Cameron Optometry welcomes new screening specialist

We are delighted to welcome Andrea Salgado to the team at Cameron Optometry.

Before joining us, Andrea was an optometrist living and working in Madrid, specialising in contact lenses in particular Ortho-K lenses, which are worn overnight to correct short-sightedness. Andrea has been using theses lenses to successfully correct her myopia for over 10 years.

In her new role she is a member of the pre-screening department in the practice, performing a range of tests and scans to ensure the optometrists have a full picture of the patient’s eyes health. Using the most high tech equipment including the highly detailed Optos Daytona scanner, Andrea is the first port of call when patients arrive for an appointment.

Andrea is passionate about helping patients appreciate the value of looking after their eyes. On her appointment, she said, “In my opinion it is the leading practice in its field and it was exactly the kind of environment I was looking for in Spain. Cameron Optometry’s approach to eye health is the same as mine and the quality of care is exceptional. It is exciting to be part of such a practice.”

Managing director, Ian Cameron added, “We are delighted to welcome Andrea to the practice. Her role is essential in ensuring that we are able to develop a detailed picture of each patient’s eyes, which is essential for us in making any diagnoses. We are fortunate to have such a highly qualified individual in our pre-screening department, and her experience is hugely beneficial to our optometrists and patients alike.”

Andrea

Cameron Optometry team survive gruelling Tough Mudder (just)

The team at Cameron Optometry donned their protective specs and braved this year’s brutal Tough Mudder challenge in the Scottish Borders.

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Raising money for the International Glaucoma Association, optometrists Ian Cameron, Gillian Bruce, Claire Keith and their unsuspecting partners, braved the gruelling assault course.

Their eyes were about the only body part that was well looked after during their mudder mayhem. A 12 mile, half-marathon of electrical burns, ice cold lochs, soul-crushing terrain and a whole lot of cold, heavy mud, didn’t deter this determined bunch from making it back in one-piece. With still enough energy to say cheese at the end of it all, they obviously need to find something even tougher for their next team-building adventure…

Ian Cameron named UK Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year

Pioneering work recognised at Optician Awards

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We are delighted to announce that managing director, Ian Cameron, has been named UK Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year at this year’s Optician Awards. Recognising the specialist work he performs on a daily basis, the award is an acknowledgement of his work supporting those with complex eye conditions.

A thrilled Ian said, “It is a great honour to receive this award, especially as the judging panel is made up of highly regarded optical industry experts. I am hugely passionate about the work I do and am always eager to help those with specialist eye conditions who had thought that they couldn’t wear contact lenses. Lenses have life-changing potential for some people, from babies who have had cataracts removed, to those who have complex conditions like keratoconus, it’s my job to find the right approach to ensure they can enjoy all the benefits that contact lenses can bring.

“We are soon to launch a specialist myopia (short-sightedness) clinic for children in a bid to stop their vision deteriorating throughout their childhood, through the use of specialist contact lenses. This is an approach that has shown great results but parents, and even some optical professionals, are unaware of the potential benefits of contact lenses in halting the progression of myopia.”

The award will sit alongside our Association of Optometrists (AOP) UK Practice of the Year award and Donald Cameron’s AOP Lifetime Achievement Award which he collected last year.

You only get one pair of eyes, so you really should give them the best possible care. That is what everyone at Cameron Optometry aims to do every time a patient walks in to the practice. It has been an incredible few years for the practice and we are confident the success will continue in the coming years with our fantastic team here.

 

Cameron Optometry launches exclusive membership scheme, Vision+

Now offering unrivalled level of care with exclusive discounts.

This month we were delighted to launch our exclusive Vision+ membership scheme. We always wish to ensure that we provide our clients with an unrivalled level of care and by launching Vision+ we feel we are giving our clients access to the most advanced level of eye care available in the most cost effective way.

Behind the scenes we have been busy working on this for some time, researching what other optical services provide and updating our technology to ensure that Vision+ is a cut above the rest. Our aim has always been to provide the most thorough care for your eyes and we believe that we have achieved this through Vision+.

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Vision+ is exclusive to Cameron Optometry and delivers many benefits to members including:

  • Four highly regarded optometrists, making it even easier for you to have direct access to their expertise.
  • Access to our brand new Optos Daytona (link to article below) eye scanner, the most detailed available globally
  • Unlimited emergency visits and prescriptions.
  • Up to 50% off frames and 20% off all lenses that are already competitively priced.

If you are currently a pay-as-you-go client, you will notice that some of our charges, like annual eye examinations, have increased since you last visited. Please visit www.cameronoptom.com/prices for more details. Most clients will find that signing up to Vision+ is now the most cost-effective way to pay for your eye care. For further information please visit the website or email vision@cameronoptom.com.

Shortlisted for Contact Lens Practitioner of the Year award

We are delighted to share that Ian has been shortlisted for the Contact Lens Practitioner of the Yearaward continuing our amazing award-winning streak – Practice of the Year, then Lifetime Achievement Award and now this. The awards are run by Optician Magazine, the leading independent UK journal for eye care professionals. It really is a great honour to be recognised alongside some highly regarded optometrists in the industry. The awards dinner is on 18 April so fingers are already crossed.

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We were also pleased to see many of our suppliers shortlisted as well. William Morris London, who produce some of the most stylish frames available are up for Frame of the Year. And we also stock many of the great products up for Contact Lens Product of the Year. Whatever the results, it’s sure to be a great night celebrating innovation and expertise in the optical industry.

Omega-3: your eyes’ best friend

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The world of dietary supplements is a confusing one. Every day we are told by numerous companies that they have THE perfect supplement for all our health needs. It is unsurprising that now many are tuning out. In our role as optometrists we focus on the scientific research so we can provide the best independent advice when it comes to supplements and eye health.

We have long promoted the benefits of omega-3 for the eyes and in light of numerous studies we believe that the evidence is firmly there to support this. It is especially recommended to those suffering from dry eyes and blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids). Some studies also suggest essential fatty acids may help protect against macular degeneration. In addition, it is suggested that these fatty acids may help decrease the risk of glaucoma and high eye pressure as they assist in allowing fluid to drain from the eye. In addition, omega-3 has many other reported health benefits for the heart, brain and joints.

Omega-3 is found naturally in fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines as well as flaxseeds, walnuts and dark leafy vegetables. The NHS recommends eating at least two portions of fish a week to get a good source of omega-3. However, for those who want to guarantee they are getting enough of these valuable fatty acids on a daily basis, you may consider a dietary supplement.

We have spent time researching and sampling omega-3 supplements and are now supplying what we believe to be the best formulation of omega-3 on the market that has been created with your eye health in mind.

Please ask us about supplements to support healthy eyes when you are next in the practice.

Donald Cameron receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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We are delighted to announce that former managing director, Donald Cameron, has been awarded the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Association of Optometrists (AOP) Awards ceremony, which took place last month. Donald is only the third person to receive the award and the first Scot.

The AOP Awards’ Lifetime Achievement accolade was established in 2012 with the aim of recognising a person who has dedicated their career to promoting and expanding the role of optics, or who has brought the benefits of optics to a wider audience’. The impact that Donald has made on the optometry profession in Scotland is remarkable.

With a career in optometry spanning over 35 years, Donald was a founding member of Optometry Scotland that aims to develop and represent the views of the optometry sector to the Scottish Government. The organisation has successfully lobbied the Government on a number of key issues resulting in a world-leading contract for eye examinations in 2006. Following on from that, the Scottish Government agreed to allocate £1m per annum to fund the development of an optometry education programme through NHS Education for Scotland, to which Donald was appointed programme director. He was also a founding director of Optometric Educators, an organisation that focused on high quality education in the profession and held the position of chairman of the AOP from 1999-2000.

On achieving this Lifetime Achievement Award Donald said, “It is a great honour to receive this award. I see it as recognition of not only the work I have done, but also the work of my colleagues and fellow professionals in Scotland, in particular Frank Munro and Hal Rollason, who have helped us move the industry on in the last 35 years.

“I have always felt strongly about the importance of education as the route to professional advancement and hope that the NHS Education for Scotland programme continues to thrive ensuring we carry on developing our expertise in optometry across Scotland. I believe this approach has helped change the way optometry professionals practise in Scotland to the benefit of the members of the public and their eye care.”

During his early years in the industry Donald developed a keen interest in contact lenses which went on to be his area of specialism. He worked closely with the Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion in Edinburgh, taking referrals from them for patients requiring specialist contact lenses. Cameron Optometry, formerly McGrath and Cameron, is currently the largest independent optometry and contact lens practice in Scotland and is now run by Donald’s son Ian Cameron who is also revered in the industry. Last year Cameron Optometry was awarded the title of UK Practice of the Year at the same awards.

Ian Cameron added, “On a personal level, my dad has always been an inspiration and someone I have greatly admired. I’m delighted that through this award his impressive career has been acknowledged. I have learnt a huge amount from him and through the establishment of the NHS Education for Scotland programme, many others will also benefit from his work in education for years to come.”

Lenses for occasional wear

We’re supplying a patient with free lenses ahead of their participation in the Spartan Race in Edinburgh later this month. She’s running, as well as tackling various obstacles and mud, in aid of Downs Syndrome Scotland so we’re delighted to help out. She’s a glasses wearer but obviously glasses and muddy, wet obstacle courses don’t go too well together. The point of this blog is to highlight that lenses don’t have to be a fulltime commitment. You can dip in and out as you please.

The great thing about most lenses on the market is they don’t actually take much getting used to, especially daily disposables which are what we usually recommend for occasional use. Sometimes there is a bit of trial and error before we find you the perfect pair, but because we know our patients’ eyes so well we almost always find them the right pair first time.

Participating in a sporting event is an obvious time where glasses wearers can struggle. Whether on the ski slopes, to partake in some holiday snorkeling or when running a marathon, glasses are just not the practical option. Or maybe it’s a vanity thing – nothing wrong with that! You perhaps don’t want to wear glasses to attend a stylish black tie do. Occasional contact lens wearing is perfectly possible. Once you’ve tried them, you won’t look back.

Cameron Optometry on BBC Scotland following research on vision and driving

In light of research by charity Brake encouraging drivers to get their eyesight examined regularly, I was asked on to BBC Radio Scotland’s John Beattie Show to discuss the lifecycle of the eyes. Listen here:

The research found that almost nine in 10 (87%) are in favour of drivers having to prove they have had a recent sight test every 10 years, when they renew their licence or photo card. The survey also shows that a quarter of drivers admitted they have not had their eyes tested in more than two years.  A worrying one in eight drivers (12%) who know they need glasses or lenses to drive have driven without them in the past year.

I discussed the four stages that most people experience in their vision lifecycle. The developmental phase from birth until late teens, where a prescription is developing, followed by the stable phase from early twenties until late forties. People then enter the period in their early sixties where their vision may experience some decline as the eyes lose the ability to focus making near tasks, like reading, difficult. This is then followed by a phase of continual decline where people may experience conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma.

I finished off by highlighting that regular eye tests can also help avoid tricky discussions with loved ones! Rather than having to point out to a family member that perhaps they need to get their eyes tested as they strain to see the newspaper or don’t see a cyclist in the corner of their eye, an eye examination at least every two years, will pick up any signs of declining vision.

A four-medal haul for Cameron Optometry

It is impossible to ignore sport at the moment. The World Cup, Wimbledon, the British
Grand Prix and the build up to the first Scottish Commonwealth Games in almost 30 years.
Ok, so here at Cameron Optometry our sporting prowess hasn’t quite reached those heights
but we’re having a good go!

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Between us we’ve clocked up nearly 50 miles of running. Hazel stepped out to complete her
first-ever competitive race. And no, she didn’t start with a gentle 5km to ease her in, she
went full throttle with the grueling Tough Mudder. Branded as “probably the toughest event
on the planet”, the 12 mile assault course saw her tackling electric fences, climbing over
various challenging obstacles, running through water and yes, facing a lot of mud.

Our newest optometrists, Claire, who has completed a full marathon in the past, took on
a half marathon. And with very little training, understandable as has just started a new job
and has two children to run around after, still completed it in under two hours.

And Gillian, an experienced runner who will shortly begin working at the Glasgow 2014
Commonwealth Games
as part of the medical team in the athletes’ village, completed the
half marathon. This time she acted as pacemaker for her twin brother who left her for dust
on his first ever run, not quite the show of gratitude she was expecting!

And finally, Carol completes our medal tally. She was part of the Hairy Haggis marathon
relay, running the anchor leg to bring the team home in a great time.

So sorry to any clients who have come in this month and found one of our team hobbling
around sporting the odd war wound. Now you know why!

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