Who we are

We are an independent opticians located in the centre of Weybridge since 1992. As Optometrists with over 25 years of experience we are delighted to be able to share our passion about vision with you all.

Ensuring that our patients are given the best service possible is our priority. Here at Henning & Henning we offer a friendly, personal service to all.

Services we offer

Our screening using state-of-the-art optical equipment such as the OCT and MPOD, is another area that we believe can benefit our Patients. The advancement of technology has allowed extensive progress in all areas of eyecare. These advancements range from Spectacle frames , lenses and coatings through to contact lenses and dry eye management.

Our extensive range of spectacle frames encompasses collections that are fashion forward, ultra lightweight, petite, rimless, traditional, bespoke and designer.

We offer eye tests, contact lens consultation and specialist services for persons of all ages.

Finding us

We are located on Church Street, in Weybridge town centre.

The nearest parking is Churchfields car park, behind the library.

We offer access for the disabled

Visual problems in dementia

Increased life expectancy in the U.K. has lead to an increasingly ageing population. In turn, this is leading to an increasing prevalence of dementia.

Currently, there are estimated to be at least 700,000 people in the U.K. with some form of dementia: by 2025, this figure looks set to rise to 1 million.

Although dementia is more likely in the elderly population, it is not exclusively a disease of older people. According to a recent study by the Alzheimer’s society, there are in excess of 40,000 people in the U.K. below the age of 65 who have the condition.

There are several visual problems associated with dementia. These include loss of visual acuity (reduction in the level of vision), defects in colour vision, accuracy of eye movements and the disturbance of complex visual functions. Such functions include reading ability, visuospatial function (relating to, or being thought processes that involve visual and spatial awareness), and the naming and identification of objects.

Visual problems can result in impaired motion detection, impaired appreciation of 3D vision (stereopsis), and difficulties in the recognition of faces, objects and colour. Having difficulties with 3D vision can lead to problems with everyday tasks like climbing the stairs and placing objects down. Suffering with difficulties with orientation can mean people with dementia may experience symptoms such as bumping into things, misinterpreting reflections and getting lost in familiar surroundings. It can be particularly disturbing when a person with dementia views themselves in the mirror and does not recognise themselves, or sees a much younger version of themselves.

The Dementia Friends programme https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk  is a superb initiative to help transform people’s perception of dementia.

 

Spend this summer holiday helping the children in your life build their vision skills.

An article by Dr Dan Fortenbacher, discusses about how new research has shodd9ccb29-48a4-4952-a0f8-39befb4455a3wn why visual skills are so critical for reading.The research paper (“Frequency of Visual Defects in Children With Developmental Dyslexia”, from Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical) found deficits in visual function in the binocular, accommodation and oculomotor abilities of those children with developmental dyslexia vs normal readers.

These three visual function abilities can be thought of as eye teaming (the ability of the two eyes to work well as a team), focussing and tracking; these three essential visual skills help to  enable us to be able to read fluently.

Too much time spent on screens means that less time is being spent practising basic skills, such as hand-eye coordination. Traditional childhood activities like cutting, sticking, drawing and handwriting are a great way to help build the foundations of the vital visual skills that children need to help with their schoolwork and beyond.

Below are a few ideas inspired by Dr Marsha Sorenson, for games for children of different age groups to help develop their visual system.

Age 1-3

Shape sorter- visual-motor and visual discrimination skills. Such skills will later help a child in the classroom with being able to assign meaning to shapes and symbols, which helps them learn their letters and numbers.

Age 3+

Lego- fine motor and visual-motor skills. The creativity and imagination that playing with Lego encourages are key foundation skills for developing both critical and problem solving skills.

Age 4+

Puzzle books- eye teaming, hand eye coordination and  visual closure (ability to recognise a picture when only part of it is seen) are used in activities such as dot-to-dot. Helping a child work on enhancing their visual development in these ways will aid their progress with hand writing  and sight reading skills. With maze activities, as well as helping to improve eye teaming and visual motor skills, they can help improve directionality (knowledge of right and left directions). Problems with directionality can potentially lead to difficulty with letter formation and letter reversals.

Age 5+

e.g. Dobble and Rush hour puzzle game – visual thinking skills. Visualisation skills give us the ability to create images in our mind: this is very useful for helping with geometry, spelling and reading comprehension. Sequencing is important for understanding directions and for reading comprehension.

Another key skill to work on is figure-ground discrimination. This is the ability to notice and locate a form or object within a busy field without getting confused by the background or surrounding images.

A child who has poor figure-ground discrimination can easily become confused with too much print on the page: this can affect their concentration and attention, potentially leading to them having difficulty scanning text to locate specific information.
Ideas for games/activities to help with this are listed here;

  • Painting by numbers
  • Snakes & ladders
  • Pick up sticks
  • “Where’s Wally” puzzle books
  • Find the odd one out
  • I-Spy

Outdoor free play is another area that children should be encouraged to participate in to help with their visual function development.

Regular eye examinations are important for everybody, including children. Just because a child doesn’t have any complaints about their vision, doesn’t mean that their visual system is necessarily performing properly. If a child has always experienced seeing words looking blurry, they won’t realise that they should look any different.