Eye Health and Disorders
As preperation for our upcoming Dry Eye Clinic, several members of staff have received the relevant training to become Ocular Hygienists. Their role will be to support the Optometrist and advise patients on how to use the dry eye products. For advice on Dry Eyes or to register your interest for the Dry Eye Clinic please use our 'Contact Us' page or alternatively call into the practice.
(Left to Right) Debbie Stanford, Amy Smith, Matthew Roberts (Spectrum Thea), Heidi Carnall and Vicki Cole
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS / GUARDIANS ON EYE HEALTH FOR CHILDREN
Research shows that 20% of school-aged children have an undiagnosed vision problem.
Whilst over 90% of children visit a dentist regularly, only 53% have ever had an eye examination.
Poor eyesight can have a significant effect on a child’s ability to learn and on their behaviour and yet this often goes unrecognised by teachers, parents and children themselves.
Eye examinations are paid for by the NHS for all children under the age of 16 and those under the age of 19 and in full time education.
At Jeremy Savage Opticians we supply a selection of free frames and lenses for these groups and our adult range at half the marked price.
Signs which may indicate a problem with a child’s eye sight, include, difficulty concentrating, behavioural problems, headaches, sitting too close to the television and rubbing their eyes frequently.
Many eye conditions do not display any symptoms and children are often unaware that their vision is not perfect, so it is important to have regular eye tests if you are concerned. Include an eye examination in your “back to school” routine.
Children do not need to be able to read to undergo an eye examination, a picture based test can be used instead.
For further information about children’s eye health, please visit:
www.aop.org.uk/childrenseyehealth or contact us at the practice.
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS ON UV PROTECTION
Almost 50% of parents report that their children seldom or never wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection.
The lens in a childs eye does not block as much UV radiation as an adults eye, putting them at increased risk of sun damage to the eyes.
Protect your child's eyes from the sun, never let them look directly into the sun. Always wear good quality sunglasses, they should always carry the 'CE' quality mark and the British standard BS EN 1836:2005 giving 100% UV protection.
50% of the UV damage in the human eye is already done by the age of 18. Let us give our children the best possible chance of having clear, enjoyable vision in their 60's 70's and 80's.
UV is not just something that is here in the summer, a staggering 90% of the UV can penetrate even on a cloudy day.
For further information about children's eye health, please visit: www.aop.org.uk/childrenseyehealth or contact us at the practice.