Tiger Specs Stock Clearout Sale Now On – 4 Days Only!

The TIGER SPECS STOCK CLEAROUT SALE is a chance to buy some of your favourite glasses at a few pounds off making us even more incredible value!!!! The TWO FOR £5 offer still stands.  Yes two pairs of metal framed glasses for £5 with a 6 month guarantee and UK postage is an amazing £1 with same day dispatch 1st class Royal Mail. We want to clear as much stock as possible over the 4 days and then purchase some new styles and colours. When you visit our site as a regular customer it is our intention that you see something new and exciting very time. Dont miss out this sale will only last for 4 days and finishes Sunday 4th!


Mel and Alastair Dunn

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Top Tips For Good Eye Health

We’re all aware of the importance of attending regular eye tests to find out if we need glasses but it’s also important to visit an optometrist every couple of years in order for them to check the overall health of the eye. Opticians can detect the early onset of a range of conditions including glaucoma, and they can advise you on taking the correct precautions to help to maintain the long term health of your eye.

Of course, there are other ways of looking after your eyes. It may seem obvious, but many eye conditions are as a result of a lack of protection. If you work in an environment where you are exposed to harmful chemicals or perhaps you carry out a lot of DIY such as woodwork, then you may be more at risk of getting a foreign object in your eye. Most accidents such as this will be need to be treated in an A&E department, but you can minimise the risk by wearing protective eye goggles.

Eat a healthy diet. We usually associate healthy eating with losing weight or keeping blood cholesterol under control, but it’s also important to eat a diet rich in omega-3, zinc and vitamin C and vitamin E in order to help to prevent a range of eye diseases. If you eat a diet rich in foods such as green leafy vegetables, oily fish, citrus fruits and eggs then you’ll be helping to eat your way to preventing cataracts and muscular degeneration.

On sunny days, wear some sunglasses. Sunglasses can not only help you to look good, but they can also help to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Cheap fashion sunglasses may not contain any UV filters in the lenses, so it’s important to wear a pair of sunglasses which block 99% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays in order to give your eyes maximum protection.

Many of us also spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen on a daily basis, so taking regular breaks can help to avoid eye strain. Make sure you blink on a regular basis in order to prevent the eyes from drying out.

Here at Tiger Specs we encourage all of our customers to attend regular visits to the opticians to take good care of their eyes. If you require reading glasses but you’re not sure which lens strength would be most suitable for you, then feel free to test yourself using our free eye chart.

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Which Shaped Frames Suit You?

Choosing a new pair of reading glasses can be tricky – after all, not only do you want to be able to see text more clearly, but many people also want to look good too! In the past, glasses were associated with aging and many people put off wearing them for as long as possible, however nowadays glasses can make a real fashion statement.

There are so many different types of frames to choose from, it’s worth finding out what your face shape is in order to help you to make a decision regarding which pair of reading glasses would be most flattering for you. In order to find out your face shape, print a photograph of your face, take a piece of tracing paper and carefully draw the outline of your face. This should give you a good indication of your face shape.

If you have a classic, oval face, then you are one of the lucky ones! Most frames will suit your face; just try to avoid any frames which are too large for your features. Round faces suit frames which are angular and geometric, and many people find that wearing rectangular shaped frames can help to make their face to appear slimmer. If you have a square face then try to stick with round or oval shaped frames and avoid anything with sharp, angular lines.

Heart shapes faces can look great with rimless reading glasses, as this can help to disguise the fact that the top half of the face is wider than the chin. Rimless reading glasses frames are flattering for many different face shapes and are also very modern looking. People with diamond shaped faces tend to be fairly narrow at the jaw line and have a small forehead and chin. They often have high cheekbones which can be emphasised by wearing glasses frames which are upswept at the outer corners.

Here at Tiger Specs we offer a wide range of different frames for reading glasses so you can make sure you choose the most flattering style for your face shape. Have fun browsing!

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A Vision Of The Sunny Past – The History Of Sunglasses

The precursors to sunglasses were thought to have been worn in the 1300s by Chinese judges who wanted to hide their expressions from the court they presided over. They did not offer any sun protection which means they could not be worn outside, and although later designs were made in Italy to offer some protection to the eyes, these were again designed for use in court and not outside.

It was not until the 1900s that sunglasses become a popular accessory – with the American military promoting these items by making them part of their uniform for servicemen and women. Sam Foster, founder of the Foster Grant Company began selling sunglasses on the beaches in Atlantic City in 1929 and with other big name brands such as Ray Ban coming into play in subsequent years the sunglasses industry really took off.

Nowadays sunglasses offer both UVA and UVB protection to reduce the glare from the sun and keep eyes healthy. Modern sunglasses are produced to be as light and durable as possible and can be bought in a wide variety of different designs, styles and colours. They are also designed as a fashion item that can be worn to accessorise with various outfits.

At Tiger Specs we offer a broad collection of non-prescription sunglasses as well as sun readers – sunglasses that are also reading glasses and thus enable you to read your favourite books, newspapers and magazines whilst sitting outside in the sun.

To find out more about the sunglasses and sunreaders we offer please do visit our website and don’t forget if you like us on Facebook via our app you can also receive an extra 10% off your purchase!

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Driving survey shows importance of regular eye tests

According to a new survey drivers are ducking eye tests with some who need glasses at the wheel often declining to use them.

Around 26% of drivers have not had an eye test in the last two years, the poll by road safety charity Brake showed.

A total of 9% have not visited an optician for five years or more, while 3% had not had eye checks for more than a decade, revealed the survey.

It paints quite an alarming attitude to the one out of our five senses that most of us would agree is the most vital.

Our eyesight is something which can alter quite dramatically and certainly if you are on the wrong side of 40 you may find you are struggling to focus on reading as well as you used to.

This is because of presbyopia, a condition which generally hits us in middle age. It is totally natural, but means focussing on close up objects isn’t that easy anymore.

That is where we at Tiger Specs come into the picture providing great value, fashionable reading glasses and sun readers. However, that apart this survey emphasises a belief by all respectable parties in the optical profession to take eye health seriously.

In the survey Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said: “Being a driver is a huge responsibility, and means you need to look after your own health and fitness to drive as well as making sure your vehicle is roadworthy.”

She goes on to say that if your vision isn’t up to scratch you are posing an enormous risk on roads, as eyesight can deteriorate rapidly without you noticing, and at the wheel that can be lethal.

We entirely agree with her. That’s why it is so important to get tested every two years.

Eye tests are cheap, can also detect other indications of problems you may have with your health, and provide great reassurance. Appointments are easy and quick to book, so if it’s been before summer 2011 since you were last at the opticians now is the time to book a date in your diary.

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Sizzling summer a bumper time for sun readers

Have you noticed what a different world it is when the sun is out?

It seems Britain has a smile on its face with Summer 2013 seemingly the first real summer we’ve had for several years.

Slate grey skies and rusting barbecues have been the norm at this time of year in recent times, but now with this heat wave continuing the beaches are packed, the paddling pools are inflated and there’s barely an ice cream left in the fridge.

The Met Office are predicting too that the good weather is going to last. The temperatures will remain in the high 20s for the rest of this week, and incredibly the long-term weather forecast is looking good!

OK, the weathermen are notorious for their forecasts, but the rest of July looks like being a scorcher, which will no doubt have the statisticians analysing the mercury levels. August looks very promising – we can keep our fingers crossed.

It means that relaxing reading a book in the garden is a must, with the sultry short sleeve evenings. However, with the sun’s glare there is a good chance you could strain your eyes.

That is unless you invest in a pair of sun readers. For those of you unaware exactly what these are, they are  sunglasses with UV protection with reading glasses strength lenses +1.00,+1.50,+ 2.00,+2.50, or +3.00. This means you can use reading glasses outside and have the safety protection from the suns glare. These are as just as important as the sun lotion in these exceptional times.

At Tiger Specs’ we’ve sourced an impressive range of sun readers, not easily found in your local chemist or supermarket.  No waiting at Tiger Specs either as these can be dispatched 1st Class same day if ordered before 4pm.

We know that affordable fashion never goes out of style and with our funky European influenced sun readers no matter how hot the mercury goes you will still be the coolest of the cool.

Happy reading in the sun everybody.

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Vast majority of online prescription reading glasses are safe for your sight

If you only enter the term ‘cheap reading glasses,’ into your Internet search engine, you will soon find a story causing alarm.

The tale is from the respected consumer watchdog Which, and has been reported in the Telegraph, but sometimes as in all news stories you have to look deeper than a headline to find out the facts.

The Telegraph’s banner, ‘Warning Over Cheap Glasses Bought Online,’ is enough to have many scampering off to the High Street, but although we have a vested interest we feel it is only right to fight our own corner with the truth.

Which researchers bought 36 pairs of glasses from various online retailers and 15 pairs failed expert tests carried out by a panel of optometrists.

However, this is actually very misleading.

The Telegraph’s report failed to mention that Which found that 8 out of 9 online glasses for simple prescriptions (below +/- 5) were up to standard and correct. That mean’s 89 per cent of regular prescriptions are fine.

The problems creating the furore were with varifocals and complex prescriptions. This rather important fact has been omitted and has a great bearing on the public’s choice and on good online businesses.

Many people I know have had far more problems with high street opticians than with online services.

At the end of the day – if the glasses you purchase seem “off” then complain and get it fixed. But online retailers like us bend over backwards to make sure customers are happy.  That’s why we have so many customers coming back to us.

At Tiger Specs we make sure if you’re not happy with your glasses we will exchange them. There is no fuss and we take your eye health seriously.

We advise that wherever you buy, regular eye tests and contact lens check-ups are vital. You should have a sight test every two years (or more frequently if advised), and an eye test is an eye health check too.

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Sun Readers Or Sunglasses: Which Should You Choose?

Glasses come in many shapes or forms, depending on fashion and of course the prescription lenses that the individual requires. There are also various reasons why people wear glasses – perhaps because they are longsighted, because they are short sighted or perhaps because their eyes have been damaged by illness or injury.

When the sun comes out there is a whole new glasses dilemma to face – do you wear your normal glasses and just squint? Wear sunglasses and not be able to read properly or invest in a pair of sunreaders to hopefully enable to you to read in the sun?

Of course this choice will be a personal one but most people who wear glasses will understand the problem of sunglasses and whether or not to they choose to wear them. Some people will go down the route of having their normal lenses tinted so that in strong sunlight they become naturally darker, thus providing protection from the sun and also making it easier to do things. Others will opt to have two pairs of glasses – one normal and one prescription sunglasses – however this does mean that they need to carry two pairs around with them.

A third option is to go for sunreaders. These reading sunglasses provide up to UV400 sun protection and enable the wearer to still have the same ability to read as if they were wearing their everyday reading glasses. Like off the shelf reading glasses they are available in a wide range of different styles and colours and are suitable for both men and women.

Wearing sunreaders will give people the convenience of only having to carry around one pair of glasses plus it means they can still enjoy their favourite book, magazine or newspaper when sitting outside in the bright sunlight.

To find out more about sunreaders or to choose your own reading sunglasses you could visit the sun readers available in the Tiger Specs online store.

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Do I Need Reading Glasses?

We all know that eyesight can deteriorate as we get older but everyone is unique and we will all have a different requirement for glasses. Some people may find they need glasses early on in life to help with driving or working at the computer whereas others will find it more difficult to read small print as they get older but how do you know whether you need reading glasses?

If you have found yourself struggling lately to read a newspaper, magazine or eBook then it is probable that you will require reading glasses to help you decipher the text more easily. Another tell-tale sign that you need reading glasses is when you find yourself holding items at a distance in order to be able to read the text. As we get older the lenses in our eyes lose their ability to change shape which means we can sometimes find it hard to focus on objects that are close by or to read the small print.

When you haven’t needed to purchase glasses before it might seem quite overwhelming but there are resources out there to help you. If you think you need reading glasses the next step will be to decide which strength of glasses you require – our eye chart can help you to do this. You simply print out the PDF and follow the instructions to help you determine which strength reading glasses you need to order.

Then comes the easy bit…choosing the style and colour of glasses you like. At Tiger Specs we offer a wide range of off the shelf reading glasses to suit all different tastes so why don’t you browse the styles we have on offer and then feel free to get in touch with us if you need any help at all in selecting the right pair.

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Speedy Delivery From Tiger Specs!

Here at Tiger Specs we pride ourselves on the fact that we are able to offer our customers a wide range of affordable yet fashionable reading glasses, sunglasses and sun readers. We update our stocks on a regular basis meaning that customers who revisit our site can choose a different style of frame and we feel that our £1 delivery service is a reasonable fee. Our past customers also comment on how quickly we are able to ship our orders out as well as providing an efficient and helpful after sales service.

We understand that our customers may require a different level of lens strength according to the condition of their eyes, which is why we provide a helpful eye chart PDF which can be printed off to allow the customer to determine which strength of lens would be most beneficial to them.

Of course, sometimes customers purchase a pair of glasses which once they try on, they realise may not be the right shaped frame or colour. For us, that’s no problem. All of our specs come with the option to return the glasses within 14 days, provided they are returned in an unused condition in the original packaging. We will be happy to provide the customer with an exchange or a refund.

At Tiger Specs we appreciate that sometimes customers may lose their glasses and therefore need a replacement pair pretty quickly. This is why we set up our systems to ensure that if an order is placed by 4pm, it will be shipped out on the same day! Very often this means our customers only have to wait 24 hours from the click of the ‘submit order’ button to the unwrapping of the delivery of new specs.

We are proud of the high level of service we are able to offer our customers. However, don’t just take our word for it – take a look at our page of customer reviews to see what they think! www.tigerspecs.co.uk.

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