Professor Barbara Ryan arrived home late one evening in November to find her family gathered around a mysterious envelope bearing a Government stamp.
That was the moment that Professor Ryan discovered she had been selected as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).
“It was a very unusual day,” said Professor Ryan "I was amazed; I wondered if they got the right person.”
Helen Tilley of Monnow Eyecare has successfully completed her Diploma in Therapeutics and Independent prescribing. This means that the emergency service they provide at the practice in Cinderhill Street, Monmouth can now include the prescribing of medicines for common emergencies, so patients can avoid having to wait for long periods at a hospital A&E department.
Sudden change in your eyes or your visions can be scary. You may wake up one morning experiencing red or watery eyes, or you might notice a peculiar flash or a shape floating across your vision. Sometimes an accident can cause a change in vision, for example if you are hit by a ball playing sport or you scratch the eye surface when trimming back your hedge. If that happens to you or to someone you know, it’s possible to get a free emergency check-up appointment at Monnow Eyecare from a fully trained professional, and most people get an appointment the same day.
Local optometrist Helen Tilley took a break from her Monnow Eyecare practice this month to support some of the poorest communities in rural Cambodia, with the charity Kymer Sight.
As we get older, our eyesight isn’t as good as I was when we were younger. Thankfully, it’s very rare these days for someone to lose their sight altogether but conditions such as macular degeneration and glaucoma can mean some people struggle, even wearing their normal glasses or contact lenses, to do everyday tasks such as reading or watching television. These people can benefit from a free consultation with a low vision specialist and starting to use some of the many vision aids available.
Every year there are an estimated 2,900 casualties caused by drivers who have poor vision, according to the Association of Optometrists. A regular sight test – for most people this is every 2 years - can make sure you’re safe to drive and that your insurance is valid.
In every classroom there are, on average, 2 or 3 children who have an undetected problem with their vision. That may mean that they cannot read a blackboard, have difficulty learning to read or even develop behaviour issues in school. Sadly, these children do not progress their learning as they should and often the reason for this is missed by parents, teachers and the children themselves. Getting a free eye test provides peace of mind for parents about their child’s health.
Spring has brought a welcome relief from one of the coldest, longest winter on record. Many of us want to make the most of the sunny days to come. We all know to wear sun cream on our skin to protect it from damaging sunlight, but many are less sure about protecting our eyesight.
Monnow Eyecare want to say a big ‘Thank you’ to the local community and patients for supporting us through our first 10 years in Monmouth. We continue to offer more than just ‘sight tests’. We’ve grown by our commitment to providing patients with the best possible standard of eye care but in a relaxed, professional environment.
Did you know that the average time we spend looking at tablet, laptop and television screens at close range is now 6 hours a day? Add in the time we spend looking at our mobile phones and that’s a lot of screen viewing. In the USA an adult will spent 2 hours 51 minutes each day on their phone and this will be higher for teens and young adults.
The Monnow Eyecare customer survey, started in 2012, has now gone digital in 2017! This makes it quicker and easier for Monnow Eyecare customers to tell the team how they feel about the staff, service and facilities at the practice.
Glaucoma patients at the Royal Gwent Hospital benefit from having their eye tests done by glaucoma specialists at Monnow Eyecare in Cinderhill Street.
Speaking to an optician about how you work, rest and play can help you make the best choices for the work you expect your eyes to do. There are a huge variety of specialised lenses available and they’ll be able to help you match your lenses with the unique demands your work and leisure environments places on your eyesight.
The new practice extension to Monnow Eyecare in Cinderhill Street is now complete and it’s stunning! There is a spacious reception area and four fully equipped ground floor consultation rooms. The entrance has easier access for disabled people and wheelchair users appreciate the new ramp. Overall the look is sleek and modern, with stylish curves to the walls, wooden floors and large colourful lanterns in cool, calming colours.