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Our 20/20 Vision

The inevitable quip of having 20/20 vision for 2020 has to be made – so here’s our perfect vision for 2020!

Firstly, before we explore our goal for 2020, we’re going to look at what 20/20 vision means.

What is 20/20 vision?

20/20 vision is a measurement of a person’s visual acuity 20 feet away from a test chart (which is American terminology).

Simply put, visual acuity measures how well you can see using the letter chart that your optician likely uses to test your eyes.

Although society associates having 20/20 as perfect vision, it’s possible to have even better visual acuity.

However, more suitable terminology is ‘normal vision’ rather than perfect.

Also, in the UK, 6/6 is the equivalent of 20/20 vision.

‘Perfect vision’ and eye health

Contrary to popular belief, it’s possible to have 20/20 vision and need glasses too!

Furthermore, visual acuity and eye health are not the same things, so it’s possible to have perfect vision and also an eye condition.

Our 2020 vision

Visioncall’s 2020 vision is to continue raising awareness of eye care to help us all see better and live better for longer.

Having a regular sight test is just one step of caring for your eyes.

Ultimately, eye care consists of proactive behaviours that can help maintain your eye health between visits to the optician.

Visioncall Daily Eye Care Guide

Visioncall’s Daily Eye Care Guide can help you improve and maintain your eye health

The lifestyle advice ranges from actively remembering to wear your glasses, not smoking to protecting your eyes from UV rays.

It’s also vital to be aware of your family history (including your heritage) when it comes to eye health.

Your family history, age and lifestyle choices collectively are your risk factors for developing an eye condition.

That’s why our 2020 vision is to help raise awareness of eye care, so you know how you can help maintain your eye health.

For more information on our service, please refer to our FAQs.

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Thank You To Care Staff At Christmas

As the festive season is upon us, Visioncall would like to say a big thank you to the care staff who are working tirelessly to make this time of year special for residents.

Thank you!

Whether you’re one of our care partners or not, thank you to all care staff, we appreciate your efforts!

The care and sacrifice that you all make is heartwarming, and ultimately, it makes a massive difference for the residents.

The need for better vision at this time of year

This time of year can be hectic, but the importance of better vision doesn’t take a break.

Remember to ‘think vision‘ this holiday and make sure residents or loved ones are wearing the correct glasses.

Residents are then able to more fully enjoy a Christmas meal, Christmas films and spending time with their loved ones.

It’s a small thing that can help them to see better and live better at this wonderful time of year.

Our team is here to support you when you need it, so if you need assistance throughout the festive break, contact your local Visioncall practice.

As always, our team will respond to you as soon as possible!

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Are You Concerned About Your Eye Health?

It’s quite common to be concerned about your eye health at some point or another.

We’re going to look at what you should do if you have concerns about your eye health.

Who should I talk to about eye health?

If you experience changes in your eyesight or have concerns about your eye health because of your family history, you should speak with your optician.

Your optician is a better source of information than Googling your symptoms or worries – we all know how that ends!

For eye related issues, you should always speak with your optican rather than your GP.

If necessary, your optician will refer you to the doctor.

What symptoms should I look out for?

Common symptoms

Some of the common symptoms of eye health issues include headaches, itchy eyes, blurry vision and sensitivity to light or dark.

However, it’s essential that you do not self-diagnose an eye condition.

While these symptoms can indicate an underlying eye or health condition, they can also be the result of different factors like stress or lack of sleep.

Sometimes, the common symptoms may simply indicate that you need a new prescription.

If these common symptoms persist, you should speak with your optician.

Serious symptoms

If you see any of the following in your vision you should ring your optician immediately:

⚫️ Flashing lights or a shadow in your vision.

⚫️ Red or painful eyes.

⚫️ Sudden loss of vision.

Make sure you describe your symptoms clearly and accurately.

How can I care for my eyes daily?

If you’re concerned about your eye health, you can help look after your eyes between your regular sight test – and our guide can help you!

You may even be doing some of the eye care steps without realising!

Proactive eye care can help you maintain your eye health and eyesight for longer, but critically, it’s not a guarantee.

Ultimately, a few easy lifestyle changes can help you delay or prevent age-related eye conditions.

As a result, you can help avoid sight loss, benefit from maintaining your independence and lead an enriched life.

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Are Red Or Painful Eyes Normal?

Do you know if it’s normal to have red or painful eyes?

Firstly, it’s vital to understand that red eyes and painful eyes are two separate concerns.

While eyes can sometimes be red and painful at the same time, other times, they may be red, or painful.

Are red or painful eyes normal?

Red or painful eyes are not normal.

They are usually a symptom of an underlying eye condition or an eye injury.

Nevertheless, it’s better to be safe and contact your local optician, not your GP.

Remember to consider your family history of eye health!

Red eyes

While red eyes are not normal, they’re usually nothing to worry about.

Sometimes they may get better after a few days.

However, you should still ring your local optician as they may want to inspect your eye to be on the safe side.

Red eyes are often a symptom of a minor condition, irritation or burst blood vessel.

It’s common for red eyes to cause discomfort or itchiness, but try to avoid rubbing your eyes.

Painful eyes

Painful eyes are not normal, and you should contact your local optician immediately.

Pain can be inside or on the surface of your eye, in your eye socket or behind your eye.

You must tell the optician exactly where the pain is so that they’re able to diagnose the cause of your pain.

Also, if you have glaucoma or are at risk of developing the condition, you must contact your optician immediately.

Other symptoms

Sometimes when eyes are red or painful, you may experience other symptoms such as flashing lights, double vision, discharge.

If you experience these symptoms alongside pain or redness, you should contact your local optician urgently.

You should describe your symptoms clearly and accurately when asked by optical advisors or your optometrist.

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Darker Nights Mean Poor Visibility

As the shorter days cause poor visibility in winter both inside and out, it’s essential to prepare yourself and stay safe.

Some of the day-to-day aspects to consider during the darker winter days are eyewear, driving and lighting.

These are also essential considerations if you’re up early in the morning before sunrise.

Wear your glasses when it’s dark

With poor visibility in longer hours of darkness, you may benefit from wearing your glasses.

When it’s dark, our pupils dilate to allow more light in, but this causes our vision to be blurry, which can be a risk to our safety.

Blurry vision can occur both indoors and outdoors when there’s poor lighting, including when you’re driving.

Your glasses can help keep you safe by correcting your vision as much as possible.

Being able to navigate your daily life safely will help you avoid bumps and falls.

As a result of wearing your glasses, you can help prevent physical and even psychological harm.

Is your home well lit during the darker nights?

As outlined above, lack of light can naturally cause blurry vision, so that naturally leads to the need to improve lighting at home.

You should ask yourself “does my vision get blurry when I’m at home during the dark days or nights?”.

If the answer is yes, or you think you could benefit from more lighting regardless, then it’s an investment worth making!

Bulb brightness and colours

Before you rush to buy the cheapest lights that you can find, you should consider a few things first.

Believe it or not, bulb brightness and the colour of the light are vital!

Which? has a handy guide to help you decide on the type, shape, brightness and colour of the light.

Don’t let the price of a particular lightbulb put you off, as it may be more cost-effective in the long-term.

Most importantly, though, you really can’t put a price on your safety and your health.

Be safe when driving

Winter conditions and shorter days cause poor visibility, so road safety is crucial!

The AA’s guide on preparing for driving in winter conditions includes tips for daily driving when there’s poor visibility.

Make sure you wear your glasses while driving if you need them! You should familiarise yourself with DVLA’s eyesight rules when driving.

Also, be mindful that you need a greater braking distance in rain, ice and snow.

Finally, make sure your car is prepared for winter conditions with anti-freeze coolant, food and water, a torch, a first aid kit and a blanket!

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Eye Safety Tips For Fireworks, Enjoy Bonfire Night Safely

We’re sharing some general and eye safety tips for safely enjoying fireworks this Bonfire Night!

Following eye safety advice and the Fireworks Code are essential when you’re around fireworks, whether you’re responsible for lighting them or merely watching.

The Fireworks Code contains some safety measures that you should observe to protect yourself and others.

However, the Fireworks Code doesn’t cover eye safety, which is why we’re covering these areas separately.

How to protect your eyes around fireworks

Did you know that fireworks cause over 300 eye injuries every year? As a result, 10 of these people lose their eyesight.

So make sure you follow these steps to help protect your eyes this Bonfire Night!

If you’re responsible for lighting fireworks

 It’s essential to always wear safety goggles when handling and lighting fireworks to prevent debris from entering your eyes.

 After lighting a firework, move to a safe distance and ensure the firework has exploded before approaching again.

 Have a bucket of water nearby which should be thrown on fireworks that haven’t exploded.

If you’re watching fireworks at a public display

 It’s critical to stay behind the barriers at a public display to prevent debris from entering your eyes and ensure your general safety.

 After the display, if you find an unexploded firework, stay at a safe distance from it and contact the fire department or police immediately.

If you have a fireworks display at home

 You should watch the fireworks from a safe distance while a responsible adult lights the fireworks to protect your eyes from debris.

 Do not approach or touch unexploded fireworks.

Enjoy fireworks safely this bonfire night

The Fireworks Code provides tips to help keep you safe while you enjoy fireworks.

To help ensure the safety of you and others, we’re going to outline a few of these safety measures.

Firstly, you should only buy fireworks that contain the BS 7114 mark on the box, indicating that they adhere to British standards.

When lighting the fireworks, you should read the instructions carefully and use a taper to light the fireworks at arms length.

Whether or not your pet feels uneasy because of fireworks, you should keep them inside to make sure fireworks don’t accidentally hurt them.

Sparkler safety

If you’re enjoying sparklers, make sure you wear gloves because they’re extremely hot.

Most importantly, do not give sparklers to children under 5 as they’re not toys – sparklers can reach over 1,500 degrees.

While firework safety seems like a chore, they help to protect others just as much as they protect you.

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Needing Glasses Shouldn't Be Scary

Halloween is a time for scares and screams, but one thing you shouldn’t have is a fear of needing glasses!

Needing glasses isn't as scary as it seems

You’re not alone

People can have a fear of needing glasses for many different reasons.

These reasons can range from feeling that glasses may ruin appearance or believing that glasses may make eyesight worse (which isn’t true).

Whatever your reason is for being afraid of needing or having to wear glasses, you’re not alone!

However, researching and reassurance from speaking with your optician may help ease your fear.

After all, your optician is a trained professional, unlike the go-to Wikipedia page which anyone can edit!

Needing glasses isn’t as scary as it seems

As a society, we can be guilty of assuming that so-and-so needs glasses because they must sit too close to the TV or they don’t eat their carrots.

Although it’s most likely that so-and-so will sit a healthy distance from the TV and eat more carrots than Rudolph!

Needing glasses shouldn’t be as worrying as we make out as they’re a natural part of life!

Why You Should Wear Your Glasses

Wearing your glasses if you need them can help enrich your life

Wearing glasses can help to sharpen vision, allow things to be seen close-up or in the distance and help prevent eye fatigue when staring at screens.

Additionally, eye conditions like cataracts and untreated glaucoma can cause some form of sight loss.

It’s common to need glasses as we grow older due to the natural ageing of the eye.

While wearing glasses can’t restore vision, they can help to enhance vision.

As a result, a person may maintain their independence, have less falls and bumps and reduce feelings of isolation.

Ultimately, better vision (whether it’s a weak or strong prescription) enables a person to see better and live better.

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Family Eye Health History

When we talk about eye health, it’s essential to be aware of your family’s eye health history.

Hereditary eye conditions in your family are just one of the risk factors of developing an eye condition.

Did you know that your family’s eye health history includes your parents, siblings, aunt, uncles and children?

Which common eye conditions are hereditary?

Some of the common eye conditions (glaucomacataractsmacular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy) can be hereditary. 

However, it’s key to remember that if your family has a history of a particular eye condition, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll develop it.

You should attend your regular sight test to monitor your eye health.

By having a regular sight test, if you do develop an eye condition, your optician can diagnose it early on.

In doing so, it can increase the success of treatment or management of the condition, and help you to continue living an enriched life.

If you have any eye health concerns, you should speak to your optician.

Visioncall Daily Eye Care Guide

Visioncall Daily Eye Care Guide can help maintain your eye health between visits to the optician

Glaucoma

Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of the condition, and it can be hereditary.

The NHS are vigilant if there’s a family history of glaucoma as it increases your chances of developing it.

Since the symptoms of glaucoma can often be unnoticeable, only a sight test can diagnose the condition.

Consequently, NHS England offers a free NHS sight test to if you:

⚫️ Are over 40 and have a parent, sibling or child with glaucoma.

⚫️ Have been told by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) that you’re at risk of the condition.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

AMD is one of many forms of macular disease and in some cases, it can be genetic.

A family history of any macular disease increases your chances of developing age-related macular degeneration.

Similar to glaucoma, symptoms of AMD aren’t outwardly noticeable or painful, but a sight test can diagnose the condition.

Diabetic eye disease

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the eye conditions that collectively are known as diabetic eye disease, which can affect anyone with diabetes.

While diabetic eye disease isn’t necessarily hereditary, diabetes in some cases can be genetic.

If you have diabetes, you should attend your diabetic screening, as it can diagnose diabetic retinopathy.

It can also be beneficial to have a general health check to monitor conditions like diabetes.

So, by being aware of your family history, you can help care for your eyes accordingly.

As a reminder, if you have any eye health concerns, you should speak to your optician.

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Benefits of thinking vision, benefits of eye care

As we’ve looked at what it means to ‘think vision‘, we now turn our attention to understanding the benefits of thinking vision.

Have you ever found a good piece of advice and followed it? Only to stop after a while because you forgot or didn’t have time?

Well, it’s more difficult to forget the advice once it gains meaning through understanding the overall benefit.

What does it mean to ‘think vision’?

When we talk about thinking vision, we mean to actively consider our eyesight (and eyes!) daily.

Practising eye care proactively day-to-day can help us maintain our eyesight and eye health.

One of the key eye care steps is to wear the correct glasses for the tasks that a person needs them.

So, what are the benefits of eye care?

The benefits of thinking vision

See Better and Live Better

Actively considering and caring for our eyes on a daily basis can help us to see better and live better.

Ultimately, the benefits that better vision and leading a richer life can bring are priceless, both physically and psychologically.

When you can see the world around you more clearly, it can help to:

⚫️ Keep you safer and reduce the risk of falls as obstructions, steps and stairs are more visible.

⚫️ Maintain your independence and make you feel empowered by even the smallest of tasks.

⚫️ Reduce feelings of depression and isolation, which can cause further physical and psychological distress.

So, actively thinking about our eyesight and eye health can help transform our lives.

Avoiding or reducing falls can be physically and emotionally freeing, encouraging a person to participate in the world around them.

Also, less physical injuries means not being bed-bound or house-bound.

Maintaining mobility inside and outside the home, along with social activity, can help avoid low moods and isolation.

Most importantly, having more clearer vision can help us to regain what we may have lost.

Living within a care environment

The benefits of thinking vision apply to everyone, regardless of whether a person lives within a care environment or not.

We all have activities or hobbies that we enjoy doing. Perhaps, we even have hobbies that we used to enjoy doing, but no longer can due to poor vision.

We all deserve to lead as rich a life as possible!

The purpose of raising awareness of ‘think vision’ is to help people better their own lives and the lives of others too.

Our eye care advice can help everyone – and for those who can’t care for their eyes themselves, Visioncall can help.

Visioncall Daily Eye Care Guide

Visioncall Daily Eye Care Guide has easy steps on how to care for your eyes

How can I look after my eyes?

Our blog offers advice and best practice on caring for your eyes, from the ageing eye to your family history.

We also cover common eye conditions such as cataractsglaucomadiabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.

Eye care can help maintain your eye health even if you’re living with an eye condition.

Looking after your eyes is easier than you think!

Here’s a checklist of our eye care advice:

⚫️ A sight test is an essential health check, so make sure you have a regular sight test!

⚫️ If you need glasses, it’s vital to wear the correct pair for the tasks you need them.

⚫️ A few lifestyle changes can help maintain your eye health, from eating well to protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays.

However, the key to eye care is to stick to practising the advice and making eye care part of your daily routine!

The benefits of thinking vision can be life-transforming, with both physical and psychological benefit.

Ultimately, eyesight and eye health are worth protecting.

The real question is, how much are your eyes worth to you?

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why you should wear your glasses

If you need glasses but don’t always use them, we’re going to explore why you should wear your glasses.

Did you know that not wearing glasses is the leading cause of preventable sight loss?

Why you should wear your glasses

Wearing your glasses can help prevent eye strain, eye fatigue, headaches and potentially even your eyesight from deteriorating.

When someone needs help walking, they use a walking stick or zimmer frame – and glasses are the walking stick for your eyesight!

Wear the correct pair!

However, you should also make sure the glasses you use are your most up-to-date and correct pair.

This advice is particularly crucial if you need:

⚫️ One pair of glasses, but still have an older pair.

⚫️ A pair of reading glasses and a pair of distance glasses.

It’s essential to wear the correct pair for the relevant tasks so that your vision is as clear as possible.

For instance, wear reading glasses for close up tasks like reading and knitting, and distance glasses for driving or watching TV.

Wearing the correct glasses is a crucial step in how you can care for your eyes daily.

Visioncall Daily Eye Care Guide

Visioncall Daily Eye Care Guide can help you look after your eyesight and eye health

You can get an up-to-date prescription by having a regular sight test. Do you know how often you should have a sight test?

The benefit of wearing the correct glasses

Wearing the correct glasses is key to being able to see better and live better.

Your current prescription may be stronger than an old pair, which helps your vision to be sharper and more clear.

This is particularly important if you are living with a refractive error or eye health conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.

Wearing the wrong glasses (including an old prescription) can be just as harmful to your vision as not using glasses at all.

As a result, poor vision can increase your risk of falls and reduce your independence, which can cause physical and emotional damage.

If your glasses are from Visioncall, you can quickly identify the purpose and most current pair of glasses with our engraving.

So, next time you should be using your glasses, make sure you put them on!

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