OPTICIANS across the region will remain open throughout the new lockdown.
Independent eye care specialist, James Kidner Opticians, which operates in Annan and Lockerbie, has reassured patients that eye examinations and hearing care services will go ahead as normal, whilst customers will still be able to purchase glasses, contact lenses and sunglasses in-store.
Staff have been issued with PPE equipment to ensure coronavirus protocols are being met.
Furthermore, social distancing procedures are in place at the clinics and appointments have been lengthened to allow consulting rooms to be thoroughly cleaned after each patient’s visit.
Patients are also reminded to wear masks at all times and emphasised that visits are appointment-only.
Deborah Smith, director and dispensing optician at James Kidner Opticians, said: “The safety of our patients and our team is an absolute priority to us. I am incredibly proud of how our practice teams have continued to adapt to the new ways of working and it’s very important to reassure the local community that we are open for all of your needs during this new lockdown.
“Opticians are seen as a key part of NHS primary care and we will continue to provide eye care in the community, in a safe environment to ensure that we take care of our patients and do whatever we can to support our hospitals in looking after the nation’s health. Hearing care services will also continue as normal during this time, with hearing check appointments available.
“If you are shielding at home, get in touch with us as we are more than happy to organise a solution which means you can still receive eyecare and anything else you need to keep your eyes healthy.”
As is the case in Dumfries, where the local Specsavers branch will continue operating, with home visits available for anyone unable to leave their house.
Specsavers CEO John Perkins said it is “important that people attend their appointments to ensure that their eye, hearing and overall health is not at risk during this time.”
He added: “We understand that customers may have concerns about coming into store but the safety and wellbeing of our customers and colleagues is paramount and, in line with NHS recommendations and Public Health guidance, we have numerous safety measures in place.”