Author Archives: Andy Chapman

Solar Eclipse – Do’s and Don’ts

The solar Eclipse on the morning of this Friday 20th March will be the first since 2003 and will be clearly visible across the whole of the UK. Between roughly 8.30am and 10.30 am you’ll experience some level of eclipse with the south coast seeing 84% of the sun hidden and the Faroe Islands  100% hidden. As tempting as it may be to look directly at sun during the eclipse you should resist the temptation as it can lead to significant loss of vision as a result of damage to the Macula within the eye... Read more [...]
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Laser surgery: Is it right for you?

How laser surgery can correct your vision. But it’s not without risk.

It’s Laser Jim, but not as we know it! It’s hard to imagine reading or working everyday by candlelight. For centuries this was the primary way of lighting a home or workplace and it must have put considerable strain on the eyes. With specific lighting, a fantastic range of glasses available and prescriptions lenses of all types we should happy. Right? Wrong! With life expectancy continuing to rise we know our eyesight is even more valuable than it ever was and therefore getting the best from it over a longer period of time is now what most people want... Read more [...]
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Eyewear – Past, Present & Future: Wearable Eye Technology

What is the future of wearable eye technology?  Google Glass is one of the latest trends in wearable computer technology. Ironic really, as glasses used to be cutting edge technology when they were first developed. Imagine the cachet of having a pair of eyeglasses or a contact lens. Perhaps it was the equivalent of being an i-phone early adopter, you never know. Read small, read far! It was some time between 1220 and 1235 that optical lenses were used to help ‘read the smallest letters at incredible distances... Read more [...]
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Do I Need Glasses?

Change your Glasses Change your View

During the winter, light levels in general can be low. Many people find it more of a struggle to see clearly especially during these months. Insufficient task lighting can mean everything is more difficult. You can improve things considerably by having an eye test and ensuring you have the right glasses. Glasses will actually make a massive difference to a wearer’s life. Essentially they function by correcting what is termed: ‘errors of refraction’... Read more [...]
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Contact Lens Checklist

Why Use Contact Lenses

Contact lenses can be used for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (blurred vision) and presbyopia (loss of close up sight due to ageing). The soft lenses mould into the shape of your eye which provides comfort and they stay in place if you have an active lifestyle such as playing sports whereas the hard lenses are more rigid but last longer. Soft Lenses We can break down soft lenses down into 3 groups: Daily lenses are usually the cheapest ones to buy and they are worn during the day, removed at night and disinfected to eliminate bacteria and any chance of getting an eye infection... Read more [...]
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Can Cheap Glasses Affect Health?

Research confirms cheap glasses affect health

Buying cheap “off the peg” ready made reading glasses may damage your eyesight according to research carried out by ‘Which’ consumer magazine which reveals that the majority of self-prescribed glasses affect health. Independent research In their research, ‘Which’ checked 18 pairs of glasses from high street stores and they found problems with almost half of them... Read more [...]
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Colour Blindness: Symptoms, Causes and Diagnosis

About Colour Blindness

What is colour blindness? Colour blindness is a condition that affects a significant percentage of the population. It is the inability to perceive colour differences under normal conditions and the decreased ability to see colour. It is not actual blindness and many people who are colour blind are still able to see objects clearly, but there is a deficiency of colour vision. Colour blindness can change a life Colour blindness can change a life and it makes reading and learning harder for children and young adults and it makes pursuing certain careers impossible... Read more [...]
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Chapman Optician Voucher: Expired

£40 off Varilux Varifocals Voucher

You can now save up to £40 and enjoy wider fields of view and clearer vision with the latest generation of Varilux lenses. Enjoy vision at all distances with Varilux Lenses and when you buy a complete pair of Varilux spectacles you can save up to £40. Just print out the Chapman optician voucher from the link below and bring it into the practice when you order or collect your glasses. Read more [...]
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What An Eye Test Can Detect

Eye Tests Are Crucial For Health

According to a 2010 survey by Mintel, 1 in 5 adults admit to either rarely having an eye test or never having one at all. For many people an eye test can be a distraction; if you don’t think you need glasses then why bother going to see an optician? However this doesn’t tell the full story and an eye test can reveal much more about your health than just your eyesight. An eye test can detect a range of poor health conditions including diabetes Far from simply assessing your need for glasses, an eye test can detect conditions such as diabetes... Read more [...]
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What is Presbyopia?

Signs of Presbyopia

Presbyopia is the medical term for long-sightedness that is associated with age. So what is Presbyopia? Well, it is not a disease, or a condition but more a natural part of the aging process in which the eyes struggle to focus on near objects. The initial symptoms are problems in changing focus from an object in the distance to a near by object, blurred vision (when viewing close objects), eyestrain after close-up work (especially in dim light) and occasionally double vision and headaches... Read more [...]