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

Carrots aren’t just for the (uber cute) bunnies!

2015-03-26 10.09.11So, it may not rank as one of life’s most deep and meaningful questions, but if you’ve ever wondered why carrots are orange here’s why: it’s all thanks to the beta-carotene (a pro vitamin A caretenoid).

The name beta-carotene comes from the Greek beta and Latin carota (carrot).

Carrots are only one plant food rich in beta-carotene; other choices include deep yellow and orange foods such as apricots, winter squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe and deep green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli.This great nutrient does some wonderous stuff for the health of our eyes.

When a carrot is eaten, the beta-carotene converts to vitamin A in the body.

Vitamin A is critical for vision, it is an essential component of a protein known as ‘rhodopsin’ that absorbs light in the cells of the eye. It also supports the normal function of other areas of the eye. Carotenoids such as beta-carotene are powerful antioxidants and can help protect the cells from damage by free radicals.

Lack of vitamin A can cause children to go blind or die. Pregnant women deficient in vitamin A can develop night blindness, in which a person has serious trouble seeing at night or in badly-lit rooms. The World Health Organization (WHO) is conducting a campaign against vitamin A deficiency in areas of Africa and Southeast Asia, as described in a WHO article, “Vitamin A deficiency.”

Beta-carotene appears to increase the risk of lung cancer in previous smokers so it is likely to be safer for anybody who has ever smoked not to take supplements that contain beta-carotene. There has been no such association reported from beta-carotene obtained by food.

Beta-carotene, obtained from their diet, is the reason behind the distinctive colour of flamingos. Carotenoid levels in algae and crustaceans vary in different parts of the world, which is why Caribbean flamingos are usually bright red and orange, while flamingos of the drought-plagued Lake Nakuru in central Kenya tend to be a paler pink.

The results of population studies suggest that diets rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids may help to slow the development of age-related macular degeneration (deterioration of the macula, the part of the retina that is responsible for central vision) .

In most cases, it’s best to obtain vitamins and minerals from a healthy, balanced diet.

Leafy greens provide lutein and zeaxanthin which are antioxidants that have been shown to be key in lowering the risk of developing macular degeneration.

The macular pigment protects the macula in several ways, it has the ability to interact with free radicals and filter out damaging blue light. By acting as a blue light filter the macular pigment can protect the cells responsible for vision from light damage. Lutein in particular has been shown to have the highest blue light filtering properties.The level of macular pigment can be increased with dietary change, either by taking supplements containing lutein and zeaxanthin or by eating foods rich in these nutrients. Doses of 10mg or higher per day of lutein have been found to have the most positive effects on macular pigment levels.

Eggs also contain high levels of both lutein and zeaxanthin, which is more easily absorbed by the body than from vegetables because of the fats they contain.

Here’s good news about  Easter eggs too!. Provided they are made of dark chocolate (72% minimum) they too can have a positive influence on the health of our eyes.

Research has shown that acute cocoa supplementation enhances the visual performance of young adults. Cocoa improved reading of low contrast letters, and detection of motion. It was proposed that increased blood flow to the retina and brain explained this. The research also replicated the  finding that cocoa improves cognitive ability.

 

Solar eclipse

eclipse__nasaI think we’re all rather excited about Friday’s near total solar eclipse and keeping our fingers crossed that the weather permits us to see (in an appropriately safe manner!) what’s going on.

I thought I’d share with you some top tips about how to view the eclipse safely. Apparently, we should also be taking note of how the weather will change as the eclipse occurs. Meteorologists at Reading University are hoping to resolve the debate conclusively on Friday. They are asking people up and down the country to participate in a live eclipse weather experiment. No specialist equipment is required; just using your eyes to note changes in cloud cover is useful.

Ok, back to protecting our eyes:

Don’t:

  • Don’t look directly at the sun, even with sunglasses on – they don’t offer enough protection
  • Don’t watch it directly through a telescope, binoculars, camera or camera-phone. Even if you are just lining up the projection, this still puts you at risk

Do:

  • Use a pinhole projection method. This involves putting a hole in a piece of cardboard, and holding the cardboard up – with your back to the sun – so that an image of the sun is projected onto another piece of paper or card. This works well using a cardboard box, and will allow you to see the progress of the eclipse without damaging your eyes
  • Use glasses with specially designed solar filters (bearing the appropriate CE mark) if you have to view the eclipse directly.

 

Here’s a link to the Societ for Popular Astronomy for more indepth advice about what to do http://www.popastro.com/help/help.php?title_pag=How%20to%20safely%20view%20the%20March%2020%20Solar%20Eclipse