Abbeycentre optometrist and store director Tony McGinn has undertaken a bespoke cataract training course in post-operative cataract management at Cathedral Eye Clinic Belfast.

Well-known surgeon and medical director at Cathedral Eye Clinic, Professor Jonathan Moore, lead the programme.

Importance of post-operative care

‘Cataract surgery is relatively simple and is virtually painless,’ explained Professor Moore. ‘Problems are rare but as with any surgery risks are carried and post-operative care is very important for successful healing.’

‘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 after their operation.’

Maintaining eye health

Tony McGinn said: ‘We provide a range of eyecare services at Specsavers Abbeycentre to help maintain good eye health.’

‘Cataracts are a very common condition, especially in older people. It can be improved with brighter reading lights and stronger reading glasses but eventually surgery will be required. At Specsavers, we are continually updating our skills and knowledge to provide the very best patient services and I was delighted to be part of this bespoke training programme.’

Regular eye tests

Specsavers 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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