London’s first eye show – showcasing industry innovation

This month I attended 100% Optical, the UK’s inaugural eye show at London’s ExCeL. Thousands of eye enthusiasts congregated for three days of displays, conferences, fashion events and workshops. Coinciding with London Fashion Week, the event showcased some of the most stylish eye wear brands. In addition, suppliers were proudly displaying their new products and innovations.

I was fortunate to be one of the speakers, taking the stage to discuss communication and contact lenses; both passions of mine. People can feel that they have been overloaded with information after visiting their optometrist. With numerous tests and options available, it is vital that communication is at the forefront of patient care. Good communication skills, in particular, having a caring and listening nature, don’t always come naturally but these are qualities I feel are essential to ensure a productive patient/optometrist relationship.

After my seminar in the ‘Lens Hub’ I was able to enjoy all the show had to offer. As many of you know I love embracing new technology and am proud that Cameron Optometry has some of the most advanced technology available to the industry. So, I particularly enjoyed exploring the 3D Frame Factory to see how the 3D printers work and how frames are then produced. The process first involves taking a 3D scan of your head. I, of course, was happy to volunteer to be a guinea pig! I was then able to see the frames being produced first hand, as well as trying out a few of those that had been ‘made earlier’. They don’t look anything special at first, with clunky bits of plastic, but the finished products are quite impressive. European designers such as Patrick Hoet and Monoqool are winning numerous awards for their cutting edge frames. I will watch with great interest to see if this trend takes off in the UK.

Scanned head

3D printer

One designer who has definitely taken off and is now one of the leading names in stylish eyewear, is Robert William Morris. It was a great honour to meet the man behind the global brand William Morris London. He established the brand some 15 years ago and now it is seen as one of the most stylish choices in eyewear, which we can testify to as it is one of the most popular brands that we stock.

Ian&Robert

It was a hugely successful event and has certainly left me feeling inspired with so many fantastic products and suppliers demonstrating the cutting edge nature of the industry.

Open day success

Thanks for coming!

We have just about got back to normality after a fun-filled open day on Saturday. We’d love to say we’ve spent the week polishing off the cupcakes and Prosecco but, with over 150 of you coming, there were no goodies left for us! It was great to see the building bustling with old and new faces.

I’ve never hidden the fact that I love new technology. That’s why we’ve always got the latest piece of kit to help us get a thorough insight into the health of your eyes. We were delighted to see everyone queuing up to have a go of the Optos Daytona laser scanning ophthalmoscope. The Topcon 3D OCT scans also wowed, with all those who had a go amazed at the detailed pictures. For those who missed out, our Daytona scanner arrives later in the year, one of only a handful in the UK, so you can have a go then.

open day scans

A lot of time was spent in front of the mirror, with many liking what they saw! Hardly surprising considering we had the full 2014 ranges from William Morris London and Silhouette on show. Even those who don’t like to be seen in their specs were pleasantly surprised, realising that a stylish pair could make them look bang on trend.

Many seized the opportunity to try out the very latest contact lenses and we seem to have a few converts too. Dailies Total 1 from Alcon, MyDay by Coopervision and varifocal daily disposables from Sauflon were all trialled with great success.

As most of you know, we’re a family business and so we were delighted to welcome so many families along. The kids were well entertained throughout the day with face painting and our design a frame competition. A few even had a dabble with our numerous pieces of technology.

We gave away Seiko watches, discount vouchers, cupcakes and hundreds of freebies so it was an eventful day.

Open day cakes

Thanks again for all those who came and helped make it such a success. If you weren’t able to make it but would like to come in to chat about your eyes please make an appointment on 0131 225 2235.

Open day – Sat 18th Jan

IF YOU’VE BEEN NEAR THE PRACTICE IN THE LAST WEE WHILE YOU’LL KNOW HOW PROUD WE ARE TO HAVE WON UK PRACTICE OF THE YEAR 2013 AND NOW ITS TIME TO CELEBRATE.

We’re having an open day and be delighted to welcome you and any friends and family who may be interested in find out what makes us unique and award-winning.

To celebrate properly we’ve chosen a open on a Saturday,

We’ve got

  • The complete 2014 frame ranges from leading brands William Morris and Silhouette
  • Special offers on the day
  • New pieces of high tech kit to show off
  • Free cupcakes and drinks
  • Prize draw for Seiko watches, cupcakes and more
  • Activities for kids
  • Loads more

There’s plenty for everyone so come along anytime between 10am and 4pm to celebrate with us. We’d love to see you there.

Winners – UK Practice of the Year 2013-14

To our delight, and due entirely to your votes, we are pleased to announce that Cameron Optometry is the 2013-14 UK Practice of the Year!

Most of you will be aware that we have been drumming up support for our nomination for a few months as this award is decided by public vote and therefore all the more prestigious to win. We feel we can now justifiably declare what we and you, our loyal patients have known for a long time, that there is no better place in the country to provide your eyecare.

At the awards ceremony in Birmingham, the host, BBC’s Naga Munchetty, described as “an innovative practice which has shown dedication to enhancing the local community’s knowledge of the profession and the importance of eye health, while providing the highest level of patient service.”

Many of you told us with pride how many times you’d voted on all your different devices and every vote counted with a phenomenal 16,000 votes being cast in total across the 12 award categories. We are genuinely moved by the enthusiasm you have all shown, and are as always, honoured by your ongoing loyalty and support – thank you.

2014 is going to be an exciting year for Cameron Optometry and we want you to be part of it. Make sure you don’t miss out by checking the blog regularly.

To kickstart the year of celebration we are hosting a special family event at the practice on Saturday January 18th 2014. More details to follow!

Glaucoma Buddies

As part of their continuing work the international Glaucoma Association (IGA) http://www.glaucoma-association.com/ recently launched a buddy scheme to provide support to people due to undergo laser or surgical glaucoma treatment.

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The scheme works to pair up people who have been through similar procedures who can offer practical information and piece of mind about what to expect from the surgery, and the hospital staff.

Local support groups have also been set up. List of these and dates of local meetings can be found on the website.

If anyone is interested in being a buddy, please contact info@iga.org.uk or call sightline on 01233 648170 

 

Contact lens specialist symposium 2013

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Cameron Optometry were invited to attend the first CLSS specialist contact lens symposium in London last weekend.

World leading experts , and great speakers such as Pat Caroline, Randy Kojima, and Eef van der Worp presented some of their most recent research , and clinical experience in the field of contact lenses. Covering Interesting topics such as myopia control in children and scleral lens fitting, the lectures did a brilliant job of condensing the most recent global research into highly relevant information for contact lens fitting.

My only improvement for next time would be the venue. As you’ll see from the photo we spent the weekend in what was essentially a war time underground bunker!

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Not to be outdone – Luke Scott Cameron

A full 2.5 weeks early and only 3 days after his new cousin Anna, Ian is proud to announce the arrival of son number 2, Luke Scott Cameron at 6.34pm on 14th June 2013.

Luke

The whole thing was a bit of a rush as we arrived in hospital at 3:30pm and shocked the Docs about how far along Becky was. Whipped upstairs to the labour ward and before you know it, out came we Luke at a slender 6lb4oz.

Mum and wee lad doing well. I want to thank all my patients for good wishes and for their understanding if you had an appointment in the next 2 weeks. Heather and Gillian will take the reigns while I’m away so if there is anything urgent, do get in touch.

 

Anna Van Der Merwe

We’re pleased to say my sister and fellow CamOpt Director, Lorna Van Der Merwe (nee Cameron but she married a South African), has had a little girl – Anna.

Lorna is such a trooper that she was in work yesterday morning just overseeing some finance stuff and said she felt better than she has all pregnancy. 5 hours and 8lb 9oz later at 8.31pm out came Anna - Mum and baby fine.

We think she looks a little like Dorothy which is lovely.b- anna

Ian’s photo shortlisted for award

A photo by Ian of a CamOpt patient’s eye has been shortlisted for the BCLA’s photographic competition 2013.

b- lens prolapse

This picture shows the natural lens of the eye (the crystalline lens which gets cataract as you get older) has fallen forward into the front chamber of the eye. It’s a wee bit hard to tell what’s going on unless you revise your eye anatomy, so here goes:

b- anatomy

The lens sits behind the iris, the coloured part of the eye and is attached firmly. In some conditions the attachments weaken. In 99.9% of cases the lens falls backward into the back chamber of the eye and you can’t see it, but in this case, it came forward, through the pupil and is quite visible. It’s amazing to see how sharp and neat a structure it is – it looks a like a man made contact lens.

Ian faces stiff competition from researchers and professional medical photographers, so we shall see. You can view the other entries here

Sunshine in May means the B.C.L.A.

So goes the old optometrists’ wives tale meaning that May brings around the annual British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference which almost always combines with a good weather weekend.

This is the major contact lens conference in the world and is held over 4 days attracting over 1000 delegates (more than half from abroad) in various venues around the UK – this year we are in Manchester. Family commitments being what they are, Ian is only down for 1 night this year.

As a Fellow of the BCLA and recognised contact lens specialist, I’ve been asked to present an “interesting and challenging case” in the ‘Grand Rounds’ session. Not to give the game away, I won’t tell you what it’s about and it’s not too late to book in as a day delegate for tomorrow…my session is at 1.30pm in the main Exchange Auditorium.

As well as all the latest contact lens research from around the world, companies launch new products and it’s a chance to meet up with other specialists to discuss in nerdy detail all about contact lenses – just my cup of tea!

It’s easy to get too wrapped up in self importance at such conferences and it did me no harm to have a short taxi ride today where the cabbie asked why I was in Manchester:

“A contact lens conference” I say
“Really? Oh right…[Pause]…How long is it?”
“4 days” I reply
“4 days?!? What do you talk about????!”

Quite…

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