For people who care how they look and feel in glasses, we offer regular news and views about products, styles and new technology in eyewear, as well as clinical information on eye conditions such as Visual Stress (Meares-Irlen syndrome). 

If you have any specific concerns about your vision or your choice of eyewear, please book an appointment and we will be very happy to answer all your questions in person.

Spread the cost of your new glasses!

December 20th, 2019|

After possibly overdoing the Christmas festivities, perhaps your glasses haven’t quite made it through the season of goodwill in one piece? We’ve all been there, a replacement is needed, and needed quickly!  Perhaps you’ve had your eye on a new pair of frames for a while, or are simply looking [...]

An eye test from a child’s perspective

September 4th, 2019|

We all know the importance of regular eye tests but at this time of year, when the new school year is just beginning, it’s especially important to ensure you get your children’s eyes tested too. As parents, we are used to taking our children to the dentist every six months [...]

The importance of choosing the right sunglasses

August 8th, 2019|

So the sunshine is making a long-awaited appearance and now we're really starting to enjoy summer. But, picture the scene. You’re lying in the sunshine and reading a really fantastic book. You have your reading glasses on but it’s so bright, you need your sunnies firmly in place to avoid [...]

9 ways to look after your eyes in the summer

July 17th, 2019|

Summer is, at last here and we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give you some helpful hints and tips to keep your eyes healthy this summer. With the school holidays here and days out or holidays planned by many, you might just find a few helpful tips here! [...]

Helping your hay fever this summer!

July 8th, 2019|

We’re currently in the midst of an incredibly high pollen count here in the UK and many of us are suffering with hay fever symptoms, which can really put a dampener on the warm weather.  So where does it all come from? Well, hay fever comes from a pollen allergy, [...]

Malcolm Gray Optometrists raise £2000 for Guide Dogs UK

May 22nd, 2019|

Here at Malcolm Gray, we have recently been busy raising funds for one of our favourite charities, Guide Dogs UK. We are proud to have raised a fantastic £2000 during February 2019 and we had the enormous pleasure of handing over this cheque to Becky, one of the trainers for [...]

Book yourself in for a Malcolm Gray MOT!

December 20th, 2019|

We all know the importance of having an MOT, to ensure the car you drive each day is performing exactly as it should and working well for you but many people don’t give a second thought to paying the same attention to the glasses they wear each and every day.  [...]

Which frame suits my face shape??

May 31st, 2019|

We all know the drill; it’s time to invest in some new frames but have that sinking feeling. Where do we even start? How do we choose between all the frames on offer? All the colours? The many styles? It can feel like an absolute minefield and, at some opticians, [...]

The history of eyewear in fashion

April 5th, 2019|

Specs, glasses, readers – whatever they’re known as in your house, so many of us have them. Tucked into handbags, desk drawers, bedside tables, centre consoles in the car, we often have more than a few pairs to go with different outfits, different moods and different occasions. Which got us [...]

Eyewear, then and now

March 20th, 2019|

Ever wondered just where those glasses you reach for each morning came from? How did it all begin? And, where will the future of eyewear take us? Sit back, relax and let us take you through it.  The concept of eyewear as we know it began back in the 10thcentury, [...]

Styling appointments with Malcolm Gray Optometrists

March 5th, 2019|

Picture the scene. You have been browsing stores for a while, perhaps researching in fashion magazines for glasses or sunglasses that you like but are a little unsure. You may have tried the designer stores local to you but frankly have become tired of the hassle of trying multiple stores, [...]

Eight things you need to know about eye tests

February 12th, 2019|

Many people coming in for their first eye test, or first one in some time are often worried about what it may involve. Not only is it a vision check to see just how well you can read your daily paper or checking your long distance vision for driving but [...]

5 things you should expect from your optician

August 28th, 2017|

What do you expect when you go to get your sight tested? Some technical expertise? A knowledge of optical health? What about a friendly welcome, a comfortable, clean environment, a sense of calm, an ethical, patient-first approach? A recent YouGov survey commissioned by contact lens manufacturer CooperVision showed that spectacle [...]

Why pay more for quality eyewear?

June 18th, 2017|

If you regard your spectacles as nothing more than a tool for correcting your vision, then spending money on designer frames probably goes against the grain. You’ll pick the cheapest pair off the shelf, take a quick glance at yourself in the mirror and head to the checkout. But are [...]

Is your child suffering from Meares-Irlen syndrome?

April 12th, 2017|

Meares-Irlen syndrome, commonly known as Visual Stress, is a sensitivity to visual patterns, particularly stripes. In some cases it can cause visual perceptual problems, which interfere with reading, and the symptoms can occur despite normal vision, so it is often falsely diagnosed as dyslexia. The symptoms of Meares-Irlen syndrome include: [...]

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