October 2020: Peter's Vision

September 29 2020

Look, pud's good for us!

So autumn is here again, it remains one of my favorite seasons, and the time we get to press a few apples at home and pretend we can make decent cider! The thing that is definitely more popular in our house is the delicious apple crumble my wife Jo makes. This year she’s adding blueberries, which are one of the superfoods that if eaten regularly has been reported to help maintain good eye health, so our yummy puddings now look after our eye health and vision too!

In line with my generally positive viewpoint, I’ve decided that rather than worry about when we’re returning to what most of us would consider normal, I’m accepting our new routines. I think having our children in school and their activity clubs returning, albeit some remaining virtual for now, is giving the routine to our lives that has been missing since March.

The key focus for so much of my working life has been the routine eye exam. That is one thing that is yet to fully return. I’ve quite enjoyed some (but clearly not all) of the challenges of the last few months. Our work was focussed around the needs of our patients for so much of lockdown, and please be reassured that our patient focussed care continues as it has for over 80 years. I’d never use the R word for my work though, usually interesting, fascinating maybe, but never routine!

It was interesting that aspects of our normally extensive range of eye care services were considered non essential, and effectively stopped for months. Some of our contact lens work was affected by this ruling. I’m sure many of you who regularly wear contact lenses may disagree with that view, but the powers that be set the rules and the rest of us get to follow (and perhaps occasionally work around) them! The return to almost normal contact lens work has been welcomed by many. Certainly our younger patients keen to get going with contact lenses for the first time now can, and are enjoying clear and comfortable vision through their new lenses.

As always when you come and see us you can expect the usual high standards of personal service, professional expertise and hygiene excellence you’re used to, from your local independent opticians. You & your loved ones are most welcome to come and see us for your eye care and new glasses or contact lenses. We just ask that you telephone first to book a time to come in, to help us keep you all safe.

Whatever your eye care needs, whether routine or otherwise, our expert team is ready & waiting to help you! To book an extended eye exam, contact lens consultation or frame style visit for yourself or those you love, 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 who also works part time as a Senior Optometrist at the Bristol Eye Hospital.