Ian John Lewis

The Referee Knows Best

Ian John-Lewis

It’s not every day you get a world class boxing referee come into your store but when Ian John-Lewis was invited to come into SelectSpecs and undergo the most advanced eye exam available – an OCT, he happily obliged.

The OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) test not only detects a number of key eye conditions but also scans in 3D enabling the optometrist to look beneath the surface of the regular retinal image and cross-reference any possible areas of concern from the scan.

Ian’s status as a boxing referee is well known in the sport but the Chatham based resident also

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Polarised Sunglasses

You’ve probably heard of polarised sunglasses by now, with a wide range of designer brands now offering many of their popular styles in the extra protective lens. But what exactly are polarised lenses and what do they do? We’re sure you have a number of questions about these unique sunglasses and their benefits, so check out all the information below.


Polarised lenses are treated with a special chemical film that acts to neutralise the glare from reflective surfaces. Thanks to this chemical film objects are much clearer and the harmful effects of glare (and light in general) on the eyes

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My Experience with Migraines and Aura

At the tender age of 11, I started to notice that every so often my vision suddenly changed and the world around me was odd. After years of countless scans and tests, I was finally diagnosed with the condition of migraines with aura.

What are Migraines with Aura?

Migraine sufferers will know that a migraine is an intense headache. Often involving pain and extreme sensitivity to light. Migraines with aura are slightly different, with only 15% of migraine sufferers experiencing aura, it is still a relatively unknown and confusing medical area. Aura is described as the cortex area of the brain making changes to sight, sound

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My First OCT Advanced Eye Test at SelectSpecs Opticians

I have been wearing glasses for a few years now, my eyesight is not exactly terrible but as I suffer from really irritating migraines with aura, its important to me that my eyes are not strained. I was well overdue an eye-test so decided to book one in with SelectSpecs. I was also given the opportunity to have an OCT eye scan (the most cutting edge scan in eye health) which was quite an experience.

The Eye-Test

The initial eye-test was detailed but straight-forward. After the Pre-Screening, I was asked by the wonderfully friendly optician to read out certain lines of letters and text, I was then asked to

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7 Awesome Bionic Contact Lenses of the Future

Google’s new experimental project is inventing ‘Smart contact lenses’ to help people with diabetes to manage their disease by measuring the glucose levels in their tears.  At present, most people with the disease monitor their glucose levels by testing drops of blood.

It’s early days yet but a tiny wireless chip and miniaturised glucose sensor is to be embedded between two layers of lens material.  It will continuously monitor the level of glucose in the bloodstream and relay that information to a smartphone or computer.  This will prevent the more serious side effects before they

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10% Discount Code for Prescription Glasses Frames: World Sight Day 2013

Today – October 10 – is World Sight Day: an annual advocacy day for the awareness, and prevention, of visual impairment (learn more).

10% SelectSpecs.com discount code

To mark this event, we’re offering a 10% discount code for prescription glasses frames from today until 11th November, to encourage new and existing customers to undergo an eye test if it’s been a while since they have done so – annual examinations are essential for optimal eye health.

Customers can then use their new or current prescription to order a pair of glasses – or two – from SelectSpecs (home to the cheapest prescription glasses

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New XTRActive Transitions Lenses Now Available from SelectSpecs

We have just added some great new lens options for SelectSpecs customers:

XTRActive Transitions®

We are now offering an impressive selection of XTRActive Transitions® including the following Lens choices: -

Single Vision

  • Standard - 1.49 Index - XTRActive Transitions® Grey
  • Super Thin - 1.61 Index - XTRActive Transitions® VI Grey
  • Ultra Super Thin - 1.67 Index - XTRActive Transitions® VI Grey

Freeform Varifocals

  • 1.49 Index - XTRActive Transitions® Grey
  • Super Thin - 1.61 Index - XTRActive Transitions Grey
  • Super Thin - 1.67 Index - XTRActive Transitions
  • UltraX Super Thin - 1.74 Index - XTRActive Transitions Grey

Transitions® XTRActive lenses will not replace our current Transitions® VI lenses since they are a different type of photochromic lens that will appeal to a certain kind of person more than the standard Transitions® VI lenses as you can see in the video above.  These new Transitions® XTRActive lenses, along with Transitions VI lenses, represent an additional choice in everyday lenses for our customers.

Transitions® XTRActive lenses are recommended for patients who want the darkest everyday Transitions® lenses outdoors, due to their active lifestyle, but who also prefer a slight tint indoors. Unlike other photochromic lenses, the Transitions® XTRActive also react behind the windscreen of a car.

The Ultra Super Thin 1.74 Transitions® and XTRActive Transitions® lenses should be especially useful for people with higher powered prescriptions with a demand for a darker photochromic lens that would remove the need to carry an extra pair of sunglasses around during the day. 

Clearly, different customers have different requirements from their lenses.  These XTRActive Transitions® are a very new lens on the market so take the time to consider if these lenses are the perfect partner for your new glasses with the help of the video above and this chart: -

Transitions Comparison Chart - XTRActive Vs Standard Transitions

Click More.. to find out what other new lenses we've just added, see another video and find out what we've got coming soon to SelectSpecs.com

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