Polarised sunglasses vs. Normal sunglasses – What makes them different?

Summer is finally coming. This means we’ve started talking to our customers about the different kinds of sunglasses that you can get from our opticians in Birmingham city centre. We match high-quality lenses with designer frames to create a great look and a stunning visual experience. One of the great options we offer is for … Continue reading “Polarised sunglasses vs. Normal sunglasses – What makes them different?”

Hay fever: How to Protect Your Eyes This Spring

It’s nice to finally look forward to some warmer weather again! Though for some people, the onset of spring also brings about the threat of hay fever. Common symptoms include red, itchy eyes and sneezing. It can cause anything from mild inconvenience to debilitating problems. At the Contact Lens Practice, we often see patients who … Continue reading “Hay fever: How to Protect Your Eyes This Spring”

New Collection: Introducing Mulberry Eyewear

Strawberries and cream, a good cuppa and the enduring ability to keep calm and carry on. It’s all unmistakably British, just like Mulberry. Famed for its bags but increasingly seen as a lifestyle brand, Mulberry in the UK is bringing its love of everything quintessentially British to eyewear. This year sees the launch of Mulberry’s … Continue reading “New Collection: Introducing Mulberry Eyewear”

MiSight® 1 day : Contact Lenses for Children

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Ever wondered if your child could benefit from contact lenses? The Contact Lens Practice is one of the first practices in the UK to offer specialised MiSight® 1 day contact lenses for children that not only correct vision, but potentially help slow the progression of shortsightedness. February half term is the perfect time to book … Continue reading “MiSight® 1 day : Contact Lenses for Children”

New Year, New You: Ortho K Contact Lenses for Adults

Do you ever wish you could reduce your dependence on glasses and contact lenses without having to undergo laser eye surgery? That prospect could be a reality with Orthokeratology – or Ortho K – the FDA approved overnight vision correction that is now worn by hundreds of thousands of people.   Ortho K lenses are … Continue reading “New Year, New You: Ortho K Contact Lenses for Adults”

How Your Christmas Dinner Menu Could Improve Your Eye Health

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As you pile your plate up for your Christmas meal in Birmingham with thoughts of all the jogs required to burn off the festive pounds, you might be relieved to discover that many of the foods are a feast for your eyes!  Your visual health stands to benefit from a nutrients-boost on the 25th of December, … Continue reading “How Your Christmas Dinner Menu Could Improve Your Eye Health”

Your Guide To Wearing Contact Lenses This Winter

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Winter can take a toll on your eyes, especially if you wear contact lenses.  Cold weather outdoors, combined with central heating and increased screen time conspire to dry out the air. This dries out your lenses, resulting in irritation, discomfort and eye strain. But you don’t have to dread the colder months – dry eyes … Continue reading “Your Guide To Wearing Contact Lenses This Winter”

The Horror Of Cheap Halloween Contact Lenses

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Cat eyes, red eyes, blackout eyes… Halloween contact lenses can be a spook-tacular addition to your costume.  Coloured contact lenses usually mimic the appearance of the iris for a natural look, but Halloween contact lenses come in many extraordinary guises, featuring supernatural colours and elongated pupils for a dragon-like stare. So, whether you’re adding dramatic … Continue reading “The Horror Of Cheap Halloween Contact Lenses”

National Eye Health Week UK: How to Care for Your Contacts

Whether you wear daily disposables or extended-wear lenses, every pair of contact lenses requires some TLC. So, to mark National Eye Health Week UK (24th – 30th September) the team at The Contact Lens Practice is on a mission to educate our patients on how to care for your contact lenses. To launch our campaign, … Continue reading “National Eye Health Week UK: How to Care for Your Contacts”

Can Coloured Contact Lenses Help With Visual Dyslexia?

Over 16% of the British population is affected by dyslexia, including famous faces such as Richard Branson, John Lennon, Keira Knightley, Jamie Oliver and Holly Willoughby. The common learning disorder affects areas of the brain that process language and primarily manifests in difficulty reading. Undiagnosed adults and children can experience words jumping around the page, … Continue reading “Can Coloured Contact Lenses Help With Visual Dyslexia?”

Walter and Herbert Eyewear: The Perfect Summer Companion

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In 1946, two optical entrepreneurs – Walter Conway and Herbert Thorn – faced a problem.  Post-wartime eyewear was uncomfortable and cumbersome, with time-consuming manufacturing processes driving prices beyond the reach of ordinary British citizens.  So the pair set out on a mission to develop innovative technologies that would ultimately leave an indelible mark on the … Continue reading “Walter and Herbert Eyewear: The Perfect Summer Companion”

Ortho-K for Kids

Here at The Contact Lens Practice we offer overnight correction contact lenses otherwise known as Ortho-K, however did you know that these lenses can be used by children and teenagers? In fact, it’s one of the most convenient and safest ways to correct vision in children and teenagers with myopia (short sightedness). What is Ortho-K? … Continue reading “Ortho-K for Kids”

3D OCT vs Retinal Photography

20 long years ago in 1995 I spent £45,000 on the UK’s first retinal camera and since then every patient has been screened free at least once a year. The retinal camera was an advancement because it allows the Optometrist to see 60% of the retinal surface in ‘one view’ whilst peering into the eye … Continue reading “3D OCT vs Retinal Photography”

The Great Contact Lens Deception

Sadly the majority of our new patients come to us for a second opinion having failed elsewhere! Often, the reason for failure is that the previous Optician only fitted one or two ‘off the peg’ branded contact lenses which simply don’t suit everyone – this is why our specialisation is so important! The vast majority … Continue reading “The Great Contact Lens Deception”

Night time contact lenses stop children becoming short-sighted

A recent article in the Daily Telegraph highlights the benefits of Ortho-K lenses for children to stop the progression of myopia or short-sightedness from an early age. Results of a recent study showed that children who had been fitted with Ortho-K overnight contact lenses showed no change to their vision over a period of 3 … Continue reading “Night time contact lenses stop children becoming short-sighted”