A local paramedic is thankful for the emergency eye care provision at Specsavers Kilmarnock after being fitted with new frames following a change in prescription.

The paramedic wears distance glasses but recently experienced normal age-related changes in her vision, and required help with reading as well.

The team at Specsavers Kilmarnock was able to efficiently and thoroughly check her vision and provide her with varifocal lenses, enabling her clear vision at all necessary distances, and allowing her to continue to provide urgent and essential care to patients in need.

Specsavers stores, in line with government guidelines, have suspended routine testing for the foreseeable future but emergency and essential eye care is still available to those in need – including frontline staff and key workers.

Specsavers Kilmarnock is part of the Eyecare Ayrshire scheme, allowing patients who need urgent care to be seen by local optometrists, who may then prescribe medication and treatment for a plethora of conditions including conjunctivitis, dry eye and more serious visual concerns.

A word from the store director

Martin O’Neill, Ophthalmic optician at Specsavers Kilmarnock said: ‘Our staff are classed as key workers in order to provide this important emergency eye care. This allows us to support other key workers who couldn’t function without our help and people who would come to harm without our health expertise, especially where the usual hospital services and NHS facilities are being prioritised for the fight against COVID-19.

‘It is imperative during this time for us to remain open to reduce the strain on the NHS workers at local hospitals, pharmacies and GP practices.

‘Any key workers should know that we will do our utmost to help them as we cannot thank them enough for their valuable work during this pandemic, and we are also here for the wider community in the case of eye care emergencies.

‘We appreciate the understanding from our customers during this trying time, and we will be able to provide wider care, including basic adjustments and routine sight tests, when the COVID-19 situation improves.’

To speak to a member of the team for emergency advice, please contact Specsavers Kilmarnock on 01563 574 848.

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