Free sunglasses upgrade offer extended

Our free sunglasses upgrade offer has been extended until the end of July. Buy a new pair of frames from best4glasses either single vision or bifocals and we will provide a free tint and AV coating saving you £17 on your next purchase of prescription sunglasses.

John Lennon’s sunglasses to be auctioned off

A pair of Italian sunglasses belonging to the late John Lennon are to be sold at Auction on 9th August, which according to the Guardian may fetch up to £4,000.

Lennon gave the glasses to his uncle one day whilst enjoying the sunshine at his home in Surrey. His uncle had the glasses authenticated, along with some other items belonging to Lennon, before passing them on to a friend before he passed away more than 10 years ago.

A pair of ‘granny’ glasses belonging to Lennon were also sold at auction in 2007, with an estimated value of £1 million. The auction house that auctioned the glasses refused to divulge what the buyer paid for them.

The most amazing sight in the world?

The Northern Lights or ‘Aurora Borealis’ are possibly the most breathtaking natural sight known to man, lighting up the sky as a result of a collision between energetic charged particles and atoms, creating a neon green/blue sweeping light effect.

In the southern hemisphere, the ‘Aurora Australis’ light the sky with deep reds and neon greens, as the colour varies with oxygen emissions and nitrogen emissions, determined by the activity of the energy within them.

 

MIT designs ‘social x-ray glasses’

Experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing a new type of glasses, which have been labelled the ‘social x-ray glasses’, due to their ability to read and interpret people’s facial expressions.

They were initially designed to help sufferers of autism, who struggle to read emotions and have difficulties with communication and interpersonal skills.

An article on www.pcworld.co.uk explains how the glasses work: ‘The glasses are built with a rice-grain-size camera wired to a tiny computer and can track 24 feature points of facial expression.’

‘The linked computer scans the micro-expressions to gauge how often they appear and for how long, while comparing the data with a bank of expressions.’

‘The glasses relay a summarized version of emotional information to the user through an earpiece, telling the user the subject’s emotional state.’

So far, tests have shown the glasses to be accurate 64% of the time, but this is expected to improve following further testing and development.

Read the extended article on www.newscientist.com by clicking here.

Look after your vision – top tips to protect your eyesight

  • Eat plenty of green, leafy vegetables

Ideally you should eat 2 portions every day, this could include spinach, kale, and broccoli. The contents of these foods help to reduce the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.

  • Up the antioxidants

Food rich in antioxidants can protect against damage from free radicals that are caused by environmental factors such as pollution and sunlight. These can cause the lenses to harden and can also contribute to cataracts and macular degeneration.

  • Eat a diet rich in Omega-3

Omega-3 is great for your heart, and it’s also good for your eyes, preventing them from drying out and even helping to prevent cataracts. Omega-3 can be found in a variety of fish, and supplements are also available.

  • Wear your sunglasses

Most of us only tend to wear sunglasses when it’s hot, not just when it’s sunny. Protecting eyes from UV damage is important to prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Choose glasses that filter out 100% of UV rays for the highest protection.

  • Exercise for your eyes

Experts believe that exercise can also benefit your eyes, as regular aerobic activity can decrease the pressure inside the eyes, and help to reduce the risk of glaucoma.

Turn your specs into sunnies for just £5!

Throughout July, we’re offering all of our customers the chance to turn their new prescription glasses into prescription sunnies, for just £5!

Normally costing £17, we’ll tint your lenses and apply a UV coating, saving you £12 off our normal price.

This offer is only valid until the 31st of July so don’t miss out!

See website for details.

Man’s sight restored after 55 years

A man in the US has had his sight fully restored after 55 years of blindness in one eye, according to an article by the BBC.

Now 63, the article explains that the man suffered retinal detachment when he was just 8 years old, following an accident in which he was hit in the eye with a stone.

Despite living with partial vision for 55 years, the man eventually sought medical attention as a result of pain and redness in his eye. Doctors were unsure if the man’s sight could be restored, but the eye reacted well to cleaning and treatment to prevent new blood vessels from forming.

The decision was then made to attempt retinal reattachment, following which; the man was able to see again.

To read the full article, click here.

National Eye Health Week

National Eye Health Week is taking place between Monday 13th and Sunday 19th of June 2011.

The week-long campaign will promote the importance of eye health and regular eye tests, in maintaining healthy eyes and healthy vision.

The campaign involves a programme of country-wide events, run by charities, organisations, businesses and individuals, which people can attend to learn more about looking after their eyes.

To find out more, or to see how you can get involved, visit the website at www.visionmatters.org.uk.

You can also join us in following the campaign on Twitter @ICareEyeCare, for daily updates and news about events.

So if you haven’t been for an eye test lately, make an appointment during National Eye Health Week and start looking after your sight!

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

The world is changing rapidly and everyday we are seeing new products being manufactured, new inventions coming to life, and even more carbon emissions damaging our planet.

Yes, recycling is already a huge part of our lives, and we recycle at home and at work, but are we really recycling as much as we can?

Glasses are probably the most personally tailored item to suit our individual needs. They require a unique prescription, and are designed for one person, and one person only. But you don’t have to throw them away when they no longer meet your eyesight requirements…

If you love your glasses and don’t want to part with them, but you need a new prescription, you can send them to us along with your prescription details and we will replace the lenses and post them back to you. So don’t just throw away your favourite frames and fork out for another pair, try recycling instead!

If you’re interested in saving your specs as well as the planet, have a look at our re-glazing service, or give us a call to find out more.

A charitable donation – Africa’s right to sight

A British professor has invented a pair of self-adjusting glasses, which he hopes to send to 200 million children throughout developing countries.

Professor Joshua Silver told The Observer that he began designing the glasses 20 years ago as a hobby in his spare time, and he has now been shortlisted for the 2011 European Inventor award.

Silver is working with the World Bank and the Dow Corning Corporation, the company that produces the silicone materials used in the lenses, in order to make his hopes a reality.

The self-adjusting spectacles ‘have “adaptive lenses”, which consist of two thin membranes separated by silicone gel. The wearer simply looks at an eye chart and pumps in more or less fluid to change the curvature of the lens, which adjusts the prescription’, says the article.

Despite the brilliance of this invention, the professor still has a few hurdles to overcome. He admits that the glasses are not very fashionable, and understands that stylistic alterations will need to be made if teenagers are going to wear them.

Manufacturing costs are also a concern, as each pair of glasses currently cost £15 to produce. Silver hopes to reduce this cost to just £1 per pair, which he believes will be more ‘practicable’.

Read the full article here.