Huddersfield-based medical device manufacturer, The Body Doctor Ltd, has won its first Queen’s Award for Enterprise with an Innovation Award for developing the Eye Doctor®, a hot eye compress for the relief of various eye conditions.
The Eye Doctor® can be heated in the microwave or oven and placed over a patient’s eyes to treat common eye conditions: Dry Eye Disease, MGD, Blepharitis, as well as grittiness, irritation, inflamed, painful and sore eyes.
Dry Eye Disease and associated symptoms occur when oils in the glands thicken from the natural smooth oil to a buttery consistency. The Eye Doctor® reaches optimum temperature to melt the thickened buttery oil allowing it to become liquid again. Once glands are unblocked healthy oil is produced thereby alleviating Dry Eye. Features include a removable, washable cover, adjustable strap and storage pouch.
Dr. Hilary Jones says “The Eye Doctor® is a simple, ingenious and reusable solution for a wide range of common eye conditions. Use it regularly and you’ll see for yourself, just how effective it really is”.
The hot compress is filled with rehydrating BodyBeads® which naturally absorb moisture from the air when not in use, regenerating itself. The filling has been designed to fit snugly into the whole eye area.
The innovation that led to the award lies in the Eye Doctor® design combining a unique adjustable strap and removable, washable cover with the use of its special BodyBeads® that enables the compress to not only reach the optimum temperature but also to retain it, thereby effectively relieving symptoms.
Trading since 2012, the Body Doctors managing director, Ms Sue Grant said: “We feel very honoured to receive a Queen’s Award which recognises the dedication and hard work of the entire Body Doctor team. This award is internationally recognised, we have had success with the product as far away as the USA and Japan. This is great for our local community and we hope job creation will just be a part of the achievement in winning the Queens’ award.”
About the Queen’s Awards – the UK’s highest accolade for business success
Queen’s Awards have been announced this year for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and sustainable Development. Winners of The Queen’s Awards can expect an invitation to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace. They can also use The Queen’s Award Emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for a period of five years as a symbol of their quality and success. The awards are made annually by HM The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.
The Eye Doctor is available from Independent Opticians priced £19.95 or direct from www.the-body-doctor.com.