September 2020: Peter's Vision

August 27 2020

Looking hopeful

I’VE said before that I’m generally an optimist.  This year was meant to be a great year for so many reasons.  I think accepting where we are and making the most of what we’ve got, as well as looking forward with hope, is key to helping us all see this through.   

Schools are almost back, which I’m sure is a relief to so many of us, but perhaps for different reasons!  I’m pleased that our three are looking forward to being back with their friends, no doubt in new ways to keep them all safe.  It’s surely a credit to our schools that they’re managing so much and so well in such difficult circumstances.

No mention of schools would be complete without a few eye and vision tips.  It’s the time of year we receive the most referrals about children and young people with visual symptoms.  They range from not being able to see the school board to cranky and tired children (who knew this could be due to eye strain eh!).  It's more common to notice eye rubbing, excessive blinking and getting heaådaches, but we’re happy really to advise on all sorts of eye or vision concerns.

Now I’m known as a tech lover, and as I’m sure åwe all did in the lockdown phase, my use of tech was significantly increased.  My time was often spent on video calls to patients or reviewing and advising on guidance and patient safety documents.  It was definitely a good time to test out the advice I’m usually giving to our patients; take regular breaks from your phone, tablet or computer screen, drink a good amount of water during the working day and make sure you get up and about at regular intervals.  The stress relieving benefit of a short lunchtime walk in the sunshine was felt by many!

I remain quietly (or maybe not so quietly!) in awe of the sublime quality and affordable luxury of our Tom Davies hand made glasses.  The most common feedback our satisfied patients report is the day long comfort of wearing these glasses.  The range of materials, from soft touch Italian acetate to diamond (yes really!) coated Japanese titanium and ethical horn and ensures that whatever style you choose you too can look great & feel good in your new glasses!

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 at school, home working or out & about our expert team is ready & waiting to help you - however you enjoy using your eyes & vision!  To book an extended eye exam or frame style consultation 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.