saturday lunchtime in sevenoaks

I love the Saturday market in Sevenoaks – set up just across the street from the practice it provides the perfect opportunity to indulge in some delicious treats for lunch as well as giving a different look and feel to the town on a Saturday.


Billy Westley aided by Sons Richard and James have been providing the people of Sevenoaks with their fruit and veg for years and years – Billy will always have a great selection of produce as well as some great banter and if you time it just right he will cut you a slice of ripe Mango or Watermelon or whatever may be in season.



John runs the Cheese and olive stand that has grown in size and scope over the last few years originally just a few variety’s of olives you can now get a full selection of cheeses meats dried fruits and nuts.

Johns Cheese & Olive Facebook page


Mick is the bread and pastry guy. Lots of options of Artisan breads as well as Sausage rolls pasties Samosas and delicious sweet pies and cakes.

Mccarthys Country Store


There is also a Fresh flowers and plants stall which all brings a wonderful burst of colour to the high street even on the dullest of days.


My personal favourite for lunch is Roast Onion Bread (from Mick) filled with Jalapeño Cheese (From John) Tomatoes (From Billy) grilled in the panini maker  with pimento stuffed olives and cheese filled peppers on the side – the only problem is we are often too busy on a Saturday to enjoy it properly

summer fun in the sun

Its very easy to forget, in the general excitement of last minute holiday preparations, to make sure you have your eye needs covered.

Whether we need vision correction or not it is better to be prepared for your holiday requirements.

lake boat

If you are a contact lens wearer remember to bring enough lenses for your holiday and if you wear reusable contacts have a spare pair with you. Pack your solutions in your hold luggage (as you cannot take more than 100ml in your hand luggage).

My advise to patients is always to take your contact lenses out for a flight – the re-circulated air in airplanes can often be drying for the eyes and make the contact lenses very uncomfortable. Some people (both contact lens wearers and non wearers) find it comforting to use eye drops when flying – there are lots of different types available – I do think that both Thealoz and Hyabak from Spectrum Thea are two of the best as they can be used both with and without contact lenses.

Contact lens wearers should bring spectacles with them not only for the flight but also to give your eyes a break.
For spectacle wearers it is also useful to pack a spare pair if you have them. Over the years we have had many requests to fax or email prescriptions abroad because of accidents with glasses or even forgetting to bring them on holiday. I have broken a pair of glasses on a flight to Orlando and had to go through US Customs wearing my prescription sunglasses – those guys did not have a sense of humour about that.





Protection from the sun is vital – if you are a contact lens wearer – or do not need a prescription then a decent pair of sunglasses is vital – make sure that they give full UV protection (all of our sunglasses at eyelines offer full UV protection). Polarised sunglasses are also an option that will cut out excessive glare from water sand or even wet roads.


Prescription sunglass can be made to cover all prescriptive needs whether for reading on the beach or driving across Australia come in and speak to us and we can find the perfect solution for both visual and fashion requirements.

If you are driving abroad it is worth checking the legal requirements for that country as some will insist that you have a spare pair of spectacles if you need them to drive.

Often when on holiday there is a good chance that you will partake in some water sports – water- borne bacteria can cause eye infections especially in contact lens wearers so if you are swimming/snorkelling/Scuba diving then it is best not to wear your contacts. Prescription swimming goggles and inserts for diving masks are another option.

Most importantly enjoy your holiday whether you are camping in the UK, Inter-railing across Europe or travelling to the far flung corners of the world – have fun and keep your eyes protected.