As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, we want to update you on how busy our Face & Eye team has been behind the scenes preparing for our reopening on 6 July 2020 in line with Government guidelines.
Our team has all the appropriate PPE and is fully equipped to welcome you back to Face & Eye at the appropriate time. The clinic has always prided itself on the cleanliness of its facilities, and our cleaning regime reflects the revised infection control guidance from Public Health England for the prevention of transmission of Covid-19. The number of patients present within the clinic at any one time will be reduced, with longer gaps between appointments so that our staff can clean areas properly before the next patient is brought through to see the consultants or nurses.
Our return will be a gradual process to ensure that our new protocols are working well. In line with the guidelines of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, we will start with clinic consultations and low risk surgical procedures for our patients.
We are introducing video consultations and video follow up appointments where appropriate so that you can stay in the safety of your home whilst still having access to your consultant.
When you visit our clinic, it will look a little different from any previous visits. We have had to removed leaflets and our before and after portfolios. We have created signage to ensure you are well informed of our social distancing measures and our practices that we have put in place to protect you and our team.
Please rest assured that you and our new patients continue to be at the heart of everything we do and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as Government guidance allows. As always, if you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Floaters occur because of changes in the vitreous, the clear, jelly-like substance that fills the inside of the eyeball. The vitreous jelly shrinks as you get older, and slowly pulls away from the inside surface of the eye.
This shrinking and separation or detachment of the vitreous from the retina is a common phenomenon, particularly in people over 50 years of age, and causes no retinal damage in nine out of 10 patients. It is known as a posterior vitreous detachment or PVD.
Floaters rarely lead to any serious problems, so you generally don’t need any treatment for them. If they are troublesome, the effect of floaters might be minimised by wearing dark glasses. This will help especially in bright sunlight or when looking at a brightly lit surface. In many cases, the flashes disappear with time and the floaters get less noticeable as the brain adjusts to the changes in the vitreous.
If you develop flashes of light (seen as scintillating stars) or your floaters become much worse, you should consult your optometrist (optician) or visit a specialist A&E department to exclude any serious retinal problems. If you see a black shadow or a curtain effect or you suddenly lose vision, you should go to your nearest A&E Department without any delay.
A chalazion (or meibomian cyst) is a common benign eyelid lump. It is commonly caused by blepharitis, an inflammatory condition of the eyelids. Visit https://www.faceandeye.co.uk/eye-conditions/eyelid-conditions/blepharitis/ to learn more about the self treatment of this condition. For patients whose chalazion persists in spite of these treatment measures, a quick day case surgical procedure (an incision and curettage under local anaesthesia) can be performed. We will soon be open and able to undertake this for patients who needs treatment.
Mr Saj Ataullah and our consultant colleague Mr Raman Malhotra in East Grinstead give a lecture about orbital cellulitis in an international webinar
Mr Cannon, Mr Ataullah and Mr Leatherbarrow have previously published a paper on this subject and concluded:
Empirical oral ciprofloxacin and clindamycin combination may be as safe and effective as i.v. therapy in the management of orbital cellulitis. Oral treatment can offer the advantages of rapid delivery of the first antibiotic dose, fewer interruptions in treatment, and simplified delivery of medication particularly in children
A very happy patient following a transconjunctival lower lid blepharoplasty with fat repositioning, followed by a postoperative injection of a small amount of Restylane to the outer lid-cheek junction to enhance the result. Tear trough injections are not always undertaken as an alternative to surgery in appropriate patients, but also in addition to surgery for some patients.
We wish Robin a long and very happy retirement, richly deserved after many decades in his role as an expert ocularist. His practice is being taken over by his son and daughter team, Chris Brammar and Susan Walker, as Brammar & Walker Ocularists – https://www.brammarwalker.co.uk. His wife Julie is continuing to manage the practice.
Contact us now to find out how we can help you with your eye, eyelid, or facial problems. You will find our website contains a great deal of helpful information about what we do. We welcome email enquiries.