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An important update on Covid-19 and our stores

An update on the Covid-19 virus and our stores

Given the unprecedented situation in the UK regarding the COVID-19 virus we feel that it is important to reassure you that we are continuing to keep our practice clean and safe for both you and our team. We intend to keep the practices open for as long as possible to provide the service that is needed for our patients.

You will appreciate that as an optical practice we work in an environment where the prevention of the spread of a whole range of infections is woven into everything that we do. Nevertheless, we are paying particular attention the latest government guidance on the transmission of coronavirus.

All of the frames on display, the equipment we use and all surfaces are cleaned and disinfected regularly to keep the practice as sterile as needed and as often as needed.

Know the guidance

Before attending the practice for your next appointment, we would be grateful if you would review the most up to date government guidance – just click this link https://www/nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covd19/

Keep us in the loop

Please remember that we are open, as normal, and to call us on the practice telephone number or email us to let us know if you wish to reschedule any of your booked appointments. We would be happy to schedule an alternative date for you. 

At your next appointment

Please forgive us if we don’t shake hands – but we are however happy to do the elbow bump – just ask! 

You’ll notice that we’ve removed some non-essential items in the reception area including the magazines. They will return once this is all over!

As a team, we are doing everything we possibly can to remain fit, well and able to work so that we can continue to provide our usual high standard of dental care for you.

Thank you for your support in keeping everyone safe.

News > childrens-eye-protection

Children’s Eye Protection

Investigations conducted over the last 30 years have established that many of the serious ocular diseases associated with aging are at least partially a result of cumulative exposure of the eyes to the sun over a lifetime, and in particular to UV and higher-energy visible light2-8.

Sunlight damages children's eyes!

Vision experts agree that children are especially vulnerable to eye damage from UV radiation and have long recommended the use of protective lenses for all children whenever they are exposed to the sun 4,7,9-12
Some experts suggest that the use of polycarbonate photochromic lenses provide more protection than traditional fixed-tint polycarbonate lenses against higher energy visible light.

Several factors contribute to this increased ocular vulnerability in children. First, under normal circumstances, children spend more time outdoors than adults, particularly during the summer. As a result, the average child receives approximately three times the annual UV dose of the average adult and up to 80% of lifetime UV exposure before age 20.1,10 Second, the crystalline lens of children transmits more visible and UV radiation to the retina than does the lens of adults. As a result, over 75% of UV radiation is transmitted by lenses in subjects under 10 years of age, compared with 10% in those older than 25 years.11,13

1. Truhan AP. Sun protection in childhood. Clin Pediatr. 1991;30:676-681.
2. Memmer MK. Preventing eye damage from the sun’s ultraviolet light: what health educators should teach. Health Education.1989;20(7):42-47.
3. Young RW. Sunlight and age-related eye disease. J Natl Med Assoc. 1992;84:353-358.
4. Lee GA, Hirst LW, Sheehan M. Knowledge of sunlight effects on the eyes and protective behaviors in adolescents. Ophthal Epidemiol. 1999;6:171-180.
5. Cains SE. Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists policy statement on sunglasses. Med J Australia. 1992;157:343-344.
6. Sliney DH. Eye protective techniques for bright light. Ophthalmology. 1983;90:937-944.
7. Garber N. Ocular risks from sunlight exposure. J Ophthal Nursing & Technol. 2000;19:13-25
8. Weale RA. Sunglasses–an ocular hazard? Br J Ophthalmol. 1986;70:769-771.
9. Silverstein MW. UV protection [Letter to the Editor]. Optometry. 2002;73:466.
10. Young S, Sands J. Sun and the eye: prevention and detection of light-induced disease. Clin Dermatol. 1998;16:477-485
11. Fishman GA. Ocular phototoxicity: guidelines for selecting sunglasses. In: Perspectives in refraction. Rubin ML, ed. Surv Ophthalmol. 1986;31:119-124.
12. Diddie KR. Do sunglasses protect the retina from light damage? WJM. 1994;161:594.
13. Werner JS. Children’s sunglasses: caveat emptor. Opt Vision Sci. 1991;68:318-320.
14. Baldy C, Greenstein V, Holopigian K, Seiple W, Stenson S. Light, Sight, and Photochromics. Pinellas Park, Florida: Transitions Optical Inc. 2002.
15. Rosenthal FS, Safran M, Taylor HR. The ocular dose of ultraviolet radiation from sunlight exposure. Photochem Photobiol. 1985;42:163-171.
16. Sliney DH. Photoprotection of the eye - UV radiation and sunglasses. J Photochem Photobiol. 2001;64:166-175.
17. Magnante DBO, Miller D. Ultraviolet absorption of commonly used clip-on sunglasses. Ann Ophthalmol. 1985;17:614-616.
18. Belkin M. Sunglasses for children as a preventive health measure [in Hebrew]. The Goldschlager Institute for Ophthalmic Research. 1993;124:367-370.
19. The World Health Organization. The Intersun Global UV Project. Available at: http://www.who.int/uv/intersunprogramme/en/. Accessed May 12 2012.
20. Evans PY. What to tell your patients about sunglasses. Medical Times. 1973;106:103-106.
21. Data on file. Transitions Optical, Inc.
22. Clark BAJ. Polarizing sunglasses and possible eye hazards of transmitted radiation. Am J Optom Arch Am Acad Optom. 1969;46:499-509.
23. Danger: ultraviolet light! Insight: Journal of the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses. 2002;27:80-81.
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