Your local practice will have introduced measures to ensure strict hygiene standards within the practice, and there will be procedures in place to ensure the safety of patients and staff, as far as is possible.
The practice will be closed to ‘walk-ins’ and you will need to call to see if an appointment is necessary. Much can be done by phone or video consultation, and the optometrist will be able to post your glasses or contact lenses to you if you need them.
If you, or anyone you live with, has a persistent cough and/or high temperature and/or loss of, or change in taste or smell (anosmia), do not enter the practice. Do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital. Return home and stay there for 14 days.
Many people worry that viewing a screen can damage their eyes. There is no evidence of this. In fact, because you can alter the size, brightness and contrast of the display, it can easier and more comfortable to see on a screen compared with looking at things on paper. However, some people find that looking at a screen for a long time is tiring, and may find wearing glasses for computer use helpful. Your optometrist will be able to advise you about this.
Although you may not be able to see very well with them and may get a headache or double vision, you won’t come to any harm from wearing glasses that are not your prescription. However, you should only ever wear glasses that are your prescription when you drive.