Monnow eyecare Blog

Seeing is believing - our stylish new practice!

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 ...

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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. Helen Tilley, optometrist at Monnow Eyecare explains “Here in the UK, cataracts are most common in older people, with around 50% of those aged over 85 develop...

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The right lenses for you to work, rest and play?

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 environment...

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Bionic eye can now treat blindness caused by defective retina

Scientists have developed a bionic eye that can enable people suffering from an eye disease called Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) to see. This clever device uses a miniature video camera, mounted in the patient’s glasses. A small computer processes the image and these are transmitted wirelessly to a su...

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Monnow team welcomes Ceri Probert

Ceri is the newest member of the Monnow Eyecare team. Ceri was inspired to become an optometrist having spent his childhood wearing glasses himself because he is short-sighted. He laughs about this today, as children come to him asking for glasses whether they have need of them to correct their sigh...

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Monnow Eyecare tips to choosing glasses

Choosing a new pair of glasses can be a daunting task for many people because there is such a huge range of colours, styles and sizes on offer. Luckily, help is at hand for customers of Monnow Eyecare, where their trained and very experienced dispensing opticians guide you through the many different...

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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? The high levels of damaging ultra-violet (UV) light can cause the equivalent of sunburn of the eyes. Although only temporary, this can cause serious discomfort and in sev...

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New Year excitement as Monnow Eyecare extension commences

The New Year will be an exciting time for everyone at Monnow Eyecare as the builders get to work in January on extending and improving the facilities at the Cinderhill Street practice in Monmouth. The plans include a new, spacious reception area and three fully equipped ground floor consultation roo...

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Experts warn of risks to eye health from cosmetic or fun contact lenses.

Helen Tilley of Monnow Eyecare advises young people to be aware of risks posed by using coloured and patterned contact lenses ahead of Halloween this month. The lenses are increasingly popular with music fans and film buffs inspired by films like the Twilight Saga, and change the appearance of their...

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When did you last get your eyes checked?

21st to 27th September is National Eye Health Week. Ceri Jackson, director of RNIB Cymru and Chair of the Wales National Eye Health Week advisory group, offers some top tips on looking after our eyes. “Research shows that more than 1 in 10 of us have never had our eyes tested. Sight is the sense t...

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Makean free eye test part of your back to school routine

The Association of Optometrists estimate 2 or 3 children in every single classroom have undetected vision problems, totalling 1 million schoolchildren in the UK. Helen Tilley, Optometrist at Monnow Eyecare advises every parent to organise a free sight test because poor eyesight can prevent a child f...

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How to keep your sunglasses looking good for longer

If you invest in a good pair of designer sunglasses that suit your face, the last thing you want to have to replace them because they have become scratched or damaged. Many of us, who don’t wear glasses all year round, don’t have a care routine for sunglasses, so here we share some tips to keep ...

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Bring me sunshine!

As the weather warms, most of us are anticipating holidays and bank holidays out in the sun. If we are spending time near water such as swimming pools, the sea or lakes, there is much more reflected sunlight which increases our exposure to harmful u.v. rays. Protecting our eyesight from damage from ...

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Good eating habits for healthy vision

Did you know that eating the right diet can look after your eyes and keep them healthier? A good diet can help protect your eyesight, lowering the risk of the most common eye diseases such as age-related mascular degeneration and cataracts. Helen Tilley, optometrist at Monnow Eyecare explains “Mo...

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Monnow Eyecare selected as a partner for Aneurin Bevan community practice

Monnow Eyecare has always been known for its high standard of clinical quality and care. Recently we were delighted to be selected as an Aneurin Bevan community practice, hosting some hospital services for Glaucoma patients from 1st September. The Health Board has recognised that many patients pr...

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Have you ever had an O.C.T. eyescan?

The majority of visitors to Monnow Eyecare include this test as part of their regular eye examination. It gives the optician very detailed information about the condition of your eyes. The test is quick, doesn’t hurt and produces 3 dimensional images which looks beneath the surface of the eye, tha...

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Beautiful make-up is possible even with sensitive eyes

Many people who suffer with sensitive eyes will avoid make-up altogether rather than risk spending the day with sore, red eyes. Sometimes people who wear contact lenses also suffer from sensitivity. Problems with make-up sensitivity often depend on your skin type, your age or the genes you have inhe...

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Monnow Eyecare tips on looking after your eyes when using computer screens

Using a computer screen, tablet or a laptop has become a major part of many people’s jobs and lots of us don’t realise the impact this could have on our eyesight. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) conducted research amongst employers a few years ago and found that just over 90% said they had...

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Top tips for safe night time driving from Monnow Eyecare

It’s the time of year when darker evenings mean that drivers have to contend with glare from oncoming cars and lorries on their return journeys home. If this affects you, you’re definitely not alone; millions of people have difficulty coping with night vision, especially headlight glare. The ...

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An eye test at Monnow diagnosed my son’s brain condition

A fortunate visit for Josh Williams of Usk in Monmouthshire to Monnow Eyecare because he was experiencing headaches and sight problems led to an immediate referral to a specialist hospital. He then had further tests and treatment straight away. After her own experience, Josh’s mum, Diana Williams,...

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Your Vision Matters - National Eye Health Week

Our eyes are vitally important to us. We rely on them not only to observe the world around us but depend on them to function effectively in our everyday lives. For the most part, our eyes are healthy and we take them for granted. But what if they suddenly didn’t act like they were supposed to? ...

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3D camera detail enables opticians to offer better eye care

3D camera detail enables opticians to offer better eye care Over the last 2 and half years the new OCT (Optical Coherence Tomographer) 3D advanced scanner has revolutionised the care Monnow Eyecare can offer their customers. It enables our qualified opticians to instantly diagnose a number of con...

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Warning - Smoking damages your eyesight

Everyone will be aware of the damage to lungs and to your cardiovascular health that smoking can cause and many readers will have seen the latest stop smoking campaign, called “Stoptober” (more details can be found at stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk). However, fewer people know that smoking can a...

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Stay safe and enjoy the snow this winter

It’s not just for the kids - most of us love to have fun in the snow! Many readers will be looking forward to a holiday ski-ing or snowboarding this winter. Just as we know to take extra care of our skin with the enhanced ultra-violet (or U.V.) rays reflecting from snow, there are also precaut...

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“Why £1 ‘ready-readers’ bargain glasses aren’t always a bargain”

Whether you love bagging yourself a bargain in the Winter Sales or hate the rush to the checkouts, it’s hard to avoid the sales season after Christmas. Helen Tilley of Monnow Eyecare explains why those bargain basement priced “ready-readers” glasses are not always a good deal. “Everyone...

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Are you entitled to a free eye health check?

Helen Tilley, optometrist at Monnow Eyecare in Cinderhill Street knows that many people are sadly put off having their eyes examined because they are worried about the charges. “It’s really important for most people to have a regular eye exam because the optician can detect early warning sig...

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Making excellent eye health affordable

Sadly, many people put off having their eyes examined because they are worried about the charges for new glasses or contact lenses. Many of the Monnow Eyecare customers use the Eyeplan care schemes which offer them great value, whether they wear glasses, contact lens or use both. Eyeplan member...

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Looking after your contact lenses prevents eye infections

Looking after your contact lenses prevents eye infections Although eye infections in contact lenses wearers are rare, they can be serious conditions, and often start because of poor lens handling or hygiene. A dirty lens case containing microscopic, one-celled animals called Acanthamoeba is a comm...

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Cataracts

Cataracts cause cloudy vision – we asked our local Monnow opticians for their expert advice about how to cope with this common condition Firstly, what is a cataract? Helen Tilley explains “this is when the lens in someone’s eye becomes’ cloudy’, so that their vision becomes blurred, seei...

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Award winning Jason chooses Monnow Eyecare

There’s a new face in the team at Monnow Eyecare this month as Jason Searle joins the practice. Jason, who has moved house from Cardiff to Symonds Yat to take up his new post, is already well known to all the team. He met Helen Tilley at several optometry conferences, Mike George supervised hi...

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Back to school

“Every child should have a free eye test before going back to school” This is the advice from Helen Tilley at Monnow Eyecare because including a free eye test for your child can have a huge impact on their learning. The Association of Optometrists estimate 2 or 3 children in every single classr...

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Eyes and driving

Could poor eyesight lose you your driving licence? Most drivers will remember taking their driving test. It’s a stressful situation for many of us. Before you begin the driving itself you’re always asked to read the number plate of a car in the local area. This basic test of your eyesight is im...

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Be stylish and safe in the sun this summer

Your holiday checklist probably runs to tickets, passports, money and swimwear. Many of us include a pile of the latest new books to read or have purchased new titles for our e-readers. The reflected light from the sea or a swimming pool will mean increased exposure to damaging U.V. rays, so it’s ...

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Eye emergencies, call 01600 715299

When we have a medical problem, for most of us the first port of call would a visit our local GP practice or a pharmacist. In Monmouth we are lucky, because, if an emergency medical problem concerns our eyes or eyesight, we can get an immediate eye examination and expert advice with one of the opt...

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5 years in business

Helen celebrates 5 years of success at Monnow Eyecare Helen Tilley runs Monnow Eyecare in Cinderhill Street, Monmouth, and this month she is celebrating her first five years in business. We interviewed her to find out more about Monnow Eyecare and what tips she can pass on to other local entrepre...

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Dry eyes

Monnow Eyecare, a sight for sore eyes. As winter approaches it’s time to turn up the central heating, snuggle up to the fire and make ourselves as comfortable as possible travelling in our cars by turning up the heating. Unfortunately for some of us, these seasonal changes can make our eyes feel...

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Eat healthy for your eyes

New Year…New Year resolutions… new diet? Along with all those New Year’s resolutions about eating healthily and a new exercise regime have you thought about how you can help your eyes be a bit healthier? Eating the right diet can help protect your eyesight, lowering the risk of the most co...

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Innovative new scans transform customer eyecare in Monmouth

Staff at Monnow Eyecare are celebrating the first anniversary of the arrival of their new OCT (Optical Coherence Tomographer ) advanced scanner, which has revolutionised the standard of care they can offer their customers. It enables a qualified optometrist to instantly diagnose a number of cond...

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Healthy Eyes

What’s your Eye Q? Do you take your eyesight for granted? Research suggests that the sense people fear losing the most is their sight. We cannot imagine life with limited vision – how would we make a cup of tea, cook a meal or travel to work? Yet many of us don’t know how we can protect the h...

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Back to SChool

Does your back to school routine include a free eye test? Many parents will be familiar with the routine of getting new school uniform, having new shoes fitted and sewing on name tags before the start for the new school. Sadly many are not aware that including a free eye test for your children in t...

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High index lenses

High technology glasses – can you spot the difference? These glasses look very different but are both made for the same eye prescription! Glasses can be made of thinner, lighter, ‘high index’ lenses which are as attractive and comfortable as possible for the wearer.The high index glasse...

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Sunglasses

Here comes the Sun! Over the last few years we have all become much more aware of the damage that the UV rays from the sun can cause to our skin and we take more care to protect ourselves. However only 1 in 10 of us here in the UK are aware of the damage that these UV rays can do to our eyes, perha...

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Age related macula degeneration

How often do you have a health check for your eyes? Age-related macular degeneration or AMD for short is a painless condition in which the part of the retina at the back of the eye, called the macula, becomes damaged. Less than 1 in 100 people under 65 years of age have late-stage AMD but this rise...

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Live life to the full with contact lenses!

Ever feel like your eyes are going? Or your arms just aren’t long enough to hold objects where you can see them? You’re not alone. Around the age of 40, you’re likely to notice your eyesight changing. While you can still see things at distance, your ability to focus on objects close up decrea...

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Flashes and floaters

Seeing peculiar Floaters and Flashes? Monmouth resident Philip Thomas had this experience recently. What happens is that you see small spots, strings, veils or cobweb shapes which disappear out of your field of view when you try to look directly at them. Sometimes you also see arc shapes as ‘li...

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Glaucoma

Don’t let glaucoma darken your life! Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage of the optic nerve. This nerve carries information from the eye to the brain so damage to this nerve means that patients gradually lose their vision and it can even lead to blindness. Sometimes glaucoma is describ...

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The importance of getting childrens eyes checked

Mum’s foresight gives Fergus a brighter future Libby had noticed that her four year old son Fergus, who has just started school, was sitting very close to the TV to watch his favourite programmes. Although she didn’t think he had a problem with his eyesight she took the precaution of taking Fer...

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New 3D scanning machine arrives at Monnow eyecare

New 3D scanning detects eye conditions early MONNOW Eyecare takes the eye health of its clients very seriously Its newest piece of equipment ensures complete peace of mind because it can detect any serious eye conditions earlier so that treatment can be done faster. The equipment, called an ...

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OCT arrives in Monmouth

We take the eye health of tour patients so seriously that we have taken the brave step and installed a revolutionary piece of equipment that can detect early on number of serious eye conditions. The OCT has previously only been available in this area in hospital eye departments. It is used by hospi...

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Sunglass sale

At Monnow eyecare we are having a 50% sale on selected sunglasses to make way for next years ranges. ...

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Monnow eyecare helps young teenager

http://www.monmouth-today.co.uk/news.cfm?id=37801&searchword=teenager After discovering raised intra cranial pressure when a young boy came into the practice with headaches. Monnow eyecare are going to help him raise money for the childrens ward he was treated in. If you want to donate please call...

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