The store team from Specsavers Inverness, and one optometrist in particular, have been praised for their support of a local charity organisation.

Rebecca Carr, an optometrist within the store, recently led a talk with the British Sjogrens Syndrome Association (BSSA) Highland Group after Vivienne Brown, a volunteer from the group, approached the store.

Great willingness to support

Vivienne said: ‘What a great service from Specsavers Inverness. I approached Heather the Retail Manager to ask for a speaker at our March meeting and I was delighted that she could oblige.

‘Symptoms of the autoimmune condition, Sjogrens Syndrome, include dry mouth, skin and digestive system problems, fatigue and joint pain, but not least dry eye conditions which can be highly debilitating and worrying. Eye care is a regular topic for our group and accessing professional healthcare advice on dry eyecare from Rebecca was a great coup.

‘Rebecca came to our meeting on her day off and she had prepared information for us on the Elsevier Algorithm – four levels of dry eye care and the NHS Highland Formulaic for the treatments able to be prescribed locally for each level. She then took lots of questions. The store also supplied us with copies of the Specsavers leaflet on Dry Eye care, approved by the Royal College of Optometrists.

‘I know Specsavers Inverness will now have a queue of BSSA members as customers, as we have been shown professional understanding of our condition and a great willingness to support our specific needs. Thank you so very much.’

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