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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.

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Photochromic (Transition) lenses for children

It is strange that we, as parents, protect our children from anything that has the capacity to harm them and yet usually fail to recognise the harm that can be done by continually exposing their eye to harmful UV light and blue light. We dutifully ensure that their sensitive skin is covered with highly protective sun lotions on hot summers days, a cap or hat covering their heads and plenty of water drunk. But we forget about their sensitive eyes. The retina at the back of the eyes is made from the same epithelial cells as the skin and, as such, can be damaged in much the same way as happens when the skin is exposed to UV light. Long term exposure to UV light can trigger changes later in life that leads to macular degeneration. It is well documented that the longer we are living, the more UV-related eye problems are beginning to surface - with cataracts and Macular degeneration being prime candidates. We can give our children a good start in life by protecting their eyes and giving them the best vision that is possible

At Ashleigh Sight Care, we recommend that when children wear spectacles as part of their normal daily routine, the lenses should be able to adapt and change to protect the eye as the intensity of UV light changes. That does not just mean on a hot, bright, Summers day. Harmful UV rays easily penetrate cloudy skies and have the same capacity to damage young eyes.

Recent research* has confirmed that photochromic lenses can be successfully prescribed for children and adolescents aged 10 to 15 years. Clear and photochromic lenses were considered to be equivalent for indoor activities; however, photochromic lenses were significantly preferred over clear lenses for outdoor activities.

 * Carol Lakkis, BScOptom PhD., PGCertOcTher FAAO FVCO., Kate Weidemann, BOptom GradDipAcc: Evaluation of the performance of photochromic spectacle lenses in children and adolescents aged 10 to 15 years. Clin Exp Optom 2006; 89: 4: 246–252

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