Easter Opening Times…

Our Easter opening times are as follows…. Thursday 29th March:                                             08:30 am – 17:30 pm (Good Friday) Friday 30th March:                          Closed Monday 2nd April:                                                    Closed Tuesday 3rd April:                                                    08:30 am – 17:30 pm From all of us at Hodd Barnes & Dickins Opticians, we would like to wish you all a very happy Easter…..

Eye Test

2 out of 5 eye tests not up to scratch, according to Which?

We investigated 30 opticians and found many issued inaccurate prescriptions, missed important tests or failed to warn about health risks An undercover Which? investigation into the quality of eye tests has found that almost half of opticians investigated were not up to scratch. We sent undercover researchers into branches of independent opticians and chains such as Boots Opticians, Optical Express and Specsavers for an eye test, and asked a panel of experts to assess recordings of the appointments. A total…


Independent opticians rated best

The latest Which? survey once again shows that independent opticians are the best places to have your eyes tested and to buy glasses. Which? has repeated its survey of 8,465 members (last carried out in 2014) to reveal 2016’s best and worst places to have your eyes tested and buy glasses. Independent opticians once again topped the table with an overall customer rating of 87%, ahead of all the national big-brand names and supermarkets. Those members who were customers of…


Night Driving Glasses

According to RoSPA, 40% of road collisions happen in the dark. The biggest problems are low levels of contrast and dazzle. As winter nights start to draw in, it’s especially important to make sure that you are prepared and to minimise the risks.  There is lots of poor advice out there, and various products on sale which claim to improve your vision when driving at night. Do you know if yellow–tinted lenses are the answer? Or blue interior lights?  To help cut through…

Contact Lenses

1 Day Acuvue TruEye contact lenses

Johnson & Johnson have recently released the first silicone hydrogel daily disposable contact lens. It combines the health and convenience of a daily disposable lens with the oxygen delivery and comfort benefits of an entirely new silicone hydrogel material. TruEye also offers the best UV protection in its class. Now available in 8.5 and 9.0 fittings, with an extended power range of 6.00 to -12.00. Trial fittings are available at both our Branches.

Contact Lenses

Bausch and Lomb

Bausch and Lomb have released their successful soft mutifocal contact lens in Purevision material. This unique material allows a natural amount of oxygen to the eyes, while helping to prevent protein build-up. Currently available in powers ranging from 6.00 to -10.00 with reading adds up to 2.50. Trial Multifocal fittings are available at both our Masons Avenue and Holborn Practices.

Contact Lenses

Orthokeratology confirmed as 100% reversible

A recent Japanese study investigated the residual effects of Orthokeratology contact lenses on the cornea after 1 years wear. Orthokeratology contact lenses are tailor made for each eye to eliminate myopia up to -4.50D by the re-shaping of the corneal profile. In every case the effects were completely reversible, resulting in the same quality of vision,spectacle prescription and level of corrected distance detail seen prior to lens wear. Orthokeratology trial fittings are available at our Masons Avenue branch.

Contact Lenses

Worlds First Silicone Hydrgel 1 Day disposable Toric Contact Lens

British Company, Sauflon, have released the Clatiti 1 day disposable toric contact lens made from silicone hydrogel material. Currently available for myopia up to -8.00D and astigmatism up to -1.25D, this lens complements their award winning Clariti spherical silicone hydrogel contact lens. Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are currently the healthiest available, allowing increased oxygen transmission to the cornea, resulting in greater comfort and longer wearing times.