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Latest news from our North Essex branches

With spring finally here there is lots going on at our four North Essex branches.
Read on to find out more!

New sunglasses brands join our collection

With brighter days on the way, there has never been a better time to invest in a new pair of sunglasses. And we have some exciting new brands in store you’re sure to want to check out.
Radley’s designer sunglasses are every bit as stylish as you would expect from this luxurious brand, most famous for producing high end handbags. Featuring a mix of metal and acetate frames in an on-trend palette, these are sunglasses you will want to wear all year round.
O’Neill sunglasses will also be appearing in our branches. As the brand explains: “A killer pair of sunglasses looks great and keeps your eyes fresh. Whether you’re planning a day on the water or just relaxing outside.”
And there are certainly some killer designs among the O’Neill collection!
We are proud to confirm our third new brand will be Land Rover sunglasses, offering the high level of design and performance you would expect from this world-renowned name.
Patrick & Menzies Partner and Dispensing Optician Dan Edwards explained: “These new additions to our range of sunglasses give even more choice, helping patients find the perfect pair to suit their style.
“Investing in a good quality pair of sunglasses and wearing them throughout the year is one of the easiest things you can do to help look after your eyes. The tint of the lenses in a pair of sunglasses provides protection not only for your eyes, but also the eyelids and the skin around them.”

Improving our eyecare offering

We are now offering OCT scanning at all four of our North Essex branches.
​OCT – which stands for Optical Coherence Tomography – allows us to scan the back of the eye in greater depth, to better check for conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Using OCT scans can help us to pick up these sorts of conditions much earlier than they would have been previously.
We have just started to regularly offer OCT scanning to patients at our Manningtree branch, while also updating the OCT technology at our Mersea branch.

Keeping pace with latest technology

When you last had an eye test, do you remember the optician puffing a little air onto your eye?
This ‘air puff’ test – or Non-Contact Tonometry (NCT), to give it its proper name – is used to check your eye pressure.
With technology continuing to develop we have now invested in new handheld devices which work in a slightly different way and record more reliable results when testing our patients’ eye pressure.
Gone is the puff of air, replaced by Contact Tonometry (CT), which is very quick and a lot of more comfortable – in fact you won’t feel a thing while the test is carried out.
Dan explained: “Handheld CT devices will now be used at all four of our branches. This technology is much more comfortable, and more accurate – leading to fewer referrals for specialist checks.”

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