COLE MARTIN TREGASKIS Newsletter www.cmt-optometrists.co.uk 2010 Number 2 Surf comes to Brentwood What is an optometrist? Staff news: a new doctor! During the long winter months Patients often ask “What is the The whole practice is very proud Professor Evans spent many hours difference between an optician and an of Dr Claire O’Leary, who has been looking at pictures of surfers, all in the optometrist?” Optometrists are awarded a PhD for her research in name of science! He was researching trained to detect eye diseases, clinical optometry. Some of this work differences between makes of refractive errors, and eye coordination already has been published and is sunglasses and concluded that not all problems. When necessary, they viewed highly by clinicians and vision sunglasses are born equal. In prescribe glasses, contact lenses, or scientists. Dr O‟Leary has been particular, a company set up in Hawaii eye exercises to correct these promoted at the practice to senior in 1980 has become synonymous with problems. Opticians, also known as optometrist, alongside Miss Louise quality. This company is Maui Jim and dispensing opticians, are experts in Gow. Miss Gow works at the practice they have become the fastest growing spectacle frames and lenses. two days a week and is also Lead polarized sunglasses manufacturer Spectacles will only perform Clinician at the RNIB. across the globe. Their patented properly if they fit well, so the results Professor Bruce Evans has PolarisedPlus®2 lens protects from that an optometrist obtains can only worked at the practice for over 20 glare and ultra-violet light whilst be transformed into good vision if the years and has owned the practice for making colours exceptionally vivid. optician in the team guides the patient the last 12 years. He is Director of Professor Evans approached the towards suitable frames and lenses, Research at the Institute of company and we now stock this and makes sure that these fit well. Optometry and a Governor of brand, both for men and women. Brentwood School. Supporting us supporting you Miss Anita Shah is just completing an MSc in Clinical March 2010 was another record- Optometry, a qualification held by breaking month with 96 new patients only a few optometrists. joining the practice. This is despite the We are delighted that Mr Lewis fact that we have had a „no Marshall has increased his time at the advertising‟ policy for over 12 years. practice to three days a week. This is because we believe that new Jenny Powell has recently been patients should be attracted to a appointed as an examiner for the practice through the practice‟s professional exams held by the reputation for what it does, not for Association of British Dispensing Don’t forget the children what it claims to do. Opticians. Nearly all our new patients are the The newest member of our Most parents these days carefully result of recommendations. So thank dispensing team, Janine Dames, apply sun cream to protect their you to all those patients who recently gained excellent results in children‟s skin from ultra-violet (UV) recommend us to their friends, family, some dispensing examinations. radiation. But the eyes are often and colleagues. Your support helps Congratulations also to Janine on her neglected and it is commonplace to the practice to continue to grow, so recent wedding. see parents wearing sunglasses we can continue to invest in accompanied by children with no eye equipment, services, and skilled staff. protection from the sun. Pension credit Children have large pupils which Contact details Pension credit is now made up of transmit more light. It has been Savings Credit and Guarantee Credit. estimated that 80% of lifetime UV We are trying to improve our Only Guarantee Credit entitles a exposure is experienced by the age of methods of communicating with patient to an NHS voucher towards 18 years. So, even in this country it is patients, so please make sure that we glasses. Patients can write to the advisable for children to wear have your email address & mobile pension service, quoting their sunglasses or hats when outdoors in number. These can be sent to National Insurance Number, for a summer. We have a selection of email@example.com. letter confirming which benefit they sunglasses suitable for children, are receiving. including the popular Adidas range.