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Welcome to N & S Patients

POSTED ON October 28th  - POSTED IN News, Uncategorized

We are delighted to be able to report that we are now able to serve all those patients of Navint and Shilpa Solanki at Market Place under our Chapmans umbrella.

We will be sending out eye examination reminders in the usual way, but will welcome you to the Market Place practice where we can offer full ophthalmic support.

Navint Solanki will be examining eyes here on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays if you wish to continue to see him and we also have two very experienced ophthalmic opticians available throughout the week, as well as a fully qualified contact lens practitioner.

Our frame selection is extensive – from value to designer – and we hope that you will be pleased with the new arrangements made for your eye health.

We are very much looking forward to meeting you and providing a warm, efficient and effective service – something on which we pride ourselves.

Peter Kirby and all the staff at Chapman and Partners

 

TIPS FOR GOOD EYE HEALTH

POSTED ON September 25th  - POSTED IN Health

TOP TIPS FOR GOOD EYE HEALTH

Follow our simple lifestyle tips to help keep your eyes and vision healthy

Regular check ups

Get your eyes tested every two years even if you think your vision is fine.  some eye conditions, for example open angle glaucoma, may not show any noticable symptoms so regular check-ups are vital.

Quit the habit

If you smoke, you have another good reason to kick the habit.  Smoking is directly linked to blindness.  current smokers are up to four times more likely to develop macular degeneration (the UK’s leading cause of blindness) compared to past smokers or non-smokers.

It’s all relative

Talk to your relatives about their eye health as some conditions have genetic links such as glaucoma or squint.  It is important that you share this information with your optometrist or eye health professional.

Be cool in the sun

Protect your eyes when it is sunny or when you are in high glare areas such as near snow or water.

Cumulative UV exposure can increase your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.

When choosing sunglasses, make sure that they are safe as well as stylish.  Look for the CE, UV 400 or British Standard marks – this ensures they provide a safe level of protection from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays

Contact care

If you wear contact lenses, make sure that you look after them properly.

Thoroughly wash and dry your hands before touching your contact lenses or your eyes and only ever clean your contacts using the contact lens solution recommended by your practitioner.

Never shower, sleep or swim with your contact lenses in because this can put you at risk of developing a serious eye infection which could lead to blindness.

Also, don’t wear them for longer than recommended by your practitioner or the manufacturer.

Protect your eyes

If you work with hazardous or airborn materials at work or home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles to protect your eyes from injury.

Keep fit and healthy

Regular exercise is essential to staying fit and healthy and can contribute to maintaining good eye health

Don’t forget to wear protective eyewear when playing sports such as squash to protect your eyes from flying balls.  cyclists should also wear their prescription eyewear when out on the roads.

Eat Well

Protecting your eyes starts with the food you eat.

Studies have shown  that nutrients in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and vitamins C & E may help to prevent age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

Foods containing eye-friendly nutrients include green leafy vegetables, oily fish such as salmon and citrus fruits.

You should also ensure that your alcohol intake is within the Department of Health’s recommended limits.

Be screen smart

Although working at a computer won’t harm your eyes, sitting staring at a screen for long periods can cause ‘screen fatigue’ – sore, itchy or tired eyes; headaches; impaired colour perception and temporary blurring.  It is important to take regular breaks to keep your eyes feeling fresh and bright.

National Eye Health Week 2015

POSTED ON September 25th  - POSTED IN Health

ARE YOU SCREEN SMART ?

Each of us spends an average of 2,740 hours (or 3 1/2 months) a year staring at a screen.  It’s probably no surprise that 90% of VDU users say they regularly suffer from screen fatigue – headaches, sore or tired eyes and problems with close-up and long distance vision.

By being Screen Smart you can help minimise your risk of suffering visual distress and keep your eyes feeling fresh and bright.

Here are our quick tips to help minimise screen fatigue :

Take frequent breaks – give your eyes a rest by following the 20-20-20 rule.  Look away from your screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds and focus on objects 20 feet away!

Create an eye-friendly environment – position copy documents at roughly the same distance as your eyes are from the screen to avoid having to continually refocus, dim the lights – the ratio of ambient (surrounding) light to monitor light should be three to one – and minimise any glare or reflections.

Customise your screen settings – position your monitor an arms length away and keep your eyes level with the top of the screen.  Select a font size of 12 pts or above and make sure that you always have a clean screen.

Keep blinking – Your blink can fall by up to 400% when working at a screen

For an instant refresh, try closing your eyes and rolling your eyeballs around behind the closed lids.

For more eye health advice speak to our ophthalmic opticians who are happy to help in any way they can.

 

Welcome to i2i Patients

POSTED ON September 24th  - POSTED IN News

Towards the end of 2014 Andrew Dowling gave up his practice in St Martins, Leicester and passed his patient records over to Chapman & Partners.

Welcome all i2i patients and we will endevour to meet you all and provide the best possible service and value here at Market Place.

We have been friendly with both Andrew and Neena is wife for many years and the amalgamation of the two practices is a very happy one.

Reminder cards will be sent out as usual, but from Chapmans instead of i2i and be assured that confidentiality will be upheld.  It should not be difficult for you to locate us here at Market Place as it is just around the corner from St Martins but if in doubt, please phone us on 0116 253 7777 and we can guide you in.

Vision Aid Overseas

POSTED ON December 30th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

2013 has been a very busy year for Vision Aid Overseas and we, at Chapmans, are pleased to have been able to help in our small way by providing your old spectacles to be sent to people in third world countries.  This effort has changed so many lives through VOA’s international work – Please continue to bring in your old spectacles to deposit in our basket..

In the last year VOA have:
· Helped over 48,459 people to see by providing eye examinations and spectacles.
· Launched three major, new projects in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.
· Established five new Vision Centres.
· Provided training to over 295 eye care workers.
· Received their first major grant from the UK Government’s Department for International Development.

None of this could have been done without your continued support.  Thank you for everything you have done for Vision Aid Overseas this year.

Looking to the future, we want 2014 to be a year in which we continue to support VOA to help even more people and with your support we will make this a reality…

Cyber Bullying

POSTED ON December 17th  - POSTED IN Uncategorized

Cyber-bullying : is a buzzword these days – for a particularly cowardly and hideous form of unkindness.

It goes without saying that bullies are cowards, first and foremost, that pick on more gentle and sensitive people – people to whom they feel intimidated or less interesting – and to make themselves feel better, they belittle their prey.

It is sometimes very difficult to speak of these things to parents, teachers and friends for fear of reprisals but our ophthalmic opticians are very willing to listen and may be able to help. When having an eye test in the secure and confidential surroundings of our examination room, the optician will ask if there is anything that you would like to raise and this could be a good opportunity to ask any questions about your eyes or spectacles or to share any bullying burden. All conversations would be dealt with in the strictest confidence, as your health and eyecare will always be.

Parents; please pass this information on to your children and young people when coming for their next eye examination, as we are all keen to help stamp out this vile activity.

  • 28Oct

    Welcome to N & S Patients

    (News, Uncategorized) 
    We are delighted to be able to report that we are now able to serve all those patients of Navint and Shilpa Solanki at Market [...]  Read More →
  • 25Sep

    TIPS FOR GOOD EYE HEALTH

    (Health) 
    TOP TIPS FOR GOOD EYE HEALTH Follow our simple lifestyle tips to help keep your eyes and vision healthy Regular check ups Get [...]  Read More →
  • 25Sep

    National Eye Health Week 2015

    (Health) 
    ARE YOU SCREEN SMART ? Each of us spends an average of 2,740 hours (or 3 1/2 months) a year staring at a screen.  It’s [...]  Read More →
  • 24Sep

    Welcome to i2i Patients

    (News) 
    Towards the end of 2014 Andrew Dowling gave up his practice in St Martins, Leicester and passed his patient records over to [...]  Read More →
  • 30Dec

    Vision Aid Overseas

    (Uncategorized) 
    2013 has been a very busy year for Vision Aid Overseas and we, at Chapmans, are pleased to have been able to help in our [...]  Read More →
  • 17Dec

    Cyber Bullying

    (Uncategorized) 
    Cyber-bullying : is a buzzword these days – for a particularly cowardly and hideous form of unkindness. It goes without [...]  Read More →
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