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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

23 January 2019Avoid Dry Eyes this Winter

Here are some tips on avoiding dry eye problems this winter.

  • Sitting indoors next to a heater or fire will dry your eyes out for sure. Remember to use your eye lubricating drops
  • When we're concentrating we sometimes forget to blink. Practice squeezing your eyes fully shut when you're watching TV or on the computer
  • Avoid smokey atmospheres if at all possible. Or make sure your room is well ventilated

For more information or to have and eye test at home call   0141 611 9696 

Stay cosy! 

Ann McBay

09 January 2019Don't cry over dry eyes

Winter weather exacerbates dry eye problems. And this problem gets worse as we get older, affecting millions of people in the UK. 

Have you got gritty, sore, watery eyes? It might be because of dry eye syndrome.

This is a chronic condition but it can be treated so don't suffer in silence. Make and appointment for advice.

And if you can't leave your home I can come to you for a home eye test.

Call today on 0141 611 9696

Looking forward to hearing from you

Ann McBay

17 December 2018Merry Christmas

It's coming to that time of the year and I've been reflecting on how much I enjoy being a home visiting optician. Here are a few reasons - 

  • Getting to know each patient and their family in an environment that's comfortable for them
  • Being able to spend as much time as needed on each visit
  • Being able to provide an excellent personalised service to patients who are often disillusioned by the larger chains
  • Watching the seasons change as I travel throughout Glasgow and the Clyde coast

So let me take this chance to wish all my current and future patients a Very Merry Christmas from McBay Mobile Opticians.

Ann McBay

27 November 2018Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded is a wonderful charity that supports all veterans with sight loss. You needn't have lost vision on duty - they also support older National Service veterans or Reserves who lost their sight many years after their service. So it can be a great community to be a part of. I know a few of my patients thoroughly enjoy their visits.

Among other things they offer regular contact and support to cope, specialist equipment and training, and even financial support - all helping to maintain independence and quality of life. 

So if you, or someone you know, could benefit from their services, get in touch


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