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Maui Jim most popular sunglasses for Monnow Eyecare customers

Maui Jim most popular sunglasses for Monnow Eyecare customers

Spring has arrived and it’s the time of year most of us think about our sunglasses. People who spend long periods of time out of doors need to be especially careful to make sure their eyes are fully protected from harmful UV rays. Farmers, gardeners, golfers and children playing out will all be at a higher risk of causing damage to their eyes as well as people who take some prescription drugs including contraceptive pills, antibiotics, diuretics and tranquilisers. If you’ve had a recent eye operation, you also need to take extra care by wearing sunglasses.

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Stunning glasses inspired by Art Deco arrive at Monnow Eyecare

Stunning glasses inspired by Art Deco arrive at Monnow Eyecare

Monnow Eyecare Dispensing Optician, Emily Biddlecombe, has brought a touch of glamour back with her from the latest London trade show, 100% Optical. Her visit enabled her to add yet more breadth and variety to the range of glasses in stock at the practice.

The Bocca range, from Face a Face, all have stunning colours and are made of translucent materials that allow light to move through the frame. They each have a quirky ‘boot’ on the end of the arm, which were originally inspired by high heeled boots and Art Deco styling. Each brings a touch of catwalk high fashion to the wearer. Customers are loving the range, many commenting on the exciting colours, new shapes and especially the cute little boots!

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Innovative contact lenses help children with short-sightedness

Innovative contact lenses help children with short-sightedness

Although scientists do not exactly understand why, children and teenagers in developed countries like the UK are more likely to develop myopia (or short sightedness) than children in less well-developed countries. Short sightedness is a very common eye condition that causes distant objects, like a school whiteboard, to appear blurred, while close objects on a child’s desk or their mobile phone screen can still be seen clearly. It's thought to affect up to 1 in 3 people in the UK and is becoming more common.

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Monnow Optometrist Professor Barbara Ryan receives an MBE

Monnow Optometrist Professor Barbara Ryan receives an MBE

Professor Barbara Ryan arrived home late one evening in November to find her family gathered around a mysterious envelope bearing a Government stamp.
That was the moment that Professor Ryan discovered she had been selected as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).
“It was a very unusual day,” said Professor Ryan "I was amazed; I wondered if they got the right person.”

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Helen’s new qualification means fewer patients need A&E for eye emergencies

Helen’s new qualification means fewer patients need A&E for eye emergencies

Helen Tilley of Monnow Eyecare has successfully completed her Diploma in Therapeutics and Independent prescribing. This means that the emergency service they provide at the practice in Cinderhill Street, Monmouth can now include the prescribing of medicines for common emergencies, so patients can avoid having to wait for long periods at a hospital A&E department.

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Fast, professional emergency care when you need it

Fast, professional emergency care when you need it

Sudden change in your eyes or your visions can be scary. You may wake up one morning experiencing red or watery eyes, or you might notice a peculiar flash or a shape floating across your vision. Sometimes an accident can cause a change in vision, for example if you are hit by a ball playing sport or you scratch the eye surface when trimming back your hedge. If that happens to you or to someone you know, it’s possible to get a free emergency check-up appointment at Monnow Eyecare from a fully trained professional, and most people get an appointment the same day.

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Optometrist Helen Tilley saves sight in remote Cambodian communities.

Optometrist Helen Tilley saves sight in remote Cambodian communities.

Local optometrist Helen Tilley took a break from her Monnow Eyecare practice this month to support some of the poorest communities in rural Cambodia, with the charity Kymer Sight.

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Local help is at hand for people with poor vision.

Local help is at hand for people with poor vision.

As we get older, our eyesight isn’t as good as I was when we were younger. Thankfully, it’s very rare these days for someone to lose their sight altogether but conditions such as macular degeneration and glaucoma can mean some people struggle, even wearing their normal glasses or contact lenses, to do everyday tasks such as reading or watching television. These people can benefit from a free consultation with a low vision specialist and starting to use some of the many vision aids available.

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Don't swerve a sight test

Don't swerve a sight test

Every year there are an estimated 2,900 casualties caused by drivers who have poor vision, according to the Association of Optometrists. A regular sight test – for most people this is every 2 years - can make sure you’re safe to drive and that your insurance is valid.

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Free eye test for children highly recommended

Free eye test for children highly recommended

In every classroom there are, on average, 2 or 3 children who have an undetected problem with their vision. That may mean that they cannot read a blackboard, have difficulty learning to read or even develop behaviour issues in school. Sadly, these children do not progress their learning as they should and often the reason for this is missed by parents, teachers and the children themselves. Getting a free eye test provides peace of mind for parents about their child’s health.

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More than just ‘sight tests’

More than just ‘sight tests’

Eyesight is precious. Good vision is something that most of us take for granted but, just as we all appreciate a regular MOT to make sure your car is roadworthy and safe, it’s good to know that your eyes are healthy by having a regular check.

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Enjoy the sun safely

Enjoy the sun safely

Spring has brought a welcome relief from one of the coldest, longest winter on record. Many of us want to make the most of the sunny days to come. We all know to wear sun cream on our skin to protect it from damaging sunlight, but many are less sure about protecting our eyesight.

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Colourful diets are best for healthy eyesight

Colourful diets are best for healthy eyesight

Scientists have recently discovered why a healthy diet, rich in vitamins and other anti-oxidants can help keep your eyesight in good condition.

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We’re celebrating our 10th Birthday!

We’re celebrating our 10th Birthday!

Monnow Eyecare want to say a big ‘Thank you’ to the local community and patients for supporting us through our first 10 years in Monmouth. We continue to offer more than just ‘sight tests’. We’ve grown by our commitment to providing patients with the best possible standard of eye care but in a relaxed, professional environment.

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Monnow Glaucoma clinic an excellent community service

Monnow Glaucoma clinic an excellent community service

Survey results* from patients using the new community glaucoma clinic at Monnow Eyecare show how much they appreciate the change. Instead of having to visit the Royal Gwent Hospital for an assessment or a review, patients are offered the option of coming in the local practice instead.

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Safer use of computer screens

Safer use of computer screens

Did you know that the average time we spend looking at tablet, laptop and television screens at close range is now 6 hours a day? Add in the time we spend looking at our mobile phones and that’s a lot of screen viewing. In the USA an adult will spent 2 hours 51 minutes each day on their phone and this will be higher for teens and young adults.

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Is night time driving becoming more difficult?

Is night time driving becoming more difficult?

At this time of year millions of drivers feel uneasy when driving when it’s dark or when visibility is poor. This is caused by poorer night vision when light levels are much lower and dealing with the glare of modern Xenon or LED headlights. When winter roads are wet or icy there is also more distracting glare from reflected light.

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Peak protection this winter

Peak protection this winter

Sunglasses are a must if you are jetting off to the ski slopes this winter because many more damaging UV rays can reach our eyes from reflected light. In fact, you are more likely to injure your eyes on a ski-ing holiday than injure your arms or legs.

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Monnow Eyecare is highly recommended by our customers

Monnow Eyecare is highly recommended by our customers

The Monnow Eyecare customer survey, started in 2012, has now gone digital in 2017! This makes it quicker and easier for Monnow Eyecare customers to tell the team how they feel about the staff, service and facilities at the practice.

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Our experts make choosing frames easy

Our experts make choosing frames easy

The experts at Monnow Eyecare understand how people feel when they come to choosing the right pair of glasses for them.

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Your vision matters

Your vision matters

Vision really matters. Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know how to look after our eyes – National Eye Health Week, taking place from 18th to 24th September, aims to change all that!

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Book your child a free eye test today

Book your child a free eye test today

Every class in the country will have, on average, 2 or 3 children who have sight problems that have not been picked up by their parents or teachers. Because poor eyesight can prevent a child from learning, opticians urge parents to take up a free eye test for their child.

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Contact lenses provide freedom from needing reading glasses

Contact lenses provide freedom from needing reading glasses

Most people in their forties start to experience trouble reading small print or seeing our computer and smartphone screens clearly. Optometrists call this condition presbyopia.

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Royal Gwent Hospital patients see Monnow optometrists in the community

Royal Gwent Hospital patients see Monnow optometrists in the community

Royal Gwent Hospital patients see Monnow optometrists in the community
Glaucoma patients at the Royal Gwent Hospital benefit from having their eye tests done by glaucoma specialists at Monnow Eyecare in Cinderhill Street.

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Great reasons to wear your sunglasses

Great reasons to wear your sunglasses

Summer is coming! If you’re thinking about buying new sunglasses why not visit your optician for some expert advice and up to date styles?

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Love Your Lenses

Love Your Lenses

Contact lenses are worn safely and loved by millions of people. They are simple, convenient to use and many wearers feel they offer better and more natural all-round vision than glasses.

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Meet the new team members

Meet the new team members

Monnow Eyecare has welcomed several new faces recently, all of whom add to the expertise of the expanding, successful practice. The bigger premises with more consultation rooms has allowed the practice to see more people than ever before.

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Best quality eye care

Best quality eye care

Monnow Eyecare opticians has always offered customers the very best in health screening and eyecare thanks to the latest advanced technology Ocular Coherence Tomographer (or OCT) scanner.

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The most common ski-ing injuries are to your eyes

The most common ski-ing injuries are to your eyes

Did you know that ski-ers and snowboarders face a higher risk of eye damage on holiday than from injuries to their arms and legs?

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The right lenses for you

The right lenses for you

Speaking to an optician about how you work, rest and play can help you make the best choices for the work you expect your eyes to do. There are a huge variety of specialised lenses available and they’ll be able to help you match your lenses with the unique demands your work and leisure environments places on your eyesight.

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Seeing is believing

Seeing is believing

The new practice extension to Monnow Eyecare in Cinderhill Street is now complete and it’s stunning! There is a spacious reception area and four fully equipped ground floor consultation rooms. The entrance has easier access for disabled people and wheelchair users appreciate the new ramp. Overall the look is sleek and modern, with stylish curves to the walls, wooden floors and large colourful lanterns in cool, calming colours.

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Vitamin C helps prevent cataracts

Vitamin C helps prevent cataracts

Researchers at King’s College London have discovered that there is a link between the nutrients in our diet and prevention of cataracts.

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