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Rick’s Macular Pigment Challenge Week 3 – Results time!


Rick’s Macular Pigment Challenge wk #3 Results Time ! Rick Brigg here, Optical Assistant, “MPOD tester” and chief coffee maker at the Spectacle Shop Opticians in Barnsley! Welcome to Macular Pigment Challenge week 3 Check out the introductory post in this series if you haven’t already! So, here we are – 3 weeks into the challenge. […]

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Meares-Irlen Syndrome


What is Irlen Syndrome? Irlen Syndrome (also referred to at times as Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, and Visual Stress) is a perceptual processing disorder. It is not an optical problem. It is a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information. This problem tends to run in families and is not currently identified […]

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Eye Nutrition


Eye Nutrition Deterioration of vision seems to be accepted as a natural part of the ageing process, but ageing does not necessarily equate to deterioration in vision. It is accepted that maintaining a healthy balanced diet is essential for the general maintenance of the body, and equally, well nourished eyes, through the correct diet will help […]

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Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration “Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a deterioration or breakdown of the eye’s macula. The macula is a small area in the retina — the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye. The macula is the part of the retina that is responsible for your central vision, allowing you to see fine detail” […]

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Rimless Glasses


Rimless Glasses – Philip Potter, Dispensing Optician at The Spectacle Shop opticians in Barnsley It has been remarkable dealing during my time in this profession, how advances have been made with rimless glasses. Over the years I have heard many myths regarding rimless glasses – “I cannot have them in my prescription”, “they break so easily […]

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Blue Light


Blue light – What is it? Imagine a caffeine shot directly to the eye; this is the kind of unrelenting stimulation blue light causes. During the day blue light helps us to stay awake, but over-exposure or exposure at night can cause anything from eye strain and fatigue to sleeplessness. Blue light is something we […]

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