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How a Bookworm Can Benefit from Good Reading Glasses

For many of us, there are few experiences that relax and satisfy more than sitting down somewhere comfortable and getting stuck into a book. Exciting new novels are getting published daily, while classic literary works from the likes of Dickens, Austen and the Brontë sisters can be freely downloaded to ebook readers. Still, however and whatever you read, we can point you in the right direction should your eyes begin struggling to discern those words on the page as clearly as they used to.

Are those words looking blurrier than usual?

You could be well into your adulthood, or even elderly years, and still have sufficiently good vision to

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Glasses or Contacts: Pros and Cons

When contact lenses hit the market they were all the rage. Nobody would get caught dead wearing glasses, or at least, that’s how it felt.

It’s funny how things change. It seems glasses have come full circle again and are now just as, if not more, popular than contacts lenses. It helps that there’s more choice now then in the past. It also helps that glasses have become more fashion friendly.

Both have advantages and disadvantages. Read below to see whether your a glasses kind of person, a contacts kind of person or perhaps both. Who said you couldn’t have the best of both worlds?

Eye Glasses Pros and Cons


  • Glasses are a like a shield that helps you see better. As a shield they protect your eyes better than contacts do too.
  • Glasses prevent you from touching your eyes, where if your contacts fall out of place touching your eyes will be required.
  • If you have sensitive eyes that tend to dry easily, glasses won’t further discomfort like contacts can.
  • Glasses are cheaper than contacts and last longer.
  • Your eyes won’t hurt if you fall asleep with them on.


  • Lenses tend to fog sometimes. It can be annoying having to constantly de-fog your glasses.
  • Frames can sometimes be uncomfortable. Frames that sit too tight or too loose on your face can be irritable to deal with.
  • Some people have problems with how glasses make them look aesthetically – see which glasses suit your face shape here.

Contact Lenses Pros and Cons


  • Contacts don’t really get affected by weather conditions like glasses do.
  • Contacts come in a ton of different color variations. They are more aesthetically pleasing than glasses to most people.
  • They don’t obstruct your vision if you’re doing something physically demanding.
  • They sit right on your eye, giving you a better field of corrected vision than glasses do.


  • They don’t last as long as glasses.
  • You have to take them off and soak them in solution over night, so don’t forget about cleaning them; otherwise, you can infect your eye.
  • If you fall asleep with contacts on, you’ll wake up with super irritated, dry and red eyes the next morning.
  • They tend to make your eyes dry.

From the

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The Science Behind the Lens

There’s a lot of us wearing glasses, but did any of us take the time to really think about the amazing science that goes on our unappreciative faces?  No. I didn’t think so.  Did you know that not all lenses are made of glass?  That came as a big shock to me, seriously.

There’s all types of plastic that are used instead. Not only is that impressive, but there are several types of lenses for different purposes. Cool right? Okay, you don’t sound too enthused, but you will be when it comes in handy.

Types of Lenses available

The Polycarbonate Lens

The polycarbonate lens is made to be impact-resistant. It’s the best choice for

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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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Battle of the Brands – Ray-Ban Vs. Oakley (Winter 12/13)

We’ve been looking over our sales figures and have noticed an interesting trend over the course of the Winter, which actually hit a peak in February.  Traditionally, Ray-Ban has always been our best selling designer brand, but over the Winter the gap between Ray-Ban in first place and our second place brand was beginning to close right up.

Towards the end of the month of February for first time ever, Ray-Ban was actually pushed down into second place as our best selling brand.  But who could overpower the might of the best known eyewear brand in the industry?


Oakley became our current

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Street Survey Says Wearing Glasses Makes You Up To 75% MORE Sexy to The Opposite Sex

On the 23rd November 2011 we carried out a Street Survey to find out if wearing glasses changes the way people see you.  With photos of five different people (both with and without their glasses) we asked passers by to rate a selection of the images based on the following traits: -

  • Attractiveness
  • Intelligence
  • Trustworthiness
  • Employability
  • Sex Appeal

Even we were amazed by the results.

100% of the models were considered by the public to be sexier, more employable, trustworthy AND intelligent when wearing their specs.  But even more interestingly, our study found that it was men who benefited most from embracing their specs.

Women considered the male models on average 38% more attractive and 35% more intelligent when wearing glasses.  One male model was perceived as a whopping 75% sexier when seen in specs.  Men in general were considered to be 60% MORE SEXY by women.  With figures like that it seems like a no-brainer - If you want to turn heads, you've got to make a 'spectacle' of yourself.

Take a look at our video from the day (above) and see what people really had to say about glasses wearers.  Or bask in the glory of our study results from our Infographic below.

SelectSpecs Street Survey Infographic

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Deal of the Day – Arbor Prescription Glasses

Well, it goes without saying… The snow has all but melted just in time for Christmas, I spent all last weekend breaking my back to build a world record (if slightly deformed) snowman and now he’s nothing but a disappointing mushy melted puddle on the floor

Oh well, lets open door 23 on our Christmas Advent Calendar

We are giving 20% off ALL our own Arbor Prescription Glasses today while stocks last.  There are some real beauties here and I honestly can’t recommend

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