Penzers Gift Shop open for business

Penzers has opened a small gift shop to the rear of the opticians in  a separate room.

There is a small selection of quality items available to purchase at reasonable prices; and not the usual run of the mill high street items either.

The gift shop is open the same times as the practice is open.

If you are looking to find a few gift ideas for Mother’s Day, then do op in  and have a mooch. We may have just what you are looking for.

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How aware are you of the issues caused by digital eye strain?

The public are unaware of the problems caused by digital eye strain

The public are unaware of the problems caused by digital eye strain

Most people are unaware of the impact that digital eye strain will have on their eyes. According to The Vision Council on average, more than nine in 10 adults (93.3 percent) spend more than two hours each day using a digital device, with more than six in 10 adults (60.8 percent) spending five or more hours on digital devices each day. Whether it’s for work or play, using computers, smartphones, tablets and e-readers TV or video games, all that time can take a toll on the eyes and lead to digital eye strain.

Digital eye strain is the physical discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen and is associated with the close to mid-range distance of digital screens, including desktop and laptop computers, tablets, e-readers and cell phones. On average, a person going through his or her daily routine blinks about 18 times per minute. However, spending significant amounts of time staring at a screen causes blink rates to reduce, resulting in dry, itchy or burning eyes.

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Penzers offers new test to detect diabetes for a limited period

Grafton Optical has delivered CLEARPATH DS-120 to the market, which can detect diabetes. Penzer Opticians is currently trialling this equipment. Usually a test costs £20, but during the period of the trial, Penzers is offering it for just £5. Call to book your appointment on 0121 430 5538.

The evaluation starts with asking patients simple questions to assess their risk of having uncontrolled glucose problems. These questions are based on the American Diabetes Association Risk Test and include: height/weight, exercise, gender, race and family history of uncontrolled glucose.

In order to further confirm after one or more positive responses, a scan of the eye is performed using the CLEARPATH DS-120™ Lens Fluorescence Biomicroscope.

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20s Plenty for Us campaign calls for 20mph limits to help people to see

20s Plenty for Us calls for 20mph limits to help people to see and be seen on roads

20s Plenty for Us calls for 20mph limits to help people to see and be seen on roads

The 20s Plenty for Us campaign, supported by VISION 2020 UK, is calling for a 20mph default speed limit in residential streets without physical calming in order to protect vulnerable road users, including those who are blind and partially-sighted. The aim of the campaign is to help people to see and be seen on roads.

20s Plenty for Us reflects the Highway Code, which recommends that drivers go carefully and slowly in residential areas and around vulnerable people. Below 20mph, road users can better see hazards, signs of vulnerability such as a guide dog, white stick, youth or age, and react in time to avoid a crash. In its latest guidance, the Department for Transport set considering the introduction of more 20mph limits and zones as a priority for action.

Rod King MBE, founder of 20s Plenty for Us said “Every driver must assume that any pedestrian may be one with poor vision. Traffic authorities have a legal responsibility to set speed limit policies that do not discriminate against disadvantaged groups. A general 30mph limit is no longer seen as fit for purpose for delivering the equitable safety on our streets that communities and government now demand. Default 20mph limits are affordable, effective and benefit most sectors of the community, particularly people who are blind and partially-sighted.”

Matt Broom, VISION 2020 UK Operations Manager said: “20mph limits lessen fear and danger to the blind and partially-sighted community, enabling them to lead more active and independent lifestyles. As the UK’s umbrella charity for eye health and sight loss organisations, VISION 2020 UK support 20s Plenty for Us’ campaign for 20mph speed limits to be the norm.”

The 20s Plenty for Us campaign calls for:

• Local councils to introduce fairer, wide-area 20mph speed limits for better equality and quality of life for all.
• Local authorities to urgently update their urban and village speed management policies in line with the Equality Act 2010 with default 20mph and targeted 30mph limits.

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