April 2022: Peter's Vision
How can we help you?
Over the last few weeks I’ve noticed a trend at our practices in Henleaze & Fishponds. We’re seeing more and more new patients, which is of course, hugely flattering and very welcome! Coincidentally, but not directly related, we’ve been considering how we greet both existing and new patients, our aim being to offer a friendly, warm and professional welcome to all.
Now how we phrase our first question after welcoming our patient to the practice depends on a few things, essentially if we feel a light hearted or serious introduction is indicated. We’ll often ask “what brought you to see us today?” and wait to see if we get “my wife / the bus driver or my E-bike” or just a straight forward “my eyes are changing, can you help me?”. I love the way we, as humans, respond to this and I find the many nuances of our communication just wonderful!
Sometimes patients do say well you asked for that, but I’m happy that we've broken the ice, our patient has relaxed and has shown their sense of humour! But don’t worry, we’re all too aware that sometimes our patients' eye concerns are such that humour is not appropriate, and instead ask “how can we help you?”
One aspect we're keen to chat about is myopia. It’s slowly but surely being talked about more often. To summarise, myopia is distance blur, corrected by glasses or contact lenses, but your close up vision is usually clear. Does the increasing number of patients becoming myopic matter? Well yes we believe so, particularly as myopia often develops at or around early teen years, when some, but not all, patients of this age have a tendency to be less communicative with their parents.
Now as a myope myself there are definite advantages to this (well I think so, but clearly I am biassed on this!), however the risk of eye health problems increases with the degree of myopia. The trend is that spending time on tech up close, phones particularly, can have a negative impact on our younger patients' eyes. The solution - book an appointment to see us for expert eye care and we’ll be happy to assess the eye health and myopia risk for each individual, as well as discuss the management options available.
With all the demands that modern life puts on our eyes, it’s not surprising we’re seeing so many patients who’ve noticed a change in their vision. Whether your arms aren’t now long enough, your distance vision’s changing or if it’s increased screen time that’s causing a change in vision we’re here, ready and willing to help! Just contact our friendly team on the telephone, or visit our website and we’ll be happy to see you.
We continue to offer COVID safe ways to choose your new glasses too! Although regulations have relaxed, which will come as a relief to so many, we recognise that a few of our patients still need to be cautious. To help us keep you all safe, we’re still asking you all to telephone first to book a time to come in. Please call our Henleaze practice on 0117 962 2474 or our Fishponds practice on 0117 965 4434.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Peter Turner is a Senior Optometrist at Turners Opticians in Bristol, and also works part time as a Senior Optometrist at the Bristol Eye Hospital.