To celebrate World Optometry Day, we acknowledge those who contribute to the optometry profession. Get to know our very own optometrists and discover their top tips on how to best maintain good eye health in this special Q&A.
MEET OUR OPTOMETRISTS
Experience: Optometrist at Cutler and Gross in Bath and Great Western Hospital.
Describe yourself: Resilient, charming, and an outgoing people person.
Any new hobbies picked up over lockdown? Meditation and Yoga.
Favourite weekend activity? Mini road trip, pre-Covid, as I love to explore the areas nearby.
Favourite wind down activity? Reading in the sun with my Cutler and Gross sunglasses of course!
Favourite book/film recommendation? Amelie. As an optometrist, I enjoy the playfulness of colours theme used throughout the film, especially the red and green hues which we use many times when performing an eye examination.
Your favourite Cutler and Gross frame? The 1350 is iconic to me. I have it in Granny Chic but I could have a pair in each of the colours of the collection, it is feminine, trendy, it suits almost every face shape, a win win choice.
Experience: Optometrist at Cutler and Gross Spitalfields and designer of SFX (special effects) contact lenses on set for TV and films.
Describe yourself: Adventurous, approachable, bubbly and curious.
Any new hobbies picked up over lockdown? Cycling, Running and Yoga. In the first lockdown I purchased a bike, and it has been such a joy to cycle around London when the streets have been quieter. I love to travel but as I have not been able to during lockdown, I always make an effort to explore different areas of London on the weekends including parks and iconic landmarks, whilst also reviewing many coffee shops.
Favourite weekend activity? In normal times I’d be attending gigs and live music events. During lockdown, I have tried to get my live music fix by streaming live music recordings on YouTube. I recommend the NPR tiny desk concert channel which is great for discovering new music.
Favourite wind down activity? Boogieing to my favourite playlist and a self-care pampering session whilst sipping on a glass of bubbles or Gin.
Favourite TV series/ book recommendation? The Queen of Gambit, The Serpent, Unorthodox, and Bridgeton (a guilty pleasure) it has fantastic costumes and a great soundtrack. My book choice varies a lot, depending on my mood but most recently I’ve enjoyed ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’, ‘The Power of Habit’, and ‘Little’ by Edward Carey.
Your favourite Cutler and Gross frame and why? The 1386 sunglass in Emerald Marble – I love the televisioni milling and the marble effect is a very striking feature exclusive to Cutler and Gross. I’d wear these oversized for a dramatic effect.
Q&A WITH OUR OPTOMETRISTS
How often should I have an eye test?
It is recommended to have an eye test at least every two years.
Even if you feel that there has been no change in your vision, it is always essential to have the health of your eyes checked, as your optometrist can also detect many other conditions based on your eye health. However, if you have any problems or feel that your vision has changed, it is best to attend your eye test earlier. – Stephanie
What other health concerns can an eye test detect?
Eye tests can detect many other health concerns including:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Autoimmune diseases
- Intracranial pressure
- Thyroid disease
What is OCT and why should I have this test?
An Optical Coherence Tomography scan, also known as an OCT scan, is an advanced piece of equipment that provides an enhanced examination your eye in greater detail. An OCT scan can view the different structures deep within your eye in greater detail by providing a 3D image. These advanced images allow your optometrist to map out and measure the different structures and layers of the retina, obtaining a more detailed view of the health of your eye.
Viewing your eye health in greater detail allows your optometrist to detect any sight treating conditions early. It is recommended to have an OCT scan even if you feel that your eye health is normal, as this allows your optometrist to obtain a baseline measurement of your eye health. Your optometrist can then compare your measurements with averages and your previous results to monitor any eye structure changes.
This can help indicate the early signs of conditions, including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular changes, before you have any symptoms. Early detection means that these conditions can be managed and treated, preventing potential sight loss. – Stephanie
What advice would you offer someone who doesn’t need a prescription, but their eyes are sore from prolonged screen time working from home?
- Spend at least 20 minutes outdoors every day.
- Take a break from your screen every 20 minutes and focus your attention on to an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. The number 20 is the key!
- Keep teardrops at hand by your computer – that will remind you to use them regularly.
- Blue-light filter glasses would provide additional for reducing screen glare and avoiding eye strain. – Ana
Do you have any makeup tips? Always remember to take off all your eye makeup. Change your mascara every three months and clean makeup brushes often. I recommend my patients on buying mini mascaras. This encourages them to replace their mascara more often, reducing the build-up of bacteria and nasty infections. – Stephanie
Top eye health tip? Clean your eyelashes with neutral baby PH shampoo and put some teardrops every day before going to bed. It prevents inflammation on the eyelids amongst others. – Ana
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