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Opchat Magazine General NewsGeneral News, July to September 2017

 



Are screens hurting my child’s eyes? AOP produces the answer.
Win BIG with Shamir’s new Scratch Card Campaign!
New page devoted to your comments and suggestions, criticisms and constructive ideas to improve the Optical Sector on PHN.

Are screens hurting my child’s eyes? AOP produces the answer.

July 2017

80% of optometrist’s report worried parents when it comes to screen time

School summer holidays arrive this week, with children across the UK thrilled at the prospect of six long weeks staying up late, pyjama days watching cartoons and copious hours glued to their phone or tablet – much to the dismay of their parents.

With more screen time firmly on the horizon, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) is advising four simple steps that parents can take to make sure their child’s eyes stay healthy this summer.

Tips for keeping children’s eyes healthy

1. Get them outdoors – regular play and exercise can help prevent or reduce the development of myopia (short-sightedness). Studies show two hours of outdoor activity a day is ideal[i]
2. Use night settings – using night settings, if your device has them, may help children sleep by reducing the amount of blue light given off by the screen during night-time hours
3. Switch off – make sure digital devices are turned off at least an hour before bedtime
4. Book a sight test – children should have a sight test every two years, from the age of three, or more often if your optometrist recommends it

Optometrist and AOP spokesperson, Ceri Smith-Jaynes, explains: “A big worry for parents is the amount of screen time their children will have over the summer as watching TV and playing computer games fills up more of their days, as well as their evenings, during the holidays. Research from the AOP, shows us that more than 80% of optometrists have seen parents, in the past month, that have concerns about screen use damaging their children’s eyes.”

Reassuring parents, Ms Smith-Jaynes said: “There isn’t clear scientific evidence that indicates screen use damages eye health but we do know that long periods of time carrying out near tasks, like reading on screen, can cause eye strain and other symptoms like dry eye and headaches – so it’s important that children take regular breaks.” Commenting on what parents can do to help protect their child’s vision, she added: “Do get your children playing outdoors as much as possible and make sure digital devices are turned off at least an hour before bedtime – to help them settle down before sleep. Remember, your optometrist should be your first port of call if you have any concerns about your child’s eyes; they can assess if there is a problem and provide helpful advice.”

Win BIG with Shamir’s new Scratch Card Campaign!

July 2017

Chances to win Smart TV's worth £500 and Fortnum and Mason Hampers!

Shamir Scratch Cards Shamir believes in providing the Ophthalmic industry with supreme products as well as proving our loyalty with rewarding promotions and chances to WIN BIG.

Having already launched our national campaign, urging independents to Challenge Shamir’s Value by sending in their bill, we are bringing the return of our Scratch Card Campaign. This summer, for 3 and a half months, challenge our Quality with our extensive range of Glacier™ coatings. Join the team of industry practitioners stating “The Glacier Plus coating is the best I’ve come across”. Some of the prizes include Smart TV’s or Fortnum and Mason Hamper’s containing Sandringham truffles and a bottle of Côtes du Rhône wine or pink champagne and chocolate - perfect for a summer picnic!

Tanya Storey, Head of Sales and Professional Services, explains “Our belief is to maximise visual acuity for every individual regardless of prescription, age or lifestyle. Our Glacier coatings are no exception”. Some of the features include; anti-reflection, dust repellent, water and stain resistance and not forgetting to mention the improved, comprehensive UV protection. “Our patients are highly delighted with the quality of the lenses and the coatings that are being supplied” states one of our customers.

Our campaign will launch on July the 10th until the 31st of October where a scratch card will accompany every Glacier coating ordered. Simply scratch off the grey layer to reveal your prize! The feedback received has proven the coating’s exceptional attributes, so challenge Shamir and order yours today!

For more information regarding this campaign and our extensive product range, contact our customer service team.
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New page devoted to your comments and suggestions, criticisms and constructive ideas to improve the Optical Sector on PHN.

July 2017

Have Your Say, the new interactive page is open to all those who work and depend on a healthy Optical Sector whether it be in the devolved States, the UK, Regions, Europe or the World.

We want constructive views on matters that are discussed, enacted or enforced that affect our lives and the visual health of our Nation.

Have Your Say will publish your ideas anonymously or by name (up to you) and will also ask questions to all the organisations, membership, academic or regulatory that affect you on your behalf if you so wish.

Email letters@primaryhealthnet.com for publication with your opinons and ideas or mail@primaryhealthnet.com with questions you wish PHN to pursue on your behalf.

Decide whether you wish your name published otherwise please state your current or past role in the Optical Sector.

To start the ball PHN has composed the first letter to all organisations, opinion formers, regulators and academics for their view on opportunities and risks created by the dynamic changes that are occurring in our sector.

Our staff at PHN have been asked on many occasions, and have personally experienced a growing attitude at meetings, that technology is pressurising the professions into creating a new and streamlined health provision for the public.

Pressures in moving secondary care into our sector and the call for a simplified method for the public to gain access to an up to date dispensing Rx, when and where they wish, are putting pressure on the current system.

So PHN has written to all organisations, opinion formers, regulators and academics for their view on the opportunities and risks these pressures might create.

We will publish all their responses on our Have Your Say pages as we receive them.

We look forward to your comments also so please send in your views to letters@primaryhealthnet.com over the coming weeks whether personal views or views from LOCs, we welcome them all.

You can read our letter sent by our Editor by going to our new Have Your Say Page by clicking here.

 

 
 
 
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