I expect many of you are aware of the recent news stories that reported a simple eye test could help spot the early signs of dementia and which could have significant value in the future.

Opticians such as ourselves carry out routine eye tests to look at the tissue at the back of the eye known as the retina. 

Scientists believe that people with thinner retinas are more likely to develop problems with their reasoning and memory.

A research study saw 32,000 people measured for parts of the retina, especially the retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL).  The participants in the study were aged between 40 and 69 and were also given tests for memory, reasoning and reaction time.

Mind you, so can Not Wearing Sunglasses!

The sun is shining, at last, and I am sure many of you will be wearing sunglasses whilst out driving. 

However, I spotted an article on the Gloucester Live website recently that gave me pause.It reports that rule 237 of the Highway Code states that drivers must slow down or pull over if dazzled by bright sunlight. 

I know that it is not always possible for people to get to our premises in Gloucester.  I also know that regular eye examinations are vitally important for everyone.  That is why we can arrange for one of our fully trained staff to visit you in your home at your convenience.

There they will carry out a full examination, recommend the right lenses for you and help you choose your frames.  When the glasses are ready we will call again to ensure the fitting is correct.

I read the interesting results of a survey reported on the Optician Online website.

It found that more than a quarter of drivers have not had an eye test since passing their driving test.

When you consider the volume of traffic on our busy roads and motorways this is really quite astonishing. 


I expect many of you enjoyed the recent Winter Olympics and the current Paralympics and you may even be looking forward to hitting the ski slopes yourselves.
A word of warning before you do though.  It is often easy to forget the risks associated with UV light and snow.

When UV rays are reflected from snow they can be considerably more powerful than when reflected from other surfaces so extra care needs to be taken.

We are now open and ready to see you once again … 

 

Many thanks for bearing with us while we had to temporarily suspend some of our usual services.

We hope that you and your family are well following the Coronavirus crisis.

 

We’ve made some changes …

In order to keep you safe and ensure your visit to us is a comfortable and convenient as possible, we have made some changes to the practice.

Full details are listed below but one thing that will never change, is our determination to deliver you fantastic eyecare in a warm and friendly environment.

Please be assured that the health, safety and well being of you, our wonderful patients and our fantastic staff, are paramount.

Please take a few minutes to read the following changes that we have made for your safely, comfort and convenience.

 

Before you arrive …

✓ Please book your appointment online or by phone

✓ Bring a mask (we have supplies if you don’t have one)

✓ Bring your own pen

✓ Arrive on time (not too early)

✓ Come alone (or you can come with 1 other person)

✓ The optician may call you to discuss any individual needs

✓ Bring a complete list of medication and your most recent prescription if you have it 

 

When you arrive ….

✓ The door will be locked – don’t worry we will let you in

✓ Your temperature will be taken

✓ You will need to sanitise your hands

✓ You will need to put on your mask

✓ You may need to put on gloves

✓ We will ensure you have social distancing

✓ We have placed some dividing screens in various areas

✓ Our practice staff will be wearing PPE

✓ All spectacle frames are fully sanitised between use

 

After Care …

✓ We will book an appointment for you

✓ We can post your spectacles to you

✓ We can arrange a home visit if preferred

 

Our new extra cleaning regime includes …

✓ Deep cleaning of practice daily

✓ All equipment sanitised between patients

✓ All spectacle frames triple sanitised

✓ Controlled process throughout

 

Any questions, please just call us and we’d be happy to explain.

01452 410494