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

National Eye Health Week 22nd-28th September

Here are some thoughts on exercise and eyesight from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

 

Lack of exercise contributes significantly to several eye conditions affecting the elderly,

with a slightly lower contribution for middle age and younger patients. Much of the

evidence is very strong, but some evidence is weak and will take many years to confirm,

but logically we should all adopt healthy lifestyles in the meantime.

 

 

There is some evidence that suggests that regular exercise can help preserve vision,

particularly when combined with a healthy diet and the avoidance of smoking. Exercise

may reduce the risk of sight loss from narrowing or hardening of the arteries, high

blood pressure and diabetes. Exercise may also reduce the risk of sight loss and other

complications from these conditions, once they develop.

 

 

Narrowing and hardening of the arteries (arterio-sclerosis) occurs to some extent in all

of us during life and is influenced by the balance of different fats e.g. cholesterol in our

bloodstream. Exercise has a positive influence on the balance of these fats, for example, it

reduces cholesterol and raises the level of other fats such as HDL (High Density

Lipoprotein) which protect our arteries from narrowing and hardening. Narrowing of the

arteries can block off the blood supply to those areas we need for vision, which include the

brain (visual cortex) and the blood supply to the eyes. The blockage of these blood vessels

can occur gradually or suddenly (eg a stroke). Exercise reduces the risk of this blockage

and should therefore preserve sight.

 

High blood pressure (hypertension) is increasingly common with age and is linked with

hardening of the arteries. High blood pressure increases the strain on blood vessels

resulting in further narrowing and hardening of the arteries thus increasing the risks

described above. Very high blood pressure dramatically increases the risk of having a

stroke in the brain and blockage of the retinal arteries. Severe hypertension can cause

leakage and bleeding from the blood vessels in the eye and rarely swelling of the optic

nerves with loss of vision. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of

developing high blood pressure and will also help keep the blood pressure down once

hypertension has developed.

 

Diabetes (raised blood sugar) is increasingly common in our society and lack of exercise,

obesity and dietary factors are amongst possible explanations. Diabetes occurs when the

natural insulin hormone control of blood sugar levels becomes defective. Over years this

leads to narrowing and blockage of the smaller blood vessels in the body. The resulting

poor blood supply commonly affects the retina (film) in the eyes of patients with diabetes

where the blood vessels can leak and bleed and produce scarring which can cause loss of

vision. In fact, diabetic retinopathy is the commonest cause of legal blindness in the UK in

the under 65 age group. Fortunately the changes can be detected early by regular eye

examinations and having laser treatment if required.

However, prevention is of course better than cure. Lack of exercise and obesity

can lead to Type 2 diabetes and regular exercise can improve diabetes control and

therefore should reduce the chance of developing sight threatening diabetic retinopathy.

 

Obesity is strongly associated with diabetes and high blood

pressure in later life and as such regular exercise should help prevent and reduce obesity

and the potential associated sight-threatening complications.

 

National Eye Health Week (NEHW)

 

Vision really matters. Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know the best way to look after our eyes.

National Eye Health Week aims to change all that.

One of  the initiatives of NEHW is to encourage people to organise a lunch consisting of ingredients that can help promote healthy eyes.

A poor diet can put your sight at risk. Yet, awareness of the link between diet and good eye health is low – a recent survey found 60% of people living in the UK had no idea that what they eat can affect the health of their eyes.

Vitamins, minerals and carotenoids found in many fruits, vegetables and other wholesome foods can help protect your sight and keep your eyes healthy.

Here are just some of the foods that are rich in eye-friendly nutrients…

Cold water fish like cod, sardines and tuna are excellent sources of DHA, and Omega-3 fatty acids.

These provide structural support to cell membranes and may be beneficial for dry eyes, and the maintenance of general eye health. Research has shown that eating just one portion of fish a week may reduce your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – the UK’s leading cause of blindness – by up to 40%.

Blueberries and grapes contain anthocyanins, which may help improve night vision.

Green leafy vegetables spinach or kale, for examples, are rich in carotenoids, especially lutein and zeaxanthin.

Lutein and zeaxanthin may help prevent age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts. These carotenoids may also reduce discomfort from glare and enhance visual contrast.

Whole grains and avocados are rich in zinc and Vitamin B. Deficiency in complex B Vitamins may increase your risk of cataracts and retinopathy.

Papaya is a good source of beta carotene which can help to prevent ‘free radical’ damage inside the eye.

Eggs are rich in cysteine, sulphur, lecithin, amino acids and lutein. Sulphur may also help protect the lens of the eye from cataracts.

Garlic, onions, shallots and capers are rich in sulphur, which is necessary for the production of glutathione, an important antioxidant required to help maintain healthy sight.

Soy contains essential fatty acids, phytoestrogens, Vitamin E and natural anti- inflammatory agents. Vitamin E is important for the maintenance of good eye health.

Unfortunately today’s busy lifestyles mean many people miss out on essential nutrients provided by a healthy diet, so taking supplements can be really beneficial. Please check with your GP before taking supplements.

Bon appétit!

 

 

 

 

Almost one in 10 UK women has dry eye

An estimated one in 10 women in the UK may have dry eye disease (DED), according to a first of its kind study published this week.

Researchers investigating the prevalence of the disease in the UK found that 9.6% of women have dry eye and require artificial tears or gel to lubricate their eyes and protect them from damage. One in five (20.8%) are reported to have experienced dry eye symptoms in the past three months.
The researchers found that DED is very common in the female population, and discovered new associations that were most associated with DED, even more than well known ones
They looked at 3,824 women aged 20 to 87 from a selected group that was  representative of the general population and has been previously used as a population to study a wide range of diseases.
Looking to shed light on the prevalence and risk factors for dry eye in the UK, they found that the prevalence increased with each decade of life – from 2.7% of women in their 30s to 20% of those in their 90s.
The study confirmed a number of known risk factors for dry eye, such as age, cataract surgery and glaucoma, but also showed additional risk factors for developing the condition. From a total of 13 statistically significant risk factors for dry eye, the strongest associations included conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic widespread pain syndrome and depression.
The findings suggest that the condition could be related to a problem with the pain system.
 There are plans to conduct a study in a male population in the Netherlands as well as looking at general treatments to see whether pain medications have any impact on dry eye disease.