Your Friendly and Local Opticians in Birmingham

At Kings Opticians in Birmingham our patients experience is our main priority, we value your time and want you to feel you’ve been well looked after and your needs have been met and exceeded. You should expect a warm smile and the best patient care whatever your reasons for visiting us may be.

We have a longstanding reputation for high-quality eye care. Our teams of frame and lens specialists have the expertise to advise and help you find the right eyewear and lens solution. We hand select all our frames with our patients in mind and have a wide range of frames and sunglasses to choose from. Being able to create a bespoke look and solution for our patients gives us satisfaction that we’ve done our job well!

If you need a routine eye examination, new glasses, or advice on minor eye problems, then Kings Opticians are here for you to ensure you get the best treatment.

At Kings Opticians, our ethos is about the quality of our service and products.

Personal Service 

Our passionate and friendly team of specialists will ensure you’re taken care of going the extra mile to find the best solution to your eye-care and eyewear needs. Visit us today even if you just want to browse or get advice from our knowledgeable team.

Clinical Expertise 

Our eye examinations take at least 30 minutes where we spend our time getting to know about your eyes and doing all the relevant tests to make sure your eyes are working at their best. We make sure everyone leaves feeling they really KNOW about their eyes; explaining and advising clearly what is required to solve any problems you may be having.

Quality Eye Wear 

Whether you prefer designer brands, or you need a budget solution, we have a wide range of fashionable and classic eyewear to match your tastes and personality. As Kodak lens ambassadors, we have in depth knowledge of their lenses and are able to find the right one to meet your visual needs.

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OUR EYE CARE SERVICES

  • Eye Examinations

Maintaining healthy eyes and vision can only be done with regular eye examinations. Our Optometrists look after your eyes in an environment that is calm and relaxed. During your eye exam, we give an experience that is uniquely tailored to you. By listening to your concerns about your vision and determining the status of your eyes and health by asking appropriate questions, our opticians adapt the examination procedure to suit your needs making sure we explain every stage clearly.

  • Children’s Eye Examinations 

A child’s learning and school life can be greatly affected by visual problems if left undiagnosed. We can start examining children from an early age using age-specific tools and our effective picture-based tests. In early childhood, the eyes undergo rapid development and if vision problems are diagnosed early we can make vision comfortable and clearer, our specialists will ensure that they are corrected appropriately. 

  • Clinical Services

In cases of minor eye problems, king opticians can help so that you do not have to wait for a GP’s appointment. If you detect any changes in your vision or have any concerns, then visit us at Kings Opticians and have your eyes examined and taken care of. Minor eye problems may include:

  • Eye and eyelid problems
  • Grittiness
  • Itchy eyes
  • Excessive eye-watering
  • Reddening of the eyes
  • Blurred vision

At Kings Opticians we also check for signs of cataracts as part of the normal eye examination. We will examine your cataracts to determine if you’re eligible for surgery before referring you to an appropriate choice of surgery provider. After surgery, Kings Opticians will follow you up by monitoring your healing process and ensure that your vision is optimised.

We are also part of the Birmingham Glaucoma refinement scheme, where we can check and monitor eye pressures and refer appropriately to a hospital eye department if required. 

  • Dry Eye

If you are experiencing dry eye problems, our team members at Kings Opticians have all carried out training to give you advice for managing your condition and you can also speak to the optometrist for further assessment of any problems you may be having.

OUR EYEWEAR SERVICES

  • Frames

With over 500 frames which include both designer and budget options, we ensure that you get the perfect glasses to suit you. The whole collection of frames and lenses are carefully selected by Kings Opticians specialists and are restocked regularly to ensure you always have fresh options whenever you pay us a visit.

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  • Contact Lenses

We are able to fit all types of contact lenses and find the best solution for our patients. We constantly check our prices to make sure they’re competitive and in most cases include eye-care as well as discounts on other eyewear products too.

  • Lenses

Kings Opticians is an official Kodak lens ambassador, offering high-quality optical lenses. With an in depth knowledge of Kodak’s products, we have the ability to find lenses to offer the best visual solution. Many of their lenses offers a two year anti-scratch guarantee which is a hassle-free exchange policy where if your lenses become scratched they will exchange them no quibble, which shows the level of confidence they have in their lenses.

  • Sunglasses

Sunglasses are as important to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays from the sun, similarly to how sun tan lotion protects the skin. We have sunglasses that give full UV protection as well as polarised sunglasses to protect the eyes from glare. We’ll give you the right advice to find the best sunglasses for you.

CONTACT US TODAY!

We hope to hear from you. For enquiries or to book an appointment with us for an eye examination, contact us at:

Cotteridge Branch

Kings Pharmacy & Opticians

1-3, Pershore Road South, Cotteridge, B30 3EE

0121 486 2404

kingsoptician@gmail.com

 

Maypole Branch

Kings Opticians

786, Alcester Road South, Maypole, B14 5EZ

0121 474 4748

kingsoptician@gmail.com

Mobility Centre in Birmingham – Kings Pharmacies and Opticians

Mobility Shop Birmingham

It’s a natural law. We all get older, our bones weaker and movement stiffer. Sometimes I wonder when we’ll be dispensing the medicine that will slow down or cure the inevitable process of “aging”. Do you think we’ll ever see that person who lives to the age of 250 years old? Like in the countless sci-fi movies we’ve seen?

In any case, we have to deal with getting older, even if we do live to these mind-boggling ages. And as we live to older ages, this will naturally bring about more mobility and cognitive challenges that will affect our everyday lives.

Thankfully, we now have aids that can help treat these side-effects of getting older. Kings Pharmacy and Opticians have teamed up with Mobility2you to provide you with a fully-equipped Mobility Centre in Weoley Castle of Birmingham with the aim of helping all of those in the Community with mobility issues. We realised that there wasn’t a mobility shop in the vicinity and we wanted to fill that space so you don’t have to travel so far for it.

In this article, we’ll talk about those items that are most commonly sought after, who they can help and what you can do to order an aid to get you or your family on track to better living. If you want to talk to us now about our mobility aids and how we might be able to help you, please call 0121 477 7756 and we’ll be happy to speak to you.

Mobility equipment for all types of living

Mobility Centre Birmingham

Mobility doesn’t just affect the elderly. Certain disabilities such as Parkinson’s, which can affect those younger than 65 yrs, Dementia, those partially sighted, Arthritis and those with fractures will all benefit from certain types of mobility/disability aid.

We at Kings Pharmacies and Mobility Centre have been providing mobility aids for some time now and all of our staff are fully trained on how to advise customers enquiring about equipment.

We’ve come to understand what the “best sellers” are in our Community, therefore, you’ll find out a bit more about what they are and who they can help below.


Incontinence Products

All types of incontinence products, from pants to bed sheets for those having difficulty controlling bowel and bladder movements. These are widely sought after and we have the largest selection in the whole area, stocking top-branded products such as Tena, Attends, Depends and Abena.

We can deliver incontinence products free of charge with our normal patient deliveries or for those orders which exceed more than £75.

Wheelchairs and Rollators

Another bestseller and something that is greatly helping both the elderly community and those with mobile disabilities. A rollator is often called a “wheeled walker.” It comprises of a frame with three or four large wheels, handlebars, and a built-in seat.

Pressure Ring Cushions

Pressure ring cushions are designed to reduce the pressure when sitting down, for example, if a patients’ bones or coccyx hurts. It also has a machine-washable cover.

Urinals

Portable urinals are the ideal bedroom aid for users who are confined to bed and struggle to get to the bathroom.

Walking Sticks and Reachers

Our walking sticks and reachers are ideal for anyone who has difficulty bending to pick up objects, or reaching smaller items in high or overhead shelves. They can also be helpful for those with limited mobility or hand strength.

Toilet Seats

Mobility toilet aids such as raised toilet seats, mobility toilet frames & more to assist the user with getting on & off the toilet.

 


Although these items are our bestsellers, we stock a wide range of daily living aids that aren’t just for those with disabilities. Please come into our store or give us a call to understand exactly what we else we can offer you 🙂

Mobility Shop Weoley Castle Birmingham

Improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in Birmingham

At Kings Pharmacies and Opticians, we want to provide as much value to the Community as possible. One of the ways we are doing this is by providing the locals and those beyond with these kinds of living aids, but also free continued counseling and support through our in-house healthcare team. If you need to ask us anything about what else you can do to improve your life or that of your loved ones, then please get in touch with us by coming in or getting us on the phone (0121 477 7756) or coming into store.

People come and see us from areas all over Birmingham, but we mostly serve those located in:

  • Weoley Castle
  • Selly Oak
  • Bartley Green
  • Stirchley
  • Bournville
  • Cotteridge
  • Sparkhill
  • Halesowen

We are also working with an increasing number of Care Homes in these areas and other parts of Birmingham. So if you’re a member of staff of one of these homes and interested in working with us to improve the lives of your residents, then please get in touch with us.

Warmest regards,

Ameet and the Team

Efficient Travel Vaccination Service in South Birmingham

Travel clinic In Birmingham

Are you about to venture into the tropical rainforests of Indonesia? About set off on your spiritual journey to Mecca for Hajj and Umrah? Going on a business trip to a more exotic country? Wherever you are going abroad, the Kings Pharmacies Travel Clinic in Birmingham will make sure you’re travelling safe and protected.

In this informative article, we’re going to explain more about why travel medicines and vaccinations are important, how they work and what you can do to get protected. Travel health is a very broad topic so we can’t cover everything here, but if you have any questions or queries in the realm of travel health, then all you need to do is give us a call on +44121 433 3072 and our trained pharmacists will be happy to assist you.

Birmingham Travel clinic

Why are travel vaccines important to have?

When you travel abroad, you may be exposed to viruses and bacteria that your body does not have protection (immunity) against. This may lead to infection and disease, for example, Cholera or Yellow Fever which will, of course, make you sick. By having a vaccination, or a number of vaccinations before you travel, you will develop immunity against them.

This is really important because some of these diseases are often very serious and in some cases, can lead to death.

How do travel vaccines work?

There are many varieties of travel vaccine that protect you against a number of diseases but they all work in a similar fashion. Effectively, you’re injected with a solution which will stimulate your immune system to produce antibodies (white blood cells). These are designed to fight off a specific infection. Therefore, if you’re ever exposed to the bacteria or virus, then you defense system will kill it before any harm can be done. *

Ideally, you should get vaccinated at least 3 weeks (sometimes more for others such as the Rabies vaccine) before you travel to ensure that your body has time to produce all the antibodies needed for maximum protection.

How long do travel vaccines last for?

It depends. Some vaccines last for a couple of years and some last your entire life. This article from the Tropical Medical Bureau gives you a full detailed guide to this question and what vaccine you may be researching.

What travel vaccines do I need for my trip?

You’ll need different vaccines for different areas of the world, depending on where you’re staying and what you’re doing there. The NHS Fit For Travel website is an excellent resource you can use to help break down what vaccinations and antimalarials you’ll need for each country. However, when going to get your vaccines done, always double-check with a healthcare professional that these are what you need. Our pharmacists do this anyway but it’s always good practice.

What travel vaccines do I need for my trip

Malaria prevention

Malaria is a very serious and occasionally fatal disease transmitted primarily by mosquitos which suck the blood from human beings. There are four kinds of malaria parasite that affect humans and their prevalence differs in different parts of our globe. Because of this, there is a variety of antimalarial medication you can get from pharmacies.

Malaria is just one of the diseases that can be carried by mosquitoes but there are others. Watch this short but informative video by Valneva that talks about travel health diseases:

The Kings Pharmacies Birmingham Travel Clinic

Our pharmacists at both our Kings Pharmacies branches (Weoley Castle and Cotteridge) are fully trained to administer travel vaccinations and prescribe antimalarial medication. We also give you thorough health advice and up to date information for your travels so that you’re fully aware of the risks involved.

We partnered with PharmaDoctor to provide this service for you and you can begin your consultation online with us right away if you like. To begin, please click the following link:

Begin online travel health consultation

Our branch address and numbers are as follows so please do not hesitate to give us a call or simply walk in and talk to us.


Kings Pharmacy and Opticians

Travel Clinic

 118-120 Weoley Castle Square,

Weoley Castle

B29 5PT


Kings Pharmacy and Opticians

Travel Clinic

1-3 Pershore Road,

South Cotteridge

B30 3EE


We wish you the safest and best travels 🙂

THE KINGS PHARMACIES AND OPTICIANS TEAM

* Please note that vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing disease (more like 90% effective). Therefore, disease prevention best practice is advised at all times. Please have a look at this article for best practice methods and consult your pharmacist for more information if required.

Where and How to get the Flu Jab in Birmingham

Flu Jab Birmingham

The Flu affects 1000’s of people in Birmingham every year…

Influenza puts a huge strain on the UK every single year. More commonly known as the “flu”, the virus usually has a debilitating effect on a person’s health and in some rare cases, can even cause death. But not only is this disease affecting our health, it’s also costing the NHS millions each year and is putting huge pressures on GP and hospital services in Birmingham and the rest of the UK. Therefore, it’s absolutely in our best interest to prevent the contraction of flu for everyone involved.

For the reasons mentioned above, Birmingham and Solihull CCG are recommending that everyone in the city of Birmingham, Solihull and the surrounding areas gets vaccinated against the flu. By getting a flu jab, not only will you be protecting yourself against the contagion, you’ll be protecting those around you, in particular, those that are vulnerable like the elderly and those who have chronic lowered immune systems. The side effect of this is that we’ll all helping to save the NHS time, money and vital resources. And you can’t forget the fact that a single flu jab can you’ll reduce your risk of taking time off work.

In this informative blog post, we talk more about what the flu is, how the actual flu vaccine works and where you’re able to get the flu jab in Birmingham. We’ll be placing more of an emphasis on the communities where our pharmacies are located in the South of Birmingham i.e. Cotteridge and Weoley Castle. If you have questions about anything in this article, all you need to do is give us a call at our Cotteridge Branch (0121 433 3072) or our Weoley Castle branch (0121 477 7756) and our trained pharmacists will be more than happy to help you.

 

How to get the Flu Jab in Birmingham

What is influenza (the flu)?

The flu is a very contagious virus of the respiratory tract (airways) that is easily spread throughout a populated area. It is transmitted by mucus (saliva) of the mouth through contact, such as kissing, coughing and sneezing. The most common types of flu that affect humans are the A and B strains, and they can affect all age, race and genders. There are other strains such as C and D types that affect us, but these are much less prevalent where we are.

Influenza can be caught at any time of the year but is most common in the UK during the winter months from October to March. In Birmingham, the flu virus affected thousands of people during the winter in 2017 and is expected to be similar or more in the winter of 2018. This would of been much, much higher if it weren’t for the flu vaccination.

What are the symptoms of influenza?

Flu symptoms are often confused with those symptoms of the common cold. Symptoms of the flu are typically much more severe than those of the cold and the affected person is normally so weak that they can’t get up out of bed. This, of course, depends on how you react to the infection since all of us are different and some people can have symptoms for up to 3 weeks post-contraction.

Symptoms of the flu may include:

– A headache and muscle pain

– Fever, sweating and shaking

– Continuous, productive cough (green mucus)

– Sore and painful throat

– A general feeling of fatigue and weakness

What is the flu jab and what is injected?

The flu jab is without absolutely the best form of protection against the influenza virus. It works because it contains a solution that acts like the flu virus. When introduced into your upper arm, it stimulates the body’s defense (immune) system. During this reaction, white blood cells are created and released that will help fight off the flu if you ever do become exposed to it. Although the vaccine is extremely effective, it’s not 100% effective (like all vaccines). However, it will protect you from around 95% of the most common strains seen in Birmingham and the rest of the UK.

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It is recommended, as seen on the WHO website, that quadrivalent vaccines for use in the 2018-2019 northern hemisphere influenza season contain the following:

  • an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage); and
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage).

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After the flu jab has been administered, it takes around 3 weeks for that person to become protected; protection doesn’t occur overnight. Therefore, during that time, that person can still contract the flu. It is highly advised that they practice good hygiene during this period. That being said, good hygiene should always be a well-practiced habit for a generally healthy lifestyle.

Where and how do I get the flu jab in South Birmingham?

Your local pharmacy

 

flu jab in birmingham

 

There’s no question about it. Your local pharmacy is the easiest, most convenient way to access a flu jab in the area you live in. The Birmingham and Solihull CCG has recently commissioned pharmacies to provide the vaccine free under the NHS if you get it free from your doctor. Most pharmacies also offer a private service for a very affordable fee (usually between £10 and £15).

Some of your local pharmacists, just like ours, can even arrange to visit the company you work for and vaccinate all of the staff members in one go. This is in the best interest for the employer and employee, and Kings Pharmacies and Opticians will usually organise a discount in these situations.

Kings Pharmacies and Opticians offer the flu jab free under the NHS and privately for a very affordable fee. No appointments are required too. You can walk into our stores and get vaccinated there and then. However, if you’d like to book yourself in, give us a quick call at our Cotteridge Branch (0121 433 3072) or our Weoley Castle branch (0121 477 7756) we’ll schedule an appoint for you.

Your GP Surgery

 

Flu jab birmingham 2

 

Your local GP surgery can also administer the flu jab free of charge to those who come under certain criteria. If you don’t fall within this bracket, however, you’ll need to contact them to see if they can provide it for you on a private (paid) basis. GP surgeries generally tend to have an appointment-based system.

Keeping our community in South Birmingham, Cotteridge and Weoley Castle protected from the flu

The pharmacists in both of our branches are highly trained, and retrained every year, to provide the flu jab in your locality. If you’re a company owner, then we can arrange to vaccinate you at your place of work and your entire staff. Our goal is to keep the population of Birmingham as healthy as we can.

If you’d like to book yourself in to get a flu jab, give us a quick call at our Cotteridge Branch (0121 433 3072) or our Weoley Castle branch (0121 477 7756) we’ll schedule an appoint for you in less than 2 minutes.

Keep well this winter. Protect those around you. Get yourself vaccinated.

The Team at Kings Pharmacies and Opticians