Easing out of Lockdown

As the country nervously starts to ease out of Lockdown, we are opening our doors once again to the world.


North Opticians shop frontage

North Opticians and Eyewear

We know that in years to come people will ask the question, “what did you do in the Pandemic?” and we’ll say, “we served.”.

Throughout this Pandemic, North Opticians has provided it’s friendly essential and emergency eyecare service. Of course, we had to dramatically change our working environment to keep the Team and you safe, but we couldn’t let our clients down at this time.

Our Optician Iain continued to commute into the practice. The rest of the team worked from home to keep safe and help protect the NHS at this time. Any clients that had essential or emergency needs were invited to come into our safe environment. We take the well-being of our clients very seriously, and while the world slowed down and stayed home, we undertook measures to ensure that our practice continued to offer a safe service.

We know some of you will be nervous about the brave new world we are slowly starting to embrace, and we want to reassure you that we haven’t just been sitting around! We’ve been learning and training. We’ve been sourcing PPE, and we’ve had a spot of refurbishment to update the shop and stay safe.

North's till area featuring new wallpaper, distance markers and a protective screen

Here you can see North’s till area featuring new wallpaper, distance markers and a protective screen around the till

North's dispensing room

North’s dispensing room has also been given a makeover

While most of our clients were staying home, here are some of the measures we were busy putting in place:

  • We have all undertaken extra training to ensure your visit and service is compliant with Covid 19 awareness, infection prevention and control.
  • We can reassure you that North will be a safe and uncrowded environment, with clear social distancing signage.
  • We have implemented increased hygiene measures.
  • Every frame will be disinfected after it has been tried on.
  • Masks are a requirement in store and can be provided.
  • We have installed protective screens throughout the shop and our staff will be wearing PPE.
Iain Thompson wearing a face mask and apron

We will be wearing PPE, as shown by Iain

We hope that you have been safe and well throughout this period. And we are very much looking forward to serving your eyecare needs going forward. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any concerns or questions.

North is ready for our new normal. We’ve been here all along.

Autumn/Winter 2018 – what’s new?

What do you think of when we say Autumn/Winter? Colder, darker mornings. The year coming to an end, a chance for new beginnings. Well…..

You know here at North Opticians we adore glasses. When I say adore I mean ADORE – we could talk optics until the cows come home. We’ve recently updated our frames to suit the coming season, so here’s a peek at our new collections!


Rich, jewel-toned colours

We’re a bit spoilt for choice in this category. New glasses in shades of violet, pearl, deep teal blue and burgundy are making our shop feel warm and cosy, but here are two of my favourites.

juneau by etnia barcelona

Juneau by Etnia Barcelona

A really pared back look for this frame, just the outline suggesting cat eye. But what really makes it stand out is the use of colour. Matte teal shifting into purple metal embellishments with honey coloured temple tips – the result is warm and playful!

balvi by etnia barcelona

Balvi by Etnia Barcelona

This frame is reminiscent of the bug eye style popular in the 60’s and 70’s, but updated in it’s simplicity. The contrast between rose gold metal and periwinkle blue acetate looks really stunning, but in keeping a petite frame, the result isn’t overwhelming. A beautiful splash of colour for Autumn/Winter.



Contemporary shapes

Though we like to keep a range of styles here at North, from classic to crazy, a common theme for our new ranges of glasses seems to be edges – we’ve gone for angular frames. These can look fantastic on anyone, and the mix of a hard edge against a rounded point can look beautiful.

style 4511 in crygn by modo

Style 4511 in CRYGN by Modo

Although the shape of this frame is quite traditional, the use of gunmetal titanium to outline clear acetate looks so fresh and light. These glasses would be perfect for someone who wants to steer away from the current trend of bold glasses – subtle and stylish.

dakar by eco modo

Dakar by Eco

This frame is beautiful! Delicate and feminine with a bold edge along the top, the silver at the temples highlights the cheekbone and eye area, contrasting with the warm burgundy. Really lovely on lots of different faces.



Something new

It’s nice to stand out a little bit sometimes, and glasses can be the perfect accessory to show off your personality. The frames below stand out in different ways – which is your style?

hamilton in tea by salt

Hamilton in Tea by Salt

It’s the details that really make this frame extraordinary. The etchings in the arms and across the bridge, coloured antique gold, and the screws you can see holding the bridge and nosepads in place, all give a feeling of luxury and workmanship. Added to this, the colour of the acetate compliments the gold perfectly, and has the best name – tea. Just right for Autumn/Winter!

reading glasses in parrot by wolf eyewear

Style 3068 in Parrot by Wolf Eyewear

Just look at this frame – how different can you get?! The bright colours (aptly named parrot) are toned down by the matte finish and free space across the top of the frame. These reading glasses are perfect for perching on your nose, and are nice and lightweight.


So there we have it! Just a sample of the new frames available this season here at North Opticians. Pop in soon for a hot cup of coffee and a browse!

All about sunglasses!

We all know that sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful rays – but how? What is the best tint colour for you? How about polarising? What does a mirror effect do? So many questions, it’s hard not to get confused!

So I’m going to break it down and tell you about the different aspects of a pair of sunglasses.

How do they work?

At their most basic level, a good pair of sunglasses will:

  • Protect your eyes from UV rays from the sun. These can damage your eyes due to being high-energy light waves.
  • Shield your eyes from intense light.
  • Provide protection from glare and direct light sources, such as the sun (but remember don’t look directly at it!)
  • Eliminate specific light frequencies.

There are different technologies that can be used in a pair of sunglasses to reduce the effects listed above, for example:

  • Tinting
  • Polarization
  • Mirroring
  • Scratch-resistant coating
  • Anti-reflective coating

So first off let’s look at…


The tint is the colour of the lens. Most commonly sunglasses use either grey, green or brown tints, though pretty much every colour is available! Each different tint will have a different effect, as shown in below.

Grey tint

Grey is a good general purpose tint for sunglasses, working in almost all conditions. This shade can reduce eye fatigue, minimise glare on water, and is the darkest tint with the highest available light reduction.

Green tint

Similarly to the grey tint, green is a good general purpose colour. It offers even colour perception, dims glare and brightens shadows, and gives good contrast in low light.

Brown tint

The brown tint enhances contrast, improves depth perception, and is the best choice for patients with Macular Degeneration. Both the brown and grey lenses are the most suitable for driving.

It is worth noting that if you use sunglasses to drive, you shouldn’t choose a lens with a tint darkness class of 4 – this is the darkest available tint, which lets in only 8-3% of light, and should only really be used for open mountain ranges (hard to find in Chichester!)


A thin coat is applied to a lens to make it polarised – this coat contains molecules which lay horizontally and naturally trap any light that aligns horizontally – which typically glare does. You can actually test whether or not a lens is polarised by looking at glare through the lens and then tilting the frame to the left or right – if the glare gets brighter, the lenses are polarised.

This coating is best used at sea, when playing outdoor sports or for driving.


Choosing a mirrored coat is a good idea if you’re particularly sporty – as well as looking very cool they reduce the amount of light passing through the lenses by a further 10-60%. The colour of the mirror is completely independent of the shade of tint; for example you could have a green mirror finish on top of a grey tint, appearing grey when you look through it, but green to the outside world.

Scratch-resistant coating

At North, all of our lenses come scratch-resistant as standard. They are treated with a hard coating, making them tougher and more hard wearing.

Anti-reflective coating

This is a really good idea if you have a high prescription, as the more curved the lens, the more it reflects. With the anti-reflective coating, it works to improve your vision by concentrating more light into your eyes rather than being reflected by the lens, which especially helps vision at night. When used with sunglasses, the coating is applied to the back of the lens, meaning when you’re facing away from the sun, the reflection won’t catch and get in your eyes.

So. Which sunglasses to choose?

Here at North we have a diverse and fantastic range of sunnies, from the traditional to the slightly wacky!

This is Farrah by Booth and Bruce, really gorgeous blue sunglasses with a hint of tortoiseshell and a lovely silhouette.

Farrah by Booth and Bruce in Singed Sapphire

Salt have this beautiful frame, Brower. With its antique silver finish and the etchings around the lenses and on the arms, you can really see the tiny details that Salt put into creating every frame.

Brower by Salt

Last but definitely not least, I must show you Bawden by Walter and Herbert. Blackberry purple with turquoise in the acetate is gorgeous, and though the shape of the frame looks a bit ‘out there’, it’s one of the most flattering sunglasses in store; it suits every face! You’d definitely stand out in these.

Bawden by Walter and Herbert

All of the above frames are available in store. Now you know everything there is to know about sunglasses, pop ina and try some on!