Opticians Liverpool Street London: Eye Contact , Unit 2, The Arcade, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7PN - (t) 0207 626 7232.
Eye Contact Opticians, London, Liverpool Street

Glasses Style Guide

Blue light in LED lighting can damage the eye’s retina and disturb natural sleep rhythms. 

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The “blue light” in LED lighting can damage the eye’s retina and disturb natural sleep rhythms, France’s government-run health watchdog said this week.

New findings confirm earlier concerns that “exposure to an intense and powerful [LED] light is ‘photo-toxic’ and can lead to irreversible loss of retinal cells and diminished sharpness of vision,” the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) warned in a statement.

The agency recommended in a 400-page report that the maximum limit for acute exposure be revised, even if such levels are rarely met in home or work environments.

The report distinguished between acute exposure of high-intensity LED light, and “chronic exposure” to lower intensity sources.

While less dangerous, even chronic exposure can “accelerate the ageing of retinal tissue, contributing to a decline in visual acuity and certain degenerative diseases such as age-related macular degeneration,” the agency concluded.

Long-lasting, energy efficient and inexpensive, light-emitting diode (LED) technology has gobbled up half of the general lighting market in a decade, and will top 60 percent by the end of next year, according to industry projections.

The basic technology for producing a white light combines a short wavelength LED such as blue or ultraviolet with a yellow phosphor coating. The whiter or “colder” the light, the greater the proportion of blue in the spectrum.

– Circadian rhythm –

LEDs are used for home and street lighting, as well as in offices and industry.

That are also increasingly found in auto headlights, torches (flashlights) and some toys.

LED cellphone, tablet and laptop screens do not pose a risk of eye damage because their luminosity is very low compared to other types of lighting, Francine Behar-Cohen, an ophthalmologist and head of the expert group that conducted the review, told journalists.

But these back-lit devices — especially when they are used at night or in a dark setting — can “disturb biological rhythms, and thus sleep patterns,” the agency cautioned.

Because the crystalline lens in their eyes are not fully formed, children and adolescents are particularly susceptible to such disruptions, the ANSES reports noted.

Interfering with the body’s circadian rhythm is also known to aggravate metabolic disorders such a diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer, noted Dina Attia, a researcher and project manager at ANSES.

You can find out more of the care provided by Eye Contact here: http://www.eye-contact.co.uk/glasses/lenses/

WHICH? Survey – Customer Satisfaction Highest at Independent Opticians



The latest Which? Survey reveals independent opticians achieved the highest satisfaction rates from customers.

Which? surveyed 8,465 members (last carried out in 2014) to reveal the best and worst places to have an eye test and buy glasses. Independent opticians came top overall,  with a customer rating of 87%, ahead of national big-brand names and supermarkets.

Highlights from the survey include:

  • Local independent opticians came top overall with a customer score of 87%.
  • Independent opticians rated the best place to have an eye test – scoring 89%.
  • Independent opticians rated the best place to buy glasses – scoring 82%.
  • Independent opticians were the only stores to achieve 5-star ratings for all of these factors: thorough eye tests, product quality, after-sales, customer service, and store environment

To find out why that is, you can learn more about us here: http://www.eye-contact.co.uk/opticians-london/

We are looking for an experienced Optical Assistant!

Requirements / profile

  • 6mths minimum experience, 1 year preferred
  • Permanent, full time (or part time)
  • Monday to Friday, no weekends
  • Happy to go the extra-mile for patients
  • Can think for yourself and provide special solutions for complex needs

Salary & Benefits

  • Competitive fixed salary
  • Uncapped team and individual bonus scheme
  • Sales training and product training provided
  • Dynamic and interesting work environment
  • Freedom to choose from a range of suppliers to serve patient needs

Please send your CV with a cover letter to info@eye-contact.co.uk. Cover letters should be addressed to Arif Karim.

Benefits of the Optomap


The Optomap provides a panoramic digital image of 82% of the retina. It is fast, painless and comfortable for the patient and gives you so much more information than a standard fundus photograph, which only gives a view of 15% of the retina.


Patients do not need to be dilated and the Optomap can be used on the practice shop floor without needing a different lighting level.

The Optomap can be performed by trained practice staff, who would usually take one colour photo and one with auto flourescence on each eye, which then become available to view in the test room immediately.

You can zoom in and out of the retina and look underneath at the choroid and view the blood vessels in high definition. You can also demonstrate the difference in the view of the retina given by the Optomap compared with the view obtained by standard imaging.

To book your optomap scan, http://www.eye-contact.co.uk/contact-us/


Christmas opening hours 2018

Our Opening Hours over the festive period are as follows:

We are open up to and including the 21st December 2018.

From the close of business on 21st of December until 1st January 2019 we are closed.

We re-open again on 2nd January, 2019. 

Thanks for all your support this year. We wish you a very heartfelt Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Arif, Kalpesh, and Artemis.

P.S. If you need contact lenses in time for Christmas, please order by the 14th of December. 

Ducati Eyewear

Ducati Eyewear

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For the first time, the engineering prowess, soul and style of Ducati has been realised in a performance eyewear collection which is now available in selected Ducati stores and Eye Contact Opticians, Liverpool Street. 

Styles have been designed conveying the legacy of Ducati and its engineering. The metal composition, visible screws and triple bridge mimics the trellis design of vintage Ducati bikes and make it a frame for strolling around the paddock instead of putting the laps on the track. Branding is discreet, with a top-mounted logo on acetate sections and the Ducati shield on acetate end tips

Now available at Eye Contact Opticians, The Ducati Eyewear Brand is supported by their Moto GP and British Super Bike racing teams.

Andrea Dovizioso is our leading Ambassador and his signature limited edition piece is featured in the range.

To view the range, drop in to the Liverpool Street practice, or contact us http://www.eye-contact.co.uk/contact-us/


How often should I have my contact lens check up?

How often should I have my contact lens check up?

The law requires that contact lens patients should have an up to date check up within the last 12 months to continue purchasing lenses. The reason for this is to ensure that your eyes stay healthy and comfortable with continued contact lens wear. This means that your Optician will normally recommend a recheck after a 12 month period.

More check ups could be better for your eyes

Depending on how you are getting on with your lenses, it may better to have a check-up more frequently, at 6 or 8 months, particularly if you are experiencing any discomfort while wearing your lenses, such as dry eyes (we also provide a separate dry eye consultation, see http://www.eye-contact.co.uk/ for more details).

Contact lens technology is constantly developing – for example Silicone hydrogel contact lenses are advanced soft lenses that allow more oxygen to pass through the lens to the cornea than regular soft (“hydrogel”) contacts.  The check up with the optician will enable them to assess whether there are alternative products which could be better for your eyes.

Custom made contact lenses

One of the developments we are most excited about at Eye Contact, are mark’ennovy. Mark’ennovy is a custom monthly soft contact lens manufacturer.  Like a pair of spectacles,  mark’ennovy lenses begin with the prescription of the patient, then craft a lens to match these requirements. You can find out more about mark’ennovy lenses here: http://www.eye-contact.co.uk/markennovy/

Book your check up today

To book your check up, or to find out more about alternative types of contact lens technology which could increase your visual comfort, please go to http://www.eye-contact.co.uk/eye-exam/contact-lens-check-up/



Oliver Peoples

We now stock Oliver Peoples

Now available at the practice! Oliver Peoples, for men and women. Drop into the practice at the arcade on Liverpool Street, or contact us to make a time to view the Oliver Peoples collection. http://www.eye-contact.co.uk/contact-us/

Diabetes week 11 – 17 June

Latest Retinal Imaging technology, Optomap Ultrawidefield Image of Retina showing signs of Diabetic Retinopathy. 

As its Diabetes week this week, we wanted to promote awareness of Diabetic Retinopathy. Here is some info from NHS England on the eye related complications that can arise from diabetes, and why eye testing is free for diabetic patients.

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of  diabetes, caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the back of the eye (retina). It can cause blindness if left undiagnosed and untreated.

However, it usually takes several years for diabetic retinopathy to reach a stage where it could threaten your sight.

To minimise the risk of this happening, people with diabetes should:

  • ensure they control their blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol
  • attend diabetic eye screening appointments – annual screening is offered to all people with diabetes aged 12 and over to pick up and treat any problems early on

Reduce your risk of diabetic retinopathy

You can reduce your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, or help prevent it getting worse, by:

  • controlling your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • taking your diabetes medication as prescribed
  • attending all your screening appointments
  • getting medical advice quickly if you notice any changes to your vision
  • maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy balanced direct, exercising regularly, and not smoking.

For more information on Diabetic Retinopathy and clinical care at Eye Contact

For more information you can contact us to arrange an eye exam http://www.eye-contact.co.uk/contact-us/ and also learn about Optomap Ultrawidefield Retinal Imaging, which can detect general as well as eye diseases, such as Diabetic Retinopathy often years in advance of other methods http://www.eye-contact.co.uk/retinal-imaging/

Glasses Style Guide

Choosing the right frames

So you’ve done the hard bit, you have your clinical recommendation but how to make the most of style opportunity of wearing spectacles? Spectacles are one of the first things noticed about you so its important to make the right impression, at work or socially. Below is a brief guide compiled by our in store experts:

  • Frames MUST LIFT: Specs look best when they lift the cheek and eye area at the bottom outside corners of the frames upwards.
  • Your eyes should be centered within the frames: They don’t need to be absolutely dead center, but thereabouts is good.
  • Match the scale of the frames with your facial proportions: Bold, oversized frames are dramatic and fabulous, but that doesn’t mean they will work for you. A small person with dainty facial features is overwhelmed in thick, chunky frames. But that person can still wear bold frames if they choose a refined version of a chunky style.
  • Follow the line of your brows: Choose a frame shape that mirrors the arch of your eyebrows.
  • Don’t be scared of extra width: Many people wear specs that are too narrow for their face. Their eyes may be centered and the style “lifts upwards”, but the narrow width of the frames constricts the face. You want a shape that “opens up” the face, so add a little width to the top outside corners of the frames. It makes a world of difference, often balancing out a pear shaped face.
  • Think in three dimensions: You see your frames from the front, but everyone else sees them from all angles. They also catch glimpses of the inside of the frame. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to temple and inside colour detailing.
  • Choose a color that complements your skin tone and eye colour: The operative word is “complement”, not “match”. Bright blue-eyed people shouldn’t wear bright blue specs. But wearing brown specs with blue detailing might be ideal. Do not confine your choice to neutral tones either. Eyewear does not have to match what you’re wearing, but rather go with everything because it compliments your face, not your clothes.
  • Create the right amount of contrast: If the contrast between the colour of your skin tone and the frames is too strong, you’ll look severe. If it’s not strong enough you’ll look blah. This is not a hard and fast rule, but generally, choose a colour that is different to the colour of your hair and eyes.