Treat your­self to a bit of ‘me time’ in the run-up to a busy Christ­mas

It’s a busy time of year in town but it can be the ideal op­por­tu­nity to take a mo­ment out for your­self and have your free eye test with the ex­pert team at Spec­savers in Ash­bourne

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - EYE HEALTH - ■ To find out more, or book a sight test this fes­tive sea­son, visit Spec­savers at 3 Vic­to­ria Square, Ash­bourne, Derby, DE16 1GG, call 01335 348538 or go to www.spec­savers.co.uk/stores/ash­bournederby

LOTS OF peo­ple are hit­ting the streets in town, shop­ping for fes­tive es­sen­tials and gifts in the lead-up to Christ­mas. It’s the per­fect time to treat your­self to an eye test at Spec­savers in Vic­to­ria Square, away from fran­tic shop­pers, and choose some new frames or con­tact lenses.

Store di­rec­tor, An­drew Wells, says: “Rou­tine eye ex­am­i­na­tions are an im­por­tant health check. They don’t just look at the qual­ity of your vi­sion, but the over­all health of your eyes too. At Spec­savers, we rec­om­mend hav­ing your eyes checked ev­ery two years, or sooner if you no­tice any changes.”

MAKE IT A DATE

“If you’re out of the habit of hav­ing your eyes tested reg­u­larly, it helps to pick a sig­nif­i­cant date to re­mem­ber it by,” An­drew adds. “Some peo­ple pick an an­nual event they won’t for­get – like Christ­mas. That way, you only have to re­mem­ber whether you vis­ited us on last year’s Christ­mas shop­ping dash.”

Dur­ing a sight test, op­tometrists at Spec­savers use the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to look at your eyes – in­side and out - help­ing to iden­tify and mon­i­tor a range of is­sues. The con­di­tions they look out for in­clude di­a­betic retinopa­thy, glau­coma and mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion. The ear­lier these are iden­ti­fied, the bet­ter the out­look for re­tain­ing use­ful sight.

“We have the ben­e­fit of an Op­ti­cal Co­her­ence To­mog­ra­phy (OCT) ma­chine, which is usu­ally found in hospi­tal eye de­part­ments. It’s an ex­cel­lent piece of equip­ment which means we can study a struc­tural scan of your eye and pick up any changes that could oth­er­wise go un­no­ticed,” says An­drew.

GIVE YOUR­SELF A NEW LOOK

An eye test can be a wel­come break from the rush of Christ­mas prepa­ra­tions and a chance to take some time to choose a new look for your­self.

Spec­savers in Ash­bourne has hun­dreds of frame de­signs and friendly staff will help find some­thing that re­ally suits you. Ranges in­clude the stylish Bal­main frames, adding an ex­tra touch of class to the col­lec­tion.

The fash­ion house is known for its chic, mod­ern sil­hou­ettes and these are echoed in their range for Spec­savers. The struc­tured, colour­ful de­signs span round-eye and an­gu­lar frames, each pair stamped with the brand’s sig­na­ture B mo­tif.

The store will give you a gift too, with 2 for 1 on many glasses in the £69 to £169 ranges and free eye tests, in­clud­ing an OCT scan, un­til the end of the year.

GO­ING GLASSES-FREE?

Some peo­ple worry about brav­ing Christ­mas par­ties with­out their glasses and might not re­alise they could choose con­tact lenses if they pre­fer.

Tech­nol­ogy in con­tact lenses has moved on in leaps and bounds, with more peo­ple than ever be­fore able to choose them. Lenses are now more com­fort­able and avail­able in a wider va­ri­ety of pre­scrip­tions.

From monthly lenses to var­i­fo­cals, there is a range of lenses to suit dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions, pre­scrip­tions, pref­er­ences and bud­gets - there’s even an option to have coloured lenses. But be­fore you buy any­thing, one of the qual­i­fied con­tact lens spe­cial­ists in store will carry out an as­sess­ment to un­der­stand more about you and how you’ll use them.

HAPPY CHRIST­MAS

It’s Ash­bourne Spec­savers’ first Christ­mas in the town. An­drew says: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to our cus­tomers and com­mu­nity. We’re de­lighted to be cel­e­brat­ing our first Christ­mas in Ash­bourne and wish ev­ery­one a very happy Christ­mas.”

Chil­dren from Hul­land preschool with staff Roz Crow­ley and Julie Sears with high-vis do­nated by Ash­bourne Spec­savers. New tech­nol­ogy means you can brave con­tact lenses for your Christ­mas par­ties.

Spec­savers Ash­bourne store di­rec­tor An­drew Wells wishes his cus­tomers a happy Christ­mas.

Stylish Bal­main frames

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