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

The next “new normal”.

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve had lots of enquiries as to when we will be back in action and providing routine eye care.  The truth is we don’t know. We’re waiting for official guidance from our optical governing bodies as to when and what we will be allowed to start doing.

As soon as we hear we will notify you and start scheduling appointments again. Please be patient as life at H&H won’t be quite as straightforward as it was before COVID-19 appeared on the horizon. No longer will anyone be able to simply pop by without notifying us ahead of their visit. A lot of the things that we’ve all taken for granted over the years are going to be disallowed, for at least the initial period after re-opening. This won’t be easy for any of us.

Rest assured that we are working hard in the meantime to make certain that we have all the necessary preparations in place. This includes everything from PPE to restructuring the practice to ensure it is as safe as possible for us all.

Safety is paramount, but we will work hard to ensure that everyone still receives a high standard of eye care and customer service.

We miss you!

 

COVID-19 Update

Given the current situation, we have taken the difficult decision to close our doors for a while. My fabulous team have pulled out all the stops this week to ensure that where possible, everyone has been able to receive their orders.  We have been mindful to adhere to the social distancing recommendations no matter how odd and non customer friendly they may seem. We are very appreciative about how supportive and compliant everyone has been. It’s not an easy situation for any of us, but together we seem to be working through it.

Our contact lens wearers have been notified that they have now been set up for a home delivery service. Simply email  info@henningopticians.com to let us know what you need to order.

Should you have any concerns about your eyes or your vision during this time, we will be available to answer them. You can also check here https://lookafteryoureyes.org for information.

We are all only too aware that there’s a very tough road ahead of us. I want to thank all of our lovely customers for their understanding and kind words. I want to salute my wonderful team for the mammoth effort they’ve been making with ensuring that we did everything that could be done to minimise the impact of this coronavirus threat.

No matter how many times you read or hear these words, I truly believe it can never be enough…..

Stay safe, keep well and looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

 

 

 

20-20-20 rule is key for 2020

Increasing amounts of screen time are becoming a feature in our modern lives: this is especially true of children.

Using any device leads to a reduced blink rate  which can be a key factor in causing dry eye syndrome. This results in eyes feeling irritated and uncomfortable.

According to renowned Canadian Occupational Therapist Victoria Proofday, extended screen use is leading to a decline in childrens’ social, emotional and academic functioning. Compared to virtual reality, everyday life can be dull and childrens’ brains can find it increasingly challenging to cope in the classroom. With computers, there is a bombardment of exciting graphics and special effects, whereas  in the classroom there is mostly  only human voices and adequate visual stimulation. The inability to be able to process lower levels of stimulation can leave children vulnerable to academic challenges.

Not only does spending time oudoors help to decrease the risk of developing myopia (short-sightedness), but according to Victoria, playing in an unstructed natural environment helps children to learn and practice their social skills.

A study by Oxford University of 3000 3-5 year olds discovered that the academic success of children was associated more to their home enviroment and their parents’ involvement, than to the toys and electronic devices that they possessed. Those children who had fewer toys and no electronic devices, but had parents who spent more time with them, performed better in school. The childrens’ social development was also better, suggesting that parents’ attention is more beneficial than toys or electronic devices.

Electronic devices have now become a key part of childrens’ education, and hence use is essential and virtually impossible to avoid. For adults, it would be rare to have a job that didn’t include screen use. The recommended advice is to take regular breaks, and for younger children, ideally to keep screen time to a minimum.

Using the 20-20-20 rule is beneficial for all screen time. This rule recommends that every 20 minutes one should look 20 metres away from the screen for 20 seconds. For those who use screens for extended periods eg in the office, I would also consider adding an additional 20 to the rule: doing 20 knee bends every 20 minutes to help lower any circulation risk.