The sun is coming and sunglasses are part of your essential wardrobe. Whether you want sunnies to look good on your head or on your nose you have many choices.
For style choose Rayban New Wayfarer. These have great lenses, but also look good. The selection of colours this year is vast with two tone sides and contrasting fronts being the most popular. We almost sold out at Balmoral Show recently and are restocking now.
Lens performance is important too. Full UV protection means your eyes are not damaged in intense sunlight. They are not only safe but comfortable to see with. For those on the sea (or the snow) polarised sunglasses especially cut down reflections from the surfaces around you. This works really well for drivers too and allows anglers to see fish beneath the water!
Mirrored lenses give protection with the added privacy of no one seeing your eyes. Sports specific lenses give you the optimum performance for tennis or golf. The choices are many and it is worth mentioning your sport or hobby to your optician who can order in sunglasses specifically designed for your particular interest.
Prescription spectacle wearers can also take advantage of these lenses as almost all can be replicated to individual prescription needs. What do you do when you go into a shop and everything is dark? A popular solution is the Transitions lens which changes from sunglass to a clear lens when you go inside, removing the need to change glasses.
There are many options and if you are planning a holiday abroad this summer call at the opticians now so you may have your new sunglasses ready for your departure. Enjoy the summer, safely.
“The sun is coming” said the optimistic optometrist, Sam Baird
Children’s Eye Care
Most children have excellent sight and do not need glasses. However some do have problems and if not picked up at an early age can develop permanently reduced vision. These are some of the things to look for.
Squints are when one eye turns in or out when the other is looking straight ahead. This can occur more when the child is tired, or it may be noticed more in photographs, especially if squints or lazy eyes are in the family. Different coloured pupils especially red and white in photographs should always be checked out. Watery eyes or ones that are rubbed a lot they should be examined. Other clues are screwing the eyes up or frowning at TV or sitting unusually close to the TV and holding books or devices too close.
School problems can be an indication with behaviour, concentration and performance affected. Some simply have blurred or double vision and headaches. It is always useful to check the eyes as a possible cause for headaches, especially if family members needed glasses when they were young. A recent study by the Ulster University revealed that one in five teenagers is myopic or short sighted, twice the rate in the 1960s, and the commonest age of onset is between six and thirteen.
Eye tests are FREE for children under 16, and for those aged 16-18 in full time education. If glasses are needed NHS glasses repairs and replacements are free for under 16s. Some children are seen in the hospital eye service. Your local optician makes the appropriate glasses and explains what is going on. In our Dundonald practice this is done in our Toy Room with my own children’s toys which helps make the whole experience easier and a bit more fun.
Can tinted coloured spectacles help children read?
The short answer is yes. When a child responds it can be dramatic. When we do these assessments we ask the parent to listen quietly to see if there is a difference in reading speed and confidence. One recently described it as “He was reading at first gear speed, then, suddenly he was in top gear”
This is achieved when we discover a condition called Meares Irlen Syndrome. It is not dyslexia, although it affects one in five dyslexics. It is also separate from the need for spectacles as many with perfect sight have it. This relates to how you process the words and letters you see in text. Common signals would be those who mix up “was” and “saw” or the letters “b” and “d”. Words and letters move about the page making learning and understanding difficult.
A Meares Irlen assessment involves the use of overlays to find which colour gives the best improvement. This is followed by a similar exercise with spectacle lenses establishing not just the best colour but the best intensity of tint for the individual. We provide reports for teachers too.
Tinted spectacles are the most useful because these make sense of the school whiteboard, the computer screen and written work. We can also supply overlays only as solutions, and even recommend which colour of paper a child will find easier to work with.
A children’s eye test is recommended first to eliminate short or long sightedness, (free with NHS).
The Meares Irlen assessments and spectacles are available with us as private services.
See the difference coloured lenses have made to one of our young patients here