Louis Stone Optical reports high demand due to COVID-19

The supplier has seen increased demand for products such as slit lamp breath shields and chin rest paper as a result of the outbreak

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Louis Stone Optical has reported an “unprecedented demand” for products including universal slit lamp breath shields and chin rest paper as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues.

The supplier has sold over 600 universal slit lamp breath shields and said it has another 1000 arriving by 26 March.

Louis Stone has also seen high demand for slit lamp chin paper, tonometer tips that can be used for contact lens work – and in case the patient’s eye needs to be touched during examination – and sterile wipes for instruments. Another delivery of these items is expected “shortly” with the potential for some face masks to arrive soon, the company explained.

Managing director of Louis Stone, Paul Gaba, raised concerns over “several online companies who are charging high prices for these products.”

“We have a reputation built over 70 years supplying the optical industry and will not take advantage of our customers and their patients,” he said.

Mr Gaba added: “It is currently integral that opticians use these breath shields when operating slit lamps – they have a duty of care not only to their patients, but to themselves.”

Other items in high demand have included the supplier’s white tailor-made lab coats and jackets, as well as frame trays with covers. The company explained several opticians are using these instead of practice wall displays and domiciliary optometrists normally have open trays when testing in nursing homes.

OT endeavours to keep the most up-to-date news on our website and this information was correct when published. However, the situation regarding COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. Please check OT’s rolling optics-specific coverage for the latest news and guidance on COVID-19.