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By Benjamin Johnstone
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Emergency eye care still available

RESIDENTS across Dumfries and Galloway who require eye care are being urged to get in touch with their opticians during the coronavirus pandemic.

This advice comes from Optometry Scotland to prevent people from seeking help from their nearest hospital and in the process of putting extra pressure on the NHS during these unprecedented times.

Despite a majority of community opticians throughout Scotland not being open, they are still available for emergency and essential eye care.

Optometry Scotland chair David Quigley said: “Opticians are absolutely still here to play. “The overriding direction for all eye care professionals is to follow government guidelines in reducing infection risk, so it’s vital that patients across Dumfries and Galloway contact us directly for eye care advice during this period, to ease pressure on GPs, pharmacies and the NHS. While routine eye examinations are rightly not available at the moment, communities are still being served by opticians, who can be telephoned for general advice on arranging emergency and essential care and attention.”

He added: “Opticians across Dumfries and Galloway, and all over Scotland are working together as a network to ensure we can support eye care in our communities, so if patients need help they should call their own optician first or others near them if directed to do so.”

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