Category

Eye Health

Eye Health
August 8, 2019

How this blind woman overcame her struggle

This is how the blind South African motivational speaker and author Lois Strachan found extraordinary ways of seeing without the use of her eyes.
Read More
Eye Health
May 13, 2019

What to do about that painful bump in your eyelid

Do you have a bump or swelling on your eyelid? Don’t worry, it’s probably just a chalazion (the plural is chalazia), a small bump that forms on the eyelid.
Read More
Eye Health
May 12, 2019

Why are my eyelids twitching?

Ever noticed how your eyelid twitches sometimes? Don’t worry, it’s very common. An eyelid twitch, also known as myokymia, is a repetitive involuntary spasm in the eyelid muscles. The twitch usually occurs in your upper lid, but it can also happen in the lower lids.
Read More
Eye Health
May 3, 2019

What are those floaty things in your eye?

Ever noticed little specks or blobs floating in your eyes? These are called, appropriately enough, floaters, and they usually drift away when your eyes stop moving. But why are they there?
Read More
Eye Health
May 2, 2019

Is your eyesight failing? Here’s what to do about it

Ageing is a common cause of deteriorating eyesight, but there may be other reasons why you’re struggling to read.
Read More
Eye Health
November 30, 2018

How to avoid the dangers associated with wearing contact lenses

You finally have a pair of contact lenses, yay! Now you can swap them with your spectacles when you go out with your friends. Before you say goodbye to your spectacles though, there are a few health risks to contact lenses that you should know. Contact lenses are a convenient alternative to spectacles, but if you don’t care for them properly, they can put your eyes at risk for certain eye infections. Symptoms of an eye irritation or infection may include: Blurred vision Unusual redness An itchy or burning feeling Unusual sensitivity to light Swelling Pain Excessive tearing and discharge…
Read More
Eye Health
October 22, 2018

Warning signs of serious eye problems

As you get older, you may experience age-related eye problems. This is why it’s important to have regular eye checks to help avoid vision problems and minimise permanent loss.  While many eye problems can develop at any age, they’re more common as you get older and in those who have a family history of eye conditions. The most common of these include a detached retina or rapid onset of glaucoma. Unfortunately, ageing also increases your risk for certain types of sight-threatening eye conditions that can lead to blindness. Globally, over 250 million people live with vision impairment, says the World…
Read More
Eye Health
October 22, 2018

Don’t skimp on your sunglasses!

The summer sun is here! Which means you’re going to need some cool shades for the beach. But don’t be tempted to grab the cheapest ones you can find – your precious peepers could be at risk. Cheap sunglasses are cheap because the stylish frame is pretty much all that’s on offer. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are known for causing sunburns and skin cancers, but these dangerous rays can harm your eyes too. While UV rays are invisible to the human eye, over-exposure can damage your eyes, causing conditions that affect your vision. Most cheap sunglasses don’t offer protection against UV…
Read More
Eye Health
July 16, 2018

Why are my eyes puffy?

No-one enjoys waking up with puffy eyes. Now, imagine puffy, sore, inflamed, sticky eyelids. Yikes. Blepharitis is a condition where there’s inflammation around the base of your eyelashes. It can produce clumping and stickiness around the eyelashes, along with swollen eyelids. This condition usually starts when the tiny glands found near the bottom of the eyelid becomes clogged. This leaves you with irritated and red eyes. Signs: Watery, red eyes. A burning or stinging feeling in the eyes. Eyelids that appear oily. Red, itchy, swollen eyelids. Flaking of the skin around the eyes. Crusted eyelashes. Eyelid sticking together. More frequent…
Read More
Eye Health
March 7, 2018

Why are your eyes watering?

Your eyes are watering again! Is it the wind, allergies, or something else? Here’s what you need to know. Tears have different functions in your body: they keep your eyes lubricated, wash away dust and help with emotional release when you cry. They are an important part of your immune system and help protect against infection. There are glands under the skin of your upper eyelids called lacrimal glands, which produce tears made of salt and water. When you blink, tears spread to keep your eyes moist. Some of the glands produce oils that keep your tears from evaporating too…
Read More