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Healthy eyes

Healthy eyes

The world has more advanced eye technology than ever before. Still though, more than 285 million people worldwide suffer from various eye conditions. With World Sight Day this month, and to mark the launch of their new branch at Cornubia Mall, Mellins i-Style tells us what to ask our optometrist on our next visit…

Whether your eyes have always been healthy or if you know you have eye problems, it is important to be able to discuss your visual concerns with your optometrist and have the results of your test thoroughly explained. You should feel comfortable in asking questions about your eyesight, your current or new prescription and different lens options, and have these answered with suitable examples.

Some questions to ask:
What is the health condition of my eyes?
Has my prescription changed since my last eye examination?
What new lens enhancements or technological advances are available?
What are the new advances with regards to contact lenses or contact lens solution?
When should I wear my spectacles?
What lens types are available and what are the pros and cons of each?
When should I go for my next eye examination?

A few tips to see if your optometrist measures up:

Is the optometry practice well-managed and organised and does it have a broad selection of optical frames?

When selecting spectacles, your optometrist should advise you on the correct frame for your lens design, prescription and face shape and give advice on aspects such as whether the frames are lightweight, flexible, non-allergic and comfortable to wear. 

Most practices are happy to provide eyewear inspections, cleaning and adjustments of your spectacles at no additional cost.

When you collect your new spectacles, your optometrist should once again check whether the right prescription lenses have been fitted to your chosen frames. Your optometrist should also note whether the frame fits properly on your face or need to be readjusted. The frames should not add unnecessary pressure on the bridge of your nose, temples or above the ears and should not slip off your nose when you look down. 

You can request a copy of your new or updated prescription for your spectacles or contact lenses. When travelling or on holiday, this can be useful when having to replace broken, lost or stolen spectacles.   

Get in touch
Mellins i-Style is a national optometry group that strives to be the leaders in the field by ensuring patients receive advanced eye examinations, informative before and after-care services, and customised precision eye technology with optically advanced Zeiss products they can trust. They now have a branch in the new Cornubia Mall. For more eye care tips and advice visit


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