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An independent opticians in Ryde has been extending its services to support vulnerable people in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Team members at Ryde Opticians and Hearing Care, on Union Street, are delivering spectacles to those in need including older members of the community and high-risk patients, who are unable to collect in-store.

Practice staff will travel free of charge to the door of patients who cannot visit the practice due to the lockdown, even delivering contact lenses and solution to those in self isolation.

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For patients who require an emergency pair of glasses, they will even be able to visit each practice’s website and select a replacement pair that will also be delivered to their door.

The practice are one of many businesses in the area to have benefitted from a donation by 22-year-old Stephen Lee, who has 3D printed over 300 face visors from his home in Shanklin where he is self-isolating. These visors will help Ryde’s team members to more safely carry out emergency appointments, so the practice has offered his family a free sight test and 50 off glasses in return.

Special attention has also been made to ensure regular disinfection of all equipment in practice, as well as door handles, frames and sunglasses to ensure there is a safe environment if a patient visits for an emergency appointment.

Director and Dispensing Optician Farzeen Khan said:

“The wellbeing of our patients is our highest priority, so these measures are about ensuring the health of those in local area is maintained during this period of uncertainty.

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“We hope by extending our services beyond our normal capacity will allow our patients to follow government guidelines of staying at home, whilst retaining peace of mind in their eye health.

“Our eyes are one of our most valued assets, so it’s vitally important that we stay open for emergency appointments only and guarantee that our patients are receiving the same level of care attention, even in these testing times.

“All of our thoughts go out to all of those affected by COVID-19 and we hope we can continue to support our community for as long as possible.”

For more information on how Ryde can help, please call the practice on 01983 562591.


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