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.

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.