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15 May 2019"I don't need an eye test - I have Dementia"

Dementia is a disease that leads to changes in the structure and chemistry of the brain. Approximately 90,000 people in Scotland have dementia and about 1/3rd of those have significant sight loss.

Maintaining eye health is important for people affected by dementia. Being able to see well helps with mobilitiy and quality of life even when the person with dementia is no longer reading or able to communicate.

Regulare eye examinations are vital. And it is important to stress that eye tests do not rely solely on patient communication. So, however advanced the disease, annual checks are still a must.

 At McBay Mobile Opticians I can come to see you in your own home for a home eye test which can reduce the anxiety of visiting a new place. It is also a great opportunity for me to advice on environmental factors around your home to improve and enhance your ability to live well with dementia. 

For more information or to find out if you qualify for a free NHS eye examination in your own home call 0141 611 9696. 
I look forward to seeing you soon.


Principal Optometrist at McBay Mobile Opticians

01 May 2019Can you really reverse Type 2 Diabetes (T2D)?

Can you really reverse Type 2 Diabetes (T2D)?

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in the UK. It is estimated that 1.5 million people have some form of Diabetic Eye Disease with 140,000 of those being visually impaired or blind as a result.

As a home visiting optician, I see people struggling with sight loss from diabetes all the time. How can this terrible complication of diabetes be prevented? I used to advice my patients to keep their diabetes as stable as possible; to take advice from their doctor or diabetic nurse … and that was about it. I would just wait and watch as their eye disease seemingly inevitably worsened. 

And as more and more of my patients started developing T2D I began to despair more and more until I was compelled to research T2D myself. I knew plenty about Diabetic Eye Disease, but not much about Diabetes itself. 

And what I found almost immediately was that T2D is often reversible! I was taught that it is a life-long condition. How did I not know that it is reversible? And how do you reverse it?

Well, there are three evidence based ways to put Type 2 Diabetes into remission

  • Bariatric Surgery - which is obviously extreme
  • Very low fat/ low calorie diet - which can be very hard to stick to
  • Low carbohydrate diet

The third option is the most intriguing when you consider what diabetes is:

“Diabetes is the inability to handle glucose/carbohydrate” Dr Zoe Harcombe, PhD in public health nutrition.

So, if your body can no longer tolerate sugar and carbohydrate (which your body breaks down to sugar once you’ve eaten it), surely reducing sugar and carbohydrate intake to a minimum will sort the problem? 

This might sound easier said than done and I’m not a dietician or even a nutrition specialist, so start by looking here

for more information on ways to reverse your diabetes. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are on diabetic medication, changing your eating habits in any way must be done under the supervision on your GP as this can dramatically affect your blood sugar levels. 

Ann McBay
Principal Optometrist

17 April 2019Assistive Technology website for visually impaired

Vital Tech is a new website for blind and partially sighted people, and for anyone who supports someone with a visual impairment.

It highlights assistive technology - in other words, products that are accessible to someone whose sight is impaired.

There are also short how-to videos and audio recordings of some pages. 

And most importantly, it is managed by blind and partially sighted people who know what they're talking about.

So if you or someone you know is struggling with day to day tasks in the home due to sight loss, this website might be worth a look.


From Glasgow to Greenock, Bearsden to Bishopton, Paisley to Partick - if you need an eye test at home call 0141 611 9696. 
I look forward to seeing you soon.
Principal Optometrist at McBay Mobile Opticians

07 April 2019Macular Society

Receiving a diagnosis of Macular Degeneration can be a frightening event. Many people have told me they feel anxious, worried and alone.

This is where the wonderful Macular Society can play a role. Not only do they help fund more research into a cure, but they can provide invaluable support and information for the newly diagnosed. Becoming a member of the Macular Society give you access to their quarterly magazine full of news, knowledge and tips.

They can also put you in touch with local support groups where you can meet people who truly understand what you're going through. And if you are unable to leave your home they offer a Telephone Befriending Service putting you in touch with people with similar interests or experiences. 

29 March 2019Spring has sprung.

It’s such a delight to be out and about on my home visits when spring is beginning. A beautiful white flowered magnolia took my breath away in Giffnock yesterday. And all the pink cherry blossom right throughout Glasgow is so lovely. 

But how can we keep a spring in our step as the days get longer?

The older we get the more risk there is of falling. But how much does this have to do with vision? Our eyes naturally lose their clarity as the clear structures within our eyes get older and this can affect contrast and distance judging. 

Keeping your glasses prescription up to date is important. And if you have already had a fall or been told you are at risk of falls it is worth considering a change from bifocals or varifocals back to single vision glasses. Even when you are used to multifocal glasses, you might be increasing your falls risk by wearing them. 

For more information or to find out if you qualify for a visit from a home visiting optician call 0141 611 9696
I look forward to seeing you soon.


Principal Optometrist at McBay Mobile Opticians

06 March 2019We are Dementia Friends!

Really delighted to become Dementia Friends here at McBay Mobile Opticians. 

22 February 2019What's the best light for reading?

If you follow my posts here, you'll know I'm a bit fanatical about good lighting. Over and over again I visit people for a home eye test who are struggling to read but who only need better lighting.

As our eyes age we need more lighting for close tasks - much more lighting. But that doesn't mean turning on the overhead pendant or the shaded lamp in the corner.

We need an angled, directional task lamp with the light pointed right at our book. And it has to be as close as possible to the page.

These are available in any hight street furniture or lighting store, or even in larger supermarkets.

Which light bulb is best? Well, one that's bright is best! But I usually recommend LED bulbs. They may cost a bit more up front but they last a long time, burn less energy and give a really bright light.

Ann McBay

Your local home visiting optician

08 February 2019Winter Glare - Part 2

As our eyes get older, the ciliary muscle that controls how much light enters the eye gets weaker, lengthening the time it takes to adjust to changing light.

So if you've been outside in bright winter sun, or just sitting by a window, when you move to a darker room it takes much longer to adjust.

To prevent bumps or falls keep light levels even throughout the home and leave the hall light on, even during daytime.

For more information on this or any other eye issue contact McBay Mobile Opticians on 0141 611 9696

Ann McBay, Optometrist

01 February 2019Winter Glare - Part 1

The low winter sun can cause unpleasant and sometimes unbearable glare problems, whether you're indoors or out.

What to do! 

Well, outdoors you need a skip-cap and good sunglasses - polarised ones are best. Indoors, lower those blinds or position yourself with your back to the window. This may mean rearranging your room, but ideally your TV should be far away from your window so you're not facing the glare. 

For more information or to find out if you qualify for a free NHS eye examination in your own home call 0141 611 9696.

I look forward to seeing you soon.


Principal Optometrist at McBay Mobile Optician

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