It’s fair to say that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot has changed. However, as the country opens and restrictions are relaxed, there are still a few things to consider when making that date with your optician. Opticians have been one of the many industries affected by the covid pandemic, and you may be wondering how eyecare appointments have changed. Still, we are here to reassure you, there are a few changes when you next get your eyes checked, but nothing that should put you off making sure your vision and eyes are in tip-top condition.
So, with that in mind, here are some facts to help you…
- Opticians are open for business, which means you can make your appointments for routine eye examinations, contact lens fittings and aftercare appointments. One of the changes here is that your opticians will be minimising the number of people in the clinic, so you will need to have pre-booked your appointment. Call your optician, or go online to check their availability and set that date
- There are a few new procedures in place to keep both yourself and the optician staff safe, which is opticians’ main priority
- PPE will be worn, and you should only attend an arranged appointment if you are fit, well and symptom-free.
- As opticians are a healthcare setting, you will need to attend your appointment wearing a face covering unless you are exempt.
- If you have an issue with an upcoming appointment, pick up the phone and speak to your optician. Do not go into your opticians unless you have been specifically asked to.
- If your contact lens specification has expired or is due to expire, you can book your aftercare appointment. As above, just give your optician a call or book online.
Urgent and Essential Eyecare
During the lockdown, most opticians were providing essential eye care only which may still be the case to relieve pressure during the various lockdowns, most opticians provided essential eye care only, which may still be the case now, to relieve pressure from GP’s, A&E and hospital eye services.
If your optician branch is currently closed, you may need to visit your next local branch for an appointment. You may even be able to call for a telephone consultation or perhaps have a video appointment.
You should contact your optician by phone if: –
- Your vision has changed suddenly or becomes blurry.
- You have pain in your eye or red eye.
- You have broken or lost your glasses and cannot function without them.
- You have a problem with your contact lenses.
- You have a foreign body in your eye.
- You are worried about your vision or eye health.
- NHS 111, your GP or any other healthcare professional has directed you to contact your optician.
A Few Things to Consider…
Here are some things you may expect to see and some tips to consider::
- It may take you longer to get an appointment with your optician due to the demand, and as appointments are being spaced out to ensure thorough cleaning between patients and social distancing are being maintained.
- Before your appointment, your optician may call you to ensure you are fit and well before your appointment. They may also carry out some of the appointment over the phone to shorten the time spent in the consultation room.
- As mentioned previously, you will be required to wear a face covering during your appointment unless you are exempt.
- If you want to limit the amount of time you are in the optician’s, you can get a copy of your prescription and buy your glasses online. Why not check out Superdrug Glasses Online, where you can try on the frames with our virtual mirror. If you are visiting your opticians for a contact lens check, you will remove and insert the lenses yourself to minimise the risk of contamination.
- If you would like to try contact lenses for the first time, give your opticians a call as they will be able to advise you further. As a helping hand to get you started, here is our guide with advice on becoming a contact lens wearer.
We hope that this has reassured you with regards to your opticians, eyecare and appointments.
Making that date with your optician has never been so important, so pick up that phone or perhaps jump online to book your appointments.
In the meantime, we advise you to continue with the guidance your optician has given you regarding your eye health/care until your next appointment. Please remember to continue to Stay Safe and Be Kind. Thank you.