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 examinations, contact lens consultation and specialist services for persons of all ages.
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
One of the legacies of this year’s pandemic related upheavals has been that most of us are now spending significantly more time on screen. Online meetings and socialising have become the norm and there has been a noticeable increase in the time that folks spend checking for news updates on their screens.
Increased screen time can result in making our eyes feel very uncomfortable indeed. Often at the end of a day working on our computers, we unwind by looking at our phones or tablets.
The level of discomfort experienced may vary. The various factors that can influence it include our hydration levels, how much sleep we’ve had and whether or not we are using the correct spectacles or contact lenses.
There is a longstanding association of extended screen use and dry, uncomfortable eyes. Now though there is a new contender to make our eyes uncomfortable…facemasks.
Whilst facemasks are crucial in the fight against COVID-19, it has been found that for people who wear them for extended periods, there has been an increase in reports of dry eye symptoms. These symptoms include a foreign body sensation (a scratchy feeling, like there’s something in your eye), stinging or burning feeling in your eye, increased redness, sensitivity to light and blurry vision.
Mask-associated dry eye is a new condition, and the Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) researchers even point out that there’s no scientific literature on this yet. So, the exact cause of this new condition hasn’t been studied and can only be hypothesised.
Some of the theories as to why this mask-associated dry eye occurs include
- upward airflow causing evaporation across the surface of the eye (a bit like having an air-conditioning vent blowing at you)
- the masks can pull down the lower eyelids slightly, making it difficult for normal blinking to restore the healthy surface of the eye.
Using a facemask with a moldable nose piece and adjustable ear loops can help make it fit better. Using surgical tape to attach the mask to your cheeks, or rolling up a tissue to sit under the top of the mask can also help to reduce the upward airflow.
With further restrictions looming, maybe it’s time to chat with us about how to make your eyes feel as comfortable as possible.
We are delighted to now be able to offer you the perfect solution to your fogging problems; Nano Magic.
This handy sized botte delivers fog-free performance with just a few drops. It works best when used with a microfibre cloth, like the one that’s provided with it.
It is effective on spectacles, protective goggles and face shields. Nano Magic’s silicone-free formulation goes on clear with no haze. Each 5ml bottle will provide approximately 100 treatments.
Becky McCall’s recent article in Acuity magazine has looked at the latest research linking air pollution and eye health.
Undoubtedly a positive outcome of the COVID-19 lockdown was the drop in air pollution; a reduction of more than 50% was recorded in major UK cities. Levels of pollution will inevitably rise as businesses open up and roads return to being clogged with traffic. A rise in air pollution will have an impact on health, including eye health.
Eye conditions that are associated with air pollution can be caused by the direct effect of particles on the surface of the eye (e.g. dry eye and conjunctivitis), or as an indirect effect of systemic disease caused by air pollution (e.g. cardiovascular and respiratory diseases).
Air pollution originates from many sources both indoors and outdoors. Typical sources of indoor pollution include candles, cleaning products, home heating systems, and cooking. Typical sources of outdoor pollution include emissions from motor vehicles, agriculture and industry.
The following are some key ways in which to protect our eyes from air pollution:
- Use protective eyewear or wrap around sunglasses to help prevent pollutants entering the eye.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes.
- When indoors, use good ventilation to combat air pollution.
- Stay indoors when pollution levels are at their peak.
- Apply a cool compress to relieve discomfort.
- Stay hydrated.
- Lubricating eye drops may be helpful in preventing soreness or itching.
- Contact lens wearers should remove their lenses at the first sign of eye irritation.
Air pollution is recognised as the top environmental risk to human health in the UK and there are government goals in place to reduce it.
To help reduce indoor air pollution, it might be worthwhile considering modifying the use of scented candles or plug-in diffusers.