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Did you know that you can have your hearing tested at HMD Opticians too?

Once a month you’ll find Bryce Hearing, an Independent Audiology and private hearing aid practice in our Inverurie and Banchory practices, undertaking hearing tests. If you can’t make it into the practice, they do home visits too.

Bryce Hearing is a state of the art practice run by Jayne Bryce, who has more than 30 years experience. They offer the latest in hearing aid technology and fitting procedures. Nowadays, with modern, discreet models, there should be no reason anyone should be reluctant to wearing a hearing aid.  They also offer a 30 day free trial on all hearing aids, to make sure the its right fit.

So, if you’re struggling with your hearing or know someone that is? Call our Inverurie practice (01467 625177) or Banchory practice (01330 822903) to book an appointment.

For more information visit www.brycehearingservices.co.uk

Presbyopia – Lifechanging Acuvue Multifocal Contact Lenses

Multifocal Contact Lenses and Presbyopia

When we reach the fabulous 40s, the only thing that may not be so fabulous is our eyesight.  Presbyopia, a natural part of aging, sneaks up on us early to mid 40s. We start to struggle to read the small print on the back of packaging, restaurant menu’s become hard to read, especially in low lighting. But there is a solution.

Acuvue Multifocal Contact Lenses allow you to see clearly at all distances, up close, far away and everything in the middle.  Check out below, what Sara Cox had to say about how Multifocal contact lenses changed her life.  Sound good?  Speak to your optometrist about trying Acuvue Multifocal Contact Lenses for free!



Central Heating and Dry Eyes

What is dry eyes?

Dry eye is a chronic (long-term) condition. This means that once you have had it, it can come back even after it has cleared up. It often affects both eyes, but one eye may be worse than the other.

Dry eye does not normally cause permanent problems with your sight, but in severe cases it can become very painful and cause permanent damage to the front of your eye.

Symptoms of Dry Eyes

Dry eye is more common in women and in people aged over 65. It is often just a symptom of getting older. This is because as you get older, your eyelids are not as effective at spreading your tears across your eyes when you blink. Also, the glands in your eyelids that produce the oily part of your tears become less effective as you get older. In some people these glands, which are called Meibomian glands, can become blocked and the lids may become red and uncomfortable. This is a condition blepharitis.

Did you know that central heating may exacerbate dry eyes?

There are some environments that may make your eyes feel more dry. High temperatures and central heating may increase the evaporation of your tears and make your eyes feel more dry, as can draughts and air conditioning.

You may find it helpful to reduce the temperature of your central heating at home and try to avoid draughts near your face, for example by directing car air vents away from your face. Some people find that using a humidifier to put more water into the air may help to slow down the evaporation of their tears.

Other Treatment of Dry Eyes

Avoid using make-up and keep your eyelids clean

Eyeliner, particularly when put on the rim of your eyelid, may block the Meibomian glands that produce the oily part of your tear film. This may cause the area around your eyes to be inflamed. It is important to make sure your keep your eyelids clean, particularly if you have blepharitis.

Use eye lubricants 

There are several types of eye lubricants available. Most of these aim to lubricate your eyes by giving you extra moisture. They are available as drops, gels or ointment, and most are available without a prescription. If you find the drops wash out of your eye too quickly, you may find the gel-type better as they are thicker and so stay in your eye for longer.

Ointment is generally used for people whose eyes dry out at night because they do not fully close their eyes. Ointments are usually used only at night because they are sticky and cause blurry vision.



Have treatment to stop the tears draining away

Your tears drain away into your nose through four small drainage channels in your eyelids (one in each of the upper and lower lids). Small plugs, called punctum plugs, can be put into the holes in your lower eyelids to stop the tears draining away and help the tears to stay in your eye for longer. Your optometrist will be able to give advice on this. The plugs can be easily removed if necessary.

Using a computer

Some people find that their eyes feel dry while they are looking at a computer screen (or afterwards). There is no evidence that looking at a computer screen does your eyes any harm, but it may make you blink less often. We recommend that when you use a computer you make sure you blink often and try and look away from the screen regularly, just for a few seconds, to give your eyes a rest.

If you have any concerns, speak to your optometrists.

Lenses for the Digital Age

Do you own a Smartphone?

In today’s digital age, 85% of adults in the UK have a smartphone, which is now an integral part of peoples lives. Functions available have grown rapidly over time and we use it in both our social and working life.

Recent research reports that 34% of UK adults look at their smartphones within 5 minutes of waking and 58% within 15 minutes.

Does this sounds like you?  If so, it may be time to consider lenses suitable for screen use.

Digital lenses differ from regular lenses in a number of ways to optimise your eyesight when viewing screens, while reducing eye strain and protecting against UV and Blue-violet light.

Speak to us about the digital lenses available.


Life is for living! Many of us have a busy lifestyle and spend hours doing different activities. For instance, a bike ride in the park, lunch with friends, a meeting in the office or just your daily walk to work.

We offer functional lens solutions that fit every activity and personal style. Whether you’re active when outdoors, having a busy day in the office or when you just want to relax. Whatever you do, we’ve got a solution for every activity.

We are currently running a 2for1 offer with our Hoya partners, so you can have the right lenses for your lifestyle.

Which solution matches your lifestyle? Make an appointment or visit one of our practice’s to find out more.

Get eye fit! #eyeweek

Are you eye fit?

There are many aspects of your lifestyle that have an affect on the fitness of your eyes. Do you exercise? Do you drink alcohol? Do you eat a healthy balanced diet? Do you smoke? Below we discuss the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Regular exercise is essential to stay fit and healthy and contributes to maintaining good eye health. Being active and exercising regularly can help reduce the pressure inside the eye and minimise your risk of suffering from glaucoma. Studies show people who engaged in moderate physical exercise are up to 25% less likely to develop glaucoma than people who are largely inactive.



Excess alcohol can interfere with your liver function and reduce the production of glutathione. Glutathione prevents a particular kind of cell damage that can lead to the development of cataracts, glaucoma and retinopathy.



Smoking can damage your health and the reasons are widely known. Here’s another good reason to quit the habit. Smokers are up to four-times more likely to suffer age-related macular degeneration than non-smokers. More information can be found here

Visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree for advice on how to quit!




Eating a balanced diet, rich in eye-friendly nutrients found in fruit, vegetables, fish and whole grains is important for maintaining good eye health and minimising your risk of suffering conditions such as macular degeneration. Take a look at these mouth-watering recipe ideas and top tips for how to give your vision a boost at mealtimes.

Cook Book 

Spicy Chicken, Bean and Kale Soup with Tortilla Strips

Mustard-Coated Fish with Corn Salsa

Blueberry Custard Pudding


Kids Eye Health #eyeweek

Your Child’s Eye Health – Follow our top tips for keeping your eyes and vision healthy

Your child’s sight is precious. Good vision helps them learn, play and communicate with the world around them.  Yet, there are more than a million children in the UK with undetected vision problems.

Children’s eyes continue to develop until they reach the age of eight, so caring for a child’s eyes in the early can help lay the foundations for good vision that lasts a lifetime.

There are 3of simple things that you can do to help keep kids’ eyes healthy:

  • Essential eye checks – every 2 years, unless otherwise advised by your opticians.
    • eye checks will help identify childhood conditions such as a squint, amblyopia (lazy eye) or myopia (shortsightedness) are picked up early
  • Eat a rainbow
    • eat a rainbow of colourful fruit and vegetables help ensure young eyes get the nutrients they need to grow healthy. Foods like tomatoes, melon, grapes and blueberries as well as fish, eggs and whole grains.
  • Be safe in the sun
    • when you’re young the lens at the front of the eye is really clear lets more of the damaging sunlight inside. You’ll find 10 ways to help keep kids’ eyes protected from the sun.
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Sight after 60 #eyeweek

Your guide to age-related eye conditions and taking care of your eyes after retirement.

Visual acuity declines and our risk of developing a sight-threatening eye condition increases as we age.

Sight after 60 is due to a number of reasons:

  • The natural ageing process
  • Environmental factors
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Genetic factors
  • Regular eye testing

In addition to conditions such as long- and short- sightedness there are a number of eye conditions that are age-related, including:

  • age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Dry eye
  • Presbyopia
  • Floaters

If you have any concerns about your vision, book an appointment with us today.

All about eye tests #eyeweek

All about eye tests – Why they’re essential health checks and what to expect

Many people think having an eye test is just about checking whether your vision needs correcting, but there are other important reasons to have eye tests.

An eye test is a vital health check on the health of your eyes and can detect a range of common eye conditions. Many of these, if found early, can be treated successfully, avoiding potential eye conditions.

An eye test can also spot other health conditions such as high blood pressure, raised cholesterol, diabetes and increased risk of stroke.

Who needs regular eye tests? Everybody! And children are never to young to have an eye test.

How often should I have an eye test? Every 2 years, unless otherwise advised by your optometrist

What happens during the eye test? Usually last 30-40mins and your examination will be tailored to your needs, taking into account age, medical history and lifestyle. Tests performed include using a retinal camera to examine your retina. They will assess your vision acuity by reading letters from a Snellen chart and measuring the pressure in your eye.

How much does an eye test cost? In Scotland, NHS eye examination are free to those living in Scotland.

Look after the only pair of eyes you have – book an appointment today.


National Eye Health Week 2018 #eyeweek

It’s National Eye Health Week 2018!

During #eyeweek, 24-30 September, 2018, we will be providing you with lots of information on how to look after your eyes and how important it is to have regular eye tests to ensure your vision is the best it can be. This eye test will also check the health of your eyes, which can identify other health issues that you may not be aware of. Double win!

To start with top-tips-leaflet-leaflet-nehw-2018 which covers:

  • Regular check ups
  • Quit the habit
  • It’s all relative
  • Be cool in the sun
  • Contact care
  • Protect you eyes
  • Keep fit and healthy
  • Eat Well
  • Screen Smart