Glass Vs Plastic Lenses - 2017-10-13

To my surprise I often get asked about glass lenses. Interestingly many people still seem to consider glass as an option for spectacle lenses as they have the wrong idea about technology of spectacle lenses these days. In short my answer would be that glass is too heavy, too unsafe and just plain outdated technology. Glass is the hardest lens... more

Ready Readers YAY or NAY - 2017-08-15

We hear it every day …. “ Oh I just need a plus one  or maybe a one point five for reading “ “ No I didn’t have an eye test” A lot of the times we have patients walk in asking us for ‘cheap” readers  - “Cause I don’t need a prescription”  A plus one is a prescripti... more

Do you wear contact lenses? Ever wondered why we ask you to come back for a test every year? - 2017-06-22

Vision is one of the most precious of our senses – and we at Brian Roos Optician would like to make sure that you have good eye sight at all times. Please bear with us when we ask you to come in once a year for your contact lens examination. We are obliged, by law to make sure Your prescription is up to date Your eyes are healthy ... more

What does 20/20 vision actually mean? - 2017-05-11

During an eye exam, your eye practitioner will ask you to find the smallest line of text letters that you can make out, and ask you to read it. If you can read the bottom row of letters, your visual acuity is very good. You have 20/20 vision. What  20/20 Vision Means In the day, the standard placement of an eye chart was on a wall and pl... more

Protective Eye Wear - 2017-03-24

Your eye sight is precious and needs to be protected. Sight threatening injuries are more common than you think and could be avoided by wearing safety eye wear.  We offer : A choice of frames designed for comfort and protection  adhering to the specifications stipulated by European standards  Safety lenses made from pol... more

Kids and Eye Patches - 2016-12-10

Ever wondered why you see some kids with eye patches? Here is your answer. It is treatment for a lazy eye or a condition called amblyopia. A lazy eye or Amblyopia is when the vision in one eye is insufficiently developed. If left untreated the vision will never develop properly. Early detection and treatments are only possible if kids have the... more

Why you should get your decorative contact lenses from your optometrist only. - 2016-10-24

Halloween is on our doorstep and we get many enquiries about decorative contact lenses.We are very strict about our patients having a consultation before purchasing the lenses. Many people do not understand why because they say  ...” but it’s not prescription?? “Here is why we need to make sure that we follow the rules. ... more

Are you a rubber? - 2016-09-19

Are you a rubber? Do you often have sore, red and itchy eyes?  Be it from allergies or due to stress and/or being tired chances are : You are a rubber.  It is the most natural response, be it with your fingers, knuckles or the ball of your hand. Rubbing occasionally is not the problem but we are seeing more and more patients that e... more

Diabetes concerns the whole family - 2016-09-13

Do you have a family member that is diabetic? Then it is vital that you consider looking at the disease as the whole family. Often we see patients that are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes yet find it impossible to control their sugar levels in the family environment, as the family does not make the necessary adjustments. They end up taking more and ... more

Can you see the colours? - 2016-06-30

Ever wondered what these funny looking charts are used for? They are called Ishihara charts. Dr Shinobu Ishihara introduced them in 1917—almost 100 years ago—the most well-known color blindness test. Each of his tests consists of a set of colored dotted plates, each of them showing either a number or a path. Since then this is th... more

What are the best Vitamins for your eyes ? - 2016-03-16

  Diminishing eye sight seems inevitable with age but what if you could hold on to good vision for longer? In this day and age leading a healthy lifestyle has become difficult and lets all admit most of us do not lead the healthy lifestyle we should. As we grow older though, not only our bodies but also our eye s can become more susc... more

Are your eyes tired after working on digital devices all day ? Here is why. - 2016-03-11

Do you work on computers and digital devices all day and feel tired and exhausted after a day’s work?  Here is why …We are all leading more and more a Digital life and from early morning until late at night we are using all kinds of digital devices, for work as well as for recreation. Think about laptops, tablets, smartphones ... more

Drivers License vision screening - How does it work ? - 2016-03-01

Press release  14 May 2014 - South African Optometric Association  Driver licence vision screening. Many South Africans see their 5 yearly vision screening at the traffic department as the bench mark of eye care. Legislation states (Regulation 102) that any person who is a valid license holder should have specific visual requ... more

Frequent use of Eyedrops - 2016-02-17

Do you use eye drops frequently? Using eye drops whenever you feel a bit of discomfort may not be a good idea. There are several conditions that can be treated with eye drops but all of the drops come with explicit instructions on how many to use, how often and for how long. There is a reason for this. Most commonly used prescription drops a... more

Astigmatism - 2016-01-18

I have Astigma….whaaat? Our patients are often baffled when they hear this. It is called Astigmatism and it is not a disease or contagious. It is just a very common condition of the eye that causes blurred or distorted vision and has nothing to do with any other visual deficiency like being short sighted or farsighted. Most people ... more

Whip out the Sunglasses..Summer is here - 2015-12-14

It is another stunning day here in the Mother City , the sun is out and summer is on its way - Whip out the sunscreen and those sunglasses . If you don't have a pair go and get one . Here some advice when buying those shades . When buying a car , a house or any bigger item we tend to think that the more expensive , the better it has to be. W... more

Floaters - 2015-11-02

Have you ever noticed those tiny flecks or spots that seem to appear aimlessly floating around in your field of vision? These specks are called floaters. They are more visibly when looking at the clear sky or a white screen. Floaters are actually shadows caused by changes to the vitreous, the gel like substance in your eyeball, either by min... more

What is an Anti Reflection coating? - 2015-09-11

Patients often don’t know what an anti-reflection coating is and if they do they seem to remember it as “the anti-glare thing”. I often hear “it just comes off” or it “makes my glasses dirty”. There is a lot of misconception on this essential and very much necessary coating that has come into a bit o... more

Progressive lenses also called Multifocals - 2015-09-09

  Ok we are all getting there at one time or another .. just after turning 40 ish ...but who wants to admit that we have trouble reading the small print? It is however not the greatest idea to reach for a ready reader without having a proper eye examination as most people will grab a reader that is way too strong and probably doesn’t ... more

What you need to know when choosing spectacles for kids - 2015-08-25

Spectacles for children are different in all aspects and there is a lot to be considered when choosing a frame for a child. Frame selection is smaller for kids than for adults and most manufacturers will not make the necessary modifications to a frame for it to truly fit a child. Children have more sensitive skin, smaller heads and are rougher o... more

Volunteer Wildfire Services and Cocoons OveRx sunwear - 2015-07-31

After the devastating fires that raged through the Cape in March this year we decided to give back to those who tirelessly fought for us @vwsfires Volunteer Wildfire Services We were blessed to receive immediate support from Live Eyewear Cocoons @CocoonsEyewear . Together we donated 20 !! pairs of Cocoons OveRx to our heros. We put together var... more

Kids and contact lenses - 2015-07-30

We are often asked what about kids and contact lenses? Our response is usually that it depends entirely on the child and the vigilance of the parents to teach and control the day to day efforts involved.We are seeing kids interested in contact lenses earlier and earlier and their use is widely suited to all age groups. The advantages of contact ... more

Vision changes with age - 2015-07-30

Just as our physical strength decreases with age, our eyes also exhibit an age-related decline in performance – particularly as we reach our 60's and beyond. Presbyopia is an age related change in vision and is perfectly normal and not a sign of disease in process. Cataracts can be considered an age-related disease, they are extreme... more