As ‘dry January’ draws to an end and a lot of people pat themselves on the back for doing so well, before you pop the cork on that bottle that’s been looking at you for the last month, just remember it’s all about moderation. Something to consider, especially if your New Year’s Resolution includes adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Making healthy lifestyle changes shouldn’t just include eating healthy and exercising more. If we overindulge for a while, we tend to rein ourselves back in, start to watch what we eat, move a bit more and cut back on alcohol. We look after our skin with different products and treatments and most of us try to maintain healthy teeth and gums by having regular dental check-ups and hygiene appointments. Do you apply the same level of care and attention to your eyes?
The truth is, the majority of us neglect our eyes. We just take them for granted – until things start to go wrong. That’s less likely to happen by having a good general regime for eye health care and maintenance.
What we eat, drink and our general lifestyle all influence our eye health and we don’t always consider the impact of this. For example, too much alcohol can cause muscle weakness in the eyes and can increase a person’s sensitivity to light causing pain and migraines.
Diet can also affect our eye health. Being over weight and a poor diet can lead to the development of diabetes which can affect eyesight. High cholesterol, which again can be caused by poor diet, increases the risk of a stroke which can affect your vision.
We all strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle and adapt our routines and regimes to accommodate changes to our bodies throughout our lives. For example, taking supplements at different stages of our lives or changing skin care products as skin type changes. But not many people give a great deal of thought to eye health and ways in which we can keep our eyes healthy.

10 ways to help keep eyes healthy as we age

1. Have regular eye examinations. It’s recommended to have your eyes examined every two years unless you have a specific condition which requires you to have them examined more regularly. Read more about common eye conditions.

2. Watch your weight and follow a balanced diet. Eat a wide range of fruit and vegetables, including dark green leaves.

3. Quit smoking. Smoking has been directly linked to cataracts and macular degeneration – two of the leading causes of vision loss.

4. Reduce your alcohol intake. The recommendations keep changing but remember ‘everything in moderation’.

5. Keep active. You don’t have to train for a marathon but exercise is good for your eyes. Studies have shown that walking or running could help to lower the risk of developing age-related cataracts. Try to aim for 10,000 steps a day.

6. Take a supplement for eye health. We recommend Actase Lutein, a supplement which contains Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Astaxanthin to help support healthy vision (more information can be found in store).

7. Protect your eyes against UV damage. This is becoming an increasing problem and should be protected by wearing sunglasses and spectacles with the appropriate UK blocking coatings.

8. Ensure we keep our spectacle and/or contact lens prescription up to date. If your prescription changes, it’s extremely important to up date your spectacles. Remember, you’re not insured if driving without glasses when they’ve been prescribed.

9. Take a break. As we tend to spend a lot of our day using different types of digital screens, concentrating can become a bit of an issue. We don’t tend to blink as much so our eyes become dry and sore. Try the 20-20-20 routine. Every 20 minutes look away from the screen to a distance of about 20 meters and blink 20 times. You can also use lubricating eye-drops, which we hold in stock.

10. Introduce a care regime, especially if you suffer from dry eyes. We use the Optase system, using a heat mask to help soothe eyes, cleanse with tea tree oil lids wipes and hydrate eyes with lubricating drops.

As you fall back in love with your eyes, why not update your style with some spectacles or sunglasses. We have a fantastic range of fun and interesting collections for you to browse. Each and every one of our glasses and sunglasses have been handpicked from the best eyewear designers all around the world. And if you can’t choose just one pair – as is so often the case – we have a great offer in store where you can get 30% off a second pair. Terms and conditions apply.
Visit our website to find out more about our designer eyewear collections or pop by the store for a proper look. We’re open Tuesday-Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-4pm. If you have any questions, or wish to book an eye test, please call 01858 433 577.

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It’s a brand new year and for many of us January brings with it good intentions and resolutions. As we step on the scales after over indulging throughout the festive season, our resolutions for the coming year – and probably yours too – is to eat better, do a bit more exercise and generally look after our physical and mental health. And that includes making sure we have regular eye examinations. Yes, even opticians need them too!

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Feb 31st Glasses

We’ve recently added a new eyewear brand to our ever growing collection of luxury spectacles called FEB 31st. We at Respectacle Company are so excited about this beautiful handmade Italian collection, so naturally we wanted to introduce the product to our lovely customers and explain the concept, the manufacturing process and the philosophy behind the company.

Every year we attend most of the optical trade fairs around the world, so we can view the latest releases from our tried and tested brands. But it also gives us the opportunity to seek out new and innovative collections emerging onto the market. As you can imagine, we see a lot of new and interesting eyewear collections. You can tell a lot about the quality of the spectacle frames by visiting these trade fairs. It’s the best platform for frame companies to showcase their products. Read more

Contact Lenses

As much as they love wearing spectacles, we know that many of our customers find having to carry different types of specs for different activities and weather conditions a bit of a pain to say the least. We totally get how frustrating and inconvenient having to wear corrective lenses can be, especially during the summer months when we tend to be more mobile and active compared to the rest of the year.

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Eye Conditions

Our eyes are the second most complex organ in our body after the brain, so it’s very important to look after them. As we age through life we become more aware of our eyes aging too. Many of us are prescribed reading spectacles after a certain age as the muscles and the lens in our eyes stiffens and doesn’t respond as well as they once did.

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Eye Testing

Our eyes are one of the body’s most remarkable and important parts. Not only do they give us one of our five senses – sight – our eyes are one of the few parts of our body that can’t be replaced. So it’s really important to look after them as we only have one pair to last a lifetime.

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We’ve got a really fantastic offer on at the moment. When you buy one pair of spectacles we’ll give you 30%* off a second pair!

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Seiko Lenses

Although the weather is warming up, you should still put your coat on. On your lenses that is. You see, lens coatings and treatments play a very important role in the overall experience of wearing eyewear. Whether it’s optical, sunglasses, sports or safety eyewear, lens coatings can enhance the performance, durability and appearance of your eyewear.

The generic term for this type of coating is referred to as anti-reflection coating. Technology is moving swiftly and evolving all the time and there are many different types of anti-reflection coatings on the market, all giving a different bias depending on your lifestyle.

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Here at Respectacle Company we love supporting other local small businesses. So with the help of Bellyflop TV and spectacle lens supplier SEIKO UK, we have created a video to showcase some of the  fabulous independent businesses in Market Harborough, the beautiful market town we call home.

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With the summer just around the corner and family holidays fast approaching, we’re all squeezing into our summer shorts or splashing out on a new summer dress. Some of you may even be tempted to invest in a new pair of sunglasses for the summer months. But not all sunglasses are the same. So it is worth investing in a good pair of sunglasses, not only to look great but also to protect your sight at the same time.

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