The “New Normal”?

I am pretty confident when I say that we are ALL looking forward to coming out of lockdown and experiencing something resembling normal life again with the easing of Covid related restrictions.

Here at Sarah Gibson Optometrist we are mindful of the fact that we are a clinical profession and that a lot of our patients may still be clinically vulnerable to infection – even though they may be vaccinated against Covid19.

All our staff have been vaccinated (with some interesting, but thankfully short-lived, side effects), and the majority of our patients also seem to have been vaccinated, but there are the minority who cannot (or will not) have the vaccine for whatever reason.

We do however need to remember that the virus is still out there and there are new variants appearing, about which there is not as much data as we would like. Here in Somerset we are extremely lucky to live and work in a low Covid19 area – and long may that continue.

An eye examination is, by it’s nature, a relatively close contact sport, and the trying on of spectacles or the fitting of contact lenses, plus all the myriad other things we do, also require us to get up close and fairly personal with our patients. It is a good job we love you all!

It is for these reasons that we, as a Practice, will be continuing to be available by appointment only for everything other than the purchase of contact lenses and dry eye products.

We will also be retaining our locked door policy for now as we still need to control how many people are in the practice, and we need to know who those people are.

As you can imagine, we are still trying to fit in everyone who had to postpone their eyecare appointments in 2020. We are extremely busy and are now booking eye examination appointments for July.

Please be patient with us – we will catch up eventually but there are only so many (wo)man hours in the day and only so many days in a week that we can work without burning ourselves out – if there is one thing we learnt during the lockdowns it was that we have to look after our mental health as well as our physical health! You really won’t like us if we are tired or, heaven forbid, hangry!

We do keep at least one available appointment every clinic day for emergencies under the ACES scheme but, if that is already booked, our staff will be able to direct you to one of the 25+ other practices in Somerset who offer this fantastic emergency eyecare scheme.

With regards to mask wearing, hand sanitiser, frame sanitising and all the other protocols we have in place to keep us all safe from this nasty little bug – we will be adhering to all recommendations from both Government and our Professional bodies. I think masks in particular may become a common part of an Optometrist’s daily uniform for a while yet – particularly in the consulting room. (On the plus side it means I can eat Garlic without offending anyone and I can save a fortune on lipstick : every cloud has a silver lining!)

In short : We are still here for you if you need us – we will see you as soon as we possibly can and we will look after you with our usual quirky mix of professionalism and humour.