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contact lenses

You may be surprised to hear that contact lenses have been around since 1887, but did not really gain mass appeal until the 1960’s. For many people, the idea of putting something on their eye is too much to stomach. Back in the early days, there may be some justification for this point of view because fitting back then could have been considered more of an art than a science. Fortunately, with advances in examination techniques, lens materials and design nowadays, fitting contact lenses for the majority of people is straightforward,. Now, most of the new specialist designs provide comfort as well as offering more options, so there is a solution for almost everyone.

Gone are the days of accepting a certain amount of discomfort, for the cosmetic benefits of not wearing spectacles. Modern lens materials and designs are both comfortable and give excellent visual performance. It is also a common misconception that age is a barrier to contact lens wear. Rob Jones, Senior Optometrist at Royal Bournemouth Hospital and owner of Parley Optometrists points out “the only limitation would be the physical dexterity required for safe insertion and removal, and the ability to stick to a strict hygiene and care routine”

It’s a strong possibility that many of you reading this article will require some sort of correction for near and far viewing. This can be catered for in a number of ways but it’s important to get the right impartial advice. For some, a simple solution is to have distance only contact lenses (meaning you have contact lenses that have been prescribed and fitted for normal everyday use enabling you to see the majority of day-to-day things normally) and then use a pair of reading glasses over the top, as required. Some people though see this as defeating the whole point of contact lens wear, but for others this solution is a simple and cost-effective alternative to standard spectacle wear.

would be the physical dexterity required for safe insertion and removal, and the ability to stick to a strict hygiene and care routine

“ the only limitation

Contact lenses are by their definition very personal and so often require a personal consultation with your optician to help find the right solution for you. If you want simultaneous near and far vision from your contact lenses you could consider 'monovision', where you use one eye for distance and the other for near. For those that can tolerate this, it provides a simple and inexpensive solution. Then there are the multifocal lenses. These have different portions of the lens with separate focal lengths and come in various formats. Fitting multifocals requires a little 'trial & error' to find the product that suits individual requirements, but can really transform someones life. A good optician can help you to identify the best solution for you relatively quickly and painlessly.

There are hard and soft lenses, and also hybrid designs that give all the advantages of both. Each has its uses for specific requirements and with the aid of the latest examination techniques, your contact lens practitioner can guide you to the product that matches your lifestyle and expectations. Think of the freedom that a life without spectacles could mean for you, and remember – it’s never too late.

Invisible Hearing arrives in Dorset

Whether you are considering hearing aids or are currently an existing wearer, you may be wondering if it is possible to get a device that is so small no one will notice you are wearing it, and yet so powerful that you can hear clearly in any situation.

Enter the amazing new ‘Nano’ hearing

device from Phonak. The makers claim that this smallest ever in- the-ear hearing aid delivers outstanding sound quality whilst sitting discreetly in the ear canal out of sight. The Nano has also been designed with comfort in mind so can be used with no discomfort.

Users of traditional hearing aid devices often complain that noise levels are not balanced and that background noise can sometimes

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drown out or make foreground noise more difficult to understand. The new 'Nano' has many advanced features for better understanding of background noise and can automatically adapt to your ever changing environments, whether the user is playing sports, socialising with family and friends or simply watching a movie at home.

Unfortunately there are some deep-seated negative images of hearing aids around, but hopefully devices like this can push through those barriers. Different products have come and gone but could this be the change that hearing aid users have been waiting so long for? It's claimed that brilliant, sparkling hearing can now be restored without any visible outward signs, so for those who are looking for a private and discreet solution - perhaps the Phonak Nano could be the answer.

by Heather Cowell, Clarity Hearing Solutions, Stockists of 'The Nano' For more details, call 01202 478881.

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