COVID-19 Update

Covid-19 Update
 
We’re very sorry to inform you that our practice will be closed for at least 3 weeks starting from Tuesday 24th March 2020 to the public. However, we will still be offering a limited service and sale of items that can be posted out to you.

Contact Lenses:

These will be sent out to all our patients by post when they are due automatically. If you would like to order lenses, then please get in contact with us by email or on our temporary phone number by text and someone will get back to you. A member of the practice will still be working in the office on certain days to take payment and fulfil orders as and when required.

Spectacles:

There are several patients that are awaiting new spectacles. Lens laboratories are currently still producing, so we intend to inform you when your spectacles are ready and will then arrange for them to be sent to your home. Some new spectacles may require fitting/adjustments, so once normality returns, please call and see us for this service.

Eye Emergencies:

We will not be providing any emergency appointments under the MECs system in Oxfordshire. If you require an emergency MECs appointment, please click on the link below to look at all participating practices which you can contact. Please note that there will be number of practices on the list that will not be offering emergency appointments on the MECs system due to the shutdown.

https://www.oxfordshireloc.org.uk/files/8515/8316/0865/Patient_-_List_of_MECS_Participating_Practices_Oxon_March_20.pdf

Alternatively, you can call the Hospital Eye Emergency Service on 01865 234 567 Option 1 and they will be able to advise you further.

If you need to get in touch with us for whatever reason, then please email us on info@mlopticians.com or Text us anytime on 07309 387 781 and we will aim to get back to you within 24 hours between Monday – Friday or you can call us on our temporary number on 07309 387 781 Tuesday-Thursday 10am – 1pm.

World Glaucoma Week 8th – 14th March 2020

Glaucoma Week
 
As many of our regular patients have glaucoma we wanted to share a little more information about the condition. The week commencing 8th March is World Glaucoma Week so now is the perfect time to tell you some of the key facts surrounding it. Early detection is key to slowing the progression of glaucoma and regular eye tests are the only way to detect symptomless glaucoma early. At a late stage glaucoma is irreversible and results in sight loss and blindness.

Those most at risk are those people over 60, and those with a family history of the disease.

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the name for a group of eye conditions in which the optic nerve is damaged at the point at which it leaves the eye. The nerve carries information from the light sensitive layer in your eye, the retina, to the brain where it is perceived as a picture. Your eye needs a certain amount of pressure to keep the eyeball in shape so that it can work properly. In some people, the damage is caused by raised eye pressure. Others may have an eye pressure within normal limits but damage occurs because there is a weakness in the optic nerve. Eye pressure is largely dependent on blood pressure.

Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve, the part of the eye that carries the images we see to our brain. In a healthy eye a clear liquid circulates in the front portion of the eye. If you have glaucoma, the fluid does not flow properly. Fluid pressure increase and this extra force presses on the optic nerve in the back of the eye causing damage.

Glaucoma is an extremely serious eye disorder which can lead to blindness

As we said EARLY DETECTION IS KEY!

REGULAR EYE TESTS ARE THE ONLY WAY TO DETECT SYMPTOMLESS GLAUCOMA EARLY

Why not come and see us for an eye test? You can book an appointment here today.

 

 

What is an OCT Scan?

OCT Scan
 
Thanks to emerging technology we have been able to offer our valued customers an OCT scan for several years. Did you know that this hospital-quality scan can be carried out at our very own practice. Opticians can use cutting edge technology to look more closely at your retina.

How does it work?

OCT technology uses light waves to take images of your retina; similar to how an ultrasound scan uses sound waves. During an OCT scan, you will be asked to sit in front of a small machine with your chin placed on to a support. The machine scans your eyes without touching them, one at a time and is completely painless. By attending multiple OCT scans over the years your optician can notice subtle changes in the thickness of the layers. This can indicate early signs of eye conditions. With regular testing it is easier to diagnose, treat and manage conditions.

What does an OCT scan do?

An OCT scan can help our optician see what’s going on beneath the surface of your eye, providing a picture of the layers of your retina. Many common eye diseases can creep up on you without significant symptoms. Even if you think your vision is ok, its useful for an optician to gain a full understanding of your overall eye health. In particular an OCT scan can help detect eye conditions like glaucoma, age related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. It is also advisable to have can OCT scan even if your eyes are healthy in order to provide a baseline image.

Book an OCT Scan

Get in contact with us to book an appointment for an OCT Scan today.

Is it time for an eye test?

Eye Test
 
Everybody leads busy lives and it is easy to get swept up in the day to day of living to think about things like eye tests. But how often should you have your eyes tested and what are the telltale signs that you may need to book yourself an eye test?

Here are a few signs that you may need to book an eye test.

Are you having headaches around your eyes?

If your eyes are straining to focus, it may be giving you a headache. For patients over 40, that may mean that it is be time to consider glasses that provide correction at distance, intermediate and close range.

Are you squinting and still not focusing?

Changes in vision can mean different things for different people. For a child, difficulty in reading the blackboard often indicates myopia is starting to develop. For an adult, not being able to read road signs may mean that your distance prescription needs updating. Unfortunately, as you get older you start to need correction different from the one you need for distance or reading. It is therefore important to keep a regular check on your eye health.

It is important to understand that any time you notice a change in your vision it is important to book an eye test.

Do your eyes ever feel dry?

As woman mature, their eyes appear drier and this can lead to a number of problems, from blurred vision to excessive tearing. This is a common symptom of dry eyes and is treatable. A visit to an optician can help you to correct any symptoms you may be experiencing.

Is it harder to see at night?

In general, it is harder to drive at night as we have mentioned in our previous blogs. If you are struggling to see at night whilst driving it is important to talk to us about applying an anti-glare lens to your driving glasses. If the discomfort from glare persists even with the correct anti-glare glasses, it may indicate cataracts especially if you are over the age of 50.

Can you even remember the last time you had an eye test?

If not then surely that’s a great reason to book a test today? Get in contact with us or book an appointment.

Winter Eye Care

 
Winter is here and you can guarantee that when the cold weather hits we all pile on our winter coats, hats and scarves before stepping out. The one thing we are all guilty of is not thinking about protecting our eyes as much as we should. When going out in the winter, whilst it’s not always obvious, it is important to remember that a lot of the time you are going to be heading out into the sun.

Why is it important to protect your eyes in the winter sun?

Although its colder, the sun shines with the same force as it does any other time of the year. That means that UVA and UVB rays are emitted, which can be harmful to your skin and eyes which are vulnerable if you don’t protect them. While the winter sun might not feel as strong in the winter due to the cooler air, it sits lower in the sky at a different angle which actually creates more exposure than in summer months.

No matter what you are doing outside, you should always remember to wear protective sunglasses in winter. Not just to block out the harmful UV rays, but also to protect your corneas and protect your eyes from the cold dry air.

Winter sunglasses reduce glare

Remember whether you are driving or away on a ski holiday you will experience blinding glare from certain angles. Much like in the summer when near water, the reflection from the sun’s light can impede your vision. If snow is on the ground an astounding 85% of the suns UV ray’s direct straight to your eyes. Without sunglasses or some kind of  eye protection harmful UV radiation bounces up to your eyes when you are outside. These rays can actually burn your corneas and irritate them for long periods. Skiers call this snow blindness.

Sunglasses in winter prevent Dry Eye

Cold temperatures and windy conditions can make winter an especially dry time of year. Most people feel it on their skin and lips which may require balm or lotion but many people don’t realise that this type of dry climate can also impact upon your eyes. You can avoid dry eyes by wearing sunglasses that will shield your eyes from the cold and the windy weather. In fact, wearing sunglasses can make the difference between comfortable vision and irritated eyes.

So let’s think about this…

Whilst you are putting on your winter layers before heading out, remember that your eyes need protection too! We stock sunglasses all year round, so whether you are going aboard for some winter sun or staying at home and this blog has got you thinking, we can help you.

Why not come and see us and let us help you protect your vision this winter! Or alternatively you could book an appointment today.

Presenting CCS by Coco Song

CCS by Coco Song

 

Coco Song Eyewear has been an amazing addition to our Eyewear collection at ML opticians. So much so that we are very excited to now be able to introduce CCS, a new fresh take on the famous Coco Song eyewear designed for the modern woman.

Replacing the adornments and oriental inspiration, while highlighting natural elements such as silk, dried flowers and feathers, this exciting new modern Eyewear collection really is beautiful.

They really are the most stunning frames with fantastic detailing and we absolutely love them.

Why not come and take a look for yourself!

Presenting Hugo Boss Eyewear

Hugo Boss
 

We are incredibly excited to now be able to offer our valued customers Hugo Boss Eyewear.

Boss launched their fashion brand in 1970 after a long history in clothing production, started by its founder Hugo Boss in Stuttgart in 1924. The Boss Eyewear brand was created in 1985 as an extension of the brand’s fashion identity. Their eyewear is instilled with the same sophistication and attention to detail that the Boss brand is famous for.

The art of style is all about the details, as Henry Cavill shows us in the wonderful new Hugo Boss eyewear collection.

Style is also a means of self-expression and your eyewear is the place to begin your statement. Why not set your focus on the finishing touches and ignite your new look with some designer Hugo Boss frames? Drop in and browse our collection of designer frames any time. Get in contact or book an appointment today.

Ski season is upon us

Ski Season is Upon Us
 

As the nights draw in and winter really begins to take hold, many of us are looking towards our winter holidays and perhaps even thinking about taking to the slopes for some on-piste action. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a winter sports amateur, having the right kit is an essential consideration when planning your trip. Ensuring you’ve got a set of good quality goggles is a must, but as a skier or snowboarder, do you understand why it is important to have a good set of goggles?

Goggles will not only help to protect you from the cold, but also protect against snow blindness and UV damage. A good set will also allow you to see in changeable weather conditions. Up on the slopes it can be snowing heavily one minute and in the next become very bright sun light. It therefore pays to protect your eyes from sudden changes in light.

UV Protection

Too much exposure to high intensity UV light can cause damage to your eyes but good ski goggles provide 100% protection form harmful UV and UMB rays. Snow blindness occurs when your cornea becomes sunburnt through excessive exposure to UV light with light exposure increasing at high attitude. The presence of snow magnifies the strength of the sun and the possibility of temporary snow blindness. Wearing good ski goggles with the correct tint means that you can ski with the reassurance that you are protecting your eyes, without the risk of snow blindness or long-term damage.

To ensure maximum protection from UV damage you need correctly fitted ski goggles that wrap around the edges of your face. Ski helmet, goggles and sun cream are the essential combination for maximum protection.

Glare

One of the biggest problems skiers face is the issue of glare. Goggles with dark tints reduce reflected glare and allow you to ski even on the brightest of days. Goggles with advanced filters such as polarised or photochromic lenses are more effective at reducing this glare than standard goggles. Polarised ski goggles work by reducing the bounce back glare from the combination of sun and ice, whereas more advanced photochromic lenses detect the amount of UV light and alter the tint automatically.

Contrast

As a skier you also need to see improved contrast so that you can see, and prepare for dips in the slope as you approach them. Good ski goggles improve what you can see, giving greater contrast between objects and shadows. Goggles with different tints can again improve this even further, and we think you will agree that good ski googles with the correct tint are an essential part of your ski kit.

So why not pay us a visit?

Drop in and browse our collection of goggles any time and we’ll help to get you kitted out for some winter sports action! Get in contact or book an appointment today.

Guide Dog Update

Guide Dog Update
 

We are delighted to hear that Eve, the guide dog we sponsor, is getting ready for training school.

Our latest Pupdate tells us that she will be starting the next chapter of her journey and leaving her Puppy Walkers and going to training school.

She has grown so much, and we cannot wait to hear of her next adventure!

Moleskine Eyewear

Moleskine
 

We are delighted to now stock Moleskine Eyewear at Michael Lowe Opticians.

Moleskine Eyewear is discreet and elegant eyewear designed to fit your personality. Quietly elegant and innovative by design Moleskine eyewear includes a full range of the most fabulous frames, reading glasses and Sunglasses.

These beautiful frames come with a rigid case designed to mirror the look and feel of the Moleskine Classic notebook.
If you want a quality, elegant frame presented in a stylish case, Moleskine is for you.

So why not drop in and browse our collection of designer frames and ask us about Moleskine Eyewear whilst you’re here? Get in contact or book an appointment.