problems with vision. Cataracts are a common condition that are linked to excessive exposure to the sun.

Macular Degeneration is another aspect of age-related damage that has been linked to the harmful effects of sunlight.

How to protect your eyes against sun damage:

1. Wear Sunglasses that are good quality and filter out most harmful UV light.

2. Wray round styles offer the most protection

3. Add UV protection to your glasses and contact lenses

4. Wear a hat that can shield your eyes, maybe with a wide brim

5. Avoid prolonged periods of time in bright sun

6. Remember sunglasses should be worn by you and your children!

If you have any concerns about your eye care or suspect sun damage, book an appointment with our highly trained optometrists.

Frame and Lens Care — a Michael Lowe Guide

 

At Michael Lowe Opticians, we understand that you might want to update your look frequently.

And substance, as well as style, might influence a new purchase — an eye examination could reveal that you need a new prescription. But following a robust frame and lens care regime can extend the life of your eyewear and protect your vision.

Here are a few tips to get you started…

 

Treatments

If you want optimal protection from the time you pick up your eyewear from the shop, our optional extra treatments are a safe bet.

We partner with experts Essilor to apply coatings that block UV rays, offer fog-free vision and combat smudges, scratches and dust.

And prescription sunglasses can be polarized and graduated for comfort and vision enhancement, while high-quality cases and lens solution keeps your contacts pristine.

 

Care regime

Maintaining the quality and performance of your frames or contacts relies on being disciplined about a care regime.

For frames, follow these simple steps:

• Clean lenses regularly with water and dry with a soft cotton or microfibre cloth.
• Invest in a tough hard-shell case that protects them when you take them off.
• Lay them on surfaces with lenses facing upwards.
• Use both hands to take them on and off and don’t balance them on your forehead — this stops them getting bent out of shape and becoming ill-fitting.

And you’d be amazed how many of us are guilty of trying to clean glasses using our clothing and end up with serious lens damage — don’t do it!

For disposable contacts, ensure your hands are clean before inserting and removing them from your eyes, and please don’t wear them for longer than your optician recommends.

For reusable contacts, here’s the process:

• Fill your lens case with disinfecting solution prior to each use.
• Wash and dry your hands, then place the first lens in your palm and, with one finger, rub a few drops of cleaning solution carefully into both sides of the lens.
• Rinse the lens with more solution and pop it back into your case.
• Repeat the process with the other lens.

Don’t forget to keep your lens case clean by emptying out used solution, then rinsing and air drying it — there’s no point following the steps above if your lens case is a breeding ground for bacteria.

If you’re new to using contact lenses, our optometrists will ensure that you know how to place and remove them, and how to keep them clean. But if you’re struggling when you get home or encounter unexpected difficulties with a new type of lens, please pop back for further advice.

 

Follow these simple steps and you can expect peak performance from frames and contacts for as long as possible — we hope we’ve provided an eye-opener.

Need more advice on eye care? Call us on 0199 384 4291.

Introducing Mulberry Eyewear

We are excited to introduce Mulberry Eyewear to Michael Lowe Opticians.

The British luxury brand Mulberry have just launched their new Eyewear range. The collection of optical frames will be designed by the Mulberry design team, led by their creative director. We are excited to be one of the selected opticians to stock them.

If you would like a classic but innovatively designed frame, the Mulberry collection will not disappoint you.

History of the brand

As Mulberry Eyewear make their debut we’re taking a look at the history of the world-renowned British brand.

Born in Somerset 1971 founder Roger Saul initiated Mulberry from his kitchen table. With its renowned tree logo created by Sauls sister inspired by the tree in their village.

Mulberry never strays from its values of British heritage and the importance of family.

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.