Covid sanitising, how we take care and yes we are still open during lockdown, call us today
We are still open and taking great care in sanitising the practice during lockdown. Our practice is kept very clean in order to keep all of us as safe as possible. Yes we are staying open, even with the latest lockdown restrictions.
All the staff in the Earls Colne practice have been vaccinated 19-01-21, this will take around two weeks to be fully effective.
Everyone who enters the practice wears a mask, no exceptions, that may seem harsh to some, however there is very good evidence it reduces the transmission of Covid significantly. If you have breathing issues you need to be even more careful as those patients are going to be suffering more if infected with Covid.
All surfaces that you are likely to come into contact with are wiped with 70% Isopropynol alcohol between every appointment.
UV Air Sterilizers in our practice
Air sterilizers are running in the reception area and consultation areas all day, these are also used in dental practices and disinfect the air in these rooms every 20 minutes ensuring the air is as Covid free as possible.
Does a mask affect your breathing ?
Despite being potentially life-saving, masks have been hard for some to accept. One national survey of nearly 60,000 respondents cites “discomfort” as the leading reason why some choose not to wear a mask in public. Many users report breathlessness, sweating, nausea and increased heart rate from masking — even though doctors have said repeatedly that masks do not inhibit the flow of oxygen.
You will be able to have your eyes properly examined whilst wearing a mask, including having the retina imaged with our ultra wide laser camera.
So where are these side effects coming from, and what can people do to relieve their discomfort?
Discomfort Impacts on How We Breathe
First things first: Wearing a standard surgical face mask or a cloth mask does not lower a person’s oxygen levels. Nor does mask wearing trap a significant amount of carbon dioxide, says Christopher Ewing, a lung specialist based in Alberta, Canada. Dr Ewing, who regularly sees pediatric patients with asthma and cystic fibrosis, says that before the pandemic, his patients would often wear surgical masks in public to avoid respiratory illnesses that could be life threatening given their condition. In all but the most extreme cases, they’ve been able to mask safely.
But wearing a mask can still affect your breathing, Dr Ewing says — just not in the way you might think.
“Most of us aren’t used to wearing face masks, and the sensation of having a mask on your face might make someone anxious or uncomfortable,” says Dr Ewing. “Although much of our breathing is unconscious and driven by our respiratory center, it can also be influenced by the mind. When we’re feeling discomfort, even subconsciously, it can change the way we breathe.” For instance, if we exhale and it causes our glasses to fog up, we might compensate for that discomfort by not exhaling fully on our next breath.
Reducing aerosol and other transmissions
Measuring your eye pressure, this can be done with a puff of air, however the puff of air does create an aerosol, which aids in the spread of Covid. So I have changed the way we measure your eye pressure, we now use small eye drops and dab of yellow dye to measure your eye pressure without creating an aerosol. further benefit from the drops is no sudden blast of air and it is more accurate, in fact it is the only NHS approved way of taking accurate eye pressure measurements.
You are welcome to try on frames as needed, they are all cleaned and sterilised before they are back on display.
For frame and lens measurements we have software designed by Zeiss on an Ipad, this allows for the measurements to be taking without touching or very close contact.