Sarah Knows Eyes

Solar Eclipse

 Stunning isn’t it?

IF the clouds part for long enough to grant us a peak at the solar eclipse tomorrow morning between 8-10am, please be sure to protect your eyes properly, as such an event can be hugely dangerous to your eyesight!

Did you know that ultraviolet radiation from the sun is so strong that it can actually burn your retinas in mere seconds, causing something known as ‘solar retinopathy’ – permanent damage to your eyes, and even blindness.

 Sunspots and Solar Flares

You must NEVER look directly at the sun through sunglasses

You must NEVER look directly at the sun through 3D viewing glasses

In fact, the best advice I can give you, is to never look directly at the sun – you only get one pair of eyes, so why take the risk?!

By far, the safest way to view an eclipse is using a pinhole projector, which is super-easy to make and doubles-up as a fun task for little ones, whilst teaching them the importance of looking after their eyes!

Find out how to make your very own pinhole projector here via/

Be safe x


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Hallux's i-Guide

Like the big kid that I am I have REALLY enjoyed “researching” this one!

Aiming to make eye health and eye care more accessible to both children and their parents, The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has teamed up with ‘Fun Kids - Digital Radio and Online’, to bring you Hallux’s i-Guide.

This is just part of an absolutely amazing resource for children, where the über cool Professor Hallux (the resident science expert on Fun Kids) and his trusty assistant Nurse Nanobot, learn all about how our bodies work! (Maybe even us adults could learn a thing or two?!)

PLEASE let me know what you think?

Listen to Hallux’s i-Guide every weekday from 5pm on Fun Kids.

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The Dispensing Optician

Okay, so my first blog might be a bit boring, but please bare with me…

When I tell people what I do for living, generally their first response is “Oh, so you test eyes then?” No. I don’t. But I’ve always found it very difficult to explain to people what it is that I actually do do. Then the other day I stumbled across this page on the The Association of British Dispensing Opticians’ (ABDO) website which I think sums it up quite nicely: -


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Hello :)

Welcome to my new blog “Sarah Knows Eyes”. I’m Sarah (obvs!), I’m a qualified, FBDO registered, Dispensing Optician, and this is something that I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time, but could never quite garner enough courage to do so.

I envisage this blog (and eventual associated Twitter/Facebook accounts) as being an interactive forum for all things eyes. I often think to myself when watching the television or browsing a magazine “he/she’s wearing a nice pair of glasses, I wonder where they’re from?” Or, I’ll read a brilliant article in one of the Optometry magazines and think “this would appeal to a much wider public audience”. I wanted to provide a platform where I could not only share these things, but also answer any questions that YOU may have about your eyes or spectacles.

So, here goes, ask away…


Disclaimer: I’m not claiming to be the font of all optical knowledge, and if I don’t know the answer to a question I will do my utmost to find it for you. I will try to always give credit where it is due, but please be aware that this is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here are purely my own and not those of my employer. Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts in the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so please keep it polite, there’s no need to be mean.

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