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

Limiting screen time enhances cognition

New research published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health  has highlighted a link between enhanced mental performance and less than 2 hours of daily screen time. The US study reported on observations of a group of 4,500 children between the ages of 8 and 11.

Alongside limited daily screen use, the children who met the physical exercise and sleep recommendations, also had improvements in their levels of cognition.

The research flagged up that only 1 in 20 children in the study group met the full recommended guidelines on sleep, exercise, and screen time.

On average, the children spent 3.6 hours each day on recreational screen time.

Separate research from the University of Michigan highlighted a perceived connection between electronic device use and sleep deprivation.

The study of 1,018 parents revealed that over 50% of those with sleep-deprived children blamed their child’s use of electronic devices and social media.

 

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.