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As a precautionary measure I thought it wise to include the latest NHS advice and best practise when considering the latest global health outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.

What’s the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK?
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low. Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

How coronavirus is spread
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses spread in cough droplets. It’s highly unlikely coronavirus can be spread through packages from affected countries or through food.

How to avoid catching or spreading germs
There’s currently no vaccine for coronavirus. But there are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading.
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin immediately
wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Information: If you’ve been to China or other specified areas in the last 14 days, follow the advice on this page for returning travellers.

Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
a cough
a high temperature
shortness of breath

Urgent advice:
Call 111 now if you’ve been:
to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)
to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)
to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)
in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
Tell 111 about any recent travel and any symptoms you have.

Information: If you’re in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.

How to isolate yourself if you could have coronavirus
If there’s a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to isolate yourself. This means that for up to 14 days, you should:
stay at home
not go to work, school or public areas
not use public transport or taxis
ask friends, family members or delivery services to carry out errands for you
try to avoid visitors to your home – it’s OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

While the risk to people in the UK is low, these steps can help reduce the possible spread of infection.

Treatment for coronavirus
There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the infection.

Further information can be found on GOV.UK and World Health Organisation websites.

Practice News

Gracie, aged 7, had only one response when she heard that she had won a pair of sunglasses – she screamed with delight and in the process nearly deafened her mum! And with good reason because not everyone has a chance of winning, only those children who bring their correctly completed quiz sheet to their appointment. Collecting her new UV protecting sunglasses, Gracie commented “my new sunglasses are amazing, I like the colour and they are great at wrapping round to protect my eyes.” Congratulations Gracie!


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We are very pleased to be stocking a new range of spectacle frames. Johann von Goisern are beautifully crafted hand made frames from the world heritage area of Bad Goisern in Austria. They offer unique individual designs attributed to a special lamination technique, through which up to 20 different raw materials can be combined in a single frame. This creates colourful, breathtaking designs and coins the Johann von Goisern slogan: Dare to be different!

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Over the years Vera has seen many changes at the Optometry practice in Lavant Street. She should know, as her first sight examination here was in 1966! Today she collected her new Silhouette bifocals with which Vera continues to see extremely well.  When asked why she attends Morgan-Owen & Coates, Vera commented “You are always kind, nice and cheerful. We always have a laugh together and I know I am going to get the best care possible for my eyes.”

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Nutrition and the Eye

There is growing evidence that lifestyle factors play a significant role in determining the long-term health of our eyes. Making the right lifestyle choices from the start can help preserve your vision. However, it’s never too late to start making changes, as in some instances vision that is already in decline can be improved by following a healthy diet, taking regular exercise and generally cutting down on the things that we know are bad for us like cigarettes and alcohol.

There is no doubt that good nutrition is vital, not only for our general health but also for the health of our eyes. It helps our bodies to grow, repair wear and tear, protect against infection and to function properly. Recently there has been increased interest in the role of nutrition and nutritional supplements and their effect on vision. The main focus has been on how vitamins and minerals might affect age-related eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD)and cataracts.

Nutrof Total eye supplement has been specially formulated to include antioxidant vitamins, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Omega 3 fish oils, plus essential minerals, all of which research has shown to be of benefit to eye health.

Nutritional advice

1. Try to eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day
2. Maintain a low-fat diet. A diet high in fat and cholesterol can lead to a build-up of fatty deposits in the blood vessels under the macula, which can hamper blood flow and increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration
3. Eat foods rich in antioxidants (beneficial chemicals found in vitamins and minerals) that may neutralise ‘free radicals’ which can injure healthy cells
4. Eye healthy foods include: leafy green vegetables (especially spinach and kale), carrots, melons, papaya, tomatoes, red peppers, blueberries, plums, red grapes and aubergines
5. If you feel your diet does not include enough fresh fruit, vegetables, vitamins and minerals or you are concerned about the effects of AMD you may want to consider taking a dietry eye supplement
6. We would always recommend that you discuss any changes to your diet or taking a vitamin supplement with your GP


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Brian Hardy is a keen model ship builder. He has been making scale models of sailing ships for over 20 years, including the Cutty Sark, 2 previous HMS Victories and George III’s royal yacht. The longest build took Brian 7 years to complete. He is 3 years into his latest Victory model and hopes to have it completed within the next 9 months. At his recent eye examination, Brian mentioned his need for a stronger pair of close vision spectacles, to help with the fine detail required in completing the rigging and intricate finishing. Having made up a specialist short range pair Brian kindly invited me to see how the Victory was progressing and to check out his new glasses. “It would be impossible to finish her off without the improved focus I am getting with the new glasses, I can now see everything at a much shorter range”, said Brian.


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Wow what a lovely few days of sun we have all been having. I hope you have all dusted off your sunglasses and are wearing them to protect your eyes from the harmful UV. We have just handed over a fantastic new pair to our latest winner of our children’s sunglass prize draw. Congratulations Lily, who chose a Disney Frozen pair, part of a new range of Marvel and Frozen frames we have just had in. Lily was very excited to have found out that she won as she loves coming to have her eyes checked. A very sensible girl! The sunglasses have come at a perfect time because Lily is about to go camping and so hopefully the sun will continue to shine!

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