#MYFOL Newsletter Issue 13 2021

We are keeping you in the know of everything new happening at both Ferreira Optical and in the world of eye care. Every quarter look out for our newsletter and if there is something you would like us to feature, drop us a line. Happy reading!

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Though it may seem as there may

be no end to the current climate,

every effort counts towards the

fight against Covid-19.

Here are a few key things to note:


We are not stuck at home; we are safe at home.

As much as possible, limit going outdoors. When

leaving home, do follow proper safety protocol

such as wearing a mask and limiting the number

of persons from your household.


Wearing masks should become part of our normal

routine and is essential to saving lives. To be

effective, one must not overlook the appropriate

use, storage and cleaning or disposal of masks.

Here are the basics of how to wear a mask outlined

by the World Health Organisation (WHO):

• Clean your hands before you put your mask on, as

well as before and after you take it off, and after you

touch it at any time.

• Make sure it covers your nose, mouth and chin.

• When you take off a mask, store it in a clean plastic

bag, and every day either wash it if it’s a fabric mask,

or dispose of a medical mask in a trash bin.

• Don’t use masks with valves.

STAY Informed

BE Responsible


As the world continues to learn and evolve during

the COVID-19 pandemic, we face the challenge

of possible information overload. Unfortunately,

not all information is accurate, and some may be

potentially harmful. Always ensure any information

received is verified facts and advice from credible

sources, such as our local health authority or the

WHO. Stopping the spread of false information

starts with us. If you see content online that you

believe to be false or misleading, you can report it

to the hosting social media platform.

At any time, if you develop a fever, cough or difficulty

breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Knowing your status earlier helps prevent a wider

spread. Let us not forget that the pandemic will come

to an end one day and that we all play a critical role in

seeing it come to fruition.

“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.

Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear

less.” — Marie Curie

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T.T.O.A. President

How would you describe


First born of four to primary

school teachers, mother of an

amazing daughter, a loyal friend,

occasionally stubborn but willing

to heed advice.

What drove you to become

an optometrist?

Good parental guidance, research

and the desire to serve.

How long have you

practiced Optometry?

Over 30 years, 28 years at Ferreira


Having practiced

optometry for 30 + years,

what would say has been

the highlight of your


Having the opportunity to make a

difference in so many persons’ lives

by helping them to see clearly is

extremely satisfying.

Congratulations on your

presidency of the Trinidad

and Tobago Optometric

Association (TTOA). What

do you hope to accomplish

in your new role?

To make the TTOA the source of

relevant and accurate information

about your eyes. To encourage

persons to take the COVID-19

vaccine by posting photos of TTOA

members receiving the vaccine.

What are some of the key

responsibilities of the


The TTOA represents the

Optometrists on the Trinidad and

Tobago Opticians Registration

Council (the governing body),

ensuring that the Optician’s

(Registration) Act is updated to

allow Optometrists to practice to

their highest standards. Providing

internationally approved continuing

education programs and hosting

annual trade shows to keep

Optometrists abreast of world


What milestones you would

say have helped shape you


During my gap year I taught

(with my parents) at Curepe

Presbyterian School. Following

their example, I planned and

prepared the lessons for my

students in a way they would

learn and understand. Mandatory

attendance at weekly Q&A sessions

with Consultant Ophthalmologists,

Residents, house officers, nurses

and techs. during my Pre-

Registration year at the Kent County

Aural and Ophthalmic Hospital in

England. It taught me to always

be well prepared and on top of my

game. I also learned how important

it is to contribute and listen to the

perspective of other team players.

What does Lauren do on

her off-days or down time?

Any special hobbies or

interests you practice?

I also

learned how

important it is

to contribute

and listen to

the perspective

of other team


word games like Scrabble. My

daughter, Sarah is my pride and joy

and many of my interests involve

her e.g. cricket matches at the Oval,

choir concerts and live musicals.

What keeps you driven


God’s word - I can make a

difference in Trinidad and Tobago.

Love for my profession makes it

extremely easy to get up every day

to go to work. I have never woken

up and felt like not going to work.

My responsibility to Sarah to help

her become all she can be as a

responsible, respectable person.

What was your greatest

lesson in life?

Perseverance, dedication, hard

work, education, and treating

everyone with the same respect

regardless of their station in life.

What advice would you

give to persons interested

in the optical field?

Having the

opportunity to

make a


Cooking! From chicken tikka masala

to walnut cranberry bread. I am a

local board member of the Curepe

Presbyterian Church where I am

also a choir member and have

oversight of COVID-19 protocols.

My me time is when I work out

whether it is weight training, Tabata,

army fit or just reading and playing

Optometry is a profession where

the patient is engaged at all stages

of the process. Love of people is

a must. Be humble, respectful and

patient, have a positive attitude,

actively listen, use choice words, be

knowledgeable by keeping updated

with peer reviewed, evidence based

scientific papers.




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Take steps to prevent

underlying systemic


Eyes that are healthy can see well

with or without glasses and are free

from eye disease. To know if your

eyes are healthy you should have a

comprehensive eye examination with

an Optometrist or eye care professional.

Many eye diseases such as age related

macular degeneration (ARMD), cataract,

glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy can

cause visual impairment or blindness.

The risk factors for many of these eye

diseases are things we sometimes

cannot control such as age and family

history. However, there are factors that

can be controlled, such as lifestyle

choices. Persons are advised to take

charge of their eye health and preserve

their sight by following these tips:




Tips for Good

Ocular Health

Have a nutrient dense diet

Oxidation may be one of the underlying causes of certain

age related eye diseases. There is evidence to support

the theory that dietary antioxidants may help reduce the

risk of certain age related eye diseases. Some of these

dietary antioxidants include vitamin C found in oranges,

strawberries, broccoli and vitamin E found in almonds,

peanuts and sunflower seeds. B-Carotene found in

carrots and zinc found in oysters and beef are also among

the group of nutrients that support good eye health.

Nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon,

lutein and zeaxanthin found in green leafy vegetables,

such as kale and spinach are also important to the

health of the macula in particular. These nutrients keep

the macula healthy and potentially lower your chances

of developing ARMD. Many of the supplements found

on shelves in pharmacies are packed with these exact

nutrients found in the food groups mentioned. Therefore,

it is only necessary to take extra supplements if you

have been diagnosed with ARMD and they have been

recommended by an eye specialist.

Conditions such as diabetes and hypertension can have

a major impact on the eyes. Persons with diabetes are

more likely to develop cataracts than people without it,

and some evidence suggests that they are also more

likely to develop glaucoma. Persons living with diabetes

for a long time are also at risk of developing diabetic

retinopathy, especially if their blood sugar is uncontrolled.

Hypertension and high cholesterol also pose a threat to

your eyesight if not managed. They may cause a blood

vessel at the back of the eye to bleed or become blocked.

These two conditions also increase your risks of a stroke,

which means a vessel in your brain bleeds or becomes

blocked. If this occurs in a part of the brain that is used

for seeing, it can result in blind spots in your vision.

Factors that can reduce the chances of your developing

these systemic conditions include; maintaining a healthy

weight, having a healthy diet, exercising , maintaining low

stress levels, and not smoking.

Stop smoking

Tobacco smoke has many active compounds which are

toxic and potentially damaging to the eyes. Those who

smoke are up to four times more likely to develop ARMD

than non-smokers. Smoking also increases your chances

of developing cataract.

Protect your eyes from the

sun’s harmful rays

Persons exposed to high levels of ultraviolet (UV) light

over long periods of time have a higher chance of

developing cataract, as well as increased chances

of ARMD. Extended periods of exposure can also

lead to increased risks of developing raised spots on

the white surface of the eyes called pinguecula and

pterygium. While these are not sight threatening, they

can contribute to dry eyes. Therefore, if you spend a

lot of time outdoors or live in a climate that has high UV

levels such as the Caribbean, always protect your eyes

by wearing proper sunglasses, preferably wrap around

sunglasses. Wearing a brimmed hat can also help block

out extra UV rays that can slip through the sides of your

glasses and sunglasses. If you are a contact lens wearer

opt for UV-blocking contact lenses.

Victoria Devaux – B.Sc. Optom, MCOptom

Wear protective eyewear

for work and sports

Wearing safety glasses and protective goggles when

you play certain sports or work with hazardous materials

lowers your risk for eye injury, vision damage or complete

loss of vision. Seek the advice of your Optometrist

regarding these.

Therefore while having regular eye examinations is

important in the prevention or early detection of eye

diseases it is equally important that we make good

lifestyle choices from an early age. Always remember

that “Healthy body, healthy eyes”.

And most importantly, during these times with the high

spread of COVID, remember to wash your hands

thoroughly before touching your face and eyes.

If you would like a question answered, send us an email

at marketing@ferreiraoptical.com




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Ferreira Optical

for Literacy


the next room. She picked up her crying daughter and

began comforting her in her arms. At that moment,

Veronica began, again, to think about all of the things she

would provide for her daughter. She was committed to

making the kind of sacrifices for her daughter that her

parents made for her.

Our parents want the best for us. The

sacrifices they make for us help to expand

our opportunity for a successful life. Take

some time to reflect on all your parents have

provided for you. If you’re not aware of what

sacrifices were made, it can be worthwhile to

find out. You may be surprised to learn what

they went through. Through learning about

their experiences, you will see how deep their

love runs. Cherish the time you have with your

parents and take all the good they put into you

and pass it onto your children.

To learn more >>

Affirmation: I pave the way for the future.

Veronica looked down at her sleeping newborn in her

eggshell white crib. “Such a precious sight,” she thought

to herself. She could not believe what a perfect little thing

she had created. She marveled at her daughter for quite

some time that afternoon. She kissed her sleeping baby

and quietly slipped away, closing the door ever so quietly.

She joined her mother in the living room. As they sat

and chatted over some tea, Veronica began telling her

mother about all the things she wanted to provide for

her baby that weren’t available to her. Her mom grew

quiet and Veronica immediately apologized because she

realized that her comments may have come across as

a bit insensitive. Her mother grew up poor and lived in

a modest home. There were many things that Veronica

asked for when she was an adolescent that her parents

simply weren’t able to provide.

Her mother was a housekeeper and her dad picked up

odd jobs around the neighborhood to provide for the

family. Veronica’s mother broke the silence with a hearty

smile absolving her daughter of any guilt. She was smiling

because she knew her daughter meant no offense by the

statement. Her mother felt proud of how her daughter

climbed out of poverty. She took solace in knowing that

although they were poor they made sure to provide for

their children.

Veronica’s mom got up and walked over to a picture of

Veronica on her graduation day. Her mother, who was

unable to receive a formal education, made a promise

to herself that when she had children, they would have

access to a proper education. Veronica smiled because

her mother’s promise was actualized. Not only did she

have a master’s degree in finance but her younger sister

Rayanna was an engineer.

Veronica thought about what she was able to accomplish

because of her parents’ sacrifice. The extra shifts they

picked up to pay for their children’s way through grad

school. The funds they pooled to help them purchase

their first car. Their dad drove them anywhere they

needed to go. When her sister was in the library late at

night studying, her father would always be the one to get

up at whatever hour—1 am, 2 am, it did not matter—

to retrieve her. It was the same when her sister had late

shifts at work.

Veronica recognized that she would not be half the person

she was without her parents’ sacrifice. She remembered

that when the coursework was becoming impossible and

the anxiety had become stifling, her mother was always

there to keep her motivated. Veronica recalled how proud

she felt when she was finally able to chip in more at home.

Equipped with a master’s degree, she was eventually able

to get a high-paying job to not only start building her own

life but assisting her parents with the bills.

Walking down memory lane with her mother, Veronica

accidentally bumped a book off the countertop table.

Cries from the other room could be heard echoing from

Daniel Francis, Author

A millennial helping other millennials.

He is an author, coach, and entrepreneur. Over the past 3

years, he has served as a Personal Development Coach

whose work targets Millennials and helps them tap into

their full potential.

Daniel’s extensive work with young people inspired him

to write a book entitled, “The Millennial Mind: Success

Secrets For Unlocking Your Full Potential”, which helps

guide millennials into becoming the best version of

themselves. The book focuses on Millennial challenges

and shows how to overcome these challenges in a

relatable and practical way. With his second book

entitled, The Millennial Experience: 30 Stories of Hope,

Growth and Success” he plans to motivate and empower

even more Millennials to reach for greatness. Outside of

his entrepreneurial activities Daniel is a pinned member

of his local Rotaract Club (Rotaract Club of Port of Spain

West) and continues to give back to his community.

To

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