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Eye Care in Nursing Homes

I was working in an Optician’s practice when a lady came in to make an appointment for her mother. She explained that her mother was in a nursing home and had been seen by the Optician who was the nursing home’s provider. The lady and her mother were not happy with the provider. The nursing home were unable to suggest an alternative supplier so the lady felt she had to bring her elderly and frail mother out of the home to obtain a different eye examination provider.

Residents of Care Homes do not need to have their eyes tested by the provider suggested by the nursing home if you require further information click here.

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Replacement Lens Surgery in the Spotlight

Concerns are being voiced about problems some people are experiencing after receiving a multifocal intraocular lens implant during clear lens replacement surgery.

Moorfields hospital have confirmed that two thirds of the patients it had fitted with a particular intraocular lens had refitted them with another lens after experiencing difficulties.

Multifocal and Multifocal Toric intraocular lenses do require more adaptation and do not suit everyone, anyone who has tried a multifocal contact lens will confirm this.

Perhaps those people who are interested in clear lens replacement surgery should try a multifocal contact lens first to give them an idea of what their vision would be like following a multifocal intraocular lens implant.

 

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Ready Readers in the News

An investigation by the Sunday Mirror, published on December 28th 2014, in which 12 pairs of ready readers from a number of High Street stores were tested for lens strength, lens alignment and overall effectiveness.

The findings were that 11 out of 12 pairs were found to have defects in them which could cause eye strain, blurred vision and headaches.

This is backed up by research carried out by the College of Optometrists in 2012 where half of over 300 ready readers did not meet British and European standards.

This highlights the importance of not relying on them and the need for a full eye examination by a qualified optometrist to ensure your spectacles are comfortable to wear.

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MPs Polled by Macular Society

A poll for the Macular Society has revealed less than 8% of MPs were aware that smoking and macular degeneration were linked. The Society is wanting more information about this link to be displayed on cigarette packets

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No Smoking Day to Improve Eye Health

No Smoking Day on Wednesday March 11th 2015 will highlight the link between smoking and Age Related Macular Degeneration which causes severe vision loss.  A poll by the British Heart Foundation revealed that only 22% of smokers were aware of this link. The hope is that smokers will take advantage of the many local initiatives to help them stop smoking and so improve their eye health for further information click here