Sarah Knows Eyes

Gone are the days of the good old fashioned “NHS spectacles”…

Old fashioned NHS spectacles

…who remembers these? (I must admit it’s a bit before my time!) Although most of these styles would probably be considered “en vogue” now?! Is fashion “cyclical”? Perhaps a blog topic for a whole other day?).


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The eyes are the window to your soul


…is something that I firmly believe, in a manner of speaking. Did you know that your eyes can tell us a lot about what’s going on in your body? For instance: -

  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
  • High/low blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Brain tumours

We’re all guilty of it. If you don’t wear spectacles, or perhaps even if you do and you’re not having any problems, you just don’t think about getting your eyes tested. Life gets in the way, time flies by and before you know it, it’s been 5, 10 or sometimes even 20+ (yes! I’ve known this happen!) years since your last eye test. Then gradually you start to have issues…


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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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