Sam Rosenthal

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of the Norman Prince founding partners, Sam Rosenthal.

Sam was instrumental in setting up our small group of independent Optometrists and, although he retired in 2007, he has remained in our thoughts as we strive to continue his original ethos to provide exceptional quality eyecare to all.

How Glasses Can Enhance Your Casino Playing Experience

In the vibrant world of casinos, both online and physical, the focus often lies on strategies, games, and the overall ambiance. However, an aspect frequently overlooked is the role of glasses in enhancing the casino playing experience. This article delves into how glasses, both corrective and specialty, can significantly improve gameplay, comfort, and performance for casino enthusiasts. We will analyze this on the example of an online casino reviews.

Clarity and Comfort: The Role of Corrective Glasses

Corrective glasses, a crucial aid for many, assume a vital role in the world of casinos. Here, we dive deeper into how these glasses enhance clarity and comfort, ensuring a more enjoyable and effective gaming experience.

  1. Optimizing Visual Acuity for Game Details: In a casino setting, every detail matters, from the numbers and suits on cards to the symbols on slot machines and the ball in roulette. Corrective glasses optimize visual acuity, allowing players to easily identify these crucial elements, which is especially important in fast-paced games where quick visual processing is key.
  2. Lighting and Glare Challenges: Casinos often have unique lighting environments – dim overall illumination with bright, focused lights and flashing screens. This can cause glare and reflection issues, making it difficult to see and concentrate. Glasses with anti-reflective (AR) coatings are designed to reduce this glare, minimizing eye strain and improving visual comfort. This is particularly beneficial in prolonged gaming sessions, where eye fatigue can impair performance.
  3. Customized Lens Solutions: Players have different visual needs, and the lens technology available today caters to these diverse requirements. For instance, progressive lenses can be beneficial for players who need to switch their focus between close-up cards and distant screens or dealers. Photochromic lenses, which darken in response to bright light, can help players moving between different lighting environments, such as from the brightly lit casino floor to outdoor areas.
  4. Impact on Concentration and Fatigue: Eye strain and visual discomfort can significantly impact concentration and stamina, critical factors in casino gaming. Corrective glasses ensure that players can focus better and for longer periods without discomfort. This can be particularly advantageous in games that require prolonged concentration, like poker tournaments or complex strategic betting games.
  5. Addressing Digital Eye Strain for Online Casino Players: With the rise of online casinos, digital eye strain has become a concern. Corrective glasses can be optimized for screen use, with lenses designed to reduce the blue light emitted by digital screens. This reduction in blue light exposure can help in preventing eye fatigue, dryness, and discomfort, making the online gaming experience more comfortable and sustainable.
  6. Ensuring the Right Fit and Comfort: Beyond lens technology, the physical fit of the glasses is vital. Well-fitting frames that stay in place and don’t pinch or press can make a big difference in comfort, especially during long hours of play. Features like lightweight materials, non-slip nose pads, and ergonomic designs contribute to overall comfort and wearability.
  7. Regular Vision Check-Ups: For casino enthusiasts who rely on corrective glasses, regular vision check-ups are essential. Ensuring that their prescription is up-to-date is crucial to maintaining optimal vision and gaming performance. Slight changes in vision can often go unnoticed but can significantly impact the effectiveness of the glasses and, consequently, the gaming experience.

Specialty Glasses: A Tactical Advantage

Beyond corrective lenses, specialty glasses offer unique advantages:

  • Polarized Lenses: Ideal for poker and other card games, polarized lenses can reduce glare from glossy card surfaces, making it easier to maintain focus.
  • Blue Light Blocking: For online casino players, glasses that block blue light can minimize eye strain from screens, improving concentration and reducing headaches.

Fashion and Confidence Booster

Glasses aren’t just functional; they’re also a fashion statement. In the casino world, where psychology and player perception play significant roles, glasses can:

  • Enhance Personal Style: Stylish frames can boost a player’s confidence, potentially intimidating opponents in games like poker.
  • Conceal Emotions: In poker, glasses can help mask a player’s eye movements and expressions, a tactic known as ‘poker face’.

Health and Safety Considerations

While glasses offer numerous benefits, players should also be aware of health and safety:

  • Proper Prescription: Ensuring your glasses have the correct prescription is crucial to avoid headaches and vision problems.
  • Hygiene: Regularly cleaning your glasses can prevent skin irritation and ensure clear vision.

Emerging Technologies in Eyewear for Casino Players

The integration of technology in eyewear presents new possibilities:

  • Augmented Reality (AR) Glasses: In the future, AR glasses could provide real-time statistics and probability calculations, enhancing strategy-based gaming.
  • Virtual Reality (VR) Glasses: For online casinos, VR glasses could offer an immersive experience, simulating the environment of a physical casino.

Important Coronavirus information

The NHS in England and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

Call 111 now if you’ve been:

  • to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)
  • to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)
  • to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)
  • in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

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Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan or Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

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3D OCT scanning at Crowthorne!

3D OCT scanning available at our Crowthorne practice

We can now offer 3D OCT scanning at Crowthorne. This gives us an image similar to an ultrasound and can help our optometrists see beneath the surface of the retina. It can help us pick up even the early stages of Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma and is particularly important if there is any family history of these diseases.
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3D OCT scanning now available at our Teddington practice

3D OCT scanning available at our Teddington practice

We can now offer 3D OCT scanning at our Teddington practice. This gives us an image similar to an ultrasound and can help our optometrists see beneath the surface of the retina. It can help us pick up even the early stages of Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma and is particularly important if there is any family history of these diseases.
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Retirement of Mrs Bagshaw, optometrist

It is with great sadness that we announce the retirement of Mrs Bagshaw from Norman Prince Opticians. She had been an optometrist with us for over 40 years and during that time made a huge impact in every aspect of her work.

The same commitment and dedication shown by Mrs Bagshaw continues with our remaining optometrists: Mr S Abery, Mrs E Entwistle, Mrs Mola-Moheddien and Mrs K Jowhal, all of whom have been with us for a number of years and would be more than happy to take on your eye care.

Miss H Bhatt is the newest addition to our optometry team. She has been working at our Ashford practice for over a year and is as committed in her role as Mrs Bagshaw was.

We all wish Mrs Bagshaw a very happy retirement!

The Addlestone practice is on the main shopping street, very close to the railway station.

Addlestone: Closing after 55 years

We are sorry to announce the closure of our Addlestone practice after 55 years on Saturday March 23rd. We will be happy to continue to see all our loyal patients at one of our other practices, and will be transferring most of our patient records to our Ashford practice. Our optometrist Yvonne Nutt will continue to work at our Ashford and Ascot practices, and we will remind everyone when you are due an eye examination as usual.