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.

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.

Oakley

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

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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.

But:

  • 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.

Then:

  • 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

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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.

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Prepare your eyes for the sunny season with these hot tips

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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.

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5 Fab Foods For Healthy Eyes

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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.

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