Presentation to the winning photographer

Jan 6, 2017


The overall winning photograph was of a kingfisher taken by Paul Tutton, a Mathematics teacher at St Osmunds School in Dorchester.   Paul took up photography some 5 years ago and describes himself as an enthusiastic amateur photographer who specialises in wildlife.   Looking for Dorset’s rarest wildlife is his passion, in particular kingfishers, otters, Dartford warblers and otters.  Every photo that he takes involves a huge investment of time, research and patience.

Paul was presented with a Go Pro Camera by Paul Wallis from I J Brown Opticians and Vicki Cooper from WessexFM.

Paul Wallis, Paul Tutton & Vicki Cooper

“A huge thank you to everyone who entered the competition.  The number of entries and the standard of photography was exceptional and made choosing the winners by the team very difficult.  I’m sure if you’ve seen our new calendar you will be very impressed.  Copies of the calendar are still available for free from our Practices while stocks last.”  Said Paul Wallis, Optometrist at I J Brown Opticians

Winners of our photography competition 2016

Dec 10, 2016

We are very pleased to announce the winners of our ‘Vision for a lifetime’ 2016 photography competition run in conjunction with WessexFM.   The quality of the entries this year was fantastic which made the choosing of the 12 winners and then the overall winner  by the team here at I J Brown Opticians very difficult.

The 12 winners were:

  • Noel Wittin
  • Mick Rose
  • Gerald White
  • John Fanning
  • Colin Crabb
  • Steve Wright
  • Adrian Trenholme
  • Nick Guppy
  • Paul Tutton
  • Dane Shaw
  • Gareth James
  • Mark Excell

Their photos will appear in the I J Brown Optician 2017 calendar and they will each receive copies of the calendar.  The overall winner is Paul Tutton who will be presented early in the New Year with a Go Pro Camera

Copies of the calendar are available to pick up from our Practices.

Halloween Contact Lenses

Oct 18, 2016

A pair of spooky contact lenses may finish off your Halloween look but please remember that fancy dress contact lenses are not tailored to your eyes and lenses not fitted properly can scratch your eye or cause an infection.

Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, clinical adviser for the College of Optometrists, said: “Most people think that you don’t need the same level of care when using novelty contact lenses as you do with ordinary contact lenses, because they don’t have a prescription.

“But, even when purchased from a reputable outlet, the issue isn’t with the lenses themselves, but with how people use them.

“Fancy dress lenses are often purchased by people who do not wear contacts regularly and who may not know how to handle and care for them safely. It is absolutely vital for the health of your eye that you are able to remove and insert your contact lenses safely, know how to keep them sterile, and have been instructed on how to do so by an optometrist.”

If you experience any discomfort after wearing the lenses please make an appointment with your optometrist immediately.



Be Safe Be Seen

Oct 2, 2016


We are once again sponsoring WessexFM’s Be Safe Be Seen campaign.   Together we are giving out thousands of reflective stickers to help ensure children going to and from school in the darker mornings and evenings can be seen.  If you would like stickers for your children or organisation please pop in to one of our branches or make a request via this link to wessexfm.


Importance of Back to School Eye Test

Aug 26, 2016

As the Summer School holidays come to an end, families everywhere will be planning their children’s return to school, buying new uniforms, new shoes, school supplies, having their haircut, etc.

Unfortunately, one important job that often gets forgotten is having their children’s eyes tested.  An eye test is FREE for children and will give parents the peace of mind that their children’s school life is not being hindered by not being able to see the white board!   Children are unlikely to realise that they have an eye problem and will accept what they can or can’t see as the norm.

National statistics show that only 20% of children have their eyes tested regularly, whereas 92% of us will take our children to the dentist every year. What is worrying is that 20% of students starting their reception year have been found to have an undiagnosed vision problem.  Studies also show undetected eye conditions can have a direct link to a child’s educational performance. 80% of children with learning difficulties have an underlying visual problem

Parents can no longer rely on their child’s eyes being tested by the school nurse as they were in the past.   70% of primary schools in England offer no visual screening. Even if your child does have a ‘vision check’ at school, this will not include an examination of the health of the eye, which is equally important.  It is therefore vital that you take your child to see.  It is, therefore, vital that you take your child to see a qualified optometrist before school starts.. and remember it will cost you nothing!

All children in the UK up to that age of 18 (as long as they are in full time education) are eligible for a FREE NHS EYE EXAMINATION..  so do book your child one today!

Win a GoPro Camera in our 2016 Photo Competition

Jul 1, 2016

We are pleased to announce that we are once again teaming up with WessexFM to run a photo competition.  This year we are looking for a photo that best sums up ‘Your Vision of a Lifetime”  perhaps something that you thought you’d never see, or a wonderful occasion or view that you will never forget.

ijbrown ipro

Twelve finalists will be chosen to have the photos included in the I J Brown Optician’s official 2017 calendar, and one lucky winner will get the camera!  The rest will received 5 complimentary copies of the calendar.

To enter is simple.. just visit WessexFM website and upload your photo with a description.