Your year in lockdown: Kirkcaldy optician's warning of rise in digital eye strain issues
Kirkcaldy optician Cliff Williams has been investing in state of the art equipment and technology to get ready for life after lockdown.
The independent business, based for many years in Whytescausway, has remained open since January.
Mr Williams said: ”We have had very few changes to make, our appointment times have always been longer than average - we do like to take our time.
“Just prior to lockdown we had invested in the latest digital ZEISS digital facial measurement system creating a state of the art ZEISS technology suite and this has proved popular with new and existing patients.
“Now we operate a locked door policy and everything we do is by appointment.
“This has gone down well - everyone knows their time in practice will be safe and secure.
“We have just made a very significant upgrade to ultra wide field retinal photography - this allows the optometrist to review so much more of the retina safely behind a screen, this is only the second ZEISS Clarus 500 in a High Street Opticians, normally this would typically be found in hospitals.”
Revealing his hopes for 2021, he said: “Now more patients have received their vaccinations they are keen get their eyes tested. Levels of digital eye strain is on the increase with more screen time through lockdown, so a visit to an optician is proving a vital way to keep seeing clearly, safely.
“A thorough routine eye test can also help in picking up other health problems.
“There is always the fear of more lockdowns later in the year, but if we remain sensible we should be able to learn to live with COVID-19.”
He said lockdown made us appreciate the importance of friendship: “We really enjoy having our regulars in and taking the time to chat and catch up on their lives, in some cases we have been the first visit to the outside in many months.
“While every day can seem like Groundhog Day there is light at the end of the tunnel and we will get back to some form of normality in time, so let’s remain positive and think of the brighter days ahead.”