It’s been another busy month in the eye world. Three of us Optometrists (myself, Georgina & Joanne) have been revising hard for our MSc practical and written exams. We really must be mad, working full time, busy with our families and now taking on additional qualifications as well! At least the end is in sight.
A new first for me, not only did I break from my studies, I attended a British Contact Lens Conference. It was certainly a fun weekend away with friends, ahem a very educational experience from which our patients will benefit hugely (just for when my dear wife reads this). I thoroughly enjoyed myself discussing the latest contact lens technologies, discovering new lenses to add to our already extensive catalogue and testing new dry eye products.
I also had the opportunity to learn new complex lens fitting techniques, something I started when working in the Bristol Eye Hospital Contact Lens Clinic a few years ago. One lens in particular stood out as it really does suit virtually any eye and visual need. One gentleman in our clinic is an extreme runner - 100 miles over 36 hours certainly does sound extreme to me! Whilst it is truly impressive that he can stay on two feet for that length of time, the other amazing aspect, from a contact lens perspective, is that he can comfortably wear these new lenses the whole 36 hours!! I honestly have never come across such an amazing contact lens before. Yes we have many patients who wear ultra breathable lenses that are safe to sleep in, but this takes contact lens wear to the next level.
On of the main messages I took away was the reminder of just how much contact lenses have improved, even over my 16 years of specialist contact lens work. Many of our patients who have tried contact lenses in the past can now benefit from the new comfortable-all-day lenses that also give clear vision and are healthy for your eyes. The message is clear, what ever your prescription and vision needs we almost certainly have a lens for you! Our great eye care team are highly trained to teach contact lens application and removal as well as contact lens care for those who do not throw their lenses away each night.
The new dry eye treatments I mentioned are now in stock at the practice. Whether you have dry eyes, watery eyes, gritty eyes, sore eyes, red eyes or just tired eyes we have more treatment options than ever before. One startling statistic I heard from a dry eye researcher was that many dry eye patients have worse quality of life than patients diagnosed with angina. My plea - if you have dry or watery eye symptoms please, please come and have a chat. Our friendly eye care team will be happy to discuss your symptoms and recommend appropriate treatments.
So what is stopping you? Have no fear, life in contact lenses provides clear, comfortable vision and definitely gives you another option for your visual wardrobe. Call or pop in today to arrange your contact lens vision experience.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
Peter Turner is the lead Optometrist at Turners Opticians in Fishponds and also works part time as
a Senior Optometrist at the Bristol Eye Hospital.