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Happy 2019!

We hope you had a lovely Christmas and a legendary New Year.

If January finds you in an aspirational frame of mind, you’ll have set realistic resolutions and hopefully still be sticking to them.

And if you want to start a new chapter in your personal look book this year, new frames or contacts are a great place to start.

But if you’re struggling to choose between them, or are wondering if you need both, our glasses v lenses showdown is the illuminating lowdown you need.


Stars and their eyes – 3 iconic eyewear looks

With Christmas around the corner, you might want to switch up your look for the party season and ring in a stylish New Year with niche eyewear.

But between ticking presents off your list, decorating the tree and prepping the turkey, time’s tight for finding styles that really pop.

If you’re struggling for sparkling inspiration, the iconic eyewear looks of top celebs are a gift that just keeps giving.

So pour yourself a prosecco and celebrate the following stars and their eyes — you might just find fierce and fresh new frames for 2019 while you’re at it.

Dua Lipa

Songs like New Rules and One Kiss made stylish songstress Dua Lipa the most-streamed female artist in the UK in 2018, according to Apple Music and Spotify.

And she keeps the eyewear fans amongst her 22.5 million Instagram followers happy with sublime selfies sporting chic cat-eye sunglasses and oversized gold-tinted wire-rim shades.

To find something similar instore, check out our bold and beautiful Etnia range. Their delicate details, unique colours and innovative shapes will keep you one step ahead in the style stakes.

Ed Sheeran

Suffolk superstar Ed has just announced a string of new live shows for 2019, including sell-out dates in Ipswich, Budapest and Leeds.

But as well as his legendary lyricism, what enchants us about this flame-haired hitmaker is the fab bold round and square frames which have become his trademark.

If you want to emulate this ‘hip to be square’ look, try a pair of black or tortoiseshell William Morris frames for size. And if you think you can give him a run for his money in the charts, ask Santa for an acoustic guitar and get strumming!

Denzel Washington

Whether he’s perfectly portraying history makers like Malcolm X or playing a troubled pilot in Flight, Denzel Washington always seems to look immaculate.

And he’s also one of the silver screen’s most prolific eyewear exponents, regularly rocking ice-cool aviator sunglasses and 60s clubmaster prescription styles.

He famously mislaid his reading glasses when grabbing a gong at the 2016 Golden Globe awards — but if you want to be a dapper don like Denzel, don’t forget to bag yourself a pair of traditional Ted Baker frames, treat yourself to a tailored suit and paint the town as red as Rudolph’s nose.

If you do find the time for an eye examination before Christmas you can book an appointment here. We would be delighted for you to drop into one of our branches for further advice on your eye health or fashion advice.

Now that your stocking’s stuffed with celeb festive eyewear ideas, we hope you have an amazing Christmas and please check in with us for more lively blogs in the New Year.

For elegant eyewear all year round, call 0121 706 3998 or 01564 772 217

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours 2018

On behalf of the whole team at Alan Tyler Opticians, we’d like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


Mince Pie Saturdays

All dressed up for Christmas and looking forward to the festive season!

Come and browse through our handpicked frames selection whilst treating yourself to a mince pie, or chocolate treat, on us this December.

Looking for a new look in the New Year? Be sure to keep an eye out on our Acocks Green or Dorridge Facebook page for Christmas season offers or in-store.

We’ll also be helping to raise money for Save The Children on 14th December for Christmas Jumper Day.

Merry Christmas from the whole team at Alan Tyler Opticians.

Mesmer-eyes —amazing visions of nature

At Alan Tyler, we’re are always fascinated by the animal kingdom —the sheer number of diverse and beautiful species is breath-taking.

And this got us wondering — how does human eyesight compare to the peeper power of the most popular animals?

If you’re ready for an eye examination with a difference, here are nature’s most outstanding orbs.


Dorridge Christmas Tree Light Switch On – 2018

Come and join us on the 26th November 6-8pm for the Annual Dorridge Christmas Tree Light Switch on.

Held in the square in Dorridge you can soak up the festive atmosphere, whilst part taking in some food and drink from the stalls.

Listen to the local choir and really get in the Christmas mood.

The highlight of the evening for your little ones will be the arrival of Santa!!

We are proud at Alan Tyler Opticians to be able to support this fabulous annual event.

4 fabulous eyewear brands to kickstart your autumn

The leaves are turning brown, orange and deep, dark burgundy – and it’s beginning to make your summer wardrobe look distinctly old hat.

As with every other season, some fashions simply don’t make sense in the autumn. Bright colours are replaced with a muted palette, while airy materials make way for thick wools.

So if you’re changing your wardrobe, why not do the same for your glasses?

In our extensive eyewear range, there are plenty of brands that cater to the autumn season – feast your eyes on our fab four.


Vision for life — National Eye Health Week 2018

At Alan Tyler Opticians, we champion optimum eye care for all.

That’s why we’re raising awareness of National Eye Health Week 2018 — which runs from 24th – 30th September this year.

The message is strong but simple — your vision matters even more than you might realise, and regular sight tests can prevent a host of serious health conditions.

Here’s the lowdown.

Lifelong eye care

Poor eye health can affect you at every stage of life — from children at school not making the most of their lessons to elderly people not maintaining the quality of life they deserve.

And young adults and middle-aged people who’ve never needed eyewear before can also find their active lifestyles curbed when sight deteriorates unexpectedly.

In fact:

  • 2 million people in the UK are living with a level of sight loss that has a serious impact on their daily lives.
  • The eyes may be the proverbial window to the soul, but sight problems can also reflect wider health issues such as raised cholesterol and hypertension — with associated raised risk levels of heart disease and stroke.


  • Half of this sight loss is avoidable and having an eye test at least once every two years detects early signs of conditions like glaucoma and enable early treatment.
  • Over 30 million people in the UK are entitled to NHS funded eye health treatments — find out here if you’re one of them.

Next steps

There are several steps to take when you want to be proactive about eye health.

First and foremost, book an appointment with your optician — we’re friendly, professional and passionate about providing bespoke treatment for each and every client.


  • Constantly monitor children’s eye health and take them for tests at least once every two years.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fruit, vegetables and fish.
  • Watch your weight — obesity can affect eye health.
  • Stop smoking — smokers are four times as likely to develop Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
  • Wear eye protection in bright sunlight.

Vision Matters, the organisation behind National Eye Health Week, also publishes Vista — a magazine packed with lifestyle tips for excellent eye health that’s worth flicking through.

And we’re always available to provide peace of mind on preventative eye care and quality eye wear that helps you experience life’s magical moments with crystal clarity.

Together, we’re tackling eye health issues with tenacity and tenderness every day.

Call us on 01564 772217 for Dorridge & 0121 706 3998 for Acocks Green to chat about any aspect of eye care — we’re here to help

School’s back – and it’s time to get your child’s eyes tested

No more long weekends in caravan parks, rainy days playing Monopoly and haranguing your mum to look after the kids for one more day – the school holidays are over, giving you the chance to be child-free for at least a few hours.


Prepare your eyes for the sunny season with these hot tips

For the past few weeks the sun has been shining, temperatures have soared beyond 30 degrees, people have entered our practice with glistening suntans and the local park has been teeming with sun worshippers.