We are re-opening all the practices on the 1st July Monday to Friday 9-5
Online booking is temporarily suspended. Please call the practice to book an appointment. We are required to ask a few questions before we can book you in to ensure we meet COVID-19 guidelines.
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.

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Mum loses eye after buying Contact Lenses on the Internet

Mum claims contact lens fungus ate away her eye

A woman told last night how her eye was eaten away by what she claims was a contact lens fungus.
Jacqueline Stone, 42, spent 17 weeks in hospital after wearing popular disposables for one day.
Jacqui, who bought the Focus Dailies All-Day Comfort lenses online in the UK, said: “They felt uncomfortable all day. When I took them out, the left one had stuck to my eye.”
Her vision became blurred and she was given drops by her doctor. Two days later, the maths teaching assistant was in agony and went to A&E where she was given MORE drops - only for it to worsen last May.
The mum of two recalled: “A white pocket of pus started forming over my pupil and eventually burst, splitting my eyeball.
“I was screaming. My 15-year-old son Charlie called an ambulance and I was given morphine, but it didn’t touch the pain. I’ve given birth twice but nothing compares to that. I could feel the bug eating through my eye.”

Recovery ... Jacqui Stone in Addenbrooke's

Jacqui saw specialists at her local Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex, and at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, who prescribed drops.
After another month, she went to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where she was finally diagnosed with a fungal infection caused by Fusarium. It had eaten through three layers of her eye and 70 nerves. Powerful drugs then caused severe vomiting which led to internal bleeding.
After 22 ops, surgeons were forced to remove her eye. Jacqui, from Rayne, Essex, said: “It would have killed me. Now I’m terrified the fungus will come back if I get ill.”


To try to save money, she bought the lenses on the internet from Lenstore.co.uk.

Jacqui is now suing Alcon EyeCare UK Ltd is also part of Cibavision, which makes the lenses.
She is also suing Broomfield and Moorfields Hospitals.
Alcon said: “We were concerned to hear of this and, after an investigation, have not found any connection between the contact lens and the woman’s unfortunate experience.”
Moorfields vowed to “review the care received” while Mid Essex NHS Trust said it was co-operating.
Infection danger

FUSARIUM is a fungus which can cause a severe infection if it comes into contact with the eye.It affects the cornea — the front part of the eye — and can cause blindness. Symptoms include blurred vision, discharge, swelling, tears, pain and sensitivity to light.
It should be treated with anti-fungal drugs, but what is claimed to be the best medication is not yet approved for UK use.

How to avoid it

EXPERTS last night warned contact lens wearers of the added risk factors for infection.

The British Contact Lens Association said that risk factors include:

- Using tap water during lens care (to rinse lenses or the storage case). And not drying your hands properly before handling the lens.
- Wearing lenses while swimming without goggles, showering or in hot tubs.
- Using ineffective contact lens care solutions.
- Failing to follow the lens care instructions.
- Not having regular contact lens checks - at the very least, this should be done once a year

At Ashleigh Sight Care, we advise:

Buy your lenses from us and, at the very least attend Ashleigh Sight Care annually for aftercares

Don't delay - if you are having ANY problem with your contact lenses, come in and see us immediately

A small monthly aftercare fee takes care of ALL contact lens aftercare visits

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