The team of optometrists at Larne Specsavers has enhanced its range of eye care services by undertaking a training course in post-operative cataract management lead by Cathedral Eye Clinic.

The course was facilitated by consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Professor Jonathan Moore and his team at Belfast based Cathedral Eye Clinic.

Post-op care very important for successful healing

Professor Moore explained: ‘Cataract surgery is relatively simple and is virtually painless. Problems are rare but as with any surgery risks are carried. Given the local access patients have with their Specsavers stores, it is very helpful that their optometrists have the skills and knowledge to support patients during the post-operative period - a time that is very important for successful healing.’

Eyecare services

‘We provide a range of eyecare services at Specsavers Larne to help maintain eye health,’ said store director, Deirdre McAree.

‘Cataracts are a very common condition particularly in older people. Stronger reading specs and brighter reading lights can help to improve initially but ultimately surgery will be necessary. We’re delighted to be part of this bespoke training programme which is part of an ongoing process of updating our skills and knowledge.’

Eye tests recommended regularly

‘We advise that an eye test should be carried out at least every two years. If symptoms such as blurred, cloudy or misty vision occur it may indicate the development of cataracts. Any changes which impair sight should be checked immediately.’

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