Newsletter Spring/Summer 2022


Whether you are planning a staycation or jumping on a plane, we have the sunglasses that you need to look great and see clearly!

We have a fantastic range of sunglass frames for all face shapes and sizes, with a wide range of options available for the lenses. Non-prescription, single vision, bifocal, varifocal, fade-tints and mirrors, we have it all covered, starting from just £59.

You can also upgrade your lenses with reflection-free surfaces, Sensity 2® variable tint or Polarised lenses which are highly recommended for that extra reduction from reflected glare on sand, sea or even snow and especially good for driving.

You always have the assurance that all Donners sunglasses are UV protective, ensuring you are protecting your eyes from the harmful and aging effects of the sun, just like you do with sun tan lotion for your skin.

Time to try Contact Lenses?

It’s a great time to think about trying contact lenses. It is clear that wearing of masks is likely to be with us for the long term in some environments, and freedom from glasses as an additional adornment on your face in some situations can be really liberating.

It’s bad enough with mask elastic and spectacle arms behind our ears, but if you also wear an hearing aid, ridding yourself of one of these can be a real boost. Or perhaps now you are out and about, you just fancy a new look or have taken up a new sport or activity where glasses are a bit of a nuisance?

Contact lenses are available for almost all prescriptions these days and age, astigmatism or the need for reading glasses or varifocals are no barrier. Children usually do exceptionally well with the switch from glasses to contact lenses, and there is no need to wait until their prescription stops changing as it is not an issue. The contact lens prescription can easily be changed as the eyes change. In fact with our Myopia Management contact lenses, short-sighted children’s prescriptions should change far less frequently than usual. It used to be common for children to switch to contact lenses when they started secondary school, but actually Myopia Management lenses work best starting at the age of 6 or 7.

Perhaps you’ve tried lenses in the past and they didn’t suit you? New products emerge every year, and we are excited to have been among the first Opticians to have access to new products from Johnson & Johnson, Coopervision and Bausch & Lomb in the past few months.

What are OCT scans and why should I have one?

When you book an appointment with us, you will be offered an OCT scan. Most of our patients will have had a photograph taken of the back of their eyes at Donner Optometrists before, and many have now added OCT scans into their eye health care.

Quite simply, OCT scanning allows us the most detailed examination of the central part of the back of the eye, in particular the optic nerve and the macula.

Apart from cataract, the two most common eye conditions in the over 40 age group are glaucoma and macular degeneration. OCT scanning allows us to detect these conditions earlier than other tests available – so that treatment if required can be started earlier to prevent or reduce sight loss. OCT scanning can also detect many other eye problems invisible to other methods, due to the high level of magnification and visibility of layers of cells below the surface of the retina.

Diabetics may wonder if they should have OCT as well as their diabetic screening. In fact it is arguably even more important for diabetics, as the national screening program is only for diabetic retinopathy and not for glaucoma (which diabetics are more at risk of developing) as well as macula disease.

Although OCT adds an additional charge to your eye appointment, it is a small price to pay for the additional information it gives us in order to look after your eye health as well as we possibly can. Our optometrists recommend all patients have regular OCT scans at the time of their eye examinations and you can book online here or call us to arrange an appointment.

Have you seen or heard of Maui Jim sunglasses?

We have stocked this great range for a few years now and we would just like to tell you the six reasons why we love them so much!

Leading lens technology – all of their lenses have high-efficiency polarisation, PolarisedPlus2 technology, eliminating 99.9% glare and blocking 100% UV rays. They are also incredibly relaxing for your eyes, with a bi-gradient mirror that squints for you, exceptional colour and clarity. The natural light is enhanced instead of dimming it. The lenses also boast scratch resistance, anti-reflective, waterproof and oleophobic treatments.

Vivid performance – PolarizedPlus2 technology is designed in four colour options, two mirror coatings and five lens materials to enhance your vision in every sunlight condition.

MauiPassport prescription sunglasses – exclusive digital lens design, with cutting-edge direct surfacing technology, giving the widest possible field of view and incredible visual acuity across the entire lens.

Over 200 frame styles – a style to suit everyone, even with prescription. They are inspired by the environment in Hawaii and still designed and tested in Maui.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends Maui Jim – the only sunglass to be recommended as an effective UV filter for the eyes and surrounding delicate skin.

Superior customer service – all of their sunglasses are warrantied for two years from the date of purchase against any defect in materials and workmanship. Nosepads and temples are free as long as parts are available.

Come in and see for yourself the incredible difference that Maui Jim sunglasses make to your vision.


Flexible Reading/Screen Lenses

If working from home has taught us anything, it’s that working on a computer can be exhausting for our eyes and our neck/back posture.

We can now offer 3 different lens designs from Hoya, to suit your needs and working station.

  • The Workstyle 3 lens is suitable for glasses wearers who have the most demands on their vision, spending a lot of time indoors, switching between close and mid-distance lengths, and occasional distance needs. Ideal for multiple screens, open plan office spaces, board meetings and presentations.
  • Worksmart Room works really well for people who need more flexibility than they get with their varifocal lenses when using a computer, meaning its effortless to switch between screen and keyboard.
  • Supereader lenses offer greater range than reading glasses and wider reading area than varifocals. Ideal for avid readers of books and digital reading devices.

All of these lenses result in improved posture with less head movement, relaxed vision and less digital eye strain for presbyopes (Presbyopia is the term for the change in your eyes that occurs leading you to need reading and computer glasses when you are over 40 – our optometrists in that age group love them due to the requirements of the consulting room!).

Come in store to discuss your needs further with one of our opticians.

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