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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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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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Visioncall putting vision first

This World Sight Day, we’re going to look at why we should put vision first and how we drive awareness all year round.

Sight is one of the key senses that enables us to engage with and understand the world around us.

Naturally, sight is the sense that the majority of us most fear losing, and yet we’re unlikely to do something about it.

We prioritise visiting the dentist over the optician – but we should visit the relevant health professional as and when needed.

So, if you’re due a sight test, book an appointment with your optician now!

What’s World Sight Day?

The purpose of World Sight Day is to raise awareness of sight loss and blindness.

Unfortunately, eye care and eye health is an area of health that we often forget.

So, general awareness to improve sight is a positive thing, and that’s why this is a great cause to advocate.

Visioncall is proud to be part of the ongoing eye care conversation.

Visioncall participates in the Vision First conversation throughout the year

We actively take part in raising awareness of eye health and eyesight throughout the entire year.

We do this because we understand the value of better sight and that when a person can see better, they can live better.

On our blog, we constantly explore how to put vision first and care for your eyes– including how Visioncall can care for the eyes of those who can’t do it themselves.

Visioncall Daily Eye Care Guide

Visioncall’s eye care guide can help improve your eye health between visits to the optician!

Most importantly, our ongoing efforts are not exclusive to the people we deliver a sight test to.

We’re passionate about spreading the Vision First message to everyone!

We also recently took part in National Eye Health Week with a digital campaign, sharing tips and tricks to improve eye health.

The most essential and reoccurring advice throughout the year is to have a regular sight test.

Do you know how often you should have your eyes tested?

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Identify your glasses

If you have more than one pair of glasses, it’s common to struggle to identify your glasses at a glance – whether they’re for reading or distance.

Now, you might be thinking “who needs two pairs of glasses?”

Eye conditions and the natural ageing of the eye can cause us to need both distance and reading glasses.

Bifocal and varifocal glasses can be helpful, as they combine both types of glasses into one.

However, they’re not suitable for everyone because of the shifting focal points, personal preference, cognitive ability or level of vision.

In fact, wearing bifocals or varifocals in these circumstances can increase a person’s risk of falls.

That’s why some people may benefit from having a pair of distance and a pair of reading glasses.

The benefit of identifying your glasses

It’s important to identify your glasses to help you to see better and live better.

Once we know the purpose of a pair of glasses (whether they’re for distance or reading), we know which tasks they should be worn for.

This can help us achieve better vision, which helps to maintain independence and reduce feelings of isolation.

Wearing the correct glasses is an important part of caring for our eyes between our regular sight test.

Another benefit of identifying your glasses is to tell your glasses apart from other people’s glasses that are similar.

This is particularly important within a care setting if glasses are misplaced, as we all have our own prescription.

How to identify your glasses with Visioncall

We have gone to great lengths to make identifying your glasses easier.


We engrave the wearer’s name, the purpose of the glasses and the date of the sight test on the inside leg of the frame.

We do this to help the wearer, care staff and loved ones easily identify a person’s glasses at a glance.

The engraving is placed on the inside of the frame to help maintain a person’s dignity and privacy.

Visioncall engraving is simple, clean and has a professional finish.

Example of Visioncall Engraving

An example of Visioncall engraving

Eyewear Reminder

We provide an Eyewear Reminder with every pair of glasses we dispense.

This important reminder is one of our eye care planning tools.

It’s best placed in a visible living area as it helps prompt wearers and care staff to ‘think vision’.

Glasses cases

We dispense glasses in a distinct green or yellow case to help keep your distance and reading glasses separate.

If you have any questions please contact your local Visioncall practice today.

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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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think vision, remember glasses, vision is important

Here at Visioncall, we want to help others to ‘think vision’ in order to see better and live better with our Eyewear Reminder.

We were surprised to learn that more of us think about our teeth before our eyes!

Research also estimates that 1/4 of us either haven’t had a sight test in the last two years or ever at all.

Why is vision important?

Vision is important as it’s one of the five senses that we use to receive information from our surroundings.

Our brain then interprets these signals and tells our body how to react.

Simply put, vision helps us to engage with the world around us.

While some people may not need glasses, others may need glasses to enhance their vision and some people may be living with sight loss.

If we ‘think vision’ for ourselves and for others, it can help us to lead richer lives regardless of our situation.

So it’s important to attend your regular sight test and receive an up-to-date eye care recommendation.

What does ‘think vision’ mean?

‘Think vision’ means actively considering our vision during daily life.

From wearing glasses to having a sight test and eating a healthy diet, it’s as simple as that!

It means stopping for a moment and making sure glasses are in place before undertaking the task at hand can help us to see better and live better.

We should consider wearing our glasses like we would use a crutch or a sling if we had an injured limb.

Whether you need glasses for certain activities or all the time, wearing your glasses can help to ease orientation and engagement with the world around you.

Wearing the correct glasses for the relevant activities can also help to prevent the risk of falls.

For now, we’ll be focussing on how we can remember to wear glasses on a daily basis.

‘Think vision’ with Visioncall’s Eyewear Reminder

Our Eyewear Reminder is a simple solution reminding residents, care providers and family members to wear the correct pair of glasses every day.

We created it to help meet each person’s individual requirements because we know that within a care setting there are many people, all with varying personal needs.

It can be easy to forget to check whether someone’s wearing the correct pair of glasses when engaging in activities.

This is even more difficult when a person has more than one pair of glasses. It’s easy to get confused about what each pair is for.

That’s why placing the Eyewear Reminder in a visible living area can help to reinforce the eye care plan information.

How our Eyewear Reminder can help your home

Visioncall’s Eyewear Reminder is useful for delivering consistency if you have temporary or short term staff who don’t have time to familiarise themselves with the care plan.

It’s particularly helpful in reminding and updating a person’s family on their vision if they don’t look at their care plan.

In both cases, it helps to remind loved ones and care staff to check whether a person needs glasses to better engage with them.

Next time ask yourself “can this person see me? Do they need their glasses?”

We work to help make eye care as easy as possible for our care partners.

By reinforcing these behaviours with our Eyewear Reminder it becomes second nature to make sure that a person’s wearing the correct glasses for the relevant task.

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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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