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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.

Floaters and Flashing Lights

‘Floaters’ are extremely common, and are sometimes associated with flashing lights in the eye, especially when they first appear. When they first appear, they normally affect one eye, but may occasionally affect both eyes at the same time.

In fact, they’re so common, that approximately two thirds of the population will have ‘floaters’ by the time they are in their mid-sixties! However, they can occur at any age.

What do Floaters look like?

Most people describe floaters as little ‘blobs’ or ‘cobwebs’ or ‘string like’ or ‘amoeba like’ features that move around in the eye, and can be best seen when looking at a light plain surface. However, floaters can take any number of appearances and are different in everybody.

What causes these floaters?

The commonest cause of floaters is called ‘vitreous detachment’. The main section of the eyeball is filled with a special gel known as ‘the vitreous’. Normally, the gel is enclosed within a fine membrane sac that fills the back of the eye, and so the outer part of the membrane is in contact with the retina (which lines the inside of the eye).

As we mature, the fine membrane ruptures, allowing some of the fluid to move in between the membrane and the retina, causing the vitreous and membrane to peel away from the retina. The retina, which is like the film of a camera, is then able to see the outer part of this gel and membrane (debris) floating inside the eye – and shadows caused by the debris is what causes floaters.

Sometimes, when the vitreous gel comes away from the retina, it can cause a hole or tear to appear in the retina. This is because the vitreous gel is sometimes more strongly attached to the retina in places. As the gel falls away from the retina (A bit like wall-paper falling from the wall), the gel can tear the retina (Like the wallpaper may take a piece of paint or plaster from the wall).

What causes the Flashing Lights?

The retinal nerve fibres are sensitive to heat and mechanical action, as well as to light.  As the gel comes away from the retina, firmly adherent gel may result in a tractional pull on the retinal tissue and could cause the appearance of flashing lights in the eye. Once the traction has ceased, the flashing lights normally subside as the gel releases its retinal hold. Occasionally, this tug-of-war between the gel and the retina results in the retina being pulled away and causing a retinal break or tear.

Why do I need my eye examined if I have new onset Floaters and/or Flashing Lights?

A strongly adherent vitreous detachment may tear the retina. If a hole or tear develops in the retina, then there is an increased risk of there being a full retinal detachment. A detached retina causes loss of vision, and requires a surgical ointervention to put the retina back in the right place. Thus, it is very important that you have your eye examined urgently on the onset of symptoms. There are other less common reasons for floaters – e.g. bleeding into the gel in the back of the eye from a blood vessel (usually in diabetic patients).

Should I be worried about Floaters?

Most floaters are harmless and there is no need to worry. However, if you have had new onset of floaters, or an increase in number or pattern, then you need to have your eyes examined by an optometrist as a matter of urgency. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IF YOU ARE SHORT SIGHTED.

By seeing an optometrist early, if there is a problem, it can be diagnosed and treated before it progresses into something more serious.

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