Shaping up for Summer 2018

What Kind of Sunglasses Suit My Face?

The summer holidays 2018 are nearly upon us, and with them a host of seasonal eyewear styles just waiting to make their grand entrance. Here at Chelsea Eye Centre, we’ve been on trend-watch for the past six months and are excited to bring you the latest sunglasses styles for men and women from an array of iconic international designers.

Wondering ‘what kind of sunglasses suit my face?’ After scouring the globe for the hottest new looks, we reckon the five must-have shapes to look out for this season include:

  1. The Round Wire
  2. The Electric Geometric
  3. The Feature Bridge
  4. The Cat Eye
  5. The Shield

So get clued up on the sunglasses styles you should be investing in for your face shape this summer holidays 2018…

1. The Round Wire

The ideal match for oval and square face shapes, round wire frames are firmly in the style spotlight this season, with fashion influencers the world over opting to circle their eyes in thin gold, silver, pewter and black.  Retro minimalism seems to have inspired the shape’s comeback, as our favourite designers pay homage to the classic 80’s style, whilst adding smooth contemporary detailing. You can don the timeless trend with frames from the likes of Oliver Peoples, Prada, Chloe and Dior.

sunglasses face shape round
Iconic round frames from Oliver Peoples – NICKOL 0OV1214S 50377T
sunglasses face shape round
Stunning wire-rimmed sunglasses from Chloe – CE114SD 38073

2. Electric Geometric

If you’re looking to make the ultimate statement this summer, go geometric. This stand out SS18 trend forms the centre piece of luxurious collections from Prada and Alain Mikli this year, with bold acetate designs worthy of the Tate Modern! These shades give the wearer instant A-list glamour, making them the perfect addition to your summer holidays 2018, particularly if you have an oval or heart shaped face.  Experience their effect on yourself by trying on these beauties…

sunglasses geometric face shape
What kind of sunglasses suit my face? Try bold architecture-inspired geometric frames from Prada – 0PR 16RS VAO4J1
sunglasses geometric face shape
Giant geometric shades from eyewear artist Alain Mikli – 0A05025 N1023F

3. The Feature Bridge

Face-width gold bars, high arching mirrors and inch-thick rainbows feature across the bridges of our edgiest designers’ SS18 sunglasses styles, so are a top trend for all face shapes. Tom Ford, Prada and Alain Mikli have got particularly creative with their shapes this season, pulling out all the stops to adorn masterpiece frames with eye-catching brow-lines. One thing’s for sure, the feature bridge is guaranteed to turn heads this summer…

sunglasses face shape feature bridge
Rainbow inspired ALAIN MIKLI 638 0A04002N 001/87
sunglasses face shape feature bridge
Go bold with intricate-bridged frames from Prada – 0PR 07TS 1AB1A1

4. The Cat Eye

Elegant and feminine, cat eye shades transform any summer outfit with Monroe-esque glamour. From sleek minimalist Ray Ban designs to all-out metal-studded Prada creations, the shape gives you the freedom to express your individual style, but always with beguiling charm. It’s the go-to style for those with heart or triangle face shapes this summer, so make sure to equip your eyewear wardrobe with a pair.

sunglasses face shape cat eye
Simple mirrored cat eye frames from Ray Ban – BLAZE CAT EYE 0RB3580N 042/30
sunglasses face shape cat eye
How could summer 2018 be complete without these studded cat eye sunglasses from Prada – ORNATE 0PR 31QS 2AU0A7

5. The Shield

Bigger is better with sci-fi inspired sunglasses styles featuring huge wrap-around shapes and mirrored lenses. Whether you’re partying the summer away in the Med or hanging out in Hyde Park, this bold trend emanates effortless cool. Check out the bold offerings from the latest Tom Ford collection…

sunglasses face shape shield
More head-turning shades from Tom Ford – PORFIRIO-02 FT0559 FT05590001A
sunglasses face shape shield
Beautifully graded Tom Ford shades – ONDRIA FT0519 FT05190028B

So if you’ve been wondering what kind of sunglasses suit my face? We guarantee there’ll be a stand out pair for you here at Chelsea Eye Centre. Click here to make an appointment with our experienced staff today or call us on 0203 826 8143.

Contact Lenses – Our Golden Rules

Are you planning on getting contact lenses for the first time? With Spring now in full swing it’s the perfect time to try something new!
Wearing glasses all day long can sometimes be annoying– if that’s you, then maybe contacts are the answer! Here at Chelsea Eye Centre our goal is to make the transition between glasses and contacts as easy and pleasant as possible! And remember there’s nothing to be afraid of if you know our golden rules for contacts!
And no, it’s not possible for them to get stuck behind your eyeballs…!

contact lensNever, ever use tap water to clean your contact lenses!

Always stick to the solution that your optician has given you – using water to clean your new contact lenses is a great way of creating a cosy petri dish for bacteria, which as you can probably imagine won’t end very well for your eyes!

Practise Makes Perfect

Like any other new skill, it takes a bit of practice to get used to using contact lenses.  Our experienced optometrists will show you how to take the lenses in and out correctly during your fitting appointment. We want to make sure you are confident and comfortable with your new lenses, so call back in at any time if you need more help. We’re sure you’ll get the hang of it in no time!

Put the makeup down!

makeup contact lenses

Ladies, please put your contact lenses in before applying makeup! Trying to put them in once you’ve applied makeup can be extremely frustrating and potentially dangerous. Save yourself the hassle and pop them in before – plus don’t you think it’ll be a lot easier to do your makeup when you can actually see?

Don’t try to sleep, shower or swim in your new contacts

swimming contact lenses

Getting contact lenses for the first time means you’re bound to make some mistakes, but please ensure you don’t sleep, bathe/shower or swim in your new contacts. No matter what anyone tells you, just don’t do it! There are too many horror stories of  infections and even loss of sight when people decide to do one of the 3 things mentioned above. Water + Contacts = Infections, never forget!

Always stick to the wearing duration recommended by your optician

Our optometrist will have assessed your sight and advised you how long you should wear your contacts for.  Make sure to stick to these times – everyone’s eyes are different and following the instructions you’ve been given will ensure that you can enjoy your contact lenses for a long time to come.

Sharing is not caring

Contact lenses handling

Even if someone has the same exact prescription and contact lenses as you, it doesn’t mean you can share contacts. In fact, doing so will cause more harm than good, risk of infection  is extremely high.

Always wash your hands before handling contacts!

Get rid of all the germs and dry your hands well before touching your contact lenses and eyes.

When in doubt – take them out

Painful contact lenses

When you’re still figuring it all out – pain is not your friend. If you feel any irritation or pain in your eyes, remove your contacts to avoid turning a small problem into something major.

And, of course, never be afraid to call your optician.

If you’re thinking of getting contact lenses for the first time, aren’t happy with your current pair or would like to know more about eye health, please do not hesitate to call us today on 020 7351 3847 or book an appointment to speak to one of our experts today.

What Does Diabetes Have to Do With Your Eyes?

What Does Diabetes Have to Do With Your Eyes?

Did you know that about 4 million people are currently living with diabetes in the UK?  And that the number of those affected by the condition has doubled since 1996?  Many health experts worry that diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions in developed societies… but what’s it got to do with your eyes?


As well as being detrimental to your general health, diabetes has huge implications for your eyes.  The disease causes diabetic eye problems such as diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema, and can also heighten your risk of contracting cataracts or glaucoma.  A diabetic eye screening is an extremely effective way of diagnosing the earliest symptoms of diabetes, and monitoring when the condition might start to damage your eyesight.

At Chelsea Eye Clinic, we’re passionate about educating our patients about anything that could pose a risk to their eye health.  If you’re suffering from diabetes – whether type 1, 2 or gestational – you are at risk of diabetic eye problems, which could cause severe damage to your retina, lens, macular and optic nerve if left untreated.  So to get you clued up we’ve compiled a few of the common eye conditions that can be diagnosed and halted due to a simple diabetic retinal screening…

Diabetic Retinopathy

When blood sugar levels get too high, blood vessels in your retina can be damaged, resulting in bleeding or leaking.  Diabetic retinopathy can cause distorted vision or even severe sight loss, making the condition a leading cause of blindness among British adults.

The fact that the earliest symptoms aren’t visible makes it particularly dangerous, as the only sure way of spotting its onset is via a comprehensive diabetic eye screening.  Through this examination, your optometrist will be able to see the first indications of the condition before any permanent vision loss occurs.

Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)

DME is the accumulation of fluid in the macular as a result of diabetic retinopathy.  The condition causes swelling, blurred vision and can result in severe sight loss, but in the majority of cases it is treatable.

Cataracts and Glaucoma

You are five times more likely to develop cataracts and twice as likely to contract glaucoma if you suffer from diabetes.  Usually the result of natural aging, cataracts cause your eye’s lens to cloud up, whilst glaucoma attacks the optic nerve and harms the connection between the eye and brain.  Both can severely impair your vision.

Diabetic eye problems are often treatable, but as most of the early symptoms are undetectable without a diabetic retinal screening, the consequences can be severe if they go undiagnosed.  But there are simple steps you can take to minimise the risks.

Firstly, book a comprehensive eye test every year and enquire about diabetic eye screening to ensure we closely monitor for the slightest changes to your eyes and can identify the first signs of diabetic eye problems.  The sooner we’re able to diagnose these conditions, the more effective the treatment will be.  Secondly, keep a healthy lifestyle with plenty of outdoors exercise and a vegetable-packed diet to keep your glucose levels remain as steady as possible.

Suffering from diabetes and concerned about your visual health? Book a diabetic eye screening with us at the Chelsea Eye Clinic to keep diabetic eye problems at bay and achieve peace of mind.


The Perfect Celeb Inspired Glasses for You! Showcasing Oliver Peoples.

Aside from their A-list status, what do Idris Elba, Robert Downey Jnr, Margot Robbie, Steven Spielberg, Beyonce, Elton John, Claudia Schiffer, Harrison Ford, Orlando Bloom, Kristen Stewart, Angelina Jolie, Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Demi Moore, Robert Pattinson and Gwen Stefani have in common?

Oliver Peoples Spectacles.

United by their eyewear, celebrities the world over have become enamored with the iconic brand.  Famed for exceptional quality, hardwearing durability and rounded shapes, Oliver Peoples’ reputation has been built around 30 years of exceptional design acumen and here at Chelsea Eye Centre we are proud to be one of the UK’s official Oliver Peoples frames stockists.

Oliver Peoples’ star-studded story began in 1986, when founder Larry Leight purchased an extensive collection of vintage handmade American spectacles at an auction.  The hoard included frames from legendary United States-born brands such as American Optical and Bausch & Lomb, featuring an array of stunning rimless, metal and clip on varieties, lenses, tools and a single receipt signed ‘Oliver Peoples’.  Larry and his brother Dennis partnered to form a company named in the mystery owner’s honour.  Their first breakthrough collection was inspired by this original vintage selection, spawning a heritage aesthetic that still pervades to this day.

The Leight brothers soon opened up an eyewear boutique in West Hollywood, Los Angeles where they quickly drew the attention of the A-list elite.  But the brand’s exponential rise to fame began a year later in 1987, when Larry Leight designed a bespoke frame for Andy Warhol to wear on the cover of Vogue magazine.  Since this milestone, the designer has since become one of the most revered eyewear brands on the planet, splashed across fashion editorial spreads, celebrated by Time Magazine and featured in the seminal film American Psycho as the specs-of-choice for antihero Patrick Bateman.  In fact, Oliver Peoples has become so iconic that the brand doesn’t use a logo on its frames, instead relying on minimalist design and detail to create an instantly recognizable collection.

Oliver Peoples spectacles are still designed and handcrafted out of its West Hollywood HQ and studio, and the brand’s Californian origins infuse every pair of frames, channeling sophisticated yet preppy style.  Finding inspiration in movies, books, archive, music and travel, Oliver Peoples collections draw on Los Angeles’ unique culture.

The result?  Timeless frames in a natural tortoiseshell palette that complement each individual wearer’s creativity, curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit.  Here are a few of our team’s firm favourites from the latest stunning collection at Chelsea Eye Centre, one of the UK’s Oliver Peoples frames stockists…


Sophisticated lightly graded Oliver Peoples spectacles – OV5236 Afton


Edgy in blue acetate, Oliver Peoples spectacles – Gregory Peck OV5183


The classic round Oliver Peoples spectacles – OV5326U Elins Round

So if you’re looking for a new A-list worthy pair of frames that will last the years, then stop your search with the latest collection of Oliver Peoples spectacles.  Visit the Chelsea Eye Centre – one of the official Oliver Peoples frames stockists – to try on our extensive range.