Independant Opticians and Contact Lens Practitioners in Ashford, Kent


Cecil House, Norwood Street, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1QT

Vision correction for active lifestyles

Active lifestyles place unique demands on our eyewear, and the perfect frames for a day in the office might not be suitable for mountain biking, hiking, golf or five-a-side football.


If your weekends involve personal bests rather than box sets, dedicated sports eyewear could be as important as supportive trainers or a workout playlist. Contact lenses are ideally suited to physical or outdoor activities and today’s lenses are more comfortable than ever. Prescription goggles are ideal for swimming, providing clear vision and protecting the eyes from waterborne contaminants and bacteria.


Sports frames can be adjusted in our practice to ensure a perfect fit – they should ideally wrap around your face, to provide a wide field of vision without any awkward blind spots. (Full-face frames will also block out dust and rain). Look at the eyewear worn by top athletes for inspiration, and ask our advice about optimal choices for your sporting or lifestyle preferences. Despite being made out of lightweight materials, polycarbonate lenses shrug off impacts from flying objects. Polarized lenses reduce glare from lights or reflections, while photochromic lenses automatically darken in bright conditions and give 100 per cent UV protection for outdoor use. Finally, scratch-resistant coatings are great for sports where you might be in direct contact with the elements.

Remember, Remember…

Don’t be blind to the dangers of bonfire night – follow the SPARKLER firework code!


In the run up to Bonfire Night, Sight care charity, the Eyecare Trust have issued a stark warning about the dangers of fireworks and has launched a safety code designed to help prevent avoidable eye injuries on bonfire night.


Nearly a third (29 per cent) of all accidents involving fireworks lead to eye injuries. According to recent DTI Firework Statistics* 285 people received hospital treatment for eye injuries caused by fireworks during Guy Fawkes celebrations (mid Oct – mid November) in 2005.


Rockets take first place in the danger stakes, but also flying high on the dangerous firework list is the innocent sparkler. Although sparklers are often thought to be one of the safest fireworks, they burn at temperatures up to 2000ºC – hot enough to melt gold – and are responsible for ten per cent of firework-related eye injuries. When they have finished burning, the tip can remain hot for a minute or two and they are potentially lethal.


Follow the Eyecare Trust’s SPARKLER code for a safe and injury free Bonfire Night:


Shield your eyes with protective eyewear when lighting fireworks

Plunge sparklers into a bucket of cold water as soon as they have burnt out

Attend properly organised displays wherever possible

Read the instructions on the fireworks with a torch and follow them carefully

Keep all fireworks in a closed metal box and only light one at a time

Leave fireworks that fail to go off – never return to a lit firework

Ensure everyone stands a safe distance away when the fireworks are going off

Remove all debris and flammable objects from your firework display area


Iain Anderson, Chairman of The Eyecare Trust explains: “Eye damage caused by fireworks is often severe and can lead to permanently reduced vision or even blindness, so this year the Trust is urging people to take extra care – especially the under 18 year olds who are most at risk of injury.


Iain continues: “By following the SPARKLER code you can enjoy the Guy Fawkes and protect your sight.”


If anyone in your party does suffer a firework eye injury:


• Seek medical attention immediately, even for seemingly mild injuries. Quick action can minimise long-term damage.


• Do not rub or rinse the injured eye, or apply any ointments to the eye area. If you do, it could increase the damage and make it more difficult for a specialist to provide treatment.


*Statistics compiled by the Department of Trade and Industry from information supplied by hospital Accident and Emergency Units in England, Scotland and Wales.