Reflection Free Lenses

Entering Autumn, and seeing how the colour of leaves will begin to turn, we can’t help think of what
would help us see these changes in the best possible way. Something as close to natural vision
would be the obvious answer. So how do we get there? Well, if you are one of the lucky ones who
don’t need sight correction, then great, you are already there!
However, for those less fortunate, we would like to introduce you to the Kodak Clean n Clear
Reflection free lens. You see, a traditional plastic lens doesn’t let through 100%, usually it lets
through 92%, which means almost 10% of clarity is lost. With the advent of the reflection free multi
layer coating, this helps us to get closer to 99% clarity, with less than 1% loss of clarity. This benefits
us by having a more comfortable vision relationship with our phones, our tablets, our TVs, as well as
when we drive. The increased clarity means less glare, which means we can use our eyes for longer
without having that sleepy feeling!
The added benefits of the Kodak Clean n Clear lens also include les scratches, less smudges, as well
as letting rain water drop off easier when you’re taking the dog for a walk.
And did we mention the 2 year Guarantee? What more needs to be said?

Back to school, Back to early rises

First week of school runs consisting of early rises, squeezing in time for cereal, popping on your children’s shoes and not forgetting the lunch bags before leaving the house. Oh, how sweet the snooze button feels on Wednesday! Come Friday and somehow you’ve only got 5 minutes to get everything done. Hit the snooze button once, twice, what could be the chances of pressing it the third time? Have tiredness and a small bit of laziness hit?
Well did you know this is a similar scenario with the development of your child’s vision?
One of the eyes can become lazy too. Have you ever heard of the diagnosis amblyopia? So what is a lazy eye? Is it a sleepy eye, shy eye or an eye that’s letting the other eye do all the work? Well you’re not far off from the truth.
A lazy eye, or an amblyopic eye, is an eye which cannot see as well as the other eye. For example, your child may be able to read the smallest line on the chart with their right eye but cover that eye up and the left eye struggles to read half way down the chart. Therefore this difference in vision can be difficult for the child to communicate or even alert someone.
It is important to check for visual difference as visual development is complete at the age of 7. This means whatever vision we have up to the age of 7 that will be the level of vision for the child for the rest of their life. A simple eye test before school can prevent such a difference of vision between the two eyes.
And don’t worry, if such a difference is found there are many treatment options available and can be discussed with your local optician.
So let’s beat pressing the snooze button and overcoming amblyopic eyes together. Book your child’s vision check before school. Get down to your local opticians and book your child’s vision check.
At Eyes Optical Optometrists, we will help your child reach further heights with the best vision possible. Call us today on 01419546317, or visit us at out practice at: 1497 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G14 9XL

Polarised Sunglasses

Driving to work today, all I could see was the low winter sun beaming into my eyes. This inevitably caused me to slow down, bring the visor down, and also to get my sunglasses on. Sunglasses, in the winter of all time! Luckily I use polarised sunglasses.

A polarised lens greatly reduces reflected glare from water or from other surfaces. The sun’s rays reflect light in every direction, so when a ray hits a flat surface, the reflected light shines back at your eye and is magnified, causing glare. The technology within a polarised lenses blocks out horizontal light waves, allowing the vertical light waves to reach the eye. The person looking through the lens can still see clearly through the lens, with reduced brightness and glare of light, maximising comfort and visibility for the user.

So who could benefit from this you ask?

  • Drivers
  • Light sensitive individuals, including post cataract surgery patients
  • Individuals who are continually exposed to bright light through windows
  • Joggers
  • Bikers
  • Individuals involved in fishing

Reduces reflections from the water surface, ie when fishing the individual can see the fish in the water.

  • Individuals involved in water sports.

Basically, anyone who gets glare doing outdoor activities who has to deal with light coming from unwanted directions. The benefits of having polarised lenses are:

  • Colour perception.

Colours appear bolder and brighter

  • Enhanced clarity.

Better contrast, reduced glare and less stress on the eyes results in an overall better clarity of vision.

  • Better contrast

Because glare is blocked, contrast is enhanced vision, which results in better safety for outdoor activities.

  • Reduced eye stress.

Since the harmful light rays are blocked and what you see is enhanced, your eyes won’t have to work as hard.

Of course, the other option is to have tinted lenses. They’re not bad either, they’re good for reducing brightness and blocking UV, but they don’t eliminate harsh glare in the way that polarised lenses do

So who do we not recommend polarised lenses for?

  • Pilots, the polarised lenses may interfere with the various screens which a pilot uses within the aircraft. Can also make other airplanes less visible.
  • Skiers who ski down steep slopes, the polarised lenses will reduce the visibility of potentially harmful ice patches on the slope.

Now to park up, have a lovely coffee, and start my day in an artificially lit room, away from the winter’s light.

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Anti Glare Lens

So now the fireworks show is over, we are fast getting ready for Christmas. As a season of change, we’ve just seen the first falling of snow, which inevitably means a rush to get the scrappers for the cars, and that extra jacket just in case. When it comes to driving, the smallest things can prove the most important. Scrapping the windows of ice would seem sensible, but when were the wipers last changed? As the smeared the windscreen, I realized mine hadn’t been changed for a very long time. The next thing to ask, are you wearing the latest glasses? And are they fitted with an anti-glare coating?

An anti-glare coated lens is what it says on the tin; it cuts out glare that a traditional lens would cause. A standard lens reflects between 5-8% of light, whereas an anti-glare coated lens reflects less than 1%. Now picture that snowy night as you drive home, what would you rather have?

At Eyes Optical, we offer the anti-glare upgrade for as little as £10 extra, well worth it if you ask us.

Picture the same scenario when you’re watching TV. The best movie ever is being shown (or streamed, or downloaded, so much choice these days!) You have an HD TV, beautiful, crisp clarity, what kind of glasses do you want to enjoy the movie with? It’s a no-brainer, why have a fantastic TV, only to be let down by the lenses you use to watch it with?

anti glare glasses

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