We are now accepting new NHS patients so if you’re looking for an Eye Test or have any problems – you’ve come to the right place.  To book an eye test just call  01253 341955.  Alternatively if you want to talk through a particular problem you’re having with your eyes then just give us a call and we’ll be pleased to advise you.  Woodhouse Opticians, based in Highfield Road Blackpool,  have been delivering excellent eyecare to the people of the Fylde Coast for 50years.   Here is just one of our many satisfied customers:

Many congratulations to Stephen and the Woodhouse team on the celebration of their 50th anniversary. As a customer of Woodhouse Opticians for many years, my family and I have enjoyed unparalled care, service and attention. Even though we have relocated to the Middle East 4 years ago, we made a collective decision to retain Woodhouse as our family opticians, and therefore co-ordinate our UK visits to fit with our Care Plan. The entire staff at Woodhouse go beyond the level of ‘outstanding service’ and it is reassuring to have them looking after such an important part our health. I wish them every success for the next 50 years.

– Yours sincerely Alan Gallagher and Family,

Your Eyes

On the face of it, our eyes are just simple orbs in our head, but the fact is that they’re very complex organs. There are seven main parts in the eye that play a role in transmitting information to the brain, detecting light, and focusing. A problem with any of these parts means a problem with your vision.

Our eyes are very complicated and amazing. They seem pretty simple, but there’s really a lot to know about how they function.

You’ve had your peepers since you were born, so you may think you know them pretty well, but here are some fun facts you may not know

  1. The average blink lasts for about 1/10th of a second.
  2. While it takes some time for most parts of your body to warm up to their full potential, your eyes are on their “A game” 24/7.
  3. Eyes heal quickly. With proper care, it only takes about 48 hours for the eye to repair a corneal scratch.
  4. Seeing is such a big part of everyday life that it requires about half of the brain to get involved.
  5. Newborns don’t produce tears. They make crying sounds, but the tears don’t start flowing until they are about 4-13 weeks old.
  6. Around the world, about 39 million people are blind and roughly 6 times that many have some kind of vision impairment.
  7. Doctors have yet to find a way to transplant an eyeball. The optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain is too sensitive to reconstruct successfully.
  8. The cells in your eye come in different shapes. Rod-shaped cells allow you to see shapes, and cone-shaped cells allow you to see colour.
  9. You blink about 12 times every minute.
  10. Your eyes are about 1 inch across and weigh about 0.25 ounce.
  11. Some people are born with two differently colored eyes. This condition is heterochromia.
  12. Even if no one in the past few generations of your family had blue or green eyes, these recessive traits can still appear in later generations.
  13. Each of your eyes has a small blind spot in the back of the retina where the optic nerve attaches. You don’t notice the hole in your vision because your eyes work together to fill in each other’s blind spot.
  14. Out of all the muscles in your body, the muscles that control your eyes are the most active.
  15. 80% of vision problems worldwide are avoidable or even curable.

Woodhouse Opticians are part of the SightCare group of Independent Opticians which means you get all the benefits of a local independent expert who is supported with the buying power and expertise of a national chain

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