Whilst our doors are closed, two of our optometrists are volunteering in the newly opened, NHS-run, Lothian Emergency Eye Care Treatment Centre (EETC).
Ian Cameron and Rebecca Daly are two of the eight highly skilled optometrists staffing the facility. Clad in full personal protective equipment (PPE), both are pleased that they can continue to provide eye care to those in need, despite the current restrictions.
In March, the vast majority of optometry practices, including Cameron Optometry, were forced to shut their doors to help in the country’s effort to manage the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. This new facility will ensure that there is a place where people can still access the highest standard of emergency eye care if required.
Fortunately, to date, we have been able to manage patients very effectively via video call, prescribing treatment if required. However, in some cases, face-to-face treatment is essential and the EETC is now able to deal with these cases effectively. An initial team of eight highly skilled optometrists are working on rotation throughout the week to provide emergency care. By having a team of experienced Independent Prescribers (able to prescribe medication if required), the hope is that no further referrals will be required, thus alleviating further pressure on other areas of the NHS at this time.
So for the foreseeable future, Ian and Rebecca will spend a day or two each week caring for patients from across the Lothians. A real change from their usual working environments, but still ultimately providing the highest level of eye care to whoever needs it.
If you have an eye issue, your first port of call should still be your optometrist. Our patients should continue to call the main number for the practice, 0131 225 2235 where you will be able to speak to one of our optometrists for advice. We continue to provide support to all patients, whatever their eye issue, via phone, video call and email if possible. We hope patients are reassured to know this emergency facility is now available should they need to be seen and if they do need to be seen, it may well be by a familiar face.
For further information, please refer to our COVID-19 page.