Jeanette Jacobs Patient Testimonial

A patient Jeanette Jacobs recently sent this kind testimonial after the punctum plug treatment she received for her dry eye condition.

Dear Vision Care

Following on from our conversation earlier this morning please find below my experience for the plug treatment for dry eyes.

When I initially started to notice that my eyes were becoming very dry I started to use eye drops daily to ease the problem, which was crucial as I am a contact lens wearer. However over a couple of years it was clear that my eyes were getting more dry and the drops weren’t as effective.

When I discussed my dry eye problem with Vision Care and they told me about the plug treatment. Initially I dismissed the treatment as I thought it was invasive and sounded very uncomfortable and involved a surgical procedure. Nevertheless when I expressed my concerns, they explained that the treatment was painless, quick and no surgery was involved.

Feeling more positive I agreed to have the plug treatment and can only say I have never looked back. It is done very quickly and you feel absolutely nothing as they are inserted. Also for me the result was instant. My eyes are moist again and my contact lenses are once more extremely comfortable. I am absolutely delighted with the results.

If anyone is considering this treatment I would encourage it for the reasons I have given above.

Kind regards


More information on Punctum Plugs Treatment for Dry Eyes, can be found at this link

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Our Senior Optometrist on Zee TV Eyecare Phone-in

Just last week, our senior optometrist partner, Bharat Rughani, was asked by hugely popular South Asian TV channel Zee TV  to do a live phone in show.

Mr Rughani’s appearence on the program helped a large number of callers with their questions on a wide variety of eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma and eye floaters.

Hopefully you managed to catch the program but don’t worry if not, as Mr Bharat Rughani  and our other optometrists are always available in our practices for expert eye care advice.


Helen Harbi Patient Testimonial

Our patient Helen Harbi  recently sent us this kind testimonial.

“I just wanted to tell you I had a fantastic experiences in Sharm el sheikh scuba diving !!! With the use of my Contact lenses I was able to see the most beautiful fish in the world !!!! From the biggest to the tiniest wee fish and of course no forgetting the huge turtles !!! I had both hands on the turtles back while he was eating his dinner. Fortunately for me he was a vegetarian !!!! I would never have seen them without my contacts in. I feel very privileged to have met such lovely people as yourselves. I did 5 dives when I was out there and because of my contacts I can’t wait until I dive again. I managed to get the contacts in sometimes in a couple of times but I even managed in one go !!! once both !!!! Thank you all for your time and care. I’ll always be very grateful. Helen Harbi x”

If like Helen Harbi you would like to become a delighted patient of Vision Care Medical Eye Centre, please contact us today and  our friendly professional staff will be happy to provide further information on the wide range of eye care services we can provide for you.

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours for VisionCare Branches


Christmas and New Year opening hours for Visioncare branches

Wealdstone Branch

Sat 24th Dec 09h00-14h00
Mon 26th Dec closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Tues 27th Dec closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Wed 28th Dec 09h30-16h00
Thu 29th Dec 09h30-16h00
Fri 30th Dec 09h30-16h00
Sat 31st Dec closed
Mon 2nd Jan closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Tue 3rd Jan 09h00-18h00

Barnet Branch

Sat 24th Dec 09h00-14h00
Mon 26th Dec closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Tues 27th Dec closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Wed 28th Dec closed
Thu 29th Dec closed
Fri 30th Dec closed
Sat 31st Dec closed
Mon 2nd Jan closed(BANK HOLIDAY)
Tue 3rd Jan 09h00-17h30

Harley Street Branch

Closed from Tuesday 20th December 2016 and reopening Tuesday Jan 10th 2017.

The Benefits of Wearing Contact Lenses

Contact Lens Wearing and you

Although contact lenses have got some bad press lately, it is not so much the lenses and more the behaviour of the wearers.  Providing you follow the instructions provided and use common sense measures, you can use contact lenses to give you 20/20 vision in safety.

Here are a few benefits of wearing contact lenses if you’re still not convinced.

Contact lenses make a real positive impact to the quality of your life

Active Lifestyle

In comparison to spectacles, you can have a far more active lifestyle wearing contact lenses.  Contact lenses will not fly off your head if you head a ball, or pick up road grit when cycling.  They are more practical when messing about with the kids, and as they stay in your eyes, there is no risk of someone landing on them.


Reading becomes a seamless pleasure when wearing contact lenses.  You do not have to think about where your glasses are, or if you have the right ones.  All you have to do is open the book or magazine, or look at the screen.  It is the way it should be.


Again, driving becomes much easier when wearing contact lenses.  Glasses are prone to steaming up, and on rainy days this can be an issue.  Contact lenses, however, are immune.  They are also impervious to glare, unlike your trusty glasses.

Social Situations

Contact lenses really come into their own in social settings.  They do not steam up in warm rooms, neither do they tint on a cold day, making you look a little pretentious.  You can dance without worrying if they are going to fly off your head, and your natural eye colour shines through.  Spectacle wearers often complain that people do not look into their eyes when they are wearing glasses.

They also do not smear or are affected by dirt and dust.  This makes contact lenses a very practical option to see at 20/20.


Although glasses can be a fashion statement for some, for many wearers they are conscious of their specs and subsequently have a poorer quality of life.  Contact lenses, however, can be a real confidence boost as they remove the stigma of wearing spectacles that some people experience.

I want a Pair of Contact Lenses what do I do?

To assess your suitability for contact lenses, click here and schedule an appointment.  Wearing contact lenses can transform your quality of life.  Let us start the process.

Sensible use of Mobile Devices Keeps Eyesight in Good Shape

A Brief Guide for Keeping your Eyesight Healthy when using Smartphones and Tablets

With more and more mobile devices flooding the market, an estimated 35 million people have one in the UK alone, peering at smaller text on your phone can put your eyesight under considerable strain.

This post looks at ways you can minimise strain to keep your eyes in good shape.

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Taking breaks from your mobile device can help reduce eye strain

Consider Reading Glasses if you are Aged 40+

If you are over 40, you may want to consider wearing reading glasses.  It is recommended that you do so by healthcare professionals.  Reading glasses will also make the text appear larger, and assist navigation which is especially useful on a smartphone.

If possible try and read text on tablets and e-readers.  This not only gives you a better, more comfortable reading experience, but the Amazon Kindle has been configured to emulate reading a book which puts less strain on your eyes.

Take Breaks

It is not recommended that you read for longer than twenty minutes when using a mobile device, so ensure you take plenty of breaks.

Utilise your Device Settings for Easier Navigation and to Reduce Eyesight Stress

Always adjust the settings on your devices to ensure a comfortable reading experience.  You want to adjust colour and contrast to reduce glare and the need to peer at your phone to read it.

Using Outside? You can also apply anti glare covers and sunscreens to block reflections for a better reading experience and eye protection.  Wearing sunglasses is another way to reduce strain on your vision.

Talk to your Phone – Most devices allows you to operate them using your voice.  If you can utilize this facility you should.  Not only is it faster to find what you want, but it also reduces the need to peer at the screen and type.

What can I do if I can feel my Eyes are Under Strain?

There are quite a few options including the ones listed above.  Others you may want to consider are using eye drops to help lubricate your eyes, or blinking.  When we stare at mobile device screens we are totally focused and subsequently blink less.  This causes dryness and stress, so try blinking more and see if that relieves the strain.

My Eyes are sore and I am Getting Frequent Headaches.  What do I do?

If this is happening to you book an appointment straight away.  We can give you a thorough eyesight examination and identify why you are experience headaches and discomfort.

The Coatings that Enhance your Vision

Coatings that Make Glasses Socially Acceptable

Your life as a wearer of glasses can be made a lot easier if you buy a pair of specs or sunglasses which has special coatings applied.  The range of coatings has grown considerably over the last few years, to the point where embarrassing and sometimes dangerous situations can be completely avoided.

Coatings have evolved which stop those annoying and sometimes dangerous situations. Talk to us about coatings today.

Anti-Reflective Layers

Reflections from bright lights and wet or shiny surfaces can play havoc with your vision.  This problem is often realised while driving when beams from oncoming vehicles can cause problems and sometimes wet road surfaces can also cause issues.  These issues can be addressed however, by having your glasses coated with anti-reflective layers.

It seems a little like magic, but it filters out the reflections that can quite easily cause a car accident, without any loss to the effectiveness of your glasses or sunglasses.

Speak to us today about glasses which help you see when bright lighting is in play.

Coatings that Protect from Scratches

A particular issue with your spectacles and sunglasses is that they can be easily scratched.  We all know how annoying that can be.  Spectacles and sunglasses that have undergone anti-scratch coatings last longer and provide better vision for longer.

Again, talk to us about having anti-scratch coatings on your spectacles.  Make them last as long as they can.

Anti Mist Coatings

At last! Anti mist coatings are available which stop those embarrassing situations when your glasses mist up and you feel like you are in a Carry On film.  It often happens when the temperature drops rapidly and condensation occurs.  Anti mist coatings can stop condensation forming in the first place, while hydrophobic layers repel water droplets.

They also prevent dirt building up which makes them perfect if you work outdoors or for your children, who seem to be able to attract dirt and scratches to their spectacles just by putting them on!

Incidentally, do you know having different coloured lenses can help address learning difficulties?

Talk to us today about the coatings that help you cope with the situations non glasses wearers do not understand.  Simply make an appointment at your local branch.


How Eyesight Develops in Babies

How your Baby Sees the World When First Born

Within the first few days your newborn will be able to recognise your face.  They will also be able to see shapes and light, but will not have any perception of colour.  This is because their retinal cells are not fully developed.  They can see high contrasting patterns however, such as black and white.  At this point they are unable to coordinate both eyes to focus on one object.

Within the next two months your baby will have learned to coordinate both eyes.  It is important to understand that eyesight development and progress is linked to brain development, so stimulation of your child’s senses is important.

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You’re baby’s eyesight development is linked to brain development

Your Baby’s Vision at Six Months

As your baby approaches six months they are able to track objects as they move closer and further away from him or her.  Colours will also become visible and more distinct.  The world is opening up for your baby at this point.

It is a good idea that you have a night light on in your baby’s room.  This is because their sensitivity to bright light is far lower and pitch darkness can not only scare your newborn, but peering puts eyes under stress.

Your Baby’s Vision at Nine Months

At nine months your child’s eyesight is almost fully developed in terms of long distance vision.  Reading, playing, crawling, and walking is approaching fast, and so your baby’s eyesight has to be good.  There is a big world to be explored, and eyesight is key to learning at all ages of your child’s development.

Although we see crawling as a prelude to balance and walking, it is also essential to develop good hand – eye coordination.  Healthcare professionals believe that crawling develops better hand-eye coordination than walking.  So let your mobile baby crawl around and explore.

I Have Concerns About my Baby’s Eyesight.  What do I do?

If you have concerns over your child’s eyesight, at any age including infant, contact us straight away and we will answer your questions.  We can arrange an early check-up to ensure both eyes are developing as they should be, and what course of action to take should there be an issue present.

Eyesight and your Child

It is essential that you have your eyes and the eyes of your children checked regularly to ensure they remain healthy.  You can see a comprehensive schedule by clicking here.