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Thanking Carers

At Visioncall we want to say thank you to the thousands of care staff who are working tirelessly around the clock to provide essential care for the most vulnerable in our society. 

We want to show our appreciation for everyone who works so hard to keep our loved ones safe during these uncertain times.

These past few weeks have been incredibly transformative to everyone’s lives, and with considerable impact to the care industry.

As one of the UK’s leading providers of domiciliary eye care, working closely with care home partners, we understand how testing this period has been. 

Our teams across the UK are still working with care providers to assist with essential eye care services. 

Supporting you with eye care matters

Our clinical teams to remain on hand to support our care home partners with advice and guidance on eye care matters at home

While we have stopped routine visits, We understand that social distancing measures must be respected during this time to protect our patients, their carers and our staff. 

The effort we are seeing from all NHS and care staff working with those who need the most support is truly inspiring during this challenging time.

It serves as a reminder of one of our core company values – we believe the right people can make a huge difference.

So from everyone here at Visioncall, thank you. 

Thank you for making a real difference in people’s lives when it’s needed most. 

We look forward to seeing our patients safely. 

Until then, support our NHS and carers – stay home, save lives.

New Year, Healthy Me

The best time to make positive life changes is at the start of a year, with the “new year, new me” trend.

However, have you thought about “new year, healthy me”?

While “look after my health” can be a resolution, we’ll suggest resolutions that guide how to look after your health.

Here are a few new year resolutions that can help improve your general health and eye health.

Eat well

When we hear the words “eat well”, we naturally think of eating endless salads.

But, don’t worry, it’s not that bad!

As a result of eating well, you can help to maintain or lose weight and reduce your risk of developing certain general health and eye conditions.

Eat a balanced diet

The essential part of eating well is to have a balanced diet.

NHS’s Eatwell Guide makes it easy to understand how much of each food group you should eat.

Keeping a food diary can help you keep track of what you’re eating.

Alternatively, apps such as MyFitnessPal help you see the macronutrients (carbs, protein and fat) of your diet at the click of a button.

Portion control

Understanding portion sizes is key to eating a balanced diet to make sure you eat enough of the right food.

Too much of anything can be harmful to your health.

You can find some helpful tips for monitoring and controlling your portion size here.

Have a regular sight test

regular sight test is vital to monitor and diagnose eye conditions and even some underlying health conditions like diabetes.

The earlier an eye condition is caught, the sooner treatment can begin.

Depending on the eye condition, treatment may help prevent the condition from progressing.

Do you know how often you should have a sight test?

If you don’t know when you last had a sight test, make it your resolution to have a sight test this year!

Get enough sleep

Did you know that a good night’s sleep can help maintain or improve your eye health and general health?

Having enough sleep can benefit your immune system, prevent heart disease and diabetes.

However, too much sleep or too little sleep can be just as harmful to your health.

For instance, an early study in America found a correlation between glaucoma and lack of sleep and too much sleep.

The NHS recommends that an adult should have 8 hours of sleep every night.

If you have trouble going to sleep, you can find the NHS’s advice on a sleep routine here.

Stop smoking

Smoking is damaging to your eye’s tissue.

It is proven to increase your likelihood of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Did you know that after a year of not smoking, your risk of a heart attack halves?

British Heart Foundation explains how each element of a cigarette is harmful and offers practical guidance on how to quit smoking.

NHS Smokefreealso offers support and advice to help you quit.

Wear sunglasses

Sunglasses that block the majority of UV rays coming through can help protect your eye health.

Overexposure to UV light can increase your chance of developing certain conditions like cataracts and AMD.

So, when you’re buying sunglasses, make sure they carry the UV 400 mark, CE or British Standard Mark.

It’s also vital to check how dark they are (the filter category) as category 4, for example, are not suitable for driving.

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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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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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See Better Live Better, Visioncall, opticians, eyesight, eye care

‘See better, live better’ drives our person-centred eye care service and it’s the message that we always come back to.

Our company logo features ‘see better, live better’ within the strapline.

However, this concept is so much more than a simple strapline.

It’s a belief that underpins everything we work to achieve for the people we help.

What does ‘see better, live better’ mean?

In order to understand what we mean by ‘see better, live better’ we need to look at two parts – ‘see better’ and ‘live better’.

See better

Vision is a key sense that helps us to understand, engage with and safely navigate our surroundings.

However, poor vision can make it difficult to do these things.

The ageing of the eye naturally causes deterioration in our eyesight and increases or risk of developing an eye condition.

Such conditions include cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Poor vision can leave a person with feelings of isolation and depression, as well as an increase in their risk of falls.

So, by enhancing a person’s vision it can help to maintain their independence and help them live a richer life.

The burning question is, how can we improve a person’s vision?

It’s simple – by helping them to wear the correct and most up-to-date pair of glasses for relevant activities.

Undergoing a regular sight test helps to provide an accurate prescription for the glasses.

However, the benefit of better vision can only be felt when the glasses are worn.

Better vision can give a person the confidence and ability to engage with the world around them. It really is priceless!

For those of us without serious sight loss or glasses, it can be difficult to understand the significance of visual empowerment.

Being able to see things more clearly or sharply can be life-changing.

Ultimately, ‘see better’ goes beyond a new pair of glasses – it can help a person to ‘live better’.

Live better

The outcome of better vision is an enhanced quality of life.

Wearing the correct glasses can help to undo the damaging effects of poor vision, like the feelings of isolation.

So, what do we mean by ‘live better’?

Live better means being able to do the small activities that a person would like to do.

These tend to be the things that most of us take for granted: seeing the food on our plate or faces, reading a newspaper, watching TV, playing cards or enjoying the company of our loved ones.

In most cases, these are activities that a person previously often did, like most of us do, but now struggles to do due to poor vision.

Not having or wearing the correct glasses can be physically or mentally harmful to a person.

Glasses can help a person with poor vision, just as a person may use a walking stick or wheelchair if they struggle to walk.

They’re all useful tools designed to help each specific problem and they all help to achieve person-centred care.

Turning our belief of ‘see better, live better’ into a reality

Unfortunately, some people struggle to or are unable to express their concerns.

That’s why Visioncall optometrists are able to carry out an objective sight test which doesn’t require a subjective response (like a letter chart does).

Our optometrists undergo dementia-friendly training and use their soft skills to personalise the sight test for each person.

This helps to ease each person and ensure we can help them to undergo the necessary sight test.

However, we can only make our belief a reality by working closely with our care partners to make a positive difference.

We’re here to help your loved one or residents to see better and live better, find your local practice today.

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Aftercare for Visioncall glasses, glasses repairs and replacements, broken glasses, fix broken glasses

Glasses are important in order to see better and live better, which is why we offer aftercare for Visioncall glasses.

Mishaps happen, but your sight shouldn’t suffer as a result.

What does Visioncall’s aftercare for glasses include?

Following your sight test, if you choose to proceed with one of our frames, our aftercare includes repairs and replacements of Visioncall glasses.

If your glasses break, are damaged or need adjusting, we’ll pay you another visit and take care of your glasses for you.

We’ll visit you in the comfort of your own home to assess your glasses and carry out minor repairs.

If we can’t repair your glasses on-site, we’ll take your glasses and fix them in our in-house lab.

We’ll then personally return with your glasses and make any adjustments to make sure they feel comfortable when you wear them.

Why does Visioncall offer repairs and replacements?

Most of the people we help are living within a care setting and usually share their home with 10 or more people.

With various activities ongoing and people coming and going, it’s inevitable that an accident will happen.

That’s why we offer aftercare for your Visioncall glasses, so you can rest easy and continue to wear your glasses.

It’s important to wear your glasses to see better and live better regardless of the risk of wear and tear.

Better vision can help prevent falls and enable a richer life doing activities that aren’t possible without glasses.

Top tips to minimise mishaps

Caring for our glasses is just as important as caring for our eyes.

Handle with care

Avoid pulling your glasses off or pushing them onto your face with one hand.

When you take your glasses off, place them flat on a surface with the frame facing up.

Don’t touch the lenses with your fingers and only clean your glasses with a soft glasses cloth.

Eyewear retainers can help you avoid losing your glasses

Eyewear retainers (strings, chains or straps) allow you to wear your glasses around your neck when you’re not wearing them.

This is a useful solution if you have a tendency to leave your glasses lying around.

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Better Sight Blog

Helping others to see better and live better is at the heart of everything we do.

We know that better sight can enhance a person’s quality of life and a regular sight test is the starting place to help make this a reality.

We also know that at least half of all sight loss is avoidable, so there’s a real need to help people live more prosperous lives.

For most of us, a quick visit to the local optician is all it takes.

However, it’s not as simple to visit the high street for those who require extra care.

That’s where Visioncall can help.

What difference can better sight make?

When a person can see better, they can live better.

Better sight can enable a person to look at photos of their loved ones, watch the TV or see their dinner.

It’s the things we take for granted that can help someone with poor vision lead a richer life.

Better sight can enable someone to engage in the world around them, and help an individual to maintain their independence.

Correcting the sight of someone with poor vision can help them to avoid bumps and reduce their risk of falls.

How can Visioncall help your residents?

Our experienced opticians will visit your residence – you can tell it’s us by our uniform and ID cards!

We also request a private space to ensure we maintain a person’s dignity and privacy.

Also, our person-centred approach helps us select an appropriate testing method and informs a bespoke eye care recommendation.

Engaging appropriately with the individual, we identify a person’s lifestyle and activities that they can’t do anymore due to poor sight.

All of our opticians are dementia-trained to support non-communicative individuals objectively to help them to see better and live better.

If this conversation isn’t possible, our team will speak with the staff in charge of a particular person’s care.

Whether or not a person can communicate doesn’t determine whether or not they can benefit from better vision.

So we use an objective testing method which involves as little distress and probing as possible.

Subjective testing isn’t suitable for everyone, but we can reach the same outcome of better sight using either method.

However, to achieve better sight, it’s essential to engage with our eye care solution from start to end.

We work together with our partners to facilitate and support daily eye care, from the sight test to care planning and adaptation.

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Sight loss, image of an eye

When we think about growing old, most of us don’t think about sight loss, which is a natural part of the ageing process.

We tend to associate dementia, arthritis and incontinence with old age, ahead of the loss of vision.

However, sight loss can be just as emotionally and physically distressing as other conditions relating to growing old.

What is sight loss?

Sight loss, or visual impairment, is a reduced ability to see to an extent that can’t be corrected by glasses.

The causes of visual impairment can include reduction of peripheral or central vision, cloudy or blurred vision and dark spots.

These particular symptoms are caused by common eye conditions such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, cataract and diabetic retinopathy.

What are the effects of sight loss?

Deteriorating vision can be restrictive and present challenges to daily life, including isolation, depression and an increased risk of falls.

Visual impairment can cause an independent person to struggle or feel embarrassed.

It’s natural to find it difficult to come to terms with a sight loss diagnosis as the future can seem scary, confusing or angering.

This is because there’s a correlation between sight loss and independence.

Loss of vision can contribute to a person living their worst nightmare of having to ask for help or rely on others.

So, it’s vital to consider the day-to-day safety of someone living with sight loss to facilitate and encourage their independence.

Adapting a daily routine and room layout are just some examples of how to increase independence and safety.

Visual impairment affects a person’s ability to navigate, recognise and engage with the world around them.

For those of us living without sight loss, this seems minor, but vision loss greatly reduces a person’s quality of life.

Visioncall understands that when a person can see better, they can live better too.

That’s why it’s our mission to help those who are unable to visit the local optician or to ask for help.

Is sight loss avoidable?

RNIB estimate at least 50% of sight loss to be avoidable, which means it’s possible to help prevent these unnecessary effects.

Regular sight tests and daily eye care can make a world of difference later in life.

A sight test can identify and monitor eye conditions, eye health and even some underlying health conditions like diabetes.

Having a regular sight test is the first step in achieving proactive eye care to help delay or prevent visual impairment.

As almost two-thirds of sight loss in older people is caused by uncorrected refractive error and cataract, the vital part of proactive eye care is remembering to wear spectacles.

It’s important to ensure we wear the correct and clean glasses for the tasks we need them for.

Although refractive error and cataract are not necessarily preventable, a sight test and proactive eye care can diagnose and monitor both.

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engraving, identification, purpose

With Visioncall’s spectacle engraving you don’t have to worry about remembering what your glasses are for.

Our engraving allows you to identify your glasses at a quick glance.

Wearing the correct glasses is important to care for your eyes and help you to see better and live better.

Visioncall’s engraving is perfect if you need two pairs of glasses or you’re trying to find your most up-to-date pair.

It also means that if your friend or loved one has similar glasses, you won’t confuse them with yours.

What does Visioncall engrave on glasses?

Visioncall engrave glasses with the wearer’s name, the purpose of the glasses (near or distance) and the date of the sight test.

Why we engrave glasses

We engrave glasses to help a person identify their correct and most current pair of glasses.

In order to help as many people as possible, we engrave every frame that we manufacture at no additional cost.

Visioncall engraves the inside leg of a wide frame to help make sure that the engraving doesn’t fade over time.

Our discreet engraving helps maintain a person’s privacy and dignity, making sure you never feel embarrassed in front of others.

A professional finish every time

Having an in-house lab means we can ensure the quality of both the glasses and the engraving.

Visioncall lab ensures that our spectacle engraving has a professional finish every time.

Visioncall’s professional engraving helps identify your most current pair of glasses

Engraving is so important to us that we’ll never deliver glasses with illegible engraving.

If the engraving is illegible, we’ll remake the glasses. We do this because the purpose of engraving is to help a person to wear the correct glasses.

Within a care setting, there may be many people with similar glasses, so it’s understandable why people may confuse their glasses.

That’s why our engraving has a professional finish every time, helping a person to identify their glasses and encouragement to wear them.

With the correct glasses and prescription, a person is able to see better and live better.

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