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

Hundred’s of driving licences revoked with Cassie’s law.

Over 600 motorists have had their driving licenses revoked after failing roadside eye tests since the 2013 introduction of Cassie’s law.

Cassie’s mother, Jackie Rason, applied for a change in the law after her 16-year-old daughter died from injuries sustained when an 87 year old motorist lost control of his car.

Under this new law, when a police officer believes that the safety of other road users would be put at risk if a driver with insufficient eye sight remains on the road, they can ask for the licence to be urgently revoked.

Ms Rason told the Press Association “That’s more than 600 people who could still be driving, perhaps without even knowing that there was a problem with their sight. You can’t say that in every case they would have killed somebody, but it is very likely to have prevented fatal accidents and other casualties”.

Ms Rason hopes to continue campaigning for mandatory sight tests for all drivers, with additional examinations for those over the age of 70.

Perhaps now is a good time to remind yourself to make sure you, and your family and friends, have been keeping up to date with your eye examinations.

 

5 reasons why breastfeeding is good for eyes.

Breastfeeding provides the optimal nutrition for the visual development of children.

Whilst it is known to have many bonuses for children’s general health, breastfeeding is not often discussed at an eye exam. This may soon be about to change as recent studies have shown that breastfeeding has many visual benefits.

Human milk contains carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin which are known to improve macular pigment density. This can have a protective antioxidant effect on infant and adult retinas and protect against age-related macular degeneration. The other antioxidant properties that human milk has could help protect against other types of ocular diseases.

The reduction in the risk and severity of retinal disorders associated with premature birth (retinopathy of prematurity) is one very significant factor of the benefit of breastfeeding

Allergic eye disease has been shown to be reduced by breastfeeding. Although there is only a small amount of evidence to support this.

The incidence of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes is shown to be reduced through breastfeeding. Both types can potentially have a very negative effect on the health of the eye. Currently there is a limited amount of research into the specific link between breastfeeding and diabetic retinopathy.

Results show that 3D vision (stereopsis) is consistently better in breastfed infants. Good stereopsis indicates greater early visual development which is extremely important during the critical years as the complex visual system evolves.

Advice on duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding always present a challenge to health professionals. However, to date, it is unanimously accepted as being important to breastfeed for at least 17 weeks.

Are you all set for summer?

imageNow that the Summer sunshine appears to be back on the radar and holiday time is here, I thought it was a good idea to share with you a few gentle reminders about looking after your eyes whilst you’re enjoying the delights of the great outdoors.

Contact lens wearers need to be aware that poor hygiene increases their risk of an eye infection by up to four times. Perhaps if you’re off to a Festival or camping, it might be worthwhile considering daily lenses instead of your usual 2-weekly or monthly ones to be sure to minimise your risk of any unwanted eye related problems.

If your lenses come into contact with water eg when swimming, then the lenses must be discarded immediately and replaced with new ones.

Maybe now is a good time to download a contact lens tracker app to remind you when it’s time to change your lenses. We strongly advise against extending the life of your lenses beyond their recommended modality of wear. Remember that from the moment that you open the packet the clock starts ticking. If a lens is a monthly lens, then 30 days after you’ve opened the pack it needs to be replaced. Yes, that’s whether you’ve worn it 28 times or merely 3!

UV protection is essential for everyone regardless of age. OK, so maybe not our canine friends, but definitely for us humans! There is a variety of eye conditions that are linked with cumulative UV exposure. These range from pterygium (growth on the front surface of the eye), certain cataracts and the potentially devastating macular degeneration.

Be aware that UV is approaching our eyes from all directions (above, below, side) and even on cloudy days. So, we need to be mindful of using our sunglasses and hats appropriately.

Light sensitive (photochromatic/Colormatic/Transition) spectacle lenses can be invaluable in our ever changing UK climate as they respond to the amount of UV present. They are available in ranges from non prescription through to high index multifocals so there is sure to be a version that will suit your needs.

Some contact lens brands offer UV protection. We would still advise the use of sunglasses whilst wearing them but the benefit of any additional UV protection is to be highly recommended.

Why not pop in to ask us more about what we would recommend for you to help you to take care of the health of your eyes this Summer. Eyesight is precious please take care of yours!