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Computer Users

Tuesday 2nd July 2024
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Some useful definitions that will help while you are reading this article. VDU -Visual Display Unit which includes computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phonesDSE - Display Screen equipmentHSE - Health and Safety executive Why this topic A person who uses a Display Screen device for prolonged periods of time, may experience varying symptoms of Eye Strain and is often referred to as Digital Eye Strain or Eye Fatigue. This is caused by excessive focusing on very Near Working Distances for long periods of time. This topic has particularly taken much more importance since the C-19 pandemic when we have witnessed remote working enabled by Computers and the Digital environment around us. As the user is so focused on their work and highly concentrated…

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More to choosing glasses

Monday 1st July 2024
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When choosing glasses, would you like to spend some time alone or would you like to be helped and supported through? In my Practice time, I have come across a range of customers in a good mix. I know what I want - If you are this customer, you want to be left alone. You will usually tell the staff that, you will approach them after you have selected the frames. However, you should be aware of the following: Advantages You take your time and not influenced by anyone and choose the pair you like. This is great. Disadvantages A successful complete pair of Spectacles is a mixture of Art and Science. You can take care of the Artistic, aesthetic decisions, however the science on…

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Shoes and Spectacles

Friday 28th June 2024
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Here we talk about the relationship between shoes and spectacles. We look at these through two different lenses. Fashion lens Most people have different pair of shoes in terms of fashion. They own a pair that match the different cloths and accessories they wear. Sometimes the comfort is taking lesser importance compared to the look and the fashion appeal. The fashion forward personality type are focused on deciding based on look, not based on balance. Due to the higher prioritisation of fashion, there is a good chance the wearer will force themselves to somehow manage with the pair of shoes. Spectacles can be compared similarly or at-least that is what I have gathered from my experience. We would have come across some people…

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Occupationals

Thursday 27th June 2024
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Occupational lens are lenses that are used for near and middle distance in a work setting. You can even say, a pair of specialist driving glasses for a driver is classed as a type of Occupational lens. However, in this article, we are only focussing on the Occupational lens that works for a person who works on computers for extended periods of time. Below are some statements that will help you think if an Occupational lens is the right choice for you I do not have to wear glasses all the time.I do not like the narrow reading area in the varifocal lenses I had last time.My reading glasses only work for a short working distance, and I need a bit…

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Varifocals - pain or gain ?

Wednesday 26th June 2024
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"I am not sure about Varifocals - I have heard some people do not get on with them"* A common quote Introduction Varifocals are also known as Multifocals or Progressive lenses. The surface of these lenses has more than just one prescription and can be used for different visual working distances. In other words, these are lenses that can be worn to view Distance, Reading and Intermediate. There is no visible line on the lens, and it has the same appearance of any Single Vision lens. When do you need Varifocals Your Eye Care Practitioner (ECP) will do the test and recommend varifocals, if they feel that you have a prescription for Distance and for closer areas. For example, if you are short-sighted…

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Feel it! Frame it!

Tuesday 25th June 2024
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What frames suit my face shape ? Do you remember this time old question. My answer to this question is - you must try different shapes on, as more than one shape and style will suit you. I have just entered my forties and during my childhood and school days, I remember wearing glasses was not such a positive experience in school and outside and even in some families. This is not the case these days thankfully. Spectacles are not the same anymore, and in fact the tide has reversed and wearing Spectacles could be considered a fashion icon. My early years in Optics when working with Multiples in London, the training was always aimed at matching a shape of frame…

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Getting used to your new glasses

Monday 24th June 2024
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Heard of the term Adaptation or Adapting period ? When you bought a new pair of shoes, you would have noticed some difference in the way they feel, style of walk may seem different, wearing them and taking them off is different and in extreme cases, until the shoes blend into the shape of your feet, it may hurt a bit. However, provided you have the right pair of shoes, they will eventually turn out to be a great fit Glasses work in the same way. Your brain and eyes are so closely linked and the moment you present with a new pair of glasses, your brain will notice the difference, it will try to reject. However, time is key for your…

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Choosing your Spectacles

Friday 21st June 2024
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In other words, how do you choose what you want: We strongly believe that you are here at our website, because you want the right pair of glasses that works best for your visual needs. The perfect combination of frame and lenses make a good pair of glasses. I will explain in simple steps that will help you choose the right pair of glasses.Know what you need your new glasses for. Stage 1: Frames See the frame you like and make sure it is not vastly different to the size of your existing glasses if you have one. Like a style.Check the size.See what material and make sure if you are okay with it. For example, not allergic to metal-alloys. At Specsonweb,…

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Lens Types

Thursday 20th June 2024
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The whole reason most of us wear glasses prescribed or non-prescribed are the lenses. Spectacle lenses are available in "glass" and "plastic" to a lay person. Glass lenses have almost become so rare that we are not going to write about it here. Single, double of multi focal The question to ask here is, why are you buying a pair of glasses and what is the working distance? For example, if you are requiring glasses to read, then the working distance is where you hold your reading material, and this usually is within 35 to 45cms. So, the pair of glasses should match this single area and you should choose a single vision lens. If the working distance moves further away from…

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Pricey and Online

Wednesday 19th June 2024
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I thought online glasses will be cheaper? This part is about how we set our prices and yes, this is a lot to do with the support we provide to give you the right pair of glasses. When it comes to setting the price for our frames, we look at the material, the feel and the workings of the frame, the lens compatibility with the prescription, how user friendly it is for the lab to work on the frame, its level of adjustability, cost of the frame from the manufacturer and the brand. After nearly two decades of experience in handling frames, our hands and minds naturally start to analyse the eyewear we are holding against these stringent criteria. Online glasses does…

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Your Eye tests

Tuesday 18th June 2024
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In the United Kingdom, we are very privileged to have great eyecare support systems. As discussed in the Optical Characters blog, we have great skill set and their work is highly encouraged as well as protected by few governing organisations such as the General Optical Council, College of Optometrists, Association of British Dispensing Opticians, and the NHS. So, you are among an incredible set of amazing infrastructure. From schools at a very early stage, eye screening is conducted, and teachers are trained to spot when a child's vision needs to be tested and they will instruct the parents to do so. One thing to remember is, having an eye test has nothing to do with needing to buy glasses. Every two years…

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Sunglasses and not Some-glasses

Monday 17th June 2024
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Sunglasses have become a fashion accessory, and we are very happy with the fact that it has. However, protecting your eyes from harmful radiations must always be taken seriously. A lot of websites and Apps give us information regarding UV levels. Here, we like to claim that regardless of the amount or level of radiation out there in any given day, why not just wear a pair of glasses that protects your eyes from UV light? Increased long-term exposure to UV can lead to eye conditions such as Cataracts, Macular pigmentation and Macular degeneration, Pterygium and Pinguecula which are growth on the Scleral (white part) of the eye. DEFRA, which stands for Department of Environment, Food and Rural affairs measures and grades UV…

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