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PPE and IPC in place

We are ready to go! We will be able to restart our NHS eye tests and domiciliary visits from next week. We have Personal Protective Equipment and Infection Prevention and Control Procedures in place and are raring to go and looking forward to seeing you!

 

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CORONA VIRUS CRISIS – May 2020

The NHS halted all routine and domiciliary appointments in March 2020 but we have been available remotely for all patients who have been experiencing problems with their vision and you can access this service during normal office hours by ringing 07743730129 or 01132530904 and our Optometrist will discuss your eye problem and advise accordingly and maybe recommend self-treatments.

Following the Government’s announcement on Sunday of a phased approach to ease lock-down measures in England, we are presently working on a plan for safe re-starting of services. We are also waiting for the NHS to say that we can see routine patients again. We hope this time will be soon and as soon as we have this information we will update this page.

Thank you

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Gene therapy for rare eye disease set to be offered on NHS

A gene therapy for a rare inherited eye disorder which can improve vision could soon be available on the NHS.

Today the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended Luxturna (voretigene neparvovec) for use in the NHS in England, making it the first available treatment for an inherited retinal dystrophy.

People with a mutation of the RPE65 gene will be suitable for the new treatment.

In the gene therapy, a healthy copy of the gene is injected directly into the eye so a working protein can be produced. Patients have to have some functioning retinal cells for it to work. The gene should provide the instructions to make a protein that is key to normal vision.

Research has shown that, in the short term that the drug improves vision and prevents the condition from getting worse.

This treatment is only for the treatment of Leber congenital amaurosis type 2 (LCA2) and severe early-onset Retinitis Pigmentosa caused by mutations in a specific gene called RPE65.

For more information click here

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Fake contact lenses can seriously damage your eye sight

Take care to buy your contact lenses from a reputable Optometrist as there are counterfeit contact lenses for sale on line which can cause serious sight threatening eye infections, the contact lenses that are supplied are not sterile.

This has been highlighted by BBC Fake Britain

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0007lqv